Frequently Asked Questions

For assistance with additional questions, please feel free to contact Engineering Student Services at 512-471-4321.

FAQs for Admitted Students

I have been admitted to the Cockrell School of Engineering. What do I do next?
Prior to enrolling, make sure you meet the Calculus Readiness requirement. Visit the After-Admission Checklist to finalize your admission and prepare for enrollment. The Cockrell School developed an Engineering Orientation Checklist to complete before, during and after orientation.
I was admitted to the Cockrell School, but not admitted to my first-choice major. Can I change my major?
It's important to mention this at your engineering advising appointment during orientation. You may wish to apply for internal transfer after your first 28 in-residence credit hours. More information about this process will be provided during orientation.
What is the cost of tuition and fees to attend UT Austin?

The estimated costs based on fall and spring enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year, for students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the Cockrell School and living on campus, are listed in the table below:

Residency Tuition and Fees Room and Board* Additional Expenses* Total
Texas Residents $10,520 $10,070 $4,972 $25,562
Non-Texas Residents $37,092 $10,070 $4,972 $52,134

*Approximate amounts. On campus housing expenses vary based on location and occupancy choices. Includes $1,500 in Dine-In Dollars and $300 in Bevo Bucks.

When will I find out about the Engineering Honors Program and scholarships?
Decisions for the Engineering Honors Program and scholarship offers will begin going out to students in December and will continue through March. The selections are merit-based and very competitive. The good news is that you can apply for scholarships EVERY year. More than $5.5 million was awarded to both incoming and current engineering students in 2015-16.
I did not receive a scholarship my first year. How difficult is it to receive a scholarship once I'm a student there?
Scholarships for incoming students are merit-based and quite competitive. However, we offer many scholarships to current engineering students as well. Students apply each year by March 1 to be considered for scholarship awards the following year. We also offer a number of corporate and external scholarships throughout the year.
When will I know more about class selection and claiming credit?
During your engineering advising appointment during orientation, you will discuss dual credit and/or claiming credit.  Your advisor will help you make an informed decision about registering for your future classes. You can review specific degree requirements for your major online.
Are there any special housing options for engineering students?
Residence halls are not divided by major at UT Austin. You have lots of housing choices! Students select their residence halls based on convenience and personal preferences.
What if I don’t want to live on campus?
We encourage all first-year students to live on campus. You'll find it convenient, and students who live on campus get better grades! See why living on campus is a great option on the university housing page.
Do I need to buy a laptop?

Please review the laptop requirements specific to your major.  Aerospace EngineeringBiomedical EngineeringChemical Engineering, Civil, Architectural and Environment Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

Many of the engineering buildings have computer labs, in addition to the residence halls labs and numerous computer labs across campus. UT Austin offers educational discounts on laptops and reduced prices on software through the Campus Computer Store. The university also offers free wireless access throughout campus.
Can I meet with an academic advisor now?
You will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor when you attend orientation.
What classes do I need to take for my degree?
Class requirements are specific to your major, and can be found on the degree program pages. Your academic advisor will help you review your credit from high school and select classes for your first year.
How large will my classes be?
Your first and second-year classes will be your largest, as your calculus, chemistry and/or physics classes may hold up to 400 students. However, all classes are taught by a faculty member who provides office hours. These courses also include smaller discussion sessions taught by a teaching assistant (TA). Introductory engineering classes could include about 150 students. As you advance in your major, your classes will become increasingly smaller. The university and the Cockrell School offer great programs to help you feel more at home your first year. Consider joining a First-Year Interest Group (FIG), in which a group of 20-25 students take several classes together and meet weekly for a seminar led by university and student mentors. 
Can I visit campus and see an engineering class?
You can register for a campus visit. Because we want to maintain the integrity of our classes for our current students, the Cockrell School does not offer classroom visits, but we encourage you to attend one of the special programs for admitted students or to visit during Explore UT and talk with current engineering students and staff.
How long does it take to graduate?
With G4 online degree scheduling, you can track your progress to complete your degree plan in four years.  The amount of time to graduate can vary depending on your progress through coursework as well as your participation in opportunities like second majors, co-ops or certificate programs.
Can an engineering student study abroad?
Yes! The university offers a variety of opportunities for engineering students to study abroad. For additional information, check out the International Engineering Education web site.
How do students get work experience?
The Engineering Career Assistance Center (ECAC) serves ONLY engineering students.  Their staff will help you develop your resume, connect with employers during campus visits and interviews.  ECAC provides a wealth of career guidance along the way, from your first internship or Co-op to negotiating your full-time salary.

Engineering Student Services

Contact Engineering Student Services (ESS) for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), 2.848 
Street Address: 2501 Speedway
E-mail: studentservices@engr.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m