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  •  Yeah, and the untold story (none)
    is that Papa had to PULL STRINGS to get her in.

    Do you how easy it is to get into UT if you are a Texas resident? If you have a 2.0 and a pulse, you are in.

    So that fact she got in at all is laughable.  It reflects how stupid she truly is.

    The world is made for those who are not cursed with self-awareness. -- Annie Savoy, from "Bull Durham" Yeah, and George W. Bush is living proof.

    by wmtriallawyer on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 12:58:43 PM PST

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    •  you're crazy (none)
      you can't get into UT-Austin with a 2.0, you need like a 3.8+, it's a good school.  I go to USC by the way.
      •  UT is a VERY good school (none)
        I know. I went there.

        However, when I went there, and up until about the mid-90s, it pretty much was a given: if you wanted to go to a state school in Texas, and you were a Texas resident, all you needed was about a C+ (OK, so it's a 2.3, not 2.0) average, decent test scores, and you could go to the public school of your choice in Texas.

        If you were from OUTSIDE of Texas, you needed a recommendation from the Dali Lama to get into UT (not really, but being a validictorian helped).

        As with everywhere, admissions standards have gone up.  But admissions policy in Texas is set be the Texas Legislature.

        And guess what? When W. was guv, they changed the policy.  Now, it's automatic admission for you if you're a Texas resident and finish in the top 10% of your high school graduating class. One of the major reasons average GPAs for UT and other Texas schools are on the rise.

        So, you do have to be smart to get into UT...but Daddy still had to pull strings for Jenna to get in.

        The world is made for those who are not cursed with self-awareness. -- Annie Savoy, from "Bull Durham" Yeah, and George W. Bush is living proof.

        by wmtriallawyer on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 01:56:08 PM PST

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        •  Still off (none)
          State school?  Debatable.

          UT?  Not even close.

          A nation afraid of the world cannot lead it. JW

          by Velvet Revolution on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 01:59:04 PM PST

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          •  Well, believe what you want (none)
            but here's some data on the top-10 plan.

            If you scroll to the bottom, you'll see that in 1996, the last year before the admissions policy changed, 42% of the students had were in the top-10% of the their graduating class, with an average GPA of a 3.21.

            The rest of the students, the majority, the remaining 58% of students, had an AVERAGE GPA of 2.65.  That's a little bit below a B- average. That means there were quite a few students (particularly in an entering class of around 10,000) that were C+ or below.

            Times changed with the top-10% policy. In 2003, SEVENTY percent of the entering class was in the top 10% with an average of 3.24 GPA.  The remaining 30% was higher as well, with a 3.05.

            So, yes, standards have gotten higher, and UT is a tougher school to get into, due to the top-10% policy.

            But it goes to show that you could get into UT with a GPA in the C+ range.  Might have been an exaggration to say it was "automatic", but it's not too far off.

            The world is made for those who are not cursed with self-awareness. -- Annie Savoy, from "Bull Durham" Yeah, and George W. Bush is living proof.

            by wmtriallawyer on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 02:23:45 PM PST

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    •  Dumbest thing ever written (none)
      on the internets.

      A nation afraid of the world cannot lead it. JW

      by Velvet Revolution on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 01:48:44 PM PST

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