The Office of Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Success Scholars

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In 2014, the Office of Undergraduate Education created the Undergraduate Success Scholars (USS) program to provide formal guided pathways for select underrepresented minority undergraduates. The program structure addresses the needs of each incoming cohort by building upon each academic year in a manner that facilitates achievement of academic goals and personal development. Participants in the USS program have the opportunity to attend individual meetings, exclusive cohort events (networking, informational sessions, and workshops), and campus-wide activities. The USS program team continuously assesses the skills and academic progress of participants in order to make informed decisions about referrals to on campus resources. Each year, Undergraduate Success Scholars create personalized success plans, receive mentorship, participate in cultural experiences, and contribute to the campus and external community through service.

The 2017 Undergraduate Success Scholar Acceptance Form is due by the deadline stated in your invitation.

Mission

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The mission of the USS program is to assist participants with the following:

  • Acclimating to a competitive university environment
  • Aligning personal abilities with professional aspirations
  • Developing time management skills
  • Selecting extracurricular activities
  • Navigating the university system
  • Developing an academic and social support structure
  • Addressing financial, academic, and personal needs
  • Achieving personal and academic goals

This is a progressive four-year program. The table below illustrates the USS approach to each year at UT Dallas.

Year 1: Academic Foundations and Social Capital
  • Receive mentorship or personal success coaching, as needed
  • Complete Goal Map and Success Intake
  • Attend monthly one-on-one meetings with program specialist
  • Participate in customized events like faculty and staff networking, major-related presentations and a scholarship/financial aid workshop
  • Enroll in Student Success Center resources
  • Connect with specific Career Consultant and take a career assessment
Year 2: Academic Enrichment and Cultural Capital
  • Participate in service and volunteer programming
  • Provide mentorship
  • Explore undergraduate research, internship, and study abroad opportunities
  • Attend cultural activities and events at Dallas performing arts venues (opera, art museums, or plays)
  • Identify extracurricular opportunities related to personal interests and professional goals
Year 3: Leadership Development and Goal Evaluation
  • Refine educational and life goals
  • Evaluate specific preparations needed for next career and academic stage
  • Participate in career shadowing
  • Further develop relationships with faculty, staff, and other students
Year 4: Goal Attainment
  • Celebrate cohort success
  • Prepare resumé and identify employment opportunities
  • Participate in Career Center Diversity Networking Event
  • Engage in graduate and professional school application workshops

Selection and Acceptance Process

The application to the university serves as the USS application. Eligible candidates are underrepresented minority, first time in college freshmen who are degree seeking undergraduates. Interested students must apply and gain admission to UT Dallas by the regular application deadline. Students selected for the USS program, must accept membership by the deadline stated in your invitation.

Participant Expectations

Students who accept an invitation to participate in the USS program are required to meet specific program and academic expectations. All participants commit to the following expectations:

  • Attend the mandatory USS retreat at the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • Participate in at least one USS event each semester.
  • Meet with the Office of Undergraduate Education once per semester.
  • If enrolled in a course supported by Peer-Led Team Learning or Supplemental Instruction, participate in those resources.

Click here to submit the USS Workshops RSVP Form

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Program Endorsements

"My success coaching meeting was great! When I met with my mentor, he advised me how to study more efficiently - especially in classes in which I was struggling."
– Cohort 1 Member

"I thought the Scholars Reception was awesome, it was nice knowing so many people actually cared about my success. It honestly made me feel like I could depend on them when I am seeking advice."
– Cohort 1 Member

"I am so thankful for what USS has done, and for showing that advisors care about me! Words can't express how grateful I am!"
– Cohort 1 Member

Contact

If you have questions about the Undergraduate Success Scholars Program or want to learn more, email ugdean@utdallas.edu.

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