The University Leadership Network (ULN) at The University of Texas at Austin is a nationally recognized program that helps students develop into leaders, succeed academically at UT Austin, and graduate in four years. ULN has been featured both on PBS NewsHour and in New York Times Magazine for its innovative approach.
ULN is an incentive-based scholarship program designed to remove financial barriers for students from under-resourced backgrounds. Many ULN students are the first in their family to attend college.
MORE ABOUT ULN
- Created in 2013 to improve four-year graduation rates
- 500 incoming freshmen selected each year
- 2,000 total students
- Comprehensive support provided by academic learning communities
- 750 on-campus ULN internships in 260 UT Austin offices provide professional development experiences
ULN students follow a comprehensive four-year plan that includes leadership and professional development training, internships and experiential learning, and participation in innovative academic success programs that include strategic advising for timely graduation and personalized interventions for struggling students.
A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY: DEMOGRAPHICS FOR ULN CLASSES OF 2018 - 2021
- 70% under-represented groups
- 70% first-generation college students
- 76% combined household income <$60,000
ULN students earn $5,000 annually (up to $20,000 over four years) in scholarships when they meet program milestones, which include completing 30 hours of coursework each year (25% of the hours needed to earn a degree in four years).
WHY ULN STUDENTS NEED YOUR INVOLVEMENT
These scholarships are critical to help students attend UT Austin and graduate in four years. While ULN students also qualify for Federal Pell Grants and Texas Grants to cover tuition and fees, it is usually not enough to cover all their living expenses. On average, they may have $8,000 remaining in unmet need. ULN scholarships provide students with critical funding so they do not need to work off campus during the school year and can participate fully in the Longhorn experience — with less stress and worry.