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The Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) is a learning community at The University of Texas at Austin, serving over 2,000 students in its freshman-to-senior pipeline. Our four signature programs are: Gateway Scholars, Longhorn Link, McNair Scholars, and Summer Bridge. LCAE offers a variety of services that students can benefit from, such as smaller class sizes, reserved seats in competitive courses, tutoring, academic/career advising, internship opportunities, peer mentors, scholarships, and more. For additional information, please visit each programs individual site or contact us via phone (512-471-1205) or email (lcae@austin.utexas.edu).

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Join Us For Karaoke at Out Lip Sync Social!

October 15, 2014
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Changing the Story | Meet Senior Vanilla McIntosh

October 8, 2014

Corporate communication senior Vanilla McIntosh only submitted one application when it came time to apply to college three years ago. She considered two factors: a Texas school with a good football program, and a school far enough away from her family in Houston that she could experience a bit of freedom. The University of Texas […]

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Bridging Opportunities for New Longhorns

September 24, 2014

Summer Bridge Program Continues to Make a Difference For most members of the 2018 class, this past summer was spent soaking up the last weeks of freedom before embarking on their college journey. But for a select group of incoming freshman, the months of July and August were spent getting a sneak peek at what […]

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Planning on Studying Abroad? Come Join Us!

September 16, 2014
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Gateway Alumnus Ja’Michael Darnell on Following Your Passion

June 25, 2014

Let’s be honest. Gateway has been the essence for most of my growth as a student on this campus. It all started with a speech during the Gateway Orientation at the beginning of my first year. At the orientation, Dr. Leonard Moore, sparked us with a pre-lecture to kick off the semester. My first impression […]

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Looking Back on Gateway: Ezequiel Calderon

June 8, 2014

I made my first friends in the Gateway Scholars Program. That’s a big deal as a first-generation college student from Pasadena, TX that had nearly no connections at UT their first year. I was very fortunate to be involved with two new friends in a First-Year Interest Group, or FIG, and the Gateway Scholars Program. […]

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Student Highlights: Larisa Martirosova

May 12, 2014

The last four years at UT have been incredible. As I prepare to move into the next chapter of my life, I can’t help but to feel bittersweet about leaving a place I called home for the last few years. Even though first semester of freshman year was a bit rough for me, getting adjusted […]

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