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The School of Architecture offers admission only for the fall semester.

  • Architectural Studies
  • Architecture
  • Architecture/Plan II1
  • Architecture/Architectural Engineering1
  • Interior Design

1 Dual degree plan

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

In addition to submitting a complete application, freshman applicants must submit the following by the appropriate application deadline:

  1. Short answer: Inherent in the design disciplines the capacity to impact the world around us. What does the opportunity to develop such capacity mean to you and you approach to your college education? Please limit your response to 250-300 words.
  2. Please provide and upload three images total that demonstrate your creativity. Then, describe how the three images are representative of how you see creativity as a way to describe, reflect on or change the world. Please limit your response to 50-75 words. The three images may all be of one option type or varied amongst the two following options:
    • Option 1 – Either an original photograph or photographs from a camera, smart phone/mobile device.
    • Option 2 – Images of an original art or design project that you have produced and authored yourself.

Additional Transfer Application Requirements

Transfer applications and portfolios are accepted only from students of architecture and interior design programs at other universities whose minimum transfer GPA is 3.25. The required portfolio will be evaluated with emphasis given to excellence in design, academic preparation, essays and other achievements. Course credit and placement in studio sequence is determined upon acceptance.

In addition to submitting a complete application, transfer applicants must submit the following by the appropriate application deadline:

  1. Submit an essay addressing Topic D.                                                         Essays & Short Answers
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  3. Submit a portfolio documenting your design work. More information about portfolio requirements is available in the External Transfer FAQ section of the School of Architecture’s website.External Transfer FAQ

The McCombs School of Business offers freshman admission only for the summer or fall semesters. Transfer admission is only offered for the fall semester. Applicants should apply as an “undeclared” major (Unspecified Business). Only after enrolling do business students pick a specific undergraduate major.

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Canfield Business Honors Program
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Integrated Masters in Professional Accounting1
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

1 Integrated undergraduate/graduate program

Additional Transfer Application Requirements

In addition to submitting a complete application, transfer applicants must submit proof of credit or in-progress work for the following business indicator courses by the appropriate deadline:
  • Calculus I: MATH 408K/308K, 408C or 403K/303K
  • Calculus II: MATH 408L/308L, 408D or 303L
  • Microeconomics: ECON 304K
  • Macroeconomics: ECON 304L

MATH 408/308M is not a required course, but is recommended for Science and Technology Management.

Honors Programs

Canfield Business Honors

Modeled after case-based MBA programs, the Canfield Business Honors Program’s small classes focus on discussion and presentation, group collaboration and analytic exercises—all in the interest of challenging business students to think outside the box. This honors program is also available for transfer students. Both freshman and transfer applicants may apply to this program. 

Texas Honors Computer Science and Business (Texas CSB)

Texas CSB is a new integrated honors degree program between Canfield Business Honors and the Department of Computer Science. Students enjoy a small cohort of business and tech savvy peers, opportunities at top companies that combine business and technology, and challenging curriculum that provides a solid foundation in business and computer science concepts. Freshman applicants may apply to this program.

Texas Honors Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business (ECB)

Texas ECB is a dual degree program that provides hands-on, project-based learning within two of the most in-demand fields in today’s marketplace. Students receive a solid understanding of both business and electrical and computer engineering (ECE), while also earning bachelor’s degrees in ECE honors and business honors more quickly than studying each discipline independently. Freshman applicants may apply to this program.

The Moody College of Communication offers admission only for the fall semester.

  • Advertising
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
    • Audiology
    • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Communication Studies
    • Corporate Communication
    • Political Communication
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio-Television-Film
  • Undeclared (Communication)

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

In addition to submitting a complete application, freshman applicants to Radio, Television and Film (RTF) may submit the following by the appropriate application deadline:

  • If you wish, you may submit either a video/short film or a written review/critique to support your application. This may be something you did for school or on your own. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your creative and artistic voice and show us your potential as an RTF student. The duration of the video should be no more than 5 minutes OR the review/critique should be no more than 500 words. Either item will be submitted within MyStatus after you have submitted your
    application.

Honors Program

Students in the Moody College Honors Program experience a diverse intellectual community that cultivates critical thinking, dialogue and transformative leaders in all areas of communication. The program offers an interdisciplinary 15-credit curriculum, special events and service activities, and eligibility for honors housing and scholarships to complement any communication major.

Applying for Honors 

The College of Education offers freshman admission for all entry terms: summer, fall and spring.

  • Applied Learning and Development
    • All-Level Generic Special Education
    • Early Childhood to Grade 6 ESL Generalist
    • Early Childhood to Grade 6 ESL Bilingual Generalist Certification
    • Youth and Community Studies1
    • BS in Education: Urban Teachers-Social Studies
    • BS in Education: Urban Teachers-English/Language Arts
  • Athletic Training2
  • Kinesiology and Health Education
    • Applied Movement Science
    • Exercise Science
    • Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
    • Physical Culture and Sports
    • Sport Management3

1 Apply to any major, then declare a specialization.
2 Apply to Pre-Athletic Training; see Special Programs below
3 Apply as a Physical Culture and Sports major; see Special Programs below

Teacher Certification Special Programs (Transfer Applicants)

Transfer applicants interested in a teacher certification professional development sequence must complete a separate application from their transfer application.

The Cockrell School of Engineering offers freshman admission only for the summer or fall semesters. Transfer admission is only offered for the fall.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology1
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

1 Offered jointly by the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Jackson School of Geosciences; freshmen should apply to Jackson, while transfers should apply to Cockrell.

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

Calculus Readiness

Freshman applicants to all Cockrell School of Engineering majors must demonstrate their calculus readiness. This will count as placement into calculus as well as readiness for admissions purposes.

Calculus Readiness

Make sure to have your SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores sent to UT Austin if you’re planning to use your test scores as proof of calculus readiness. If you are using earned college credit, we need your official college transcript showing the credit.

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Additional Transfer Application Requirements

Transfer applicants must submit proof of credit or in-progress work for a minimum of four technical courses—math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science or engineering—including:

  • MATH 408K, 408L or 408M
  • PHYS 303K and 103M

To be most competitive, applications should undertake additional technical coursework.

Honors Programs

School Honors Program:

Engineering Honors Program participants benefit from access to honors housing, merit scholarships and community-building activities, such as an annual welcome event and an honors First-Year Interest Group (FIG). Freshman applicants may apply to this program.

Departmental Honors Programs:

  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Honors Program is an honors program for outstanding and highly motivated ECE undergraduate students. The ECE Honors Program provides a rigorous, challenging and faster-pace curriculum and environment to a cohort of students who have the background, ability and the desire and motivation to pursue a more demanding track. Freshman applicants may apply to this program.
  • Texas Honors Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business (ECB) is a dual degree program that provides hands-on, project-based learning within two of the most in- demand fields in today’s marketplace. Students receive a solid understanding of both business and electrical and computer engineering (ECE), while also earning bachelor’s degrees in ECE honors and business honors more quickly than studying each discipline independently. Freshman applicants may apply to this program.

Applying for Honors 

The College of Fine Arts offers admission only for the fall semester. Applicants who select Fine Arts majors as their first choice receive preference for admission and artistic merit scholarships from the college.

  • Acting1
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Arts and Entertainment Technologies
  • Dance
  • Dance Education2
  • Design
  • Jazz
  • Music (B.A.)
  • Music Composition (B.A. or B.M.)
  • Music Performance
  • Music Studies (Music Education)
    • Choral Music Emphasis
    • Instrumental Emphasis
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Theatre Education

1 Admission only for freshman applicants
2 Apply to Dance, then declare a specialization.

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

Butler School of Music

Butler School of Music Application

Department of Art and Art History

  • Art History: In art history classes, one might hear the line “Art has structured—and continues to structure—our world.” Why, in your opinion, does studying the art of the past and present matter in today’s global world? Please respond in 500 words or less.
  • Studio Art: Submit a portfolio.

Department of Theatre and Dance

All applicants wishing to be considered for admission to the Department of Theatre and Dance must submit a departmental application by the admissions deadline. Read below for details by major.

School of Design and Creative Technologies

  • Design (BA/BFA): Submit response to the creative design prompt.
  • Arts and Entertainment Technologies (BS): No additional materials required.

Design Admissions

Additional Transfer Application Requirements

Butler School of Music

  • Submit the Butler School of Music application by December 1.
  • Perform an audition or interview.

Butler School of Music Application

Department of Art and Art History

  • Art History: In art history classes, one might hear the line “Art has structured—and continues to structure—our world.” Why, in your opinion, does studying the art of the past and present matter in today’s global world? Please respond in 500 words or less.
  • Studio Art: Submit a portfolio.

School of Design and Creative Technologies

  • Design: Submit additional work samples + response to the creative design prompt.
  • Arts and Entertainment Technologies (BS): No additional materials required.

Design Admissions

Department of Theatre and Dance

All applicants wishing to be considered for admission to the Department of Theatre and Dance must submit a departmental application by the admissions deadline. Read below for details by major.

The Jackson School of Geosciences offers admission only for the fall semester.

  • Environmental Science (Geological Sciences)
  • Geological Sciences (Apply to Geological Sciences, then declare a specialization.)
    • General
    • Geophysics
    • Hydrogeology
    • Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Teaching
  • Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology1

1 Offered jointly by the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Jackson School of Geosciences; freshmen should apply to Jackson, while transfers should apply to Cockrell.

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

Calculus Readiness

Freshman applicants to all Jackson School of Geosciences majors must demonstrate their calculus readiness. This will count as placement into calculus as well as readiness for admissions purposes.

Calculus Readiness

Make sure to have your SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores sent to UT Austin if you’re planning to use your test scores as proof of calculus readiness. If you are using earned college credit, we need your official college transcript showing the credit.

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Additional Transfer Application Requirements

In addition to submitting a complete application, transfer applicants should have the following credit:
  • CHEM 301
  • GEO 401
  • MATH 408C, 408K or 408N

Environmental Science

Environmental Science (Geological Sciences) majors should have credit for:

  • BIO 311C, CHEM 301 and MATH 408C, 408K or 408N with grades of at least a C-minus
  • GEO 401 or 303 with a grade of at least a B-minus

The School of Information offers admission only for the fall semester.

  • Informatics (B.A. or B.S.I.)

The College of Liberal Arts offers freshman admission for all entry terms; summer, fall and spring.

  • African and African Diaspora Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Asian Cultures and Languages1
    • Chinese
    • Hindi/Urdu
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Malayalam
    • Sanskrit
    • Tamil
  • Asian Studies2
    • East Asia
    • South Asia
    • Taiwan
  • Classical Languages3
    • Classics
    • Greek
    • Latin
  • Classical Studies4
    • Ancient History
    • Classical Archaeology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences)5
  • Ethnic Studies
    • Asian American
    • Mexican American
  • European Studies
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government
  • Health & Society
  • History
  • Human Dimensions of Organizations
  • Humanities6
  • International Relations and Global Studies
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Plan II Honors Program7
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Race, Indigeneity, and Migration
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Writing
  • Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Undeclared (Liberal Arts)8
  • Urban Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

1 Apply to Asian Cultures and Languages, then declare a specialization.
2 Apply to Asian Studies, then declare a specialization.
3 Apply to Classical Languages, then declare a specialization.
4 Apply to Classical Studies, then declare a specialization.
5 Admission only offered for the fall semester
6 Transfer admission only offered for the fall semester; Freshman applicants apply as Undeclared, see Special Programs below.
7 Offers freshman admission only for the fall semester
8 Admission only offered for freshman applicants

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

Calculus Readiness

Freshman applicants to Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences) must demonstrate their calculus readiness. This will count as placement into calculus as well as readiness for admissions purposes.

Calculus Readiness

Make sure to have your SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores sent to UT Austin if you’re planning to use your test scores as proof of calculus readiness. If you are using earned college credit, we need your official college transcript showing the credit.

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Additional Transfer Application Requirements

In addition to submitting a complete application, transfer applicants to Environmental Science (Geological Sciences) are required to have the following transfer credit:
  • BIO 311C, CHEM 301 and MATH 408C, 408K or 408N with grades of at least a C-minus
  • GEO 401 or 303 with a grade of at least a B-minus

Special Programs

Humanities

Freshman students who wish to major in Humanities should choose the Undeclared major option. They can then apply to Humanities. The process involves designing a course of study, documenting interests and meeting with an advisor.

Humanities for Freshman 

Transfer applicants interested in Humanities have the option of listing Humanities as their first choice major within their application.

Honors Programs

Liberal Arts Honors Program

The Liberal Arts Honors Program focuses on broadening students’ worldview and preparing them to lead. It is ideal for students who want the depth of a particular Liberal Arts discipline with the flexibility to incorporate specialized classes focused on reasoning, research and writing. Freshman applicants may apply to this program.

Plan II Honors Program

Plan II offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences and the flexibility to incorporate other majors and degrees. At its heart is the study of literature, philosophy, society and natural sciences—the things that make us human, from poetry to the latest discoveries in physics or cosmology. Freshman applicants may apply to this program.

Applying for Honors 

The College of Natural Sciences offers freshman and transfer admission to all entry terms except Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Undeclared. Environmental Science is only available for fall admission, while Computer Science is only available for transfer admission in the fall. Only freshman may be admitted as Undeclared. All students are admitted with entry- level status in their chosen major. Students will decide which degree pathway to follow after completing entry-level coursework.

  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Computational Biology
    • Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
    • Genetics and Genomics
    • Human Biology
    • Marine and Freshwater Science
    • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    • Plant Biology
    • Teaching
  • Chemistry
    • Computation
    • Teaching
  • Computer Science1
  • Environmental Science (Biological Sciences)2
  • Human Development and Family Sciences
    • Early Childhood
    • Families and Personal Relationships
    • Families and Society
    • Human Development
  • Human Ecology
  • Mathematics
    • Actuarial Science
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Teaching
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
    • Dietetics
    • International Nutrition
    • Nutritional Sciences
    • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Physics
    • Biophysics
    • Computation
    • Radiation Physics
    • Space Sciences
    • Teaching
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Statistics and Data Science3
  • Textiles and Apparel
    • Merchandising and Consumer Sciences
    • Apparel, Functional and Technical Design
    • Textile Conservation and Museum Studies
  • Undeclared (Natural Sciences)3

1 Transfer admission only for the fall semester
2 Admission only offered for the fall semester
3 Admission only offered for freshman applicants

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

Calculus Readiness

Freshman applicants to Environmental Science (Biological Sciences) must demonstrate their calculus readiness. This will count as placement into calculus as well as readiness for admissions purposes.

Calculus Readiness

Make sure to have your SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores sent to UT Austin if you’re planning to use your test scores as proof of calculus readiness. If you are using earned college credit, we need your official college transcript showing the credit.

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Additional Transfer Application Requirements

    1. Submit an essay addressing Topic A that describes how the intended major would impact achievement of your educational and career goals.                                                                                                       Essays & Short Answers
    2. Transfer applicants should exhibit strong past performance in math and science courses.

Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences)

In addition to submitting a complete application transfer applicants to Environmental Science (Geological Sciences) are required to have the following transfer credit:

  • BIO 311C, CHEM 301 and MATH 408C, 408K or 408N with grades of at least a C-minus
  • GEO 401 or 303 with a grade of at least a B-minus

Honors Programs

The College of Natural Sciences’ honors programs offer a range of opportunities for laboratory and field research placements, interdisciplinary study and personalized academic support. Both freshman and transfer students may apply for these programs.

College honors programs include:

Departmental honors programs include:

Applying for Honors 

*This honors program is also available for transfer students.

The School of Nursing offers admission only for the fall semester. If you’re applying for transfer admission, select Nursing as your first choice.

  • Nursing

Additional Freshman Application Requirements

In addition to submitting a complete application, freshman applicants must submit the following short answer prompt if applying to Nursing as their first choice major:

  • Discuss the factors that have influenced your motivation and deep desire to pursue a career in Nursing. Please include any activities and/or life experiences that are related.
All applicants must meet professional and technical standards (PDF), and be able to meet compliance requirements.

Additional Transfer Application Requirements

  1. As part of their complete application nursing applicants should submit an essay addressing Topic A, written with a focus on your goal of becoming a nurse and/or a career in nursing.Essays & Short Answers
  2. Submit official transcripts showing completion of the following courses:
    1. CHEM 301
    2. SDS 301
    3. BIO 311C
All applicants must meet professional and technical standards (PDF), and be able to meet compliance requirements.

The College of Pharmacy program requirements include at least two years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy prerequisites and core/flag course requirements.

  • Pharmacy1

1 Apply to Pre-Pharmacy in the College of Natural Sciences; see Special Program below for more information.

Special Program

Freshman

Admission to the College of Pharmacy is a two-step process. First, you must be admitted to and enroll in a related major, such as those found in the College of Natural Sciences. After completing initial studies in your selected major in your pre-pharmacy college, you will be able to apply to a professional program in the College of Pharmacy.

Application Requirements

Transfer

Students applying for admission to the PharmD program after beginning their undergraduate coursework at another college or university do not need to complete the admissions application or apply for undergraduate transfer admission. Instead, visit the College of Pharmacy’s website for application instructions.

Application Requirements

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs offers admission only for the fall semester.

  • Public Affairs

Pre-Med, Pre-Law & Teaching

Our students don’t major in pre-med or pre-law. Instead, those interested in attending a professional school after earning their bachelor’s degree receive specialized advising through Pre-Law Services or the Health Professions Office.

Pre-Law Pre-Med

 

Longhorns planning to teach middle or high school don’t major in education. Instead, they pursue a bachelor’s degree in their field with a teaching certification through UTeach.

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The Steve Hicks School of Social Work offers freshman admission for all entry terms; summer, fall and spring.

  • Social Work

Special Program

Students admitted to the Steve Hicks School of Social Work enter as Pre-Social Work majors. After completing prerequisite courses, they are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program.