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UT Business Honors

RedBullet11RedBullet11 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
hi i'm an instater, and I'm thinking about applying to ut business honors under finance. my biggest problem is that i'm not in top 5% of my school (top 10%), but I hear people say "u can't get into ut bh unless you're in top 5%". Is this true? My SAT is decent (2300), and I have always taken all available pre-AP / AP courses. I also have a ton of extracurrics and I know my essays/recs will be very good.

So basically what I'm saying is I'm strong in every field except class rank/%. Do I still have a good chance?
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Replies to: UT Business Honors

  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 22,219 Senior Member
    Go for it. You are a good candidate and you won't know unless you try.
  • dcfcadcfca Registered User Posts: 1,552 Senior Member
    you can try but yeah, you probably wont get in.

    most kids who have gotten in from my school have been top 10 people. Last year a kid who was ranked 8/680, Varsity of Basketball Team, 800 Math on SAT with a good verbal score, etc didn't make it in.

    But give it a shot anyway, you have nothing to lose. Extra cirriculars and the good SAT score will help a lot
  • RedBullet11RedBullet11 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    hm thanks very much for the input you two. well if Business honors is truly hopeless, is it possible would put me in just regular finance or do I not have much of a shot there either?
  • jrpower6116jrpower6116 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Dude, you gotta be top 3% for the business school.
  • RedBullet11RedBullet11 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    that's certainly not what they said at colloqium.
  • ArchonPraetorArchonPraetor Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    "A maximum of 75% of the class (approximately 800-900 students) are admitted according to rank. 1% ranked students are admitted first, followed by the 2% ranked, and so on are admitted, until 75% of the class is filled. We project the cutoff point to be between the 5-7% ranks.
    The 25% of remaining spots (approximately 300 students) are admitted through a competitive process. Students from non-ranking high schools, foreign, out of state, non top 10%, and those who are not admitted into the first 75% compete for the remaining spots."

    straight from ut biz site.
  • jrpower6116jrpower6116 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    That is on the UT website. However, you did not post the line of text that immediately precedes your excerpt. Which is: "The McCombs School of Business has a new admissions policy effective Fall 2001."

    So you might be right if your info weren't 4 years old. Back in the year 2000 they esimated that the cut-off would be around 5-7%. That has hardly been the case. I had 2 friends from highschool that were both in the top 5%, but not in the top 3%. They were rejected. One went to Columbia and the other went to Rice. I'm not trying to argue with you - just call the admissions office and ask.

    RedBullet11, there is still a chance that you could make it into that 25% of remaining spots. You have a very good SAT score, but so did my 2 friends. Also, now that Hopwood v. Texas has been overturned, they will be using that remaining 25% of the class to increase diversity. If you're white or asian, good luck.Whatever you do, don't blow off the essay. My friends did and that is what I believe led to thier rejection. UT will be reviewing that last 25% very holistically.

    As for BHP, you have a very good chance if you get into McCombs period. They are less concerned with class rank. They care about your SAT and ECs, which seem to be your strong points.
  • RedBullet11RedBullet11 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    thank you JRpower, and unfortunately in this matter yes I am asian. Also I know the class rank aspect is very important, but do they take any thought as to how competitive your school is? My H.s. is one of the more competitive public schools in my area.
  • jrpower6116jrpower6116 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    I'm not really sure. I've heard that they do take that into account, but anything I tell you would just be hearsay. I think that, given a good essay, you will get in. Just don't be suprised if you get rejected. Tons of other very intelligent people have been screwed by the class rank admissions process too.
  • jrpower6116jrpower6116 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    You should call the admissions office and ask whether they do take your highschool into account. Many times they will not give you a yes or no answer. Rather, they will give you subtle hints that point to the answer that you seek.
  • puttypapyrusputtypapyrus Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Maybe this will be somewhat reassuring. I'm an incoming out-of-state BHP freshman from Indiana and similarly, I was not in the top 5% of my class. In fact, I was not even in the top 25% of my class. While my school does not disclose exact rank, it is still required to indicate an approximation such as top fifth, second fifth, and so on. My class size was approximately 170 and as our school did not weigh grades, we had FOURTEEN valedictorians, one salutorian, and at least another 20 individuals with at least a 3.9 (I graduated with a 3.87 but took several honors/AP classes). Likewise, I also did well on the SAT (1560 on old) and was active in numerous clubs at my school. So I think you have a very good shot, I realize that my situation isn't exactly the same but if what you claim is true (2300 on the SAT, strong extra cirriculars) then you'll be fine. I don't know how much emphasis was put on the interview but prepare for that as well. They'll ask you questions about how you view leadership as well as asking for a variety of roles you've taken as well as what you want to do with a business education and so on.
  • cubekidcubekid Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    dude.. my cousin wasn't in the top 3%, but he got in pretty easily... granted this was 3 years ago, but still... ec's and sats are the way to go.. don't put so much emphasis on class rank..
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