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Overall Score: 77.77

The University of Texas at Austin

Students at the University of Texas at Austin live every day like it's game day. The rivalries between the Longhorns and their neighboring Texas schools – not to mention the University of Oklahoma – are fierce, and students develop a healthy sense of community and pride in their school, as well as the charming city of Austin. UT-Austin students approach academics with equal zeal. There are quite a few strong programs available at the sprawling university, which includes the high-ranking McCombs School of Business. UT-Austin has a graduation rate of 80%, slightly higher than expected of universities that have students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds, according to Money's calculations. It may be easy to feel like a small calf in a giant corral at UT, but students find their niche by joining some of the more than 1,100 organizations on campus, among them the Innervisions Gospel Choir, the Actuarial Science Club and the Bengali Students Association. Greek life is prevalent. Students can also spend their free time hanging out on The Drag, where several restaurants and coffee shops are located, or head to one of many concerts in the city often called the "live music capital of the world."

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$29,700
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,800
Average price for low-income students
$13,750

Admissions

Acceptance rate
32%
Median SAT/ACT score
1360/30
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
39,780

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
66%
% of students who get merit grants
4%
Average merit grant
$1,900

Student Success

Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$20,250
Early career earnings
$67,840
% earning more than a high school grad
80%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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