Recommended UT-Austin Majors Rank and Test Score Minimums

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Hoping to make the cut for UT-Austin? What rank and test scores do you need to be competitive? Worried you rank outside of the top 6%?

It’s no secret UT admissions is more competitive than ever. UT received approximately 53,000 applications admitting around 17,000 students for Fall 2019. Two-thirds of all applicants will not gain admission

The admissions rate for Texas residents outside of the top 6% was 14%. Less than 10% of out-of-state and international students gained admission.

In this post, I present data from the past three years to visualize your chances. I recap Fall 2019 admissions and provide an overview of how UT uses rank and test scores. I discuss my process for producing these academic minimum rules of thumb and conclude with a conversation about how these can help build your college list and decide whether UT is a realistic match.

Summary of client outcomes from Fall 2017-2019

I’ve compiled and modeled 125 client outcomes for Fall 2017, 2018, and 2019. Here are my clients from the past three years admitted and denied across all majors regardless of residency.

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Texas Residents rank and test score minimum recommendations by college and school

When students complete my questionnaire for a free consultation, I don’t hesitate to share the disappointing news if they are highly unlikely to get in. Every year, I also get a few wrong with students who receive pleasantly surprising news of their admission. There are always exceptions in both directions.

These are the rules of thumb, conservative estimates. I’ve built them based on general competition trends from previous years, the approximate number of spaces available, data from my clients, observations from online communities, and forecasting a more competitive environment in future years.

I use these to determine whether my professional services could help a student gain admission. I turn down many more prospective clients than I pitch because I only feel comfortable working with students who I feel have a reasonably good shot at getting in.

Drawing on three years at UT five years working with students independently, I provide below my best guesses for whether UT is worth applying and considering.

Note: I include only Texas residents recommendations here. International and out-of-state students should presumably have much higher academics than these to consider UT a “match” school

Academic Minimum Cutoffs for Prospective Fall 2020 Clients

I have excluded Fine Arts from these recommendations because the audition or portfolio plays a large role in their process. I have broken up Engineering into similarly competitive groups since, unlike most other UT programs, decisions are made on the major selection rather than the college/school.

STEM programs place more weight on the math/quantitative subscores, so there are exceptions to these rules of thumb which present only the SAT Composite. You can convert your ACT score using these tables.

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Cockrell School of Engineering Minimum Rank and Test Score

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What to make of these recommendations?

My message isn’t to deter anyone from applying to UT. My hope is that students and families begin managing their expectations will in advance of receiving their decisions. Putting all of your emotional eggs in the same college basket, especially one was selective as UT, is setting you up for potential heartbreak later.

Because UT makes admissions decisions based on a student’s first choice college or school, it is a good idea to at least have a family conversation about aiming for a different program if you’re anxious about your chances.

Having realistic expectations is important for building your college list with “match” programs where you have a reasonable chance of gaining admission. All students need at least one “assured” program where they will 100% gain admission based on their rank and test scores.

Again, these recommendations are conservative estimates whether UT is a realistic possibility. Last year, I had a few clients gain admission that I probably wouldn’t take on this year, and others who I felt confident would gain admission that don’t.

College admissions is extremely uncertain and unpredictable. Variables like rank and test score are two among many.

Interested in working together? Complete my questionnaire for a free consultation.


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