I am a newbie here who is just starting to look into college for my daughter. She wants to major in the visual arts. She is interested in UT Austin and so am I, because when she was a baby we purchased the Texas Tomorrow plan for her, which means that we have already paid for 4 years of tuition to any Texas state school. So for us, TX state schools are the way to go.
Are there ever any exceptions to the top 8% thing? She is only in 8th grade so she doesn't have any sort of a rank yet, but we live in an extremely competitive school district. I will be shocked (but thrilled) if she graduates in the top 8%. I think she will do well but there are so many go-getter, super-motivated, accomplished kids that she goes to school with who are going to easily snap up those spots.
Does anyone know if the UT department of art will even look at an art portfolio from a student who isn't in the top 8%? I am wondering if she has any chance at all if she puts together a terrific portfolio and also has good grades and good SAT/ACT scores (just not top 8%), or if they stick to the top 8% rule exclusively. Sorry this is so long. TIA.