The majority of Jackson School undergraduates enter the school as incoming freshman who select geosciences during the process of their undergraduate application to The University of Texas at Austin. Everything students need to know to apply for undergraduate admission to both the Jackson School and The University of Texas at Austin can be found on the UT Office of Admissions website. No academic units at the university directly process admissions for incoming freshmen or transferring undergraduates.

Students can also apply to the Jackson School later in their undergraduate careers but should be aware that the school only accepts a limited number of qualified transfers each year from other colleges at UT Austin, as well as from other institutions. This is a shift from previous years, when a majority of geoscience students entered the program after their freshmen year.

Students apply to the Jackson School following the standard procedures for the university, as outlined in the UT Austin General Information and Undergraduate Catalog.

Visit the Jackson School

Are you are a high school junior or senior or perhaps currently at another college or university and thinking about transferring to the UT Austin Jackson School of Geosciences? Do you have a keen interest in the geosciences? Would you like to visit the Jackson School before you make your decision to join us? If your answers are yes, then you are at the right place.

We have set aside one day each month during the fall and spring semesters to visit with prospective students. Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend all portions of the visit as well. These meetings are a way for us to welcome and introduce prospective students to the Jackson School and are not part of, nor do they influence the admissions process.

During your visit you will have the opportunity to meet with geosciences faculty, academic advising staff members, and current students. Together they will give you an overview of the Jackson School and the exciting programs available to geosciences undergraduates. JSG Academic Advisors will give you a detailed plan of what to look forward to on your journey towards an undergraduate degree at the Jackson School. To wrap up your visit a current JSG undergraduate student will give you a tour of the building followed by lunch (our treat) on campus. This is a great way for both the prospective student and parent(s) to get a down-to-earth view on being a Jackson School student.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in please look over the dates below and let us know when you would like to pay us a visit. Registration is required for those interested in participating in all aspects of the visit due to limited space.

To make your reservation for a visit to BOTH the university and to the Jackson School of Geosciences, visit:


Fall 2013 Prospective Student Visits

Friday, September 27, 2013
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Friday, October 18, 2013
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Friday, November 22, 2013
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Friday, December 13, 2013
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: TBA

Session Capacity: 20

All freshman admission questions and registration for the Info Sessions should be directed to the UT Admissions Office. For Jackson School academic advising, contact us at 512-232-4544 or