Supporting Students at Every Step
We have created many new programs to help achieve our goals to support undergraduate student success. We build more supportive communities for all incoming students, provide supplemental academic support for students struggling, create alternative routes to matriculate, offer incentive-based scholarships tied to performance, and insure students have more opportunities to succeed once on campus. These programs combined are elevating our campus culture around student success.
The University Leadership Network is an incentive-based scholarship program designed to help incoming students develop leadership skills while achieving academic success that is consistent with graduating in four years. In exchange for their participation, students can earn up to $5,000 each year in financial assistance – a total of $20,000 over four years.
Graduating in four years is challenging. That is why we created the Graduation Help Desk, a resource for students who need help getting the classes they need to graduate on-time, or getting back on track if they have fallen behind. We help students who need assistance navigating the path to graduation, and equip them with the information they need to succeed.
Summer Bridge at The University of Texas at Austin provides incoming freshman with tools and resources to jumpstart their first year on campus. Participants receive a fully funded academic experience that's grounded in community and provides a head start on life as a Longhorn — launching them into freshman year by becoming familiar with college life, campus resources and more.
Presidential Scholars are students recruited by the university that have high academic records at their high school, and also have financial need. In our efforts to be the best public research university, we work to ensure we have the highest caliber students from across Texas. Presidential Scholars receive funding for each year they attend UT Austin, up to 4 years.
What if students could attend small classes in a supportive learning environment, yet at the same time gain access to game-changing resources available only at a world-class university whose mission includes both teaching and learning — education and research. In a new partnership between The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College (ACC), students have the opportunity to do just that.
A critical period during our students’ academic journey is their senior year. We want to make sure they get the most out of their senior year, and are able to stay on track to graduate on time in four years. That’s why we created Senior Countdown, a program that allows students to map out the courses they need to graduate in their final year, and stay on track.
One of the challenges students face early in their college career is finding the right academic fit. Historical data shows that students who struggle early in key STEM classes are less likely to succeed, and are at higher risk of dropping out. Major Switch was created give struggling STEM students the opportunity to transfer to a non-STEM major, and find the right academic fit.