University Leadership Network (ULN) FAQs

How does ULN benefit students?
What are the participation requirements?
What types of credit hours count toward the ULN credit hours requirement?
How long is involvement in ULN?
Does participation in ULN affect financial aid?
How are students selected to participate in ULN?


How does ULN benefit students?

Through experiential learning and leadership training, students develop valuable skills that help them become successful leaders. They gain skills in problem solving, professionalism, time management, team building and coordination, communication methods and ethical decision-making. Students also earn up to $5,000 in financial assistance every year they participate and stay on-track in the program.

What are the participation requirements?

Participants are responsible for completing a required number of hours training and coursework, as well as attending ULN programming and events. Students must complete 30 credit hours per year (including transfer hours) and maintain a 2.0 to 4.0 cumulative GPA throughout the duration of the program. Students should complete 25 percent of their degree plan each academic year.

What types of credit hours count toward the ULN credit hours requirement?

Incoming first year students can count AP credit, dual credit, credit by exam, and accepted transfer coursework toward their first year 30 credit hour requirement. Any courses taken at UT with a passing grade count toward the 24 hours in-residence. Summer school transfer work accepted by UT from community colleges can count toward the overall 30 credit hours. In the case of transferring any credit hours, students should consult with their assigned academic advisor at UT to identify which courses will transfer, and how many they should transfer, as it could affect the student's four year degree plan.

How long is involvement in ULN?

Participation in the University Leadership Network spans a student's four years at UT with the goal of helping them graduate in four years. The financial support, experiential learning opportunities and community involvement are provided to assist students in streamlining their educational experience, helping them to minimize student loan debt and graduate as scholars who can be leaders in their community.

Does participation in ULN affect financial aid?

ULN coordinates with the Office of Financial Aid to process students' monthly disbursements. Part of the selection process for ULN membership includes having unmet financial need within the financial aid package. If students have obtained additional resources and the ULN award impacts the amount of financial aid for which they are eligible (creating an over-ward), student loans will be reduced first. For more information regarding the financial aid component, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

How are students selected to participate in ULN?

The Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid and the Enrollment Management team perform extensive holistic reviews of students who would benefit most from a small network of peers and have unmet financial need and a desire to be involved in the community.