Gone to Texas Video Contest

Gone to Texas 2024
New Student Video Contest

As the newest members of the vibrant Longhorn Community, you'll bring fresh energy and opportunities to campus during your time at The University of Texas at Austin. We invite you to share your perspective on the journey ahead through the Gone to Texas Student Video Contest.

Please use the following question to create your video:
What does having a Longhorn state of mind mean to you?

The top three finalist videos will be shown during Gone to Texas on Sunday, August 25, and the winner will be announced during the program. 

First place receives a $500 University Co-Op gift card; second place receives at $350 University Co-Op gift card; third place receives a $250 University Co-Op gift card. 

Let your creativity shine through. We can't wait to meet you!

Video Guidelines

1. Create a video using the following script: "My name is _________ [OPTIONAL: and my hometown is __________]. To me, having a Longhorn state of mind means …”

2. To be entered, video entries must:

  • Contain the required script (above).
  • Be original and created by an incoming student(s). Videos made by more than one incoming student, or a group of incoming students, will be allowed to enter for consideration. All participants must be new, incoming students. 
  • Not contain copyrighted content (audio, video, or still photography that the student does not own or that is not available in the public domain).
  • Be no more than 60 seconds in length.
  • Be saved in a H.264, .mov, .avi, 3GPP / 3GPP2 or .flv format.


Audio Requirements: Please pay close attention to the quality and levels of any audio tracks in the file. Please keep all music and dialogue at levels that are acceptable for playback and that maximize intelligibility.

Judging: Submissions will be judged based on their creativity, message, quality, uniqueness and entertainment value.

Submission Deadline: Due on or before Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CDT

How to Submit:

If you have questions, please email University Events & Experience universityevents@austin.utexas.edu.