Office of Student Success and Recruitment

Ensuring Student Success

The Office of Student Success and Recruitment is dedicated to making sure our students have access to the resources and mentorship needed to achieve their academic goals. We believe our students have the ability to face any challenges presented to them, and we offer guidance and support along the way through academic advising, peer mentorship, student success workshops, and academic achievement programs.

We are proud of our record of helping students stay on track to graduate in four years. In 2017, 81.4 percent of our students graduated in four years, surpassing the University’s goal of 69.8 percent.

To assist students with staying on track, the Office of Student Success and Recruitment has developed a Roadmap for Success and implemented several support programs.

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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

During the spring semester, we work with faculty, advisors, and student volunteers to call admitted students in order to answer their questions and provide additional information to assist them as they finalize their decisions. 

Along with the Office of Student Affairs, we welcome students to the college and the university at our orientation sessions so that future students can meet our advisors and student leaders and learn about our programs and services. 

Current UT Austin students who are interested in transferring from another school or college are required to attend an information session. We host several such sessions each semester.  We also host information sessions for both prospective freshmen and students transferring from another college or university.  

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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.


Antoinette Stanley Hart, MA, Director

Antoinette serves as director of Student Success and Recruitment as well as liaison to the University of Texas Urban Teachers Program in the College of Education. She also advises prospective and current students majoring in applied learning and development and kinesiology and health education.

Photo of Julieta RicoJulieta Rico, Graduate Assistant

Julieta, a graduate student in our Educational Leadership and Policy Department, conducts information sessions, plans activities like off-campus visits, and provides advising support for students visiting the college.