Frequently Asked Questions About MITE

Learn more about the MITE Program through frequently asked questions.

Q. 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.

Q. What is the MITE 2018 application timeline?
February 1 - MITE Application opens at 8:00am
    March 15 - MITE Application closes at 5:00pm
    April 19 - MITE Decisions sent out
    May 1 - Accept MITE Notification deadline
    May 3 - Consent Forms sent out via email
                   to Admitted Students and Parents
    May 17 - Consent Forms and supporting documents due

Q. I submitted a MITE 2018 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 April 19, 2017. We cannot guarantee that you will get your decision earlier than this date.

Q.  Will participating in MITE boost my chances of being accepted into The Cockrell School?
A.  Students are encouraged to list participation in MITE on their admissions resume 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 the Office of Admissions considers when reviewing applications.

Q. Are there transportation scholarships to MITE?
Your 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. Students may fly or travel via Mega Bus in but will be responsible for arranging their transportation to and from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  (Check in and Check out times will be the same for participants regardless of travel arrangement therefore please make travel arrangements accordingly.)

Q. 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.

Q. 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. View a sample MITE schedule here.

Q.  May I arrive late or leave early?
A.  Student check-in is tentatively scheduled on the Sunday of your session from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  Check out is tentatively scheduled on the Thursday of your session from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  There will be no staff available to assist you with checking in late or leaving early. Please adjust your schedule ahead of time to accommodate the MITE program. If you are not able to do so, please contact us to cancel your participation.

Q.  May I have visitors during MITE?

A.  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 to help enforce rules. 

Q.  May I leave campus?
A.  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.

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

Q.  Is there a dress code?
A.  No. However, 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.


How to Apply to MITE

The MITE application for 2018 has closed. Admission decisions will be made by April 19.

Benefits of MITE

Attending the MITE Enrichment Program is one of the best ways to learn more about engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.


Contact Reyna Flores at or at 512-471-5953.

Youth Protection Program

The purpose of the Youth Protection Program (YPP) is to protect all minors in their university-sponsored activities and interactions involving members of The University of Texas at Austin community. Read more about the YPP and the restriction of carrying a concealed handgun by any person involved in a University of Texas at Austin camp/program for minors.