TIP Scholars Testimonials

TIP Director

Monica R. Hall-Porter, PhD.
Flawn Academic Center (FAC)2.110


Mailing Address

2304 Whitis Avenue
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
T: 512-232-6493
F: 512-232-2800



At one of the nation’s largest universities, you’re bound to find yourself with many questions and not know where to go or who to ask. With TIP, my college transition was comfortable, thanks to its amazing team of advisers, mentors, and tutors. Moreover, I was able to establish important professional relationships with my professors with the reduced student to faculty ratio. The TIP office continues to be my favorite place on campus: whether you’re doing homework, playing Jenga, or just coming to hang out, this place is home. Above all, TIP was the origin of my first sense of community here at UT. Thank you, TIP!
Ali M. R.
Public Health Major
Houston, Texas


TIP is not only an academic program, but it’s also a family! The resources offered by TIP helped me with transitioning into college and gave me an opportunity to serve others. I love TIP for the following reasons: the friendly and caring TIP staff, being able to study and hang out at the TIP office, reserved seating and smaller classes, free tutoring, free printing, free snacks at the office (sometimes), the really cool T-shirts, TIPCO, and my wonderful mentees!
Fiona I.
Undeclared Natural Sciences/ Pre-pharmacy
Grand Prairie, Texas


TIP has definitely shaped my college career thus far at UT. As a senior, I can look back at my freshman year and say that it went incredibly smooth because of the smaller setting within a large college that TIP provided me. The small classes gave me the chance to really interact with other students and start to develop relationships with professors. This environment is like a home away from home because TIP truly is a close knit family. There is so much support and guidance from the mentors & faculty and it’s hard to find that as a freshman. I’ve met so many students in the TIP Program that I consider some of my closest friends and will be for many years to come. I’ll never forget this experience and I would recommend it to everyone!
Maurine S.
Allen, Texas


Becoming a TIP Scholar has been one of the best decisions I've ever made in college. Coming from a place I knew everyone to a place I knew absolutely no one was intimidating, but after a semester in TIP, I could walk around campus pointing out people I knew. These are the people I could text at 2 am about a frustrating chemistry problem I didn't understand and get an answer back. I also had access to professors that truly cared about me and were willing to go out of their way to have lunch groups and unscheduled office hours with their students. When people ask me what TIP is, I say it's not just a scholar program with reserved classes, but an academic family.

Leah V.
Biology Major
Aledo, Texas


Coming into a school like UT with more than 40,000 undergraduate students from all over the world can be a shock to anyone regardless of where you grew up. I’m a social person so my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to find a close group of friends that I could relate to in college. TIP for me was a smaller community within UT that was focused on taking care of students as a whole. With TIP, I was given a peer mentor that was able to provide support and resources to help me grow as an individual while focusing on my overall health. I was also given access to TIP reserved classes, some of which had course assistants (CA's) who led collaborative study sessions that made learning complex topics more manageable.

Abimbola A.
Houston, Texas