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Freshman Programs

Jefferson Scholars Program

CTI Freshman Program

The Thinker

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates

The Jefferson Scholars Program and the CTI Freshman Program are two ways entering UT students may begin meeting UT core requirements while engaging in a sustained inquiry into fundamental questions and debates that have driven human history. Both draw upon some of the most fascinating and thought-provoking courses in the College of Liberal Arts, and both allow students to begin working towards the Certificate Program in Core Texts and Ideas in their first semester.

An Education for Liberty
You are young, talented, and the world lies before you. No one else can decide for you how you should use the unprecedented freedom we enjoy in America. Reflect on what freedom is, when and why it is good, and how you might best take advantage of it.

An Education for Leaders in Every Field
Learn what great leadership is all about. Learn to ask the questions no one else is asking, but should be. Explore the deepest needs and passions that motivate people. Reflect upon where we should be going as a people, and what it might take to get us there.

An Education for Life
Have great conversations. Make friends with fascinating people. Think about what you really believe in, and what you really want to accomplish in this one life you have to live.


“Throughout my four years at the University of Texas, I have found only one program that accentuates the value and importance of a liberal arts education. The CTI program addresses the biggest and most important questions of human life through the study of the great books. I was a junior when I found it, but I certainly wish I had found it sooner in my college career.”

“Membership in the Core Texts and Ideas Program has been, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my undergraduate career here at UT. Most of my favorite courses that I have been so fortunate to take thus far have been courses in CTI – courses that have greatly expanded my knowledge of and interest in some of the most important and timeless questions of human existence, but which also always seem to leave me with even greater feelings of curiosity and intellectual excitement at their conclusion.”

“My favorite thing about the program is the opportunity it offers to connect with other students and professors who love reading and discussing the great works as much as I do.”

“The Core Texts and Ideas Program has given me a taste of the experience of being at a small liberal arts college, even at a big university like UT. I love getting to hear such knowledgeable people discuss things in such a comfortable setting.”

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