How many families are really in the position that their kids are going to miss the top 7% at an excellent public school but would be in the top of the under performing school? And if the family had several children, would they all benefit from the move?
On a more personal level, three generations of my family have been Longhorns - my grandmother attended graduate school at UT in the 1920s. But it looks as if none of my sister's three kids will be able to get in. The older two were not in the top 7% at their competitive high school. I don't think my younger nephew will make it, either. It's a shame, because they would done well at UT. My niece is graduating this year. She's in the top 10%, but not the top 7%. My older nephew appealed his rejection without success.
The Top Whatever percentage is because they are limiting the auto-admits to 75% of the entering class, so that they still have 25% of spots for things like, oh, football players.
In 2009, the law was modified for The University of Texas at Austin. Under the new law, the university must automatically admit enough students to fill 75 percent of available Texas resident spaces.