UTSA + UT Austin CAP

UTSA + UT Austin CAP


UTSA is a participating school for the UT Austin Coordinated Admission Program (CAP).

Students who are applying to UT Austin and get offered CAP can select UTSA as their participating university when selection opens up on the student’s UT Austin MyStatus page. Students who choose UTSA will start UTSA in the second summer 5-week term, which starts July 2. Courses will be conducted online with course instruction and learning occurring through virtual modalities. Please note that UT Austin will only accept online courses taken at UTSA.

UPDATE: The deadline for CAP students to pay their application processing fee has been extended to May 15.

Eligibility to Choose UTSA

  1. Students must meet the below admission requirements at the time they apply to UT Austin.
  2. Students must also submit a $70 application processing fee to UTSA by May 15.
  3. Students will be required to attend orientation (orientation will be available online in May) and be Rowdy Ready.
  4. Students must start UTSA in the second summer 5-week term (July 2 – Aug 7).

UTSA Admission Requirements for CAP

Class Rank SAT Score* ACT Score
Top 10% Any Score Any Score
Top Quarter Any Score Any Score
Second Quarter 1170 24
Third Quarter Not Eligible Not Eligible
Fourth Quarter Not Eligible Not Eligible
Non-Ranking School 1170 24

*SAT score combines math and evidence-based ready and writing

Your First Year at UTSA

Students who attend UTSA to fulfill their CAP requirements to transfer to UT Austin will have to attend UTSA for summer, fall and spring. Below is what a schedule could look like for a CAP student. Please note, CAP students at UTSA must start in the second summer 5-week term (July 2 – Aug 7). All courses will be online for the summer term.

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

  • Students take two courses (minimum 6 credits – option of up to 7 credits if necessary).
  • Second summer 5-week term begin July 2 and ends August 7.
  • All courses will be online this summer. Please note that UT Austin will only accept online courses taken at UTSA.
  • On campus housing is available for those with exceptional need. Contact Housing and Residence Life for more information.
  • Financial aid is available (submit 2019-2020 FAFSA).

Fall: must take 9 hours

  • Students take 3 courses (minimum of 9 credits- option of up to 11 credits if necessary).
  • On campus housing is available.
  • Financial aid is available (submit 2020-2021 FAFSA).

Spring: must take 15 hours

  • Students take 5 courses (15 credits).
  • Last semester to fulfill UT Austin’s CAP requirements.
  • Submit a final, official transcript detailing your work at UTSA to UT Austin by June 1. Successful CAP students will be transferred into UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

CAP Application Questions

Once you select UTSA as your school, you will need to pay a $70 application fee to UTSA by May 15 to process your admission. We recommend paying your fee quickly to secure your spot at UTSA as space is limited.
No, you don’t. If you complete and submit the online CAP agreement, UT Austin will send the application materials to UTSA. You will need to submit a final high school transcript to UTSA showing your graduation date.
No, to participate in CAP a student must have applied to UT Austin, been offered participation in CAP and they must complete and submit the online CAP agreement.
There is not a waitlist. If you were not able to submit to UTSA, you can choose another participating CAP school or apply as a non-CAP student to UTSA. UTSA has a limited amount of spots available for eligible CAP students. UTSA accepts agreements on a first-come, first-served basis. Once UTSA has received the agreements to reach the limit, the ability to submit the CAP agreement is closed. If you are interested in attending UTSA 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.

Financial Aid Questions

Yes, it is. You will have to go online to www.fafsa.gov and submit a FAFSA for 2019-2020 aid year. UTSA’s school code is 010115. The deadline to complete this is June 30, 2020. You will be eligible for federal aid based off your Student Aid Report.
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.  As for your loan awards, those do not get affected by being less than full-time.  Which allows you to receive the full amount awarded. For more information, click here.
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 a Distinguished Presidential Scholarship, these are only for students who will pursue their degree at UTSA.
Please fill out this form and a UTSA Financial Aid representative will reach out to you. Please ensure you are entering a valid email address so that we may contact you with an answer to your question.

Orientation Questions

The Orientation Reservation System will open early March and you will receive an email to remind you to sign up for your orientation experience. You can sign up for online orientation on your UTSA “ASAP” student portal. For questions or more information about new student orientation contact orientation@utsa.edu or (210) 458-4724.
Once students complete his or her online orientation program, students must set up an appointment with an advisor to register for classes. For questions or more information about new student orientation contact orientation@utsa.edu or (210) 458-4724.

Enrollment and Course Questions

In order to come to UTSA as a UT CAP student, your first semester must be Summer 2020 and will be conducted online with course instruction and learning occurring through virtual modalities. Online classes start for the second summer session on July 2.  Please note that UT Austin will only accept online courses taken at UTSA.
Any hours taken outside of UTSA will not be counted towards your 30 hours needed for CAP. The 30 hours all need to be taken at UTSA.
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.
 Housing is available for those with exceptional need. We recommend contacting Housing and Residence Life for more information.
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.
No, all CAP participants must abide by the participating university. This includes following any prerequisites.
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 UTSA advisor is responsible to advises 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 UTSA advisor if they are eligible to take. (Please note that per the CAP agreement, your UTSA advisor is responsible to advises 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 UTSA students, including CAP participants, must successfully complete the needed prerequisite(s) in order to enroll in these course(s).
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 2020, participants should not take college level courses at any community college or other universities during Summer 2020 except at their selected participating CAP university.) Participants may take college level courses the summer immediately after the CAP year.
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 AIS 1203 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.