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If you’re excited to go to college in a large city, this might be the place for you. You’ll have plenty of fun local activities to participate in. Hiking trails in and around Austin are plentiful. And, depending on your dietary preferences, (vegetarian, vegan, meat and potatoes, Chinese, Thai, or Mexican), you’ll be able to find exactly what you want. Because Austin is Texas’ capital, you’ll also be able to visit the capitol building if you want.

Overview of The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas in Austin’s campus is a big one, with a student population of 51,832. UT-Austin’s student-to-faculty ratio is also relatively high at 18 to 1, so make sure you schedule an office appointment with your professor should you need their help with a class.

Some good news is that you’ll be able to live on campus in the dorms. This can save you quite a bit of money in rent and utilities. Being able to eat in the student dining facility also means that you’ll be able to save on food. Although, if you want, you can stock up on snacks and fruits and avoid the crowded dining hall whenever possible.

If you took advanced placement exams and passed them, you can request credit for those classes without having to take the college equivalent. UT-Austin also accepts dual credit students, who are still in high school and earning college credits at the same time.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 83%
Year Founded 1883

Student Enrollment

Total Students51,832


Undergraduate Student

Male 18,770
Female 22,034

Graduate Student

Male 5,073
Female 5,955

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UTexas Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 24,894
Female 25,681


Male 8,713
Female 10,786

Acceptance Rate39%

Male 35%
Female 42%

Enrollment 9,073

Male 4,174
Female 4,174
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Considered But Not Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline December 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price (total of all costs and fees) at UT-Austin is surprisingly low, at $23,336. This includes in-state or out-of-state tuition. Depending on your family’s circumstances you may still want to request financial aid from the federal government. After submitting your FAFSA, you’ll find out what you’re going to receive in your financial aid package based on your expected family contribution (EFC).

The average net price is the amount remaining to be paid after all financial aid had been applied. In a recent academic year, this amount for UT-Austin was $14,156 on average. This net price is charged to families depending on their annual income, as can be seen below.

  • Families earning less than $30,000 pay around $12,203
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $13,575
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $15,757
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $20,454
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $24,670

The number of freshmen who applied for financial aid in a recent year numbered 5,351. Aid was paid to 3,701 averaging $11,217; students also received an average $5,777 in institutional financial aid.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $14,156
Average Total Aid $11,217
Students Receiving Financial Aid 65%
Room & Board $11,812

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $10,824
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $38,326
  • Books and Supplies - $700
  • Room & Board - $11,812
  • Other - $439


The UT-Austin retention rate is excellent. This is the percentage of students who return to the university for their second year of study; here, that number is 95%. Usually this is used as an indicator that students appreciate the education they got in their first year and feel that they will benefit from returning for another.

Seniors who have attended UT-Austin for four years have a 61% graduation rate. That may sound low, but the national trend is moving toward longer stays in college programs and some students stay for up to two years more to complete their degrees. The six-year graduation rate is much higher at 83%.

Though the school doesn’t offer evening courses, it does offer some distance learning (online classes) if you really need to take a certain class, but your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend in person.

If you aren’t sure yet what you want to major in, don’t worry. You’ll have time to decide while you complete your general education, and there are plenty of majors to choose from at this university. Available majors here include architecture; area ethnic, cultural, gender and group studies; biological and biomedical sciences; business and related majors; communication, journalism and related programs; computer and information sciences and support services; education; engineering; English language and literature/letters; family and consumer sciences/human sciences; foreign languages, literature and linguistics; health professions and related programs; history; legal professions and studies (graduate students); mathematics and statistics; multi/interdisciplinary studies; parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies; physical sciences; psychology; public administration and social service professions; social sciences; and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 51,832

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 1,286 Total Graduates / 13%
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 339 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 275 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 160 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 154 Graduates
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 123 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 1,201 Total Graduates / 12%
Economics, General 532 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 366 Graduates
Sociology 122 Graduates
Anthropology 79 Graduates
Geography 77 Graduates
All Business Majors 1,173 Total Graduates / 12%
Finance, General 331 Graduates
Accounting 240 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 191 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 189 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 114 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1,125 Total Graduates / 11%
Advertising 283 Graduates
Radio and Television 267 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 255 Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management 163 Graduates
Journalism 144 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 1,089 Total Graduates / 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 638 Graduates
Biochemistry 304 Graduates
Neuroscience 147 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 42%

Outcome & Salary

As a graduate of UT-Austin, you should earn a pretty good salary. Graduate’s salaries tend to average around $75,000. Early-career salaries average at $60,700 and their mid-career salaries are $112,800.

The money you or your parents pay out of pocket for your education (for four years) should, on average, be around $56,624 in total. Compare that to the 10-year salary earnings potential of UT-Austin graduates; $750,000. Their 20-year salary earnings potential is even better at up to $1,821,376.

This puts the return on investment (ROI) after ten years at around $693,376. Graduate’s 20-year projected ROI is $1,821,376.

On the other hand, high school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is around $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $60,700
College Grads Average Salary $75,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $112,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $750,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,878,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $56,624
10 Year Projected ROI $693,376
20 Year Projected ROI $1,821,376
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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