UT Austin changes supplemental essay requirements for Fall 2023

By Rajkamal Rao  

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The University of Texas has changed its supplemental essay requirements for the Fall 2023 and Spring 2023 cycle. Only three essays are now required, reminiscent of the Fall 2021 cycle.

The first three essays remain unchanged from Fall 2022. 

The last essay (pandemic) is now optional.

The word length for each is unchanged at 250-300 words.

  1. Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?

    This is unchanged from Fall 2021.

  2. Describe how your experiences, perspectives, talents, and/or your involvement in leadership activities (at your school, job, community, or within your family) will help you to make an impact both in and out of the classroom while enrolled at UT.

    This prompt now combines the "Experience" essay from Fall 2021 (Please share how you believe your experiences, perspectives, and/or talents have shaped your ability to contribute to and enrich the learning environment at UT Austin, both in and out of the classroom) with the "Leadership" essay (Leadership can be demonstrated in many ways. Please share how you have demonstrated leadership in either your school, job, community, and/or within your family responsibilities). The verb "Describe" now replaces the verb "Share."

  3. The core purpose of The University of Texas at Austin is, "To Transform Lives for the Benefit of Society." Please share how you believe your experience at UT-Austin will prepare you to “Change the World” after you graduate?

    This brilliant prompt, new for Fall 2022 and later, directly stresses and promotes UT's vaunted slogan and brand, "What starts here changes the world."

    For inspiration and the ultimate example, high school students can look to the contributions of UT's Jason McLellan, an associate professor of molecular bio-sciences and his team of researchers, Daniel Wrapp and Nianshuang Wang, who literally changed the world in 2020. Together, they co-designed the stabilized spike protein at the heart of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.       

  4. OPTIONAL. Please share background on events or special circumstances that you feel may have impacted your high school academic performance, including the possible effects of COVID-19.

    We encourage students to take advantage of this prompt. It reflects UT's belief that despite the aggressive pace of vaccinations in many countries, the effects of Covid are real and continue to plague students worldwide.

    For the full list of official prompts, visit UT's Freshman Admissions website.

    For a primer on how to write essays and how we can help, click here. To learn how we help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process, click here

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