UT Outreach students from Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley who have been admitted to UT Austin for the fall 2013 semester got the full campus experience on Longhorn Preview Day on Friday, Feb. 22. In addition to the UT Outreach program, several of the students also participate in the ChemBridge, Math Masters and SPURS programs where they receive academic preparation designed to prepare them for college-level rigor.
Students, teachers and a handful of parents, were greeted by Dr. Kenya Walker, assistant vice president for school partnerships. They learned about many different aspects of student life from campus connections in Office of Admissions, UTPD, Financial Aid, and Housing among others. They heard motivational speeches from Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, and from Dr. Leonard Moore, associate vice president for academic diversity initiatives and civic engagement. They had a residence hall tour, lunch in Jester, and met with Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence staff to learn about the many programs offered though the center. The day ended with a campus tour.
Brandon Jones from UT Outreach-Houston indicated that Longhorn Preview Day helped him make his final decision to attend UT, and said “It was the best visit ever!” One of the parents shared that they have “a long history of Aggies in their family, but after today, we are Longhorns.”