New Academic Year, Fall 2019 Application Cycle, and Longhorn Fridays

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! I hope the school year is off to a great start and you are as excited about the beginning of the fall semester as we are at The University of Texas at Austin. Last week we kicked off the start of the new academic year by welcoming over 8,000 new Longhorn students. You know our students well, and you know why we so look forward to the impact they will make on the Forty Acres and the world when they graduate in four years. Thank you for all you have done to help our new students prepare for success at UT Austin. We so appreciate all you do to make a difference in the lives of your students, and we are so delighted that they have chosen UT Austin for their college home.

Fall 2019 Application Cycle

Over 2,500 students have already applied for fall 2019 admission to UT Austin. This is an exciting time for students and their families, but we recognize that there is a lot to consider. A few key reminders for the fall 2019 freshman admission cycle:

  • Automatic admission eligibility: UT Austin freshman applicants who are in the top 6% of their Texas high school class are eligible for automatic admission to fall 2019. Students who may have questions should contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Simplified scholarship consideration: As a reminder, all students who apply for admission will be considered for university scholarships. A few scholarships do have specific eligibility criteria and require students to complete a survey. Otherwise, students are automatically considered for available scholarships by submitting their application for admission. Please note that each applicant who submits a complete application for admission will be prompted to review this additional list via the university’s MyStatus online portal. Visit the Admissions Scholarships web page for additional information. As always, we strongly recommend that students complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to ensure that students can be considered for all for which they may be eligible.
  • Simplified scholarship consideration: As a reminder, all students who apply for admission will be considered for university scholarships. A few scholarships do have specific eligibility criteria and require students to complete a survey. Otherwise, students are automatically considered for available scholarships by submitting their application for admission. Please note that each applicant who submits a complete application for admission will be prompted to review this additional list via the university’s MyStatus online portal. Visit the Admissions Scholarships web page for additional information. As always, we strongly recommend that students complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to ensure that students can be considered for all for which they may be eligible.

Longhorn Fridays — You are invited!

Our commitment to students and student success is centered in academic success, but another key part of our support to students is to ensure that they feel a sense of belonging to our community. Last week we officially kicked off Longhorn Fridays. This effort is focused on fostering a strong sense of belonging among our students—they are part of a very special community—our Longhorn family of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Our community will celebrate Longhorn Fridays across campus and around the world—making it easy for Longhorns on- and off-campus to share their connection to the Forty Acres and their pride in the university by wearing burnt orange on Fridays.

Stay in touch

Our admissions team and I are looking forward to seeing many of you during our Counselor Updates across Texas this month. Please feel free to contact me or UT Austin’s admissions counselors with your comments, suggestions, or questions.

All the best to you and your students this year.

Hook ’em!

Miguel V. Wasielewski, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Admissions
The University of Texas at Austin