Get to know UTCS!

During your time on campus, you will have the opportunity to tour our computer science facilities, attend a class, meet with an academic advisor and chat with a current student.

Ambassador visits are designed for high school juniors and seniors. High school juniors interested in the honors visits are encouraged to come in the fall when the freshman introductory honors course is offered (and are welcome to come in the spring, but may need to attend a traditional, rather than an honors, class). Please note that during the Spring semester, priority is given to admitted students. 

Spring 2019 visits will run from February 4 to April 15 on Mondays and Fridays.  Register for your visit here.  ​Please note that we will not host visits the week of February 18 or March 18.  

UTCS Ambassadors offer three visit schedules

Tour Type Day/Time of Tour
Traditional Morning Visit

Mondays and Fridays, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Traditional Afternoon Visit

Mondays and Fridays, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Honors Programs (Turing and Texas CSB) Visit

Mondays and Fridays, 9:00am - 1:30pm 

Tour the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex

Explore our building with a current student Ambassador. See the labs and other facilities enjoyed by UTCS students.


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 UTCS major.


Attend a Class

Sit in an entry-level course to get a glimpse into academic life. Get an idea of class size, professor teaching styles, and how a college course compares to your high school classes.


Meet with an Academic Advisor

Review the curriculum and discuss special programs like the Turing Scholars Honors, Texas CSB, 5-Year Integrated BS/MS, and certificate programs.


Ambassador Visit FAQs

Who should participate in an Ambassador visit?
Students who are interested in pursuing a CS degree at UT Austin and are high school juniors or seniors. Please note that during the Spring semester, priority is given to admitted students.

What if I cannot make it to campus on a Monday or Friday?
Ambassadors offer visits on Mondays and Fridays during a set tour season during the Fall and Spring semesters, and cannot accommodate visits outside of the set schedule.  However, visitors traveling from out-of-state, contact ambassadors@cs.utexas.edu if a session is not available or you need to schedule a visit on another day of the week.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. If you have not heard back from us after 3 business days, please feel free to send a follow up email.

Are parents and guardians welcome to accompany students on their tour?
Yes! Parents and guardians are welcome to attend all components of an Ambassador visit. We do ask, however, that the student attend all components of the tour. Additionally, due to classroom sizes, on particularly busy tour dates we may ask only the prospective students attend the class.

Can I come on a day when your calendar does not show a scheduled visit?
If you would like to visit campus another day, please let us know when you email, and we will do our best to arrange a visit another day. But, we cannot guarantee we can accommodate requests outside of our scheduled visits. 

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 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: