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am i a freshman?

Freshmen are first-time-in-college applicants who are working towards or have graduated from high school or earned a GED. Students who are completing dual-credit college coursework while enrolled in high school are considered for freshman admission.


Creative thinking, problem solving, and discipline are just a few characteristics of strong Natural Sciences students. Applicants should utililize all aspects of the admissions application, including essays, expanded resume, and letters of recommendation, to demonstrate their fit as a Natural Sciences student. Examples of key attributes include:

  • math and science coursework and performance
  • participation and recognition in health, science, and other related activities
  • job shadowing, internships, and other hands-on, real-world experiences

Strong mathematics preparation is critical for student success in Natural Sciences. Incoming freshmen should be prepared to begin math at the calculus level. In the admissions application process, math preparation for freshman applicants is often demonstrated by performance on the SAT or ACT and in math courses. 

How to Apply


Admission to the College of Natural Sciences is a competitive process and space can be limited, particularly in programs of high interest. To be considered:

  1. Select a Natural Sciences major on your Apply Texas or Coalition application. 
  2. Submit all admissions materials to the university's Office of Admissions.
  3. Check your UT "My Status" page to ensure all application materials have been received.

All admission materials and processes are managed by the University's Office of Admissions. Applicants seeking fall admission can expect to receive their admission decision anytime between December and March 1. More information about application requirements, admissions process and deadlines, applying for honors, scholarships, and housing is available on the Office of Admissions website

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Texas Law offers eligible freshman applicants who graduate in the top of their high school class automatic admission to public colleges and universities. Students who apply to The University of Texas at Austin, however, are not guaranteed admission to their major. Admission to the College of Natural Sciences is a competitive process. In order to ensure prospective College of Natural Science students are prepared for the rigor of math and science degrees, all applicants are reviewed for admission.

Learn more about Texas Automatic Admission »

Updated: November 6, 2022