Supporting Students at Every Step

Our programs help achieve our goals to support undergraduate student success. We build supportive communities for all incoming students, provide supplemental academic support for students who are struggling, create alternative routes to matriculate, offer incentive-based scholarships tied to performance, and ensure students have more opportunities to succeed once on campus.

Combined, these programs are transforming our campus culture around student success.

Student Success Initiatives

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University Leadership Network

The University Leadership Network (ULN) is a nationally recognized incentive scholarship program for students with demonstrated financial need who may be unprepared for the rigors of UT Austin. Each year, 500 freshmen are selected to begin the program.

Presidential Scholars

Presidential Scholars

Presidential Scholars are students recruited by the university that have excellent academic credentials and high financial need. Students are awarded an annual scholarship as well as additional funding to participate in an enrichment program during their four years at UT Austin.


360 Connections

360 Connections are small groups designed to help all first-year students integrate socially, academically and developmentally to ensure successful retention and on-time graduation. By participating in a 360 Connection, students receive a holistic, 360° view of life as a Longhorn.

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Graduation Help Desk

The Graduation Help Desk was created in an effort to consolidate all the tools and resources available to help students stay on track to graduate in four years. The Graduation Help Desk is a one-stop resource for students who need assistance getting classes required to graduate on time.


Senior Countdown

Senior Countdown is a program that allows students to map out the courses they need to graduate in their final year and stay on track. Students who participate in Senior Countdown receive: guaranteed access to classes they need to graduate, priority access to the Graduation Help Desk, admission to alumni networking and career coaching events, and a special class gift.

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Major Switch

Historical data shows that students who struggle early in key STEM classes are less likely to succeed and are at higher risk of dropping out. Major Switch was created to give these students the opportunity to transfer to non-STEM major courses mid-semester, save their GPAs, and get on the road to finding the right academic fit.

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Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE)

PACE is a partnership between The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College (ACC) that gives students the opportunity to attend small classes in a supportive learning environment, yet at the same time gain access to game-changing resources available only at a world-class university.

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Texas Advance

Texas Advance is a scholarship initiative aimed at supporting the success of hard-working, economically disadvantaged Texas high school students. Texas Advance programs include: University Leadership Network, Longhorn Pre-College Academy and the Presidential Scholars Program.