Schedule a visit

Ambassador tours are for high school juniors and seniors or transfer students with less than 30 hours of credit. If you have more than 30 hours of credit or are seeking a second degree, you will need to contact admissions with questions and call and make an appointment with a CS advisor once you are admitted.

The UTCS Ambassadors are no longer accepting tour requests for the Fall 2014 semester. We will resume tours in mid/late February. If you would like to receive an update when our schedule is live, feel free to email us at ambassadors [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu. The email account will not be monitored during the winter break, but we will follow up with everyone at the start of the spring semester. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

The Computer Science Ambassadors are current CS majors who can answer questions about the major from a student perspective. Like you, they had to apply to the university and navigate the transition from high school to college. Now that they have acclimated to campus, taken some CS classes, joined student organizations, and possibly completed internships, worked a campus job or participated in a research project, they can share their experiences with you.

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.

There are several options available for visits with Ambassadors. Visits are typically scheduled Mondays and Fridays in the morning and afternoon. If you would like to visit campus another day, please let us know that 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 schedule tours. Before requesting a tour, please check the calendar of available dates to make sure your desired date is available. We do have a limit on the number of students we can see each day. Please provide at least seven days notice when scheduling a visit, so that we can be sure an Ambassador is available to serve as your escort. Our tours are catered to high school juniors and seniors and transfer students with less than 30 hours of credit. 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 seniors.

To schedule a visit, please email ambassadors [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu. 

The Fall 2014 Tour season has concluded. We will be back in the spring with updated tour schedules. A calendar of available dates is available for your scheduling convenience. We have a limit on the number of students we can see each day, so please try to include multiple dates if possible. We appreciate a 7 day notice before your arrival on campus and cannot guarantee a full tour without this prior notice. Please email ambassadors [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu 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. If after 3 business days you still have not heard back and your visit is fast approaching, please contact lmcnabb [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (Lori McNabb) in the Academics office.

Sample Morning Schedule

9:30-10:00am

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.

10:00-10:45am

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.

11:00-12:00pm

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.

12:15-12:45pm

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

 

Sample Afternoon Schedule

11:00-12:00pm

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.

12:15-12:45pm

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

12:45-1:30pm Break for lunch
Lunch on your own! Feel free to contact an ambassador for lunch suggestions and/or a lunch buddy.
1:30-2:00pm 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.
2:00-3:00pm 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.

 

Sample Honors Tour Schedules

Honors tours will only be offered in the morning for the Fall 2014 tour season.

9:30-10:00am

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.

10:00-10:45am

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.

11:00-12:00pm

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.

12:15-12:45pm

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

12:45-1:30pm

Break for lunch
Lunch on your own! Feel free to contact an ambassador for lunch suggestions and/or a lunch buddy.

1:30-2:00pm

Meet with a faculty member about the Turing Scholars program
Meet with a faculty member to discuss opportunities for students interested in pursuing honors courses and degree programs.

**Meetings with the faculty member during honors tours is subject to faculty member availability and is not guaranteed unless student has been admitted to the Turing Scholars program.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule a visit, please email ambassadors [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu. 

FAQs

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: