University of Texas at Austin                Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Rio Grande Valley

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UT Outreach – Rio Grande Valley targets and serves underrepresented students by providing college readiness enrichment designed to assist them in graduation from high school and matriculating to institutions of higher education, including The University of Texas at Austin.

The program’s goals are two-fold:

  1. to increase the number of high school students enrolling in college and
  2. to encourage and support admissible students to apply and matriculate to UT Austin.

Research shows that engaging in positive pre-college experiences improves a student’s belief that college is possible. UT Outreach strives to make that belief a reality.

About

Mission

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UT Outreach – Rio Grande Valley targets and serves underrepresented students by providing college readiness enrichment designed to assist them in graduation from high school and matriculating to institutions of higher education, including The University of Texas at Austin.

We Strive to Create a College-Going Culture!

History

UT Outreach – Rio Grande Valley (RGV) was established in 1987 and has a long tradition of assisting students who may be first in their families to attend college.  The program provides pre-college preparation and academic advising to increase the college going rates for high-achieving, low-income and educationally underserved students.
UT Outreach – RGV is a part of the University of Texas at Austin’s Longhorn Center for School Partnerships through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The program provides individual and group assistance to over 500 students. To date, UT Outreach has served thousands of students who wish to become college-bound.

Staff members are professionally trained to provide a pre-college curriculum that educates a student on the types of postsecondary institutions available and the means to pay for college. Staff members understand that students are interested in learning about admission requirements, financial aid, college culture, and the preparation necessary to be a successful college student.

UT Outreach – Rio Grande Valley is here to help! UT Outreach students are encouraged to take active steps to be successful academically and to ultimately enroll at UT Austin or the college of their choice.

Target School Districts:

Programs

UT Outreach provides participating students an opportunity to take advantage of learning about various college preparatory topics including through various in-school meetings/workshops throughout the course of the academic school year:

  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Essay Development
  • SAT or ACT Prep
  • Resumé Development
  • Choosing a Major
  • Types of Student Financial Aid
  • Apply Texas Common Admission Application (Online)
  • FAFSA Application (Online)
  • Dual Credit & AP Courses: Pros & Cons
  • Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

 Academic Advising

Recognizing that there is a difference between being college eligible and competitive for selective college, UT Outreach provides services to students committed to working hard in high school, enrolling in rigorous classes and taking active steps to prepare for admission to a college of their choice including UT Austin. All UT Outreach students receive individual counseling on course selection, tips on maintaining a high GPA, college housing options, etc. that is individually tailored to the secondary institution that they will be attending or want to attend, including the University of Texas at Austin.

Summer Enrichment Academies

UT Outreach also provides helpful summer sessions where students join us to discover and enhance skills for college readiness while having tons of summer fun! During these sessions they are given the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people
  • Learn more about Colleges.
  • Explore their futures.
  • Listen to engaging guest speakers.
  • Have a great time!

Parent Engagement Workshops / Presentations

  • Preparing Your Teen for College (9th -12th grade)
  • All parent sessions will be conducted in English and Spanish if possible

Resources

Click on the link for a collection/list of scholarships you can and should apply to! Check it out and get working on the applications! Scholarship List

Click on the link for a collection of resources/scholarships that do not require a SSN or a permanent resident/citizen status, especially pertinent for undocumented students. Check it out and spread the word! Resources for Undocumented Students

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Upcoming SAT & ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

ACT | Costs: $52.50* Late: Add $23 ($75.50) | Register: http://www.actstudent.org/

  • Register for September 21st ACT by Friday, August 23rd (Late registration August 24 – September 6)
  • Register for October 26th ACT by Friday, September 27th (Late registration September 28 – October 11)
  • Register for December 14 ACT by Friday, November 8th (Late registration November 9-22)

SAT | Costs: $51.00* Late: Add $27.50 ($78.50) | Register: http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

  • Register for October 5th SAT by Friday, September 6th (Late registration: September 7 – September 20)
  • Register for November 2nd SAT by Thursday, October 3rd (Late registration: October 4 – October 18)
  • Register for December 2nd SAT by Friday, November 8th (Late registration: November 9-22)

*Fee waivers available, contact your school counselor