• The Academy for All is a free, one-week virtual program for high school underrepresented populations (Black, LatinX and Native American students). It is designed to dispel myths about computer science, intrigue students with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving. The academy includes team-building activities, educational sessions, and recreation.

  • Session 1
    June 7-11, 2021
    optional evenings from 7-8pm

  • Session 2
    June 14-18, 2021
    optional evenings from 7-8pm


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Where/when is the Academy?

The Academy for All will be held virtually, wherever in the world you are!  Hours of instruction are in Central Standard Time:  Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00noon. There will be an optional evening session from 7-8 p.m. Students will spend daytime hours working on projects and will have access to academy advisors who can answer questions and help them with their projects throughout the evening.

Who Can Attend?

The academy is open to students going into 10th, 11th and 12th grades in Fall 2021. 

What will we be doing?

Participants will be introduced to the world of computer science, including gaining experience in programming. Participants will work in groups to program patterns into simulated strands of lights and create a virtual lightshow that “dances” to music. 

Do I have to have previous experience with programming?

This academy is suitable for students with all experience levels, from those who have never programmed before to those who already have some experience.


Dr. Norman is an Associate Professor of Instruction in The University of Texas at Austin Computer Science Department. She received both her M.S. in computer science and her Ph.D. in computer science from this department. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to spend her days teaching systems to undergraduates and performing outreach to underserved communities. Her research interests lie in the intersection of supercomputing and program analysis with a special interest in static techniques to improve checkpointing. She is also interested in large-scale simulation.

Angie Beasley is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Computer Science department at UT, where she teaches Data Mining. Prior to teaching, Angie 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 MS in Computer Science with a concentration in Machine Learning from The George Washington University and her BS in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

Academy Directors Tiffany Buckley and Mary Esther Middleton have worked for the Department of Computer Science for 15+ years on summer academies, admissions, enrollment, student organizations and diversity initiatives.

Eligibility Requirements:

You must be a high school student entering your sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2021.

Application Instructions

Applications are closed at this time, thank you for checking and come back next year!

The Academy for All is application-based programs.  Our sign-up system, CircuiTree, is based on a registration model.  What this means for you is that you will be placed on a wait list while applications are being accepted between February 15 and March 22.  After March 22, we will review all applications and make selections.  You will be notified of your selection status in April.

Use the link provided and you will open a page in CircuiTree.  When you select your program, you will land on a page that asks:

  • Who are you registering? Register my children.  You need to create a parent and a child account that links together.
  • Make the appropriate selection to create your child’s application.
  • You will need a transcript to upload
  • The applicant will be writing a very short essay during the application
  • You do not have to complete the entire application in one session, you can come back to it at a later time!

  • Before my senior year of high school, I still had no idea where I wanted to go to college, or what I wanted to major in. I was interested in coding as a hobby, but had really never considered making it my career. At Code Longhorn, however, I had the chance to talk to students and professors who could tell me exactly what it was like to study computer science and make it into a career. Seeing these people and seeing the amazing UT Computer Science facilities really was the biggest factor in drawing me to this field, and I made friends that I still have today.

    Chris Nunes, Freshman UTCS 2017

  • Chris Nunes smiling in front of green foliage

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