Apply to Undergraduate Art History

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Apply to Undergraduate Art History

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Freshman Applicants

Students applying to and starting college for the first time


What You Submit

  • UT Austin application — see Step 1 below
  • Additional essay — see Step 1 below


Dates and Deadlines

DateBe Aware!
August 1UT Austin application opens 
(see Step 1 below)
December 1

Deadline to submit UT Austin application 
(see Step 1 below)

The Department of Art and Art History does not consider students for early acceptance by using the November 1 priority deadline.

January 15Priority submission date to file the FAFSA 
(Optional but highly recommended. Learn why!)
February 15Deadline to submit the Texas Exes scholarship application to access scholarships affiliated with our alumni association. 
(Optional. Learn more.)
By March 1Receive your admission decision


Application Process

Step 1 — Complete the admission application to UT Austin.

Things to Know

  • You can submit your application to UT Austin using either the Common App or ApplyTexas. Both open August 1 and the submission deadline is December 1. (The Department of Art and Art History does not consider students for early acceptance by using the November 1 priority deadline.)
  • When prompted in the application, enter your first-choice major as:
    • BA Art History (570700)
  • Art History applicants complete an additional essay in response to the following prompt:

    In art history classes, one might hear the line “Art has structured—and continues to structure—our world.” Why, in your opinion, does studying the art of the past and present matter in today’s global world?

    Please respond in 500 words or less.
     

Learn more and begin your application to UT Austin

Step 2 — Track the status of your application materials and receive your admission decision.

Things to Know

  • 2–3 business days after you submit your UT Austin application, you will receive an email that includes your UT EID (university digital identification), allowing you to access the MyStatus website, our application tracking system.
  • Make sure you've submitted all required materials to complete your UT Austin application (application fee, short answers, and transcripts).
  • Letters of Recommendation and SAT/ACT scores are optional for fall 2023 applicants.
  • You will receive your admission decision by March 1
     

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External Transfer Applicants

Students who have completed coursework at another university or college and want to transfer to UT Austin


Things to Know Before Applying

  • Students are admitted for the fall semester only.
  • Applicants must have a transfer GPA of at least 3.00 to be considered for admission.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have completed the equivalents of our First-Year Core courses. Learn more about coursework equivalents.


What You Submit

  • UT Austin application — see Step 1 below
  • Additional essay — see Step 1 below


Dates and Deadlines

DateBe Aware!
August 1 / September 1UT Austin application opens 
(see Step 1 below)
March 1Deadline to submit UT Austin application 
(see Step 1 below)
Early SummerReceive your admission decision


Application Process

Step 1 — Complete the admission application to UT Austin.

Things to Know

  • Applicants can submit their UT Austin application using either the Common App (opens September 1) or ApplyTexas (opens August 1). The submission deadline for both is March 1.
  • When prompted in the application, enter your first-choice major as:
    • BA Art History (570700)
  • Art History applicants complete an additional essay in response to the following prompt:

    In art history classes, one might hear the line “Art has structured—and continues to structure—our world.” Why, in your opinion, does studying the art of the past and present matter in today’s global world?

    Please respond in 500 words or less.
     

Learn more and begin your application to UT Austin

Step 2 — Track the status of your application materials and receive your admission decision.

Things to Know

  • 2–3 business days after you submit your UT Austin application, you will receive an email that includes your UT EID (university digital identification), allowing you to access the MyStatus website, our application tracking system.
  • Make sure you've submitted all required materials to complete your UT Austin application (application fee, essays, short answers, and transcripts).
  • You will receive your admission decision by early summer
     

Go to MyStatus


Internal UT Transfer Applicants

Current UT Austin students interested in internally transferring (changing your major) or adding a simultaneous major in the Department of Art and Art History


Things to Know Before Applying

  • Admission to all degree programs in the Department of Art and Art History is competitive and selective. When applying to this department, you are strongly advised to develop a back-up plan for pursuing other majors. Use resources such as the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling and Wayfinder to determine what majors might be right for you.
  • The maximum number of times a student may apply to the Department of Art and Art History is two.
  • If you’d like to see how the classes you’ve already completed would count towards the major of your interest, you can create an Interactive Degree Audit for that major. You can also review the Degree Guidelines and Plans for all degrees offered by this department. If you have questions about the degree plan or requirements, you may contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Include your UT EID in all emails.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to take First-Year Core courses at UT or transfer in coursework equivalents so you’ll be on track for a timely graduation. However, First-Year Core courses do not have to be completed prior to applying or being formally admitted to the department. See instructions for enrolling in major-restricted courses.
  • Are you currently a major in the department? Current majors in the Department of Art and Art History who wish to change from one major to another within the department, or to add a simultaneous major within the department, should visit the Undergraduate Academic Advisor to learn about the application process and deadlines. Depending on what your current major is, your application process may differ from below.


Eligibility

You are eligible to apply to internally transfer from another UT Austin college or add a simultaneous major in the Department of Art and Art History if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UT Austin and it is spring semester (applications are not accepted during fall semester).
  • You will have no more than 60 hours of coursework completed in-residence at UT Austin by the fall semester for which you’re applying for admission. (See the note below about UT Austin’s 60-hour Rule.)
  • You have not already applied twice to internally transfer or add a simultaneous major in this department.
  • You have an overall 3.0 GPA at UT Austin. (The Admissions Committee gives preference to applicants who have at least a 3.0 GPA by the end of the semester in which the student applies.)
  • Only required for Students adding a simultaneous major: You have completed 30 credit hours in-residence at UT Austin. These 30 hours cannot include AP, IB, credit-by-exam, dual or transfer credits. You may apply to the department for a simultaneous major while in progress to meet the 30-hour requirement, but you must complete these hours prior to the fall semester for which you are applying for admission.

Meeting minimum academic and GPA requirements, submitting all application materials by the deadline, and completing departmental First-Year Core courses (or equivalents) does not guarantee eligibility or acceptance to a specific major of the department.

UT Austin’s 60-Hour Rule

From the university’s General Information Catalog:

Students may not transfer to another college or school after they have completed sixty (60) semester hours of coursework in residence. A student who wishes to seek an exception to this rule should petition the dean’s office of the college into which he or she would like to transfer. Approval of the petition will take into account the student’s ability to graduate within four years of entering the University.

If you have completed more than 60 hours and would still like to apply for a change-of-major to the Department of Art and Art History, proceed with submitting application materials as instructed below. If your application receives a strong review but you will have completed more than 60 hours prior to the fall semester for which you are applying, you will be required to submit an appeal to the dean's office and your admission into the major will be dependent on its approval. If you are required to submit an appeal, you will receive notification by the Undergraduate Academic Advisor with detailed instructions. Do not submit an appeal unless you are notified to do so.

Exceptions to the university’s policies on internal transfer are made in rare circumstances when the student can provide evidence that they are on track for a timely graduation. Students with over 60 hours can only attempt to be admitted via this appeal process one time.


Application Instructions

Application Deadline — May 1
Admission Decision — Typically, mid–July


Use the UT Austin Internal Transfer Application System to complete the Internal Transfer Application and submit the following major-specific requirements:

  • Writing Sample — The writing sample must be a substantial, well-argued, and clearly written paper involving documented research, including a bibliography and/or appropriate citations, and demonstrating critical analysis. It must have been produced in a college-level course, preferably at UT Austin. Although a research paper written for an Art History (ARH) course is preferable, one from another field of study may be submitted. The writing sample must be submitted in PDF format and include a cover sheet that states: Your Name, Paper Title, Course Number and Course Name, Instructor Name, Semester and Date Written.


NOTE
Letters of recommendation are not required and will not be reviewed as part of any application.
 

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Notification

Students will be emailed notification via a Secure Academic Note (SAN) that reports their application results, whether they are admitted or declined. Typically, notification is sent mid-July. Please do not contact the department about the status of your application; you will be notified when decisions have been made.

For students admitted to the department, the SAN will include specific information about the process for changing or adding a major, mandatory academic advising, and registration procedures.

If you are not admitted but still want to connect with our department, we welcome you to join one of our student organizations, register for our non-major courses, or attend one of our events.


Returning Applicants

Students previously enrolled at UT Austin who want to be readmitted after a period of interruption


Application Deadlines

July 1 — For Fall Enrollment

December 1 — For Spring Enrollment

May 1 — For Summer Enrollment


Returning Students who wish to continue in their previous major

If you were previously an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin and are ready to return after an interruption of at least one fall or spring semester, complete the university’s application for Returning Students. All returning students are readmitted into their previous major.

If you wish to participate in the advising and registration period that occurs in the semester preceding the one in which you plan to return, it’s required that you complete the readmission process well in advance of the deadlines and advising periods (for example, April for Summer and Fall enrollment, and October for Spring enrollment). You may consult the academic calendar for advising and registration dates.


Returning Students who wish to change their previous major

All returning students are readmitted into their previous major. If you wish to apply for readmission to the university and change to a new major, first complete the university’s application for Returning Students and then follow the process current students use to apply for an internal transfer (see the Internal UT Transfer tab above).

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ

Questions about the UT Austin application?

Contact UT Austin admissions


Questions about the additional major-specific requirements?

Contact our admissions team