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Ranked List of the Best UT Schools

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Established more than 135 years ago, the University of Texas System is a key driver of economic and social mobility within the state, producing more than 67,000 degrees every year. The System includes 13 institutions of higher learning, including the eight comprehensive universities we have ranked here.


Widely known for innovation, the UT System is one of the largest public university systems of higher education in the United States, and hundreds of thousands of students enroll annually.


CollegeVine’s Ranking Methodology


In constructing our rankings of the institutions in the UT System, we focused on the eight schools that offer undergraduate programs — the System also includes five independent health institutions. Rankings take into account school quality, student outcomes, and ROI, along with retention rate, selectivity, student-faculty ratio, and more. Learn more about how we rank colleges and universities.


Ranked List of the Best UT Schools


1. University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin


Location: Austin

Acceptance rate: 32%

Middle 50% SAT: 1210-1470

Middle 50% ACT: 27-33

Undergrad enrollment: 40,800


Texas’ flagship university, UT Austin is the oldest and largest institution in the System. It is known as a “Public Ivy” thanks to its stellar academic reputation and selectivity. The university counts numerous Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy winners, and Olympians among its alumni, faculty, and researchers. 


UT Austin ranks #10 among Top Public Schools, National Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2021.


Learn more about UT Austin and your chances of acceptance.


2. University of Texas at Dallas | UT Dallas


Location: Dallas

Acceptance rate: 79%

Middle 50% SAT: 1220-1450

Middle 50% ACT: 25-32

Undergrad enrollment: 19,800


A top-value public university, UT Dallas was originally founded in 1961 as a private research arm of Texas Instruments. The institution grew and evolved quickly, becoming a notable research university in areas like science, engineering, business, research, the arts, government, and the global community. Today, it offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate programs, plus professional certificates and fast-track programs, across eight schools.


Learn more about UT Dallas and your chances of acceptance.


3. University of Texas at Arlington | UT Arlington


Location: Arlington

Acceptance rate: 88%

Middle 50% SAT: 1050-1250

Middle 50% ACT: 20-26

Undergrad enrollment: 34,400


Originally part of the Texas A&M University System, UT Arlington joined the UT System in 1965. Today, it is the third-largest producer of college graduates in Texas. The university is the second-largest in the UT System, offering more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. UTA also has robust online programs.


Learn more about UT Arlington and your chances of acceptance.


4. University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA


Location: San Antonio

Acceptance rate: 84%

Middle 50% SAT: 1020-1210

Middle 50% ACT: 20-25

Undergrad enrollment: 27,900


Despite its relative youth, UTSA has become widely recognized as one of the most diverse institutions in the UT System. It is one of just 20 universities in the U.S. designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions, while simultaneously holding a Tier One classification for research excellence. Meanwhile, 45% of undergraduate students are first-generation college students, and UTSA is recognized as one of the best schools for social mobility.


Learn more about UTSA and your chances of acceptance.


5. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Location: Edinburg

Acceptance rate: 82%

Middle 50% SAT: 900-1070

Middle 50% ACT: 17-22

Undergrad enrollment: 24,600


The result of a merger between UT–Pan American and UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, UTRGV opened in 2015, now the youngest of the UT campuses. In just a few years, however, the university has had a number of achievements. In 2020, it was ranked no. 1 by U.S. News for least student debt. It also has the lowest net price of attendance in Texas, according to Washington Monthly, and ranks no. 2 in this respect among all national public universities.


Learn more about UT Rio Grande and your chances of acceptance.


6. University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP


Location: El Paso

Acceptance rate: 100%

Middle 50% SAT: 900-1100

Middle 50% ACT: 17-22

Undergrad enrollment: 21,400


UTEP is one of the largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S., with a student body that is more than 80% Hispanic. Nearly half of all students are the first in their families to attend college. 


Across nine colleges and schools, the university offers 169 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. It was ranked no. 1 in the U.S. for its success in achieving both competitive research and student social mobility.


Learn more about UTEP and your chances of acceptance.


7. The University of Texas at Tyler


Location: Tyler

Acceptance rate: 92%

Middle 50% SAT: 1030-1220

Middle 50% ACT: 21-27

Undergrad enrollment: 7,300


UT Tyler is home to five professional colleges and one “traditional” college of arts and sciences, with more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs and 90 academic degree programs in all. The school is diverse, with students representing 167 Texas counties, 45 states, and 60+ nations. Also notable is the university’s picturesque campus — 200 acres alongside a lake and surrounded by pine and oak forests. 


Learn more about UT Tyler and your chances of acceptance.


8. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin


Location: Odessa

Acceptance rate: 88%

Middle 50% SAT: 920-1110

Middle 50% ACT: 17-22

Undergrad enrollment: 4,700


UT Permian Basin offers an affordable education across its five colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, and College of Health Sciences and Human Performance. The university has several claims to fame. For example, it was ranked no. 1  by U.S. News for Highest-Paid Petroleum Engineering graduates (2020) and within the top 40 Best Bank-for-Your-Buck Colleges in the Nation by Washington Monthly.


Learn more about UTPB and your chances of acceptance.


How to Apply to the UT Schools


Freshman applicants have the option of submitting either the ApplyTexas application or the Common App. You can use a single ApplyTexas application for all UT System institutions. Whichever option you choose, you will need to submit at least one essay and complete the short answers


UT applicants should rank at least two majors as first or second choices. You may need to submit additional materials, depending on their programs of choice.


UT is currently test-optional, meaning applicants are not required to submit scores to be considered for admission. Indicate whether you would like your scores to be considered on your application. You will also have the option of submitting an expanded résumé and up to two letters of recommendation. 


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