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Mailing Address:

University of Texas at Austin
Women in Natural Sciences
1 University Station, G2500
Austin, TX 78712

WINS Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Morgan
PAI 5.60

Apply to WINS

How to Apply
First-Year WINS Application deadline: 

April 16, 2019



Can I participate in WINS and not reside in Kinsolving?

Those who apply and are accepted into the WINS Residential Program are required to live in Kinsolving. However, if you are interested in WINS, but have extenuating circumstances, then you are encouraged to apply and send us an email describing the circumstances regarding your housing situation in addition to explaining them on your application. Please note that exceptions are only granted under rare and extenuating circumstances (accepting a housing contract off-campus does not qualify as an extenuating circumstance). 

In addition, upperclassmen in the WINS Residential Program have no living requirements; although, many meet their future roommates during their first year in the program.

If I am applying for the WINS Residential Program, should I select Kinsolving as my first choice for housing?

Your first preference should be the residence hall you would like to live in if not selected for WINS.  As long as you reflect in your WINS Residential application that you would like to live in Kinsolving if accepted, then we will consider that your preference.  If selected for the WINS Residential Program, we will work with DHFS to place WINS participants appropriately.

If I do live in Kinsolving with the Residential Program, do I have to live with another WINS student?

We strongly encourage that you choose a WINS student or be interested in rooming with a WINS student. Those who choose to live with another WINS student will be given first priority during acceptances. If you already have plans to room with someone else, you would select them as your preferred roommate through the Division of Housing and Food Services (DHFS). Keep in mind that living with fellow WINS students is an integral part of the program and depending on space and availability, students interested in living with other WINS students will be given first priority during acceptances.

How do I apply for WINS?

Select students admitted to The University of Texas at Austin are sent a letter of invitation during the final months of their senior year in high school (usually mid to late March). If you wish to apply and did not receive an invitation, please visit How to Apply for more information.

Can I participate in WINS and other special programs?

Students accepted into University Leadership Network (ULN) and/or the Freshmen Research Initiative (FRI) may still apply and be considered for WINS. 

In order to give every CNS student a small community experience, students will not be accepted to more than one small community program in Natural Sciences. If you have already ACCEPTED a seat in any of the following, please do not apply to Women in Natural Sciences (WINS):

  • TIP Scholars, Biology Scholars Program, or any CNS Honors program (Dean's Scholars, Health Science Scholars, Polymathic Scholars, Turing Scholars, or Human Ecology Honors). 

If you applied to one of the above programs, but have not received a decision about your acceptance, feel free to apply to WINS with the understanding that, if accepted to both, you will have to choose one community to join.

If you have been accepted to a special program outside of the College of Natural Sciences, we will review your application on a case-by-case basis. 

What majors can apply for WINS?

Disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, marine science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, public health, and computer science.

Please visit the Environmental Science Major site and departments of Human Ecology for more information on opportunities within those majors.

Will participation in WINS affect a scholarship award?

No, participation in WINS will not affect a scholarship award.

Is WINS a student organization?

No. WINS is a departmental program that invites high-achieving high school students to apply in the spring of their senior year.  Once admitted, students have the opportunity to continue participating in WINS throughout their college career. Please visit How to Apply for more information.

Is WINS open to current students?

No, while WINS hosts programming for all students each semester, we are only able to offer full support services to incoming students at this time. We recommend connecting with one of our many different CNS student organizations or one of the women-focused organizations on campus for opportunities for current students.

What are the requirements of participation in WINS?

All students participating in WINS must be accepted into the program, live in the WINS LLC, plan to take first-year courses reserved through WINS, and attend a welcome meeting during summer orientation where they will meet their advisor and register for WINS classes. Students are also expected to remain active in WINS activities throughout the fall and spring semesters to continue with the program each year.