Benefits

Small Class Sizes

Our honors classes are small, even for freshmen.

A Small Community

Our small enrollment—about 40 new students are added per year—builds a supportive yet stimulating environment.

Cost

Participation in the Turing Scholars Honors Program is available at no additional expense to students.

Space in the Honors Dorms

The University's three honors dorms—Andrews, Blanton, and Carothers—provide the opportunity to interact with and form ties with students from other honors programs.  Collectively, these students represent some of the best students in the University.

Priority Registration for CS Courses

Honors students are given priority registration for computer science courses.

Direct Admission to the CS Program

Turing Scholars are admitted directly to the CS program, bypassing the entry-level CS major that is required of others.

Special Scholarship Opportunities

Turing Scholars are eligible for scholarships specifically targeted for honors students.  In addition, our honors students fare very well in the larger pool of departmental and University-affiliated scholarships. A poll of 60 Turing Scholars shows that 60% received at least one scholarship in the last academic year, with each recipient averaging two scholarships.

Excellent Summer Job Opportunities

The University's location in Austin, the national reputation of the CS department, and the excellence of the Turing Scholars Honors Program attracts recruiters from across the country.  Students completing their freshman year often participate in paid summer internships at companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, National Instruments, Intel, and Dell.  A poll of 60 freshmen and sophomore Turing Scholars indicated that 37 of them had obtained summer employment in the high tech industry, paying $18-$28 an hour.

Excellent Off-Campus Experiences

Our program positions students for off-campus success.  Here are just a few examples from students who had just completed their freshman or sophomore years:

  • Interned at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Interned at the University of Minnesota's Bioinformatics Center
  • Interned at the University of Colorado to study computer security
  • Conducted research at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico
  • Conducted research in numerical analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Earned patents for work at IBM

Close Interaction with Our World-Class Faculty

Whether in the classroom, in a research setting, or in a student-faculty dodgeball game, the program strives to build close interactions between students and our department's world-class faculty.