Camp Texas is the start to a great college experience for new UT freshmen and transfer students alike. Held at a lakefront 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 fireside 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.

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.


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.

Brittany Le

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.

Rachel Vopni

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.

William Wright

Camper 2015

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.

Mackenzie Finklea

Camper 2015

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.

Jeff Auster

Camper 2015

General Info

2016 Sessions

Session 1: August 7-9Session 2: August 9-11Session 3: August 11-13
Session 4: August 13-15Session 5: August 15-17Session 6: August 17-19

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