Too often, the demands of college life crowd out the most important questions of how to live and what the human journey is all about.
There’s more to your life than your job and there should be more to college than professional development.
Today’s career-oriented college education focuses solely on the professional development of students while an education in long-lasting erotic and platonic relationships, for example, lays beyond the scope of modern university curriculum. The mission of the Undergraduate Fellows Program (UFP) is to remediate the shortcomings of such an education. Thus, the program provides undergraduates a theoretical and practical foundation in the four pillars of a good life: relationships, work, civic engagement, and community (religious and secular) commitment.
"The Austin Institute has been solid intellectual ground amidst the turbulent waters of day-to-day college life. The companionship I have found here has been embracing, stimulating, and edifying. The quality of conversations and character at the Institute is unmatched—I am truly lucky to have found it."
Hannah, University of Texas, Undergraduate Fellow
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS FOR AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATION
The UFP invites those students who want to take their places as full-formed adults in the world beyond college to apply for a fellowship. We’ll help you get ready to do that. Our program is designed for students who know there should be more to college than preparing for a job and more to life than work and screen time -- students who want to ask bigger questions and get more out of life.
WHAT IS THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS PROGRAM?
UFP is a two-year curriculum aimed at enriching students's intellectual as well as personal lives.
Private events, discussions, and lectures
Exclusive 10-day Intellectual Get-Away Retreat
A two-year-long curriculum
Year One: Beauty, Relationships
Year Two: meaningful work, civic and community engagement
The formation is cyclical; you can join either year one or year two of the curriculum.
You reap all the benefits of the program when you commit for two years!
Why Beauty Matters
Technology: For Or Against Us?
Romantic Relationships: Love and Restraint, Dating, Marriage and Divorce
UFP Welcome Retreat: Our Search For Meaning
TWO-YEAR FORMATION TRACK
During the first year, the program is focused on the broader foundations of a good life, a meaningful existence and healthy human relationships. The great works from philosophy and literature will guide students in pursuing the deep questions. There will also be a practical or applied component, applying ancient wisdom and literature’s insights directly to one’s own life on friendship, virtue, dating, love, family, colleagues and even strangers on the internet – the relationships that shape our lives.
The second year of the cycle focuses on the deeper meaning of work, as an instrument of human and societal fulfillment, and on how best to engage in civic and political discourse and action. Students will see their lives not only as individuals, but also as community members. They will become capable of identifying and joining those groups, associations, and causes that most reflect their own passions, dreams and goals.