First Bytes and Code Longhorn applications closed on March 18.
Camp selections are being made at this time.
Notification of selection is April 17 (was April 3).

Code Longhorn

June 21 - June 27, 2020

Code Longhorn is a free, one-week residential camp program for high school students (boys and girls), especially students from historically underrepresented groups (African-American, Latino and Native American students) in the field of computer science. It is designed to dispel myths about computer science, intrigue students with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.  The camp includes team-building activities, educational sessions, and recreation.

Interested in Applying?

When/Where is the Camp?

Code Longhorn is  June 21 - June 27, 2020 on the UT-Austin campus.  We will accept the 60 students.

Who Can Attend?

Code Longhorn is open to students in historically underrepresented groups  (African-American, Latino and Native American students) going into 11th and 12th grades in fall 2020.

Is Computer Science for you?

  • Do you like taking a large problem and thinking through how to break it up and make it solvable?
  • Do you like to organize things?
  • Do you like learning new ways to solve old problems?
  • Do you like puzzles, math, and using logic to figure things out?
  • If you’ve had a chance to take a computer science or programming class, did you enjoy it? Were you good at it?
  • Are you creative?

If you answered "yes" to some of these, the Code Longhorn Summer Camp may be just what you're looking for this summer. No advanced math or prior programming experience is required. What is required is curiosity about the most powerful artifact the human race has ever built.

What Will We Be Doing?

  • Working with a team and getting hands-on programming experience - feel the thrill of getting a computer to do what you tell it to do.
  • Finding out how computers solve real-world problems in medicine, the arts, and more.
  • Hearing about cool new technologies from professors and other students.
  • Meeting industry professionals from top tech companies.
  • Using your problem-solving and reasoning skills to explore real computer science.
  • Visiting research labs and learning abut the newest technology.
  • Finding out about the wide variety of jobs you can have as a computer scientist.
  • Meeting with the UT admissions team and hearing about ways to make your UT college application stand out among the rest.
  • Interacting with other students who enjoy technology as much as you do!
  • Enjoying a taste of university life in the evening: bowling, playing games, watching a movie and,
  • Having a week of computer science fun!

Do I have to have previous programming experience?

No experience? No problem! It is necessary to be curious and interested in programming and computer science.


Campers are supervised at all times. There are a maximum of 60 campers per camp.  Staff to camper ratios will be 1:10.  Accepted applicants and staff will be housed on campus in one of our housing complexes.

Housing and Food

Campers reside in one of the residential halls on campus. Campers will stay two to a room based on gender. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and small snacks are provided for all campers. If you have food allergies, please note that on your waiver and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.


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

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a high school student entering your junior or senior year in fall 2020.
  • You must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (80 out of 100) or higher.
  • You must be a Texas resident.

Cost of Camp

Our sponsors will provide for ALL COSTS of the camp except travel to and from the UT Austin campus. Keep in mind parking on campus can be challenging and expensive. Parking expenses will not be covered.

Cancellation Policy

A wait list will be developed for no-shows and cancellations.  If you are accepted and then have to cancel, please notify us as early as possible so that someone may have that space.

Application Deadline

You must submit your application and have any mailed items postmarked by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to be considered for the 2020 camps.

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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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