Find your horns. Find your home.

Camp Texas is a fun three-day retreat that introduces incoming UT students to life on the Forty Acres. Learn Longhorn traditions and meet your future lifelong friends at a beautiful lakefront ranch outside of Austin. Registration opens May 18, 2015 at 9:00am.


Back in 1992, then-UT students Sean Petries, BS ’93, and Allison Weinstock, BA ’93, were inspired by A&M’s Fish Camp to create the ultimate welcome for UT freshmen. They wanted to build a program that was part informational, part social, and part leadership training. Since that first group of 50 student campers, the Texas Exes has grown Camp Texas beyond its founders’ wildest dreams to a capacity of more than 1,000 Longhorns over the course of six sessions. Today, the retreat is one of the Association’s most popular programs for students and a key component in the effort to ensure that UT students enjoy their time on campus and go on to become lifelong and caring alumni. Learn more about the Texas Exes.


Why Attend

Students who attend Camp Texas consistently go on to be campus leaders and have fulfilling experiences at the university. It's a rare opportunity to interact with some of UT's best faculty in a casual setting. Our outstanding counselors will be your personal guides to getting involved, finding your way around campus, and easing the transition into college life.

Each session features small-group activities, camp-wide competitions, seminars with distinguished faculty, free time, and a closing-night Texan-style luau.


"The Camp Texas family has changed my life and made my college experience unbelievably amazing. I finally found my niche, full of the greatest people I've ever met. Everyone is so diverse, and yet this one uniting factor ties us together in a way that other people find difficult to understand."

Katie Raymond

Camp Texas Camper 2009; Camp Texas Counselor 2010, 2011


"I feel like UT had already become my home on campus for the next four years before I even stepped on campus. Camp Texas was the highlight of my summer and the start to a great college experience."

Sara Saastamoinen

Camp Texas Camper 2010; Camp Texas Counselor 2011


"You never imagine that three days can feel so long and so short at the same time. I truly believe that there is no greater or more enjoyable experience to ease the transition from high school to college than attending Camp Texas. This program not only shaped my first days at UT but my entire time at the university and I cannot imagine what my college career would be like without Camp Texas in my life."

Chrissy Shackelford

Camp Texas Camper 2008; Camp Texas Counselor 2009, 2010; Executive Team 2011


General Info

Who Can Attend

Any incoming freshmen, transfer students, and PACE students are invited to attend Camp Texas.


The cost for Camp Texas is $225, which includes 3 days and 2 nights lodging at Camp Balcones Springs, seven meals, transportation to-and-from campus and the retreat site, and a burnt orange Camp Texas t-shirt. On-campus parking will cost an additional $30 and must be purchased at check-in.


Scholarship decisions for Camp Texas 2014 have been made.

For Chapter Scholarship Recipients: The Texas Exes have over 100 Chapters that also provide a limited number of scholarships for Camp Texas to students from their city or area. However, being awarded this scholarship does not fulfill the registration component so you must register before the sessions are full.

What to Bring

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you must cancel your Camp Texas registration, you will receive a refund of $160 (full registration minus a $65 cancellation fee) as long as you notify us via email by 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2015. There will be no refunds after July 15. No Exceptions.

Students with Disabilities

Camp Texas is available to all incoming students. Please call (512)471-8077 to talk with our staff about accommodations or any concerns you may have.


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Campers should FIRST come to the Alumni Center on the morning of their session to drop off luggage. Camp Texas counselors will be outside to assist. Campers may then park in the San Jacinto Garage (SJG) located at 24th and San Jacinto streets on the UT campus (a short walk from the Alumni Center). When entering the garage to park, take a parking ticket. UT parking will onsite at the Alumni Center at check in to handle payment for parking.

Hotel Information

The following hotels are located close to the University of Texas at Austin:

Double Tree Club Austin University
1617 N I H 35
Austin, TX 78702

Sheraton Hotel Austin
701 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Doubletree Guest Suites
(512) 478-7000
303 W 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Rodeway Inn University-Downtown TX 191
(512) 477-6395
2900 N I H 35
Austin, TX 78705

Days Inn-University Downtown
(512) 478-1631
23105 N I H 35
Austin, TX 78722

2015 Sessions

Registration opens May 18, 2015 at 9:00am.



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