The University of Texas

The University of Texas Admissions and General School Information

The University of Texas' main campus is located in vibrant Austin, Texas. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in over 170 fields of study.

About the University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, is home to nearly 50,000 students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school is one of the nation's largest public universities, and has one of the most diverse student bodies. It is also one of the nation's leading research universities, heading more than 3,500 research projects.

The university athletic traditions include a myriad of title wins, a nationally recognized marching band and Bevo, a Texas longhorn adopted as its mascot in 1916.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

The University of Texas accepts applications for admission from first-time college students and transfer students. All applicants must submit two admissions essays, high school diplomas, and ACT or SAT scores. Individual programs and departments may have additional application requirements.

University of Texas Academic Departments (by School)

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture offers bachelor's and master's degrees leading to professional licensure as an architect. It also offers non-professional programs in areas including community and regional planning, interior design, architectural studies, historic preservation, urban design and sustainability. In addition, students can earn a doctorate in community and regional planning or architectural history. Graduate applicants will normally have to submit a portfolio to be considered for acceptance.

McCombs School of Business

The business school is home to over 6,000 students seeking bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate and graduate fields of study include information, risk and operations management, accounting, finance, management, business administration and marketing. The school also offers a Master of Public Administration degree. Non-degree programs are available for executives seeking to further their business education.

College of Communication

The university's various communications programs were formally combined as the College of Communication in 1979. Undergraduate and graduate programs are available in communication sciences and disorders, radio and television and film, communication studies, advertising and journalism. Students choosing to study communication sciences and disorder may specialize in speech and language pathology, deaf studies and audiology.

Division of Continuing Education

The university opened the Division of Continuing Education in 1909. It offers credit and noncredit courses, certificates, services and programs for anyone seeking educational or career development. Certificate programs include process management, effective communication, fundamentals of petroleum, business foundations and principles of marketing. The division also provides courses for elementary through high school students.

College of Education

The College of Education offers bachelor's degrees and certification for students wishing to teach elementary and secondary education. The college's master's and doctoral programs are designed for those seeking to work at institutions of higher learning. It also offers non-certification undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas including exercise science, applied movement science, athletic training, recreation and sports management.

Cockrell School of Engineering

The Cockrell School of Engineering evolved from the university's engineering department, begun in 1894. The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Fields of study include geosystems engineering and hydrology, aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, chemical engineering and petroleum engineering. The school prides itself on its successful alumni, including eight NASA astronauts.

College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts is divided into three divisions: theatre and dance, art and art history and the Butler School of Music. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available in all divisions. Music students must audition for most degree programs. Students interested in stage work can earn degrees studying both theatre and dance, or may choose between the two.

Jackson School of Geosciences.

The Department of Geology was established in 1888, and has since evolved to the Jackson School of Geosciences. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy. B.S. students have five options for fields of study: geosystems engineering and hydrogeology, hydrogeology and environmental sciences, geophysics, general geology and teaching. Graduate students can choose from nine tracks, including petrology and geochemistry, paleontology, geophysics and climate systems science.

Graduate School

This school coordinates the graduate-level programs throughout the university's colleges. Applicants must meet minimum graduate school requirements set by the , as well as those of their individual graduate programs. Both should be consulted when applying for graduate admission.

School of Information

Over 300 students interested in library and information sciences are enrolled in the School of Information. It offers master's and doctoral degrees and a a certificate of advanced study in information studies. It also offers standard school librarian certificate and specializations in preservation and conservation. Students who graduate from this school may work in fields such as information policy, multimedia production, information architecture, digital information system design, museum conservation and records management.

School of Law

The University of Texas' law school was founded in 1883 and is one of the nation's oldest. The school is home to some 1,400 students seeking Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degrees. The law school also offers joint J.D. and master's degree programs in several areas, including public affairs, business administration and Middle Eastern studies. Master of Law (LL.M.) degrees are available to graduates of foreign law schools, as well as American students interested in Latin American studies.

College of Liberal Arts

Undergraduate students can choose from over 55 majors in the humanities and the behavioral, social and natural sciences at the College of Liberal Arts. The college offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in all other fields. Study areas include anthropology, Asian studies, foreign languages, government, English and military sciences. Academically strong students have the option of an honors program.

College of Natural Sciences

The College of Natural Sciences offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in several fields of study. Highly ranked programs include artificial intelligence, computer programming, topology, plasma and analytical chemistry. Graduate students may choose interdisciplinary studies in nanoscience and nanotechnology, cell and molecular biology, computational and applied mathematics and neuroscience. Among its many distinguished alumni, the college has graduated two Nobel laureates.

School of Nursing

Students interested in a nursing profession can earn both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the School of Nursing. It offers a bachelor's program designed for students holding an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. Its master's and doctoral degrees have tailored programs for students holding non-nursing bachelor's degrees. Students seeking a master's degree can choose from several concentrations, including pediatric nurse practicioning, public health and holistic adult health.

College of Pharmacy

The university offered the state's first pharmacy classes in 1883. Today students can choose from a professional pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.), Master of Science degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacy. Graduate coursework may be tailored to match each student's unique objectives. In addition, the college offers post-Pharm.D. clinical research and training; this can be done in conjunction with a graduate pharmacy degree.

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Started in 1970, the School of Public Affairs provides training in public policy analysis and administration. It offers a Master of Public Affairs, Master of Global Policy and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy. Both master's degrees have several dual degree programs available. Students graduating from this school may work in government and policy-related fields in private and nonprofit sectors.

School of Social Work

Students interested in social services and social policy can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in social work. Bachelor's degree students learn to work directly with social service clients. Master's students may become clinical therapists, crisis intervention counselors, program developers and policy analysts. Doctoral students can work in academia, research and private practice. The bachelor's and master's program include required field placements; options for out-of-state and international placements are available.

School of Undergraduate Studies

This school oversees the education of all University of Texas at Austin undergraduates. It maintains the university's core curriculum, provides advising services and coordinates the programs for first-year students. Entering students who have not chosen another college or school will be placed here initially.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712
  • Phone Number: (512) 475-7348