Life of the mind tour

In this pre-college, immersive summer program, the University of Austin brings its undergraduate curriculum to high school students. Small seminar courses challenge students with college-level coursework while evening social activities are designed to help students become familiar with college life.


Great Dystopian Fiction

Ideology: Concept and Clash in Contemporary Politics

Introduction to Game Theory and Strategy

Making Hard Decisions: Revisiting the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

The 2024 Election

Course offerings are prospective and subject to change.

details And Requirements

Eligibility & Cost

Eligibility: Participants must be at least 15 years old. The program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Cost: The program is tuition-free. Participants will receive complimentary meals daily. Participants are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses as applicable, and the costs of assigned reading materials/books.

Location & Dates

Location: University of Austin (Austin, Texas)

Dates: Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3, 2024 (three full days)

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm each day with evening social activities


Parental Supervision Required: Because this is not an overnight program, those participants coming from outside Austin are required to make their own arrangements for lodging. The University of Austin can neither provide housing nor assist with housing requests. The University is not responsible for supervising, chaperoning, or otherwise caring for students, and all participants are required to have adult supervision outside program hours.

International Students

Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, but they must be proficient in English. At this time, UATX cannot provide assistance with visa applications nor with lodging or housing needs.

Academic Credit

Our program is not a credit-bearing or degree program. Students may not earn continuing education credits, credit hours, or a diploma for participation in this program.


Register your interest by June 30, 2024, and a member of the university will reach out to confirm your attendance or let you know if you have been added to the waitlist.

Further questions? Please email

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