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How to write the 2021-2022 University of Texas supplemental essays

by Carol Barash, PhD, on Jul 24, 2021 5:58:10 PM

Hoping to spend your college years in the bustling city of Austin? The University of Texas might be the school for you! But before you make your way to Texas, you’ll need to complete UT’s supplemental essays. 

You can apply to the University of Texas at Austin through ApplyTexas or the Coalition College application -- NOT the Common App. UT requires three short supplemental essays and one optional short essay.

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Required Short Answer 1: Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?

This prompt is a version of the “why this major?” question, and it offers a chance to dig into your academic interests and how they match up with the programs available at UT. You don’t need to be 100% committed to the major you’re discussing, and you don’t need to have already studied it in-depth. All readers want to know in asking this question is that you’ve given your prospective major some serious thought, and that you’re academically curious and excited about the programs UT has to offer. So put aside any notions about what readers might want you to choose, because there’s no right answer! Choose whatever area you’re most passionate about right now. Tell readers the story of a moment that sparked this passion, and connect it to the offerings at UT. 

Required Short Answer 2: 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.

This question helps readers understand who you will be as a member of the UT community. How will your unique leadership skills and perspective make a positive contribution to the community? Use a detailed moment that demonstrates how you contributed positively as a leader to one of your current or past communities. Remember that you don’t have to have a leadership “title” such as headship or captainship in order to be a leader. Think about moments where you took charge and made a positive impact in your school, community, or family. 

Required Short Answer 3: 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.

This is a good opportunity to reveal who you are as a whole person. What more do you have to share about your community, background, or some other aspect of your identity? Tell your story with a moment that shows the perspective you will bring to UT. Can you think of a moment from your life when you learned something new, considered an opposing idea, or changed your perspective on something? This question helps readers understand who you will be as a member of the UT community. How will your unique experiences and perspective make a positive contribution to the community? Use a detailed moment that demonstrates how you contributed positively to one of your current or past communities. 

Optional Short Answer: 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. Please limit your response to 250-300 words.

This question is truly optional, and only for those who have been impacted by COVID-19 in a way that has permanently or significantly changed their life. For example, if you had to spend every afternoon working to compensate for family members losing their jobs, colleges should know that.

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