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.

JRYE initiatives include:

Cometline to Success – Destination: Graduation, a guide to help navigate the junior year.

Career Center – Information about seminars, networking events and expos, by way of an electronic newsletter.

Student Success Center – Provides opportunities for juniors to be Peer Led Team Leaders (PLTL) or tutors.

Undergraduate EducationFirst Year Leader Program

Financial Aid Resources – Periodic handouts about financial literacy, occasional financial information on the website, and financial literacy sessions each semester.

Junior Journal – Check your email for monthly electronic bulletins with upcoming events and important deadlines.

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Contact Us

For more information about JRYE, contact Kellie Hanford at kellie@utdallas.edu or 972-883-6147.

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.

Academics/Graduation

  • 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 scholarship 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 CometCareers 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 Career Center networking events:
    • Evening with Industry
    • Build Your Network
    • Resumania!
    • Career Advice and a Slice
  • Attend expo events:
    • Graduate school expo – via the 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

Study Abroad

  • Visit with a study abroad advisor.
  • Apply for the International Education Fund Scholarship.
  • Review the deadlines to submit Office of International Education protocol for future study abroad travel.
  • Participate in a study abroad, exchange mobility or faculty-led customized program.
  • Increase your foreign language skills.

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.