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Is this an error?

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So I was culling my school list and with my profile all filled out and found I had a 88-92% at UW Madison (54% admit rate) and a 11-17% chance at UT Austin (36.5% admit rate). I’m very confused at this as at both schools acoording to CV I have excellent rigor and ECs and strong GPA.

I haven’t taken the SAT/ACT yet but I have inputted my PSAT score which for both is not in the top 75%. But UT Austin has a lower mid 50% for SAT than UW Madison. I’m an out of state (for both) white male.

So with the background info out of the way my question is quite frankly is this an error? I expected fairly comparable chances for both.

I’m not asking a chance me question but I don’t know if I should email CV or what to do. Id really appreciate any help that you can give.



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I agree that UT would be harder than UWM for the same reasons.

Like you, I get 88-92% for UWM. Then I tried plugging in ACT from 25 to 35 and still got the same range. When l I plug in a 24 ACT, then it goes down to 3-9%, there is nothing in between. For UT I get 81-85% for ACT scores between 25-35 and then it goes down to 1-5% for a 24 ACT so it proportionately drops like a brick. I wish I knew what the chancing algo. was.

Yeah I also wish there was some transparency in the algorithm so it would be a little more helpful.
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UT- Austin has auto admission meaning that it's hard to get into for OOS students and/or those outside of the top 6% of their class. Just speculation, you may want to ask an expert for sure.

Yes, I agree. Since Texas has an automatic admission policy for in state students, most of the students that attend UT are from Texas. According to their website only 8.4% of students are from out of state.
All public schools have dominantly instate students though? A lot of elite public schools mandate a certain % of instate students UT tries for 90% if I remember correctly but also most of their applicatants are Texans. So I’m still confused.
Also @adri do you have any info about UW Madison being so much higher than UT Austin?
In the class of 2023 at Wisconsin, only 50% of students were in-state. What you're dealing with is Texas having a small amount of out-of-state students and Wisconsin having a much larger amount of out-of state students.
This is pure speculation but I also think that Texas being much stronger than other state schools in the area contributes to how hard it is to get in. Wisconsin has schools like Michigan and Illinois in neighboring states which means students in that region are more likely to stay in their own state. That's just a guess though.
UW does not have auto admit @DebaterMAX...they practice holistic admission... UT-Austin gives away so many slots through auto-admit that you end have having to fight with a very high achieving crowd for those remaining slots.