University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin Overview

University Name

The University of Texas at Austin

University Website

Campus Setting

Large City

Petroleum Engineering Department Name

Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

Department Website

University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Admissions Info

University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Austin came into being in 1883 and offers over 170 degrees of study. It has been ranked as one of America’s top 20 best colleges by Forbes Magazine and 9th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review has rated the university as one of the Best Value Colleges in the country. (It is also number 1 on our custom-made list, which you can find summarised here).

In 2016 its student:faculty ration was a healthy 18 while the student population was over 50,000. The Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering faculty had over 17 million dollars in research funding. Cutting-edge innovations coming out of UT PGE include solutions for improved oil recovery, on- and off-shore drilling, sustainable and efficient methods for fracking, and geologic carbon storage.

Indeed, UT is known as a leader in technology innovation. Due to this, a number of major technology companies are currently based in Austin (as is the SXSW festival) in order to have the opportunity to draw on the skilled technologists and engineers produced by the university. In this regard, the university’s graduate engineering program is currently ranked #11 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering undergraduate program is ranked #1 and its graduate program is #1 in the country by the 2017 U.S. News & World Report. It currently offers both Bachelors & Masters of Science degrees, as well as Doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering.

There are also several opportunities for research available including a summer research internship program for undergraduates, as well as a number of advanced laboratories under the umbrella of the Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering, which is the dedicated research arm of the department. This gives students the unique opportunity at both graduate and undergraduate levels, to be part of cutting edge research financed by both the government and major oil & gas companies.  Surely, this will further the students’ development in the petroleum engineering industry.

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University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2014-2015

Bachelor’s Degrees: 138

Master’s Degrees: 59

Doctoral Degrees: 22

University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013

Bachelor’s Degrees: 115

Petroleum Engineering Bachelor Degrees Awarded at University of Texas

Master’s Degrees: 35

University of Texas Petroleum Engineering Masters Degrees Awarded

Doctoral Degrees: 21

Doctoral Degrees Awarded in Petroleum Engineering UT

Total Student Population at the University of Texas at Austin

Student population:   51,313 (39,523 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:   17 to 1

Tuition Costs and Living Expenses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

This table shows typical expenses have actually fallen slightly in recent times. No wonder UT was ranked 17 in the 2016 list of best value colleges.

university of texas at austin tuition costs

Retention and Graduation Rates

As our #1 rated petroleum engineering school in the United States, the University of Texas at Austin’s retention and graduation rates exceeds the averages of colleges that offer petroleum engineering degrees. UT’s retention rate was 94%, which is 12 percentage points higher than average. Their graduation rate was 80%, which is 18 percentage points higher.

Success After Graduation

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The average starting salary is a whopping 90k, almost 90 percent of graduates find a job immediately, and ten percent of TU students go on to senior management level. Impressive.

Video – The Story of Oil at the University of Texas

Did you know how important Texas oil was for the allies in WW2? I didn’t, until I watched this video. Well worth a watch to get a feel for the history and importance of the profession in general and the PE department at UT in particular.

University Location

2400 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, Texas 78712

Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

UT Petroleum Engineering Admissions Info