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 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  96
Number of Applicants 1,450
Average SAT 1410
Average High School Rank

Top 5%

The Petroleum Engineering program will prepare graduates to:

  1. Be practical, employable and qualified petroleum engineers that can successfully pursue careers in the oil and gas production and services industries or other similar pursuits.
  2. Understand the fundamental principles of science and engineering behind the technology of petroleum engineering, in order to keep their education from becoming outdated and to give them the capability of self-instruction.
  3. Serve society by encouraging the ideals of ethical behavior, professionalism, and environmentally responsible use of natural resources.

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

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

Questions about the program? We have answers.

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! In the past, Austin was a pleasant surprise for engineering students and visitors from out of town, but the city's great weather, friendly atmosphere, and strong economy are no longer secrets.


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

Contact Us

First Time in College Contact: Jessica Jimenez
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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