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Some 200 years ago, as adventurers pulled up stakes seeking a fresh start, three letters chalked on homestead doors revealed their destination...

GTT... Gone to Texas! This rich tradition continues each August, as a new generation of adventurers converges upon Austin. The University of Texas at Austin celebrates your arrival and welcomes you to your new home. Join other new students at the Tower the night before classes begin and discover what it means to be a Longhorn– the culture, traditions and magic of Texas.

Gone to Texas!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 • 8:30 p.m. at the Tower Be a part of the magic. Create a video and enter it in the Gone to Texas Video Contest. Winning videos will be showcased during the program. Submit your photo and it may appear on screen at Gone to Texas. More information is available at: Invite your parents and friends to watch GTT via the live webcast.

Science based. Human focused.

Photo credit: Marsha Miller

you belong here

nutritional ScienceS major

textileS anD apparel major

Human Development anD Family ScienceS major

• has been playing tennis since he was

• has been making a statement in

• has been playing fiddle since she was

Duan eight years old

• is a School Human Ecology merit scholarship recipient

• has studied international nutrition in Syracuse, Italy

• is known for his signature peanut butter cookies (but his chocolate oatmeal cookies are pretty amazing too)

• is earning K–12 teaching certification through the UTeach program

• will be teaching science in a low-income community through Teach for America before going to medical school


jewlery design since high school

• is a School of Human Ecology merit scholarship recipient

• is a member of the Dream Team; she presented a retail space plan to the CEO of Neiman Marcus

• is an active member of a sorority • is an intern with Top Drawer, a thrift store whose proceeds support housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS through Project Transitions

• will be working in visual display as her jewelry design business continues to grow

Interested in honors, study abroad, research, or other special opportunities in the School of Human Ecology? Contact Martha Berry 512-471-1938 or to learn more about how you belong here.

Karin three years old

• is a School of Human Ecology merit scholarship recipient

• is writing an undergraduate thesis on sexual frequency and cortisol reactivity

• is performing on stages across Austin and beyond

• is an intern with the LBJ School of Public Affairs working to evaluate the state’s child support division

• will be travelling to southern India and will be teaching music in Africa before going to graduate school






08 A Message from UT Austin President, William Powers, Jr. 09 A Welcome from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Paul B. Woodruff



12 I am a Longhorn 18 Getting Started 21 Student Involvement FAQs 22 Student Life: How to Get Involved


25 Getting the Most out of Your Four Years as a Longhorn 33 Academics Outside the Classroom 35 A Senior’s Perspective 36 Academic FAQs 38 Overview of UT Austin Schools & Colleges

45 Same Journey, Different Campus 46 Tips for Transfer Students 51 The Student Veteran 52 Student Veteran FAQs 53 Veteran Resources


56 Things to Bring 58 2012-2013 Academic Calendar 60 Registration & Optional Fee Information 62 Take Your Finances by the Horns 63 Things to Look for in a Credit Card 64 BEVOnomics 66 Campus Resources FAQs

81 OUR LONGHORN FAMILIES 82 The Real Deal 84 Texas Parents 85 UT Austin Lingo 94 Important Phone Numbers









BEVO BULLETIN A Guide for New Students and Families NEW STUDENT SERVICES Assistant Dean of Students Cristi Biggs Associate Directors Kyle S. Clark KJ Harris Assistant Director Julie Lucas Senior Coordinator Esmer Bedia Coordinator Alex Kappus Senior Administrative Associate Judy Nevels

Join the largest student organization on campus today!

Administrative Associates Terri Delgado Rosie Garza

Coordinate the Hex and Torchlight Rallies, Meet prominent alumni, and much more!

Graduate Assistant Vanessa Leyva Orientation Interns Shundeez Faridifar Andrew Nash

Members get a student chapter t-shirt, a special gift and discounts to select Austin businesses.

New Student Services is grateful to the Office of Development and the Office of Institutional Research for providing resources for this issue of the Bevo Bulletin. For information about New Student Services call 512-471-3304 or visit The University of Texas at Austin New Student Services 100 West Dean Keeton Street Stop A5800, Austin, TX 78712-1100 Phone: 512-471-3304 Fax: 512-232-8211 E-mail NSS at: The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the university community. In accordance with federal and state law, the university prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression is also prohibited pursuant to university policy. TESC_BevoBulletinAd.indd 1




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Welcome Longhorns!

E M O C L ! E S W N R O H G N O L As someone new to the Forty Acres

, we anticipate that you have many questions concerning The University of Texas at Austin and college life. In an effort to answer some of these questions, New Student Services has developed the Bevo Bulletin. This publication introduces students and family members to aspects of the university in which they are often interested. From words of wisdom from faculty and staff members to advice on how to ease your transition to the university, we hope the Bulletin will provide you with a glimpse into life as a Longhorn and leave you excited about beginning this academic journey. We encourage you to take full advantage of the highlighted opportunities, information and advice offered in this Bulletin and utilize it throughout your four years here. Our goal is that the Bevo Bulletin will serve as a valuable reference for you during your time as a Longhorn. If your questions are not answered, we encourage you to contact New Student Services at 512-471-3304. We will be happy to provide you with the desired information, or direct you to the department that can best answer your questions. Good luck and Hook ‘em Horns!








Welcome Longhorns!

A MESSAGE FROM UT President, William Powers, Jr. Dear New Longhorn, Congratulations and welcome to The University of Texas. With your arrival at orientation, your career as a Longhorn is under way. These next four years of your life will pass more quickly than you can imagine, so enjoy them and wring everything out of them you can. Seize this opportunity to explore the world, because this campus is a cross section of our world’s cultures, its ideas, its arts and sciences, its technologies, and its professions. UT is big and diverse. Use it to find your life’s calling. Inside this Bulletin you’ll find many resources to help you start planning your academic future. Students have shared their insights on the first days on campus. You’ll find ways to get involved with student organizations, sports, or volunteer opportunities. And, most importantly, you’ll find resources to help you succeed academically. Congratulations once again, and I look forward to meeting you on campus.

Hook ’em Horns! Bill Powers, President




Welcome Longhorns!

A WELCOME FROM The Dean of Undergraduate Studies Welcome! You are joining the best class ever at UT Austin. I have been teaching here for almost forty years. I loved it from the start, because the students were great, and they are far better now. Believe it or not, I like teaching on a huge campus. What does “huge” mean at UT Austin? It means opportunities you’ve never dreamed of, both inside and outside the classroom. Whatever else you do, I hope you explore your options here. You may think you know what you’ll major in, but many students change plans, and the sooner you find what you really want to do, the better. Don’t waste time in a major not suited to you. The successful people I know are in careers they enjoy—not in jobs they feel they have to do. So please take a little time now, as you begin your first year, to explore. We can help. The Signature Courses are designed to help students explore both the campus and the world of ideas it represents. The Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling is here to help you tailor your coursework to your future goals. And the Bridging Disciplines Programs can let you enrich your major in exciting ways. Do you want to make the campus feel small and friendly? Sign up for a First-year Interest Group—a small community of students who take courses together and meet informally. Do you hope to see the stars of our faculty at their brightest? Come to the University Lectures. Want to read a good book and discuss it with other new students? Sign up for the Reading Round-Up. Think you might need help with your course work? Find the Sanger Learning Center in Jester and ask for tutoring when you need it. When in doubt, ask an advisor. Whoever you are, you will find a way to be yourself here. And whatever you want to be, this campus has a path that is open to you and leads to where you want to go.

Paul B. Woodruff Dean of Undergraduate Studies THE







BEVO BULLETIN CONTRIBUTORS Alexia Apollo Associate Academic Advisor, School of Undergraduate Studies Steve Alvarez Graduate Program Coordinator, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs Darcy Barrick Assistant Director, Sanger Learning Center Eric Bowles Program Coordinator, UTeach-Liberal Arts, College of Liberal Arts Ben Burnett Senior Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts Ge Chen, Ed.D. Assistant Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, College of Liberal Arts Rose Mastrangelo Assistant Academic Advisor, School of Undergraduate Studies Judith Mitchell Counseling Specialist, Counseling and Mental Health Center Marc A. Musick, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Liberal Arts

WELCOME TO UT. READY TO CHANGE THE WORLD? Students like you are the heart of UT and the keepers of its traditions. One of those proud traditions is philanthropy. Here, students give of their time, talent, and even money to support many worthy causes. It’s all part of being Hooked on Texas. It’s all part of changing the world. Learn how to get involved.

Jennifer Padden Administrative Assistant, Office of Admissions Lovelys Powell Academic Advising Coordinator, Red McCombs School of Business Christa López Senior Coordinator, Student Emergency Services, Office of the Dean of Students Stella Smith Special Assistant for University Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Lois Stahlke Financial Manager, Office of Accounting David Spight Assistant Dean for Advising, School of Undergraduate Studies


Shundeez Faridifar

Reena Panketh

Senior College of Liberal Arts

Senior College of Natural Sciences/Fine Arts

Lauren Gray

Edith Robles

Junior College of Liberal Arts

Senior College of Liberal Arts

Mary Marks

Neil Tanner

Senior College of Liberal Arts

Senior School of Business

Stephanie Morgan Senior McCombs School of Business/College of Liberal Arts












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I AM A LONGHORN Each year new students enter The University of Texas at Austin, bringing with them unique stories and journeys. From the individual perspectives of five Longhorns, we hope you can learn more about what it means to be a student at UT Austin. They each come from different walks of life, but through it all they are proud to be Longhorns!

EDITH ROBLES Major: Psychology College/School: College of Liberal Arts Hometown: Harlingen, TX High School: Harlingen High School

What made you choose to attend UT Austin? It was close to home, and I wanted to live in a city where people were more open-minded without having to leave Texas. What’s your favorite aspect of college life? The vast amount of knowledge and experiences that you wouldn’t have gained otherwise and the sporting events. I love going to baseball games. Describe academics at UT Austin and what your experience has been. I especially enjoy the history courses and the Mexican American Studies courses. I have learned so much history from various perspectives. This has made me a more open-minded individual. I have also learned to define my identity as a Chicana in college and have had the opportunity to meet some revolutionary and distinguished people. What is your favorite place on campus and why? I really enjoy the turtle pond behind the Tower. I like how you can just get away from the hustle and bustle of campus and observe the simplicity of the life of a turtle. I also really like my job at the UT Child Development Center. It is the only place that I get to interact with children on campus, and they really make me smile even when I’m stressed about an exam. What advice would you give new students? Don’t give up, even when everything seems too overwhelming. Having a little faith in yourself goes a long way.




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NEIL TANNER Major: Corporate Finance College/School: McCombs School of Business Hometown: Arlington, TX High School: Martin High School

What made you choose to attend UT Austin? I actually grew up a Texas A&M fan due to the fact that my older brother attended and played football there. My interest changed dramatically after I was invited to the UT Honors Colloquium the summer before my senior year. The Colloquium introduced me to the prestigious Red McCombs School of Business, which I learned was one of the best in the world. The academics, along with the diversity of interesting people I met while on campus, convinced me that UT Austin was the school for me. What’s your favorite aspect of college life? College is a never-ending learning experience. I love the fact that I learn something new each and every day not just in my classes, but also beyond the Forty Acres. If I’m not learning from my professors, I’m learning from my peers, social interactions, and my experiences

within organizations, community service, and job recruiters, all while finding a healthy balance. Each day is a challenge to make myself a better overall human being who contributes to the progress of my university, city, and eventually the world. College gives you the learning opportunities to reach your full potential. Describe academics at UT Austin and how your experience has been. The academics at UT Austin challenge students to learn how to study smarter and to utilize what they learn in class in the real world. It’s important for students to learn how to study smarter as opposed to harder. Talk to your peers and upperclassmen on tips to smart studying, ask questions in class, meet with your professors and teaching assistants (TAs) for further insight, form study groups and study more than a week in advance on assignments, papers, and tests. These are just a few of the


ways to stay ahead of the curve and guarantee success in all your classes. It also teaches you to make the most out of any situation, a valuable skill to have in life. After you make the good grades, it’s important to apply this knowledge to your careers, organizations, and other endeavors. Through conversations with those who attend other universities and their academics, I have learned how fortunate I am to be receiving a topnotch education. What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is Jester! Jester is a hotbed for socializing with students all across campus, especially early on as a freshman or incoming transfer student. It’s great to take a break and go inside Jester to see what different events are being held by various student organizations, talking to your friends, or grabbing a quick snack from Jester City Limits.







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How was your transition to UT Austin? Honestly, my first semester was rough. Even though I came from a large high school, I was still intimidated by the number of students and how large the campus was. As much as I loved Austin, I just didn’t believe I would ever be able to call this place home. Luckily, things turned around second semester. I decided to come out of my shell and take advantage of the many opportunities that UT Austin had to offer. I started to make friends all across campus and felt a connection with the university that I never thought possible. In what ways did you benefit from attending orientation? I had only been to Austin once before orientation, and I could not have asked for a better way to become

acquainted with the university. Orientation gave me the opportunity to learn about the history of UT Austin, tour the campus, meet with advisors from my college, and get a better idea of what to expect as an incoming student in the fall. It was also great to meet people from my college and major, especially when classes began and I recognized a few faces from orientation. Describe academics at UT Austin and what your experience has been. I have had such a great experience with academics at UT Austin. I am always amazed at how passionate the professors are about the subjects they teach and how willing they are to help students. That being said, college is very different from high school. The classes are more academ-

ically challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful! Make friends with people in your classes so you can study with them, and start studying early. Make an effort to meet with your professors and teaching assistants. They can offer advice on how to do well in their classes and could even help you later in college with other classes or career opportunities. What’s your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is the outdoor terrace in the new Norman Hackerman Building. The terrace provides a great view of campus while still offering a peaceful place to study, eat lunch, or read a book for fun. The terrace is a wonderful getaway located in the middle of campus that I would recommend everyone visit.

LAUREN E. GRAY Major: English – UTeach College/School: College of Liberal Arts Hometown: Humble, TX High School: Atascocita High School




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What made you choose to attend UT Austin? I chose UT Austin because I believe that it provides students with a top rate education that is still affordable. Additionally, it is widely recognized as one of the best public institutions for higher education in the country. But UT Austin is not just a name – it is a tradition and a way of life. From football games to orchestral concerts, The University of Texas at Austin is a sea of endless opportunities. As a student who has a huge variety of interests, I knew that I would fit right in here. In what ways did you benefit from attending orientation? Orientation gave me an idea of what I should expect when I arrived in the fall. Additionally, it provided me with information about the many resources that were available to me on campus that I might not have known about otherwise. All in all, it prepared me for many of the challenges that I would face as a college student.

REENA PANKETH Major: Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in Music College/School: College of Natural Sciences/ College of Fine Arts Hometown: Pflugerville, TX High School: Pflugerville High School


What’s your favorite aspect of college life? Freedom. As adults, we are left with the responsibility of holding ourselves accountable for the things we do...and the things we don’t do. The freedom to make our own decisions about what we will study, where we will spend our time, and who we will be is incredibly empowering. What advice would you give new students? My advice to new students would be to join student organizations on campus and get involved at the university and in your community. Also, on a more academic note – go to office hours and get to know your professors.







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Why did you choose UT Austin for your studies? What drew you to be a student here? I chose to come to UT Austin because it has everything I wanted in a university. Texas offers great academic programs, including my majors, Business Honors and Plan II Honors, and while it is challenging, I can double-major in two honors programs and still graduate in four years. On top of the excellent academics, UT’s atmosphere is ideal. I wanted a large university located in a city that offered an abundance of opportunities, an excellent sports program, and a lot of school spirit. In short, Texas offers all of that and more and is the perfect place for me. What advice do you wish you had been given regarding being an out-of-state student? Don’t bring so much stuff! You can buy anything you need here, and you won’t have to worry about shipping costs. What is life like for an out-of-state student at UT Austin? It’s pretty cool to be from out-of-state because people really enjoy learning about you and it’s a great conversation starter. People are so friendly at UT Austin that it’s easy to make friends.

STEPHANIE MORGAN Major: Business Honors/Plan II Honors College/School: McCombs School of Business/ College of Liberal Arts Hometown: Atlanta, GA High School: Woodward Academy 16



What advice would you give other out-ofstate students on how to get involved on campus? The best advice I have is to get involved with whatever interests you and don’t worry about résumé building. Go to the organization fairs to find out what’s out there, and then go to a few meetings. If you like it, stick with it; if you don’t, move on. It’s really easy to get involved with residence life or your academic programs, and I would recommend that, but some of my best friends are people that I would never have met if I hadn’t branched out. Also, don’t worry about showing up to an organization meeting alone. That is often the perfect opportunity to meet new people who have similar interests. So, whether you are interested in service, sports, spirit, art, religion, politics or other activities, join a registered student organization that sounds fun to you. And if nothing sounds fun, start your own group! College should be enjoyed, and UT Austin is the place to enjoy the best of both academic and social activities.








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GETTING STARTED Get a glimpse into your future as a college student at The University of Texas at Austin. Ease your worries with advice from staff and faculty. NAVIGATING A NEW LANDSCAPE Get a map and learn the lay of the land. It will save you time in the long run. Also, don’t skip class. You are paying for these courses and every day you skip you are throwing away your money. Four or five missed classes, and the money starts adding up. One last thing, get to know your professors and advisors as they are critical to your success here. As much as they are busy, keep in mind that they work at a university for a reason: to help you! –Eric Bowles Open every door! You are at a university with nearly limitless resources and you are surrounded by some of the most interesting, brilliant and creative people you will ever meet. Take advantage of all this campus has to offer. Get to know your professors and consider joining them in their research. Get involved in student organizations to meet people with similar interests or start your




own. Meet with advisors to explore all your options for an academic path that you will enjoy and at which you will excel. –Rose Mastrangelo Don’t panic if you don’t get the results here on your first round of tests that you were used to getting in high school. You just need to adjust your study techniques to match the kind of tests you’re being given in college. (Exams in high school emphasize facts and comprehension of basic ideas; exams at UT Austin emphasize application and relationships among ideas.) Visit the Sanger Learning Center online at lifelearning.utexas. edu to learn how to prepare effectively for university-level exams and assignments. –Darcy Barrick Students should enter the university ready to grow in order to successfully meet their challenges as students and young adults. This could encompass everything from a student who never shared a room before learning how

to effectively address and resolve issues with a roommate, to a student who encounters academic difficulty for the first time learning to recognize the challenge and seek help from a professor or tutor. –Marc Musick

EXPLORING YOUR ACADEMIC OPTIONS Go to class... Do the homework... Ask questions. As intimidating as UT Austin can be, don’t be afraid to talk to the person sitting next to you in class. They are probably just as nervous as you. Exchange telephone numbers and contact information so that if you have questions you can email or call each other. Plus, you may end up with a friend for life, if not for your time at The University of Texas at Austin. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors/instructors. They are knowledgeable about many things and are very willing to help you. The rewards are incalculable. –Jennifer Padden

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The best advice I give to you as a freshman is to relax, make new friends, meet regularly with your academic advisor and study more than what you think is necessary. There are so many new and wonderful things to explore at UT Austin, but you can’t do everything all at once. Consider your top five priorities for the semester (academic success should be on the top of this list) and begin working to achieve them. If you need help prioritizing your goals, talk to your academic advisor. –Lovelys Powell Stay on top of your work. Read your assigned work carefully, mark up your assignment sheets to ensure you understand and do what’s required, take good notes in class and review them before the next class or at least weekly. Go to the professor or teaching assistant (TA) for help, especially when you are so confused that you can’t articulate a question. If you don’t find the professor’s explanations during class and office hours adequate, find help elsewhere. Successful students are tenacious about getting the help they need. We have amazing resources to help you here– the Undergraduate Writing Center (, for example–so take advantage of them. But keep in mind that you may have to explore the campus Web site, e-mail your advisor, or ask your classmates or professor to find these resources. Be persistent! –Linda Ferreira-Buckley

DISCOVERING THE POSSIBILITIES Students should be very proactive in finding out about opportunities that are tailored to their interests. Many times, they can start by expressing their interests to academic advisors, student affairs professionals, or professors who might then be able

to point them in the right direction. Also, students at this campus need to take advantage of the very powerful Longhorn alumni network while also taking advantage of Austin. –Steve Alvarez Have a connection with advisors, talk to professors about academic concerns or difficulties, schedule time for social events and develop a healthy network of friends. Utilize the Counseling and Mental Health Center for emotional concerns. Stay physically healthy by eating healthy, being involved in physical activities, getting enough rest (adequate sleep is essential) and finding a balance in your life for all of the above. –Judith Mitchell For most students, college is a time where they truly get to know who they are and what they want to do. Although academics are very important, make sure to take advantage of everything this university has to offer, from student organizations to athletic competitions. Do not limit yourself to experiences similar to those you had in high school. Be open to new opportunities and make the most of them. This really will be the best four years of your life. –Stella Smith

FINDING YOUR PATH TO COLLEGE SUCCESS AND FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION… Be strategic about what you take as it can be a balancing act. Be responsible and get to know your degree plan. Know that you are not alone in your balancing act as your academic advisor can provide some stability while you are going through the registration tightrope process. –Eric Bowles


Success in college may have to be redefined compared to what success was for you in high school. Studying two nights before an exam may not be enough. You might actually have to devote some time every day/week to studying for a class. –Alexia Apollo Students need to recognize and accept the fact that the study skills they developed in high school may not be sufficient for the rigor of UT Austin courses. Students will need to experiment with different methods of studying to find what works best. We have many resources to help them accomplish this, including academic coaches and tutoring. Students should also reach out to professors and TAs by visiting them during office hours to ask questions and review material. –Rose Mastrangelo

AND REMEMBER… You are embarking on what could be one of the most special and memorable journeys of your life. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn who you are as a person, experience new things, meet people from all over the world, learn about new cultures and, most importantly, to learn how to learn and think critically. At the same time, learn to balance your life and manage your time wisely. Get involved with student organizations, participate in intramural sports, attend college sporting events, go to the great on-campus museums, study abroad, complete an internship or participate in research. Have fun without forgetting you are here to get an education. –Steve Alvarez









A place for students on the 6th floor of Bass Concert Hall


to the best shows in Austin

TesT Your Knowledge Who pays for your college education? (check all that apply.) 1





UT donors






State legislators

Answer: All of the above.

UT doesn’t just run on tuition and fees, which account for just 24 percent of the overall budget. It takes an entire community to educate a Longhorn. The majority of the University’s budget, 76 percent, comes from our supporters who range from our family and friends to the state of Texas. Philanthropy is a proud tradition at UT. Even students give their time, talent, and money to support many worthy causes. It’s all part of being Hooked on Texas. It’s all part of changing the world.

Learn how to get invoLved.

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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAQs Got questions? We have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about student involvement on campus from new students and family members. STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Why is it important to get involved in co-curricular activities? Participation in a registered student organization (RSO) identifies you as an ambitious and responsible student with energy, dedication and enthusiasm. In addition to accomplishments in the classroom, students continue their education by participating in campus activities and student organizations that foster personal and professional development, relationships with other students and leadership skills. The selection of RSOs is as diverse as our community members. Whether you become a member of a service, political, cultural or religious organization, you will soon discover that the quality of your education will be substantially enhanced as a result of your involvement in an RSO. You can search the student organization database to find an organization that is right for you at deanofstudents. How do student organizations impact The University of Texas at Austin? Student Activities (SA) in the Office of the Dean of Students supports registered student organizations, organizational and individual leadership development, and student activities on campus. Registered student orga-

nizations actively participate in and contribute to making The University of Texas at Austin a very dynamic and exciting campus. Each year, the more than 1,100 registered student organizations at the university provide invaluable experiences and opportunities for students to grow as individuals, leaders and community members. These organizations sponsor conferences, seminars, lectures, debates, cultural and social events, fine arts programs and volunteer activities. The events and programs allow UT Austin students to meet and to interact with local, state and nationally renowned scholars, artists, politicians, academicians and other professionals. What kinds of resources are available to students interested in sorority and fraternity life? Sorority and Fraternity Life is an area within the Office of the Dean of Students that provides programs and services for Greek-Letter organizations as well as advising to the six governing Greek Councils. Visit for more information. How does the Office of the Dean of Students (DoS) support leadership development for students and student organizations? The Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) provides a centralized, comprehensive leadership-training program for all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students including both


theoretical and practical ethical leadership development. Intercultural Education facilitates a variety of opportunities for the campus community to learn about issues related to diversity, social justice, and inclusion at The University of Texas at Austin. How can students get involved in community service projects? UT Austin’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) is a resource for students interested in becoming involved in community service. The VSLC provides multiple tools to help UT Austin students connect to service opportunities in the Greater Austin area as well as support for Academic Service Learning initiatives. One student resource provided by the VSLC is the UTVolunteers. org online database that contains ongoing volunteer opportunities that can be searched by service interest or non-profit group, or students may view the online event calendar for a listing of upcoming service events. In addition, UT students can sign up for the Serve Here Spotlight, a weekly listserv delivered straight to your e-mail inbox every Monday that announces upcoming public service opportunities, service events, and scholarships and internships that have a service focus. To sign-up for this free service, text UTVSLC to 22828 and add your e-mail address to the VSLC mailing list. Some of the VSLC’s notable student programs include the UT Services Scholars program, the UT Service Council,







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STUDENT LIFE: HOW TO GET INVOLVED There are countless ways to get involved on campus and enjoy your time here on the Forty Acres. Here are a few suggestions on ways to get involved: Sports and Recreation • Organize an intramural sports team • Try out for the Longhorn Band • Become a member of a spirit and traditions-based student organization • Attend Longhorn athletic events • Become a member of a sports club • Sign up for an outdoor adventure trip through RecSports

Clubs and Organizations • • • •

Join one of the over 1,100 student organizations Get involved in Senate of College Councils or Student Government Join a sorority or fraternity Start your own student organization (It only takes 3 people!)

Volunteer and Service • • • •

Join a service organization Incorporate a service component into a student organization you join Mentor/tutor students in Austin-area schools Visit the Volunteer and Service Learning Center’s volunteer database at for local volunteer opportunities

Campus Employment

• Apply for a job on campus (and stay connected to the Forty Acres) • Offer to work as an intern on campus to get experience • Visit for student employment listings

Leadership • • • • •


Run for an elected leadership position Apply for an appointed leadership position Become an officer in your organization Serve on a college, departmental, or campus-wide committee Get experience through leadership-oriented student employment



the annual Tower Awards event, the monthly First Thursday of Service Event, ongoing UT volunteer and UT student organization of the month awards, the Texas First (Freshmen Integrating Service, Respect and Teamwork) service leadership program, and The Project Day of Service event. For more information, visit the VSLC office on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building (SSB) or visit us at or contact us by telephone at 512-471-6161. How can a student get involved in Legislative Student Organizations? Student Government serves as the official student voice to the UT Austin administration, the Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature. Student Government represents UT Austin students on a variety of issues, including campus life and student services. There are many opportunities for students to become involved through elected, appointed and volunteer positions. For more information, call 512-471-3166 or visit The Senate of College Councils is a student governance organization that serves as the official student voice in academic affairs by bringing together representatives of the student councils from each of UT Austin’s schools and colleges to discuss issues ranging from college budgetary decisions to study abroad. The Senate of College Councils also meets its purpose by developing and implementing university-wide academic programs, including Faculty Appreciation Week, and by appropriating money to other student organizations. The Senate of College Councils focuses on fostering a sense of community in academics on the Forty Acres. For more information, call 512-471-3166 or visit www.

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What types of recreational activities are available to students? The Division of Recreational Sports offers: intramural sports; fitness/ wellness activities, including group exercise classes; massage therapists and personal trainers; an outdoor recreation program featuring trips, indoor climbing and a resource center; over 40 student-led sport clubs; and instructional classes. Eight recreational facilities are open to students for informal recreational opportunities: Gregory Gym; Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex; the Recreational Sports Center; Anna Hiss Gym; Bellmont Hall; Clark Field; J. Neils Thompson Building at the Pickle Research Campus; and Whitaker Fields and Tennis Complex. All currently enrolled students are eligible to participate in RecSports activities. Students gain access to recreational facilities by presenting their

current UT ID card. Valid dates for students run concurrently with each academic session. Interim Student Passes are available for purchase by students who are not taking classes during the summer. Proof of spring or fall enrollment is required. Currently enrolled UT Austin students are eligible to sponsor two individuals age 18 and older and any dependent children. Students must appear, in person, in the Membership Services Office, Gregory Gym 2.200, and agree to sponsor each semester. All membership fees are due at the time of purchase. Fees are prorated on the first of each month. Information about RecSports is available online at or by telephone at 512471-3116 for program activities, 512-471-6045 for facilities information, and 512-471-6370 for membership questions.

Where can students watch UT Austin sports? Texas Athletics is host to many athletic events throughout the course of the school year, held in several world-class facilities both on and near campus. Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, UFCU Disch-Falk Field and the Frank Erwin Center are examples of some of these facilities. For a complete list of UT Austin sports venues, as well as other information about UT Athletics, visit Students can watch over 200 exclusive UT Austin events annually on the Longhorn Network, the yearround, 24-hour network dedicated to The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit

BEFORE I CAME TO COLLEGE, I WISH I HAD KNOWN... • Money goes fast. • Life is different without parental rules or regulations. • Home is a nice place to visit, but you miss a lot on campus if you go home too much. • To get involved in student organizations. • To look at event boards. • To use the UT Austin shuttle system. • To use the library and resources. • Where classes are before the first day of class. • Every clock on campus shows a different time. • You can know everything and fail a test; know nothing and ace a test. • No matter what time you schedule your first class, you’ll sleep through it. • To stay on top of my GPA (especially the first four semesters). • To study in a quiet place.

• Join a study group. • To not be afraid to ask questions in a large class. • People are willing to help, good to study with, are just as nervous as me, and will be life-long friends. • Professors’ deadlines are no joke, “suggested readings” are essential readings, and they’re available during their office hours. • To keep a calendar. • To be open-minded. • To keep up with class readings. • To eat properly and get enough sleep. • To love my major or major in something I love. • To trade contact info with two people from each class. • I would learn my strengths and weaknesses. • I would change more than I could ever realize.












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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FOUR YEARS AS A LONGHORN To enhance the student learning experience, many academic support programs have been established at The University of Texas at Austin. Through cohort experiences, small-format seminars, research opportunities, study abroad and much more, the following programs and offices add a personalized touch to your time at UT Austin and allow you to take full advantage of the many opportunities available to you here. ACADEMIC ADVISING RESOURCES

encourage students to take control of their own educational decisions.

Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling The Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling is responsible for fostering an environment in which undergraduate students are able to explore their educational options in the greater context of their life plans and goals. Through intentional interaction with academic advising professionals, students learn about themselves, their capabilities, and their values on the path to determining a choice of academic major. Though the Center serves primarily students enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies, any undergraduate student at the university is welcome.


Wayfinder Wayfinder is a dynamic online advising tool for current, admitted, and prospective students at The University of Texas at Austin, made possible by a grant from the AT&T Foundation. Based on personal and academic interests and experiences, guides students to customized resources and activities related to academic and career advising, giving them the practical tools they need to make an informed choice about their major. The Wayfinder Web site will not replace advising, but rather

Archer Program at UT Austin The Archer Program at UT Austin offers qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to study and intern in Washington, D.C. In conjunction with the internship, students pursue courses in Government and Communication Studies taught by faculty from UT Austin and the Washington, D.C. community. The program is a joint effort of The University of Texas at Austin, the UT System Office of Federal Relations, and the Archer Center. For more information, visit Freshman Research Initiative The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI)offers first-year students the opportunity to initiate and engage in authentic research experiences in chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, molecular biology, physics, astronomy and computer sciences while being supported and mentored by faculty and graduate students. To learn more about FRI, visit Maymester Abroad The Maymester Abroad program offers students at The University of Texas at Austin a unique opportunity to study in a foreign country with THE


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a UT Austin professor. Maymester courses take place during the four weeks immediately following the end of the spring semester. These study abroad programs are coordinated by the Office of the Provost, the Study Abroad Office, and UT Austin’s schools and colleges. To learn more, visit www.utexas. edu/student/abroad/mm.html. Office of Undergraduate Research Every undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin has the opportunity to become a researcher and take part in the vibrant intellectual work of the university. Undergraduates bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the research process and are valuable contributors to this work. In the Office of Undergraduate Research, we connect students to research opportunities and resources, raise awareness of undergraduate research in all disciplines, and provide support to faculty and advisors who work with undergraduates. Services offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research include weekly information sessions on getting involved in research and individual advising appointments. In the spring, the Office of Undergraduate Research leads regular workshops on poster presentation skills to help prepare student researchers for Research Week in April. To facilitate involvement in undergraduate research, the School of Undergraduate Studies offers two course numbers students may use to receive credit for research experiences with UT Austin faculty: UGS 310 and UGS 320. Enrollment for these courses is coordinated through the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Office of Undergraduate Research also administers EUREKA ( eureka), an online guide to faculty research and research opportunities for undergraduates at UT Austin.

The site provides a searchable database of more than 2,700 faculty research profiles, a list of faculty projects with opportunities for undergraduates, a research guide with information on getting started, and spotlights on successful faculty/student collaborations. For more information, telephone 512-471-5949 or visit www.

Study Abroad If you’re interested in perfecting a foreign language, seeing for yourself what you read about in your ancient Greek civilization class or just getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing a new world, explore the more than 650 study abroad programs offered through The University of Texas at Austin. The university offers one of the largest and most active study abroad programs in the country, and all undergraduates are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program during their time at the university. For additional information about study abroad opportunities, visit http://

SPECIALIZED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT Achieving College Excellence (ACE) Program ACE is a program for students seeking additional assistance to achieve their educational goals. ACE provides career and study skills workshops, graduate school preparation and tutoring. The ACE Program staff is committed to guiding students to the campus resources that meet their needs and to encouraging students to reach their highest potential. To learn more about the ACE program, visit the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence online at


lcae/ or telephone 512-471-1205. Our office is located in the Student Services Building (SSB), 4.400.

Gateway Scholars Program The Gateway Scholars Program is a selective multi-year program that provides a small college atmosphere and interactive learning community for highly motivated UT Austin incoming freshmen. Through a selective process, the review committee identifies students who would benefit from Gateway’s limited enrollment classes, support services, group association and extracurricular opportunities. Preference is given to students who are low-income and the first in their families to attend college. Gateway offers regular credit courses, some of smaller sizes such as Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Math and Spanish. Gateway Scholars take Critical Reading and Writing courses as well as a Signature Course taught by a tenured professor. In addition to an enriched classroom experience and individualized assistance, the Gateway Scholars Program provides priority registration, professional academic advising, collaborative learning, counseling, free tutoring, and opportunities for social, cultural, civic and recreational engagement. To learn more about the Gateway Scholars Program, visit the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence online at ddce/lcae/ or telephone 512-4715949. Our office is located in the Student Services Building (SSB), 4.400.

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members. Students also have opportunities to develop leadership skills, participate in faculty research and participate in the diverse educational experiences offered at the university. Participation in the Longhorn Scholars Program is by invitation. To learn more about the Longhorn Scholars Program, please visit www.utexas. edu/ugs/lsp or call 512-232-7585.

TRiO Programs Longhorn Link Program The Longhorn Link Program (LLP) is a TRiO Student Support Services Program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program serves 160 eligible participants annually. LLP goals are to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. Program services include academic advising, first-year priority registration, career and personal counseling, financial aid information, financial literacy, peer advising, free tutoring,

cultural and social activities, travel opportunities, graduate/professional school planning and monthly workshops focusing on academic development and career preparation. For more information, or to apply, visit ddce/lcae/longhornlink.php. McNair Scholars Program The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is a TRiO Program designed to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first-generation undergraduates, or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education. Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program serves 25 eligible participants annually. Juniors or above are selected from all academic disciplines, but primary focus is given to disciplines in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The 25 McNair Scholars participate in exploratory programming offered through a series of monthly colloquia at UT Austin, and in mentoring relationships with committed faculty. For more information, or to apply, visit diversity/ddce/lcae/mcnair.php.


Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) TIP Scholars TIP Scholars are exceptionally motivated students who have demonstrated academic excellence. They are willing to challenge themselves and are committed to their own learning. TIP Scholars plan to pursue a major in the college of Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences or Education. Each year, the TIP Scholars program invites approximately 3,000 students to apply, selecting only 300 applicants to participate in its rigorous academic experience. TIP Scholars benefit from a small college atmosphere while at this large research institution. They enjoy reserved seats in core courses, upper-division mentors, free tutoring, belonging to a small academic community and being known as an individual. TIP Scholars achieve higher GPAs, graduate at higher rates, and receive prestigious awards and scholarships. To learn more, visit www.utexas. edu/tip or telephone 512-232-6493. The TIP office is located in the Flawn Academic Center, Room 334. University Fellows University Fellows, a unit of the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan, pro-







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vides students the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary minor in a field of personal interest. Working with an academic coach, students define their field, identify courses that examine their interest from different perspectives, and submit a field proposal for faculty approval. Students may apply for research, internships, study abroad and conference presentation scholarships. They also form partnerships with faculty while working on a research project in their senior year and submit a Capstone article for publication. Some of the fields proposed this past year include “Health in the Developing World,” “Public Education in the U.S.,” “Marriage and Divorce,” and “Music and the Brain.” For more information, visit tip/TexasIP or telephone Madison Searle at 512-232-2772. University Fellows office is located in the Flawn Academic Center, Room 334.

UTransition UTransition assists incoming transfer students with their transition to UT Austin by introducing them to the academic and social support services available. UTransition provides students with free tutoring credits, academic enrichment workshops and social networking events such as Gateway Palooza. To learn more about the UTransition program, visit the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence online at lcae/ or telephone 512-471-1205. Our office is located in the Student Services Building (SSB), 4.400.

SPECIALLY DESIGNED CLASSES AND COHORTS First-year Interest Group (FIG) Programs First-year Interest Groups (FIGs) are cohorts of up to 25 first-year students who develop community by taking




two to four courses together. Students get to know their classmates by attending a weekly seminar facilitated by a peer mentor and a staff member. Students discuss issues they encounter such as study and time management strategies, social opportunities and issues, campus life, involvement opportunities and more. FIGs are grouped according to a theme or area of academic interest that makes it easy for students to form study groups. In addition to taking classes in common with other new students, FIG students will satisfy degree requirements, forge a link between academic and social experiences, have regular contact with peers, staff and faculty, and be introduced to academic and nonacademic resources at The University of Texas at Austin.

Residential FIGs A Residential FIG is an opportunity for students in the same FIG to live and take classes together for an entire academic year. Residential FIG students will have a room in one of the co-educational buildings in the Whitis Court Residence Hall, be a part of a close-knit group that lives and studies together, and participate in a community service project. For more information about FIGs, please visit ugs/fig or call 512-471-4421.

Bridging Disciplines Programs The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) at The University of Texas at Austin allow students to earn an interdisciplinary certificate in one of eleven different concentration areas: • • • • • • •

Children and Society Cultural Studies Digital Arts and Media Environment Ethics and Leadership Film Studies Human Rights and Social Justice

• Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship • International Studies • Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profits • Social Inequality, Health and Policy To earn a BDP certificate in one of these areas requires 19 credit hours. BDPs combine courses that fulfill core requirements, electives and courses with unique research, and internships that connect the BDP topic with students’ major and career goals. The BDP helps students plan the courses they take in an integrated way, giving them the opportunity to develop a secondary area of specialization without added semesters. One objective of the BDPs is to help students tailor their education to their individual interests and goals. BDP advisors are available to help students find courses, research opportunities and internship experiences that complement their major, while also supporting them as they develop knowledge and experience not otherwise found in a degree plan. BDPs are open to all UT Austin undergraduates. With careful planning, a BDP can complement almost any degree. However, because the BDPs build on area requirements and electives, it is important that students start early in their university career. We recommend that students begin by taking a Forum Seminar in their freshman or sophomore year. For more information about the Bridging Disciplines Programs, an Undergraduate Studies program, telephone the BDP office at 512232-7564 or visit www.utexas. edu/ugs/bdp. On campus, the BDP office is located in the Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Room 338.

Forum Seminars Forum Seminar (BDP 101) courses

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are one-credit courses that allow freshman and sophomore students to sample a range of topics centered on contemporary, social and intellectual issues. Featuring weekly discussions with faculty from a variety of departments, Forum Seminars permit students to sample potential majors, learn about interesting classes within UT Austin departments, and explore a topic of interest outside of their degree plans. Forum Seminar students can learn about some of the research that goes on at UT Austin and get to know a wide range of potential professors. Students may even learn about internship, research and volunteer opportunities. Forum Seminars are foundation course requirements for the Bridging Disciplines Programs. BDP 101 Forum Seminar topics include: Children and Society; Environmental Change and Sustainability; Exploring Digital Arts and Media; Going Global: Topics in International Studies; Health Inequality in Childhood and Adolescence; Image and Society: Exploring Visual Culture; Introduction to Film Studies; Introduction to International Studies; Introduction to the Non-profit World; Lessons in Ethical Leadership Studies; Social Inequality, Health and Policy; and Professional Ethics in Law, Business and Medicine. To learn more about Forum

Seminars, visit www.utexas. edu/ugs/bdp/courses or telephone the Bridging Disciplines Program at 512-232-7564.

Signature Courses Covering topics of contemporary interest from an interdisciplinary perspective, the Signature Course introduces you to college-level learning through a variety of subjects. These classes range from the arts and humanities to the hard sciences, but every class has unique components that will help you throughout your college career and beyond. The Signature Course puts you in contact with distinguished faculty from across the university who will assist you in using research methods and critical thinking skills that are necessary to perform well in all of your other courses. In addition, the Signature Course helps guide you as you strive to become a better writer, speaker, and problem solver. Signature Courses are taught as both small seminars (UGS 302) and large format courses (UGS 303), and are available during the fall, spring, and summer sessions. For more information, please speak with your academic advisor and visit



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ACADEMICS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: GET MORE IN FOUR! ACADEMIC COMMUNITY CENTERS The Division of Housing and Food Service’s Residence Life Department approaches the enhancement of the “out-of-class” experience for our students by providing an environment within the residence halls for learning and development to take place. What is an Academic Community Center? Located in Jester Center and Kinsolving Residence Halls, Academic Community Centers offer the colleges opportunities to provide on-site advising, tutoring, mentoring and other academic support services within the residence hall environment. Through partnerships with colleges that are committed to enhancing academic support and student success outside the classroom, Residence Hall Academic Community Centers provide students with: • an intensive environment that is conducive to learning and academic support

• increased collaboration with the colleges • a sense of community between students, academic advisors and faculty • opportunities for peer interaction and group study on academic issues So how do you get involved in an Academic Community Center? • Stop by an advisor’s office in Jester or Kinsolving • Ask your Resident Assistant (RA) • Come to the Jester City Limits or Kinsolving dining centers at night to be a part of the action • OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS!

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AT UT AUSTIN UT Austin is one of the top public research universities in the United States and our researchers are leaders in a variety of fields. What is undergraduate research? Undergraduate research refers to scholarly or creative activity that contributes to human knowledge through methods established by particular academic

disciplines. Undergraduate research involves an educational collaboration between students and faculty members and may be initiated by a student who seeks out faculty supervision or by a faculty member who involves undergraduate students in his/her research. What are the benefits to participating in undergraduate research? The Office of Undergraduate Research in the School of Undergraduate Studies outlines the benefits of participating in undergraduate research as educational, professional and personal. Educational Benefits: • Working with a faculty mentor • Learning about issues, methods, and leaders in your chosen field(s) • Applying concepts from your courses to “real life” situations • Furthering your creative achievement • Sharpening your problem-solving skills Professional Benefits • Exploring potential careers



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TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY ABROAD 1. Obtain UT Austin credit for all approved academic coursework abroad. Break out of your academic routine; go abroad and still graduate on time. 2. Studying abroad is the most effective way to learn a language. By immersing yourself in a different culture, you hear and practice speaking the language in its natural context. 3. You will get to know another culture first-hand. By experiencing another country, you expand your understanding of its culture beyond the surface-level differences in food, language, and appearances. 4. Develop skills and gain experiences a classroom setting will never provide. A new cultural setting gives you an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. 5. Make friends and contacts around the world. Meet and mingle with the locals as well as other international students. 6. Learn about yourself. The encounter with other cultures enables you to see your own culture through new eyes. 7. Expand your view of the world. Studying abroad provides you with an informed perspective toward other cultures and peoples. 8. It can cost the same or less than spending the same time at UT Austin. Consider studying in a country that has a lower cost of living. If you qualify for financial aid at UT Austin, you can receive aid while studying abroad. 9. Study abroad enhances employment opportunities. To an employer, your experience in a foreign country will set you apart from the majority of other job applicants. 10. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. Following graduation, new responsibilities may make it more difficult to travel abroad for any length of time.




• Enhancing your professional communication skills • Preparing for graduate or professional school • Networking with others who share your interests Personal Benefits • Growing as a critical and independent thinker • Building confidence • Enhancing your awareness of ethical issues How do I get involved in undergraduate research? Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Web site at http://www. Here, you may sign up to attend an information session, look for programs and organizations that offer research opportunities, read tips on presenting your work, or browse student profiles for inspiration, among other useful resources. Another valuable tool in exploring research opportunities is EUREKA. EUREKA is a searchable database designed to support undergraduate participation in research and creative activity across campus. It includes profiles of UT Austin faculty members with information about their research interests as well as a listing of posted openings for undergraduates on research projects. EUREKA’s purpose is to help students identify research interests and connect with faculty researchers. Explore EUREKA at https://www.

INTERNSHIPS — WHY INTERN? It’s really never too early to begin thinking about an internship! Internships provide the opportunity to explore your academic and professional interests while getting your feet wet in a career field you are seriously interested in pursuing. According to

the National Association of Colleges and Employers, internship programs are listed as the number one place employers look when recruiting new hires. Internships give students the opportunity to network with professionals and gain relevant work experience. Internships can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, and for academic credit or non-credit. You may be wondering if internships are really only meant for students in certain colleges or programs. Internships can be valuable for any student, whether you’re interested in early child development, business, sports management, nonprofits, education, government, social work, architecture, engineering, medical school, law school, or graduate studies. The first step to finding an internship is deciding on what type of internship you are interested in pursuing. Once you have solidified your internship goals, you may want to consider your interest in interning locally, in your hometown, or in a particular city or region. How to find internships: • Visit the career center or career services in your designated college and/or visit the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling for internship guidance and opportunities • Utilize AccessUT at to search for professional/career-oriented job and internship opportunities with employers seeking to hire UT students and alumni • Contact employers directly if you have a particular company or organization of interest • Search internship databases available online for opportunities in the United States or abroad

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A SENIOR’S PERSPECTIVE If I Knew Then What I Know Now BE SUCCESSFUL in the Classroom Take every opportunity by the horns. The University of Texas at Austin has endless resources that can enrich everyone’s college experience. Make sure to seize everything UT Austin has to offer. Go to class EVERY DAY. Get Involved. Attend professors’ and instructors’ office hours. Stay organized. But most importantly, do NOT procrastinate. In order to be successful, one has to work for it. It might seem hard now, but it will all be worth it when you cross that stage in four years! The Benefits of OFFICE HOURS Office hours are incredibly important. It gives students the chance to get to know their professors, instructors, and teaching assistants and in turn allows them to get to know their students better. Make sure to try to attend office hours as often as possible. Sometimes the professor can explain things in an easier way when it’s one-on-one. Since each professor has specified office hours each week, take advantage of that. Don’t be afraid to go; professors love having people stop by and it definitely benefits students in the long run. Bad Semesters Happen. WHAT YOU DO NEXT IS WHAT COUNTS Don’t let one semester get you down; keep your head up. Just make it a

point to try harder and utilize techniques different from what you have tried in the past. Use time management skills to keep everything in line. Your friends will understand if you have to stop having as much fun and start studying more. Keep in mind that a 4.0 GPA and graduating in four years is something one has to work hard to achieve. GET INVOLVED on Campus Getting involved was one of the best decisions I ever made while at The University of Texas at Austin. It is a great way to de-stress when things are getting hectic in school and gives students a chance to get the full college experience. It teaches you how to manage your time better and learn things you might not necessarily be exposed to in classes or textbooks. Just keep in mind to not get over involved. Every one is here for the academics, the extracurricular activities are just a bonus. Cramming = BAD GRADES I usually read and take notes on all my assignments before class. Then I take additional notes during class, and after class I go back and rewrite the notes from class. This might sound repetitive but is one of the best ways to keep up with everything and helps me learn and understand the material better. Start studying for a test at least a week or two before-

hand; don’t wait until the night before and try to pull an “all-nighter,” because it could leave you worse off by doing so. Not getting a healthy amount of sleep has been proven to affect one’s performance on an exam. STUDENT SUCCESS Study groups are a great way to prepare for exams. It allows people to bounce ideas off one another and get a better understanding of the material. One of the best ways to test one’s knowledge on the material is to teach it to others. Study groups give students the opportunity to be on top of their game by making everyone accountable for participation. GO TO CLASS! It’s simple: don’t skip class! Going to class is a privilege and it benefits the student in the long run. Professors say things in class that aren’t in the book or course packet. They give better explanations and tell students exactly what they need to know for the exams. Sometimes professors take attendance to check who is going to class and who isn’t. If they recognize a student’s face, they are more willing to help them because they know they are in class and trying.

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ACADEMIC FAQs Got questions? We have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about academics and academic resources from new students and family members. ACADEMICS How can an academic advisor help students? Academic advisors assist students in developing intellectual potential and exploring educational opportunities and lifetime goals. The relationship established between advisor and student within a friendly, helpful and professional atmosphere allows students to: learn about educational options, degree requirements and academic policies and procedures; clarify educational objectives; plan and pursue programs consistent with abilities, interests and life goals; and use all resources of the university to their best advantage. What placement tests should students take? Before registering for certain lowerdivision courses, students are strongly encouraged to take placement tests so that they may select appropriate levels of instructions based on the




test results. Academic departments in three areas use tests for placement: chemistry; computer science; and foreign languages. Students who perform well enough on these tests may receive credit by examination or placement for courses in those areas. Students who score high enough on College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in calculus, chemistry and foreign languages, or on International Baccalaureate Examinations in chemistry, mathematics and foreign languages may be exempt from taking those courses. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) coordinates university testing programs, including examinations for course credit and placement, and serves as a test center for many exams offered on a worldwide basis. Information about academic placement and credit by examination is available on the Center for Teaching and Learning Web site at,

in person at 2616 Wichita Street, by mail at P.O. Box 7246, Austin, Texas, 78713-7246, or by telephone at 512232-2662, fax 512-471-3509. What standards will instructors set for students? Each instructor may have specific instructions or expectations for their class, and it is crucial students fully understand those expectations. For example, in one class an instructor may allow students to work together on some assignments, but not others. Another instructor may prohibit working together on all assignments. If a student assumes an understanding of what is permissible without clarification, they may end up facing an academic dishonesty charge that could have been easily avoided. In short, everyone has a responsibility to promote academic integrity, because when scholastic dishonesty is tolerated, the value of everyone’s degree is lessened. Become fully aware of all policies

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that deal with scholastic dishonesty. The university’s regulations can be found in Appendix C of the General Information catalog, available on the Student Judicial Services Web site at How much time should students spend preparing for each class? The amount of time needed to prepare for a course will vary from student to student. Students are expected to perform approximately 3 hours of work a week for each semester hour of credit given for the course. Can parents have access to their student’s academic record? An educational record contains certain information, known as directory information, which can be released without a student’s permission. That information includes: the student’s name; local and permanent addresses; telephone listing; e-mail address; public user name; date and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; enrollment status; classification; expected date of graduation; degrees, awards and honors received; most recent previous educational institution attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of a member of an athletic team; student parking information; and job title and dates of employment when employed by the university in a position that requires student status. All information about a student other than directory information is confidential and cannot be released by the university to anyone except the student without express or written permission from the student. A student may also request that the Office of the Registrar not disclose any directory information about them.

What are the requirements to graduate? The dean of the college or school in which a student is enrolled has jurisdiction over the student’s program of study, degree requirements, and all other academic matters. Degree requirements and the rules and regulations of each field of study are detailed in the university’s catalogs, which can be found online at registrar.utexas. edu/catalogs/.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS Where can students get help with a writing assignment? The Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) offers professional advice to UT Austin undergraduates who want to develop their writing. Students can bring their assignments or other writing projects to the Center and work with a consultant on any aspect of their work, from brainstorming to producing a final draft. The UWC also produces convenient handouts on such topics as documenting Internet sources and offers consultations on graduate school applications, scholarship essays and cover letters. To set up a consultation, students may come to room 211 of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center (FAC) or call 512-471-6222. For more information about UWC services, visit www.uwc. What if students have difficulty in a course? The best source of information for help with a specific course is the instructor. Faculty members, assistant instructors and teaching assistants maintain office hours and are usually willing to assist students at other times by appointment. Students who want to improve their learning and study skills may

also be interested in the services offered by the Sanger Learning Center (SLC). The SLC offers free tutoring on a drop-in basis for many entrylevel courses in calculus, chemistry and physics. One-on-one tutoring is available for most large, entrylevel courses. The SLC also offers free, individualized Peer Academic Coaching in a variety of academic skills and graduate-level writing assistance. Learning Specialists are available on an appointment basis for a variety of academic interests or concerns, including learning strategies, test preparation, test anxiety, goal setting, time management, notetaking, preparation for graduate exams, reading speed and efficiency. For more information, telephone 512-471-1217, stop by the center at Jester (JES) A115 or visit the SLC Web site at What resource helps students of all colleges explore major and career options? The academic advisors and career counselors at the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling can help students with the exploration needed to make sound decisions about major and careers. Services include individualized academic advising, private career counseling, major and career testing career assessments, internship planning, a career resource library, and graduate school planning and application assistance. For information, stop by in Jester (JES) A115 or telephone 512-232-8400.



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School of Architecture

McCombs School of Business

College of Communication

Undergraduate Programs Office Goldsmith Hall (GOL) 2.116 (512) 471-1922 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Undergraduate Program Office McCombs School of Business (CBA) 2.400 (512) 471-0690 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Student Advising Summer 2012 Location: Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA) 4.140 After Summer Orientation: Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 2nd Floor (512) 471-1553 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Through approaches that emphasize solving actual and theoretical problems, students in the School of Architecture gain the knowledge and skills necessary to link understanding to experience, theory to practice, and art to science in ways that respond to human needs, aspirations, and sensibilities. Architecture and interior design students complete their degrees with the knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking skills required not only to be proficient within the professional environment, but also to transform the lives of individuals and, consequently, society as a whole.

The core purpose of the McCombs School of Business is to educate leaders that create value for society. The Texas Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at the McCombs School of Business is one of the top undergraduate programs in the country. As a Texas BBA, you will gain a well-rounded education that offers intellectual challenge, real-world experiences, professional development, international experience, and a network of friends and colleagues that you will have for a lifetime.

The College of Communication prepares students to thrive in our ever-changing media environment by exposing them to the various communication disciplines to gain new insights and skills, realize new forms of expression, and redefine the boundaries of what communication is and how it works. Our students study where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. Our graduates not only have an in-depth knowledge in their major area, but they also leave our campus with a broader understanding of the role of communication in cultures, communities, and the world. We give our students the tools to shape the future.

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College of Education

Cockrell School of Engineering

College of Fine Arts

Undergraduate Student Division George I. Sánchez Building (SZB) 216 (512) 471-3223 Kinesiology and Health Advising Office L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL) 1005 (512) 475-6146 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Office of Student Affairs Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall (ECJ) 2.200 (512) 471-4321 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday undergraduate/services

Office of Student Affairs E. William Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA) 1.103 (512) 471-5011 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

With more than 6,000 of the brightest and most talented students at the university, the Cockrell School community prepares successful engineering professionals for the 21st century. Discover how you can make a difference in the world by exploring new possibilities through research opportunities or a study abroad experience. Become a leader through involvement in a student organization, leadership seminars and training, or work experience, while developing teamwork, communication and professional skills. Satisfy your curiosity by working with world-renowned faculty in the classroom or research lab.

The College of Fine Arts is an extraordinary example of the comprehensive colleges of fine and performing arts that have developed over the past 100 years inside America’s public universities. Our programs encompass classical music, jazz, opera, musical theatre, drama, dance, scenic design, musical composition and playwriting, graphic and product design, studio art in every medium including video and photography, sculpture, and ceramics, not to overlook the scholarly study of the arts in every discipline. We train professional artists and scholars. We prepare future arts educators for the schools and universities of Texas and the nation. We introduce every one of the 35,000 undergraduates at The University of Texas to the fine arts, inspiring a lifetime of participation in the arts.

The core purpose of the College of Education is to be a leader and symbol of excellence in education, research and service on both the state and national level. Ranked number one among public institutions in the U.S., the College strives to recreate the landscape of education by providing research-based programs; developing and disseminating knowledge; and contributing innovative ideas and leadership to solve the problems of a diverse society.

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Jackson School of Geosciences Admissions and Advising Jackson Geological Sciences Building (JGB) 2.102 (512) 471-4300 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday The mission of the Jackson School is to advance understanding of the Earth, its resources, systems, and environment, for the lasting benefit of humankind. The vision of the school is to be the top geoscience program in the nation. As a geoscientist, you can make a huge impact on the world around you. Successful Jackson School graduates work for nonprofit organizations, multinational companies, government agencies, high schools, research institutes, and universities.

College of Liberal Arts

College of Natural Sciences

Undergraduate Student Division Dorothy L. Gebauer Building (GEB) 2.200 (512) 471-4271 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Student Division W.C. Hogg Building (WCH) 1.106 (512) 471-4536 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

The College of Liberal Arts is the largest school at the university. We offer more than 55 majors through 21 academic departments and twodozen centers and institutes. And we’re committed to the idea that understanding history, society and culture helps students better understand – and, ultimately, thrive in – the world beyond campus.

The mission of the College of Natural Sciences is to provide an excellent, research-oriented education in science that fosters the success of its students, discover important new knowledge through research, and create an intellectually and scientifically enriched environment that advances the economic and technological development of Texas and the nation. The College of Natural Sciences is the second largest college with 14 departments and schools, almost 10,000 undergraduates, 1800 graduate students, and 37 research units. With more than 50 majors in 14 different fields of study, students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in most fields.

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School of Nursing

School of Social Work

Student Affairs Office Nursing School (NUR) 2.400 (512) 232-4780 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday current/student_affairs.html

School of Social Work Building (SSW) (512) 471-5457 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program offers students a dynamic course of study that is both theoretical and practical. The program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of clinical settings and provides the necessary foundation for masters and doctoral degrees in nursing. Graduates of the BSN program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEXRN). Passing this examination is one of the requirements for licensure through the Board of Nursing (BON) for the State of Texas.

The School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of the University of Texas System and ranked in the Top 25 nationally among American research universities, offers programs leading to the BSW, MSSW, and PhD degrees. Enrollment in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs has increased by 35 percent over the past 10 years to nearly 800 students, and growth is expected to continue over the next two decades. Our distinguished 43-member faculty is one of the most diverse in the university, with a wide range of expertise in many topics including: mental illness; substance abuse; health behavior interventions; domestic violence; HIV/AIDS; child welfare; aging; grief and loss; and juvenile justice.

School of Undergraduate Studies Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling Beauford H. Jester Center (JES) A115 (512) 232-8400 Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is home to undeclared students at The University of Texas at Austin and oversees the educational experience shared by all undergraduate students. UGS maintains the university’s high-quality core curriculum, provides small-group learning communities for first-year students, and offers tutoring, career counseling, and academic advising services to all undergraduates. As an undeclared UGS student, you will be provided with an assigned academic advisor, career counseling, and other resources to help you identify and successfully transition into a major aligned with your interests, skills, and goals.

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Transfer Students & Student Veterans

SAME JOURNEY, DIFFERENT CAMPUS The UT Austin transfer experience from a student’s perspective Why UT Austin I wanted to go to a school in a big city with big pride and huge opportunities to grow and do great things. UT Austin is perfect for that. Out of all of the schools I chose to apply to I never would have imagined I would be accepted to UT Austin. I knew I wanted to go to a university that I would be proud of and one that would make me want to better myself; so I reached big. UT Austin provides opportunities for students that you cannot find anywhere else. The Value of Studying I definitely spend a lot more time studying at UT Austin in comparison to the institution that I transferred from. UT Austin is challenging, and that can be seen through the types of classes offered and the amount of work classes require. Although the classes can be difficult, the education that UT Austin offers is of such high standard and quality that I feel honored to be given the chance to study here. Making good grades takes effort and UT Austin really makes sure that you deserve that grade.

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Transitioning to UT Austin I was surprised that the transition to UT Austin was a lot easier than I had expected it to be. The hundreds of student organizations available and the amount of resources that the university provides blew my mind. There is literally an organization for everyone. I would tell students to first go to orientation and learn about the campus. Then I would tell students to explore as much as they can in their first year here in order to find out what there is. It takes effort to reach out to find the opportunities. Student organizations are the best ways to meet people and to make friends. Life as a Transfer Student The first thing that I noticed after transferring to UT was how brilliant everyone is in all of my classes. The classes themselves were much more challenging and the professors expected a lot more out of students than at my previous institution. My Advice to Other Transfer Students I would advise transfer students not to be afraid to sit in the front row on the first day of class. Shock your professor. Ask questions and go to office hours. UT Austin expects a lot out of students and you really have to be on top of things to succeed. Definitely invest in a planner and write down every important date. In choosing your classes I would suggest using the Course Instructor Surveys and checking out ratings on professors first.

than I have in the past five years of my life combined. I have met some of my best friends and I have made the best memories. I am soaking in everything and I am continuing to explore new opportunities. I love UT Austin so much that at this point, I feel I would be completely fine with being a college kid here for the rest of my life. Get Involved On Campus... In the beginning I was really scared that I would not make friends. I had thought that everyone had already made friends and bonded with their group of friends during their freshman year. But what a foolish thing to think! I immediately joined student organizations and I really put myself out there to meet new people. I talked to other students in class and formed study groups. That branched off into more opportunities to join other groups and to meet even more people. I instantly felt comfortable because I was able to be a part of organizations that shared a similar interest as myself.

Mary Marks UT Austin Senior, College of Liberal Arts

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TIPS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS UT Austin faculty and staff offer sound advice to incoming transfer students transitioning to life on the Forty Acres

Realize that UT Austin is different from where you transferred. Many transfer students see their GPAs drop because they expect the college experience to be the same here. Draw from your previous college experience, but be open to the fact that things won’t be the same. –David Spight Different institutions have different rules, procedures, and expectations. Do not be shy about asking questions and seeking help in and out of the classroom. Doing so is hard for many people; make yourself do it! –Linda Ferreira-Buckley The best way to make a successful transition is to get connected to UT Austin by getting involved. Join a student organization, form a study group, meet with your academic advisor (as many times as needed) and get to meet as many other students as possible. Learn to ask a lot of questions of everybody—your classmates, your professors, your TAs, your academic advisor and anyone else who will listen. –Steve Alvarez Take full advantage of all the resources available to you at The University of Texas at Austin. Do not limit your academic interest and get involved. Build a strong support network with students with similar interests and be sure you also get to know your professors and advisors. Just understand that you do not have to do it all at once, you will be here for a while. –Ben Burnett Arrive on campus with a list of goals and strategies for accomplishing those. This can be anything from completing a certain major to preparing for a particular career to getting ready to apply to graduate or professional school. –Marc Musick





The Student Activity Center & The Texas Union











The University Unions is the community center for the University, offering activities, programs, services and facilities that complement the academic mission and focus on student development. Study: With several floors available to students and a mix of both quiet areas for studying solo and open space perfect for groups, the University Unions are a great place to prep for an exam. Work: The University Unions hires students in both locations for a variety of positions, including clerical and technical. We offer the convenience of working on campus with flexible hours that can accommodate most class schedules. Meet: Multiple spaces are available in each building for meetings and events. From a theatre for film screenings or plays, rooms for receptions; look to the University Unions for what you need! Relax: In both buildings, there are an abundance of places to hang out with friends, grab a bite to eat, or just spend free time. Visit our online calendar for all the activities and events that will take place in the University Unions’.







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the past 79 years by providing a venue for student creativity and leadership. Highlights of the Texas Union include: • 13 meeting rooms including a theatre Texas and ballroom Texas • Lounge space for relaxed gatherings • Reflection room for individual meditation, prayer, or reflection • Food options including Starbucks,Wendy’s,Taco Bell, Quiznos, Smokehouse BBQ, Chick-fil-A, Field of Greens, Béne Pasta, and the Campus Store For more information please call (512) 475-6636 or visit photography/zhongyu yuan, university unions


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Highlights of the Student Activity Center include: • 13 meeting rooms including an auditorium, ballroom and legislative assembly room • Event space including a dance rehearsal room and black box theater • Home to the Department of Anthropology, Dean of Students, Leadership and Ethics Institute, Gender & Sexuality Center, Graduate Student Assembly, Multicultural Exchange Center, Senate of College Councils, and Student Government • Reflection room built upon a vegetative terrace • Food options including Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Taco Cabana, and Zen


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Leadership Opportunities The University Unions Student Events Center The University Unions Student Events Center (SEC) is the largest student event-planning organization at The University of Texas at Austin. Our student leaders plan, promote, and produce the best events on campus.

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Tournaments & Games Committee The University Unions Student Events Center is located in the Texas Union, 4th level - UNB 4.312. For more information on any SEC student group, or to become a member, visit the SEC website at, email us at, or call (512) 475-6630.

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Transfer Students & Student Veterans

THE STUDENT VETERAN The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to providing veterans, military personnel and their dependents with the support needed to make the most of their educational experience. For assistance to apply for veterans’ education benefits, contact the Office of the Registrar at BECOMING A CERTIFIED STUDENT VETERAN AT UT AUSTIN 1. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site (www.gibill. for information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other educational benefits. Texas residents may qualify for additional State benefits. (Visit 2. Upon admission to the university, contact the Office of the Registrar to learn how to access your benefits and receive credit for military education. (Visit cert/vetn/) 3. Attend new student Orientation to register for classes, take placement tests, meet with a representative from your college/school and have all your questions an-

swered! Orientation also provides opportunities to meet with an academic advisor, Student Veteran Services, VA benefit certification officials, obtain your student ID, upgrade your UT EID and set up your e-mail accounts. Visit www. Students with previous or current military affiliation, including National Guard service, are encouraged to visit veterans/index.php for information about veterans’ services, benefits and organizations at UT Austin. The Office of the Registrar can certify your enrollment to the Department of Veterans Affairs and determine your eligibility for Hazlewood tuition exemption.

STUDENT VETERANS Student Veteran Services Student Veteran Services (SVS) at The University of Texas at Austin is a place to connect with student veterans, assist them with integrating into campus life, and help them develop into successful graduates. SVS aims to equip student veterans with the tools they need to achieve their highest personal and academic potential by connecting them to the academic and veteranspecific resources they need. To provide student veterans with this support, SVS works closely with other departments on campus, as well as various community partners.



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STUDENT VETERAN FAQs Feel free to contact SVS at 512-471-5017 or email at Student Veteran Center UT Austin’s Student Veteran Center is a lounge and meeting space where student veterans can study, socialize and relax between classes. Equipped with Wi-Fi access, a public computer workstation and a flat screen television, the center also provides information, and offers events and programs specifically for student veterans. Student Services Building (SSB) fourth floor. The University of Texas VA Outreach Center In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin provides VA counseling specifically for veterans here on campus. For more information contact the Outreach Clinic directly at 512-232-2677.

What military credentials should I submit with my application for benefits? Eligible veterans and service members on active duty or in the reserves who have never received VA education benefits must complete an Application for VA Education Benefits, VA form 22-1990 (online at ebenefits., and provide a copy of his or her DD214/member 4 or Notice of Basic Eligibility form. Transfer students who have received VA education benefits at other institutions must complete VA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (online at How can I quality for in-state tuition? (Active Duty, Veterans, Veteran family members) Active duty military (including active reserves and National Guard) may have their out-of-state tuition status waived to in-state tuition. A letter from the student’s commanding officer stating that they are on active duty must be submitted. The letter must be printed on military letterhead and should include the student’s name and UT EID. Active duty must be with a Texas Unit. Veterans or family members may have their out-of-state tuition status waived to in-state tuition if they are receiving GI Bill benefits. An updated letter must be submitted each semester, at least 2 weeks prior to registration. Contact 512-475-7391 for information.

How do I receive Hazlewood benefits? The Hazlewood Act provides qualified veterans, spouses and children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions for state-supported courses at




Texas Public universities. Contact the Office of the Registrar to receive a packet with the necessary application forms and instructions. The University of Texas at Austin determines eligibility based on compliance with state regulations. For more information, visit apps/financialaid/. Where can I find more information? More information for military personnel and veterans may be found by using the search term “military” on the Texas Higher Education Board Web site at CollegeforAllTexans. com, or by visiting the UT Austin Student Veteran Services Web site at How does UT Austin determine which military education credits can count as college credits? UT Austin uses the American Council of Education (ACE) guides to research course credit and awards all recommended credit at the upper division baccalaureate level. Credit is awarded after enrollment, in a manner similar to credit by exam.

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VETERAN RESOURCES UT Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC): 512-471-3515

• Referrals to on- and off-campus resources • Confidential telephone counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 512-471-CALL (2255) (UT students only)

• MindBody lab for stress reduction • Individual and group counseling • Psychiatric assessment

Individual and group counseling Bereavement counseling Marital and family counseling Alcohol/drug assessments

course load initially. Ease into it and try not to overwhelm yourself.

o Take notes to help yourself stay focused o Get involved in campus activities as a

• Sexual trauma counseling and referral • Help applying for VA benefits

way to break down barriers between you and your classmates.

o Take advantage of services available to you on campus, including academic assistance and counseling services.

o Contact the Office of the Registrar’s Veterans Representative to use your veterans benefits: 512-475-7540.

Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System: 512-389-1010

• Substance abuse • Sleep lab

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on course materials and lectures.

Austin Veterans Center (Readjustment Counseling Services): 512-416-1314

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o Limit exposure to traumatic information

• Posttraumatic stress disorder • Women veterans’ clinic

(including TV news, newspapers, etc.).

o Talk with peers and/or professionals. o Recognize that others may not agree with you or understand your decision to serve in the military.

Student Veteran Services (SVS): 512-471-5017

• Student veteran and family member advocacy • Explaining and accessing your VA educational benefits • Veteran Peer Sponsorship program • Access to VA Healthcare and Disability reasources

• Assistance with understanding the academic environment • Federal and local career resources • Assistance with financial needs • Connection to the academic and veteran-specific resources you need.

o Take care of your physical needs. Get plenty of sleep and rest, eat well (at least 3 nutritious meals a day), and get exercise (physical exercise is great for reducing stress).

o Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as using alcohol, nicotine or illegal substances.

o Have fun! Engage in healthy, pleasurable activities.

The University of Texas at Austin VA Outreach Clinic: 512-232-2677

• Mood and anxiety problems, including combat stress reactions and PTSD • Academic and Career success • Anger management • Sleep difficulties

• Relationships, including couples counseling • Chronic pain • Translating military leadership into civilian leadership

o Focus outside of yourself and give back to the community (volunteering, etc.).

o Seek spiritual fulfillment through prayer, meditation, fellowship, etc.

o Follow a daily schedule to help yourself stay organized.

o Set reasonable boundaries and goals for yourself.

Texas National Guard State Benefits Advisor: 512-782-6852 Travis County Veterans Services: 512-854-9340 Texas Veterans Commission: 1-800-252-VETS Benefits for Veterans: Lifeline Veterans Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (press “1” for veterans) Office of the Registrar Veteran Education Benefits:

o Pay attention to your reaction to things that happen in ordinary life situations. Learn to recognize the physical and emotional signs of stress.

o Visit the Counseling and Mental Health Center Web site for information on dealing with stress and trauma. Source:

UT Austin Student Veterans Association: T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E X AS AT AU ST I N


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Campus Resources

THINGS TO BRING Now that you have had a taste of what life will be like at The University of Texas at Austin, it’s time to begin preparing for the start of the new semester. Listed below are some items you may want to have as you begin your college career. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Alarm clock Backpack or book bag Bathrobe, slippers and towels Bathroom items (shampoo, soap, deodorant, shower caddy, etc.) Batteries (all sizes) Bedding (mattress pad, sheets, blanket, comforter, pillow, etc.) Bicycle and bicycle locks Blank CDs Coaxial Cable (for cable TV in the residence halls) Calendar or Day Planner Camera Cell phone with charger Checkbook, debit/credit card Cleaning supplies Desktop, laptop and printer Dictionary, thesaurus, reference books, writers’ guides and other important literature Dry erase board and markers Eating utensils (bowl, plate, cups and silverware) External hard drive or flash drive Fan First-aid kit (aspirin, bandages, thermometer, etc.) Flashlight Gym bag and exercise items Hairdryer Hangers Insurance policy information (health, car or both) Iron Jackets (heavy and light) Laundry basket, detergent and quarters for laundry



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Light bulbs Medical and dental information Mirror Money Nail clippers and tweezers Non-perishable food items Outfit for a formal occasion Pictures of family and friends Posters and other room decorations Power strips (UL-rated maximum of 15 amps and 1875 watts with built-in circuit breaker) Radio, mp3 player Removable adhesive to hang posters, pictures, etc. School supplies (ruler, scissors, calculator, pens, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies) Sewing kit Stamps and stationery Storage crates Study light (no halogen lamps over 120 watts) Suit or nice clothes for an interview Sunglasses Sunscreen Swimsuit Throw rugs Tissues TV, DVD player and movies Umbrella/raincoat Vitamins and supplements Watch Your favorite belongings (to make your place feel like home)



Campus Resources

2012-2013 ACADEMIC CALENDAR 8/23 Registration for the fall semester for new and readmitted students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5 p.m. on August 28 8/24 Add/drop for the fall semester for students who registered and paid their tuition and fees by August 15

University residence halls open at 9 a.m.

University Health Services benefits become available to registered students

8/28 Registration and add/drop for the fall semester for all students

Tuition bills for undergraduate students who registered after July 20 are due by 5 p.m.

8/29 Classes begin 9/3 Labor Day holiday 9/4 Last day of the official add/drop period; after this date, changes in registration require the approval of the department chair and usually the student’s dean

Last day undergraduate students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the registrar

9/14 Twelfth class day; this is the date the official enrollment count is taken

Last day an undergraduate student may add a course except for rare and extenuating circumstances

Payment due for added courses (add bill) no later than 5 p.m.

Last day to drop a course for a possible refund

9/28 Second tuition payment due for




mester for new and readmitted students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5 p.m. on January 11.

students who selected the threepayment plan

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10/1 Application deadline for International Education Fee Scholarships (IEFS) for the spring 10/25–26, 29–11/2 Academic advising for continuing and readmitted students for the spring semester 10/26 Final tuition payment due for students who selected the threepayment plan 10/29–11/9 Registration for the spring semester for continuing and readmitted students 11/13 Tuition bills for the spring semester distributed to students electronically

1/11 5 p.m.: Tuition payment deadline for undergraduate students who have registered but not paid

University residence halls open at 9 a.m.

University Health Services benefits become available to registered students

1/14 Classes begin

12/8–9 Fall graduation ceremonies in the colleges and schools

1/17 Last day of official add/drop period; after this date, changes in registration may require the approval of department chair and usually the student’s dean (See General Information, Chapter 4 for details)

12/10–11, 16 No class days

11/23–24 Thanksgiving holiday 12/7 Last class day

12/12–15, 17–18 Fall semester final examinations 12/19 University residence halls close at 9 a.m. 12/22 Official graduation date

SPRING 2013 1/3 5 p.m.: Tuition payment deadline for undergraduate students who registered for the spring semester by November 9. Tuition and fees may be paid in full or in installments 1/4 Orientation for new international students 1/7 Orientation and testing begin for new undergraduate students

Add/drop for the spring semester for students who have registered and paid their tuition

1/8 Registration for the spring se-

Last day undergraduate students may register and pay tuition and fees without approval of the registrar

1/21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday 1/30 Twelfth class day; this is the date the official enrollment count is taken

Last day an undergraduate student may add a class except for rare and extenuating circumstances

Payment for added classes (add bill) due by 5 p.m.

Last day to drop a class for a possible refund

2/15 Second tuition and fee payment due for students who selected three-payment plan 3/1 Application deadline for International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) for summer and fall

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study abroad programs 3/11–16 Spring Break 3/22 Final tuition payment due for students who selected the three-payment plan 4/1 Last day an undergraduate student may, with the dean’s approval, withdraw from the university or drop a class except for urgent and substantiated, nonacademic reasons

Last day an undergraduate student may change registration in a class to or from a pass/fail basis

Last day to apply for an undergraduate degree

Last day an undergraduate student may register in absentia

4/10–12, 15–19 Academic advising for continuing and readmitted students for the summer session and the fall semester 4/15–26 Registration for the summer session and the fall semester for continuing and readmitted students 4/30 Tuition bills for the summer session distributed to students electronically. Notice is sent to the e-mail address on the student’s record 5/3 Last class day 5/6–7, 12 No class days 5/8–11, 13–14 Spring semester final examinations 5/15 University residence halls close at 9 a.m.

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5/16 Tuition payment deadline is 5 p.m. for undergraduate students who registered for the summer session during the spring 5/17–18 Graduation ceremonies in the colleges and schools 5/18 Commencement (official graduation date) 5/19 University residence halls close at 9 a.m. for graduating seniors T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E X AS AT AU ST I N


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school, go to the dean’s office in that college or school for assistance.

Step 1: Check your registration

Step 3: Clear financial and nonfinancial bars, if any. Financial and nonfinancial bars are noted on your RIS and will prevent your access to the registration system. It is possible that bars incurred after your RIS was created have been placed on your record. To clear a financial bar, use one of the following methods:

information sheet (RIS) online. This will show your access periods, information about advising, advising bars, and any other bars to your registration known at the time your RIS was created. Your RIS must be clear of all bars before you may access the registration system. Advising locations are listed under advising and major codes. Make certain that your personal data on your RIS is accurate. Address changes may be submitted online (UT EID and password are required).

Step 2: All students must see an academic advisor prior to registering for the first time (see your RIS or advising and major codes). If you fail to do so, your access to the registration system will be prevented until the advising bar is cleared by your major department. Check with your major department for advising procedures and schedules. To change your major, go to your dean’s office. If the new major is in another college or




• Go to My Tuition Bill or Tuition Loans to pay past due tuition or loans. • Go to What I Owe to pay all other past due balances. • Go to the administrative department that barred your registration or to the cashiers in MAI 8, pay the amount due, have the bar cleared, and obtain written proof of payment. • Use Western Union Quick Collect (cash transaction) by completing a blue Quick Collect Payment Form at a Western Union Office (call 1-800-325-6000 to locate the nearest office), indicating that the amount is payable to University

Texas Austin, the code city is Longhorns, TX, and the type of payment is financial bars. You must also give your name and UT EID. A nonfinancial bar must be cleared in the administrative department that imposed the bar. If you have financial bars on your record when you attempt to access the registration system, you may be able to clear them by charging the amount due to your credit card. Because this process depends on agencies and technical systems other than those at the university, under some circumstances you may not be able to clear your bars by credit card and will therefore be denied access to the registration system. It is recommended that you clear your financial bars before your scheduled access times by following the procedures outlined above.

Step 4: Register for classes online. Current availability of seats in a class may also be checked via the online Course Schedule.

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Step 5: Go to Registration (registar. at your scheduled time and follow the instructions given. You may access the registration system more than once to alter your schedule of classes and your optional fee selections. However, if you want to make changes or additions to your optional fee selections after you have paid your tuition bill, you must go to the sponsoring department. Step 6: Pay your registration tu-

ition/fee bill in full or in installments (see payment procedures) by using one of the following methods: • Go to My Tuition Bill. • Go to the cashiers in MAI 8 (open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays only). If you do not pay your tuition/fee bill, defer your payment to financial aid or a third party, or confirm your zero bill, your registration will be canceled including your standing on waitlists. If the amount due is zero or you are eligible to charge your tuition bill to financial aid, see Methods of Payment.

tickets are available, to student/faculty productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance season from September to May. The purchaser must present a paid fee receipt at the PAC Ticket Office to receive the fee card. Cactus Yearbook: $85.00 Entitles the student to a copy of the UT Austin yearbook to be picked up in late August. Parking Permits: $120.00 (C Permit) $72.00 (M permit) Park in designated lots for the academic year. Permits purchased in fall, spring or summer are valid through the end of the summer session. Space on campus is limited, and purchasing a permit does not ensure a parking place. In addition to C and M permits, garage permits and permits for students with disabilities are available. Analecta Literary and Arts Journal: $12.00 Entitles the student to a copy of the

annual journal of fiction, nonfiction, drama, art, and poetry by students from UT Austin and other universities worldwide. Analecta is published by the Senate of College Councils and the journal’s editorial and readers staff. The year’s issue is mailed to the student’s permanent address upon publication. Student Speaker Series: $2.00 Supports the Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship. The endowment is used to bring speakers to the UT Austin to lecture, teach, or meet with students. Texas Performing Arts Package: $30 Discounted tickets for professional touring events (music, dance, Broadway, pop, comedy) presented by the Performing Arts Center as long as tickets are available. The purchaser must present a paid fee receipt at the PAC Ticket Office to receive an ID sticker.

OPTIONAL FEE SELECTIONS FOR FALL 2012 Longhorn All-Sports Package: $80.00 Allows a student to draw one ticket to regular-season home events for men and women in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and one discounted ticket to the Texas-Oklahoma football game. The purchase is indicated on the student’s ID card. Department of Theatre
 and Dance: $45.00 Four tickets per semester, as long as



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TAKE YOUR FINANCES BY THE HORNS Money-Saving Tips • When you want to buy something you weren’t really planning on buying, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Leave your credit cards at home, and if you are low on money, leave your debit card at home, too. • Don’t pay interest on things that won’t last as long as the payments (food, gas and/or entertainment). Savings Tips for Academics and Campus Life Make use of what you already paid for with your student fees: • Campus libraries • Gyms and Aquatic Center • Sanger Learning Center • Counseling and Mental Health Center • Legal Services for Students • Student Emergency Services • Free campus activities, events, festivals, concerts and speakers • Over 1,100 student organizations




Books • Buy used, buy early, and explore alternatives to buying at the campus bookstore. • If you see a textbook online for much less than at the bookstore, then discover if it’s an earlier edition than the one on your booklist, don’t dismiss it. New editions are often published with only minimal updates. Ask your professor what changes are in the new edition to see whether you really need it. You might also buy the old edition and keep track of any changes with a classmate who has the newer edition. • Sell your books to friends or other students who will be taking the same class next semester. • Try selling your textbooks online before you do the campus bookstore buyback, which will often pay much less than any of the available alternatives. Become a Resident Assistant (RA) Get housing at no cost, as well as a limited meal plan when selected to be an RA.

Webspace This personal file storage system provides 1 GB of disk space to all registered UT Austin students. You can store homework, notes or files and access these documents from any computer. Don’t spend money burning files on CDs or buying a flash drive when you can just use Webspace. UT Tuition Rebate • You may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 if, at graduation, you have attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. • This includes all hours you may have attempted, whether by transfer, credit by examination, courses you dropped or withdrew from after the official enrollment count. • There are many stipulations to this rule, so check with an advisor about the requirements governing this rebate. By using this as an incentive to graduate, you save tuition money you would have paid by staying in school longer.

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Decoding other credit card terminology Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The interest rate you’ll be charged if your balance is not paid in full each month. Credit cards often have different APRs for purchases, cash advances and balance transfers, so make sure a low APR in one category isn’t offset by unreasonably high APRs in others. Also, if there’s a low introductory APR, note how long it will be offered and what the rate rises to afterward. ( apr.html) Fixed Rate, Variable Rate: A fixed interest rate stays the same, a variable rate can change monthly, quarterly or annually. Ask how often the rate can change, ask what the variable rate is based upon, and most importantly: ask under what circumstances can your fixed or variable rate change and by how much (late payment, over-the-limit, other). Introductory Rate: Usually good for 3 to 12 months, called an introductory or teaser rate. Grace Period: The number of days you have to pay your bill in full with-

out being charged interest. Beware of short grace periods and note that there’s usually no grace period at all for cash advances, balance transfers or balances carried over from previous months—you begin paying interest immediately. Cash Advances: Cash advances can bail you out of emergencies, but they can become very expensive loans if you don’t pay them off quickly. Ask about each card’s cash advance APR, fees and any other limits that may apply. Average Daily Balance: A common calculation method used to determine the payment due. It’s determined by adding each day’s balance and then dividing that total by the number of days in a billing cycle. The average daily balance is then multiplied by a card’s monthly periodic rate, which is calculated by dividing the annual percentage rate by 12. A card with an annual rate of 18% would have a monthly periodic rate of 1.5%. If that card had a $500 average daily balance it would yield a monthly finance charge of $7.50.

Before you open a new credit card account, ask the lender to provide information about possible fees or finance charges, including: Annual Fee Charged for using the card. Many cards have no annual fee, so shop around. Cash Advance Fee Shown as either a per-use flat rate or a percentage of the advance amount. Late Payment Fee Charged if payment is received after the due date. (Caution: If you are late on even one or two payment deadlines, your interest could skyrocket.) Balance Transfer Fee Sometimes charged to transfer balances from one card to another. Over-the-limit Fee Fee charged if you go over your credit limit. (Overages can also trigger rate increases.) Minimum Finance Charge Imposed whenever you carry a forward balance.



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BEVOnomics The Office of Student Financial Services provides financial literacy education to the UT Austin community through its Bevonomics program. Bevonomics provides information and tools to enable students to make financially responsible decisions and reduce consumer debt by expanding their understanding of the importance of managing money on a day-to-day basis.

Free Workshops are available to any UT Austin student and topics include: Spending, Saving and Using Credit; Renting in Austin; and A Guide to Investing and Repaying Student Loans. For more information on the Bevonomics program visit or www.facebook. com/Bevonomics.


The figures below are estimates for students attending UT Austin. Individual tuition bills and living expenses will vary from student to student. For more information on tuition and fee rates, please visit business/accounting/sar/t_f_rates.html. The 2012-2013 tuition rates were approved by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System in March 2012. The tuition and fees estimated below represents the range of flat rate tuition of the colleges.

2012–2013 Long Semesters (based on 12–15 hours per semester) Tuition/Fees






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DOWNLOADABLE BEVONOMICS RESOURCES INCLUDE: • Interactive Budget • Saving $$$ Tips • Credit & Loan Vocabulary • Savings Comparison Over Time • Finding $$$ Tips • Creating a Savings Plan • How to Calculate Interest • Spending Plan Worksheet • What Will Your Loan Really Cost? • Loan Payoffs Over Time


2011—2012: $2.28 billion

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Gifts from alumni and PUF friends, research income grants, and other areas

State General revenue

25% Tuition and fees

The University of Texas at Austin operates on more than just tuition and fees, which account for only 25 percent of our funding. The majority of the university’s budget, 75 percent, comes from a wide range of sources. Many people make our students’ education possible including parents, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, taxpayers, and state legislators. With support from so many sources, it re­ally does take an entire community to educate a Longhorn.



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CAMPUS RESOURCES FAQs Got questions? We have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about campus resources from new students and family members.



mation, visit or telephone 512-474-1200.

Should students bring cars to campus? Students may bring vehicles to The University of Texas at Austin campus. Parking at the university (surface and garage parking) requires a university permit, or payment of the hourly rate in the garages. Students with disabilities may access special parking spaces with the purchase of a UT Austin Class “D” Permit AND state or county license plates or placards for the disabled. Visit www. for permit fees and other information to help you make a decision that best meets your needs.


Does the campus have a bus service? UT Austin and Capital Metro provide a fare-free shuttle bus system paid by student fees to transport students within campus and to/from surrounding neighborhoods. Shuttles are usually available 7 a.m.–11 p.m. weekdays, 2–11 p.m. Sundays, and offer limited service during registration, final examinations, and the summer semester. Routes and schedules are available online at Students may also ride Capital Metro, the City of Austin’s transit system, without paying a fare by using their valid UT ID. The Capital Metro system provides students with access to many areas of the city not reached by the university’s shuttle system. For more infor-

Can students still apply to live on campus? Most students who want to live on campus have already received a housing contract. If you have not received a contract there is still time! Apply for housing online at or contact the DHFS Reservations Team at 512-471-3136 between the hours of 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.



What are the benefits of living on campus? Students who live on campus are more successful and could enjoy a more rewarding college experience than those living off campus. They tend to make better grades, make friends more quickly and manage their time better. Students have greater opportunities to broaden their interests and gain leadership experience, participate in activities, and engage in the best UT Austin has to offer!

How does the on-campus meal plan work? Students receive $1,400 Dine In Dollars and $300 in Bevo Bucks for the academic year (9 months). These amounts are an average of what current students use over the academic year. Each student uses the plan differently and Dine In Dollars and Bevo Bucks can be added at any

time. When residents eat in DHFS locations (except for Littlefield Patio Café before 2 p.m.) Dine In Dollars are automatically used. Residents receive an average 42% discount when they eat in the all-you-care-to-eat dining centers and a 10% discount in all other DHFS locations when using Dine In Dollars. Bevo Bucks is a prepaid account students use to purchase food, goods and services at participating merchants, both on and off campus. Bevo Bucks are required for printing in computer labs on campus and can be used in laundry and vending machines in the residence halls. For more information please visit www. Students will use their student ID cards to access their Dine In Dollars and Bevo Bucks. The ID card’s magnetic stripe informs these systems of who is using the card and deducts the amount spent from the student’s account. What if students have roommate problems? Learning to live with a roommate can be both exciting and challenging. It is not uncommon for roommates, even the best of friends, to experience conflict during the year. Often the conflict is a result of not communicating and addressing issues. When not addressed, the smallest issue sometimes grows into a seemingly huge problem. Students who experience roommate problems are encouraged to discuss the issue with their roommate. Resident Assistants (RAs) can also help roommates resolve a conflict. Online, peer and profession-

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al staff resources are also available to all residents on the Housing and Food Service Web site at php?site=0&scode=3&id=519.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES What if a student becomes ill? Expect everything from University Health Services (UHS) that you get from your family doctor, and more. UHS clinical services include general medical and urgent care as well as women’s health, sports medicine, travel health, allergy shots and immunizations, laboratory, radiology and nutrition services. Students can schedule an appointment by using the convenient UHS online scheduling system at or by calling 512-471-4955. If a student’s symptoms are such that they need to be evaluated before the next open appointment, they may be asked to come in to the UHS Urgent Care Clinic, which is much like a minor emergency facility. Ill or injured students may also call the UHS 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line any day of the year at 512-4756877 for guidance about whether self-care, a UHS appointment, a visit to the UHS Urgent Care Clinic, or going to an emergency room is most appropriate for their symptoms. The UHS Health Promotion Resource Center (HPRC) helps students get and stay healthy with a variety of resources. They support the UHS mission by offering programs that help prevent health conditions or

health-related behaviors from being a barrier to a student’s academic and personal success. For UHS’s location, hours of operation, staff, clinical and health promotion services, information about charges and how UHS works with insurance plans and much more, visit Information specific to new students and parents can be found by clicking on the Incoming Students and Information for Parents links respectively. Is there a student health insurance plan? Many students are covered under their parents’ health insurance up to a certain age. The student health insurance program is an optional health insurance plan available to UT Austin students who are not covered



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through other insurance programs. This plan is fully insured and underwritten by UnitedHealthcare. For more information, call 512-4711040, visit the UHS Cashier/Insurance Office located in the Student Services Building (SSB) 2.106B, or go to the UnitedHealthcare Web site at What type of assistance is available if students have personal difficulties? UT Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) offers assistance to students coping with academic, personal and psychological concerns, such as adjusting to college life, dealing with relationships, roommates or friends, as well as anxiety or depression. CMHC services include confidential individual and group counseling, psychiatric services, stress management classes, telephone counseling and outreach programs. For more information, visit the CMHC Web site at To make an appointment, call 512-471-3515 or stop by CMHC, which is located on the fifth floor of the Student Services Building (SSB), 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. The CMHC Telephone Counseling Service provides confidential counseling by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for students experiencing difficulties in their academic or personal lives or who are in crisis. The Telephone Counseling number is 512-471-CALL (2255). If a student in crisis prefers to meet with a counselor face-to-face, they may visit CMHC, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and request a walk-in appointment. Walk-in appointments are reserved for crisis situations. CMHC also houses the MindBody Lab, a self-paced, self-guided relaxation room where UT Austin students can learn and practice stress management exercises. The lab is

open 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday. No appointment is necessary. Students may also access help with managing stress online by visiting Stress Recess at www.cmhc. This interactive Web site is loaded with videos, animation, video games, body scans, quizzes, clickable charts, graphics and practical information tailored to students. At Stress Recess, students can learn what causes stress, signs of stress and, most importantly, what they can do to manage stress in healthy ways.

FINANCES How do students apply for financial aid? The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) provides information, applications and assistance to UT Austin students who are pursuing a degree and want to obtain financial aid. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study employment. For applications and to find out more about requirements or other financial information, contact Student Financial Services at 512-475-6282 or visit Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year beginning January 1st. Students must apply for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www. Be sure to include UT Austin’s school code (003658) to ensure that OSFS receives the FAFSA information. The priority deadline for submitting a FAFSA is March 15st for summer, fall and spring. Financial aid funds are released at the beginning of each semester. Any bills outstanding to the university at the time of release will be paid using the financial aid funds. The remaining balance will be sent to the student by mail or electronic funds transfer (EFT). To set up an

EFT authorization, please visit the secure My Bank Information online at rec/weft/webEFT_info.WBX. Are tuition bills mailed? Tuition notices are not mailed. They are e-mailed to the address the student has on file in student records. Contact information such as e-mail addresses can be updated at https:// all_my_addresses/. Are loans available for tuition? Tuition loans are available online through using an upgraded UT EID. Awards are applied directly to the tuition bill, and must be repaid by the end of the semester. What scholarships are available at UT Austin? The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) provides general scholarship applications for entering freshman and continuing/transfer students. Students must apply one year in advance. The Freshmen Scholarship application must be submitted online at The deadline for freshmen scholarships is December 1st every year. For 2012–2013 freshmen, the scholarship deadline has passed. The Continuing/Transfer Scholarship application is available on the OSFS Web site. Applications are due April 1st. Students may also inquire about scholarship opportunities from the college or department in which they are enrolled. In addition, the on-campus Military Science departments offer Army, Air Force and Naval ROTC scholarships, which pay tuition, most books and fees, and often provide a monthly stipend. Students are strongly encouraged to continue pursuing scholarships outside the university. For applications and helpful scholarship information, visit



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Will students need to open a local checking account? Students are encouraged to have a personal checking/savings account so that their financial aid funds can be directly deposited to them via electronic funds transfer (EFT). To set up an EFT authorization, go to the secure My Bank Information at rec/weft/webEFT_info.WBX. For students interested in opening a local checking account, there are several banks within walking distance of campus. There are ATMs adjacent to the Texas Union Building (UNB) and in other locations around campus. To ensure easier access to the account by the student and/or parent, we recommend that students open a checking account at a bank with locations both in Austin and their hometown. Where can students find employment opportunities? Students may check for job postings on the Student Employment Web site, If students have applied for financial aid, contact OSFS at 512-475-6282 for information about the Federal Work-Study Program. Job listings can also be found in the UT Austin student newspaper, The Daily Texan. How do students pay tuition bills? Log on to UT Direct and visit the My Tuition Bill site, where students can view their current or past semester tuition bills as well as pay outstanding tuition balances. Pay with eCheck, EFT (with electronic funds transfer authorization on file), MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Payment by credit card is subject to a 2.3% convenience fee. Students with a zero bill amount, including Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan members, must click the “Confirm Attendance” button in My Tuition Bill by the payment deadline to complete their registration. Addition-

al tuition and payment information is available online at www.utexas. edu/business/accounting/sar.

WBX and may be replaced for an additional $10 charge. Proper identification is required.

What if a student changes classes after the tuition bill is calculated? Students may owe an additional amount if they add credit hours. Add bill payments are due by the 12th class day of fall or spring, and by the 4th class day of summer. No billing notice will be sent. Check the My Tuition Bill Web site to determine the amount due. Failure to pay for an added class could result in the cancellation of a student’s entire registration. Refunds are processed after the 12th class day of fall and spring (4th class day of summer) and are sent by mail to the student’s local address or by electronic funds transfer (EFT). Students may verify the status of their refund online at the Where’s My Check link at

Where can students upgrade their UT EID? In addition to getting an ID card, students 18 years-of-age or older will be asked to sign a UT Electronic ID agreement with the university concerning the use of their Electronic Identity. By signing this agreement, students are allowed access to various services and resources, such as the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) and employment opportunities. Because of the legal nature of this agreement, students must present a government-issued ID with a photo (driver license, passport or military identification). Please note: Students younger than 18 years-of-age must have a legal guardian accompany them to claim their ‘legal signature’ and the legal guardian must present a governmentissued identification with a photo. Students whose legal guardian cannot be present can access the UT Electronic ID Agreement form from, and then click on Upgrade My UT EID, print the form, sign it, have their parent or legal guardian sign it, and then have it notarized. The completed form can be hand carried or mailed to The University of Texas at Austin, ID Center, P.O. Box 7407, Austin, TX 78713, or be presented in person at the ID Center.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS Where does a student get a student ID? Students can get their ID card Monday–Friday, from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., on the first floor of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center building (FAC). (During Summer 2012, the ID Center will temporarily relocate to the 2nd floor of the FAC.) Students will need to present a driver license, passport or some form of government-issued identification to receive an ID card. The cost of a UT ID is $10. This fee must be paid in addition to tuition and fees. There is a 30-day grace period after the ID card has been issued before non-payment for the card creates a financial bar on the student’s account. The ID card will be electronically validated each semester a student is continually enrolled. Lost or stolen UT ID cards should be deactivated online at https://utdirect.

Where do students purchase textbooks? The University Co-op is located at 2246 Guadalupe Street, directly across from the West Mall. Owned by the students, staff and faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, the Co-op sells UT Austin apparel, gifts, textbooks and supplies. As a co-owner of the Co-op, students are eligible for a yearly rebate of up to 10% on all



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purchases. Since 2000, the Co-op has given over 32 million dollars in gifts, grants and rebates to The University of Texas at Austin and its students. Is assistance available if a student has a disability and needs accommodations? Students with disabilities are eligible to register with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Students seeking accommodations must submit documentation of their disability to SSD and complete an intake interview. Students can schedule an intake appointment by telephoning 512471-6259 or Videophone: 1-866329-3986. The intake interview involves the student meeting with an appropriate disability specialist who will review the student’s documentation, history of accommodations and determine whether additional information is required. A student is eligible for accommodations after the student has completed the intake interview, submitted the appropriate documentation and completed an Acceptance of Services form. More information and documentation guidelines for various types of disabilities can be found online at ssd. Documentation can be faxed to 512-475-7730 or mailed to SSD, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station A4100, Austin, Texas, 78712-0175. Documentation sent to the Office of Admissions is not automatically forwarded and should be sent directly to SSD at least 24 hours in advance of the intake appointment. All documentation is considered confidential and will not be shared without appropriate consent. Is there a place on campus where students can receive legal advice? Legal Services for Students (LSS) provides legal services to currently

enrolled UT Austin students. Our attorneys provide consultation and representation for students in all their personal legal matters except: those cases involving disputes between a student and UT Austin or any of its entities; student-owned business issues (including where the student is the landlord); 501 (c) (3) non-profit issues; patent or copyright issues; complex wills or wills that involve more than $1,000,000; immigration matters; medical malpractice; tax law or if the adverse party is also a currently enrolled UT Austin student. Consultation, but no representation, is available for: currently enrolled students with credit card defense suits; bankruptcy defense; towing cases; name changes; felony criminal matters; assault and family violence cases; dangerous drugs described as Class A Misdemeanors; repeat offenders of the same law; probation revocations; family law; non-student spouses’ cases; litigation outside of Travis County; and significant fee-generating cases. Visit to learn more. How do I obtain more information on Texas Performing Arts? Texas Performing Arts serves the UT Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of international performances, campus and community engagement activities, and collaborative partnerships. Performances include classical music, jazz, world music, modern and international dance and conversation. More information can be found at How do I obtain student tickets for events at the Texas Performing Arts? Students may purchase tickets for $10 to any of our performing arts season events. These do not include

Broadway or popular concerts. You may purchase tickets online (service charges will apply) or in person at the Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 512-471-1444. For more information, visit events. For priority student access to $10 tickets for all Texas Performing Arts performances, including Broadway and concerts, priority seating and other perks, purchase the Texas Performing Arts Package. For details, visit The Loft is a place for students to come hang out and have some fun before each performance. Find out what’s going on for each event at How can I get involved with Texas Performing Arts? Aside from attending a performance, students may be involved with Texas Performing Arts through Hook ‘em Arts, Campus and Community Engagement events, volunteer ushering and as a student employee. • Hook ‘em Arts: The official student organization for Texas Performing Arts, Hook ‘em Arts works to increase student engagement and awareness of Texas Performing Arts so that it becomes an integral component of campus life for all students. Visit for more information. • Campus and Community Engagement: We offer numerous opportunities for audiences of all ages to develop a lifelong appreciation through the performing arts. For a full list of Campus and Community Engagement events, look online at



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• Student Usher Program: Whether you are taking tickets, handing out programs or greeting incoming patrons, volunteering as an usher is a great way to be involved with Texas Performing Arts. The only requirement for students in this program is that you must volunteer for a minimum of three events per semester—and you choose the shows you want to work! For more information, contact Lisa Brown at lbrown@ • Student employment: Texas Performing Arts employs over 80 UT Austin students every semester. With so many diverse departments, we have employment opportunities for students of all backgrounds. If you are seeking work experience to boost your résumé, consider working at Texas Performing Arts. Contact Maggie Bang at for information and position availability.

COMPUTER USAGE How can students access computers on campus? Students wanting to access computers on campus have a number of options: • Residents of the university residence halls can use monitored computer labs provided by the Division of Housing and Food Service. These labs are located in Carothers, Moore-Hill, Jester East, Jester West, Kinsolving, San Jacinto and Creekside residence halls. Students who use these labs have free access to a variety of software applications and can also use the laser printing service for a reasonable fee. • For students with their own computers, the residence halls provide wired and wireless Internet connections in each room. Subscription to ResNet (the Residential




Dorm Network) is required to use the connection. • Both PC and Macintosh computers are available for student use on the first and second floor of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center (FAC). The largest computer lab on campus is located on the second floor of the FAC and provides laser printers, color printers, scanners, and a variety of software applications for use on the lab computers. Students can access e-mail and the Internet from any computer in the lab. Students can also checkout laptop computers from the Information Desk on the first floor of the FAC. Visit www. to find out more about what is available. • Many departments provide computer labs for their students. Some of these labs are available to the general university population during certain hours. Visit www. for details. How does a student set up an e-mail account? Upon acceptance, students can sign up for an e-mail account at utmail. This Google powered account is often the best way to receive official campus mail and communications. The Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk is available at 512-475-9400 to answer any questions you may have.

CAMPUS SAFETY What crime prevention services does the university provide? Like a city of similar size, the university has its own police force. The UT Police Department (UTPD) currently employs 66 officers who patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The approximately 175 “POLICE HELP” call-box phones on campus can be used to request police

assistance. UTPD provides several other services that include loaning out electric engravers and timers, presenting crime prevention programs on request, and offering a free nationally-recognized self-defense program for female faculty, staff and student members called RAD, while providing general police assistance to the university community. To register for any of our programs, log on to The UT Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit also publishes Campus Watch, a daily e-mail addressing the crimes that occur on campus. To sign up for this free e-mail, log on to https://utlists. campuswatch. To help identify stolen bicycles, the university’s Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has developed an online method of registering your bicycle. Anyone who operates or parks a bicycle on campus is required to register. Students can register online at parking/transportation/biking/ registration.html. To help protect your property, such as laptops, cell phones, game systems etc., be sure to register your property with the UT Police Department at https://www. UT Austin’s Student Government provides a service to students called SURE Walk, based on the idea of safety in numbers. SURE Walk operates Monday–Thursday, 10 p.m.–2 a.m. Students who do not want to walk alone can call 512-232-WALK (9255) from anywhere on campus or request a walk via e-mail at Two or more student volunteers will come to escort you to your destination on or near campus. Various UT Austin student organizations send volunteers on different nights of the week, and the volunteers are located in the SAC, room 2.106. For more informa-

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tion call the Student Government office at 512-471-3166, stop by the Student Government office (SAC) 2.102, e-mail texassurewalk@gmail. com, or visit

THE UNIVERSITY UNIONS What is available in the University Unions? The University Unions, consisting of the Texas Union (the Union) and the Student Activity Center (SAC), are vibrant student centers for the UT Austin community. Also known as the “living rooms of campus” the University Unions offer meeting and study space, a variety of diverse student-focused events, and popular food options in both buildings, including Chick-fil-A, Bene Pizzeria & Pasta, Field of Greens, Quiznos Subs, Smokehouse BBQ, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Taco Cabana, Wendy’s and Zen. Ready for a study break? Stop by the Union Underground for a game of pool, bowling or air hockey. Cold outside? Warm up in an SAC fireplace lounge. Grab some coffee at one of our Starbucks locations before heading to class, or stop by the Texas Union campus store for any last-minute needs. Looking for ways to be more involved? Join a Student Events Center Committee (SEC) and help plan events for the campus student community. Visit the University Unions Web site at universityunions.

CAMP TEXAS What is Camp Texas? Only the best possible way to get a head start at UT Austin! A three-day retreat at a lakefront ranch outside of Austin, Camp Texas is for incoming freshmen looking to make friends, have fun and learn about life at UT Austin.

Students who attend Camp Texas consistently go on to be campus leaders and have fulfilling experiences at the university. It’s a rare opportunity to interact with some of UT Austin’s best faculty and staff in a casual Hill Country setting among future friends, roommates and classmates. Camp Texas is part informational, part social, and part leadership training. It features small-group activities, seminars with distinguished faculty, free time, lake time, and a closing-night luau. The Texas Exes will host five sessions of Camp Texas 2012 between August 5 and August 15th. Online registration start May 1st at, spaces are limited.

STUDENT VETERANS What resources are available to students who are military veterans? Students returning from service in the United States Armed Forces may encounter unique challenges when transitioning to college life. The University of Texas at Austin provides information and access to a number of resources to help student veterans take advantage of Federal education benefits and tuition exemptions, readjusting to civilian life, dealing with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder and other emotional issues, as well as finding community on campus. To learn more, refer to page 51 of this Bulletin, or visit the student veteran Web site at deanofstudents.

THE BEHAVIOR CONCERNS ADVICE LINE (BCAL) The Behavior Concerns Advice Line provides UT Austin faculty, students and staff an opportunity to discuss concerns they may have about another individual’s behavior. This service is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students (DoS),

the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Concerns can be reported either by calling the line at 512-2325050 or via the online submission form at bcal/. Trained staff will assist with exploring available options and strategies. They will also provide appropriate guidance and referrals to address the particular situation. Depending on the situation, individuals may be referred to resources including, but not limited to, the Office of the Dean of Students/Student Emergency Services, Counseling and Mental Health Center or the Employee Assistance Program. Callers to the BCAL line can choose to remain anonymous. To the extent possible, the university will respect the wishes of callers who prefer to remain anonymous, but there may be cases where disclosure of the caller’s identity becomes necessary or apparent because of the actions taken to address the situation. Online submissions are not anonymous. Only individuals with a UT EID can submit information using the online form. Why should I contact the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)? An important way for the university community to feel connected is through opportunities for caring and concern. BCAL is a central resource for anyone concerned about an individual but unsure of how best to help them. BCAL offers access to campus and community support networks, optimizing the chance that individuals will receive needed assistance. Examples of situations in which faculty, students or staff may need advice include: • A faculty member comes across an essay containing comments that



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suggest a student is experiencing serious emotional issues. • A student is concerned that she has not seen or heard from her roommate in over a week during a busy time in the semester. • A staff member is unsure of the

appropriate protocol after hearing rumors about potentially volatile comments made by another employee. • A student appears to be distressed in class and her behavior is somewhat out of the ordinary.

“One of the reasons I chose to attend The University of Texas at Austin was the Ransom Center.” –Sonia Desai, undergraduate FEW UNIVERSITIES CAN OFFER what The University of Texas at Austin provides undergraduates through the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum on campus. Students can engage with collection materials and be inspired by works, writers, and artists. Visit to learn how to become involved: • • • • •

Visit exhibitions Attend programs Study the collections Apply for an internship, volunteer, or work-study position Become a member

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• A student in a study group may not be acting like himself. • A staff member notices that a coworker has been yelling at people and seems angry all the time. The Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) can help anyone needing to talk to someone and explore concerns about similar situations. How do I contact the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)? Contact BCAL by dialing 512-2325050, which will connect you to trained staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Any faculty, staff or student can also report their concerns using the online submission form at www.utexas. edu/safety/bcal. Submissions will be processed during normal business hours, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. If the online submission occurs after hours, the matter will not be addressed until the following business day. Cases that present an immediate threat to self, others or property should be considered an emergency and should be directed to The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) by telephoning 911.

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FISHBOWL STAFF (JESTER CENTER EAST FRONT DESK) Meghana Menon • Ben Suma Co-Coordinators Veronica Becerra • Estefania Diaz • Andy Do • Luis Espinoza • Jillian Gillie Lauren Gray • Way Nguyen • Sam Robles • Jennica Scott • Eugenie Yang Office Staff











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THE REAL DEAL UT Austin professors and staff members address family members of new students Many things at The University of Texas at Austin have not changed. The Tower has not moved. Examinations still can be difficult. But as a new member of the university community, your student will experience new things. As students face the challenges and the changes college brings, the support of loved ones–family and friends is critical. College students need your support as they adjust to campus life and part of that adjustment is remaining on or near campus on the weekends. Your love and encouragement will sustain your student as they encounter the achievements, disappointments, choices and growth that are integral to the college learning experience.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME It’s hard to let someone go to college. The best thing you can do is keep the lines of communication open; offer your support but try not to enable them. Help them to make decisions and handle conflicts in life on their

own. Encourage them to use all the resources at the university. There is no shame in asking for help and feeling overwhelmed from time to time. UT Austin wouldn’t have as many offices for students as it does if all students had everything under control. —Christa López

academic advising appointment or visit professors during office hours. The most successful students on this campus are those who learn how to navigate the system, rather than those who are dependent upon others to navigate for them. —Lovelys Powell

Take a deep breath! Every student admitted to UT Austin has the ability and resources needed to succeed. There are a number of departments and programs designed to assist students in achieving their goals. Trust in the knowledge you have provided to your student for the past seventeen to eighteen years. Students will benefit when they are given the opportunity to make their own choices. —Ben Burnett


As a family member, the best way for you to assist your new Longhorn is to encourage them to seek answers to their questions through the resources available on campus. Instead of answering the questions for your student, guide them to schedule an

Your student is embarking on an adventure at UT Austin that will bring with it both challenges and triumphs. Your support and encouragement will help them push through challenges and celebrate their accomplishments. —Rose Mastrangelo

Stay in touch. Make arrangements to write and call. Be respectful of their study and activity hours. Sometimes staying in touch may mean just leaving a message that you are thinking about them. Keep the lines of communication open, avoiding as much as possible any issues at home that they have no control over. —Judith Mitchell

FAMILIES OF FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS Families of a first-generation college student should be fully aware of the challenges and obstacles their student faces in coming to a very new environment. They can help by empowering their student for academic success and social connection with The University of Texas at Austin. This includes encouraging the student to set high expectations, to be prepared to devote more hours to study, and to take advantage of the many wonderful resources available to them on campus. Working hard and developing mentoring relationships with faculty and staff prove critical for a student’s success in higher education. Although focusing on academics is a priority, moderate involvement in extracurricular activities creates avenues to release stress from college commitments. In addition, allowing your student to concentrate on studying without burdening them with family obligations and frequent requests to travel back home during the semester is important. Students can feel overwhelmed by family obligations due to problems within the family or financial issues. As a family member, your biggest role is to give support and to be there for your student if they need you.

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Be involved in your student’s college experience, in a positive and supporting way. Let them learn, let them have their own successes, make their own mistakes, and learn from them. Teach them skills to solve the problems they face. —David Spight

ACADEMIC EXPLORATION Parents and families need to become familiar with what will be expected of their student. For example, the Course Schedule is published each semester and is available online at student/registrar/schedules. These schedules contain a lot of information on everything a student needs to know to successfully register each semester. It is very important, however, that families offer guidance through these processes rather than complete them for their student. The student needs to learn to be a responsible, independent adult, and to take care of their own business. —Lois Stahlke Encourage your student to ask other students questions about what resources exist on campus for whatever situation or challenge they’re encountering. There are resources for almost everything; the challenge sometimes is finding out about them and being willing to use them. —Darcy Barrick

Support your students and give them room to grow. Trust that you’ve done a good job and let them make their own decisions. —Alexia Apollo

result of these mistakes were, no doubt, crucial in shaping who you are today. —Steve Alvarez

THE LEARNING PROCESS You might be concerned that The University of Texas at Austin is a big place, and feel the need to protect your student. But it will be easy for students to find their own niche and soon the university will not be so big. This is the time that your student will learn to be independent. Don’t be afraid to let them make mistakes. Help them to become responsible adults. Let your student take care of their own business with the university, including making payments. You may help them financially, but it is your student’s responsibility to make sure everything gets done by the deadlines. —Lois Stahlke As a family member, the best thing you can do for your student is to be supportive without imposing your will. There will be times when you might try to gently guide or to influence your student but the best thing to do is to trust them. Let your student know that you are there if they need assistance. Keep in mind that you were where they are now and made mistakes along the way. However, the lessons you learned as a

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TEXAS PARENTS The Parents’ Association of The University of Texas at Austin In 1948, a group of dedicated dads formed the Dads’ Association to support the needs of University of Texas at Austin students and their parents. Through the years our name has changed from Dads’ Association to the Parents’ Association to now, Texas Parents, but over the past 64 years our mission to help parents help their students has remained the same. As the official parents’ association of The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Parents keeps parents informed, acts as a liaison between parents and the many facets of the university, and creates positive ways for parents to be involved with and to support the university. As your student arrives to the Forty Acres, we hope that you will choose to become a part of the Texas Parents tradition as either a one-year or a four-year member. You can join during Family Orientation, by completing the registration form that was in the New Parent Guide you received by mail in May, or by visiting our Web site, A one-year membership is $60 and a four-year membership is $180 (four-




year membership gives you a savings with four years of privileges for the price of three). Texas Parents is a part of the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The Texas Parents campus office is fully staffed with a director, program coordinator, administrative assistant and most importantly, student workers who lend their valuable perspectives to help you help your student. Our office is centrally located at Gregory Gym for easy access by parents and students. Additionally, the office can be reached by e-mail or by dialing our toll-free number. Benefits to help your student abound for Texas Parents members. You’ll receive the monthly Texas Parents e-newsletter that provides important news, dates, deadlines and events information. For example, the university will communicate directly with your student on deadlines such as tuition payment dates. The monthly e-newsletter is a turn-to resource for parents to stay abreast of this sort of information so that you can double-check that your student is handling important mat-

ters. Through the e-newsletter, you’ll also learn about various resources in place on campus to support your student in different ways – academically, physically, emotionally, and socially, to name a few. Texas Parents members have access to a Web-based discussion board that enables parent members to visit with other parent members for advice and suggestions. Past discussions have included topics such as tutor recommendations, off-campus housing suggestions, sharing rides home, etc. By choosing to belong to Texas Parents, you are not only helping your student but you are also adding value to the campus community your student now calls home. With your membership of $60 or $180, grants for student-run community service projects and events are funded; outstanding students, faculty and staff are awarded recognized; and, important UT Austin programs like Hope Week, Stressfest and Student Emergency Services are supported.

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UT AUSTIN LINGO Adds and Drops Changes in a student’s schedule are accomplished by adding or dropping courses. Procedures for adding and dropping courses are given in the Course Schedule. AUP The AUP refers to the university’s Acceptable Use Policy, which provides guidelines on appropriate and legal uses of computer and other information technology resources at the university. Violating the AUP can lead to serious consequences, including disciplinary action or even criminal prosecution. www. Bar A code placed on the record of a student. This can be a financial (i.e., a library fine) or a nonfinancial (i.e., advising) restriction that prohibits a student from registering, which can be cleared online at the What I Owe Web site. Bevo The University of Texas at Austin’s official mascot, a longhorn steer, accompanies the Longhorn football team to all home and many out-of-town games. Bevo Bucks The easy-to-use, cashless form of payment accessible through a student’s ID card. Like a debit card, Bevo Bucks is a prepaid account that students use to purchase food, goods and services, both on and off campus. Funds can be added to a student’s Bevo Bucks account at any time. BevoWare Students can protect their computers with anti-virus and system security software, available at no cost on the BevoWare Web site. Blackboard Students connect with instructors and classmates using this online course management

system. They can use Blackboard to access specific course materials, engage in online chats with other students, or receive assignments and notes at www.utexas. edu/academic/blackboard/. Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) These programs allow undergraduates to earn certificates in one of eleven interdisciplinary areas, ranging in content from International Studies to the Environment to Digital Arts and Media. A BDP consists of 19 credit hours, which typically combine courses from a single thematic strand with research and/or internships. Cactus Yearbook The oldest publication on campus, the Cactus is the only pictorial record of events on the UT Austin campus for the entire student body. The yearbook serves a distinctive purpose by preserving the memories of each school year, and by offering students experience in writing, editing, management and marketing. Contact the staff at 512-4719190 or Camp Texas A three-day retreat at a lakefront ranch outside of Austin, Camp Texas is for incoming freshmen looking to make friends, have fun, and learn about life at UT Austin. Students who attend Camp Texas consistently go on to be campus leaders and have fulfilling experiences at the university. Part informational, part social, and part leadership training, Camp Texas is a rare opportunity to interact with some of UT Austin’s best faculty and staff in a casual Hill Country setting among future friends, roommates and classmates, visit for more information.

FIRST DAYS AS A LONGHORN Freshman Orientation DAY 1 • • • • •

Check-In Wing Meeting with Lunch Opening Session College Meetings Resource and Student Organization Fair and BBQ • Wing Meeting • Evening Programs

Freshman Orientation DAY 2 • Academic Preadvising • Academic Advising • Required Programming: Academic Transition and BEVOnomics sessions • Concurrent Afternoon Optional Programs • Test Information • Wing Meeting • Evening Programs • Late-Night Advising

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Campus Computer Store The Campus Computer Store is located on the first floor of the Flawn Academic Center. The store provides specially negotiated discounts for students on hardware and software. You can view products and pricing by visiting Cashiers Office Also known as the Bursar’s Office, MAI 8, this is where students may pay their tuition bills, clear bars or pick up financial aid and scholarship checks. Classification Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors, based on the number of academic credit hours earned. This classification is as follows: freshmen, 0–29 credit hours; sophomores, 30–59 credit hours; juniors, 60–89 credit hours; seniors, 89 credit hours and above. Co-op The University Co-op is located on Guadalupe Street directly across from the West Mall. The Co-op sells UT Austin clothing, textbooks and supplies with profits going back to the university. Core Curriculum All undergraduate students at the university are responsible for completing the core curriculum, which is built into each degree plan. The core consists of 42 hours of coursework in English composition, literature, natural sciences and technology, mathematics, history, government, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. Course Schedule Lists the courses offered each semester, including time, location, unique number and instructor, as well as other essential registration information and instructions. The Course Schedule is provided online at

The Daily Texan The Daily Texan has won more state, regional and national awards than any college newspaper in the nation. Students on the staff learn the business, from advertising, news writing and editing, to press and pre-press operations. The Daily Texan was also the first college publication to produce an online version at Drag Refers to the portion of Guadalupe Street running between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK Blvd.) and West Dean Keeton Street. The University Co-op, food establishments, clothing stores, etc., are located on “The Drag.” East Mall The area east of the Main Building between Speedway and the bus circle on East 23rd Street, where the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue is located. FAC The abbreviation for the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center located on the West Mall next to the Main (MAI) Building. The FAC houses a state-ofthe-art computer lab, audio visual library, the ID Center, ITS Help Desk, Liberal Arts Career Services, Campus Computer Store and much more. FIG (First-Year Interest Group) Designed to assist new students with their transition to the university, a FIG is a group of up to 25 freshmen who take two to four courses together based on a common major or academic area of interest and attend a weekly one-hour seminar facilitated by a professional advisor and a peer mentor. Flags (Also known as Course Flags) In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, undergraduates complete courses with content in the following six areas: writing; quantitative reasoning; global

cultures; cultural diversity in the United States; ethics and leadership; and independent inquiry. Flat Rate Tuition Students pay a flat rate based on the number of credits hours for which they are registered, their major and their residency status. More information about flat rate tuition can be found at accounting/sar/t_f_rates.html. Forty Acres, The The original UT Austin campus was located on 40 acres surrounding what is now the Tower. This area is framed by 24th, Speedway, 21st and Guadalupe streets. Forum Seminars Courses that allow students to sample a range of different approaches to contemporary social and intellectual issues through weekly guest lectures from faculty in different departments at UT Austin. The courses emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary social issues, and they provide an entry into and a foundation for the Bridging Disciplines Programs. Freshman Reading Round-Up Offers incoming first-year students the opportunity to choose a book for summer reading recommended by a distinguished faculty member and participate in a discussion about the book with the faculty member and other incoming first-year students. General Information Catalog The publication contains current and historical information about the university and regulations that apply to all students including general admission requirements, registration, fees, academic policies, procedures, student affairs, libraries and other academic resources. It is available online at



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Gone To Texas (GTT) A Texassized celebration taking place the night before classes start each fall. Serves as the official “welcome” for all new students who are starting their academic careers at UT Austin. Grade Reports Students can view final grades online by visiting Grading System The grade point average (GPA) is the single most frequently used evaluation of a student’s classroom performance. In computing this average, the following plus/minus grading system is used: A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F

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The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of hours taken into the number of grade points received. GSC The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is to provide safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The GSC also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities through education, outreach and advocacy. Hook ‘Em (or “Hook ‘Em Horns”) The hand symbol, resembling the head of a longhorn that UT Austin fans use to show their school spirit.




Introduced in 1955 by Harley Clark, Jr., the hand signal was an instant hit. Hook ’em is also the name of our costumed mascot that was created in the late 1970s. Recently, Sports Illustrated named the Hook ’em Horns symbol as the most recognized hand symbol in collegiate sports. ITS Help Desk Visit the Help Desk in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) for help with your computer problems. You can also call 512-475-9400 or get online help at KVRX Radio KVRX 91.7 shares an FM signal with KOOP community radio, broadcasting 12 hours daily with a signal that covers metropolitan Austin and outlying communities. Carried on the Internet 24/7 at, the station’s mission is to provide the estimated 20,000 listeners in the Austin area with music and community programming that highlight underrepresented artists and issues that cannot be found in commercial media. Contact the station at 512-471-5106 or LASP The Longhorn All-Sports Package (LASP) is the most economical way for UT Austin students, faculty and staff to obtain tickets to all regular season home athletic events. This unique package provides access to tickets, the opportunity to set up group seating, and the chance to purchase additional tickets for your friends and guests who are not UT Austin students, faculty or staff. To purchase, call the UT Athletics Ticket Office at 512-471-3333. For pricing information, check LibSearch An online UT Austin library system database to help students locate books, articles, journals, CDs/DVDs, periodicals, etc.

MEC The purpose of the Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) is to empower students to be agents of social change. The MEC’s mission is to transform lives by providing diverse educational opportunities and support services for students. As part of this mission, the MEC houses the following student agencies: Afrikan American Affairs; Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective; Latina/o Leadership Council; Longhorn American Indian Council; Queer People of Color and Allies; and Students for Equity and Diversity. Office Hours Hours during which faculty and teaching assistants (TAs) are available to meet with students in their offices. If they are unable to speak with a professor during office hours, it is often possible for students to make special appointments. Optional Fees Charges for programs and services that a student has the option of adding to their tuition bill during registration. Optional fees include, but are not limited to, Student Speakers Series, Longhorn All-Sports Package, Department of Theatre and Dance tickets, Cactus Yearbook, parking permits, Performing Arts Center/Tix for Six and the Analecta Literary Journal. PCL The university’s main library, the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) is named after Professor Ervin S. Perry, the first African American appointed to the academic rank of professor, and Carlos E. Castañeda, who played a central role in the development of the Benson Latin American Collection. It is one of the largest academic library buildings in North America, housing more than 3 million volumes. A full-service coffee shop, more than 150 computer workstations and the recently remodeled student learning commons make the PCL one of the most popular study

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locations on the UT Austin campus. Peer Advisors Upper-division students who assist colleges in the general advising process, serve as guides, mentors and friends, and who are willing to provide helpful and valuable information about UT Austin resources.

Resnet The campus Residence Hall Network, or Resnet, provides both wired and wireless internet access to the university network for students living in the on-campus residence halls. Visit

Registrar Services Online A Web page that allows students to access Course Schedules, class availability, class listings, final exam schedules and grade reports. Students can also update their address,

Prereq Abbreviation of prerequisite. A prereq is a course that is required before taking another course. Students should make sure they meet all prereqs listed in the Course Schedule before registering for a course or they may be dropped from that course. “Q” Drop A notation appearing on a student’s transcript when they drop a class between the 12th and the 20th class days. This notation indicates a drop without a refund. Approval must be given by the dean. Registration Information Sheet (RIS) A secure Web site at https:// WBX listing advising information, registration times and financial and non-financial bar information. It also lists emergency contact and student health insurance information. A UT EID and password are required.

Come early, be loud, stay late, wear orange.

Registrar’s Office This office oversees student registration, maintains and certifies student records, issues diplomas and transcripts, and publishes catalogs, Course Schedules and final exam schedules. Residential FIG Offers the opportunity for students in the same FIG to live and take classes together for an entire academic year. Residential FIG students are a close-knit group who study together and live in one of the co-educational buildings in the Whitis Court Residence Hall. See FIG for more information.

Respect the game officials.

If you drink alcohol, know your limit and stay well under it.

Watch your language. Remember, the stands are filled with children.

Welcome visiting teams and their fans.

For more information about the Texas Fans Make Us Proud campaign, visit

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view an interactive degree audit and register for classes by visiting Scholastic Probation To remain in good standing at the university, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (equivalent to a C average). Students who fail to meet this standard may be placed on scholastic probation. For detailed information, see the General Information catalog at Short-term Loan The university provides short-term emergency or tuition assistance loans to students. Emergency loans are cash loans, normally for one month, and are designed to be repaid in full on or before the due date. Tuition loans, which have a one to three month repayment period, must be applied to a student’s tuition bill. Any subsequent refund of tuition and/or fee payment must be applied to the cash or tuition loan regardless of the due date of the loan. Visit http://finaid.utexas. edu/sources/universityloans.html. Signature Courses Designed for first-year students and covering topics of contemporary interest, Signature Courses introduce students to great faculty members and some of UT Austin’s unique resources. For Fall 2012, students may choose a Signature Course taught in a large lecture format or in a seminar format of 18 or fewer students. All entering students will take a Signature Course. Six-Pack A group of six buildings on the South Mall between the Tower and Littlefield Fountain that includes Parlin, Batts, Benedict, Mezes, Calhoun and Rainey Halls. SMF or “Smurf” Located on the second floor of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center (FAC), the Student Microcomputer Facility




(SMF) is equipped with Macintosh and Windows desktop computers that offer Internet access and a variety of software. Visit www.

mation, call 512-471-1040, visit the UHS Cashier/Insurance Office (SSB 2.106B), or go to the UnitedHealthcare Web site at https://

South Mall The area directly south of the Tower, surrounded by the Six Pack. Students are often found here studying, playing Frisbee or relaxing with friends.

Student Identification Card Every student is required to have a university photo identification card. The ID card serves as a UT library card, a building access card, UT Austin gym membership card, and gives admission to selected athletic functions, sports packages, and special events. ID cards can be purchased for $10 at the ID Center located in the FAC lobby. Lost ID cards can be replaced for an additional $10 charge. Visit

Speedway Mall The section of Speedway Avenue closed to traffic between 24th Street and Inner Campus Drive. Student organizations and university departments set up tables and hold special events in this central campus alternative to the West Mall. Strategic Advising Through strategic academic advising, advisors help facilitate the process of developing educational plans and goals by challenging and supporting students. Student Activity Center (SAC) The SAC is the newest student union building on campus. It offers popular food options, a black box theatre, large meeting rooms, a dance rehearsal space, lounge spaces, and houses several departments important to the student experience. Along with the Student Activity Center (SAC), the Texas Union is one of two student union buildings on campus administered by the University Unions department. Visit www. Student Health Insurance Program Many students are covered under their parents’ health insurance up to a certain age. The student health insurance program is an optional health insurance plan available to UT Austin students who are not covered by other insurance programs. This plan is fully insured and underwritten by UnitedHealthcare. For more infor-

Student Liability Insurance Students must show evidence of student liability insurance when enrolled in any field experience courses that use off-campus facilities, provided such facilities require the insurance. Student Speakers Series The Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship (SECL) is comprised of various student organization leaders and is housed in the University Unions Student Events Center. Funded by the $2 student fee opted for during registration, the SECL works to bring distinguished speakers to the UT Austin campus through the Student Speakers Series who will educate and inspire the future leaders and citizens of the state, nation and world. Students Hooked on Texas A new program through the University Development Office and New Student Services to help get students engaged and connected to philanthropy, giving, volunteering and more. Students Hooked on Texas works directly with students to create events in the fall and spring highlighting how the university budget operates, giving at



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UT Austin, and promoting ways for all students to get involved in getting Hooked on Texas. Visit giving. to learn more. Syllabus A document prepared by a course instructor outlining the basic requirements for that class. A reading list, dates and descriptions of examinations, and policies regarding attendance are some of the types of information usually included in a course syllabus. Syllabi can be accessed at student/coursedocs/nlogon/. TA (Teaching Assistant) A graduate student who assists a professor with course instruction. TAs may also grade exams and/ or assignments, and often lead labs and discussion sections. Texas Exes Parents’ Membership A special discounted Parent Membership in the Texas Exes is open to all parents of students. It offers access to all Texas Exes benefits, including a subscription to the award-winning Alcalde magazine. Membership is separate from Texas Parents, and 80 percent of the cost is tax-deductible. Visit for details.


Student Television’s over-the-air signal reaches homes in most of Austin over digital Channel 29. TSTV is also available 24 hours a day in on-campus dormitories via cable, on Apogee cable in most private dorms and over citywide Time Warner Cable during certain hours of the day. Visit Texas Travesty The largest college humor publication in the nation, the Texas Travesty appears monthly during the school year in print and on the Web. Though the Travesty prints material written primarily by its regular staff, any UT Austin student, staff or faculty member may contribute. Submissions may be sent to Texas Union Known as the “living room” of UT Austin, the Texas Union is located by the drag and offers lounges, meeting rooms, student organizational offices, fast food services, a large ballroom and several unique pieces of art. The Texas Union also houses the famous Cactus Café and an underground pool and bowling hall. Along with the Student Activity Center (SAC), the Texas Union is one of two student union buildings on campus administered by the University Unions department. Visit universityunions/ to learn more.

Texas Exes Student Chapter (TESC) The Texas Exes Student Chapter affords students access to a vast network of alumni, chances to volunteer on campus and locally, and opportunities to participate in nationally recognized traditions like the Torchlight Parade. Annual dues provide students access to the Texas Exes Career Network, discounts to local vendors, leadership opportunities, and, of course, a burnt orange T-shirt! Visit

TSI (Texas Success Initiative) A state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. All students entering Texas public colleges and universities are required to take the THEA, Compass, Asset or Accuplacer Test, or show proof of exemption prior to enrollment. To learn more, telephone the TSI Office at 512-232-8400.

Texas Student Television (TSTV) An entirely student-run, low-power commercial television station, Texas

The Tower Also known as the Main Building, the Tower is 307 feet tall and houses the Office of



Admissions, Office of the President, Office of the Registrar, the Cashiers Office, an information desk and other administrative offices. The Tower remains one of the bestknown symbols of UT Austin. Undergraduate Catalog This publication provides information on admissions and degree requirements, as well as faculty listings and descriptions of the courses offered by UT Austin’s colleges or schools. University Extension (UEX) UT Austin courses, including many core curriculum courses, are available through University Extension (UEX). Each semester, UEX offers evening courses held on the UT Austin campus and semester-based online courses. UEX also offers independent study online courses that allow you to register and start the coursework anytime. Information and registration at University Lecture Series A series of lectures given by faculty speakers and designed to promote campus-wide conversations on important topics. Students in Signature Courses are required to attend, and many FIGs also incorporate the lecture topics. UTC East of the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), the University Teaching Center (UTC) is linked to the Graduate School of Business (GSB) by an elevated pedestrian walkway (breezeway). UTC has two large auditoriums and many classroom spaces. UT Direct The customizable university portal students can use to pay university-related bills or register for courses. The UT Direct home page can be personalized to easily view class information, receive special notices or display favorite campus news

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and event listings. Visit https:// UT EID Each member of the campus community is provided with an electronic identifier, or EID. A UT EID and password give secure access to online campus services and transactions. An EID is required for every secure electronic transaction made at the university and is used when registering for classes, claiming a university e-mail address, or accessing the UT Library online.

from the university by dropping classes, but must follow the withdrawal procedure found in the General Information catalog.

UTmail Provides current UT Austin students with a university-affiliated e-mail address for life. Visit utmail. for more information. Waitlist A feature of online registration that allows undergraduate students to access open seats in closed classes. The list does not guarantee a seat in the class, but does allow students to wait for a seat to open up. WebSpace Students are provided with 1 GB of disk space for storing homework, notes and files online. WebSpace also allows students to share files with others and publish a personal Web site. WebSpace is accessible from any browser by logging in with a UT EID and password. West Mall The open area west of the Tower, surrounded by the Flawn Academic Center, Goldsmith Hall, the Texas Union, the West Mall Building and Battle Hall. Student organizations table on the West Mall to recruit new members or publicize events. Rallies are often held in the rally space on the steps west of the Tower, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Ofce of Sustainability Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin. We believe you need to understand sustainability if you want to change the world. Check out our online portal to nd an academic directory of courses, degree plans and faculty focused on sustainability, or to nd opportunities with the many environmental student organizations on campus, or to nd out how we approach responsible dorm living, recycling, and energy and water conservation, and all the other ways we can start changing the world together.

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS The area code for all of the numbers listed below is (512) New Student Services (Orientation)


Emergency Assistance University Operator UT General Information and Referral Service UT Visitor Center

911 471-3434 471-1000 471-1000

General Campus Resources Division of Housing and Food Service Jester Center Residence Halls Waller Creek Residence Halls Whitis Residence Halls Registrar, Office of the Registration Student Accounts Receivable (Tuition and Fee Billing) Student Financial Services, Office of General Information Administrative Staff Undergraduate Admissions Center Freshman Transfer University ID Center

471-3136 471-1383 471-4236 471-1941 475-7575 475-7656 475-7777 475-6282 475-6203 475-7440 475-7387 475-9400

Additional Campus Resources Campus Events and Ticket Information Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Box Office Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Information Dean of Students, Office of the Legal Services for Students Legislative Student Organizations Sorority and Fraternity Life Student Activities Student Emergency Services Student Judicial Services Student Veteran Services Division of Diversity & Community Engagement Gender and Sexuality Center Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence Multicultural Engagement Center Services for Students with Disabilities Video Phone TRiO Programs Volunteer and Service Learning Center Information Technology Services (ITS) International Office Ombudsperson, Office of the Parking and Transportation Services Recreational Sports Programs Facilities Operation Membership and Guest Services Study Abroad Office




471-7744 471-3333 471-5017 471-7796 471-3166 471-9700 471-3065 471-5017 471-2841 471-5017 471-3212 232-1831 471-1205 232-2958 471-6259 410-6644 471-1205 471-6161 475-9400 471-1211 471-3825 471-7275 471-3116 471-6045 471-6370 471-6490

Texas Exes (Ex-Students’ Association) Texas Parents Texas Student Media University Unions Texas Union Student Activity Center University of Texas Libraries, Information Perry-Castañeda Library

471-8839 471-2353 471-5083 475-6636 232-0818 495-4350 495-4250

Academic—Colleges and Schools Architecture Business Administration Communication Education Engineering Fine Arts Geosciences Health Professions Liberal Arts Natural Sciences (see TRAC listed below) Nursing Pharmacy Plan II Social Work Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Dean of

471-0109 471-0690 471-1553 471-3223 471-4321 471-5011 471-4486 471-3172 471-4271 471-3796 232-4780 471-4425 471-1442 471-5457 475-7000

Academic Support Services Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)/ Student Testing Services (STS) Continuing and Innovative Education First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) Longhorn Scholars Sanger Learning Center Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Transitional Advising Center (TRAC) in Natural Sciences Undergraduate Writing Center

232-7564 232-8400 232-2662 471-4652 471-4421 232-7585 471-1217 232-8400 471-3796 471-6222

Health and Safety Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) UT Police (UTPD) Lost and Found University Health Services Center for Students in Recovery Health Promotions Counseling and Mental Health Center Telephone Counseling and Referral Service Voices Against Violence

232-5050 471-4441 232-9619 471-4955 475-8352 475-8252 471-3515 471-CALL 471-3515

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BUY USED: Sell the book back at the end of the semester. Cheapest method with the best value.

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Bevo Bulletin 2012  
Bevo Bulletin 2012  

A handbook for new students and families