University of Texas Austin Undergraduate Application Requirements: Single Essay, Short Answer Questions, Nov. 1 Priority Deadline

The undergraduate admissions office at the University of Texas-Austin has announced changes to their application process for freshman applicants this fall. The changes, which apply only to the Austin campus in the University of Texas system, will be in place when students begin applying to fall 2018 on August 1.

These changes are:

Single Essay Requirement

All freshman applicants will be required to submit one essay -- in response to Topic A -- in ApplyTexas. The prompt for that essay is:

What was the environment you were raised in?  Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

Other long-form essays in ApplyTexas (B, C, D, S, etc.) will no longer be needed for freshman applicants to UT-Austin

Short Answer Questions

All freshman applicants will also respond to three short-answer questions, focussed on the applicant’s (1) major/career interests, (2) academics and (3)leadership. The prompts for these short answers are:

Short Answer 1: Career Plans  
If you could have any career, what would it be? Why? Describe any activities you are involved in, life experiences you’ve had, or even classes you’ve taken that have helped you identify this professional path. 

Short Answer 2: Academics
Do you believe your academic record (transcript information and test scores) provide an accurate representation of you as a student? Why or why not?

Short Answer 3: Leadership
How do you show leadership in your life? How do you see yourself being a leader at UT Austin?

Responses are required items in UT Austin's ApplyTexas freshman admissions application.

Nursing applicants will submit an additional long-form essay (Essay N) outside the ApplyTexas process. Applicants to Social Work and Art/Art History will also submit an additional short answer response in ApplyTexas.

New Freshman Priority Deadline

The Office of Admissions and UT Austin’s freshman honors programs have adopted two application deadlines:

  • November 1 – Priority Application Deadline (notification no later than February 1)
  • December 1 – Regular Application Deadline (notification no later than March 1)

Priority notifications will include offers of admission to majors and acceptance to honors programs as well as deferrals. A deferral is a notification saying that a little more time is needed for the student’s final decision. Students who are deferred will receive final decisions no later than March 1.