UT-Austin Transfer Application Requirements and Eligibility

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Does it sometimes feel like navigating the transfer process is like wading through a swamp? Don't get overwhelmed!

UT defines a transfer student as anyone who has attempted or earned at least one college credit since finishing high school. Sometimes, and I find this to be particularly true with veterans, some people earned credit years ago.

They are looking to return back to school after military service or working. Attempting any college hours negates anything from high school and you are ineligible to apply as a first-time freshman.

You must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be considered. If your GPA is less than 3.0, you will not gain admission.

UT also discourages applicants who exceed more than 60 credit hours while pursuing a bachelor's degree at a four-year university. You must complete a minimum of 60 hours in residence at UT to receive your degree. Some programs won't look at your application if you exceed 90 hours.

For that reason, they encourage students in their third and fourth years to complete their degree and consider UT for graduate school.

As you begin your application, it is important to review the requirements. 

The deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 1. You must complete and submit:

  • The Apply Texas application that opens on August 1
  • A $75 application fee ($90 for international applicants)
  • The required Essay A "Personal Statement" along with your choice of one other. Most applicants submit Essay E "Issue of Importance"
  • Your college transcripts from any university where you earned credit
  • A required expanded (paper) resume

You must have 30 credit hours completed or in progress by the March 1 deadline. All credit hours will factor into your GPA even if you retook a course and earned a better grade. Grades never cancel each other out.

In the next post, I briefly discuss the difference between spring and fall transfer.

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