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.
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||18:1|
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UTexas Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|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|
|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|
|Average Total Aid||$11,217|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||65%|
|Room & Board||$11,812|
- 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
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|
|All Business Majors||1,173 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Finance, General||331 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%|
|Radio and Television||267 Graduates|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||255 Graduates|
|Public Relations/Image Management||163 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||1,089 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||638 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.
|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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