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Entering Freshmen: Apply for the Fall Period

In order to join FRI in the fall of your freshman year, you must have been accepted to the College of Natural Sciences as a freshman.  If you are a transfer student or advanced student, you should Apply for Spring or Apply for Summer.  Students in the College of Natural Sciences have the highest priority in joining FRI.


Partner Programs

The following partner programs grant students who are admitted to the partner program automatic acceptance into FRI:

  • Health Science Scholars (HSS)
  • Dean's Scholars (DS)
  • Polymathic Scholars (PS)
  • Women in Natural Sciences (WINS)
  • Biology Scholars Program (BSP)


Early Application

Students who plan to join UT-Austin in Fall of 2019 and are interested in the FRI Program may submit an FRI Early Application starting on February 4th, 2019.

Key Dates for Early Application

  • February 4, 2019Early application opens.
  • April 5, 2019 - Early application closes.
  • April 26, 2019 - Students who apply via the FRI Early Application will be notified of our acceptance decision.**

**Please note that students selected for the TIP Scholars program will be notified about their FRI application status during Summer Student Orientation via their TIP advisor.


Late Application

Students who are admitted to the College of Natural Sciences for Fall 2019 and miss the early application deadline can submit a Late Application (closes May 24th, 2019).  


Students who submitted an FRI application (either early or late) but were not accepted, will be placed on the FRI Waitlist. If you are accepted from the waitlist and offered a placement in FRI, we will contact you during the summer.

In fall, waitlisted students will also be invited to submit a Stream Sort form, which will move them to the stream waitlist. If space allows, waitlisted students may be placed into streams for spring.



If you have questions about the application process, please e-mail friadmissions@utexas.edu.