Learn more about the MITE program:

What criteria are used in reviewing applications?
We are most interested in your academic preparation-- essays, grades, test scores, rank, extra-curricular involvement and your interest in attending.  Approximately 500 applications are received each year and we accept 100 students total. Many students who apply to MITE are outstanding students and leaders in their communities. In addition to academics, we also consider socioeconomic status in order to provide opportunities to those who are overcoming any social or economic hardship.

What is the MITE application timeline?
Early February - MITE application opens
Early April - MITE application closes
Late April - MITE decisions sent out
Early May - Deadline to submit acceptance to attend
Early May - Consent forms sent via email to admitted students and families
Mid-May - Consent forms and supporting documents due

I submitted a MITE application. When will I find out the decision?
If you submitted a complete application for the program, you will be notified about our decision via email by late April. We cannot guarantee that you will get your decision earlier than this date.

Will participating in MITE boost my chances of being accepted into the Cockrell School?
Students are encouraged to list participation in MITE on their admissions application or write about their experiences in their college essay if they choose to do so. However, MITE students receive no extra advantage in the admissions process and no extra points based on participation. View a list of the academic and personal achievement factors that Texas Admissions considers when reviewing applications.

Are there transportation scholarships to MITE?
Meals and housing are paid for through donations from our sponsors. Students are responsible for coordinating their own transportation to and from The University of Texas at Austin, whether by air, bus, car, etc. Check-in and Check-out times will be the same for participants regardless of travel arrangements, so we encourage attendees to make travel arrangements accordingly.

Will I be able to choose my roommate?
In order to provide you with the collegiate experience, we match you with a student from a different school. Successful students at The University of Texas at Austin have the demonstrated ability to adapt to different environments and a desire to broaden their perspectives. At MITE, we hope to foster this growth. 

May I attend other non-MITE activities during the program? 
While it is great that MITE students are involved in many different activities, unfortunately students will not be allowed to leave campus to fulfill other obligations (night classes, swim practice, etc.). During MITE, students will be participating in group projects, activities and seminars from morning to night. One-hundred percent participation is required from students so that they may benefit from the entire program. 

May I arrive late or leave early?
Student check-in is tentatively scheduled for the Sunday of your session from 12-1 PM. Check out is tentatively scheduled for the Thursday of your session from 4-5 PM. We are not able to accommodate a late or early check-in or check-out time. Please adjust your schedule ahead of time.

May I have visitors during MITE?

MITE will have structured opportunities for friends and family to visit. More information will be provided during orientation on the first day of MITE. In order to create a comfortable and safe environment for all students, visitors will not be permitted in the dorm with the exception of parents picking or dropping off their student. MITE counselors will stay in the dorms with the students. 

May I leave campus?
Students are not allowed to leave campus without the supervision of a MITE counselor or the MITE coordinator. Students are not allowed to leave campus with visitors during the program.

May I bring my car?
Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their student. However, if this cannot be arranged, students may bring their own cars. Parking will be available in one of the garages for approximately $15-$18 per day. Students will not be allowed to drive their car or leave campus at any time during the program. This rule will be strictly enforced.

Is there a dress code?
We expect students to use their judgment in dressing like young adults. Students should dress casually for hot weather (shorts and T-shirts are fine) and bring comfortable walking shoes. There will be a lot of walking every day. Students will be required to change their clothing if it is offensive or inappropriate. Students will want to bring business casual attire for presenting their final projects.