UT Austin Transfer Acceptance Rate, GPA, and Requirements

A generation ago, transfer students in Texas had to collect piles upon piles of transcripts in hopes a transfer auditor would judge their coursework as transferable and their application suitable for admission. 

Today, luckily, institutions across Texas—like UT Austin—have made massive innovations to the process of transferring that not only make it easier to enter into Austin from another institution, but they also increase the number of transfer students going to Austin. 

This, subsequently, increases the competition among transfers in tandem. 

Nevertheless, the state of Texas, with UT Austin as its flagship university, has coordinated its institutions of higher education so that most courses taken at another UT school will count towards a degree at Austin. 

In fact, Austin offers a database of over 320,000 thousand courses taught throughout the state that they will count for credit, making transferring more accessible than ever before.

With steep competition, and much to think about regarding how to best tailor one’s application essays and letters of recommendation, the last thing a potential transfer student should have to go hunting for is information regarding the technical aspects of the transfer process: acceptance rates, requirements, and timelines.

As such, this article will break down this information and more, assuring that readers have all the information and resources they need to begin preparations for the transfer process. 

In laying out this information, this article will discuss the process of transferring and why UT Austin is a truly unique institution that any potential transfer student could be proud to call their new school. 

UT Austin Transfer Acceptance Rate

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The transfer acceptance rate at UT Austin is roughly 38% for in-state applicants and 20% for out-of-state applicants. 

That being said, the likelihood of being accepted for transfer at UT Austin will vary greatly depending on the college being applied to. The McCombs School of Business, for example, is an incredibly competitive institution for transfer students, with McCombs only accepting roughly 10% of transfer applicants each year. 

Besides McCombs, UT Austin opts to keep much of its data regarding transfer admissions private, but some schools, such as the College of Natural Sciences, do provide more information regarding the number of transfer students they admit. 

In 2021, the College of Natural Sciences admitted 288 transfer students of their roughly 1,800 students per class.

Although resources such as these don’t provide the acceptance rate for that college specifically, it provides more information regarding where transfer students apply and the demographic breakup of admitted transfer students. 

Related to general admissions is data regarding the acceptance rate for transfer student financial aid. Based on undergraduate UT Austin students’ available financial aid data, just about 50% of UT Austin transfer students can expect to receive financial assistance. 

Finally, 95% of admitted transfer students are Texas residents, 4% are out-of-state residents, and 1% reside internationally.

Application Requirements & GPA for UT Austin Transfers

UT Austin requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for transfer admission. 

However, the competition for transfer admission at UT Austin is very steep, and therefore, the average transfer GPA is a 3.75

In order to transfer to UT Austin, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours at their previous institution. However, there are a variety of major specific prerequisites depending on the program to which one hopes to apply. 

For the McCombs School of Business, as an example for one of Austin’s more popular colleges, students must complete two calculus classes and two macroeconomic classes prior to transferring. 

Others, such as the College of Liberal Arts, generally do not require any additional coursework from transfer students beyond the standard 24 credit hours. 

A variety of majors require additional application materials besides the standard two essays, resume, and transcripts. 

The theatre department, for example, requires an audition, and the School of Design and Creative Technologies requires students to submit samples of work. 

As mentioned previously, the best source for assuring one’s credits will apply towards a degree at UT Austin is Austin’s vast database of 320,000 transfer-eligible courses, called the Automated Transfer Equivalency System

Beyond that, a list of common errors regarding why a course might not be counting for transfer credit can be found on UT Austin’s website. 

UT Austin Transfer Deadline

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The deadline to apply to UT Austin as a transfer student is March 1st of each year for summer/fall enrollment, and October 1st for spring admission. 

However, applying before the November 1st priority application deadline is preferable. 

Applications open on August 1st of each year. There is a $75 application fee, so prospective transfer students should be prepared with those funds on hand for when they submit their applications. 

Transfer students are required to submit their FAFSA to UT Austin prior to January 15th in order to qualify for both federal/state aid and UT Austin’s financial aid offerings. 

Several scholarships and grants have deadlines independent of the general FAFSA due date, and can be read about in further detail on UT Austin’s financial aid website

Unlike many transfer student applications that allow students to alter their application after its submission with updated college transcripts, UT Austin encourages students to provide final transcript information at the time of application. 

As such, UT Austin does not provide a deadline for when transfer students must provide their updated documentation. 

Instead, it makes decisions based on the most up-to-date documents possible when the application is submitted. 

What is the Decision Date for UT Austin Transfers?

Students must accept their admittance to UT Austin by July 1st of each year, and acceptance letters will be sent to students sometime between May 1st and June 15th at the latest. 

UT Austin does not have strict dates regarding when they send out acceptance letters, but it is doubtful a transfer student would receive a letter of admission prior to May 1st. 

For transfer students applying for spring admission, rolling admissions acceptance letters will be sent to incoming spring semester students during the month of November. Students will then have to accept their admissions acceptance by mid-January.

Once a student is ready to accept their offer of admittance on their MyStatus page, they will have to submit an enrollment deposit of $200 to accept the offer officially. 

July 1st is also the date by which transfer students must submit their on-campus housing preferences. To complete this contract, students fill out a separate $50 housing application

The final step for transfer students is to schedule an official orientation date. After orientation, transfer students will officially be prepared to take their first step on their journey as Longhorns. 

Deciding Whether You Should Transfer to UT Austin

But even after completing the application, fulfilling all the prerequisites, and meeting all the deadlines, transfer students may still be unsure about whether UT Austin is the right choice for them. Why might someone choose UT Austin over its competitors?

Because many transfer students will be choosing from among other Texas institutions, as over 95% of UT Austin transfer students are Texas residents, it is important to note that UT Austin consistently scores as the top public university in the state. 

This ranking is confirmed by the U.S. News and World Report, Niche, and the QS World University Rankings alike. 

Furthermore, UT Austin is one of the largest universities in the world, with a student population of roughly 55,000 and the largest alumni network of all universities in Texas. 

This means that alumni of UT Austin will find community, and employment opportunities, across the globe via this expansive alumni base. 

UT Austin is also one a public ivy, which means that this school has a tradition of rigorous academic prestige coupled with more affordable, public school tuition prices. It is for this reason that, in part, UT Austin is considered one of the best universities in the country for receiving returns on investments, and the best return investment institution in Texas.

And beyond academics, Austin is frequently ranked as the best city in the country for college students. 

Not only does Austin provide ideal academic and employment opportunities, but for those students who wish to experience an adventurous college experience, Austin is perhaps better than no other city in providing just that.

RECAP: How to Apply As a Transfer Student to UT Austin

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Based on these affordances and more, Austin will be an ideal institution for a plethora of transfer students. 

And if a student follows the information outlined in this article, they will have taken the first steps towards becoming one of the thousands upon thousands of students and alumni that are proud to call themselves Longhorns. 

First, transfer students are advised to look into the program they seek to apply to in order to determine the specific major requirements for that department. 

While at one’s previous institution, they will have to maintain a 3.0 GPA minimum, but may need to achieve a GPA closer to 3.7 in order to be competitive. 

Next, watch out for the application to open on August 1st, and be sure to complete it by March 1st at the latest, but preferably complete the application prior to the November 1st priority deadline. 

While waiting for the admissions decisions to be posted in early May to mid-June, be sure to submit the FAFSA prior to January 15th. 

For those hoping to enroll in the spring, apply by October 1st, look out for admission decisions in November, and accept the letter of acceptance by mid-January. 

For those hoping to enroll in the summer/fall, the deadline to accept the admission letter is July 1st.

Then, once the housing applications are complete, the enrollment fees are paid, and the orientation is scheduled, all a transfer student needs to do is focus on how excited they are to join the wonderful Longhorn community.