The University of Texas at Arlington
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
MavLink Newsletter - September 2011
UTA Recruitment Office Welcomes High School Counselors with Newsletter
UT Arlington's Office of Undergraduate Recruitment welcomes high school counselors back to school with the launch of the first issue of the MavLink newsletter.
This newsletter serves as a virtual link to UTA – summarizing important events, and keeping you aware of updates and impending deadlines.
UT Arlington made significant advancements and improvements last year. The incoming freshmen class represented our best and brightest class yet. Nearly 90% of incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school classes. As a result, more than $13.4 million in scholarships were awarded to new and returning students for 2011-12.
Physical changes are also underway on campus. The new Engineering Research Building opened last spring, and construction on the College Park Center continues. The CPC will open in January as work continues in the College Park District to open Vandergriff Hall, a new Student Welcome Center, retail stores, and apartments in the summer of 2012.
If you have received this newsletter in your email, you are already subscribed and will receive our next issue in November. You can choose to unsubscribe online, or you can also recommend a subscription to your colleagues online. For more information about the University, please contact your admissions counselor or visit the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment’s website at www.uta.edu/admissions.
Maverick Speakers Series Announces Lineup for 2011-12
UT Arlington recently announced the lineup for the 2011-12 Maverick Speakers Series, a program that exposes students and the community to big ideas about innovation and societal change from the leading voices of our time.
Emmitt Smith, the National Football League’s all-time leading rusher, opens the series on October 20, 2011. He’ll bring his insights about football and life in a lecture titled, “A Championship Vision.”
The founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, mark the second event on November 17. They will speak about entrepreneurism, social responsibility and their radical business philosophy.
The spring semester will feature CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic wreck Robert Ballard, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Previous speakers included Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sally Ride, David Gergen, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Cal Ripken, Jr. The series began in 2008.
Tickets to the Maverick Speakers Series are free and available at utatickets.com
Preview Day Registration Opened Sep. 5
The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment opened registration for Preview Day, UT Arlington's open house event, on September 5.
Preview Day allows students to discover what life at UT Arlington is like, including the different academic and student life opportunities available at the University. The half-day events are held four times each year. The fall semester Preview Days will be held on October 29 and November 19.
The event offers a flexible schedule so that prospective students and their families can choose the sessions that are most important to them. After the welcome session, students have the opportunity to take a campus tour, visit housing facilities, listen to sessions about each of the academic colleges, mingle with current UTA students and department representatives at an Academic and Student Life Fair, and attend information sessions relative to the college search process (admission, housing, financial aid and scholarships). A sample schedule can be found online.
Preview Day's regular sessions run from 8am to 1:10pm, with an optional academic tour from 1:15pm to 2:30pm.
Preview Day is free to students and their guests. Counselors can encourage their students to sign up for Preview Day online at www.uta.edu/previewday.
Special Events for Top High School Performers
Many top students made UT Arlington their university of choice this year, but the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment will continue to focus their attention on the brightest, highest-achieving students again this year through special events just for top performers. About 27% of incoming students graduated in the top 10% of their high school class.
Senior Academic Excellence Day is a unique "day-in-the-life" event for students who score high on their SAT or ACT test. These events are limited to 30 students so that the Recruitment Office can program a tailor-made schedule that is unique to each students interests. Each student's day can include personal meetings with representatives from their academic college, sitting in on a college course, and other custom sessions.
These events are invitation-only and UT Arlington only invites students who earned at least a 1200 SAT (CR+M) or a 27 ACT score. This limits the eligible attendees to students who would be eligible for the highest scholarship awards.
We encourage you to help us identify your top students. Please contact your admissions counselor if you work with a student who would be the right candidate for this event, but was not invited. UT Arlington's admissions counselors will be able to invite eligible students who do not have a current SAT or ACT score on file at the recommendation of their high school guidance counselor, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.
9/12-9/24 Dallas TACRAO Fairs
Kenne Evans, Adam Pitts, Cassie Kimbrough, Sophia Pomaney and our team will be visiting schools at DFW area college fairs. Contact Kenne Evans (Dallas county, excluding GP ISD) at 817-272-5271 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Cassie Kimbrough (Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Kennedale ISD or Johnson, Hood, Ellis, and Somervell Counties) at 817-272-0009 or at email@example.com. Contact Adam Pitts (Tarrant county minus AISD, Mansfield, and Kennedale) at 817-272-3702 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Sophia Pomaney (Collin, Denton, Wise, Cooke, Grayson and Montague) at 817-272-5192 or email@example.com.
9/26-9/30 Central Texas TACRAO Fairs
Kevin Cheek and our team will be visiting schools at Central Texas college fairs. Contact Kevin at 817-272-7186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/3-10/6 West Texas TACRAO Fairs
Tony Talamantes will be visiting schools at West Texas college fairs. Contact Tony at 817-272-5396 or email@example.com.
10/7 31st Annual Bed Races
Join the fun as teams of students push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes at the University's longest running tradition, Bed Races. 7pm Maverick Stadium.
10/3-10/14 Houston Area TACRAO Fairs
Winfred Barnes and our team will be visiting schools at Houston area college fairs. Contact Winfred at 713-498-4690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/19 Senior Academic Excellence Day
Senior Academic Excellence Day will be held in the University Center from 8am-4pm.
10/20 Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith will give a lecture titled "A Championship Vision." Tickets available at utatickets.com. 8pm Texas Hall.
10/24-10/27 San Antonio Area TACRAO Fairs
Tony Talamantes and our team will be visiting schools at San Antonio Area college fairs. Contact Tony at 817-272-5396 or email@example.com.
10/29 Preview Day
Preview Day will be held in the University Center from 8am-1:15pm.
10/31-11/5 Fort Worth Area TACRAO Fairs
Adam Pitts and our team will be visiting schools at Fort Worth Area college fairs. Contact Adam at 817-272-3702 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11/14-11/18 East Texas Area TACRAO Fairs
Evan Copeland and our team will be visiting schools at East Texas college fairs. Contact Evan at 817-272-0036 or at email@example.com.
12/2 Maverick Showcase
Save the date for Maverick Showcase. This event lets high school or community college guidance counselors discover all the great opportunities available to their students. The day long event includes presentations and demonstrations detailing academic opportunities and campus life.