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Help, I'm out of State and my school dosn't rank!

PBolandPBoland Registered User Posts: 406 Member
I know that there is a policy that says if a student is from OOS and not in the top 10%, then they won't be admitted. I'm from maine and my high school dosn't rank. Can I still apply? I have the SAT scores for UT.
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Replies to: Help, I'm out of State and my school dosn't rank!

  • MidwestMom2Kids_MidwestMom2Kids_ Registered User Posts: 6,673 Senior Member
    That is not a UT policy. UT does not try to force out of state high schools to provide a class rank for UT applicants. My daughter is a first year student at UT now and our out-of-state HS doesn't rank.

    My understanding from the information posted on the web site (link below) is that if UT does not have a rank for you, UT will estimate your rank based on your GPA and your high school profile. This will be a part of the "Academic Index" that they calculate for you.

    Out-of-state students, international students, and non top 10% Texas students are evaluated by the admissions office coming up with numbers for "Academic Index" and "Personal Achievement Index" and generally speaking, admitting students who have high scores in both areas.
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-texas-austin/569013-how-ut-chooses-its-not-top-10-students-2007-report.html

    UT is great. Not many kids there from Maine. Just out of curiosity, why do you want to come from Maine to UT?
  • schismmanifestoschismmanifesto Registered User Posts: 390 Member
    You said you "have the SAT scores for UT" however, you may be slightly misinformed. Out of State admission to UT is very competitive and if you're basing your scores on what college board or the UT website states you are probably fairing on the low side. (If you have above a 2100 you can probably disregard most of what I'm saying) 90% of UT's students come from in-state and a large percent of those students are admitted simply because of their top 10 percent class rank. Therefore many of them do not have the greatest SAT scores and as a consequence they pull the average down significantly. Also, your tests scores should and will be evaluated based on what major you are applying for. Business, Engineering, Architecture, and any of the honors programs will have much higher avg. test scores than students who are applying to the college of liberal arts or geosciences. Keep all of this in mind. As a suggestion: If you simply want to get into UT then apply to an easy major, preferably in the college of liberal arts. That way you won't be evaluated against higher caliber students who contend for spots in the more competitive majors.
  • MidwestMom2Kids_MidwestMom2Kids_ Registered User Posts: 6,673 Senior Member
    Out of state H.S. guidance counselors should have information on the SAT range needed for likely UT admission. In 2006, the mean SAT for "Texas top 10%" students was 1220 and the mean SAT for non-top-10% students was 1257.
  • FrenchlawFrenchlaw Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    My son is a freshman at UT from New York City. His public high school did not rank. We understood that UT is as competitive as the Ivy League for OOS applicants. Having spoken with our son's admissions counselor, the different schools within the University may have different statistical yard sticks as they are looking for different qualifications. For example, Architecture is looking for out of state students, we were told. Investigate to see what your chances really are.
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