The university said they will admit students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class beginning in the summer and fall of 2019.
They currently admit students in the top 7 percent.
Applications to the university rose from 38 thousand in 2013 to 51 thousand in 2017.
State law requires UT to automatically admit 75 percent of the first year in-state students.
The university said the change in policy will allow them to continue to maintain that legally mandated proportion, leaving the other 25 percent proportion open for admissions under the holistic review process.
The adjustment was necessary based on projected growth in Texas high school graduates, and to allow admission spots for eligible transfer students.
You can read more about the UT-Austin undergraduate admissions process on their website.
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