Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

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Undergraduate students in the PGE department receive a strong education, empowering them to become leaders in the energy field. In this section, learn more about the top-rated undergraduate petroleum and geosystems program plus the value of a UT education, the abundant campus activities, why everyone is talking about Austin and the career opportunities available to you post-graduation. The section also provides the guidelines for admission and all the details on how to apply.

The Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering's (PGE) leading undergraduate program provides a tight-knit environment for students to learn and develop in one of the nation's fastest growing cities, Austin, Texas. With a state-of-the-art learning excellence center and dedicated faculty who have written the books on petroleum engineering, UT PGE students receive a strong and rewarding educational experience. In addition, students have many opportunities to develop their petroleum engineering skills and knowledge outside of the classroom, including student organizations, camps and internships with industry.

UT PGE has a strong connected culture that is influenced by lifelong student and faculty relationships. The department offers two major options - petroleum engineering and geosystems engineering and hydrogeology. We welcome you to UT PGE.

Number of Students  79
Number of Applicants 700
Average SAT 1310
Average High School Rank

Top 4%


Ready to apply? Here you can find all the information needed to start and complete the process.

Questions about the program? We have answers.

If you are interested in applying as a transfer student, this section contains information about this process. There are several options to apply as a transfer.

Internal transfer – you are a current UT student who wants to transfer into PGE

External transfer – you are at another institution and want to apply to UT PGE

Transfer through CAP – you are a CAP student transferring to UT after 1 year

ACC to UT – a program launched in spring 2013

In 3 to 5 years after graduation, petroleum engineering program graduates will:

1. Be practical, employable and qualified petroleum engineers, who effectively solve problems and design new processes and workflows in the oil and gas production and services industries or other similar pursuits. Many will have started to move into leadership roles within their workplace.

2. Keep their education up to date through self-instruction and other training.

3. Serve society by encouraging the ideals of ethical behavior, professionalism, and environmentally responsible use of natural resources.

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.

Welcome to Austin - the thriving State Capital of Texas! Austin is rated the No. 1 best place to live in the USA (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).

The University of Texas at Austin offers an outstanding education at a reasonable cost, compared to other institutions of its caliber. Kiplinger’s named UT the 24th-best value public university in the country. For more information visit the UT tuition page, which offers estimates of total undergraduate tuition cost.

UT PGE undergraduates are recruited and hired by top energy companies for internships and full-time positions. Internships allow students to put theory to practice with hands-on projects in industry. Students are taken out of the classroom environment and go into the field at locations across the country, including: Houston, Denver and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for a rewarding and educational summer experience. Internships are one of the best avenues for students to obtain full-time positions once they graduate.


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

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First Time in College and Transfer Student Contact: Arletta Tompkins

"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.

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