Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Admission to Psychology


CURRENT UT STUDENTS (Internal Transfer)

NOTE: Admission Requirements for Internal Transfer into the Psychology major have changed (beginning in Fall 2018).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for internal transfer into Psychology as an undergraduate major you must meet all of the following criteria by the end of the semester in which you are applying:

  • Have a minimum overall UT GPA and UT PSY GPA of 3.25, excluding credit-by-exam, extension, correspondence, and transfer
  • Complete at least one PSY course for a letter grade in residence at UT
  • Complete minimum 12 hours for a letter grade in residence at UT
  • Complete maximum of four long semesters after high school graduation with priority given to students with less than 75 hours of college credit
  • Must add as first or second major only
  • Attend an Internal Transfer Information session
  • Be currently enrolled at UT Austin & submit a complete application by the posted deadline
* A student may apply only twice to change his/her major to Psychology.

ADMISSION STATISTICS

To get a sense of where you might stand based on your total hours and UT GPA, take a look at our Admission Statistics for past semesters:

Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Fall 2018
All Applications 114 87 111 70 109 48 78
Admitted 56 50 46 21 19 11 13
Average Admit GPA* 3.54 3.52 3.61 3.56 3.83 3.61 3.89
Applicants with <75 Hours Admitted 52 of 100 45 of 77 43 of 100 20 of 43 18 of 73 6 of 31 12 of 57
Applicants with >75 Hours Admitted 4 of 14 5 of 10 3 of 11 1 of 27 1 of 36 5 of 17 1 of 21
*All GPAs calculated without credit-by-exam, extension, correspondence, or transfer course work

UPCOMING INTERNAL TRANSFER INFORMATION SESSIONS

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will not be holding any more information sessions this semester. 

Instead, for the Summer/Fall application round, we have incorporated a modified online information session to be reviewed before you fill out your online application.

If you have any questions, please direct them to psy-apply@utexas.edu.

The application will still go live on April 1 and close on May 1.


SELECTION OF PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS

The number of students who want to major in Psychology exceeds the number who can be adequately instructed by the faculty. Therefore meeting the minimum hour and GPA requirements is not a guarantee of admission to the Psychology major.

The primary criteria will be overall GPA and hours taken at UT Austin. Other factors include: number of PSY courses taken, evidence of long-term interest in Psychology (e.g., research, work in health/human services, etc.), total hours completed, and whether or not the student plans to switch majors or add PSY as a double major.


APPLICATION DEADLINES

SUMMER/FALL:   May 1, 11:59 PM
SPRING:              November 1, 11:59 PM


APPLICATION FORM

Apply here! 

You will receive a confirmation email message upon receipt of your application. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on the day of the deadline.

Application periods

Summer or Fall admission: April 1- May 1

Spring admission: October 1- November 1

Questions about admission? Email: psy-apply@utexas.edu 


INCOMING FRESHMAN STUDENTS

To declare Psychology as your major when you first enter UT as a freshman: you must indicate PSYCHOLOGY as your first choice major on your UT application form.

For information on admission standards, visit the UT Office of Admissions website.

Upon admission as a Psychology major:
  • Plan to attend the Freshman Orientation Program the summer before you begin your studies
  • Attend the Psychology group advising session during orientation to have your advising bar removed
  • Plan to take PSY 301—Introduction to Psychology in your first year if you don't have credit already.

For questions, email us at psy-undergrad@utexas.edu.


INCOMING TRANSFER STUDENTS

Email us at psy-undergrad@utexas.edu

To declare Psychology as your major when you first enter UT as a Transfer Student, you must indicate PSYCHOLOGY as your first choice major on your UT application form.

For information on admission standards, visit the UT Office of Admissions website.

Upon admission as a Psychology major:
  • Plan to attend the Transfer Orientation Program before you begin your studies- this is when you will meet with an advisor and register for courses. 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRANSFER OF PSYCHOLOGY COURSES

PSY 301 Intro to Psychology- Required for all psychology majors (with a C or better); prerequisite for all other Psycholgoy courses. Can be taken in transfer.

PSY 420M Psychological Methods & Statistics-Required for all psychology majors (with a C or better). Prerequisite for all other upper division PSY courses (with a "C" or better), and can ONLY be taken at UT, NOT in transfer.

Additional PSY Courses in transfer- Might transfer with "generic" course evaluations, such as PSY 3HRS or PSY 3ADV. Check with an advisor to see how these courses can apply toward the Psychology major. 18 hours of Psychology coursework in residence (at UT) is required.


ADVISING OFFICE
LOCATION: BUR 230 | MAP
PHONE: (512) 471-4410
EMAIL: psy-apply@utexas.edu
HOURS: Monday–Friday 
OPEN 8:30 AM–12:00 PM 
CLOSED 12:00-1:00 PM
OPEN 1:00 PM–4:30 PM

MAILING ADDRESS:
Undergraduate Advising Office
College of Liberal Arts, Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin
2505 University Avenue, Stop A8100
Austin, TX 78712

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