Frequently Asked Questions

 

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(for questions that aren't specific to UT PREP, see below) 

 

What if I still have questions after reading the FAQs?

If you still have a question please email us at summercamps@uteach.utexas.edu and we will get back to you within 48 hours during office hours. Hours of operation are 7:30-4, Monday-Thursday. The office is closed for all holidays: Thanksgiving Break (November 27th-30th 2019), Winter Break (December 22th 2019 - January 8th 2020), and Spring Break (March 16th-21nd 2020). 

Is transportation provided?

No transportation is provided for Research in Life Science Camp, Chemistry Camp, Physics & Math Camp, Research & Statistics Camp, or Engineering & Computer Science Camp. Partnering school districts may choose to provide bus transportations to students in UT PREP 1-4. Past partnering districts that have include Austin ISD and Del Valle ISD. You can read more updated transportation information on our logistics page

Can I submit my application without payment? Or payment without application?

You must submit your application and application fee at the same time. Your camper's application will not be reviewed until we have received their application fee or you have contacted us regarding the application fee. Seats will fill in the order that we receive payment, completed applications, and all attachments from qualified applicants. If you pay by credit card, the application fee will be charged immediately. Once you are accepted, you will be notified of any scholarships you have been awarded. You will have one week to accept/decline the scholarship award, following which any pending amounts will be charged to your credit card. 

How do I pay the $25 application fee?

Please pay the fee in the online application using a credit card or mail a check to: UTeach Outreach Attn: Russ Woodward, The University of Texas at Austin, 103 W. 24th St. - Stop G2550,  Austin, TX, 78712 . You can make the check out to The University of Texas at Austin. Please put your student's first and last name in the Memo line. Please note: your application will not be considered complete if we have not received your application fee. 

My child is very advanced or my child sometimes has difficulty with a particular subject. How do you make sure they are challenged/not left behind during the camps?

In each of our camps, our instructors spend time with each camper and make sure the lessons are tailored to your child's specific skill level. All campers will be challenged and grow during their time with UTeach Outreach. During the application process, it's important that you provide all information about your student's learning needs or about prior knowledge they may be bringing to camp to ensure that they are placed in the correct program. 

Where do the camps take place? 

All 2020 camps will take place at The University of Texas at Austin. Off-campus field trips take place for some UT PREP camps.

How long are the camps?

You may drop off your camper between 7:45 and 8am each day. You may pick up your camper between 3:45pm and 4:00pm each day. If your camper is picked up after 4:00pm, there will be a $70 after-care fee each day.

What should my child bring? Do they need to pack a lunch? 

We provide all camp materials for all camps. Closed-toe shoes are required every day and a conservative summer dress code must be followed. Swimwear will be required if the camp includes swimming. We recommend that students bring a water bottle, a cap for walking outside, and sunscreen if desired. Note: UTeach Outreach staff will not apply sunscreen for campers. 

For Research in Life Sciences Camp and Chemistry Camp, your camper will need to bring is his/her lunch and snack. Do not pack nuts or products with nuts for your child since it is very likely that at least one student with nut allergies will attend each camp. Lunch and a snack are provided for all other camps. 

Where do I drop my camper off and will there be parking on campus?

Research in Life Sciences Camp, Chemistry Camp, UT PREP 3, Research & Statistics Camp, UT PREP 4, and Engineering & Computer Science Camp:

Pick-up and drop-off will be at the intersection of 24th & Guadalupe Street between 7:45 and 8am. When heading North on Guadalupe, you can turn right onto 24th street and there will be UTeach staff members on the south side of 24th street to meet your camper and walk them down to Painter Hall. If you prefer to walk with your camper to the pick-up zone, there are parking meters on Guadalupe, 24th, and Dean Keeton Streets (please be aware that those areas fill up quickly in the mornings). If you arrive after 8:00, you will need to park and pay at a meter and walk your camper up to their classroom.  

UT PREP 1, UT PREP 2, and Physics & Math Camp: 

Pick-up and drop-off will be at Winship Circle between 7:45 and 8am. Winship Circle is a round-about at the intersection of 23rd Street and San Jacinto Blvd. Only one lane of traffic is allowed inside Winship Circle at a time. When pulling over to the right (outer edge) of the circle, please do not block any crosswalks. Follow the instructions of the UTeach staff to facilitate a smooth pick-up and drop-off process. If you prefer to walk with your camper to the pick-up zone, there are parking meters on Dean Keeton Street (please be aware that these meters fill up quickly in the mornings). If you arrive after 8:00, you will need to park and pay at a meter and walk your camper up to their classroom. 

Bus dropoff is at San Jacinto and 24th street. If your student normally rides a bus, but you need to drive him to camp one day, please use his camp's designated pick-up/drop-off zone (either Winship Circle or 24th & Guadalupe). Cars may not drop off campers at San Jacinto and 24th Street. 

Can I make partial payments or pay installments?

We do not accept partial payments or installments. Registration will be closed when seats are filled. 

What is your refund policy?

There are no refunds available for any camp fees paid. Exceptions are not made for students who need to drop the program or who do not pass the program. Application fees are also non-refundable.

Are there scholarships available?

Some scholarships are available for  UT PREP 1, 2, 3, and 4 based on documented need and available funding. We expect the camps to fill quickly.  No scholarships will be provided for Research in Life Sciences Camp, Chemistry Camp, Physics & Math Camp, Research & Statistics Camp, or Engineering & Computer Science Camp.

Do you accept students from Austin surrounding communities or only Austin?

Any student is welcome to any of our camps. We do not provide housing for students attending our camps. Texas Education Agency (TEA) HS credit for coursework completed in UT PREP 1-4 is accepted in most  districts but not all are aware or have been contacted to add the courses to their lists. If your student's school is not aware of the courses, email us and we will send you the TEA documents they need.

We live outside of the United States. Can my child attend a UTeach Outreach Summer STEM program? 

If your student has an appropriate visa status to enter the United States to attend the program, your student is welcome to any of our camps. UTeach Outreach is unable to issue immigration documents for participation in any of the UTeach Outreach Summer STEM programs. We do not provide housing for students attending our camps. 

What is the EIN for UTeach Outreach?

Our Federal Employer Identification Number is 74-6000203.

Do you recommend any other camps?  

If our programs are not the right fit for your student, we recommend:

The Austin Science and Nature Center 

Girlstart

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Texas Advanced Computing Center