The University of Texas, officially called the University of Texas at Austin, is the flagship campus in the UT School System. Though founded in 1881, settlers living in the state called for the formation of a new college nearly 80 years earlier. The state allowed citizens to vote on the location of the new campus. Galveston, which was second in the vote behind Austin, received the new medical school, but the main university went up in Austin. That campus went from just a few buildings during its early days to one of the largest campuses in the south. That campus is now home to nearly 20 libraries and seven museums that are open to both students and the general public.
UT is a Public Ivy, which means that it offers similar opportunities for students as Ivy League schools do but at a lower price. Its programs in engineering, nursing, law and business rank among the country’s best. The university itself also ranks as a top college. U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, ARWU and Washington Monthly all rank UT as one of the top 100 colleges in the United States. Texas also ranks as one of the best schools in the entire world. The university has a total population of more than 50,000 students, which includes more than 11,000 post-graduate students.
University of Texas Accreditation Details
When you compare graduate schools, you should always look for something called regional accreditation and something called specialty accreditation. Regional accreditation is important because it helps you secure the financial aid necessary to complete your program, and specialty accreditation is important because it lets you know the program has approval from a professional agency or organization. The University of Texas obtained its regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As a nursing student, you’ll appreciate that it has specialty accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Some of the other specialty accreditation that Texas has comes from organizations like:
American Speech, Language Hearing Association
American Bar Association
Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
University of Texas Application Requirements
As a prospective grad student with an interest in attending the University of Texas, you must meet all of its admissions requirements. You must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with regional accreditation. Though you do not need your degree at the time you fill out the application, you must have that degree before starting classes. You must also have an undergrad grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The university may admit students with a lower GPA, but those students must take introductory courses before beginning a full program.
Texas uses the MyTexas website, which lets you create your own account. You can log in and out of the system to work on different parts of the application. That log in information also lets you check back in to see if the university needs any more information from you or whether it made a decision as to your application. When you submit the application, you must pay a $65 fee. If you cannot afford this fee, the university has waivers available.
The University of Texas also requests an official college transcript and an official test score. You can take and submit a score from either the GMAT or the GRE. Those enrolling in one of the nursing grad programs must also submit an official transcript from the community college or junior college where the student first received his or her nursing degree. If you completed a standard BSN program, you can submit that transcript instead.
Tuition and Financial Aid
UT divides its school year in to longer and shorter sessions. Longer sessions include the fall and spring semesters, and shorter sessions take place over the summer. As a Texas resident, your tuition will range from $4,000 to $5,000 for each longer session, and summer sessions will cost between $1,400 and $1,800. The total cost depends on the department you take classes from each session. The cost for nonresidents is $8,000 to $9,200 for longer sessions and $2,700 to $3,100 for shorter sessions. You will also pay for your own supplies, textbooks and personal expenses.
Texas residents can take advantage of grants from the state government that pay for some of their expenses. Even if you aren’t a resident, make sure you file the FAFSA by early spring. This will determine whether you can take out student loans, if you qualify for grants and if you will receive any other aid. Graduate students can borrow more than $20,000 a year in unsubsidized student loans, but you may qualify for subsidized and Perkins loans too. Parents of graduate students can apply for PLUS loans from the government too.
Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Administration
The University of Texas offers two graduate programs for nurses. One is a program in Clinical Nurse Leader, also known as a CNL degree. It teaches the importance of following safety regulations, improving the care that patients receive and working in emergency situations. The program includes core courses in health leadership, nursing practice, nursing research and health care finances. You’ll then take 10 CNL courses, including foundations of epidemiology, health care technology and pathophysiology. Three of the CNL classes you take come with a clinical component that lets you do some fieldwork. You must complete a minimum of 660 hours of fieldwork before you can graduate.
Another program offered by the University of Texas is a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration. This program is available online for busy nurses and health care professionals who cannot afford to take time off work for school. The courses available last for just five weeks, which lets you earn your degree quicker. Courses include principles of research in nursing, financial management in nursing, management of nursing operations, curriculum development and evaluation and roles and functions of the nurse administrator. Like the CNL program, this one requires that you do some fieldwork too. The University of Texas can help you find facilities to work in to ensure that you complete the 90 hours of required clinical fieldwork before you graduate.