Fall and Spring UT-Austin Transfer Client Admissions Results — Tex Admissions (2023)

The 2022 transfer application cycle has officially wrapped up with almost all decisions going out the second week of June ending with most releases coming on June 14 and 15 as has been the case for the past four fall transfer cycles.

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UT transfer does not practice rolling admission, meaning when you submit your application has no bearing on either your admissions outcomes or the timeline for when you will receive your decision. Applying early provides no advantages when transferring.

If you are intending to apply in future transfer cycles, consult this comprehensive external transfer application and admissions guide to help prepare your materials.

Anyone interested in internal transferring while a UT student should consult this post. Internal transferring is outside of the scope of this post.

In this post, I provide a summary of admissions outcomes with recommendations for the future.

UT-Austin External Transfer Admissions Recommendations

UT reads and scores all transfer applications. Generally speaking, competitive applicants have at least a 3.5 GPA for all college courses. Spring 2020, however, was less competitive than prior cycles. At least some applicants with around a 3.3 GPA gained admission to Liberal Arts, which hadn’t been the case ever before. It is hard to say if Spring 2021 and subsequent cycles will be similarly and comparatively less selective.

The average transfer admissions GPA for UT overall is a 3.75, but keep in mind this also includes CAP students guaranteed to transfer with a 3.2, so the reality is admissions is a lot more competitive than the 3.75 average suggests.

Earning outstanding grades is a necessary condition but won’t be enough to get you in. You also need a strong resume and interesting essays that demonstrate your fit for major and supply compelling reasons why UT is where you need to be to continue your studies.

Transfer admissions depends largely on the number of spaces available in a given program, so in some years there are a lot of spaces and others there aren’t.

Programs that always have limited spaces: McCombs Business, Nursing, Architecture, Computer Science, all Engineering majors except Architectural and Civil

Radio-Television-Film and Advertising also tend to fill up and are more competitive than other Moody programs.

Because CAP transfers are guaranteed admission to Liberal Arts, paradoxically, it’s a more competitive major than others because there are fewer spaces available for non-CAP transfers. Therefore, if your GPA is lower than 3.65, consider applying elsewhere.

Following the Spring/Fall 2020 transfer cycle, I’ve updated and lowered slightly some of my GPA recommendations.

Here are my GPA minimums to be competitive and also take on clients for either Spring or Fall transfer admissions. Under no circumstances will I take on clients with less than a 3.5.

  • Education, Social Work, Undergraduate Studies, College of Fine Arts (non-portfolio or audition programs): 3.5 or higher

  • Moody Communications (not RTF or Advertising) and Liberal Arts: 3.6 or higher

  • College of Natural Sciences and the Jackson School of Geosciences: 3.8 or higher

  • Cockrell School of Engineering: 3.85 or higher

  • RTF, Advertising, or McCombs School of Business: 3.85 or higher

  • Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Nursing: 4.0 or don’t bother trying

For STEM programs or majors that have prerequisite courses, you need to earn a perfect 4.0, especially in calculus to be considered competitive.

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Spring and Fall 2022 Client Outcomes

I worked with 8 spring and 12 fall clients for 2021. 14 of 19 transfer clients gained admission to UT (74%).

Fall 2022 UT Austin Admissions Results

Spring 2022 UT Austin Admissions Results

  • ADMIT 4.0 | College of Natural Sciences Biology

  • ADMIT 4.0 | College of Natural Sciences Mathematics

  • ADMIT 4.0 | COLA Sociology

  • ADMIT 3.75 | Education

  • ADMIT 3.7 | COLA Sociology

  • DENY 3.6 | COLA Geography

  • DENY 3.55 | Education

Spring and Fall 2021 Client Outcomes

I worked with 8 spring and 15 fall clients for 2021. 13 of 15 fall clients gained admission to UT (87%).

Fall 2021 UT Austin Admissions Results

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Computer Science

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Computer Science

  • DENY 4.0 | Computer Science

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Informatics

  • ADMIT 4.0 | McCombs School of Business

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Moody Communications/Journalism

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Moody Communications/Advertising

  • ADMIT 3.94 | Moody Corporate Communications

  • ADMIT 3.93 | McCombs School of Business

  • DENY 3.9 | Economics (OOS)

  • ADMIT 3.88 | Economics (appeal)

  • ADMIT 3.79 | Education/Kinesiology (OOS)

  • ADMIT 3.77 | Natural Sciences/Physics

  • ADMIT 3.72 | Natural Sciences/Physics

  • ADMIT 3.57 | Moody Communications/Journalism

Spring 2021 UT Austin Admissions Results

5 of 8 Spring 2019 clients gained admission (63%). Spring only allows Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Work applicants.

Spring and Fall 2020 Client Outcomes

I worked with 5 spring and 16 fall clients for 2019 with an average GPA of 3.81. 7 clients attend two-year colleges and 9 for four-year universities. 15 of 16 fall clients gained admission to UT (94%).

Fall 2020 UT Austin Admissions Results

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Moody/RTF

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Moody/RTF

  • ADMIT 4.0 | Cockrell/Chemical Engineering

  • ADMIT 3.97 | Cockrell/Mechanical Engineering

  • ADMIT 3.92 | McCombs School of Business

  • DENY 3.92 | Cockrell/Computer Engineering

  • ADMIT 3.89 | Liberal Arts/Psychology

  • ADMIT 3.87 | Moody/Corporate Communications

  • ADMIT 3.86 | McCombs School of Business

  • ADMIT 3.76 | Moody/Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

  • ADMIT 3.75 | Liberal Arts/Rhetoric and Writing

  • ADMIT 3.72 | Education/Elementary Education

  • ADMIT 3.71 | Liberal Arts/Government

  • ADMIT 3.64 | Liberal Arts/Linguistics

  • ADMIT 3.55 | Moody/Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

  • ADMIT 3.5 | Fine Arts/Art History

Spring 2020 UT Austin Admissions Results

5 of 5 Spring 2019 clients gained admission (100%). Spring only allows Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Work applicants.

  • ADMIT 4.0 | College of Liberal Arts/Economics

  • ADMIT 3.87 | College of Natural Sciences/Nutrition

  • ADMIT 3.65 | College of Liberal Arts/Sociology

  • ADMIT 3.65 | College of Liberal Arts/Geography

  • ADMIT 3.53 | College of Liberal Arts/Health and Society (significant personal/special circumstances related to major)

Spring and Fall 2019 Client Outcomes

I worked with 9 spring and 20 fall clients for 2019 with an average GPA of 3.8. 13 clients attend two-year colleges and 16 for four-year universities. I worked with one student seeking a second bachelors.

7 of 9 Spring 2019 clients gained admission (77%). Spring only allows Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Work applicants.

Spring 2019 UT Austin Admissions Results

Here are the Spring 2019 results and GPA. All students had strong resumes and great to outstanding essays. Spring admissions depends largely on the number of spaces available and can be less predictable than fall admission.

Fall 2019 UT Austin Admissions Results

10 of 20 (50%) of my clients gained admission for the fall. Here are the Fall 2019 results and GPA. All students had strong resumes and great to outstanding essays.

  • ADMIT 4.0 GPA | College of Liberal Arts/Psychology

  • ADMIT 4.0 | College of Liberal Arts/Classics

  • DENY 4.0 | College of Natural Sciences/Computer Science (International)

  • DENY 3.93 | Cockrell School of Engineering/Environmental Engineering (120+ hours, second bachelors)

  • DENY 3.9 | Moody College of Communications/Radio-Television-Film

  • ADMIT 3.87 | Moody College of Communications/Corporate Communications

  • ADMIT 3.87 | Moody College of Communications/Journalism

  • DENY 3.84 | Moody College of Communications/Radio-Television-Film

  • DENY 3.83 | College of Liberal Arts/Psychology

  • ADMIT 3.83 | College of Natural Sciences/Mathematics

  • ADMIT 3.8 | College of Liberal Arts/Psychology

  • ADMIT 3.77 | Education/Sports Management

  • ADMIT 3.76 | College of Liberal Arts/Sociology (Denied first choice Moody, admit second choice COLA)

  • DENY 3.76 | Cockrell School of Engineering/Environmental Engineering

  • ADMIT 3.75 | College of Liberal Arts/Government

  • DENY 3.68 | Cockrell School of Engineering/Environmental Engineering

  • DENY 3.68 | College of Natural Sciences/Biology

  • DENY 3.58 | Education/Sports Management

  • ADMIT 3.5 | Education/Sports Management

  • DENY 3.48 | College of Natural Sciences/Biology

Other Data and Observations

The two most extensive samples of self-reported student data are on College Confidential and reddit.com/r/utaustin admissions. A word of caution: 1) not all students self-report their grades or even admissions decisions truthfully, and 2) there is no way to know the quality of their resume and essays as self-assessments are often wildly off base.

Nevertheless, these reservoirs of information could be useful if you want to dig a little deeper. I won’t summarize any of the data here other than to say these self-reports helped me make my GPA recommendations to consider UT-Austin a match that I posted earlier here.

Fall 2020 transfer outcomes on College Confidential can be found starting on page 8.

The subreddit moderator team allowed students to report their outcomes on this open spreadsheet. You can view the /r/utaustinadmissions statistics and data here.

What stands out the most is that, with one or two notable exceptions, no students who earned less than a 3.5 GPA gained admission to UT for any major. Therefore, if you’re applying with a lower GPA, UT should be considered a high reach. I suggest casting a wide net for your applications in any case as nobody is guaranteed UT external transfer admission.

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