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Email to Texas Parents and Families: Key Undergraduate Experiences = Lifelong Well-being — Gallup

April 25, 2018

Dear UT Parents and Families,

A college education is an investment that goes well beyond the financial value. It’s worth is also found in experiences and opportunities. Moreover, the benefits of a college education extend well beyond a student’s time on campus; they follow our graduates throughout their lives in ways that bring them meaning and fulfillment.

In an effort to better understand which undergraduate experiences have the most significant impact, UT Austin partnered with Gallup, a research and analytics company, to survey our alumni.

What the survey found is encouraging. Not only are UT Austin alumni reporting high levels of well-being and success, but they are doing so at higher rates compared to our national peers. The Texas Exes, UT Austin’s alumni association, published this article about the findings last fall.

Here are a few key findings identified as undergraduate experiences that contribute to life-long success:

Extracurricular activities and student organizations develop important life skills

Alumni involved in extracurricular activities report higher levels of psychosocial development, better life management, career planning and cultural participation.

Long-term academic projects strengthen a student’s knowledge and skills

Students who are involved in research with a professor, work on a capstone project, or write a thesis are more likely to have a job waiting for them after graduation.

Internships give careers a head start

Alumni who had internships report spending less time finding a job after graduation and are happier in their careers.

Drivers of success

Gallup identified key drivers that positively impacted Longhorn alumni. These drivers are: having a professor who cared about them as a person and challenges them academically, having a mentor, and participating in extracurricular activities.

You can learn more about the survey and read the full report (PDF).

Read the full report >

These results are informative, but there is more we can do. The university is using these results to inform decisions to improve support for all students and be more intentional about what support our students need and deserve.

Thank you for partnering with us to help our students pursue life-long well-being and success.

Hook 'em!

Maurie McInnis
Executive Vice President and Provost

Soncia Reagins-Lilly
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students