Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

The First-year Fall Retreat (FFR) is a required event hosted for newly admitted UT PGE undergraduate students. All incoming fall 2018 students, including freshmen and transfer students, are invited to take part in this exciting event, which introduces students to the Longhorn spirit and pride. The event is a great opportunity to make connections with your classmates, UT PGE faculty and staff, industry representatives, and, of course, have fun before the start of fall classes!

The retreat will be held off-campus on August 26-27, 2018 (Sunday and Monday) at The Retreat at Balcones Springs, approximately 45 miles northwest of Austin. UT PGE will take care of round-trip transportation for all students between Austin and Marble Falls.


We highly encourage new students to check-in to their new housing on Friday, August 24 and no later than Saturday, August 25.


  1. Please register for the retreat by Sunday, August 12, 2018 by 11 p.m. (Space is limited and there is the possiblity we will get full.)
  2. University policy states that events sponsored off-campus will require travel release and medical forms. The following documents should be submitted to CPE 2.502 by Friday, August 17 by 5 p.m.
  • Complete these forms if you are 18-years-old or older:
  • Complete these forms if you will be under the age of 18 by August 21:

*These forms cannot be faxed or emailed. If you cannot drop them off, the original forms need to be sent by mail.


  • Sunday, August 26 arrive before 11:50am – Meet at CPE 2.502. The bus will depart at 12pm!
  • Monday, August 27 at 6pm – Arrive back to CPE
  • Tuesday, August 28 at 6pm – Gone to Engineering event


  • All students will be taken to the retreat in a chartered bus
  • Students will not be allowed to drive themselves or carpool to the retreat


  • Team-building group challenge
  • Lake time, basketball, tennis, billiards and more
  • Hawaiian themed evening social

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothing for two days
  • Pillow, sleeping bag or twin-sized bedding (bed linens are not provided)
  • Attire for Hawaiian party
  • Toiletries (bath towels will be provided)
  • Sunscreen
  • Tennis shoes & flip flops
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock (alarm on phone will work)
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel

Students will be assigned to sleep in a cabin with 4 to 7 other classmates. The rooms are air-conditioned and have their own bathroom. Towels will be provided in the room. All meals and snacks are included – please do not bring any food. If anyone needs any special accommodations, the department will do its best to fulfill your request.

Contact Gabby Banales at 512-232-9306 for more information or questions about this event.


Thank you to the supporters of the 2018 First-year Fall Retreat:


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