Admissions Team Blog #4: The one with FAQs | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

By Gwen Kelso, Graduate Coordinator

Hello again.

It's hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by! As we rapidly approach our first admission deadline, I thought I would address some of the most frequently asked questions of the 2022 season.

Reminder: Please be sure to include your UT EID in all emails/requests.

In no particular order, here are answers to your commonly asked questions:

I am missing one letter of recommendation; will my file still be reviewed?
No. Your file is incomplete. The LBJ School does not review incomplete files. Once all pieces of your application are received, your file will be forwarded for review. This includes required test scores, letters or recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, transcript(s), etc.

Does the LBJ School offer rolling admission?
Yes. We will review applications on a rolling basis between Dec. 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022.

I am applying to a dual degree — do I need to submit more than one statement of purpose?
Once you submit your single ApplyTexas application for your chosen dual degree, you are, ostensibly, then following each program's application instructions for supplemental materials. Both programs have separate admissions committees. The LBJ School has specific questions you need to address in your SOP (found on the LBJ website). If you feel you can write a single statement of purpose that will meet the needs of both programs, you are welcome to do so. This is a personal choice. The LBJ Admissions Team can only speak to the LBJ School; use your best judgment.

This applies to letters of recommendations, too. If submitting three letters for a dual degree (which is absolutely fine for the LBJ School), be sure that the three letters address how you will thrive in both programs.

Is my file complete?
Please log into your MyStatus. If you have completed all the materials requests, then yes, you are good to go!

How do I know what transcripts I need to submit?
Please review blog post No. 2, “The one about transcripts.” If after reading through this post, reviewing the GIAC information (available in the post) – you still have questions, please email

When will I receive admission notification?
Typically, within six weeks. If your file is complete by the Dec. 1 deadline, we hope to notify applicants by mid-February.

I am having issues logging into MyStatus.
Please contact the UT Austin Graduate and International Admissions Center — they will be able to assist you.

I reported my TOFEL/GRE scores – why are they not populating in MyStatus?
First, be sure that you followed the instructions on the UT Austin Graduate and International Admissions Center website. Under “Test Scores” – note the code you needed to submit your scores (6882). The LBJ School cannot approve/change/update your scores. DO NOT SEND SCORES TO THE LBJ SCHOOL. You must follow the instructions on the GIAC website. If you are still having issues, you will need to contact GIAC – with your UT EID – at

I can’t find the correct semester to apply – it is only offering Spring.

You are likely in the wrong screen. Be sure to click the center box that says “MyStatus has moved” – follow the instructions for there. The LBJ School does not manage ApplyTexas. If you are having technical issues, contact GIAC.

Note middle box:

Screen shot of the ApplyTexas website

There is an old document on file – can you delete that so I can upload a new one?

No. MyStatus archives all documents; we cannot delete. If are starting a new application, you should have the option to upload the new document(s). If not, or if you would like to submit additional documentation not required by the LBJ School or MyStatus, you may do so under “Miscellaneous” documents. Retitle the material(s) as you see fit. The admissions committee will know which documents to review.

Happy applying! We look forward to reviewing your application in the coming weeks!


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