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Applying for Admission Checklist

If you are a high school senior or a student who has completed high school and has not yet enrolled at another college or university after graduation, you should apply for freshman admission.

Note Regarding Summer/Fall 2024 Applications
The application checklist below will be updated to reflect the requirements for the Summer/Fall 2024 application by July 1. In the meantime, please note the following:

  1. The essay topic for Summer/Fall 2024 will remain Essay Topic A on Apply Texas or the UT Austin Required Essay on Common App.
  2. The three required short answer questions will remain the same and the optional short answer question will be updated slightly to “Please share background on events or special circumstances that you feel may have impacted your high school academic performance.”
  3. SAT or ACT scores are not required for the Summer/Fall 2024 freshman application but students are encouraged to submit official scores.

Required application materials

The application materials below are required for ALL freshman applicants.

The online application

Freshman applicants for fall 2023 can submit either the Common App or ApplyTexas applications. Use your application to report your complete academic record, including college credit earned as dual credit while in high school.

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Application fee

Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee — $90 for international applicants — when you submit your application.

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Along with your application, submit at least one essay.

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Short Answers

Answer the required short answer prompts in your Common App or ApplyTexas applications.

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Your high school transcript(s) and class rank

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.  International students should review the requirements on the “International Applicants” tab below.

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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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Additional materials if applicable

The following materials may be required. All required items must be received by the appropriate deadline.

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.


ACT or SAT test scores are not required for the Fall 2023 admissions application, but students are encouraged to do so. Applicants will indicate on their online application if they would like their SAT or ACT scores to be considered as part of their application. If a student indicates they would like for their scores to be considered they must submit official test scores by the appropriate deadline. 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 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).

Letters of recommendation are not accepted via email.

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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. Be sure to regularly monitor MyStatus until your application is listed as complete, and complete any outstanding to-do items prior to application deadlines.