Investigate the Cockrell School’s engineering degrees and discover the different areas that best match your interests and aptitudes. Learn about engineering student services, scholarshipsleadership opportunitiesstudy abroad programs and K-12 resources.

Freshman Applicants

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the admission of first-year undergraduate students to The University of Texas at Austin. Please visit Texas Admissions for admission requirements and additional information, including locating your local admissions counselor, campus visit and event registration, financial aid and housing.

Please note that admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering is available only in the summer or fall (Deadline: Dec. 1). There is no spring admission.

Freshman applicants seeking admission to the Cockrell School must meet the calculus readiness requirement by the Dec. 1 admissions application deadline. For more information, refer to the Calculus Readiness Requirement.

For information on admission decisions, please visit the Office of Admissions

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.

Admitted! What's Next?

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Congratulations on your admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering's Class of 2022 at UT Austin! After celebrating and accepting your offer of admission, you must prepare for orientation and registration.

To start your four-year journey as a Longhorn engineer, the Cockrell School has developed a checklist of things to complete before, during and after summer orientation. Attending an orientation session is mandatory for engineering students. Since you will be registering for fall classes at orientation, the sooner you can attend, the better. Register online for UT Orientation now.

Before Orientation

Please accomplish these items before UT Orientation in order to have a successful start to your academic career. Learn more.

  1. All incoming first-year Engineering students are required to purchase the Math Readiness Package as preparation for the in-person UTMA that is taken at Orientation. The Math Readiness Package is extremely important as it plays a major role in your preparation for the UTMA. Learn more about the UTMA Math Readiness Package. All engineering students must take the UT Math assessment (UTMA) during orientation for proper course placement. The UTMA is administered by the Math Department in the College of Natural Sciences and is a requirement to register for Math courses at UT. The UTMA is not to be used to demonstrate Calculus Readiness for admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering. The UTMA score will determine which Math course a student will be eligible to enroll in at the time of course registration.
  2. All incoming engineering students are required to take the free, online Spatial Visualization Assessment prior to orientation. Learn more about the online Spatial Visualization Assessment (approximate time: 30 minutes).
  3. Gather all test scores (AP and IB) and transcripts for completed college level courses. Bring them to your orientation session to use in academic advising. Official score reports and transcripts are helpful, but not required. An accurate, self-compiled list is acceptable, but remember to include tests you took early in high school.
  4. Submit Emergency Contact Information. Log on to the My Status page to update this information.
  5. Watch the New Student Services pre-orientation videos.

During Orientation

During UT Orientation, incoming students will make new friends, navigate campus and register for fall classes. Learn more.

  1. Be prepared to walk a lot! It will be hot, so we recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing comfortable clothes.
  2. On Day One of orientation, all engineering students will complete the in-person UT Math assessment. This will help you choose the best fall semester math class with your academic advisor on the second day (approximate time: 1 hour).
  3. Changes to your major or college should be discussed with your advisor on Day Two of orientation. In many cases, changing your major requires an application and a series of required courses you must take in preparation. Your advisor can provide additional information on the various internal transfer processes, depending on your major(s) of interest.
  4. You will learn about resources, student support services and other opportunities. Learn more about the special programs and services offered by the Cockrell School.

After Orientation

After you attend UT Orientation, there will be a few final things to accomplish before fall classes begin. Learn more.

  1. Chemistry testing is required for most engineering students. Students NOT required to take the Chemistry test are those admitted to Electrical and Computer Engineering, and students who already earned college level credit (AP, IB, dual credit). Learn more about the online ALEKS Chemistry assessment (approximate time: 1.5 hours).
  2. Set up a UT e-mail account. Use this account and check it frequently, so that you do not miss important information. Remember to make it professional and personally identifiable (i.e. JoeLopez or Katie.Adams). Learn more about getting started with technology at UT.
  3. A laptop computer is required for your major. Aerospace & Computational EngineeringBiomedical EngineeringChemical Engineering, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringMechanical Engineering & Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering all have specific requirements. Please visit the department web sites to learn more. 
  4. Sign up for the Emergency Text Messaging service to receive campus emergency notifications.
  5. Confirm that final high school transcripts have been submitted.
  6. Pay final tuition and fee bills. Students who forget to pay will be dropped from ALL registered courses. ALL students should check their "What I Owe" page to verify that all payments have been received--particularly if you are relying on a third party to pay for your education.  
  7. If desired, students may adjust their class schedules online through the add/drop period.


Undergraduate Admissions

Explore the Cockrell School’s engineering degrees to discover which areas best match your interests and aptitudes.

Freshman Applicants

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the admission of first-year undergraduate students to The University of Texas at Austin.

Visit the Freshman Applicants page


External Transfer Applicants

Students seeking admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering with 24 hours of transferable credit from other colleges or universities are classified as external transfer students.

Visit the External Transfer Applicants page


Internal Transfer Applicants

Internal transfer applicants are students enrolled at UT Austin who are seeking to change their major within or into the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Visit the Internal Transfer Applicants page


International Student Applicants

Both UT Austin and the Cockrell School provide a variety of programs to assist international students.

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Students who are non-U.S. citizens and do not hold U.S. Permanent Residence Status should visit the university's international undergraduate admissions page for more information about undergraduate and graduate internal student admissions. Students may also seek assistance from UT's International Office.

Readmission to the Cockrell School

Students not registered at UT Austin for fall or spring semester will have to submit a readmission application.

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Students seeking to re-enter the Cockrell School after scholastic dismissal from the university must enroll as an undeclared major unless there is a reasonable likelihood that they can complete the degree plan under which they last registered. Students seeking to re-enter the school after dismissal from engineering must enroll as undeclared majors and may not enroll in engineering courses.

Degree Holder/Non-Degree Seeker

A student who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including The University of Texas at Austin, may apply for admission as a non-degree student in one of the university's undergraduate colleges or schools.

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Students seeking admission but not pursuing a degree should follow the process for undergraduate transfer applicants, and are considered on a competitive basis with transfer applicants for the same semester. Some undergraduate majors are not open to non-degree students. Applicants must select from available non-degree majors.

Non-degree students are subject to rules that apply to other undergraduates. With the approval of the admissions office, non-degree students may later change to degree-seeking status in an undergraduate college or school.

With the approval of the instructor and the graduate adviser, a non-degree student may take any graduate course for which he or she meets the prerequisite. However, graduate courses taken while enrolled as an undergraduate non-degree student may not later be counted toward a graduate degree.

Calculus Readiness Policy

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 official admissions application deadline:

  • SAT Math score of 620 or above 
  • 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

For additional information, contact Engineering Student Services at 512-471-4321.

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

Department Advising

To contact advisors within your department, visit the Departmental Advising Offices page.

Apply to the Cockrell School

For Cockrell School admissions information, visit Undergraduate Admissions.

To apply to The University of Texas at Austin, visit Be a Longhorn.

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