Program at a Glance

  • Tuition: $0

    Where: UT Austin Campus

    Eligible Students: 10-12 grade students (fall 2023)

    Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

    Credit: Academy certificate

  • Standard Academy Editions 

    When: June 4-10 and June 11-17

    Tools: Arduino microcontroller

  • Game Development Edition

    When: June 18-24

    Tools: Processing, Java

  • Academy for All

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects jobs for computer and information technology occupations will increase a compelling 11% through 2029—faster than the projected growth rate for all occupations nationwide. UT Computer Science works to continue diversifying the tech workforce in order to create sustaining cultural change and help build a world of inclusive technology. Join the Academy for All this summer and explore the world of computer science, learn to code, and get a taste of collegiate life.

What You'll Explore

  • Standard Editions

    Topics Covered

    • C++
    • Project management
    • Teamwork
    • Careers in tech

    Hands-On Experiences

    • Code an Arduino microcontroller to put on an LED display light show
    • Delve into cool new technologies with professors and industry reps
    • Discover future internship and career opportunities
    • Identify tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions
    • Explore the UT campus and meet current UT students
  • Game Development Edition

    Topics Covered

    • Game development process, including programming, art, and game design
    • 2D game development 
    • Packages and libraries
    • Running and debugging code
    • How a design studio is staffed 
    • Game development tools

    Hands-On Experiences

    • Build game code
    • Create look and feel through art
    • Collaborate on a team to bring your game to life
    • Discover future internship and career opportunities
    • Learn from UT professors and other professionals
    • Identify tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions

Meet Your Academy Staff

  • Dr. Angela Beasley
    Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Department of Computer Science

    Angie Beasley teaches data mining. Prior to teaching, she worked for 15 years as a software engineer on projects for the US Navy, including submarine sonar systems, periscope systems, unmanned underwater vehicles, radar systems, and radio and satellite communication systems. Angie received her M.S. in computer science with a concentration in machine learning from The George Washington University and her B.S. in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • MJ Johns
    Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Department of Computer Science

    MJ Johns received their M.S. in entertainment technology with a concentration in game design from Carnegie Mellon University and their B.A. in computer science from The Ohio State University. MJ is a Unity developer, game and experience designer, and founder of Astire Games.

  • Michaela Cicero
    Academy Director
    Department of Computer Science

    Michaela is responsible for the planning and management of student focused initiatives including the Accelerated Transfer Program, statewide freshmen recruiting events, and the on-campus summer academies.

Where you'll be

The University of Texas at Austin

Students in our on-campus academies will get a taste of university life by learning in the Gates Dell Complex—the home of UT Computer Science. You will stay in student residence halls on campus where you will be matched with another student by age as your roommate. You can look forward to trying out real college residence hall food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is included. Our mentors help you get accustomed to learning on a college campus by staying in the same residence halls and accompanying you throughout your stay. Our academies boast an impressive 1:10 student to mentor ratio to make sure students are getting the most out of their time on campus.

Travel Scholarships

  • Travel scholarships are available to help those with financial need cover transportation to and from Austin. The travel scholarship application will open with the Academy for All application.

The application is now closed.

The Academy for All application will open on January 31st. Please check back at that time to apply.
If you have any questions, please direct them to academies@cs.utexas.edu.