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Additional Requirements and Restrictions for Some Freshman and Transfer Applicants
Texas' Top 10 Percent law ensures automatic admission to the University for eligible students. Generally, applicants who are eligible for automatic admission are admitted to the major of their choice. However, certain academic programs have more competitive admission standards and are under enrollment management policies to prevent overcrowding. If, in one year, 80 percent of the freshman spaces in a given program are filled with top-10-percent applicants, then the University limits top-10-percent admission to that program the following year. In such a case, freshman applicants in the top 10 percent of their high school class are admitted to the affected program, in order of class rank, until 75 percent of the available spaces are filled. The remaining top-10-percent applicants compete with all other applicants to that program for the remaining 25 percent of the spaces.
As of summer 2007, the following academic programs are functioning under the restrictions described above: all programs in the McCombs School of Business; all programs in the College of Communication; all programs in the Cockrell School of Engineering; kinesiology programs in the College of Education; and all programs in the School of Nursing.
Some academic programs enforce additional application and admission requirements on incoming undergraduates. These requirements are described below. With appropriate approval, other academic programs may impose similar restrictions when necessary. Be a Longhorn includes a complete list of academic programs that have implemented such restrictions and details about special requirements for individual academic programs.
School of Architecture
Admission to the School of Architecture is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University. Newly admitted students must begin their studies in a fall semester.
All undergraduate applicants to the School of Architecture must choose a specific topic for one of the two essays required as part of the admission application. In addition, all transfer applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their work. Details about the essay and guidelines for creating the portfolio are given on Be a Longhorn.
McCombs School of Business
Admission to the McCombs School of Business is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University. Newly admitted students must begin their studies in a fall semester.
Applicants for transfer admission to the McCombs School must have completed specific "business indicator" courses. Information about this requirement is available on Be a Longhorn.
College of Communication
Admission to the College of Communication is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University. Newly admitted students must begin their studies in a fall semester.
Journalism. Students who seek to study journalism are admitted to the University as prejournalism majors. To continue in the major, each student must be admitted to the concentration in broadcast news, multimedia journalism, or photojournalism or to one of the three sequences—newspaper reporting and writing, magazine writing and editing, and copy editing and design—within the concentration in print journalism. The student should apply for admission to a concentration or sequence while taking or upon completing Journalism 315. Admission decisions for each concentration or sequence are made by the head of that area.
College of Education
The College of Education restricts admission to the athletic training and sport management majors. An applicant who plans to enter one of these programs should apply for admission to the University as a pre–athletic training or pre–sport management student. He or she may apply for admission to the major after completing a series of prerequisite courses. Admission to the major is based on the student's performance, completion of the required coursework, and evidence of commitment to the field.
Cockrell School of Engineering
Applicants seeking admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering as freshmen or transfer students must meet the college's math readiness requirement. Most freshman applicants meet the requirement by submitting minimum scores on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2 to the Office of Admissions by the application deadline; other options for meeting the requirement are explained on Be a Longhorn. Transfer applicants must submit proof that they are taking or have completed a course that is equivalent to Mathematics 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus. The Automated Transfer Equivalency system lets applicants find equivalent courses at most other Texas colleges. Applicants who have completed the equivalent of Mathematics 408C by the deadline receive priority consideration. Furthermore, applicants with other credentials in math and science also receive priority consideration.
College of Fine Arts
Newly admitted students in all majors in the College of Fine Arts except music must begin their studies in a fall semester.
Department of Art and Art History. To major in the Department of Art and Art History, a student must have the approval of the Art and Art History Admissions Committee. Information about admission requirements, procedures, and deadlines is available from the undergraduate advising office in the department.
Applicants to the Department of Art and Art History must choose a specific topic for one of the two required essays. Details about the art and art history essay are given on Be a Longhorn.
Transfer students who wish to major in studio art, visual art studies, or predesign must submit a slide portfolio of their work in order to be considered for admission.
Because the design sequence begins after a year of predesign coursework, freshman and transfer applicants who wish to enter the design program should apply for admission to the University as predesign majors. After they have completed a year of study, predesign students must obtain the approval of the Design Admissions Committee to enter the sequence of required courses in design, which begins at the sophomore level.
School of Music. To major in music, a student must meet University admission requirements and must pass an audition conducted by the School of Music. A student who does not pass the audition may not major in music, even though he or she is admitted to the University. At the discretion of the school, a student who fails an audition may audition a second time.
Department of Theatre and Dance. Admission to programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance requires the approval of the Theatre and Dance Admissions Committee. Information about requirements, procedures, and deadlines is available from the office of undergraduate studies in the department.
Jackson School of Geosciences
The Jackson School of Geosciences admits freshmen and a limited number of transfer students in fall semesters only.
All degrees in the Jackson School require completion of mathematics courses at the level of calculus (Mathematics 408C) or beyond. Students considering a major in the Jackson School are advised to take a full four years of mathematics in high school, preferably concluding with calculus. Transfer students should have completed Mathematics 408C or the equivalent before they enroll at UT Austin.
Students admitted to the Jackson School who seek the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences or the Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences are initially designated undeclared geosciences majors (J00100). Geosystems engineering and hydrogeology students may be admitted to that major during their first semester in residence.
College of Liberal Arts
Plan II Honors Program. Plan II admits new freshmen in fall semesters only. Admission is extremely competitive and requires additional application materials.
Plan II freshman admission decisions are based on the applicant's high school curriculum and performance, test scores, essays, and extracurricular activities, and on information submitted in the Plan II Teacher Recommendation and Personal Statement. Prospective applicants to Plan II should visit Be a Longhorn for details about applying.
Plan II admits a limited number of transfer students. Applicants with sixty hours of transferable coursework or more are not considered for admission. External transfer students from other colleges and universities compete in the same applicant pool with internal transfer students from other University degree programs.
College of Natural Sciences
All students entering the College of Natural Sciences are expected to be prepared to meet the mathematics requirements of the courses in which they will enroll. Most degrees in the college require completion of a college-level calculus sequence. Prospective freshmen considering a major in the college should take at least four years of math in high school, preferably concluding with calculus.
Transfer applicants to the College of Natural Sciences are strongly encouraged to have completed the calculus sequence before enrolling at UT Austin.
In the College of Natural Sciences, most students are admitted to the entry-level major for the field they wish to study. After completing some of the courses required for the degree, each student selects the major and the option he or she plans to pursue. For example, a student who plans to study physics applies to and is admitted to the entry-level physics major. After completing entry-level courses, the student chooses to pursue either the Bachelor of Arts with a major in physics or the Bachelor of Science in Physics with an option in physics, computation, radiation physics, space sciences, or teaching.
Computer sciences. All students entering the Department of Computer Sciences are admitted as pre–computer sciences majors. After completing certain courses with a required grade point average, students may apply for admission to the computer sciences degree program. This program may be highly competitive, and selection is based on a student's overall academic performance, as well as performance in specific courses determined by the department.
Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Freshman and transfer applicants who plan to enter the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) should apply for admission to the entry-level major in nutrition. They may apply for admission to the CPD when they have met the requirements given in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Textiles and apparel. Freshman and transfer applicants who plan to major in textiles and apparel should apply for admission to the University as human ecology majors. They may apply for admission to the major in textiles and apparel when they have met the requirements given in the Undergraduate Catalog. The major includes a field experience program, to which students must also apply as described in the Undergraduate Catalog.
School of Nursing
Admission to the School of Nursing is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University.
Students who wish to major in nursing begin their studies by taking prerequisite course requirements as prenursing majors. During their final semester of preprofessional sequence coursework, they may apply for admission to the professional sequence in nursing. Admission to the professional sequence is highly competitive. Applications are accepted only from students who are enrolled in their last semester of required prerequisite coursework. Admission is offered only to the most qualified applicants. Academic performance is the primary criterion, but other factors are considered.
The student applying to the professional sequence must submit a nonrefundable processing fee of $50 with the application. More information about admission to the professional sequence in nursing is given in chapter 12 of the Undergraduate Catalog and on the School of Nursing Web site
College of Pharmacy
A student who wishes to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree must first complete a related curriculum in the College of Natural Sciences. The student's application to the professional curriculum offered by the College of Pharmacy is considered on the basis of his or her overall academic performance. The student must submit a nonrefundable processing fee of $75 with the online PharmD application. More information about admission to the professional curriculum in pharmacy is given in chapter 13 of the Undergraduate Catalog.
School of Social Work
A student who wishes to pursue a degree in social work must complete a pre–social work curriculum that includes supervised volunteer service with clients in a human services organization. The student's application to the professional curriculum is considered on the basis of his or her academic performance and commitment to and suitability for generalist social work practice.
Admission to Upper-Division Work
In addition to the requirements outlined above, some academic programs have established minimum standards for admission to upper-division or professional sequence courses. The student should consult the Undergraduate Catalog and departmental advisers about eligibility to register for upper-division coursework.
The applications of prospective students from countries other than the United States are reviewed on an individual basis, and admission may not be offered to every applicant who meets the minimum requirements. Academic background and curriculum are important considerations in decisions on admissibility.
International student applicants must submit (1) an application for admission, including two essays; (2) official transcripts of previous academic work; (3) standardized test scores when required; (4) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores; (5) evidence of sufficient financial support while studying in the United States; (6) the application processing fee, which is not refundable; and (7) any other documents required by the graduate program the student seeks to enter.
Readmission of Former Students
Former University students who were not enrolled the previous long-session semester must apply for readmission. Students who completed the requirements for a degree from the University in the previous semester or summer session must also apply for readmission. (Former gradute students who have never been enrolled at UT Austin as undergraduates and who wish to take undergraduate courses must apply for undergraduate transfer admission.) Application materials must be submitted by the deadline for former students. To be eligible to reenroll, a former student who has subsequently attended another college must submit an official transcript from each college showing a grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale for all transferable coursework he or she has undertaken since leaving the University. This requirement does not apply to work taken during a summer session that falls between consecutive spring and fall semesters in which the student is enrolled at the University.
All graduate students are expected to enroll and pay tuition and fees by the twelfth class day of the fall semester and the spring semester of each academic year until they graduate. A student who does not do so must apply for readmission in order to return to the University. He or she must submit an Application for Readmission to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by the deadline for former students and must pay the general application fee of $60. The fee is waived if the student has received an official leave of absence. The student must also obtain the approval of the graduate adviser in the program in which he or she was last enrolled. A former graduate student who was in good standing when he or she left the University is not required to submit official transcripts unless they are requested by the student's graduate program. To change to a different major, the student must submit an Application to Another Graduate Major to the Graduate and International Admissions Center; additional information is given in the section "Application to Another Graduate Major (Change of Major)" in the Graduate Catalog.
A student who leaves the University on scholastic probation will be on scholastic probation when readmitted, even if he or she has attended another institution in the interim.
In accordance with section 51.9242 of the Texas Education Code, a student who withdraws from the University in order to perform active military service will be readmitted for any semester or summer session that begins within a year after the student's release from active service. The student is not required to apply for readmission or pay an application fee. However, he or she must submit the Notification of Intent to Re-Enroll. This form allows the University to prepare for the former student's return. If the form is submitted late, the student's registration may be delayed. To prevent a delay, the former student should submit the form at least two weeks before he or she expects to register for classes.
This policy applies to students who withdraw for service with the United States armed forces or the Texas National Guard; however, it does not apply to students who withdraw solely to perform one or more training exercises as members of the Texas National Guard.
Former students who wish to enter the School of Law, the Graduate School, or the graduate program of the McCombs School of Business for the first time must meet the requirements and deadlines given in the appropriate section of this chapter. Additional information about graduate and law programs is given in their respective catalogs.
High School Parallel Enrollment Program
Austin-area high school students who are Texas residents, have demonstrated superior academic achievement in a subject area, and have completed high school calculus, may be considered for admission to the High School Parallel Enrollment Program (HSPEP). Mathematics, foreign language, and computer sciences courses are available in the current program.
Students who have completed the tenth grade, have a high school grade point average of at least 3.50 or the equivalent, and have exhausted the course offerings in their subject area, may be considered for admission in either the fall or the spring semester. Students must submit the HSPEP Application, available from the Office of Admissions. SAT or ACT scores, a statement of goals, and teacher recommendations are required and are considered in determining admission to the program. A student must pass all parts of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) before registering for coursework offered through HSPEP. Application deadlines are the same as those for regular admission. Concurrent attendance at an accredited high school with the intent to graduate from that school is required. Participants in the HSPEP pay regular tuition and fees and have a regular University record.
To remain in the program, the student must earn grades of at least C in all courses. Students are not subject to the normal scholastic probation and dismissal rules while in the program, but credit and grades earned are counted in any future determination of hours undertaken, passed, or failed and in the computation of the student's University grade point average.
A participant in the HSPEP who wishes to enter the University following high school graduation must apply for admission in the usual way and meet the required deadlines. Additional information is available from the coordinator of the High School Parallel Enrollment Program at the Freshman Admissions Center, (512) 475-7440.
General Information, 2007-2008
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