1st Year Resources
Freshman Reading Roundup
The Freshman Reading Round-Up gives incoming first-year students an early start on exploring what the University of Texas is all about: a place where ideas abound, inquiry is encouraged, and discoveries, both large and small, happen every day.
Members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and other outstanding faculty recommend stimulating books for summer reading. The day before fall classes start, intimate groups of incoming first-year students meet with the professor who recommended their summer reading to exchange ideas and perspectives about the book.
Participating is simple. Incoming freshmen browse the list of books online at www.utexas.edu/student/reading, sign up for a book that looks interesting, and read it before school starts in August. The Reading Round-Up is a great way to connect with other students with similar interests and meet a great professor before classes start. Talk about it with your Longhorn today! For more information, please visit www.utexas.edu/ugs/frr.
The Texas Exes will host two sessions of Camp Texas during the month of August, just before the start of the semester. The cost for Camp Texas is $150, which includes 3 days/2 nights lodging at Camp Balcones Springs, seven meals, transportation to-and-from campus and the retreat site, activities, and a burnt orange t-shirt. Camp activities are focused on experiential leadership development, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time with other incoming freshmen.
Camp Texas is held in the heart of the Texas Hill Country at Texas Hill Country at Balcones Springs (www.texasretreat.com), just outside Marble Falls. Everyone enjoys air-conditioned cabins with bunk beds and the camp features a private, spring-fed lake. You won’t want to miss the "Blob", rope swing, canoes, swimming, and water slide. There are also other recreational activities to enjoy during free time, including tennis, basketball, pool, volleyball, and more! The leadership skills, knowledge, and support you gain at Camp Texas will give you the extra advantage as you begin your career at UT. Camp Texas is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss, so register today! Enrollment is limited to 450 students. Click here to go to the Camp Texas website.
School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) :
The School of Undergraduate Studies oversees the education shared by all UT Austin undergraduates. This includes maintaining a high quality core curriculum for all undergraduate students, offering strategic advising services that help students to find paths through the university that suit their academic and career interests, creating small-group learning communities and a strong first-year experience, and making UT’s many resources more accessible to undergraduate students.
Since the summer of 2009, the School of Undergraduate Studies became the initial home for students who choose not to select another college or school upon entering the university. For more information about the UGS signature courses offered each year, please click here.
Division of Housing and Food Service
Make sure to schedule a time to move your student into the dorm.
Parent Liaison: 512-232-2509
Bevo Bucks: 512-471-6318
UHS Flu Shot Clinic
Office of the Dean of Students: 512-471-1201
New Student Services: 512-471-3304
Financial Aid Office: 512-475-6282
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Under FERPA, the access rights parents had in elementary and secondary school settings are transferred to students.
New Parent Guide
What Do You Need? (PDF of grocery stores, post offices, etc. close to campus)
Suggested Reading for Parents of College Students (PDF)