Camp Texas est.1993

Tradition starts here.

Camp Texas is an extended orientation camp held in Burnet, Texas, designed exclusively for new Longhorns! For three days, you will engage in fun, summer-camp-style activities to help you learn UT traditions, break out of your shell, and get prepped for your first day on the Forty Acres. Camp Texas is where you will find your community, create meaningful friendships, and make memories that last a lifetime.

Need another reason? The data shows that Camp Texas attendees are more successful at UT. On average, attendees have higher GPAs and a higher four-year graduation rate than students who didn’t attend. Plus, every student who attends Camp Texas receives a Student Membership!

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What is Camp Texas?

Why Attend?

Students who attend Camp Texas consistently become campus leaders who have fulfilling experiences at UT. You will enjoy:  

  • Interactions with some of UT's best faculty in a casual setting.  
  • Outstanding student counselors who provide peer-to-peer guidance on getting involved and finding your way.  
  • Navigate uncertainty and unknowns through connections with other Longhorns
  • Leave the session with a clear plan for how to succeed at UT.

Camp Texas Packages

The cost for Camp Texas is $275, which includes three days and two nights lodging at Camp Buckner, seven meals, transportation to-and-from campus and the retreat site, a Texas Exes Student Annual Membership, and a burnt-orange Camp Texas t-shirt. On-campus parking will be available for an additional fee. 

Student Membership Options

All campers receive a Texas Exes Annual Student Membership. Upgrade your experience by becoming a Texas Exes Student Life Member! Student Life Members get access to additional opportunities and invites to special events while on campus. Plus, 100% of Student Life Member dues will be applied as a credit towards a Life Membership at graduation. Call 1-800-369-0023 for details or to purchase a membership by phone. Upgrade to Life today!

Aug. 4 – 6

Session 1

CT Session 3

Aug. 6 – 8

Session 2

CT Session 4

Aug. 8 – 10

Session 3

CT Session 6

Aug. 10 – 12

Session 4


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Interested in being a Camp Texas counselor?

Camp Texas Counselors serve as ambassadors for the Texas Exes, provide a warm welcome to incoming students at Camp Texas, and act as a resource for campers throughout their first semester. If you would like to be added to our list for additional information and upcoming reminders, let us know!

Joseph Romero

Camper 2022, Class of 2026

"Camp Texas gave me a sense of belonging as well as a home during the beginning of my journey. I still consider Camp Texas my home away from home, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I met amazing new people and tried new things I never would have before. Camp Texas helped mold my journey through UT for the better.”


Camper 2019, Class of 2023

"Camp Texas gives you a community before you even step foot on the Forty Acres. I was a camper in 2019, and I met so many amazing people, including Natasha, who became my friend, roommate, and fellow Camp Texas counselor. My college experience would not be the same without Camp Texas."


Camper 2022, Class of 2026

“My favorite part of Camp Texas is the overall camp environment. Camp Texas does an amazing job of fostering an environment where everyone feels accepted, valued, and heard. Every counselor makes you feel like you belong, and it truly is such a great way to start your college journey.”

A Look at Camp Texas

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Camp Texas as a Transfer Student

My Experience as a Camp Texas Counselor


Who Can Attend

Any incoming freshmen, transfer students, and PACE students are invited to attend Camp Texas.

Cancellation Policy

If, for any reason, you must cancel your Camp Texas registration, you must request your refund by Monday, June 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. There will be no refunds after this date. Refunds prior to the refund deadline will receive the registration amount, minus a $65 cancellation fee. To request a refund, you will need to submit your request by using this form. Select Camp Texas from the drop-down list. Please include the camper’s name, UT EID and session.

Students with Disabilities

Camp Texas is available to all incoming students. Please call (512) 840-5632 to talk with our staff about accommodations or any concerns you may have. 

Fee Waiver

There are a limited number of spots reserved per session for Camp Texas fee-waiver recipients. To be considered for a Camp Texas fee waiver, you must complete an application.    

Apply for a Camp Texas fee waiver 

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Filling out a Camp Texas fee waiver application does not guarantee you a spot. If you wish to secure a Camp Texas spot, you must register and make an out-of-pocket payment for your session of choice. If you are selected to receive a fee waiver, your registration fee will be reimbursed.  

If you are not selected as a fee waiver recipient, and you wish to cancel your Camp Texas registration, you must do so according to the cancellation policy.

For Chapter/Network Scholarship Recipients:  

The Texas Exes have over 100 Chapters and Networks worldwide, many of which provide a limited number of scholarship to attend Camp Texas. Check with your local Chapter to inquire about scholarship opportunities.If a Chapter selects you as a recipient, the Texas Exes Scholarships department will contact you with registration information.   

NOTE: If you reserve a spot as a Camp Texas fee waiver/Chapter/Network scholarship recipient and you do not attend your session, or if you fail to cancel by Monday, June 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m., you will be responsible for paying back the waiver or scholarship amount to the Texas Exes’ Camp Texas program or your awarding Chapter/Network. 


UT Parking and Transportation is offering campers paid parking in the San Jacinto Parking Garage for a fee of $36. If you choose to purchase a parking permit, you must do so online before 10:00 p.m. the night before your session begins. To purchase please complete the following steps: 
1.     Select "University of Texas (Camp Texas)" as your venue at the bottom of the list. If you do not see "University of Texas (Camp Texas)" as an option, please check back later.
2.     Scroll down to your camp check-in date and click the "Find Parking" button. 
3.     Follow the instructions to complete your purchase. 
Please note: You must print the permit before arriving at the Alumni Center. Make sure you scan it when entering AND exiting the San Jacinto Garage—even if the gate arms are in the up position


The cost for Camp Texas is $250, which includes three days and two nights lodging at Camp Buckner, seven meals, transportation to-and-from campus and the camp, a Texas Exes Student Membership, and a burnt-orange Camp Texas t-shirt. On-campus parking will be available for an additional fee. Price will increase to $275 beginning June 4. 

Your Texas Exes Student Membership will give you access to yearlong benefits like student programming, networking, free t-shirts, discounts, and more! 

Check in/Check out

All campers will check-in at the Alumni Center, located at 2110 San Jacinto on the UT campus between 10–10:30 a.m. on the first day of their Camp Texas session.  

All students will be back in Austin at the Alumni Center by 2:30 p.m. on the last day of their session. All campers must exit the garage or be picked up by 3 p.m. 

Packing List

Everything you need to bring to Camp Texas


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