For all of you who just received word that you were offered the Cap program...I feel your pain. Just like you, I logged onto bealonghorn, and saw the very disappointing news. That was two years ago, and all I can say is time sure does fly.
At the time I had two choices: go to Rutgers, a school that I applied to just for the heck of it... or go into the Cap Program. I took some time weighing out the pros and cons...Rutgers is a pretty good school with great programs, but it was out of state, expensive, and I had never visited. Then there was UT-Arlington, the closest system school I could attend for the Cap Program. Naturally, I said, " to hell with UTA! I'll just go to Rutgers!"...but as I looked into Rutgers, I finally began to realize it wasn't for me...It also wasn't what I really wanted. Lets face it folks, Austin is one of the best places in the world- a great city, awesome university, and cool people. So, with much thought, I decided to sign up for the cap program.
The year at UT-Arlington went by fast. I met a lot of good friends for life, and I have a new found respect for last tier universities...lol. UT-Arlington is by no means like Austin, but it is a great way to start your college career. The worst part of the whole cap experience was having to say goodbye to friends at the end of the spring semester.
Ok enough about me... as for some advice on deciding what to do...Look at all the options. If Austin is where you have always wanted to go, then it would be a good idea to consider the cap program. It's great if you have been accepted to other colleges, but please do not base your enrollment decision because of your initial rejection from Austin. You might be very disappointed during your first semester at a school you know little about.
To sum this all up... make informed decisions, take a tour of the closest cap-participating system school, and pat yourself on the back for all the hard work you've done.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to pm me.