Texas students who hope for automatic admission to the University of Texas at Austin will need to be in the top 6 percent of their high school classes starting in the summer of 2019, the school announced Friday.
The public university is imposing the tighter standard because of the state’s growing high school population. Those enrolling at UT in 2018 have to rank in the top 7 percent.
Other public universities in Texas grant automatic admission for students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class.
“The change is due to the continued growth in the number of Texas high school graduates and a steep increase in applications to UT-Austin,” the university said in a news release. “Applications to the university rose from 38,000 in 2013 to more than 51,000 in 2017. The number of high school graduates in Texas rose by 14,000 during that same period and is projected to increase by almost 50,000 through 2025.”
State law requires UT-Austin to automatically admit 75 percent of the first-year in-state students and the university sets the admission threshold on a yearly basis.
“The university is enrolling about 1,000 more freshmen than it did six years ago,” President Gregory L. Fenves said. “We accomplished this by dramatically improving four-year graduation rates, making it possible for us to serve more students. We are committed to even further improvements, which will continue to expand access to UT.”