Finding the Right College Fit: University of Texas at Austin

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 

“What starts here changes the world.” The University of Texas at Austin boldly believes that their students are destined for greatness. And it’s no wonder. The University attracts some of the brightest minds from TX and around the world. About 10 percent of undergraduates hail from out-of-state, but with nearly 40,000 underclassmen enrolled, you’re sure to find classmates with shared interests. UT’s most popular colleges are the College of Natural Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the School of Engineering. In the University’s well-known School of Business, 100 high achieving freshmen have the opportunity to take part in a fast-paced, in-depth business honors program, modeled after UT’s own MBA curriculum. There’s no question that academic opportunities abound at UT. First year science students can take advantage of the Freshman Research Initiative, which places several hundred freshmen in laboratories to earn course credit while conduct their own cutting-edge and publishable research. And don’t forget that UT Austin’s priority application deadline is fast approaching: November 1! Fun fact: even though the famed Longhorn marching band is housed within the School of Music, students from any major can join… but first you have to pass two auditions, attend a summer marching clinic, and attend Band Week!

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.