—Student Support Services— is a federally funded TRiO program. This program is funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The University of Texas at Austin was awarded initial funding in the fall of 2001. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education.
The goal of the Longhorn Link Program is 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.
Individuals must be admitted to The University of Texas at Austin and meet one or more of the following requirements. Students also need to demonstrate an academic need for assistance.
- Low-income student (Meet the income criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education.)
- First-generation student (Neither parent has received a four-year degree.)
- Student with a disability (Must be registered with Services for Students with Disabilities.)
By the numbers
- The Longhorn Link program serves 160 students total every year.
- First-year Longhorn Link participants achieved a 3.06 GPA for the 2013-2014 academic year and had a 93% retention rate.
- 12 Longhorn Link participants studied abroad this past academic year in locations such as China, London, South Africa and other countries.
- 14 first-year Longhorn Link participants received Academic Excellence Awards of either $1,500 or $1,000 in addition to their financial aid package for maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher and completing 30 hours of coursework before August 31, 2014.
Quynh-Nhi Nguyen Sophomore, Biochemistry Sachse, TX
“As a first generation college student, the Longhorn Link Program has opened a door for me to countless opportunities for success at the University of Texas. Transitioning from high school to college was reassuring after meeting many students like myself in the program. From the educational UGS 303 course, to free tutoring, and priority registration, to name a few, LLP is always supporting its students. Not only has LLP provided me with resources to succeed but has also given me the opportunity to gain leadership experience as a mentor. I am also thankful for the LLP staff for their knowledge, advice, and for making the Longhorn Link Program possible. It is a privilege to be a part of the LLP family and I am truly grateful.”
Jaylen Miller Sophomore, Electrical Engineering Georgetown, TX
“The Longhorn Link Program has been a great support for me in my transition into The University of Texas. LLP advisors are always available to talk to and ask questions, creating a comforting environment that allows students to benefit from their guidance, experience, and resources. Making it through college requires hard work and determination, and it certainly helps to have support along the way. Providing me with numerous opportunities and student services, LLP has given me many tools that ensure the success of my college career.”
Juanye Brown Freshman, Economics Houston, TX
By providing informative workshops, a friendly atmosphere, lifelong lessons and great relationships, the Longhorn Link Program has made my transition to college a very successful and comfortable one. I’ve learned so much from the people here about college and life in general through Dr. Moore’s lectures in the UGS course and the impactful volunteer work I was able to do. This program has a staff that is always willing to help no matter what it is and has played a key role in the success of my first year at UT.
Kyle Ray Sophomore, Undergraduate Studies Dallas, TX
My experience with the Longhorn Link Program has been nothing less than fantastic. The LLP staff is by far the most supportive and caring people. Each one of them has impacted me in a different yet positive way. The services they offer are extremely beneficial and are always improving since my time with them. This program makes the transition from high school to college relatively smooth. If I ever had a question I would always ask my cohort who has been the greatest comfort I have communicated with.