UT-Austin New Short Answer Prompts

New prompts for the short answers, but they don’t require a complete change in approach. As a reminder, UT’s long essay also changed. The long essay is now much more open-ended so you can, in most cases, use your Common App essay.

Long essay (required):

All freshman applicants must submit a required essay, Topic A in ApplyTexas and the UT Austin Required Essay in the Coalition application. Please keep your essay between 500–700 words (typically two to three paragraphs).

Short essays (250-300 words):

Required Short Answer 1:

Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?

Required Short Answer 2:

Leadership can be demonstrated in many ways. Please share how you have demonstrated leadership in either your school, job, community, and/or within your family responsibilities.

Required Short Answer 3:

Please share how you believe your experiences, perspectives, and/or talents have shaped your ability to contribute to and enrich the learning environment at UT Austin, both in and out of the classroom.

Optional Short Answer:

Please share background on events or special circumstances that may have impacted your high school academic performance.

Time to get started on the UT app! Source here.


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