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When I graduated the top 10% policy was still in effect, but I wasn't in the top 10% of my class so it didn't apply to me. I made sure that I had a LOT of community service hours-- upwards of 500-- and had a resume that made me a good candidate for my college and major within UT. If you're applying to engineering, find some sort of club you can join while you're in high school or do some research so you're qualified. I'm in the comm school now, and I was the editor of my high school news paper and really active in leadership organizations.
| Jan 03 2012 | I was 5th in my class, my essays were pretty awesome as well as my letters of recommendation. I was involved in almost anything while in high school- literally, and my SAT was pretty high as well. Well, I was in-state and in the top 2-3% of my class, so that was automatic. I was originally accepted to the architecture school (accepts less than 10% of applicants) before changing my major in my freshman year, and I imagine it was through a combination of difficult classes, high grades and test scores, volunteer work, and relevant/meaningful extra-curricular activities. Getting in was very challenging for me as an in-state student and out-of-state is supposedly even more difficult. The automatic acceptance barrier for in-state is students who have a high school class rank (at the time of the application due date) in the top 8%. For example, if 615 people are in your graduating class, only 49 of those people are guaranteed a spot at UT. This may not seem so stiff, but when you come from a highly competitive pubic high school (like I did) you realize just how tall this order is. But luckily since so few people are able to meet that requirement, it leaves a fairly healthy amount of room for other prospective students. Firstly, be realistic with yourself. If you are not at least within the top 15% of your class, do not bother. Again, I apologize if this seems stiff and harsh but college is where the academically elite are separated from the average Joe. If you do fit this general rank requirement, you must now be sure you have A LOT of extracurriculars and show leadership, whether in the form of positions or awards, within those organizations. Also, prep well for the standardized tests because a low score on those could tarnish any chance you had simply because they can move right along to a person who seems just like you but did happen to make good scores. Bottom line: MAKE YOURSELF AN ASSET to the university. Show poise and confidence in your essays, and don't be afraid to be a little humorous! The application committee loves to be engaged by your writing and sophisticated, relevant humor is a damn good way of doing it. Lastly, show any and all job experience you have. UT is a huge research university and loves to employ students both in labs and classrooms, not to mention around the campus in gyms, shops, and residence halls. SHOW RESPONSIBILITY. Do most of what I have said above, all of it if you can, and I assure you that you will be a future Longhorn!