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There are two gateways to Polymathic Scholars: one for high school seniors applying to UT-Austin, the other for college transfer students.

high school seniors

All incoming, non-transfer students may apply via either the ApplyTexas or Common App or the separate Honors application at UT-Austin’s Admissions site by December 1. Students who have submitted their application to UT-Austin but did not apply to Polymathic Scholars must use the separate Honors application to apply. Application to Polymathic Scholars is restricted to students applying to the College of Natural Sciences.


The transfer appliction portal is currently undergoing maintenance. This website will be updated when the application becomes available. Deadline for the spring semester is December 15; for the fall, July 31. Students who have completed more than three semesters of college coursework are not eligible for transfer admission to Polymathic Scholars. Applications require a short essay, a résumé, and a letter of recommendation from a math or science instructor. Detailed instructions are on the application itself.

If you have any questions about the application process, please us at:

CNS Honors Center
T.S. Painter Hall, room 5.39 (mail code G2550)
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin TX 78712-2550
(512) 232-1048