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Top 10 Percent Law

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Currently, The University of Texas at Austin automatically admits eligible Texas students in the top six percent of their high school graduating class beginning in the summer and fall of 2019 and continuing through admissions for the spring, summer and fall of 2020.

This change from the previous threshold of the top seven percent stems from the continued growth in the number of Texas high school graduates and a steep increase in applications to UT Austin.

Background on the Top 10 Percent Law

The “Top 10 Percent Law” is the common name for Texas House Bill 588, the state law passed in 1997 that guarantees Texas students who graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class automatic admission to all state-funded universities.

Lawmakers approved a unique implementation of the law for UT Austin under Senate Bill 175 passed in May 2009. Under this law, 75 percent of the first-year in-state students must be automatically admitted. The law requires the university set the threshold for automatic admission on an annual basis to meet these requirements, with the decision being announced each fall for students entering their junior year of high school.

Statements

Statement from UT Austin on the future of the Top 10 Percent Law:
The Top 10 percent law has had a positive impact on increasing geographic diversity and providing more accessibility to UT Austin to students from all schools around the state. The university will work within any system lawmakers approve.

Resources

Texas Admissions: Undergraduate admissions information

Admissions Research (including reports to the State of Texas)

News

Growth in Texas Drives UT Austin Automatic Admission to Top 6 Percent – UT News – Sept. 15, 2017

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