C2C May 2010
Application Opens August 1: Requirement Changes, New Deadline in Place, December Test Scores to Be Accepted
As we wrap up the application/admissions cycle for the 2010 entering freshman class, here are a few things that you may want to share with applicants to the 2011 entering freshman class.
Read more about the application and changes
The ApplyTexas (www.applytexas.org) application for admission to the summer/fall 2011 entering class will open on August 1, 2010. Please remind students that they’ll need to submit more than just the online form to complete their applications. A list of the items needed for a complete application is available on the freshman “How to Apply for Admission” page.
The online scholarship application and the freshman honors program applications will also be available on August 1. The housing application becomes available to a student as soon as he or she completes the admissions application.
HS COURSEWORK = NEW APPLICATION COMPLETION ITEM
To complete their application for admission, one of the items freshman applicants must now submit is information showing that they meet the state’s high school coursework requirements; students who will not meet the requirements will have to submit a certification/exemption form before their applications will be reviewed. (See the March 2010 edition of Campus to Counselor for the article announcing the high school coursework changes.)
- Official high school transcripts submitted by Texas public school students who will graduate under the state’s Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished (also called Advanced) High School Program must indicate in an official manner that they will do so.
- Everyone else must submit a copy of the certification/exemption form completed by their high school counselor.
Official transcripts from all applicants and exemption forms (if needed) must arrive in the Office of Admissions by the deadline.
The summer/fall freshman admissions application deadline is moving to December 1. The move means that the admissions, scholarships, and freshman honors program application deadlines will all be in sync.
AVAILABLE TEST DATES, INCLUDING DECEMBER DATES
As the admissions application deadline moves to December 1, the Office of Admissions has decided to accept test scores from December test dates for both the ACT and SAT. Details about the date by which scores must arrive will be available before the application opens on August 1.
All other items needed to complete a student’s application must arrive by the December 1 deadline.
The following test dates remain for 2011 freshman applicants:
- ACT: June 12 (late registration available through May 21; late fee required), September 11, October 23, and December 11
- SAT: June 5 (registration deadline has passed), October 9, November 6, and December 4
The Texas Exes are proud to announce that extremely high-achieving incoming freshmen in 2011 will be the first students eligible to apply for the new 40 Acres Scholars Program, a full-ride (approximately $20,000 per year), four-year merit scholarship program for students who exhibit the following characteristics:
- Extraordinary intellectual qualities
- Breadth and depth of effective leadership and motivation of others
- Demonstrated initiative, perseverance, and empathy
- Overall good citizenship
- Social skills to interact easily with adults as well as peers
Read more about the 40 Acres Scholarship
Current scholars in a comparable program
- Scored 1400 or higher on the two-part SAT/or 32 on the ACT
- Were recognized as National Merit Scholars
- Are ranked in the top 5% of their collective high school graduating classes
- Are campus leaders, community volunteers, athletes, artists, scholars, scientists, and musicians
As part of the University’s capital campaign, the Texas Exes’ long term goal is to create an endowment of $150 million to fund 75 scholars annually, making it one of the largest merit-based scholarship programs in the country. The 40 Acres Scholars Program will be a prestigious University-wide honor that will propel UT to the forefront in merit-based full ride scholarships and, for the first time, allow UT to offer a competitive package to top students.
The Texas Exes will award six to eight of these full-ride scholarships to this first eligible class in 2011 and plan to continue to increase that number each year. (See the press release in UT News for more.)
All 40 Acres Scholars will receive funding for tuition and mandatory fees, housing, food, books and a living stipend with additional funding for enrichment activities including a service learning project after the freshman year, study abroad and research/internships.
The Texas Exes are working now to define the scholarship application process for the 2011 entering freshman class; additional information is expected by the beginning of the next school year.
Please visit the 40 Acres Scholarship web site for information.
The College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin has created an honors program for students interested in health professions. The Health Science Honors (HSH) Program will enroll its inaugural freshman class in the fall of 2010.
Read more about the new honors program
The Fall 2010 HSH class was selected from the pool of elite applicants to the College of Natural Sciences Honors Program who indicated an interest in health sciences—medicine, public health, nutrition, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy. Only about 50 students from an incoming College of Natural Sciences class of 2000 students will be admitted to HSH each year.
HSH students will have priority access to:
- Dedicated academic advising
- Honors courses in mathematics and science
- Health professions advising
- Freshman Research Initiative
- Clinical and Research Internships
- Priority access to Health Professions Scholarships
HSH students will also participate in special faculty and health-care professional-led seminars and workshops designed to allow exploration in health-related sciences and professions and to help students determine the right professional school and career. The HSH seminar course will introduce resources and opportunities within a small community of students with similar interests.
Details about the HSH application/selection process for applicants to the Fall 2011 entering class will be posted on Be a Longhorn as they become available.
- Longhorn Saturday, an opportunity for students & families to visit campus and learn about the university; registration now open
- ApplyTexas summer/fall 2011 freshman admission application available
- Freshman honors program application available
- Freshman scholarship application available
- Date by which UT Austin will report the rank that will earn automatic admission for the summer/fall 2012 entering class
- Summer/fall 2011 freshman admissions application, honors program application and scholarship application deadline
The Office of Admissions is pleased to announce the selection of Christina Blake to head the West Texas Admissions Center in Lubbock. Christina served as an admissions counselor in the Houston Admissions Center for the last couple of years and so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the area.
Read more about Christina & the new center
Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, but she started her undergraduate career at UT San Antonio and also attended Austin Community College for a year. During her time at UT Austin, she was a student worker in the Career Exploration Center and attributes her interest in admissions counseling to her experiences in the transfer process and working on campus.
Christina officially began her position as Director of the West Texas Admissions Center on May 10. She plans to hire three admissions counselors to assist her in recruiting students throughout the region along with someone to help her in handling the center’s administration. She hopes to have a complete staff in place before the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.
Establishing an admissions center in Lubbock will allow the university to reach out to the population of the state in the western plains and in the panhandle region. The center will serve students, families, and high school counselors in Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Amarillo, Abilene, San Angelo, and in the areas surrounding these cities.
“Texas is a huge state, and we’ve known for a long time that some areas don’t have the opportunities to get to know UT Austin that they should,” said Christina. “I’m anxious to speak with counselors, students and their families about the opportunities UT Austin can offer them.”
The center will be housed in Sentry Plaza II, which is located at 5225 S. Loop 289, Suite 119, Lubbock, TX 79424. In addition to providing office space for staff, the center will also provide space for local events and give students in the area the opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff, to attend information sessions, and to receive advice and assistance throughout the application process.
The main phone number for the West Texas Admissions Center is 806-798-BEVO. Until the center is fully staffed, you may need to leave Christina a message when you call. She can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Admissions is pleased to announce the selection of Jena Hedrick-Walker to head the East Texas Admissions Center in Longview. Jena served as a high school counselor in Henderson for the last five years and so brings a great deal of knowledge about prospective students and schools in East Texas to the new center.
Read more about Jena and the new center
Jena holds a master’s degree from Lamar University. She started her undergraduate career at Kilgore Junior College and also attended Stephen F. Austin State University. She attributes her interest in admissions to a passion for helping students transition into college life. “I love working in higher ed already. I’m working with the absolute best students in the state of Texas right now, and I’m enjoying every minute of it,” she said.
Jena began her position as Director of the East Texas Admissions Center on March 29. She plans to hire two admissions counselors to assist her in recruiting students throughout East Texas along with someone to help her in handling the center’s administration. She hopes to have a complete staff in place before the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.
Establishing an admissions center in Longview will make it possible for the university to reach out to students, families, and school representatives in East Texas. The center will serve the cities of Longview, Texarkana, Tyler, and Lufkin, as well as the areas surrounding these cities.
The center will be housed in the Austin Bank Building, which is located at 911 West Loop 281 (update made on July 6, 2010) in Longview, TX. In addition to providing office space for staff, the center will also provide space for local events and give students in the area the opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff, to attend information sessions, and to receive advice and assistance throughout the application process.
The main phone number for the center is 903-759-7800. The center is still in transition, and until it is fully staffed, you may need to leave Jena a message when you call. She can also be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) at The University of Texas at Austin moved to a new location on April 1. The center is now located in Walter Webb Hall, not far from its previous location. The move was made because of the anticipated demolition of the building in which the center was located; the demolition happened in order to make way for construction of the Belo Center for New Media, which broke ground on March 25.
GIAC’s new street and shipping address is:
Walter Webb Hall
405 W. 25th Street
Austin, TX 78705
The center’s mailing address and phone/fax numbers have not changed.
Visit the Graduate & International Admissions page for information about GIAC.
The University of Texas at Austin campus welcomes thousands of visitors a month—sometimes thousands a day. Most of them are prospective students—here to find out what they need to do to become a Longhorn.
Read more about the Campus Visitor Center
But the campus also sees many visitors who don’t fall into the “prospect” category, and as a result, don’t really fit into the campus visit schedule and sessions developed for prospective freshmen that take place in John Hargis Hall (the Freshman Admissions Center).
To serve the needs of these non-prospect visitors, the university will soon open the Campus Visitor Center in Walter Webb Hall, which is on the northwest corner of Guadalupe and 25th Street. The center will offer gathering space for small groups (elementary and middle-school students, for example) to begin their campus visits and to learn more about the campus and the university. The center will also provide information about what’s available on campus and provide location and logistical information to visitors.
The Office of Admissions hopes to be ready to open the center in September 2010. Additional details about the center and its services will be available in the next edition of Campus to Counselor and on the Be a Longhorn web site as soon as possible.
The Office of Admissions hosts thousands of visitors each year—mostly prospective students and their parents who participate in information sessions, tour the campus with the help of a student guide, and meet with administrators and others about what it takes to become a Longhorn.
But not everyone who visits campus has the time to take part in a full day of activities—and some people would like to see the campus on their own. To help meet their needs, the Office of Admissions has posted a couple of printable campus tours online.
- The Self-Guided Walking Tour takes visitors on a step-by-step walk through the center of campus. It includes information about stops along the route, including academic buildings, museums, statues, and more.
- The Campus Diversity Tour is the result of a collaborative project between the Office of Admissions and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The tour includes spots across campus that serve as a reminder of the campus’s dedication to academic and cultural diversity.
Both tours are available for printing from the sidebar titled “Printable Campus Tours” on the Campus Visits page.
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin offers camps and Saturday events for female high school students interested in exploring how engineering benefits society and impacts the world. WEP pre-college events allow students to discover a variety of engineering areas and exciting career options; experience the creativity of engineering design through hands-on engineering projects; and meet current engineering students with various majors and interests.
The University of Texas at Austin broke ground on March 25 on the Belo Center for New Media, which will house the College of Communication and the KUT Public Broadcast Center.
Read more about the Belo Center
The $50.6 million, five-story, 120,000-square-foot building, across from the College of Communication on the northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe streets, will augment teaching and research space, and expand the existing footprint of the College of Communication at the northwest edge of The University of Texas at Austin campus. The west wing of the building will be home to the KUT Public Broadcast Center.
Read more in UT News.
To serve University of Texas at Austin students better, the Provost’s Office has introduced a Summer Enhancement Program that will expand and improve course offerings during the summer 2010 session.
Read more about the new program
The pilot program will offer financial incentives to the colleges and schools whose summer offerings attract additional students. Some units will offer courses that may be hard to get in the fall and spring semesters. Some will introduce new specialty courses. If successful, the program will continue in subsequent summers. The long-term goal is to make the summer more interesting and useful, so students will start to incorporate it into their educational plans, perhaps shortening time to degree. The availability of summer federal Pell grants will make it easier for eligible students to participate.
Read more in UT News.