UT Outreach targets and serves underrepresented students by providing college readiness enrichment activities designed to assist them in graduating from high school and matriculating to institutions of higher education, including The University of Texas at Austin.
In 1987, UT Outreach began its long-standing presence in five cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. The UT Outreach Centers provide a comprehensive college preparatory program for selected students in targeted high schools. Group and individual services are designed to enhance a student’s academic success in high school and to increase admissibility to their chosen college. Staff members assist students by holding monthly meetings with them on academic subject requirements, SAT/ACT test preparation, college and student financial aid application assistance, as well as other college-related information.
College Readiness Workshops: UT Outreach staff deliver services and programs that closely align with the State of Texas’ College and Career Readiness Cross Disciplinary Standards and with The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “Generation TX” College Readiness initiative. UT Outreach staff members meet with participating students monthly during advisory periods to provide college readiness workshops.
Weekend Workshops: Weekend and evening college readiness workshops are held at least once per month for all participants.
Leadership Development: Students participate in leadership development activities, community service opportunities, field trips and summer enrichment camps.
Students eligible to participate in UT Outreach exhibit the following characteristics:
- Attend target public high schools
- Receive the recommendation of a school administrator, teacher or counselor
- Complete a UT Outreach application
- Pursue the Texas Education Agency’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced High School Program
- Have a 3.2 GPA (Longhorn Pre-College Academy Cohort have a 3.5 GPA and/or rank in the Top 10% of their class)
UT Outreach served a total of 2,853 students during the 2016-17 academic year across 54 high schools. Sixty-three percent of participants are first-generation college students and 80 percent are from low-income households.
Program Participants by Ethnicity
African American 29%
Asian American 5%