The Applytexas Application Essay Questions

How Long Should the ApplyTexas Essay Be?

This question comes up a lot. Mainly because the application allows for up to 120 eighty-character lines of text. What’s that? You’re not up on your character count layout for a standard page? A typical single-spaced page of average size font is about 50 lines of text. ApplyTexas allows you to enter something more than twice that long; but, I beg of you, do not take them up on that!

As the ApplyTexas application becomes more and more popular (more than 1.4 million applications were submitted this past year with about 300,000 of those applications coming from students outside of Texas), the ApplyTexas folks seem to be working to simplify and clarify their process a bit more each year. When the 2016-2017 application opened a few days ago, I noticed they added some guiding text on the essay page directly answering this question:

    ApplyTexas recommends that you keep your essay to between 350 and 500 words in length, with no more than 650 words.

I recommend heeding their advice, especially if you’re applying to a school requiring more than one of their prompts. For example, if Texas A&M is on your list, they require a response to Topic A and Topic B, but they also encourage you to submit Topic C if you don’t qualify for automatic admission. That’s three major essays! Now think of the admission officer reading all those essays. I promise, no matter how good of a writer you are, your admission officer does not want to read three 1000 word essays when she has a pile of other applications to get through that day.

If you haven’t yet, check out the new prompts for the 2016-2017 application cycle. ApplyTexas has mixed things up quite a bit this year and the prompts are a lot of fun—especially Topic C. Make sure you’re looking at current information, as some of the schools have changed their requirements to reflect the new prompt choices (namely UT-Austin!). For years University of Texas at Austin required Topic C and a second of your choice. This year they have changed to requiring topic A along with a second of your choice.

While the ApplyTexas platform isn’t the prettiest and might be a bit clunky (if I’m being kind), they do have an incredibly helpful set of FAQs posted on their site. Be sure to check out what they say about submitting their essays.

Happy writing!

Major-specific application requirements by college or school include:

Cockrell School of Engineering

Meet the calculus readiness requirement, and demonstrate it by submitting an appropriate test score or transcript.

College of Fine Arts
Butler School of Music

Read more about completing Butler School of Music application requirements on its freshman or international admission webpages.

Department of Art and Art History
Department of Theatre and Dance
Jackson School of Geosciences

Meet the calculus readiness requirement, and demonstrate it by submitting an appropriate test score or transcript.

College of Liberal Arts

Economics or Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences): Meet the calculus readiness requirement, and demonstrate it by submitting an appropriate test score or transcript.

College of Natural Sciences

Environmental Science (Biological Sciences): Meet the calculus readiness requirement, and demonstrate it by submitting an appropriate test score or transcript.

School of Nursing

If applying first-choice, submit an essay addressing Topic N.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Respond to a short-answer prompt in ApplyTexas.

Other Colleges and Schools

Colleges and schools not listed above do not have major-specific application requirements.

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