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Changes in a student's schedule are accomplished by adding or dropping courses. Procedures for adding and dropping courses are given in the Course Schedule.
The AUP refers to the university's Acceptable Use Policy. This policy provides students with guidelines on appropriate and legal uses of computer and information technology at the university. One important aspect of this policy outlines your responsibilities when accessing campus network resources. Violating the AUP can lead to serious consequences, including disciplinary action or even criminal prosecution. Please become familiar with the AUP at
This can be a financial (i.e. a library fine) or a non-financial (i.e. advising) restriction that prohibits a student from registering until it has been cleared.
bevo BEVO
The University's official mascot, a longhorn steer, accompanies the Longhorn football team to all home and many out-of-town games.
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Bevo Bucks is the easy-to-use, cashless form of payment accessible through the student's ID Card. Like a debit card, Bevo Bucks is a prepaid account that students use to purchase food, goods and services both on and off campus.
A selection of computer software products, including security software, Web browsers, and media viewers, available to students from one convenient Web location, the BevoWare site. The best part - it's free.
football stadium Big 12
The athletic conference to which The University belongs. UT is a part of the southern division of the conference with Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and University of Oklahoma. Schools in the northern division include Kansas State University, University of Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri and University of Nebraska.
The Big Ticket
The Big Ticket is a unique, exclusive student offer -- a single transaction, single-purchase, all-event ticket that buys a reserved seat to every Texas Football home game -- and a simple, general admission access pass to every other UT sports home event. That's close to 120 events a year, featuring your Longhorns against Big 12 Conference and national competition.
Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP)
Bridging Disciplines Programs allow undergraduates to earn certificates in one of eight interdisciplinary areas, ranging in content from International Studies to the Environment to Digital Arts and Media. A BDP consists of 19 credit hours, which typically combine courses with research and/or internships.
Bursar's Office
Also known as the Cashier's Office; where students may pay their fee bills or pick up student employment checks.
Cactus Yearbook
As the oldest publication on campus, the Cactus is the only pictorial record of the events on the UT campus for the student body as a whole. The yearbook serves a distinctive purpose by preserving the memories of each school year, and by offering student experience in writing, editing, management and marketing. Contact the staff at 471-9190 or
Camp Texas
Started in 1992, this exciting three-day leadership retreat for incoming freshmen gives students the opportunity to make friends in small groups and meet UT student leaders and award-winning faculty through team challenges and relaxing free time. It is held in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. This is a premier opportunity for freshmen to explore their new beginning and gain confidence in shaping their own UT experience.
Canvas is a cloud-hosted learning management system that allows students and faculty to integrate multimedia course content, course communication, student assessments (quizzes, assignments, surveys, portfolios), and student grades to create a cohesive, connected virtual space for classes.
Cashier's Office
Also known as the Student Accounts Receivable where students may pay their fee bills, clear bars or pick up student employment checks.
Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors based on the number of academic credit hours earned. This classification is as follows: freshmen, 0-30 credit hours; sophomores, 31-60 credit hours; juniors, 61-90 credit hours; seniors, 91 credit hours and above. Freshmen and sophomores are referred to as lower-division; juniors and seniors are designated upper-division.
Core Curriculum
All undergraduate students at the University are responsible for completing the core curriculum, which is built into each degree plan. The core consists of 42 hours of coursework in communication, natural sciences, humanities, arts, history, government, and social sciences. The University is currently in the process of reforming its core curriculum to provide a more enriching experience for students in every major.
Course Schedules
Lists the courses to be offered each semester, including time, location, unique number and instructor, as well as other essential registration information and instructions. The University is moving toward online-only publication of the Course Schedule.
The University Co-Op is located on Guadalupe directly across from the West Mall. Partially owned and operated by students, faculty and staff of The University, the Co-op sells UT clothing, textbooks, magazines, and has a camera department, as well as a service center for paying bills, shipping packages, etc.
Daily Texan
The award-winning student-run newspaper on campus.
The Drag
Refers to Guadalupe Street, in general and the portion of Guadalupe running between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK Blvd.) and W. Dean Keeton Street, in particular. The University Co-op, fast food establishments, clothing stores, etc., are located on the drag.
East Mall
The area east of the Main Building between Speedway and the bus circle on East 23rd Street.
EID (Electronic IDentity)
Your UT EID and password enable you to use secure UT web services such as: Registrar's Online Services (ROSE) registration, tuition and fee bill calculation, student address update, and ticket draws for intercollegiate athletic events. You can activate your UT EID and password when you get your student ID or online.
An eProxy is someone who has obtained a UTEID and has been granted the authority to access another person's electronic records through the web services offered here at UT. See the DHFS eProxy page and the UT Student eProxy page for more details.
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The biggest open house in Texas. Students, Faculty and Staff showcase UT's literary and art collections, student performances of dance, music, and theater, and cutting-edge scientific research for the Austin community.
Abbreviation for the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center located on the West Mall next to the Main (MAI) Building. The FAC houses the Undergraduate Library or UGL.
FAC Computer Lab
Use of the FAC computer lab is open to all students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin. Computers are accessed with your UT EID. The service is provided at no additional cost. In order to print in this facility, you must have a prepaid account such as Bevo Bucks. See the UTprint Service pages for instructions on printing in the lab. The University Acceptable Use Policy should be adhered to while using the lab.
FIG (First-Year Interest Group)
Designed to assist new students with their transition to the University, FIG is a group of up to 25 freshmen who take two to four courses together based on a major or academic area of interest and attend a weekly one-hour seminar facilitated by a professional advisor and peer mentor.
In the new undergraduate curriculum, courses performing certain developmental functions will be designated with "flags." Students will be required to take courses in each flagged area before graduating. Upon full implementation, flags will be required in six areas, including writing, quantitative reasoning, global cultures, multicultural perspectives and diversity, ethics and leadership, and independent inquiry.
Flat Tuition
Students pay a flat rate when they take between 12 and 18 hours of classes per semester, with the rates varying among colleges due to various lab/class costs in the specific colleges.
Forty Acres
The original UT campus was located on 40 Acres surrounding what is now the Tower. This is the area framed by 24th, Speedway, 21st, and Guadalupe Streets. (map)
Forum Seminars
Forum Seminars are courses that allow students to sample a range of different approaches to contemporary social and intellectual issues through weekly guest lectures from faculty in different departments at UT. The courses emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives on contemporary social issues, and they provide an entry into and foundation for the Bridging Disciplines Programs.
Freshman Reading Round-Up
This is a chance to interact with some of the best professors the University has to offer. Over the summer, read a book recommended by the professor you choose, and then, just before classes start, discuss that book in a relaxed setting with a small group of fellow freshmen. You should have already received an invitation by email to register online at; if not, get to a computer and sign up soon. Sessions fill quickly.
General Information Catalog
Refers to the booklet published by the Official Publications Division of the Registrar's Office which discusses general admission requirements, registration and fees, academic policies and procedures, student affairs, libraries and other academic resources. It may be purchased at campus area bookstores.
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Celebration taking place on the Main Mall the night before classes start each fall. Serves as the official "welcome" to the University of Texas.
Grade Reports
Students can view final grades through UT Direct using their EID or request that a printed grade report be sent at the end of the semester. Since students 18 years of age or older are considered by law and by the University to be adults, printed grade reports are mailed to the student at the address the student requests.
Grading System
The grade point average (GPA) is the single most frequently used evaluation of a student's classroom performance. In computing this average, the following point system is used: A=four points per semester hour, B=three points per semester hour, C=two points per semester hour, D=one point per semester hour, F=no points per semester hour. The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of hours taken into the number of grade points received. For example, a student who makes an 'A' in CH 301 and a 'B' in PSY 301 earns 12 grade points for Chemistry and nine grade points for Psychology. Adding those points together and dividing by the total number of semester hours (21 points divided by six hours) results in a GPA of 3.5.
The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center is to provide safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities through education, outreach and advocacy.
Hook 'em / Hook 'em Horns
The hand symbol, resembling the head of a longhorn, that UT fans use to show their school spirit. Introduced in 1955 by Harley Clark, the hand signal was an instant hit.
kvr-tv logo KVR-TV
Broadcasting from atop the UT Tower, KVR-TV is a completely student-run low-power commercial television station . KVR's over-the-air signal reaches homes in central- and east-Austin over VHF channel 9. In addition, KVR is available 24 hours/day in on-campus dormitories via cable channel and is simulcast over Time Warner Cable during certain hours of the day.
KVRX Radio
KVRX 91.7 shares an FM signal with a community radio station, broadcasts 12 hours daily with a signal that covers metropolitan Austin and outlying communities. The station is carried on Internet and dorm cable 24/7 at The mission of KVRX 91.7 is to provide the estimated 20,000 listeners in the Austin area with music and community programming that cannot be found in commercial media. Visit their web site at
The Multicultural Engagement Center’s mission is to transform lives by providing diverse educational opportunities and support services for students.
Office Hours
Hours when faculty members are available to meet with students in their offices. Many times, students may also make special appointments if they are unable to speak with a professor during his or her office hours.
Optional Fees
Charges for programs and services not included when a student pays tuition and required fees. Optional fees include Longhorn All-Sports Package, Department of Theatre and Dance tickets, Cactus yearbook, parking permits, Performing Arts Center/Tix for Six and the Analecta literary journal.
Orientation Advisor (OA)
OAs assist new students, transfer students, returning students and their family members in their transitions to The University of Texas at Austin. OAs are responsible for aiding students with academic advising, providing information about campus resources and services, educating students about campus policies and procedures and assisting students to acclimation to the University environment. In addition, OAs serve as representatives of the New Student Services area of the Office of the Dean of Students and The University of Texas at Austin.
The O-Zone defines the official Erwin Center student seating sections for Texas Basketball. There is an O-Zone in the arena level and an O-Zone in the mezzanine section. All O-Zone seats are general admission. There is high demand for O-Zone seats. You must plan ahead and be sure you have already purchased a Longhorn All-Sports Package (LASP) before attempting to sit in the O-Zone.
The Perry-Castaneda Library, named after Professor Ervin S. Perry, the first African-American appointed to the academic rank of professor, and Carlos E. Castaneda, developer of the Benson Latin American Collection, is the main library of The University. It has been rated among the top 10 libraries in the nation.
Peer Advisor
Upper-division students who assist colleges in the general academic advising process.
Abbreviation for prerequisite. A prereq is a course that is required before taking another course. Students should make sure they meet all prereqs listed in the Course Schedule ( before registering for a course or they may be dropped from that course.
"Q" Drop
A notation appearing on a students' transcript when they drop a class between the 12th class day and the 4th week of classes. This notation indicates a drop without an academic penalty. Approval must be given by the chair of the department offering the course and by the student's advisor and dean.
Registrar's Office
This office oversees registration; maintains and certifies student records; issues diplomas and transcripts; and publishes catalogs, course schedules and final exam schedules.
Registration Bar
A bar is a code placed on your record that will prevent registration. Bars are listed on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS). Here are the kinds of bars that may appear on your record and how you may clear them:
  • Financial. In most cases, financial bars may be paid in cash or by check at the Cashier's Office in MAI 8 or paid online by credit card.
  • Nonfinancial. You must resolve a nonfinancial bar in person at the administrative office that imposed it.
  • Advising. Many academic departments on campus require their students to be advised before registering for classes. View your RIS or consult the Advising and Major Codes section of the Course Schedule to see if the department of your major requires advising.
For more information, see the Registration page of the Registrar's Office website.
Residential FIG
A residential FIG is a small group of freshmen who live on campus in Whitis Court or Duren Hall and also share classes. See FIG for more information.
The campus residential network that provides an Internet connection through an Ethernet port in UT dorm rooms.
Required Fees
Students enrolled at UT are automatically assessed certain fees including but not limited to library fee, Student Services fee, Texas Union fee, Information Technology fee, Recreational Sports fee, Student Health fee and General Purpose fee. Additionally, newly admitted students must pay the General Property Deposit and New Student Orientation fee which are assessed one time upon entry to the University.
RIS (Registration Information Sheet)
A form prepared for each student that lists personal information, advising information, registration times and financial and nonfinancial bar information.
Scholastic Probation
In order to remain in good standing at the University, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (equivalent to a C average). Any student failing to meet this standard may be placed on scholastic probation. Student slang for this is 'scho pro.' For more detailed information, see the General Information catalog which may be purchased at the University Co-op.
Short-Term Loan
The University provides short-term emergency or tuition assistance loans to students. Emergency loans are cash loans, normally for one month and are designed to be repaid in full on or before the due date. Tuition loans, which have a one-to-three-month repayment period, must be applied to a student's fee bill. Any subsequent refund or tuition and/or fee payment must be applied to a cash or tuition loan regardless of the due date of the loan.
Signature Courses
Courses designed for first-year students on topics of contemporary interest. A Signature Course will introduce you to great faculty members and to some of UT's unique resources, while also honing your skills as a college student. In Fall 2007 you may choose a First-year Seminar that works as a Signature Course or sign up for one of the lecture format Signature Courses. By 2010, all entering students will take a Signature Course.
The Six-Pack
A group of six buildings on the South Mall--Parlin, Batts, Benedict, Mezes, Calhoun and Rainey.
the south mall South Mall
The area directly south of the Tower, surrounded by Parlin, Batts, Mezes, Calhoun, Benedict, and Rainey. Students are often found here studying, playing frisbee, or relaxing with friends.
Speedway Mall
The section of Speedway Avenue which has been closed to traffic between 24th Street and Inner Campus Drive. Student organizations and University departments set up tables and hold special events in this central-campus alternative to the West Mall.
Start Fresh
Sponsored by the New Student Services area of the Office of the Dean of Students, Start Fresh is a set of programs facilitated for new students the week before fall classes begin. Events typically include a movie night, casino night and a student organization fair.
Student Identificaton Card
Every student is required to have a University identification card (student ID). The card may be obtained after the student's first registration or at Summer Orientation. The student ID card is required for many purposes, including use of the libraries and University Health Services; it may also be used to draw tickets for or to be admitted to intercollegiate athletic events as well as other special events. The cost of a UT ID is $10. This one-time fee must be paid in addition to tuition and fees. Lost UT ID cards may be replaced for an additional $10 charge.
Student Liability Insurance
Students must show evidence of student liability insurance when enrolled in field experience courses that use off-campus facilities, if such facilities require the insurance.
Study Buddy
The Division of Housing and Food Service has developed an Online Study Buddy Program to enhance academics and community in on-campus residence halls. It's fast, it's easy, and it's secure. Just use your UT EID to log in, and find other residents who are in your classes
Given out on the first day of class, this outlines what will be covered in class, for example, assignments, expectations, the professor's office hours, and other pertinent information for that course.
TA (Teaching Assistant)
Some larger class sections have graduate teaching assistants who assist the professor with small study sections and who may teach labs.
Texas Exes Parents' Membership
UT Austin's alumni association, affectionately known as the "Texas Exes," has been serving alumni, students and parents since 1885. While your child contacts us for scholarship information, student leadership opportunities, or directions to the Alumni Center's wireless café, we invite you to enjoy full membership in the Texas Exes with access to member benefits and our bimonthly award-winning publication, The Alcalde. Call 800-369-0023 or go to to join. Parent membership with the Texas Exes is separate from membership in the Texas Parents, and 80 percent of the cost is a tax-deductible contribution.
Texas Exes Student Chapter
An annual student membership program sponsored by the Texas Exes that gives every UT student the opportunity to network personally and professionally with peers and alumni, support local communities, participate in nationally recognized traditions, define capacities for leadership, and share information. Annual dues of $15 are exchanged for a variety of member benefits, events, and programs, and a burnt orange t-shirt!
Texas Student Television
is a student run television station broadcasting over-the-air on FCC licensed low power channel 9, on the dorm cable system to over 7000 residents, 24 hours a day, and city-wide nightly Monday through Friday on Time Warner Cable to over 300,000 homes. Students from all majors are welcome to volunteer and even produce a wide variety of programs from news to comedy to entertainment.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
A state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. All students entering Texas public colleges and universities are required to take the TSI Test or show proof of exemption prior to enrollment. Information can be obtained by telephoning the TSI Office at 512-471-8277.
Texas Travesty
The Texas Travesty is the largest college humor publication in the nation. It appears monthly during the school year in print and on the web. Though the Travesty prints material written primarily by its regular staff, any UT student, staff or faculty member may contribute. Submissions may be sent to
the texas union Texas Union
Known as the "living room" of the University of Texas, the Texas Union offers lounges, meeting rooms, student organizational offices, fast food services, a large ballroom and an art gallery. The Texas Union also houses the famous Cactus Cafe, and an underground pool and bowling hall.
the UT tower The Tower
Also known as the Main Building, the Tower stands 307 feet tall. It houses Admissions, the President's Office, the Registrar's Office, the Cashier's Office, an information desk and other administrative offices. The Tower remains one of the best known symbols of the University.
Undergraduate Catalog
Refers to the booklet published by the Official Publications Division of the Registrar's Office. This publication discusses admission requirements that are particular to each college or school, lists faculty, describes content of courses offered by the colleges or schools and illustrates different degree requirements, among other things.
University Extension
Some UT courses, including most general education courses, are available in the evenings through University Extension. Courses are usually taught by UT instructors, and the classes tend to be small. Some of the rules for UEX courses are different from regular UT courses, so be sure to talk to an advisor or check out the policies on the Web site before enrolling.
Known as the University Teaching Center, this building is east of the Perry-Castaneda Library (PCL), and is linked to the Graduate School of Business (GSB) by an elevated pedestrian walkway (breezeway). UTC has two large auditoriums and numerous classroom spaces.
Computer system utilized by the UT libraries to help students locate resources.
UT Direct
Your personal Web interface for University business and online course sites. Customize your own personal page to access e-mail and schedules, pay your fee bill, renew library books and track news and events.
Your UT EID is your personal electronic identifier that you will use to access many computer services at UT. Your UT EID provides convenience and security for online University transactions. You can also use your UT EID to register online, claim a University e-mail address and much more.
UTmail provides UT Austin students and alumni with a university affiliated email address in the domain. Those who opt-in to the service can choose their email address and have 25+ GB of email storage. In addition, UTmail provides email for life.
A feature of online registration that allows undergraduate students to access open seats in closed classes. The list doesn't guarantee a student a seat in the class, but does allow her or him to wait for one to open up.
When a professor cancels class.
West Mall
The open area west of the Tower, surrounded by the Undergraduate Library, the Union, the West Mall Building and Battle Hall. Student organizations set up tables on the West Mall to recruit new members or publicize events. Rallies are often held in the rally space on the steps west of the Tower from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on weekdays.
To formally withdraw from The University of Texas at Austin as a student for the current semester. A student cannot withdraw from the University by dropping classes, but must follow the withdrawal procedure found in the Undergraduate Catalog.