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The Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE) program offers alternate entrance to The University of Texas at Austin to select students. PACE participants spend their freshman year on the Forty Acres part-time, taking one class per semester at the university while completing the majority of their coursework at nearby Austin Community College (ACC) – Rio Grande.

At the end of the year, those who successfully complete PACE requirements continue their undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin full-time and on track for on-time graduation, and are automatically admissible to a number of majors in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education or Moody College of Communication.


Each PACE student has access to a dedicated team of advisors at both institutions whose job it is to ensure their success. PACE advising employs a student-focused comprehensive advising model to help participants successfully matriculate while navigating issues common for first-year students.

Advisors support students by cultivating the use of holistic perspectives in developing and accomplishing personal, academic, and professional goals. In addition to assisting with academic planning, advisors work closely with students to promote a growth mindset, assist in development of life skills, and positively impact the UT-Austin and ACC campus communities.


The PACE Mentor program connects former and current PACE students. Mentors are selected from previous PACE cohorts and advise current students on the first-year experience and best practices for navigating two institutions. PACE Mentors support their mentees through targeted event planning, co-facilitation of weekly courses, and by conducting group and individual meetings. Mentors are well-trained and supervised by PACE advising staff.

PACE Seminars

These weekly, one-hour non-credit courses serve as an extension of comprehensive advising and seek to provide students with the support and tools they need to be successful. Sessions are led by PACE peer mentors and the lead UT-Austin PACE advisor, with support from advisors at ACC.

Students develop a sense of community as they attend classes, study, and participate in various activities and events with their mentors and fellow PACE first-years. In addition to providing support for academic transition, the courses provide students an opportunity to learn more about co-curricular programming at both campuses and promote major and career exploration.


Jasmine Rose (JR) Schmitt, M.Ed.
PACE Program Coordinator
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