University of Texas--Austin

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Austin, TX 78712-1111

Phone: (512) 471-3434
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Dec. 1
application deadline

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#52 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Texas--Austin is a public institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,955, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 431 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Texas--Austin's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 52. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,790 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $33,824 (2013-14).

Everything is bigger in Texas, as the saying goes, and it holds true at the University of Texas—Austin, one of the largest schools in the nation. The school has one of the biggest Greek systems in the country, two of the largest student publications and more than 900 clubs and organizations for students. The UT—Austin sports teams are notorious competitors in the Division I Big 12 Conference, supported by mascot Bevo the Longhorn. The UT Tower, a lofty campus structure, is lit in the school’s burnt orange color after notable sports achievements and glows a ‘#1’ when a team wins a national championship. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, and may choose to live in downtown Austin, situated about a quarter mile away. The vibrant city is known for its music, food, outdoor activities and nightlife, and students can travel for free on the capitol Metro buses with proof of ID.

UT is divided into 18 schools and colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts. UT’s graduate programs include the highly ranked McCombs School of Business, College of Education, Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and School of Social Work, in addition to the well-regarded School of Architecture. UT offers hundreds of study abroad programs, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, France and China. Notable alumni include former pitcher Roger Clemens, actor Matthew McConaughey of films "The Wedding Planner" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and former first lady Laura Bush.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

In addition to the superb instruction available, one of the special strengths of the University of Texas at Austin is its size. This allows UT to offer great educational variety: there are over 300 degree programs in 17 colleges, and scores of these programs are nationally ranked. UT's size is also reflected in its vast intellectual resources. To mention but a few, the renowned Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies attract scholars from throughout the world, and are readily accessible to our students. But the greatest assets of UT are its faculty and students, talented and diverse groups with representation from all 50 states and more than 120 nations, who make the learning experience inside and outside the classroom invaluable. Our graduates learn to work in an inclusive and international environment that prepares them for life in the world at large.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1883
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $2,861,389,483


When applying to University of Texas--Austin, it's important to note the application deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at University of Texas--Austin is $75. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.8%
Application deadline December 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Texas--Austin is 18:1, and the school has 33.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Texas--Austin include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Engineering; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12%
Engineering 12%
Social Sciences 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%

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Student Life

University of Texas--Austin has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,955, with a gender distribution of 48.5 percent male students and 51.5 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus. University of Texas--Austin is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 52,186
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Texas--Austin offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Texas--Austin also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Texas--Austin.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Texas--Austin, 45.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,690.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,790 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $33,824 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,362 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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