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The Plan II Admission Decision Process

Because Plan II Honors admission is never strictly about test scores, class ranks and GPA’s alone, there is no one number that will keep an applicant out of or guarantee an admission to Plan II. Our evaluation process is about more than numbers and there are successful applications from students not in the top 6%.

Unfortunately, due to the pressure of numbers, as is true of other impacted programs and colleges at UT and to the University as a whole, Plan II Honors must also regularly turn down students who might do quite well in our Program. To maintain the high quality of our Program and to retain our small community feel, we have to keep the program small. Moreover, our applicant pool shows higher qualifications every year. What may give the clearest idea of the level of the quantitative factors of successful applicants are our entering freshman class “profiles.”

What is less cut-and-dried and will be evaluated on a more subjective level, is the degree of sophistication and maturity we see in the essays of successful applicants. We also see a the depth and richness in their non-academic activites and leadership experiences that combine to give an applicant an intangilbe "sparkle." Great essays and those intangible qualities are what sets the successful applicants apart from the unsuccessful applicants who may have similar, perhaps even higher, grades, ranks and test scores.

The Plan II Honors admission evaluators use many criteria to make admission decisions. The application essays required of each applicant, in particular, are extremely important. We evaluate all applicants to Plan II Honors using all submitted test scores (SAT/ACT NOT REQUIRED FOR FALL 2022, IB, SAT II and AP)*, class rank, the courses an applicant chose in high school with emphasis on senior year choices, writing skills, extra-curricular activities (with emphasis on breadth as well as depth of interest and the level of leadership involved, if any), awards and honors, service to the community, work experience and evidence of leadership in and outside the classroom. Applicants should recognize that a very strong emphasis is placed on writing in the Plan II admission processes. We don't seek the students who are simply "the smartest" on paper. We seek students who make sparks, who write maturely and creatively, who know how to make a difference and are seeking challenges in many areas of academic study and non-academic life.

In recent years Plan II has accepted approximately 20-25% of those students who apply. Academic credentials of selected applicants are comparable to top universities.  When reading essays and letters of recommendation, the Admissions Committee looks beyond scores and grades for evidence of analytic or imaginative abilities and a lively sense of intellectual adventure. 


Plan II Admission & Competition

Each year Plan II Honors receives over 1800 terrific applications from very bright hard-working students. Each year, we regretfully must deny hundreds of wonderful applicants, who would probably perform quite well in Plan II Honors. These are applicants we know would also bring a lot of heart and soul to the Program. We simply do not have room to admit them all without changing the nature of our Program, which we are not willing to do.

The University of Texas at Austin

We sincerely hope all applicants remember that completely aside from Plan II Honors, the University of Texas at Austin offers an incredible variety of academic opportunities, courses, and programs—all of which are filled with the best students and the best faculty in the state and certainly in the top ranks nationally. Although Plan II students often stand out in the University community, they are by no means the only students on campus who do so. All UT students—whether or not they are in Plan II Honors—have the opportunity to pursue double-majors and dual-degrees so non-Plan II students need not feel bereft of choices. If an applicant chooses to attend UT, he or she will still have access to an excellent education with thousands of course and career options, with internationally recognized faculty, the best professional advising in the nation, exciting classes and a dazzling library system, not to mention the cutting-edge computing infrastructure, exciting study abroad opportunities, nationally recognized sports programs and brand-new sports and recreation facilities—all in one of the neatest cities in the country.

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