Longhorn TIES Student Support

Longhorn TIES provides one-on-one student support with trained coaches through comprehensive and drop-in services. All services are provided by trained, specialized coaches who provide individualized support and informed campus and community referrals related to academic, social, vocational, and independent living needs.  Prospective students or families interested in learning more about each service may complete the Longhorn TIES interest form and schedule an information meeting with a Longhorn TIES staff member.  

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Drop-In Services
Comprehensive Services

Current Students

Longhorn TIES Program Comparison Chart

 

Drop-In Services 

Undergraduate and graduate students who identify as neurodivergent are eligible for up to three free 50-minute drop-in meetings with a trained Longhorn TIES coach per semester. Students may schedule drop-in meetings at any point in the semester after completing the Longhorn TIES student support interest form and following instructions to schedule a meeting with a Longhorn TIES coach. Students who access drop-in services during a semester will automatically be notified regarding comprehensive service availability in the following semester. 

Comprehensive Services 

Undergraduate students who identify as neurodivergent are eligible to apply for Longhorn TIES comprehensive services. Acceptance into comprehensive services is contingent on staff availability. Comprehensive, pay-for-services programming includes but is not limited to pre-planning transition meetings, 1:1 coaching support, cross campus collaborations, monthly meetings and socials. Sponsorship opportunities and financial assistance are available for all students interested in applying for comprehensive services.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for Longhorn comprehensive services, students must:  

  • Be admitted or currently enrolled to an academic program at The University of Texas at Austin  
  • Identify as neurodivergent. Common neurodivergent diagnoses include (but are not limited to): Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome  
  • Start the Longhorn TIES application process by completing the online Longhorn TIES Student Support Services application and an initial consult meeting with Longhorn TIES staff
  • No other documentation (e.g. educational records, diagnostic information, letters of recommendation) will be requested or reviewed as part of the application process)
Support Levels

Longhorn TIES offers various levels of support based on a student’s experiences, progress and needs. First year students often benefit from transitional support services as they acclimate to the UT Austin environment. This may include campus and community resource navigation and referral, executive functioning skill development, including time management and organization, goal-setting and monitoring, professional development training, and more.

Upper class students often benefit from the ongoing development of skills and confidence inside and outside of the classroom which includes assistance navigating the intern and job search process and graduation.

Pre-Planning Transition Meetings

Incoming UT Austin students will have an opportunity to participate in pre-planning transition meetings prior to coming to campus. Longhorn TIES will provide information about acclimating to campus and utilizing campus resources and will be eligible for coaching meeting to assist with the transition to campus.  

Level 1 Services: Full College Transition Support

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Weekly meetings with trained coaches throughout the academic semester enrolled; students can request additional meetings if needed.
  • Coaching in areas such as self-advocacy, self-management, organization, time-management and life and social skills.
  • Meetings commonly address academic, social, vocational, and independent living needs, and are always tailored to the needs of the individual student.
  • Professional and social development training
  • Exclusive study halls-2 times a month
  • Assistance in self-monitoring academic progress and goal settings
Level 2 Services: General Student Support

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Bi-weekly meetings with trained coaches throughout the academic semester enrolled; students can request additional meetings if needed.
  • Coaching in areas such as self-advocacy, self-management, organization, time-management and life and social skills.
  • Meetings commonly address academic, social, vocational, and independent living needs, and are always tailored to the needs of the individual student.
  • Professional and social development training
  • Exclusive study halls-once a month
  • Assistance in self-monitoring academic progress and goal settings  
Application Timeline

Applications for the Fall 2022 semester will open March 23, 2022. Incoming UT Austin Students interested in applying to Longhorn TIES Comprehensive Services can submit an application once they have accepted an offer of admission from UT Austin and reserve their place in UT Austin’s entering class.

Current UT Austin students can apply for TIES comprehensive services for fall 2022 starting March 23, 2022. Acceptance will be based on staff availability.

Current TIES Students

Monthly Meeting 

The Longhorn TIES monthly meeting schedule for spring 2022 is below. Contact your coach for meeting locations and details. 
 

Date Time Topic
Tuesday, January 11 1:00 p.m. New Member Orientation
Thursday, January 20 5:30 p.m. Virtual Game Night
Tuesday, February 15 5:30 p.m. Helping peers in distress
Thursday, March 24 5:30 p.m. Neurodivergent graduate student panel
Thursday, April 21 4:00 p.m. Neurodiversity Mixer
Wednesday, May 4 6:00 p.m. Students on the Spectrum-End of Semester Celebration