UT CAP (Coordinated Admissions Program)

Program Information

To be eligible for guaranteed admission to the UT Austin College of Liberal Arts (excluding the majors in Environmental Science), Coordinated Admission Program (UT CAP) students must complete 30 transferable semester hours of approved coursework (including a mathematics course other than College Algebra) with at least a 3.2 grade point average. 

All UTA UT CAP students are advised by the UTA University Advising Center. Any UT Austin-specific questions (college admissions criteria, degree plans, etc.) should be directed to UT Austin CAP.

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Your First Year at UTA

Students who attend UTA to fulfill their CAP requirements to transfer to UT Austin will have to attend UTA for summer, fall and spring. Below is the required course taking pattern for a UT CAP student at UTA. Please note, UT CAP students at UTA must start in the second summer 5-week term (July 13 – Aug 12). All courses will be either face-to-face, online, or hybrid for the summer.

Summer (second 5-week term): must take 6 hours

  • Students will enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours with the option of up to 7 credit hours if necessary.
  • Second summer 5-week term begins July 13 and ends August 12.
  • All courses will be either face-to-face, online, or hybrid this summer. Please note that to fulfill UT CAP requirements UT Austin will only accept courses taken at UTA.
  • On campus housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Housing and Residence Life for more information.
  • Financial aid is available (submit 2021-2022 FAFSA).

Fall: must take 9 hours

  • Students will enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours and a maximum of 11 credit hours if necessary. The credit hours must include a UNIV first-year seminar course.
  •  Even though CAP students are not full-time students in fall 2021, they may live in our residence halls. Check out our on campus housing for more information.
  • Financial aid is available (submit 2021-2022 FAFSA).

Spring: must take 15 hours

  • Students will enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours.
  • On campus housing is available.
  • Financial aid is available (submit 2021-2022 FAFSA).
  • Last semester to fulfill UT Austin’s CAP requirements.
  • Submit a final, official transcript detailing your work at UTA to UT Austin by June 1. Qualified UT CAP students will be transferred into UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts.

CAP Application Questions

No, you don’t. If you complete and submit the online CAP agreement, UT Austin will send the application materials to UTA. You will need to submit a final high school transcript to UTA showing your graduation date.
 

There is not a waitlist. If you were not able to submit to UTA, you can choose another participating CAP school or apply as a non-CAP student to UTA. UTA has a limited amount of spots available for eligible CAP students. UTA accepts agreements on a first-come, first-served basis. Once UTA has received the agreements to reach the limit, the ability to submit the CAP agreement is closed. If you are interested in attending UTA as a non-CAP student, you can do so by submitting an application for admission and the supporting documents before the freshman deadline of June 1.

Enrollment and Course Questions

Though Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual credits may be applicable to your intended UT Austin major, upon successfully transferring to UT Austin, they cannot be applied toward the required 30 credit hours. CAP requires that during a CAP year, participants must successfully complete courses that total 30 transferable credit hours, from the approved CAP course list, at the participating university. You should always consult with an academic advisor at your participating CAP university before making a final decision about which courses to take. (Please note that per the CAP agreement, your UTA advisor is responsible to advise on the approved list of courses. They do not advise on UT Austin majors.  All questions related to UT Austin majors should be directed to UT Austin.)
 
Some courses must be successfully completed before other classes can be taken. The former are referred to as prerequisites. The approved CAP list has classes that are prerequisites to course required for intended UT Austin majors. Participants are encouraged to identify these classes and confirm with their UTA advisor if they are eligible to take. (Please note that per the CAP agreement, your UTA advisor is responsible to advise on the approved list of courses. They do not advise on UT Austin majors. All questions related to UT Austin majors should be directed to UT Austin.). While some courses serve as prerequisites, other classes within the CAP list require prerequisites before being taken.  All UTA students, including CAP participants, must successfully complete the needed prerequisite(s) in order to enroll in these course(s).
 
In order to come to UTA as a UT CAP student, your first semester must be Summer 2021. Classes start for the second summer session on July 13. Please note that UT Austin will only accept courses taken at UTA. 
The CAP agreement specifies that participants should not take college level courses immediately preceding their CAP year, because doing so may cause disqualification from CAP. (This excludes any already completed AP, IB, or dual credits.) For example, if a CAP year begins Fall 2021, participants should not take college level courses at any community college or other universities during Summer 2021 except at their selected participating CAP university.) Participants may take college level courses the summer immediately after the CAP year.
 
Each college level course is valued by a certain number of credit hours. The credit hours that are accepted by other universities are known as transferable credits. Applying transferable credits to CAP, all of the courses on the designated CAP list have been approved by UT Austin and are guaranteed as recognized transfer credits to UT Austin. Please note that CAP requires a minimum of a “C”, in order for UT Austin to accept the course as transferable credits.
 
Yes, all incoming freshmen, including CAP students, are expected to take this academic inquiry course. This class is in the CAP list of approved courses and may be able to satisfy the signature course required at UT Austin. This also means that UNIV 1131 will transfer to UT Austin and will be applied toward the required 30 credit hours. More information about the actual course can be given during the participants’ orientation.
 
UT Austin maintains an online list of approved courses for CAP students. All of the courses on this list have been approved by UT Austin and are recognized transferable credits to UT Austin. Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual credits may be transferable to UT Austin and applicable to your intended major there, upon successfully transferring to UT Austin.
 

Financial Aid Questions

Your federal aid will remain the same, which means you will still be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, if you meet requirements, and Federal Stafford Loans as a CAP student.  However, if you were a recipient of any UTA specific scholarship, including Distinguished Presidential Scholarship or Maverick Scholarship, these are only for students who will pursue their degree at UTA.
 
Depending on the type of aid you receive, the amounts may differ by only a fraction.  Enrollment hours typically affect grant money by prorating it to the portion of hours enrolled, meaning if you are enrolled part-time in 9 hours you will receive three-quarters of your grant.  On the other hand, student loan awards are not affected by being less than full-time, which allows you to receive the full amount awarded. For more information, click here.
 
Yes, it is.  You will have to go online to www.fafsa.gov and submit a FAFSA for 2021-2022 aid year. UTA’s school code is 003656. While consideration is given to all financial aid requests, the priority deadline for financial aid is January 15, 2021. You will be eligible for federal aid based on your FAFSA information and the funds that are available when you complete your financial aid application.  For additional questions about deadlines, please check out our page at www.uta.edu/fao.   

Orientation Questions

UT CAP Contacts at UTA

Advising – Lisa Rose, 817-272-3140, lirose@uta.edu