Office of Student Success and Recruitment

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The Office of Student Success and Recruitment is dedicated to making sure you have access to the resources and mentorship needed to achieve your academic goals. We believe you have the ability to face any challenges presented to you, and we offer guidance and support along the way through academic advising, peer mentorship, student success workshops, and academic achievement programs. Our Roadmap for Success and support programs will help you stay on track.

We are proud of our record of helping students stay on track to graduate in four years. The Class of 2020 set a record for the College of Education’s four-year graduation rate at 84%, the second-highest rate of any college or school on campus.


We also work with high school and transfer students who may not otherwise consider attending the university. While campus visits are currently curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic, our office traditionally has invited local high school students in TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators), and Ready, Set, Teach classrooms to join us for a day of

  • attending a mock class with world-class professors,
  • talking with current students about courses and life as a Longhorn, and
  • going on a campus tour.

Last year we hosted “Bats to Bevo,” an event specifically to recruit transfer students interested in pursuing teaching professions with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Austin Community College representatives. Participants had the opportunity to speak with UT faculty, admissions/financial aid representatives, academic advisors, and current UT Austin students.

We are looking forward to resuming our high school visits as soon as we are able.

Welcoming Students to Campus

We work closely with the Advising Team on many of our activities. We work hard to make sure you feel welcome and to get you the information you need to make your final decision to attend UT Austin. These activities include:

  • collaborating with the Office of Admissions on and off-campus visits such as Longhorn for a Day Road Trips, Longhorn Regional Meet-Ups, Texas Preview, LEAD Texas, #FirstGenLonghorns Preview Day, and Longhorn Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Visit Day;
  • prospective student information sessions throughout the summer and academic year;
  • phone campaigns.

Once you commit to UT Austin, we welcome you during the college and university-wide orientation sessions where you will have the opportunity to meet advisors, faculty, and student leaders and learn about our programs and services.

We also extend our welcome to current UT Austin students who are interested in learning more about the degrees and majors we offer, resources and services, leadership opportunities, and procedures to transfer into our college.

If you are a UT student interested in transferring to the College of Education, you are required to attend an Internal Transfer Session before meeting with an Academic Advisor. Learn more on our How to Apply page. 

Student Support Programs

P.O.W.E.R. Program

The P.O.W.E.R. (Promoting Opportunities With Educational Resources) program is here to help you to reach your full potential during your academic career. Unexpected challenges may arise during your time here, and it can be difficult to stay on track with your academic goals.

Through regular meetings with academic advisors, we will make sure you align your goals, and take proactive measures to achieve all that you want in your academic career. We provide mentorship that makes sure you have access to everything you need on your path to success.

PALs Program

Nobody knows the challenges of college better than a student. By joining the PALs program, you can become a mentor who promotes leadership and success for other students.

PAL mentors also have opportunities to assist with recruitment and retention efforts by conducting student success workshops to share what they have learned in their college careers.

EDvantage Academic Achievement Program

We want our students to have the confidence and resources they need to stay on track for graduation. Students who are removed from academic probation have the opportunity to participate in advising sessions, workshops, and resources available through the EDvantage Academic Achievement Program.

To participate in the program, you will be required to:

  • meet with an advisor,
  • complete a post-probation assessment,
  • meet with your professors to complete two progress reports,
  • and attend two workshops during the semester.