School of Undergraduate Studies

Building a strong foundation for success.

The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is the initial home for UT Austin students deciding on majors. As a UGS student, you’ll complete coursework applicable to any degree while simultaneously exploring your interests and planning your academic path to graduation. Students transfer to their chosen majors by the end of their second year, as UGS does not offer degrees. The school also improves the quality of undergraduate education at the university by managing the core curriculum and developing innovative programming that ensures all new Longhorns successfully transition to college.

Student advising

Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling

Partner with an academic advisor and a career counselor to identify your interests and goals before committing to a major.

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Signature Courses

Choose from more than 200 interdisciplinary topics and engage with top faculty during your first year at the university.

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Core Curriculum

Gain skills and discover new interests as you complete the required 42 credit hours that are the foundation for all UT Austin degrees.

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360 Connections

Find your campus community by joining fellow first-years who share your interests in a First-year Interest Group or other connection.

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Academic Support

The Sanger Learning Center provides tutoring, peer academic coaching and learning specialists to help students excel in their most challenging courses and improve their study skills.

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Choose a major, consider careers and assess your interests and skills using this compilation of in-depth information on every degree offered at UT Austin.