Summer Programs for High School Students at the University of Texas Austin

Summer Programs for High School Students at the University of Texas Austin

Austin, Texas

UT Austin Pre-College Academic Programs

Ready to explore the UT Austin campus while taking courses at America’s 14th ranked public university?  Located in Austin, Texas, UT Austin offers students a bustling local community filled with great music, incredible food, and fantastic culture.

Connect with esteemed faculty and instructors working to bring the UT Austin vision of changing the world to life. Discussion, debate, and diversity of thought is fostered both inside and outside the classroom. Explore this flagship research university while taking various specialized courses or academies in STEM, fashion, digital marketing, psychology, sports management, and more.

UT Austin Pre-College Academic Programs

Campus Life & Activities

The University of Texas is in the heart of Austin. Stores like Urban Outfitters, Chipotle, and Starbucks are just a short walk away. With many food trucks, cafes, shops, and a movie theater, everything is conveniently located. Come see why our UT Austin students love this place.

Enjoy the live music scene, active lifestyle, and an open-minded and friendly environment. Enjoy the outdoors? Austin’s recreation areas, pools, and water parks help you stay cool all summer. Sports fan? Hook ’em Horns! Experience the intensity of the UT Austin spirit. It’s all included in your tuition.

Typical Weekday ScheduleSee what a typical day is like for students at our UT Austin program! See Sample Schedule

Top 10 UT Austin Activities

  • Explore the River Walk, visit the Alamo, and grab a snack at El Mercado Market Square in San Antonio
  • Go splashing through Schlitterbahn Water Park, America’s #1 water park
  • Experience ten roller coasters and 40 amazing rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Enjoy a picnic, play some ultimate Frisbee, or even make a new dog friend at Zilker Park
  • Swim in the giant three-acre Barton Springs Pool that is fed by natural underground springs
  • Show off your skills in miniature golf, bumper boats, and go-karts at Austin’s Amusement Park
  • Master the art of laser tag (Texas style) at Blazer Tag Adventure Center
  • Sing your hearts out to favorite songs at Karaoke Night
  • Play unlimited arcade games or put on some bowling shoes and show off some skills at Main Event Austin

*All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

Dates & Tuition

  • Hiba A. "I loved the program overall; the professors were incredibly helpful, the course was very educational, and I had a great time! I made a lot of new friends and learned a lot as well. This experience really helped me shape my future and was really helpful in giving me a glimpse of the college life."Hiba A.
  • Natalie T."This program has helped me gain a college mindset heading into my senior year. The friendships I've made are irreplaceable, and I think everyone should get to experience a program like this!"Natalie T.
  • Victoria E. "Thinking about college was a stress for me but after this I feel so much more confident and excited for college. I also made life long friends here and bonds that can never be broken."Victoria E.
  • Deepika S."I really enjoyed the three weeks I spent in Austin. It gave me a peek into the college experience and made me more confident for college life. I also loved the environment Summer Discovery created for us and all the new friends I made."Deepika S.

Program Details

Living: Living: Our home is on campus housing. Students will likely live in double rooms in suites. Students will likely share in-room bathrooms with just their roommates. Every room generally includes a bed, study desk, dresser, closet, free Wi-Fi, mini fridge, and microwave. Lounges, game rooms, 24/7 fitness center, laundry facilities, and the Summer Discovery Office are all in our residence hall.

Dining: Unique to Summer Discovery is our meal plan. Enjoy two meals daily, while on campus at the J2 Dining Hall, an all-you-can-eat premier dining center. Choose from daily options including pizza, sandwiches, pasta, vegan options, a salad bar, baked potato bar, and more. Do you have food allergies? Special diets are not a problem and there is a separate top-9 allergen line in the dining hall.

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, housing, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, 2 meals daily while on campus, use of athletic and recreation facilities, activities and trips, transportation for included activities, college admissions presentation, linens, and laundry.

Not included: Application fee, $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $85 each way), course materials, course supplements, lunch and other meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, towels,  and spending money.

Commuter tuition includes: Commuter students join the program Monday - Thursday for morning and afternoon courses and optional afternoon activities. Commuter students are invited to attend our Friday social activities and off campus excursions. One weekday evening of guest speakers is also included. Note: Commuter students are not permitted to attend other evening or off-campus activities and excursions.


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