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US News Ranking 10
Qsranking 38
Timesranking 22

The University of Texas started with one building, eight professors, and 221 students in 1883, and has been growing since. It is located in Austin, Texas. The University is the flagship school of the University of Texas System. It has been recognized for its academic brilliance and ranked among the top 20 public universities by U.S news and world report. It has around 156 undergraduate programs, and 237 graduate degree programs, including doctoral. It also offers study abroad programs in about 78 countries. 
The different colleges and schools under this university are: 

  • Cockrell School of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Dell Medical School
  • Graduate School
  • Jackson School of Geosciences
  • LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • McCombs School of Business
  • Moody College of Communication
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Information
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Undergraduate Studies

Along with the main campus in Austin, the University also houses modern facilities including the J.J Pickle research campus and the West Pickle Research building in northwest Austin. These campuses are solely dedicated to research purposes. 


The University of Texas at Austin ranking is #71 by the QS Global World Ranking 2021. Times Higher Education has ranked it #44 in the World University Rankings 2021 and #31 in the World Reputation Rankings 2019. 

Acceptance Rate

The University of Texas at Austin acceptance rate is around 38%. It is one of the most selective universities in the US. The average GRE scores required to get admission to the university is around 155 in Verbal Section and 160 in Quant.


The main campus is spread across 431 acres and houses 17 libraries holding over 10 million volumes and 7 museums. The university has Beaux-Arts Main Building and a tower which have been designed by the renowned French architect, Paul Philipe Cret. 
The institute also makes sure that its research units get access to the latest facilities and advanced laboratories. Some of the advanced facilities and lab under the university include: 

  • Department of Chemistry
    • Center for Electrochemistry
    • X-Ray Facility 
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
    • Mass Spectrometry
  • Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • DNA & Genomics Facility
    • UT Microarray Facility
    • Microscopy & Imaging Facility
    • Proteomics Facility
  • Image Research Centre
    • This has facilities like a high-field (3 Tesla) MRIt, an image analysis computer suite, test rooms, fully outfitted electronics & machine shops, offices, and a conference/classroom area. 
  • Nanotechnology Core Facilities
    • Nano/Micro Fabrication and Inspection
    • Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopy
    • Electronic and Optoelectronic Testing
    • Spectroscopy
  • Physics Department
    • Mechanical Section that has four groups—the Machine Shop, the Student Machine Shop, the Cryogenics Shop, and the Electronics Shop.
    • Materials Physics Lab (Advanced Atomic Design group)
  • Texas Petawatt Laser
    • The Texas Petawatt Laser is the highest power laser in the world and produces an enormous output.
  • Texas Natural Science Centre
    • Non-vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory
    • Texas Natural History Collections
    • Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory ( has a high-resolution X-ray CT scanner) 
  • Field Research Stations
    • Brackenridge Field Lab
    • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    • Marine Science Institute


Residence Halls: The university has 14 residence halls that take care of your overall growth by providing a very supportive environment. They also hold special programs to help you hone your skills outside the classrooms. You will also have access to lounges, study areas, and 24-hour computer labs if you are living on campus. Another huge advantage of on-campus living is that transportation becomes easy. You can ride free on Capitol Metro to any place in Austin. The rates for both fall and spring semesters start at $11,791 and go upto $19,659 and include room, meal plan, internet service, laundry, and applicable sales tax.
There are three communities, and each of them has a certain number of residence halls under it.

1. Whitis Area Community

  • Andrews Residence Hall
  • Blanton Hall
  • Carothers Hall 
  • Duren Hall

2. Waller Creek Community

  • Brackenridge Hall
  • Creekside Hall
  • Moore-Hill Hall

3. Jester Area Community

  • Jester East
  • Jester West

4. University Apartments

  • University Apartments are a good option for families, graduate as well as undergraduate students. You can have a one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment as per your requirements. They also offer special programs which help you to bond with people and be part of communities there. Laundry facilities, Internet and Apogee basic TV Services are also provided. The 24-hour police patrolling makes the University apartments a safe place to reside in. They are situated within minutes from downtown. 


The University of Texas at Austin fees for Indian students is around $18,000 annually. The annual off-campus living costs around $7000.


Scholarships are provided with both on the basis of financial need and merit.  You are highly recommended to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be eligible for a wide range of scholarships. Many colleges and schools under the university give away their own scholarships. For example, the Cockrell School of Engineering awards merit offers its competent graduate students financial packages that comprise one or more fellowships, paid teaching or research positions, insurance, and tuition coverage.
The Gates Millennium Scholar scholarship is provided to international students pursuing graduate studies. You can use the university’s scholarship finder to find the scholarship as per your profile. 

Jobs and Placements

The average salary for graduates from the University of Texas at Austin is $71k. The median salary for professionals with 10+ years of experience is $111,400. Around 48% of the alumni say that their job makes the world a better place. A large number of university graduates are employed in SAAS development. The average salary for male graduates is $80k per annum whereas female graduates make on average $61k annually. 

Like other universities, senior software engineers make the most with the median annual salary of $113K. University graduates generally opt for San Francisco Calif. as an employment destination and make a  median salary of $98K whereas graduates employed in San Antonio, Texas make a median of $60k. MS graduates make between $53,595 - $110,528. Popular employers like International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. pays between $68,416 - $119,160 while Dell Inc. pays in the range of $64,800 - $118,767. Indeed, Inc. pays between $46,422 - $93,837 while Lockheed Martin Corp pays in the racket of $60,000 - $115,887. Students studying MS students from Chemical Engineering discipline earned $6,267 in their monthly internship while those from Civil, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum, and Geosystems Engineering and Operations Research and Industrial Engineering earned $3,031, $5,103, $4,140, $6,085 and $5,075 respectively during their month-long internships.

The University was ranked 31st by the Center for World University Rankings (2018-2019),  36th by the Times Higher Education survey (2018), 13th best by the Nature Index (2018), and 32nd in the US News and World Report.

Notable Alumni

The list of the University of Texas at Austin notable alumni includes celebrated names such as former First Lady Laura Bush, actor Matthew McConaughey, MLB pitcher and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, novelist Raymond Benson, and more. 


The main campus of UT Austin is located in downtown Austin with Clarksville on its west, Central East Austin on its southeast, central Austin on its north, and Chestnut on its east.

The university provides much of the color and vibe to the city, and there cannot be much surprise that the heart of the city is well-connected by all means of transport. The campus is 15 minutes northwards by road from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Shuttles are available from the airport. The university is 10 minutes eastwards from the Amtrak train station at Austin. Capital Metro and Greyhound Bus Lines connect the university campus to all the major spots in the city. The university has also made arrangements for UT Shuttle Bus service and Capital Metro Bus service for easily navigating the campus.

UT Austin is lucky to be situated in the best of natural and built environments. Offices of the leading IT companies on one side and Hill Country on the other side make the Texas sun soothing while offering the right mix of metropolitan pace and small-town tranquility. Numerous music, film, and art festivals round the year and cozy cafes that dot Austin add to the youthful charm of the university campus.  

Acceptance Rate for Indians 13%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 217
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 115
TA Appointments 423
RA appointments 939
Research funding $177,696,937
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (Cockrell School of Engineering) at UT Austin offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Aerospace Engineering. The university offers two design track options at the undergraduate level -  atmospheric flight and space flight. The undergraduate program of the department is ranked in the top ten programs of the nation. The specialization tracks for the MS degree include Aerothermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Controls, Autonomy and Robotics, and Orbital Mechanics. MS is a research-based program. Center for Aeromechanics Research and Center for Space Research (CSR) are the affiliated research facilities that have allowed the department to carry out cutting-edge research. The department also offers a Master's in Engineering Mechanics programs. 

  • Areas of Expertise: Structural Dynamics; Propulsion and Energy; Computational Mechanics and Applied Mathematics; Aerothermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics/Combustion; Controls, Autonomy, and Robotics; Orbital Mechanics, Space Research and Remote Sensing; Solid Mechanics and Engineered Materials; Computational Mechanics and Solids, Structures and Materials
  • List of Labs: Center for Space Research; Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences; Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures & Materials


The School of Architecture at UT Austin is known for its uniqueness and efficiency of designs and cultural sensitivity. It offers 5-year B.Arch., 4-year BS in Architectural Engineering with an additional option of Architecture History track, 6-year dual professional degree (B.Arch./BS) offered jointly with Cockrell School of Engineering, and 5-year dual degree (B.Arch./BA) jointly with the College of Liberal Arts. Graduates may opt for a professional M.Arch. or a non-professional Master of Advanced Architectural Design (MAAD). The school also offers 7 Master’s tracks including two interdisciplinary degree options. The School is known to instill in students the design studio culture for a smooth transition to the professional world.

  • Areas of Expertise: Structural Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Sustainable Systems; Environmental and Water Resources Engineering; Construction Engineering and Project Management; Mechanics, Uncertainty, and Simulation in Engineering; Building Energy and Environments; Transportation Engineering; Infrastructure Materials Engineering


McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering of the Cockrell School of Engineering is known for its industry-oriented courses in Biotechnology at the graduate level. The Master’s program is a research-based course with a variety of in-vogue focus areas. These include Protein Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Nanotechnology, Drug Design, Biosensors, and Biomaterials. Faculty members and researchers are regular contributors to some of the prestigious journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The courses are designed to be industry-driven catering to the needs of life sciences and pharmaceutical industry.  


McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering is known for programs and courses that go beyond the domain of chemistry. It offers undergraduate and graduate (with research) programs. Research at the department is geared to contribute to areas such as Polymers, Process Engineering, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering. The research funding for the department stands at 21 million dollars annually. Researchers and faculty from the department have contributed to specific fields such as glucose monitoring, cancer therapy, and nanocrystals over the past decade. The department is a participant in 7 on-going interdisciplinary research programs that are propelled by over a dozen research centers and laboratories.

  • Areas of Expertise: CO2 Sequestration;Biotechnology; Modeling, Simulation and Theory; Formation Evaluation and Petrophysics; Unconventional and Conventional Natural Gas Engineering; Surface and Interface Science; Environmental Engineering and Science; Reservoir Engineering and Improved Oil Recovery; Drilling and Completions; Reservoir Geomechanics; Hydraulic Fracturing; Remote Control and Automation of Drilling Operations; Production Engineering; Reservoir Simulation; Process Systems Engineering; Advanced, Electronic and Polymer Materials
  • List of Labs: Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering; Texas Institute of Drug & Diagnostics Development; Center for Energy & Environmental Resources


The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at UT Austin offers state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering. Its wide range of graduate specializations is the foundation on which the department has made itself a promising destination for young talents across the globe. Besides BS and MS in Civil Engineering, the department also offers a Ph.D. The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) also offers a BS in Environmental Engineering. The program covers areas pertaining to the most pressing needs of humanity such as air and water quality, engineering for managing and treating polluted systems and sustainable energy. Graduates have the option of pursuing a research-based Master’s or doctoral research program with specializations in Building Energy and Environments, Environmental and Water Resources, Sustainable Systems or the relationship between Food, Energy and Water. 9 specialist research centers and laboratories push the frontiers of research at the department. 

  • Areas of Expertise: Structural Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Sustainable Systems; Environmental and Water Resources Engineering; Construction Engineering and Project Management; Mechanics, Uncertainty, and Simulation in Engineering; Building Energy and Environments; Transportation Engineering; Infrastructure Materials Engineering
  • List of Labs: Center for Transportation Research; Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Lab; Construction Industry Institute;

Computer Science

The Computer Science Department of the College of Natural Sciences is known for a faculty expert at moulding students for the yet untapped areas of Computer Sciences and churn out leaders of the global IT industry. Undergraduate concentrations include the in-demand Big Data, Mobile Computing, Game Development, Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity, etc. Degree plan options are BS, BA, Bachelors of Science and Arts (BSA), BS (teaching), 5-year BS/MS and Turing Scholars Honors BS for outstanding students. The 3 options for MS include coursework based, thesis based and online. The department also offers a Ph.D. program. AI, Graphics and Visualization and Data Mining are amongst the 12 focus areas for research.

  • Areas of Expertise: Theoretical Computer Science; Security; Graphics and Visualization; Artificial Intelligence; Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, & Networking; Bioinformatics/Computational Biology/Scientific Computing; Model-Driven Engineering/Computer Architecture; Programming Languages and Implementation; Formal Methods; Data Mining, Machine Learning, & Natural Computation

Electrical / Electronics

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Cockrell School of Engineering has the reputation of being a trend-setter in Electrical Engineering courses. It offers BS, MS and 5-year integrated BS/MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. The academic tracks for MS and Ph.D. are Decision, Information and Communications, Biological applications of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromagnetics and Acoustics, Energy Systems, Architecture, Computer Systems and Embedded Systems, Integrated Circuits and Systems, Quantum Electronics and Optics, Software Systems and Solid-State Electronics. 20 dedicated research centers and 32 specialized labs make the department a leading market-oriented research facility in the US.

  • Areas of Expertise: Biomedical Engineering; Energy Systems; Computer Architecture and Embedded Processors and systems; Plasma, Quantum Electronics and Optics; Electromagnetics and Acoustics; Decision, Information & Communications Engr: Communications, Networks, Syst, Controls, Signal, Image & Video Proc, Comp Vision, Machine Learning, Big Data; Digital and Mixed-Signal Circuit and System Design; Solid-State Electronics; Software Engineering and Systems
  • List of Labs: Microelectronics Research Center

Industrial Engineering

Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering (Cockrell School of Engineering) offers specialized credential programs at the undergraduate level like Undergraduate Certificate in Industrial and Systems Engineering and MS and Ph.D. programs in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. The focus areas at the undergraduate level are operations research modeling, simulation modeling, facility planning, logistics, production engineering, inventory management and application of statistics in manufacturing. MS and Ph.D. students focus on industrial design, installation of integrated systems, industrial policies and industrial organization.

  • List of Labs: Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies

Material Science

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin offers an undergraduate certificate in Advanced Materials Engineering under its Bridges to the Future program. It is an industry-oriented program that includes project work. The department also offers a research-based MS in Engineering with a specialization in Materials Science and Engineering. Ph.D. students can opt for research in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering. Texas Materials Institute (TMI) offers a certificate in Nanotechnology to doctoral research students. The thrust areas for research include energy materials, structural materials, electronic and photonic materials, polymers, biomaterials, and computational materials science. Latest research equipment for atomic force microscopy and x-ray scattering are available at the institute.

  • List of Labs: Texas Materials Institute


The J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the most prestigious departments of UT Austin for its emphasis on interdisciplinary research, market-oriented approach and project-based learning. BS in Mechanical Engineering students can expand the scope of their program by choosing concentrated certificate programs that include areas like Sustainable systems, Mechatronics, robotics, and manufacturing. The tracks available to MS students are Acoustics, Manufacturing Design, Dynamic Systems and Control, Thermal and Fluid Systems and Biomechanical Engineering. Ph.D. students can choose to focus on areas like Biomechanics and Biomedicine, Robotics and Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Acoustics or Thermal fluids and Transport phenomena. Research at the department is propelled by 7 specialist centers and over a dozen labs. MS offered by the department is with thesis and nonthesis options.

  • Areas of Expertise: Manufacturing and Design; Materials Science and Engineering; Thermal and Fluid Systems; Operations Research and Industrial Engineering; Nuclear and Radiation Engineering; Dynamic Systems and Control
  • List of Labs: Center for Electromechanics

Pure Sciences

The College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin offers a plethora of courses in Pure Sciences. The Department of Astronomy offers BA, BS, BS (honors), BSA in Astronomy and BS in Astronomy and Physics. It also offers Master’s (with research) in Astronomy and Ph.D. The Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral research programs in Chemistry. The Department of Mathematics offers BA Mathematics, BA Teaching, BSA Mathematics, BS Actuarial Science, BS Teaching, BS Mathematics, BS Mathematics Honors. MA (Actuarial) and Ph.D. in Mathematics are also available in the department. The Department of Statistics and Data Science offers an MS and Ph.D. in Statistics besides undergraduate certificates in Scientific Computing and Data Science and Applied Statistical Modeling. The Department of Physics offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in Physics, while the Department of Molecular Biosciences offers undergraduate programs which are BS in Biology, Microbiology; BS in Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology; BS in Biology, Plant Biology; BS in Biochemistry; BSA in Biochemistry and graduate programs in Biochemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Neuroscience; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

Annual fees for Indians $18,000
Annual off-campus living $7,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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