Applying to Engineering

The Cockrell School grants degrees in 11 different majors. You may select up to two different engineering majors for your first and second choices when applying for admission to UT Austin. Learn more about our programs.

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To apply to UT Austin, complete an admission application by December 1 for fall admission. Visit Texas Admissions for a complete list of required application items, such as essays.

Calculus Readiness

Freshman applicants seeking admission to the Cockrell School must meet the Calculus Readiness Requirement. To meet the requirement, students must submit one of the following by the admissions application deadline:

  • SAT Math score of 620
  • ACT Math score of 26 or above
  • AB or BC AP Calculus Test score of 3 or higher
  • IB Mathematics HL or SL Examinations score of 4 or higher
  • Transcript from a college or university with credit for a college level Calculus I course (or higher) with a grade of "C" or better
  • ALEKS score of 80 or above

Engineering Scholarship Program

The Cockrell School of Engineering awards scholarships aimed at recognizing the academic achievement and leadership potential of future students.  To be considered for merit scholarships, complete the Engineering Honors Program application by December 1.

UT Austin does not have a separate scholarship application for prospective, first-year students.  A completed FAFSA is not required, but recommended to be considered for available university scholarships.  Some scholarships administered by the Office of Financial Aid have special qualifications or additional requirements.  View information about those in MyStatus after the university receives your admission application.

Estimated Costs

Below are the estimated costs based on fall and spring enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year for students who are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the Cockrell School and live on-campus:

Texas Residents: $11,052 $10,804 $5,804 $27,660
Non-Texas Residents: $38,968 $10,804 $5,804 $55,576

*Approximate amounts. On-campus housing expense varies based on location and occupancy choices. Includes $1,800 in Dine-In Dollars and $200 in Bevo Bucks.

Engineering Honors Program

The Cockrell School offers a select group of students the opportunity to join the Engineering Honors Program, a non-degree program designed to enhance the undergraduate experience outside the classroom.  During the first year, participants gain access to merit scholarships and honors housing.  Participants have the opportunity to complete an Engineering Honors Thesis later.

To apply for the Engineering Honors Program:

  • Submit a UT Austin admission application by Dec. 1
  • Submit an Engineering Honors Program application by Dec. 1
  • No letters of recommendation or resumes accepted for the Engineering Honors Program

Living on Campus

The online housing application opens on Aug. 1.

To access the housing application, you must submit your admissions application and all required supporting documentation, and it must be received by the UT Austin Admissions Office. Visit the UT Austin Admissions housing webpage for more information.

Engineering students benefit from several unique residential programs designed to improve your on-campus living experience. Our on-campus living programs include:

  • The WEP Learning Community hosted by the Women in Engineering Program is open to 40 female engineering students who live in Kinsolving Residence Hall. Benefits include social activities, mentor events, study groups and more!
  • Students invited to join the Engineering Honors Program may qualify to live in one of the Honors Residence Halls: Andrews, Blanton, Carothers and Littlefield. These house approximately 680 students, and provide an instant set of peers committed to high academic performance. Reserved spaces are limited, so apply for housing as early as possible.

Visit Campus

Prospective engineering student information sessions are typically held on Fridays, 2-3:30 p.m. Dates and times are subject to change, so view event details and register online through Texas Admissions.

Consider attending Explore UT, the university’s annual open house held the first Saturday in March, which showcases art, culture and research across campus.

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
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m