Schedule a visit

The Computer Science Ambassadors are current CS majors who meet with prospective students who are interested in pursuing a degree in computer science at the University of Texas at Austin. Our tours are catered to high school juniors and seniors and transfer students (on a case by case basis). If you are seeking a second degree, you will need to contact admissions with questions and call to make an appointment with a CS advisor once you are admitted. Due to the increased demand for ambassador tours, we are unfortunately not able to schedule UTCS Ambassador tours for students who do not fit into one of those categories. You are more than encouraged to visit UT through other visit opportunities. High school juniors interested in the honors tour are welcome to come in the spring and encouraged to visit in the fall when the freshman introductory honors course is offered. Please note that during the Spring semester, priority is given to admitted students.

To schedule a visit, please email

The Spring 2015 tours will run from from February 9th through April 17th. Spring break is March 16-21, and we do not plan to offer structured tours during the break. Ambassadors offer tours on Mondays and Fridays during a set tour season during the Fall and Spring semesters. Before requesting a tour, please check our calendar to make sure your desired date is during our scheduled tour season and has space available. If you would like to visit another day, please let us know in your email. We cannot guarantee any requests outside of our scheduled tour schedules. In order to offer the best experience for prospective students, we have a limit on the number of students we can see each day. Feel free to include multiple dates in your email. We appreciate a 7 day notice when scheduling a visit and cannot guarantee a full tour without this prior notice. Please email if you are interested in scheduling a tour or have any questions.

Email correspondence is preferred. Please check your spam folder for replies before sending a follow up email. All portions of the Ambassador tours, including scheduling, are handled by current UTCS students. If you have not heard back from us after 3 business days, please feel free to send a follow up email. In case of emergencies, please contact Lori McNabb in the Academics office.

We offer 4 tour schedules:

Tour Type Time of Tour
Traditional Morning Tour

9:30am - 12:45pm

Traditional Afternoon Tour

11:30am - 3pm

Turing Schlolars Honors Tour

9:30am - 1:30pm 

Game Development Tour 

9am - 12:45pm

The Game Development Tour is for students who are interested in game development and/or pursuing the UTCS Game Development Certificate. The Turing Scholars Honors tour is for students who are interested in the Turing Scholars Program. All of our tour schedules provide opportunities to meet with current students and academic advisors!

Ambassador tours include:

Tour the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex
Explore the newest building on campus on a building tour led by a current student ambassador. See the labs and other facilities enjoyed by UTCS students.

Meet with a Current Student
Speak with a CS Ambassador about their college selection experience, why they chose UT, how they transitioned to college, how they enjoy living in Austin, and what it's REALLY like to be a CS major.

Attend a Class
Sit in an entry-level course to get a glimpse into college life. Get an idea of class size, professor teaching styles, and how a college course compares to your high school classes.

Meet with an Academic Advisor
Review the curriculum and discuss special programs like the Turing Scholars Honors and 5-Year Integrated BS/MS.

Students interested in the Turing Scholars Honors tour or Game Development tour may be given the opportunity to meet with a relevant faculty member. Meeting with a faculty member is subject to faculty member availability.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule a visit, please email

All portions of the Ambassador tours are handled by current UTCS students. This includes everything from creating appointments with the advisors and faculty specifically for prospective students, picking the classes to visit, scheduling tours, answering emails, giving building tours, meeting with prospective students, and more. This is a volunteer position and students have classes and other activities in addition to their duties as ambassadors. For this reason, feel free to send a follow up email if you have an emergency or have not heard back from us after 3 business days and understand that our students are volunteers who are balancing schoolwork as well as creating the best possible experience for prospective UT students.


Who should go on an ambassador tour?
Students who are interested in pursuing a CS degree at UT Austin and are high school juniors or seniors or a transfer student (on a case by case basis). Please note that during the Spring semester, priority is given to admitted students.

Can I come on a day when your calendar does not show a scheduled tour?
If you would like to visit campus another day, please let us know when you email, and we will do our best to arrange a visit another day. But, we cannot guarantee anything for requests outside of our scheduled tours. 

Where is the Department of Computer Science (UTCS)? 
UTCS is located in the new Gates Dell Complex (GDC), at 2317 Speedway, just south of 24th St.  We're in region 5 on the campus map.  You can click on our region of the map for more details.

Where do we go once we find the Gates Dell Complex (GDC)?  
The Ambassador office is in the academic suite, GDC 2.702.  It's on the right after you enter GDC (from Speedway).

Where can we park?  
The closest UT parking garages are the San Jacinto Garage (SJG, in region 6 on the campus map), the Speedway Garage (SWG, region 1), and the 27th Street Garage (TSG, region 1).  Parking for 4-8 hours is $15.  The walk to GDC from the garages is about 10 minutes. 

Is there a bus from the airport to campus?  
Capital Metro's Airport Flyer #100 comes to campus from the airport, and leaves the airport every hour and half hour.  Exit the airport from baggage claim and you'll see the bus stop on the far right on the median.  The bus costs $1.50.  It will drop you off on the east side of the football stadium, a 10-minute walk to GDC.  The stadium is in region 8 of the campus map.    

What hotels are near campus?  
There are lots of hotels near campus.  Our zip code is 78712, which you can use to search your favorite travel website.

Is breakfast available nearby, if we arrive early?  
Texas Coffee Traders operates GDC's coffee shop, the Qualcomm Cafe.  O's Campus Cafe is in the O'Donnell Building (POB) just north of GDC.  There's a Starbucks, Taco Cabana, and a Chick-fil-A in the Student Activity Center (SAC) southeast of GDC.

What if we get lost?  
The UT mobile app for iPhones has a map that shows you where you are on campus.  And, there are maps posted around campus too. 

If you are planning a campus visit, you may find the following links useful: