The University of Texas at Austin: Narrative Description

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Austin, TX 78712-1111
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Texas System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1883. Setting: 350-acre urban campus with easy access to San Antonio. Endowment: $2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $320.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9387 per student. Total enrollment: 50,377. Faculty: 2,721 (2,467 full-time, 254 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 23,008 applied, 51% were admitted. 66% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 242 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 33,888 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 3,489 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 121 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 4% black, 17% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 6% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to Texas high school graduates in the top 10% of their graduating class are automatically admitted upon meeting all other enrollment requirements.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $4260 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,960 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1475 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $6184. College room only: $3569. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 900 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 9% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Student Events Center, Texas Exes-Student Chapter, Longhorn Band Student Organization, Student Volunteer Board. Major annual events: Gone to Texas (freshman welcome), 40 Acres Fest, Commencement. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,698 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Perry-Castaneda Library plus 16 others with an OPAC and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $27.2 million. 4,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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