University of Texas, Austin Essays for 2019-2020–Here are the Prompts Along with Tips on Writing Them, and a Special Bonus

That bonus would be the lyrics for that most UT Austin of songs, The Eyes of Texas. But before that, and my commentary on how to write these essays, here are UT’s prompts:

2019-2020  University of Texas Essay Prompts

ApplyTexas Essay Prompts A, B and C For U.S. Freshman and International Freshman Applications

Slated to replace current ApplyTexas essay choices A, B and C For inclusion in ApplyTexas applications for the 2020-2021 cycle (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 – opening 7/1/19)

Past guidelines—350-650 words, recommend 500 (e.g. one page). These have not been confirmed, but essay lengths are expected to remain the same.

Essay A: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

Essay B: Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself.

Essay C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

I will be annotating each of these prompts with suggestions, so please bookmark come back to this webpage in the next week or so.

Oh, and of course:

“The Eyes of Texas”

I once did know a president

A-way down South, in Texas.

And, always, everywhere he went,

He saw the Eyes of Texas.

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,

All the livelong day.

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,

You cannot get away.

Do not think you can escape them

At night or early in the morn —

The Eyes of Texas are upon you

’Til Gabriel blows his horn.

Sing me a song of Prexy,*

Of days long since gone by.

Again I seek to greet him,

And hear his kind reply.

Smiles of gracious welcome

Before my memory rise,

Again I hear him say to me,

“Remember Texas’ Eyes.”

*“Prexy” refers to a President, particularly a college president, and dates back to the early 19th Century, so yes, it does predate UT Austin and in fact predates the state of Texas.

(To be sung at UT football games and after a few too many fermented beverages on sundry occasions)

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