How do I apply and when do I find out if I am accepted?

Please visit our "How to Apply" page for the most updated information. 

Can I participate in WINS and live off campus?*

Yes. However, when reviewing applications, preference is given first to those planning to live on campus. However, if you are interested in WINS, but have extenuating circumstances that keep you off campus, then you are encouraged to apply and send us an email describing the circumstances regarding your housing situation — be sure to include your name and EID.

Do I have to be committed to UT to apply to WINS?

No. Students do not have to be committed to UT to apply and be considered for WINS.  

Can I participate in WINS and other special programs?

It depends on the other program. Students accepted into University Leadership Network (ULN) or UT for Me may still apply and be considered for WINS. 

The application for WINS is linked to the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) application and decisions will be released concurrently. All students accepted to WINS will automatically be accepted to FRI as well. 

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. TIP Scholars, WINS, BSP, and all of our CNS Cornerstone programs have reserved classes and similar benefits. If you have already ACCEPTED a seat in any of the following, please do not apply to Women in Natural Sciences (WINS):

  • CNS Honors program (Dean's Scholars, Health Science Scholars, Polymathic Scholars, Turing Scholars, Human Ecology, or Texas CSB). 

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

What is the difference between WINS and WiSTEM? Can I participate in both programs?

WINS is a CNS Cornerstone based in the College of Natural Sciences. The program includes FRI acceptance, reserved courses, advising, and mentorship for first-year students in certain CNS majors as well as other opportunities for scholarship, travel, and support extending through graduation.

WiSTEM is a university-wide program housed in the Division of Campus and Community Engagement that is open to the university community and also includes a Living Learning Community (LLC) for first-year students across all STEM majors. Both programs are wonderful opportunities to engage and form communities with other women in STEM.

WINS students are able to and do participate in WiSTEM events open to the university community. WINS first-year students are also eligible to apply for and participate in the WiSTEM Living Learning Community in Kinsolving. This will have no impact on their WINS applications.

Is there a fee to participate in WINS or any of the program events? 

No, there is no fee for WINS. The only fees are associated with our optional cultural exchange and shadowing programs abroad, and we offer as many scholarships as we are able to for these opportunities.

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 or Statistics and Data Sciences for more information on opportunities within those majors. While we deeply support the objectives of the majors in these areas, they are already small programs with designated first-year cohorts/FIGs that include required reserved first-year courses not offered by WINS. In addition, because of reserved classes and the small size of many of these first-year majors/programs, the departments restrict participation in other programs that include class reservations. 

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 students apply for during the spring of their senior year of high school.  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 or transfer students?

While WINS aims to host programming for all CNS students each year, we are only able to offer full support services to incoming first-year students accepted to the program each year. WINS would love to serve more CNS students but currently do not have the staff or funding to provide support to students beyond the ones we serve at this time.

We recommend connecting with one of our many different registered student organizations such as SAGESBlack Women in STEMAssociation for Women in MathematicsGender Minorities in Physics, or Women in Computer Science. We also recommend checking out WiSTEM for their year-round programming open to all university students.

What are the requirements of participation in WINS?

All students participating in WINS must be accepted into both WINS and FRI, live on campus, plan to take first-year courses and a seminar reserved through WINS, as well as attend a welcome meeting during summer orientation. At the summer welcome meeting, students will meet their academic advisor, program mentors, and register for all of their classes. WINS students are also expected to remain in communication with their first-year mentor and active in WINS activities throughout the fall and spring semesters to continue with the program each year. 


*Subject to change