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.
Ambassador visits are designed for high school juniors and seniors (and some 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.) High school juniors interested in the honors visits are encouraged to come in the fall when the freshman introductory honors course is offered (and are welcome to come in the spring, but may need to attend a traditional, rather than an honors, class). Please note that during the Spring semester, priority is given to admitted students.
Fall 2016 Ambassador Visits
- Fall Ambassador visits will begin the week of September 12 and will go through the week of November 18.
- Visits cannot be accommodated on Friday, October 28th.
- A calendar of available dates can be found here.
Ambassadors offer visits on Mondays and Fridays during a set tour season during the Fall and Spring semesters, and cannot accommodate visits outside of the set schedule (our students are engaged in preparation for and participation in our career fair prior to the set schedule and final exams after the set schedule). If you would like to visit another day of the week during the set schedule, please let us know. We cannot guarantee we can accommodate visits on days other than Mondays and Fridays, but will try. In order to offer the best experience for prospective students, we have a limit on the number of students we can see each day, so feel free to include multiple dates in your email. We appreciate a 7 day notice when scheduling a visit and cannot guarantee a tour without this prior notice. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
To schedule a visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email correspondence is preferred. Please check your spam folder for replies before sending a follow up email. All portions of the Ambassador visits, 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 Alejandra Bernal in the Academics office.
UTCS Ambassadors offer three visit schedules
|Tour Type||Day/Time of Tour|
|Traditional Morning Visit||
Mondays and Fridays, 9:00am - 12:30pm
|Traditional Afternoon Visit||
Mondays and Fridays, 11:00am - 3:00pm
|Turing Scholars Honors Visit||
Mondays and Fridays, 9:00am - 1:30pm
Ambassador visit participants
Tour the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex
Explore our building with 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 UTCS major.
Attend a Class
Sit in an entry-level course to get a glimpse into academic 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, 5-Year Integrated BS/MS, and certificate programs.
Students interested in the Turing Scholars Honors visits may be given the opportunity to meet with a faculty member who teaches honors courses. Meeting with a faculty member is subject to faculty member availability. All meetings with faculty and advisors are in a group setting with any other prospective students scheduled for tours the same day.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, please email email@example.com.
Please note, all portions of the Ambassador visits are handled by current UTCS student leaders. This includes everything from creating appointments with the advisors and faculty specifically for prospective students, picking the classes to visit, scheduling visits, 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.
Ambassador Visit FAQs
Who should participate in an Ambassador visit?
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.
Are parents and guardians welcome to accompany students on their tour?
Yes! Parents and guardians are welcome (but not obligated) to attend all components of an Ambassador visit. We do ask, however, that the student attend all components of the tour. Additionally, due to classroom sizes, on particularly busy tour dates we may ask only the prospective students attend the class.
Can I come on a day when your calendar does not show a scheduled visit?
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 we can accommodate requests outside of our scheduled visits.
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 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: