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The University Catalog

The catalog of the University is the document of authority for all students. Any academic unit may issue additional or more specific information that is consistent with approved policy. However, the information in the catalog supersedes that issued by any other unit if there is a conflict between the two. The University reserves the right to change the requirements given in the catalog at any time.

The catalog consists of five issues: the Undergraduate Catalog, the Graduate Catalog, the Law Catalog, the Medical Catalog, and General Information.

The Undergraduate Catalog is published in August of even-numbered years; the Graduate Catalog is published in August of odd-numbered years; the Law Catalog is published in February of even-numbered years; the Medical Catalog is published annually. These issues contain regulations and degree requirements that apply to undergraduate, graduate, School of Law, and School of Medicine students. Regulations are valid only for the academic years indicated by the dates in the title of each publication; for an explanation of the period for which degree requirements are valid, see the section “Graduation under a Particular Catalog” in each issue. The lists of available course offerings for each academic unit are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change. They are superseded by course offerings published each semester and summer session in the Course Schedule.

General Information, published every August, contains current and historical information about the University’s organization and physical facilities. It gives important information about academic policies and procedures that apply to all students for the academic year indicated in the title of the publication. It includes the official academic calendar, admission procedures and residence requirements, information about tuition and fees, and policies on quantity of work, grades and the grade point average, credit by examination and correspondence, adding and dropping courses, withdrawal from the University, and scholastic probation and dismissal. General Information is meant to be used along with each of the other issues; each student must be familiar with the regulations given there and with those given in the issue that covers his or her degree program.

Assistance in obtaining information about the University—including costs, refund policies, withdrawal, academic programs, the faculty, accreditation, and facilities and services for disabled persons—is available from Mark Simpson, Assistant Vice Provost and Registrar, at (512) 475-7510 and at The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the Registrar, P O Box 7216, Austin TX 78713-7216.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race; color; religion; national origin; gender, including sexual harassment; age; disability; citizenship; and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression is also prohibited pursuant to University policy. Any member of the University community who believes they have been subject to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should contact the Office for Inclusion and Equity in person at SSB 3.212, Austin TX 78712; via e-mail at; or by phone at (512) 471-1849.


The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas at Austin.


The University is a member of the Association of American Universities and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, among others.

University Code of Conduct

The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.