Texas Intelligence Academy

Application Information

Texas Intelligence Academy - May 12 to 21, 2024

Application Deadline: January 12, 2024 by 11:59PM CST

Information Session: October 24, 2023; 5:00PM @Flawn Academic Center Room 430                                                         

Please carefully review and complete all of the following steps to submit your application for TIA. If you have any questions about the application process, please see the FAQ page or contact us at intelligencestudies@austin.utexas.edu.

Students selected as semifinalists will be contacted by January 26, 2024 to set up an interview. Finalists chosen to participate will be notified on or before February 9, 2024.


Eligibility Requirements

Required at time of application: 

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduation date - December 2024 or later
  • U.S. citizenship

Application Materials

  • Personal Statement:  Prepare a personal statement that explains your interest in intelligence, national security, or public affairs. Explain why you are interested in participating in TIA, your academic interests, previous relevant experiences and/or coursework, career ambitions, and describe any hardships overcome in pursuing your educational goals. Statements should be no more than two pages long, double-spaced with 12-point font. 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae:  Provide a one-page resume that describes your education, professional experiences (including volunteer work and internships), leadership roles, and/or other extracurricular experiences. Include your U.S. citizenship status.
  • Transcripts:  Submit a current official transcript or unofficial transcript/academic summary. The document must illustrate your history of coursework and grades.
  • Signed Disclosure Statement (if applicable):  Include a signed statement addressing the following points: 
  1. Any student disciplinary actions taken against you or pending at your current institution or any other institution you have attended.
  2. Any criminal convictions and/or deferred adjudications, as well as any pending criminal charges. A conviction includes the initial plea, verdict, or finding of guilt, plea of no contest, or pronouncement of sentence by a trial court, even if that conviction may not be final or sentence actually imposed, until appeals are exhausted. Only minor traffic violations may be excluded. For each pending charge or conviction, provide the following details:
    • Date, city, and state of arrest
    • Name and location of the court where the case was/will be heard
    • Details of the violation of which you were charged and/or convicted 
    • Dates of imprisonment 
    • Dates of probation period
    • Amount of fine

Please note that disclosure of such information does not automatically disqualify you from TIA; however, nondisclosure of this information is considered falsification of your application. 

  • Letters of Recommendation:  Include at least two short letters of recommendation. The letters should address your academic skills, analytic abilities, and leadership potential. At least one letter must be from a UT faculty member/professor who can speak to your academic work. Referees are welcome to submit their signed letters directly to intelligencestudies@austin.utexas.edu by the deadline.

Submission Procedures

Complete the submission form and upload the application materials in one pdf document in the following order:

  • Personal Statement 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (1 page)
  • Official Transcript or Unofficial Transcript/Academic Summary
  • Signed Disclosure Statement (if applicable)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation