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This list of pre-college camps and events is posted on Be a Longhorn as a courtesy and in hopes that families will use it as a resource. The Office of Admissions does not, however, endorse or encourage participation in the camps listed here; participation in them does not improve a student's likelihood of admission to the University. 

Academic Camps


The Summer Academy in Architecture is an intensive program that provides unique insights into both an architectural education and the architectural profession. The Academy is geared toward people who have little-to-no background in architecture and who wish to test and refine their interests in the field.


The McCombs School of Business is offering the McCombs High School Student Summer Programs for students interested in pursuing a career in the business field. Outstanding African-American, Hispanic and Native American students, as well as those who have overcome any social or economic hardship, are strongly encouraged to apply. All students are welcome to apply.

Programs offered:

  • Discover Yourself in Accounting Majors and Careers (DYNAMC)
  • McCombs Future Executive Academy


  • Encounter with Engineering is a day-long program introducing high school females to the different engineering fields and is a great opportunity for them to find out about engineering, what they can do with the degree, and talk to engineering students and professionals.
  • WE@UT, held in conjunction with the University Honors Colloquium, is a program held for high school senior women interested in math, science or engineering who are invited to the Honors Colloquium. Students will be introduced to a variety of engineering studies and career options, and be exposed to female engineering role models.
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is a program for 1st-8th grade girls where they will have the opportunity to do grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities, meet students, professors and engineers in the industry and see what it’s like to be an engineer. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is offered every February.
  • Beyond Blackboards Summer Camp - The Department of Mechanical Engineering is offering an overnight, underwater robotics camp open to kids currently in 5th-8th grades. Visit their web site for more information.
  • YOU@UT is a one-day event for high school students (rising 9th - 12th grade students) interested in exploring the different engineering careers that The University of Texas at Austin has to offer.


GeoFORCE Texas is a summer program that rewards outstanding students from select South Texas Independent School Districts and Houston schools from grades 8-12 with the chance to travel the country, meet inspiring people, and learn about opportunities for careers in the geosciences.

Liberal Arts

UT Pre-College Program helps students prepare for the transition from high school to college. The program offers nearly 20 classes ranging from Writing & Reading for Academic Success to Strategic Management of Sports Organizations. The non-credit classes are taught by top UT Austin professors and graduate teaching instructors and include graded homework, projects and tests.

Students will also meet with admissions counselors and learn about honors programs, undergraduate scholarships and other opportunities. They will also learn how to manage their time between academic, social and recreation activities and how to navigate a university library.

Natural Sciences

  • First Bytes is a one-week residential camp program for high school girls. It is designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.
  • Saturday Morning Math Group is an outreach program aimed at junior high and high school students, their teachers, and their parents. The group meets about four times per semester on Saturday mornings.
  • The Austin Math Circle is a math and problem-solving club for students in the Austin area. Each month, the club unites for an in-depth exploration of a topic from algebra, geometry, number theory, combinatorics, probability, or logic.

Theatre, Dance & Art Camps

Theatre & Dance

  • American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive is a residential summer program offered by The Department of Theatre and Dance for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
  • Texas Musical Theatre Workshop is a program for high school students to gain pre-professional training in acting, singing, dancing, auditioning and performing. Students will work with top Broadway professionals and univeristy theatre faculty.


The Blanton Museum of Art offers K-12 programs and tours year-round.

Other Events

  • Campus and Community Engagement, the Texas Performing Arts' educational program, offers events for all ages, which are designed to connect UT faculty, students, touring artists and the community through pre-performance lectures, post-performance talkbacks, master classes, artists in residence, youth performances and professional development opportunities for teachers. Visit their calendar to view upcoming community events.

Media & Technology Camps

UT Film Department Teen & Adult Screenwriting & Media Camps

The RTF Media Camps, run by the Department of Radio-Television-Film, are for 7th-12th graders and adults interested in digital filmmaking and post-production. Ages and dates vary per camp.

Texas Student Television

Texas Student Television, the student television station at The University of Texas, offers news and production camps/workshops for middle and high school students. Students will learn how to write, shoot and edit for TV news and entertainment programming.

Sports Camps

UT Athletics

UT Athletics offers summer camps for all ages in a variety of sports. Ages and dates vary per camp.

Division of Recreational Sports

The UT RecSports Youth Camp provides a variety of youth camps open to the community, including Soccer Camp, Lacrosse Camp, and Ultimate Disc Camp. Ages and dates vary per camp.

Summer Sports School

The Summer Sports School-SUCCESS CAMP program, held by the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education, offers a unique experience for children ages 8-14 in the Austin area.

Other Learning Opportunities

K-16 Education Center

The K-16 Education Center, a Division of Continuing Education at The University of Texas at Austin, offers various programs that allow students the flexibility to work outside the traditional physical and temporal educational environments.

Programs offered:

  • K-16 Curriculum: A web-based high school which allows students to work at their own pace. Courses written and instructed by Texas-certified teachers.
  • Lucha Program: LUCHA (Language Learners at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Hispanic Achievement) is an innovative K-16 Education Center initiative designed to help secondary Spanish-speaking English language learners transition into public schools, thereby helping them to achieve success in school, college, and life.
  • Migrant Program: Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program is to help Texas migrant students graduate from high school by providing opportunities to earn credit at any time and any place.
  • UT Online High School: UT Online High School offers a state-approved educational alternative to students who want to earn a high school diploma and need, or prefer, the flexibility of distance education to complete their course work.

Young Writer’s Camp

The Heart of Texas Writing Project at The University of Texas at Austin offers summer writing camp opportunities. Ages and dates vary per camp.

Summer Institute for the Gifted

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, offers programs with a unique curriculum for gifted children, a connection with peers, and a safe and secure learning environment.

  • The SIG Residential Program at UT Austin helps students gain independence while taking a wide variety of exciting classes. This program is for ages nine to 17.
  • The SIG Day Program at UT Austin provides young academically gifted students an opportunity to participate in captivating courses created to enhance existing talents while remaining close to the local community. This program is for ages five to eight.

For more information, call (866) 303-4744, or to find out more about the program, including fees and how to apply visit: For general questions please contact: Dr. Kenya Walker, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, 512.232.4627,


The University of Texas National Institute in Forensics offers summer debate programs. Visit for more information.

UT Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium

Experienced professionals and distinguished faculty of the University of Texas will take you through critical and creative processes to acquire ethical and creative problem-solving strategies, conflict analysis methods, negotiation skills and much more. We’ll apply what we learn to mediating international negotiations and to running a meeting at school, so you can connect what you learn. The program addresses your creative side by making videos and designing web photography displays. For more information, visit the UTPCR web site.

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