Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is home to 50,000 students who are all different in their interests and backgrounds. They are a community of talented and open-minded individuals who come together to change the world after leaving UT Austin. The University of Texas at Austin offers student services and support to ensure success during a student’s college tenure. Once on campus, students will have access to the resources of a tier-one research institution, within a small-community at the PGE department.

Students can become involved through a number of ways: honors programs, first-year interest groups (FIGs), campus organizations, recreational sports, housing, and on-campus events and athletics.

The Engineering Honors Program offers students the opportunity to attend programs designed to enhance the undergraduate experience outside of the classroom. Participants gain access to scholarships for first-year students, honors housing, faculty mentors and community building events hosted by the University Honors Center and the Engineering Honors Council.

First Year Interest Groups are small cohorts (20-25 people total) of first year students who share classes together. They are a great way to make a large university feel smaller, as the students who are in your FIG will take the same courses and will discover The University of Texas together. You will also have a peer mentor who is an experienced student and can guide you in your first year. 

Campus Organizations are open to all students, and range from ballroom dancing to golfing to youth court. With more than 1,000 registered student organizations on campus, every student is able to find a group to join where they feel accepted and at home.

Focus on Fitness - All students at the University have access to one of the best gyms in the country. With classes that fit your schedule, personal trainers, rock climbing, and two outdoor pools, Gregory Gym offers students a chance to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Longhorn Athletics - The University of Texas is a research one institution, but students on campus live and breathe Longhorn football. This Division I NCAA team has four national titles. You and 111,000 of your closest friends can gather in the fall to cheer on our team in Darrel K Royal Stadium. Students also enjoy the 19 other Longhorn athletic teams that compete throughout the academic school year. 

Housing Options - Students can get more involved by living on-campus in any of the 17 different residence halls. Social programs are thrown by Residence Hall Councils, which students are automatically a part of when moving into a residence hall. 


#2 Petroleum Engineering Program
$90,000 average starting salary
$963,000 in annual scholarships
10% of alumni serve in executive level positions in industry

"What Does UT PGE Mean to You"

UT PGE interviewed its students and faculty to learn what the department means to them. Take a look at what they said through this short video.