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Applying for Admission Checklist

We are thrilled you are considering The University of Texas at Austin as your college home. If you are a student who is a senior in high school, graduating in the spring, or if you are a student who has recently graduated and who has not enrolled in another college or university after graduating, you should apply for freshman admission.

Application Materials

Please find information below to assist you in completing your application for admission and address frequently asked questions. Please note that we have organized the information below to highlight what is required of all students, additional information that may be required if applicable, and optional materials (résumés and letter(s) of recommendation) that are not required. These optional materials will be accepted as part of the application if a student chooses to submit them.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions about completing your application for admission, please contact the Office of Admissions at 512-475-7399 to speak with an admissions counselor.

Required application materials

The application materials below are required for ALL freshman applicants.

The online application

Freshman applicants can submit either the ApplyTexas application or the Coalition for College application. Use your application to report your complete academic record, including college credit earned as dual credit.

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Application fee

Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee—$90 for international applicants—when you submit your ApplyTexas or Coalition for College application. Fee waivers are available.

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Along with your ApplyTexas or Coalition for College application, submit at least one essay.

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Short Answers

Answer three short answer prompts in your ApplyTexas or Coalition for College application.

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Your high school transcript(s)

Work with your high school to send us your official transcript(s) documenting all coursework undertaken during your high school career and your class rank. If your high school does not rank students, include a statement from your school describing its policy, a copy of your school’s profile and a GPA or grade distribution report.

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Any college transcript(s)

If you have earned any college credit (including dual credit) while in high school, request that the college or university send official transcripts to UT Austin.

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Test scores

High school students who apply to The University of Texas at Austin for fall 2021 undergraduate admission will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT test score as part of their application.

Frequently asked questions regarding the ACT or SAT test score changes for Fall 2021 are available here.

Additional materials if applicable

The following materials may be required of some students where applicable. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 512-475-7399 to speak with an admissions counselor.

Major-specific items

In addition to reviewing the prerequisites, submit any additional items required by the majors you’ve selected as your first and second choices.

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Permanent resident card

If applicable, provide a copy of your permanent resident card.

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If applicable, submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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Student Information Form

If applicable, tell us about your high-school coursework via MyStatus.

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Coursework Exemption Form

If applicable, submit a form to claim an exemption to the state’s Uniform Admission Policy.

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Residency affidavit

If applicable, submit the residency affidavit.

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Optional materials

The optional items below are NOT required for admissions consideration, but will be considered as part of your application for admission if submitted by the appropriate deadline.

Submission Deadlines for Optional Items for Fall 2021 freshman admission:

For the November 1, 2020 priority deadline optional application items must be submitted no later than November 9, 2020. After November 9, 2020, applications go to review and any optional items submitted may not be considered.

For the December 1, 2020 regular deadline optional application items must be submitted no later than December 9, 2020. After December 9, 2020, applications go to review and any optional items submitted may not be considered.

Extended Deadline: The ApplyTexas or Coalition application is due by December 15 to be considered for the regular deadline. Students may submit all additional application items until December 21.


ACT or SAT test scores are not required for the Fall 2021 admissions application. Applicants may choose to submit either the ACT or SAT as part of their admissions application. When provided, ACT and/or SAT scores will continue to serve as just one of the many factors considered in our review of a student’s application. There is an online resource for frequently asked questions regarding submitting standardized test scores. Students may also contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@austin.utexas.edu with additional questions.

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Expanded Résumé

You may choose to submit an expanded résumé offering additional information about all of your achievements, activities, leadership positions, and student employment.

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Letter(s) of recommendation

You may submit up to two optional letters of recommendation with your admission application. These letters may be from teachers, mentors, or people who know you well, either within or outside of your high school. The letter should be able to give additional context or information to support your admission that is not already provided in your application or other submitted documents (résumé, transcripts).

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Track Your Status and Upload Materials

Once you’ve submitted your online application track the completion of your application and submit additional documents in MyStatus.