Camp Texas is the start to a great college experience for new UT freshmen and transfer students alike. Held at a Hill Country ranch outside of Austin, this three-day extended orientation is one of the Texas Exes' most popular programs 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. From intimate chats with UT professors to Texas traditions and making new friends, campers leave knowing what it means to be a true Longhorn. Back in 1993, then-UT students Sean Petrie, BS ’93, and Allison Weinstock, BA ’93, were inspired by A&M’s Fish Camp to create the ultimate welcome for UT students. 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. Click here to learn more about the Texas Exes.
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.
Coming to Camp Texas made the idea of attending such a large university significantly less daunting. The counselors are so welcoming and really gave me a home before I ever really stepped foot on campus. After just three days, I left camp knowing that I was truly a part of the Camp Texas family and the greater Longhorn community. This program has not only shaped my transition into UT but all of my time on the Forty Acres. Camp Texas is honestly the best thing I have done here and it has given me the absolute best people I know.
Camper 2013, Counselor 2014, Exec 2015-16
Camp Texas was an amazing way to start my freshman year. I met so many campers and counselors that have become my lifelong friends, and now I’m training to be a counselor for the first time. Going to Camp Texas got me excited to attend UT and made me feel comfortable being myself as I started this new chapter of my life.
Camper 2015, Counselor 2016
The decision to attend Camp Texas was probably the best decision I could have made going into my first semester of college. I met wonderful people from all around the world who all had a different story about choosing the University of Texas at Austin. Thanks to Camp Texas, I came to UT already loving everything about it.
I would absolutely recommend Camp Texas to any incoming freshman or transfer student. It is a great introduction to the UT community. Everyone is so kind, inviting, and not afraid to be goofy! The positive and encouraging attitudes of the staff and counselors really helped me to open up and create meaningful friendships.
Camp Texas was a catalyst for me to engage with amazing people in a fun and relaxed environment. I quickly realized that nobody has it all figured out going into college. Just being able to recognize a familiar face on the first day of class made the UT campus feel that much smaller. My experiences at Camp Texas will stay with me forever and fellow campers will remain among my closest friends.
Any incoming freshmen, transfer students, and PACE students are invited to attend Camp Texas.
The cost for Camp Texas is $250, which includes 3 days and 2 nights lodging at Camp Buckner, seven meals, transportation to-and-from campus and the retreat site, and a burnt orange Camp Texas t-shirt, in addition to an annual Texas Exes Student Membership. On-campus parking will cost an additional $30 and must be purchased at check-in.
We reserve six spots per session for our fee-waiver campers. Applications are due June 15 and decisions will be announced by June 30.
Note: Filling out a fee-waiver application does not guarantee you a spot at Camp Texas. To secure your spot, you must register for your session of choice. If you are chosen for a fee waiver, your registration fee will be reimbursed.
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.
A full registration refund minus a $65 cancellation fee will be returned to the registrant, so long as they notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. There will be no refunds after this date. No Exceptions.
Camp Texas is available to all incoming students. Please call (512)840-5632 to talk with our staff about accommodations or any concerns you may have.
All campers will check-in at the Alumni Center, located at 2110 San Jacinto on the UT campus between 10 – 10:30am on the first day of their Camp Texas session.
All students will be back in Austin at the Alumni Center by 2:30 p.m. on the last day of their session and all campers must leave the garage or be picked up by 3:00 p.m.
Campers should FIRST come to the Alumni Center on the morning of the first day of Camp to drop off their luggage. Camp Texas counselors will be outside to assist. Campers may then park in the San Jacinto Garage 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. When you return to the Alumni Center, there will be a table where you may exchange your parking ticket for a discounted parking card for $30. Payments may be made using cash, check, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
To exit, swipe the card at the garage exit machine. You must remove your car from the garage by 3:00 p.m. on the last day of Camp.
Note: Parking is a cost of $10 per day ($30 total) for Camp Texas campers only. The daily garage parking rate is $18 per day without this prepaid garage card.