What if students could have the best of both worlds?
What if students could attend small classes in a supportive learning environment, yet at the same time gain access to game-changing resources available only at a world-class university whose mission includes both teaching and learning — education and research. In a new partnership between The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College (ACC), students have the opportunity to do just that.
The program, Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE), is offered to incoming freshmen who applied to The University of Texas Austin and were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, but did not qualify for automatic admission under SB 175.
Participants take the majority of their classes at ACC, plus one course per semester at UT Austin, until they complete ACC's core curriculum. Longhorns from day one, they are then able to continue their undergraduate studies at UT Austin without having to apply for admission, once they have completed the core.
By Participating in PACE, Students Receive:
- Cross-coordination between ACC and UT Austin ensures a seamless experience. With smaller, group-tailored classes at ACC, and exposure to the unique educational opportunities at UT Austin, PACE students can expect the rigor of coursework at both campuses to remain consistent and uncompromised.
- PACE participants pay for just three hours at UT Austin, at a cost of $2,163, plus 12 hours at ACC, at a cost of about $1,000. Current full-time undergraduate resident tuition for 12 hours at UT Austin will cost $4,908 in 2013-14. That's a savings of $4,000 per year.
Access to Resources
- Granted full-time student status at ACC and UT Austin, students are integrated into life on both campuses through program-specific academic and student-life support services. They have access to dedicated teams of advisers at both places whose job it is to ensure their success.
A Defined Path
- PACE provides a clearly defined way to earn a UT Austin degree. Once enrolled, students have two years to complete the core curriculum and achieve a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Once the program requirements have been met, they are able to continue to work toward a bachelor's degree at UT Austin without having to apply for transfer admission.
VIDEO: Welcome to PACE
UT Austin and ACC welcome the first cohort of PACE students to campus. Watch the video to learn more about the perks of the program.