AUSTIN (October 31, 2012)--The University of Texas at Austin in will limit automatic admission of freshmen to the top 7 percent of high school graduating classes in 2014.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams provided details in a Nov. 1 letter to high school administrators.
In September UT notified the Texas Education Agency of its plans.
Texas law guarantees automatic admission to public universities for seniors graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, but in 2009 the Legislature modified the law, but only for UT-Austin.
UT last year began admitting the top 8 percent of such students.
That adjusted to 9 percent this year, leading to a larger-than-usual freshman class of about 8,000.
UT spokesman Gary Susswein said automatic admissions for such freshmen will be 8 percent next year, then 7 percent for 2014.