About TIP Scholars

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TIP Commons

What is TIP Scholars?
Who are TIP Scholars?
Academic Benefits
Personal Benefits

What is TIP Scholars?

The TIP Scholars program provides a small-college experience for students admitted to the College of Natural Sciences. It aims to provide a smoother transition from high school to college, helping to ensure successful high school students become successful college students. The TIP Scholars creates this smaller academic community with:

  • a balance of small and large classes,
  • linked classes,
  • a signature course,
  • dedicated advising,
  • a centrally located office with a dedicated student space, and
  • peer mentoring

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Who are TIP Scholars?

TIP Scholars are exceptionally motivated students who have demonstrated academic excellence as high school students. They are willing to challenge themselves and are committed to their own learning.

TIP Scholars represent a diverse array of academic interests and career goals. In the past five years, TIP Scholars have:

  • achieved higher GPAs,
  • graduated at higher rates,
  • received prestigious academic awards, including the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP), Temple Scholarships, Rapoport Scholarships, Research Fellowships, and Study Abroad Scholarships,
  • actively participated in and have become leaders in campus research, service organizations, student government, and various honor societies, and
  • entered professional schools in medicine, pharmacy, and law or graduate programs at institutions such as Columbia University, Rice University, Cornell University, Duke University, and Washington University.

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Academic Benefits

Reserved Seats in First Year Courses

TIP Scholars find registering for classes easier and therefore, academic progress is enhanced. TIP reserves seats for its Scholars in highly-desired core first-year courses such as chemistry, psychology, and math.

A Balance of Small and Large Classes

Scholars enroll in a balance of small and large courses during their freshman year. This variety of course sizes helps students adjust to the learning environment at UT while staying on track for their degree.

Linked Courses

Scholars enroll in as many as three courses with other TIP students who share similar academic interests or career goals. The relationships formed in these linked courses often continue outside of class and in many years to follow. TIP Scholars develop long-lasting academic and personal relationships with their peers in the program and at UT.

TIP Signature Course

All TIP Scholars enroll in a student-centered and interactive critical thinking seminar during their first term at UT. The primary goal of the seminar is to immerse students in the art of intellectual engagement and help them become more comfortable with college-level reasoning. The course serves as a platform from which TIP Scholars can confidently pursue any academic discipline at UT.

Connection to Faculty

TIP Scholars have enhanced opportunities for faculty-student interaction through the small college atmosphere the program provides. TIP actively recruits faculty that have a strong interest in undergraduate education as well as expertise in their field. By the end of their freshman year, most TIP Scholars will have developed close relationships with several faculty members.

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Personal Benefits


TIP Scholars are matched with a peer mentor for their first year experience. Peer mentors are talented upper-division students who assist TIP Scholars with the academic and personal transition from high school to college. Typically, one mentor works closely with six incoming freshmen and these mentor groups meet once or twice a week during the semester. Mentors have all been selected to be part of the TIP Mentor Academy and are certified through the international College Reading and Learning Association.

Academic Advisors for TIP Scholars

TIP Scholars academic advisors are specialists in the courses and policies of the University and the College of Natural Sciences. These academic advisors are available year-round to assist TIP Scholars with the personal guidance they need to make sound academic decisions.

Free Tutoring

TIP Tutoring provides an informal and relaxed environment where TIP Scholars gather for evening study and free tutoring in selected entry level courses. Tutors are selected and trained to provide students with the most effective learning strategies.

Enrichment Activities

TIP Scholars are exposed to a rich assortment of extracurricular activities at UT. These activities include workshops on academic and personal success, intellectually-focused movie nights, TIP Community Outreach events, and the annual TIP Recognition Dinner.

A Home Base on Campus

The TIP Office is centrally located on the UT campus in the FAC, adjacent to several valuable student resources such as the Undergraduate Writing Centerstudent computer labs, the Texas Union, and the UT Tower. The open commons area allows TIP students to gather, study, and interact with the TIP staff on a regular basis, creating a home base to call their own.

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