The 34th annual Honors Colloquium is July 23 – 25, 2015. The program highlights The University of Texas at Austin.
After checking-in at the Jester Residential Center, colloquists and their families visit a student services Marketplace, take a guided tour of campus, or explore one of our UT Treasures. Colloquists gather with their cohorts and meet the mentors who introduce them to the advising and student support structures at UT Austin. Our Parents and Family Program provides parents and family members information about our admissions, housing, scholarships, financial aid, and honors opportunities.
The 2015 plenary speaker is Dr. Gary Hill, Research Professor in the Department of Astronomy and at the McDonald Observatory. Following the plenary, colloquists attend Be a Longhorn, a detailed presentation of the admissions process at UT Austin. Evening activities include the ever-popular Night at the Texas Union featuring chess tournaments, trivia contests, dance lessons, bowling, and movies, followed by late night activities back in the Jester Residential Center.
Friday begins with information sessions including the Honors Program Panel, Life Outside the Classroom, and Financial Aid and Scholarships. Colloquists attend college lecture and seminar class sessions taught by over 70 senior faculty members. The day includes a meal with UT faculty and students at lunches hosted by our 13 undergraduate colleges and schools. In the evening colloquists are able to explore the resources and services of our Division of Recreational Sports during Forty Acres of Fun at Gregory Gym.
Exploring UT is the agenda for Saturday morning. Colloquists travel across campus and beyond to participate in activities such as Physics and Chemistry Circuses and the Texas Performing Arts Backstage Tour. Honors Colloquium officially concludes at noon with the traditional closing ceremony where participants reflect on their experience, say farewell to their mentors, and sing the alma mater, Eyes of Texas.