Frequently Asked Questions


What if I still have questions after reading the FAQs?

If you still have a question please email us at and we will get back with you within 48 hours Monday–Thursday. The office is closed for all holidays, Spring Break, Dec 17–Jan 8, August 9–28. Hours of operation are 8:30-3:30, Tuesday-Thursday.

How do I claim credit for UT PREP 1, UT PREP 2, UT PREP 3, and/or UT PREP 4?

We recommend that students wait until their junior year of high school to claim credit for UT PREP. In order to claim credit, you will need to bring the paper transcript you received on the last day of camp at graduation to your school's counselor. 

Is transportation provided?

No transportation is provided for Research in Life Science Camp or Leadership in Physics & Math Camp.

FOR UT PREP 1: This depends on which school district your student attends. AustinISD and Del Valle ISD are providing transportation from specific locations. Details are in the registration form.

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: Summer Camps, 120 Inner Campus Drive, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX, 78712 attention: Kate Waldman. You can make the check out to UTeach Outreach. 

Is the grade level listed the grade my child is going into in the Fall after UT PREP or the grade they are currently in?

All grade levels listed are for the grade they're currently in. For example, Life Science Camp is appropriate for students in 5th or 6th grade when they apply. There are no exceptions to the grade level cut-off. Only current 6th and 7th graders may apply for UT PREP 1. STUDENTS MUST BE SUCCESSFUL IN 6TH OR 7TH GRADE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE UT PREP PROGRAM. Students can NOT enter PREP 2, 3, or 4 without completing the previous PREP in the series.

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 once your application is reviewed. 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 upload my documents?

Before you begin registration, have the following documents ready on your computer: completed teacher recommendation (UT PREP 1 only), 1st & 2nd six weeks grades (UT PREP 1-4 only), completed student essay (UT PREP 1-4 only), and if requesting a scholarship, a copy your Federal Free Lunch Qualifying documentation or other documents showing financial need (UT PREP 1-4 only).  As you complete the online application you will be directed to upload those documents.  If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please select " Full Scholarship" and hit next. You can then upload documentation of your free/reduced lunch status. If you do not qualify for free/reduced lunch but would still like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the online application, choose "Other Financial Scholarship," and hit next. Fill out the information on the page that comes up and upload the required documents. If you do not have a scanner, please visit your public library for assistance or possibly ask your school's front office for assistance to scan and email the documents to your email.

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.

Where do the camps take place? 

For 2018 UT PREP 1, 2,  3, and 4 take place primarily on the main campus at The University of Texas at Austin. Off-campus field trips take place for some all PREP camps.

How long are the camps?

All camp UT PREP hours are 8–4 Monday–Thursday. 

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 child is picked up after 4:10pm, 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.

For Life Science 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 UT PREP 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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

Research in Life Science, UT PREP 3, and UT PREP 4:

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 turn right onto 24th street and there will be UTeach staff members at the intersection 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 Leadership in Math and Physics camps drop off and pick up at Winship Circle on San Jacinto street.

Bus dropoff is 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?

No refunds will be given after February 6th, 2018. No refunds for absences. Application fees are 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 are constantly applying for more funding to increase the number of available scholarships.  We expect the camps to fill quickly.  No scholarships will be provided for Research in Life Sciences Camp or Girls Physics Camp.

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

Any student is welcome to any of 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 child has an appropriate visa status to enter the United States to attend the program, your child 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. 

What is the EIN for UTeach Outreach?

Our Federal Employer Identification Number is 74-6000203.


Do you recommend any other camps?  

If our 2018 camps are not the right fit for your kids, we recommend:

The Austin Science and Nature Center Registration opens February 10th

Girlstart Registration open now.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Registration opens in March.