Academy for All

The Academy for All is a free, one-week program for high school underrepresented populations (African-American, Latino 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. You must be a Texas resident to apply.

  • Session 1
    June 7-11, 2021

    Please check back in February for the link to apply!

  • Session 2
    June 14-18, 2021

    Please check back in February for the link to apply!


Where/when is the Academy?

The Academy for All will be held virtually, wherever in the world you are!  The schedule will be announced soon. 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.


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


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