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About Us

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 (


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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Featuring LLP Senior Joseph Gallardo: Mentor and Role Model

March 31, 2014

Joseph Gallardo has gone from being a high school dropout to one of the top students in his class, a mentor to other students at The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently preparing to take the LSAT. Gallardo, a senior who is majoring in public relations, government and business foundations, was a high […]

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Taylor Turner Selected for Archer Fellowship

February 18, 2014

Taylor Turner, a third-year Gateway scholar and mentor, was selected for the prestigious Archer fellowship where she is spending the semester learning and interning in Washington D.C.  As she experiences life in our snowy capitol, she reflects upon her journey thus far. “What starts here…” Gateway helped smooth my transition onto the 40 acres, built […]

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Dr. Moore Serves as Keynote Speaker for American Football Coaches Association

January 21, 2014

Dr. Leonard Moore, associate vice president for academic diversity initiatives and director of the African American Male Research Initiative in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver a keynote address on Jan. 14 during the American Football Coaches Association annual meeting in Indianapolis in a session […]

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Ja’Michael Darnell: A Young Man with Great Ambition

December 18, 2013

“Taking the IE journey helped me realize I can confidently graduate from this university with the knowledge and skills needed to become a passionate and successful playwright or actor.” [Fall 2013 IE Kuhn Scholar Ja'Michael Darnell, the first in his family to attend college] Ja’Michael also notes: “As a result of IE I wrote a […]

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Dr. Chen: Leaving LCAE

December 11, 2013

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Dr. Ge Chen celebrated her retirement with a room full of staff and faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Chen, Assistant Vice President of Academic Diversity Initiatives at UT, has been with the university for 20+ years.  Before becoming Assistant Vice President, Dr. Chen was the Executive Director for the […]

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Gateway’s Merry White Elephant Gift Exchange

December 6, 2013

On November 21, the Gateway Scholars mentors held a white elephant gift exchange. While the game started off calmly with mentors opening up new presents, it soon became exciting with presents being stolen, restolen, and destolen. Among the most popular gifts were holiday socks from Urban Outfitters, a glow-in-the-dark soccer ball, and a toy rocket. […]

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