University of Texas at Austin…

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I graduated from UT, and I had a hell of a time getting in.

In Texas you are automatically accepted if you graduate in the top 10% of your class. However, I went to a highschool with more than 3,000 kids, and I was only in the top 15%. 

I had excellent SAT scores however, and a resume list a mile long, including being student body president. I think those things were ultimately what made the difference.

It is a wonderful, incredible school, with the best of all experiences. Tons of partying, incredible academic departments, the football experience is amazing, and the campus is beautiful and smack dab in the middle of the best city in the country (IMO).

I hope you get in! Let me know if you want any more advice about housing, classes, what to avoid your first year.

Post # 5
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Eeeek. I’ve heard transferring in is impossible. Good luck.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

No advice, but good luck! Austin is absolutely gorgeous.

DH is looking into UT-Austin for grad school and his application deadlines are coming up soon.

Fingers crossed for you. 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee

The campus and city are great!

I got to Texas A&M, but I’m still a small tu fan haha.

I can’t really speak for their school policies, but as another larger Texas school transfers are really competitive. Unlike freshmen the slots are very limited. They’ll only consider your application if it seems like they’ll gain something from having you as a student. 

Market your previous education and skills like crazy. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

HOOK ‘EM!  😉

I go to UT Arlington for my undergrad but will go to UT Austin for Masters in Nursing. I have not been through the admissions process yet though. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@brownfam11:  I went there for undergrad, and my time there (and in Austin in general) was one of the BEST times of my life! I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Not only is it a top notch school (competitive with Ivy League schools in many of their academic programs), it has an incredible athletic program across MANY sports (and the culture that goes with that), and is incredibly diverse on many levels. Best of all, it’s an amazing city that is so amazing TONS of people want to live there just because they love it. The college is not the only reason it’s on the map and the thriving city is reflective of that.

As far as transferring in, I too have heard it’s difficult. I was auto-admitted as a freshman right after high school due to the top ten percent law mentioned by previous posters.

However — one thing I can say is they are VERY big on ensuring the diversity of their student body. It appears that you are a minority? (NO disrespect meant here — I have respect for all backgrounds and heritages and value diversity, but that said) it’s not a secret that that will “help” you with admissions at UT Austin. This was made very apparent to me when I was applying to law schools, so I am not sure how much it applies to undergrads — but knowing the emphasis the school puts on diversity, I definitely think it will help.

In addition to that, I would play up whatever soft factors make you unique — write about life experiences, challenges you have overcome, etc in your essays and do complete whatever optional essays you have the chance to complete.

Last thing would be to tap into your personal and professional network (and that of your family, husband etc) and see if you have any connections to faculty, leaders of student organizations, prominent alumni, etc, and see if you can get a personal written recommendation from someone like that.

Good luck!

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