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External Transfer

Important Dates

Application Submission Deadline: March 1st

Continuing and Transfer Scholarship Deadline: April 1st Midnight

Financial Aid (FAFSA) Priority Filing Date:  March 15th

Housing Application: Rolling basis. Housing application can be submitted after admission application is completed.

An external transfer student is one who attends another four year college or university or a junior/community college and then applies for transfer admission to the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Important Information for External Transfers

  • The McCombs School of Business only admits students for the fall semester.  Students admitted to UT Austin in the Spring must complete three long semesters at the university to transfer to McCombs.
  • Additional coursework is required to be considered for admission to the business school (see tab "McCombs Specific Requirements" below).
  • The Office of Admissions makes all external transfer decisions for the McCombs School of Business. Please visit their website for details on admission factors, application, deadline etc. For any questions concerning the transfer admission process, please contact a Transfer Admissions Counselor at 512-475-7387

Transfer Application Checklist

The Transfer Application Detailed Checklist


ApplyTexas Application   
  • Submit your completed ApplyTexas Application.
  • The ApplyTexas Application is used to determine admission eligibility to the University of Texas at Austin and the McCombs School of Business. No additional applications are required unless Applying to the Business Honors Program (Sophomore Admission only) 
    • List "Unspecified Business" (200400) as your first choice major. 


    • Applicants to McCombs are required to answer two essays as part of the ApplyTexas Application. We suggest you write and edit your essay responses in Word (or similar application) and then copy and paste the text into the application. There are no editing functions within the online application.
    Expanded Resume  
    • Provide a detailed resume  which includes memberships in clubs and organizations, positions of leadership, academic honors, extracurricular activities and employment. Provide an estimate of how much time you spent on each activity (hours per week/weeks per year.)  The Be A Longhorn website provides a sample resume that you can use as a template
    • Use the UT Resume Submission system to submit your resume online; although online submission is preferred, you may also mail or fax your resume.
     Official Transcripts  
    • Official transcripts showing at least 30 hours of transferrable coursework (completed or in progress), from each college you have attended, including any attended during high school (i.e. dual credit)
    • Copies and faxes do not satisfy this requirement.
    • Required Coursework for McCombs:  Calculus I, Calculus II, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics (completed or in progress)
     Letter of Recommendation
    •  Letters of Recommendations are optional. They serve as an additional point of information when they speak about new information or more in depth perspective into your application.
    • UT Austin does NOT conduct interviews for candidates applying to the McCombs School of Business
    Non-refundable $75 application processing fee ($90 for international applicants)
    • Online payment preferred; pay by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) if paid while applying online.
    • Some students are eligible for a fee exemption.
    Additional Requirements (if applicable)
    • Resident aliens: submit a photocopy of both sides of your permanent resident card.
    • TSI Exam: The Texas Success Initiative (formerly TASP) may require you to take an assessment test(usually the THEA) before enrolling in courses. Many students are exempt
    High School Transcript 
    • High School Transcripts are used for academic placement for admitted students and must arrive before you begin classes. You are encouraged to submit your high school transcript when you apply even though it doesn't have to arrive by the application deadline.

    McCombs Specific Requirements

    1.   30 Hours of transferable coursework required**

    2.   3.0 minimum GPA (actual GPA for admission could be higher, 
           see tab "Past Statistics")

    3.  Demonstrate Foreign Language Proficiency (one of two ways):

    • Two years of the same foreign language in high school
    • One year of the same language in college

    4.   Course requirements: 

    1. Calculus I (M 308/408K or M 308/408C) *
    2. Calculus II (M 308/408L or M 308/408D)*
    3. Microeconomics ECO 304K)
    4. Macroeconomics(ECO 304L)

    * UT no longer offers M 403K (Calculus I) and M 403L (Calculus II), but the equivalent will still transfer. We recommend that students taking any 303/403 courses complete both Calculus course requirements before transferring, since UT no longer teaches them. This will avoid the need to retake the entire sequence.

    **Students with over 90 hours or a completed degree are encouraged to consider other options, such as completing a degree at their current institution, or alternate institution, with the possibility of pursuing an MBA or MPA degree at a later date. See alternate options

    Transferring Courses

    What courses should I be taking at my current institution?

    To obtain information on coursework to take at your current institution, please view the general degree requirements for our ten majors.  

    The Office of Admission offers transfer guides that list courses students can take at Austin Community College and other Texas community colleges that can apply toward specific UT Austin degree requirements.

    How will the credit from my current institution transfer?

    The following information from the Office of Admissions will help you figure that out:

    • Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) — interactive database of more than 220,000 transfer credit evaluations for courses at Texas universities and community colleges.
    • Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) — lets students estimate how courses taken at other institutions might apply to a degree at UT Austin.
    • Common transfer credit problems — helps you to understand and avoid typical difficulties in using transfer courses to fulfill UT degree requirements.
    • Transfer credit policies — a complete discussion in the “Transfer Admission” section in Chapter 2 of the General Information catalog.

    Evaluation of individual courses taken at out-of-state institutions is not available over the phone, in person, or by e-mail. Specific course evaluations and decisions about the transferability of individual courses are made only after an applicant has been admitted

    Past Statistics

    External Transfer Historical Summary

    Texas Residents
    2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013  2014
    # Applications 554 527 402 638 481 467 483  563
    # Admitted 119 90 86 98 84 91 84  91
    # Enrolled 119 80 81 93 81 86 83  83
    Avg. GPA (Admits) 3.82 3.87 3.92 3.87 3.83 3.84 3.87  3.89
    NON Residents (excluding international applicants)
    2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 
    # Applications 155 116 98 102 127 137 132  133
    # Admitted 14 8 11 8 14 12 13  8
    # Enrolled 14 3 6 3 5 8 3  5
    Avg. GPA (Admits) 3.79 3.90 3.83 3.74 3.82 3.91 3.91  3.84
    International Applicants
      2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014
    # Applications  271  285  285  238  269  246
     # Admitted  13  17  26  19  18  20
    # Enrolled 12 12 17 14 14  15
    Avg. GPA (Admits) 3.89 3.92 3.95 3.91 3.51  3.72



    Information Sessions

    Admissions Information and Campus-wide Tour

    The Undergraduate Admissions Center offers an information session and campus tour for prospective transfer students on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Visit Be A Longhorn to register for a Transfer Information Session and Campus Tour Here

     McCombs School of Business

    In addition, transfer students can supplement their Admissions Info Session by registering for our Business Information Session and/or Business Honors Information Session Mondays and Fridays throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. You can register through the Be A Longhorn Website as well. Part of the session will be devoted to Freshman admission information; however, information about the McCombs School of Business and the opportunities it affords including resources, career opportunities, study abroad, and student life will be discussed as well.

    Register for the Business Information Session and/or Business Honors Information Session Here

    After External Admission

    When do I declare a major?

    If you are admitted to the McCombs School of Business, you will be listed as an unspecified business major. You can declare a specific business major (eg., Accounting, Finance, etc.) in the Undergraduate Programs Office (CBA 2.400) once you:

    1. Enroll in the McCombs School of Business
    2. Remove all high school unit deficiencies
    3. Complete 30 hours of college credit, including:
      • Calculus I and Calculus II
      • Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
      • BA 101, and have credit or registration in BA 102
      • Register with the BBA Career Center

      Students must declare a major before reaching seventy-five hours or registration will be barred.

      60 hours in residence to obtain a BBA

      The University of Texas at Austin requires that at least sixty semester hours of coursework be completed in residence at the University . The McCombs School of Business requires that twenty-four hours of business courses must be completed in residence on a letter-grade basis.

      Alternate Options

      1. Complete a degree at your current institution.
      2. Pursue a different major at the University of  Texas at Austin and complement it with ourBusiness Foundations Program
      3. Consider McCombs for a graduate business degree. An undergraduate degree in Business is not required for entry into a Masters program in Business or Accounting.