UTeach Access is an alternate enrollment pathway to UT Austin sponsored by Microsoft. Participants begin their undergraduate studies co-enrolled at both The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and nearby Austin Community College (ACC) Rio Grande Campus. If you successfully complete the UTeach Access program, you’ll continue your undergraduate studies at UT Austin full-time and on track for graduation. You’ll also be automatically admissible to the College of Natural Sciences UTeach Program.
How to Participate
You are not able to apply to the UTeach Access program. Rather, select freshman applicants who would like to pursue a major in biology, chemistry, math or physics in the College of Natural Sciences and who are interested in pursuing a secondary teaching certification may be offered UTeach Access.
To Accept the UTeach Offer and Co-Enroll:
- Complete the steps in the freshman After-Admission Checklist.
- Attend Freshman Orientation at UT Austin, where you’ll participate in both UT and CNS events as well as meet with a UTeach Access advisor, meet faculty from your major, register for classes and tour ACC’s Rio Grande Campus.
- View the UTeach Access degree plans.
Is UTeach Access Right for Me?
UTeach Access students enjoy all the benefits of being a Longhorn, with access to housing, libraries and NCAA events in addition to tailored support. Consider the below to see if UTeach Access is right for you. If you have additional questions about the program, make an appointment to speak with a UTeach advisor or program leader.
- You’ll receive dedicated advising and direct support from UTeach faculty and staff, and regular cohort meetings.
- UTeach Access Natural Sciences student have opportunities to serve schools in Austin and across the state by teaching and tutoring the next generation of STEM learners.
- UTeach Access offers a supportive and caring community of smaller class sizes that allow for building genuine relationships with faculty, staff, and classmates.
- Access to exclusive internships, scholarships and professional skills beginning in Step 1 (UTS 101).
- All students offered UTeach Access have the option to participate instead in the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). If you choose to participate in UTeach Access, you forfeit your offer to participate in the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) and vice versa.
UTeach Access Requirements
Over the first three to four long semesters, students enrolled in UTeach Access take seven to twelve transferable hours of coursework at Austin Community College (ACC) – Rio Grande, plus three to nine hours at UT Austin from the prescribed degree plans for your area of study. Students register for courses with the help of dedicated academic advisors on each campus, ensuring they meet program requirements.
UTeach Access students have 3 to 4 long semesters (based on your degree plan) to complete the prescribed coursework at ACC and at UT Austin. In order to qualify for admission to your major in the College of Natural Sciences, you must achieve the following by the end of the fall/spring semester prior to transition:
- A cumulative 2.75 grade-point average (GPA) in courses undertaken at UT Austin
- A cumulative 3.00 GPA in courses undertaken at ACC
Complete terms and conditions are defined in the UTeach Access contract, accessible in MyStatus to those offered admission to the program.