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UT Admission

newjersey8newjersey8 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
Hi I was just wondering how admission to UT compares to admissions at large schools like University of Florida, Penn State, University of Maryland and Ohio State and also small schools like Tulane? Thanks!!
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  • kp217kp217 Posts: 225Registered User Junior Member
    All of those schools are significantly easier to get into than UT Austin.
  • yorkdukes93yorkdukes93 Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    I think Florida is actually harder to get into now than UT. The University has become increasingly selective over the past few years and the acceptance rate for 2008 was around 37% I believe.
  • LennyPepperidgeLennyPepperidge Posts: 251Registered User Junior Member
    Ohio State is about equal. It has worse class rank numbers because there's no 10% rule (77% at UT/56% at Ohio State) OTOH, they can take a greater number of strong students from the top third at highly competitive high schools and thus have slightly better test numbers (ACT middle 50% range Ohio State: 26-30/UT 24-30)

    Pretty much any student at one would be a strong candidate at the other with the exception of the worst 10% rule kids at UT. For example, UT has over twice the proportion of kids scoring >23 on the ACT than does Ohio State: 19% vs. 9% but a slightly better number scoring 30+ (33% to 31%)
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 12,648Super Moderator Senior Member
    No one asked the most obvious question. Are you in state or OOS? I am presuming OOS. All those stats are meaningless because you have to know how they treat OOS applicants. Usually the barriers to entry are higher for OOS.
  • Tiger1992Tiger1992 Posts: 201Registered User Junior Member
    Kind of hard to compare selectivity for UT against other schools. The Top 8% rule skews the numbers. Many people who are not top 8% don't apply, so the number of applicants is probably lower than the number for a similar state univerity. The top 8% all get in, so that group has a 100% acceptance rate. If 75% have a 100% acceptance rate... Hmmm, we need a statistics expert to resolve that one!
  • newjersey8newjersey8 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I am from out of state and I have heard that UT is harder to get into from out of state due to the top 8% rule so hopefully I get in!
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 12,648Super Moderator Senior Member
    I think you are right. UNC-CH is one of the hardest because they have to have at least 82% in state or something like that. At least that is what I read once, I never checked it out myself. But I would say for OOS UT and now FL are the toughest. FL has gotten much tougher from what I hear, for all sorts of reasons but mainly because more kids are staying in state. FL homes have lost so much value so I guess people can't borrow against them like they used to so they could afford private schools.
  • TXArtemisTXArtemis Posts: 1,055Registered User Senior Member
    Well, here are some numbers to crunch:

    Effective this admissions cycle for fall 2011, Texas law dictates that UT's freshman class be composed as follows:

    75% Texans auto-admitted based on class rank - top 8%*
    15% Texans admitted by holistic review
    10% OOS and international admitted by holistic review

    *The qualifying rank for guaranteed admission will be set for each incoming class. 8% is for the class of 2011; 9% is for the class of 2012; the applicable rank for the class of 2013 will be announced no later than September 2011.


    Although the applicable percentages were slightly different for last year's admission cycle (under predecessor law), you can look at the composition of the current freshman class of 2010 to get a rough idea of what kinds of numbers these formulae yield:

    Texans auto-admitted based on class rank - top 10% = 5546
    Texans admitted by holistic review = 989
    OOS and international admitted by holistic review = 740
    TOTAL enrolled class of 2010 = 7275

    See http://www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/research/HB588-Report13.pdf

    By design of the amended law effective Class of 2011, the OOS/international figure should remain fairly stable (10% of the freshman class). The auto-admit figure will decrease slightly, whereas the in-state holistic review figure will increase slightly.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 12,648Super Moderator Senior Member
    Yep, sounds like UT is very tough OOS.
  • soadquake981soadquake981 Posts: 1,574Registered User Senior Member
    The acceptance rate at UT for out-of-state students was around 23% last year.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 12,648Super Moderator Senior Member
    Better than I would have thought, but still extremely competitive.
  • soadquake981soadquake981 Posts: 1,574Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah, but you also have to consider the pool of out-of-state applicants applying. The acceptance rate at UT is actually lower than at schools like Carnegie Mellon, but I'm very sure that the pool of applicants at Carnegie Mellon is more qualified as a whole. I'm not saying that out-of-state students at UT are dumb -- I'm just saying that it's not necessarily as difficult to get in as it looks.
  • eaglemom10eaglemom10 Posts: 452Registered User Member
    As a Texas taxpayer I am torn. On the one hand, OOS are great when they bring in dollars to our economy by going to school here and then by staying here and working and adding to our brain stores. On the other hand, every spot that goes to an OOS could have gone to a Texan. In the end, one hopes that THE BEST of the BEST are being accepted through UT's admissions policies and the best economic outcome is acheived for Texans.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Posts: 12,648Super Moderator Senior Member
    eaglemom, I understand what you mean, but I would add that having students from other parts of the country (and world) does add immensely to the college experience. So besides the extra $$ it is an important aspect for those native students.
  • soadquake981soadquake981 Posts: 1,574Registered User Senior Member
    You have to remember that in addition to being the flagship public university in Texas (sorry Aggies), UT is just generally the best college (public or private) for many fields of study (engineering, business, etc.) in the southern region of the US. As such, there will always be plenty of out-of-state students applying for admission.

    So, while it's a financial game for the state and for UT, it's more about academics for students.
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