Junior Year Experience at UT Dallas

The Junior Year Experience (JRYE) program at UT Dallas provides tools that will empower juniors to:

  • Refine their educational and life goals.
  • Prepare for their chosen career path.
  • Further develop their skills as citizens and leaders.
  • Further develop relationships with faculty, staff and other students.
The Junior Year Experience is part of Student Transition Programs. The Student Transition Programs office is working remotely at this time. For more information about JRYE, please contact us at [email protected].

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Cometline To Success
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Destination: Graduation

The Cometline to Success is a guide to help you navigate your junior year. It is not all-encompassing or a required checklist. Integrate these suggestions as they best fit into your personal and academic goals.


  • Meet with your academic advisor for your 75-hour audit.
  • Review your degree plan.
  • Review your core courses.
  • Improve your GPA.
  • Submit your application for a fast-track program.

Taking Care of Business/Money Management

  • Work with a financial aid counselor.
  • Create a personal budget and review and update it regularly.
  • Attend money management workshops.
  • Determine your financial options for graduate school.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January.
  • Check the UT Dallas scholarships website to determine your eligibility for institutional scholarships and third-party scholarships.

Career Planning

  • Find and take advantage of opportunities to develop the skills employers seek when hiring graduates.
  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss your career path and employment opportunities.
  • Conduct a mock interview to practice your interviewing skills.
  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by a resume editor.
  • Establish or update your Handshake account.
  • Attend a series of seminars designed to help you:
    • Write a professional resume.
    • Learn how to interview.
    • Conduct an effective job search.
    • Select graduate and professional schools.
  • Attend University Career Center networking events:
    • Evening with Industry
    • Build Your Network
    • Resumania!
    • Career Advice and a Slice
  • Attend expo events:
    • Graduate school expo – via the University Career Center.
    • Law school fair – co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Advising Office.
    • Health professions expo – co-sponsored by the Health Professions Advising Office.
  • Obtain an internship.
  • Network for success.

Involvement and Leadership Development

  • Participate in monthly service learning opportunities.
  • Go on an Alternative Spring Break trip.
  • Take the Student Leadership Challenge.
  • Apply for leadership positions in your student organizations.
  • Attend leadership development workshops, retreats and programs.

Study Abroad

Graduate School

  • Investigate graduate/professional school opportunities.
  • Register and pay for admission prep courses and tests:
    • GRE – Graduate Record Exam – Multiple choice admission test for graduate school.
    • GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test – Required by most business schools.
    • MCAT – Medical College Admission Test.
    • LSAT – Law School Admission Test.
  • Review requirements and timelines; applications are typically due in December and January.