The THEOP administrative data consists of college applications and enrollee college transcripts obtained from nine Texas universities--seven public and two private institutions. For the public institutions, freshman Application Data spans several years prior to the implementation of the Texas Top 10% law in 1998, and extends until at least 2002.  Application Data for the two private institutions is available only for the period after implementation of the automatic admission law.  

College Transcript Data are available for applicants who were accepted and subsequently enrolled. These files register academic progress toward degree based on credit hours completed, as well as term and cumulative grade point averages (GPA).  For most institutions, College Transcript Data was obtained through at least 2004.

 The file sizes and years available for each institution are summarized below.

Application Data College Transcript Data
Institution N Years N Years
Texas A&M 163,027 1992-2002 637,028 1992-2007
Texas A&M Kingsville* 18,872 1992-2002 91,106 1992-2004
UT Arlington 29,844 1994-2002 51,315 1994-2002
UT Austin 210,006 1991-2003 659,102 1991-2004
UT Pan American** 44,747 1995-2002 115,812 1995-2005
UT San Antonio# 61,221 1990-2004 160,604 1990-2004
Texas Tech 81,153 1995-2003 211,771 1995-2004
Rice 36,190 2000-2004 18,149 2000-2005
SMU 45,549 1998-2005 60,607 1998-2005


* Applicant data for enrollees only: 1992-1994

** Limited variables provided

# Applicant data for enrollees only: 1990-1997


Each university was asked to provide a subset of the items typically found on a college admission application. These items included the year and term an applicant desired to enroll, applicant demographics (gender, race, citizenship, Texas residency), applicant academic characteristics (high school class rank, high school grade point average, SAT score, ACT score, AP classes taken, TOEFL score, desired major), and high school characteristics (high school name, address, city, state, senior class size).  The universities were also asked to indicate admission and enrollment decisions, as well as college graduation dates for those enrollees who earned a degree within the time span of the data set. There is considerable overlap in information provided across institutions, but not every university provided identical sets of data items.  Universities were not asked to provide applicant essays or specific high school course-taking information.

To increase the usefulness of the Application Data for research purposes, several data items are added to each application record.  These include flags indicating whether an applicant’s high school is (1) public or private, (2) regular or special, and (3) in Texas or out of state.  Additionally, for Texas high schools, the data include a variable indicating the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

The College Transcript Data tracks progress toward a degree for a single enrollee in a single semester. Specifically, the data provide hours earned, semester GPA, cumulative GPA, and department and field of major.

For ease of analysis across institutions, THEOP administrative data has converted into a standard, machine-readable format, with consistent variable names and value labels across institutions. Click here for a complete list of variables for all nine institutions.

The Administrative Data public-use data sets are now accessible through the OPR Data Archive.



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