UT Austin Requirements for Admission

What are UT Austin's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into UT Austin and build a strong application.

School location: Austin, TX

This school is also known as: University of Texas at Austin


Admissions Rate: 36.5%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at UT Austin is 36.5%. For every 100 applicants, 37 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. If you meet UT Austin's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in. But if you fall short on GPA or your SAT/ACT scores, you'll have a very low chance of being admitted, even if you meet the other admissions requirements.


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UT Austin GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.68

The average GPA at UT Austin is 3.68.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)

With a GPA of 3.68, UT Austin requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.68, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to UT Austin. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

UT Austin SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1275

The average SAT score composite at UT Austin is a 1275 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes UT Austin Competitive for SAT test scores.

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UT Austin SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1160, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1390. In other words, a 1160 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1390 will move you up to above average.

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Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math645590700
Reading + Writing630570690
Composite127511601390

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

UT Austin has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."

This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.


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UT Austin ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, UT Austin likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 29

The average ACT score at UT Austin is 29. This score makes UT Austin Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 26, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 32.

Even though UT Austin likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 26 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 29 and above that a 26 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 32 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to UT Austin, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 32.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.

UT Austin requires you to take the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that UT Austin requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.


Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.

Enrolling students with SAT Writing scores between 600 and 800 and ACT writing scores of 26 or higher earn credit for freshman English (RHE 306) at UT Austin. Additionally, certain majors in Engineering, Geosciences, and Natural Sciences have a "calculus readiness requirement," which can be fulfilled in multiple ways including getting at least a 600 on SAT Math or a 26 on ACT Math. More on the calculus readiness requirement here.

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Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is very selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission. If you're able to score a 1390 SAT or a 32 ACT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in.

For a school as selective as UT Austin, rounding out the rest of your application will also help. We'll cover those details next.

But if you apply with a score below a 1390 SAT or a 32 ACT, you unfortunately have a low chance of getting in. There are just too many other applicants with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.


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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of UT Austin here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Not accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation x Recommended
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $75
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required
  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Required
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office December 31

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 4
  • Science 4
  • Foreign Language 2
  • Social Studies 4
  • History
  • Electives 6

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes December 1 None
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • No

Admissions Office Information

Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school's admissions process and found the following information:

Note the final application deadline of December 1st for fall entry, which is the same deadline for the scholarship application (which can be accessed from the general UT application). Also, make sure to consult the page of extra requirements for programs like Engineering, Nursing, and Fine Arts.

For the Honors Programs (available in Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, and the Plan II program), you must submit both the regular UT application as well as an honors application by the December 1st deadline. More information, including requirements for specific honors programs, available here.

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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in UT Austin, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to UT Austin.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average SAT scores than UT Austin. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1385 28
New York University New York, NY 1382 31
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1361 29
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 1347 30
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1345 32
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 1318 30
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for UT Austin, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA 1293 28
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
Chapman University Orange, CA 1270 27
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1260 27
American University Washington, DC 1260 28
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for UT Austin, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If UT Austin is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1222 27
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1221 27
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 25
Ohio University Athens, OH 1170 24
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1165 25
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22

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