A K-12 outreach program of the Jackson School


About GeoFORCE

How many students are accepted to GeoFORCE each year?
GeoFORCE accepts 84 eighth grade students per year; 42 students from the Southwest region and 42 students from Houston.

How long is the GeoFORCE program?
GeoFORCE recruits students in the 8th grade and keeps them in the program throughout high school. It is a four-year commitment for the student and GeoFORCE.

How is GeoFORCE funded?
See our Sponsors pages. GeoFORCE has an annual budget of about $1.6 million, of which about 1 million is raised annually from gifts and grants.

How much does it cost for students to attend GeoFORCE?
GeoFORCE is an all-expense paid program. It is free for participants.

Is GeoFORCE safe for my child/student?

GeoFORCE works under the University of Texas’s Youth Protection Program to minimize risk to our students. You can read more about YPP and the guidelines it sets for GeoFORCE here.

About Applying

Who can apply to GeoFORCE?
8th grade students in Southwest Texas and Houston who go to our target schools.

My school is not on the list, why?
GeoFORCE can only accept 84 students each year. To fill those slots we target specific geographic areas. This focus helps us maintain contact with the students and organize events.

When will GeoFORCE come to my region?
GeoFORCE does not have plans to expand at this point, but it could expand in the future if funding allows.

How do I apply?
Check out the GeoFORCE application page for information and a link to apply.

What is a UT EID and why do I need one?
This is a system The University of Texas uses to keep track of everyone involved at UT, including staff, students, and kids enrolled in outreach programs. Students need a UT EID to apply and participate in GeoFORCE. GeoFORCE participants use the same UT EID and password throughout their time at  GeoFORCE.

What are the requirements to apply?
Students need a GPA of 3.0 or better and no grade lower than a B in math or science in 7th and 8th grade. They need to write an essay and submit transcripts and a teacher recommendation. More information can be found on the application page.

How long does the essay have to be?
The essay should be 1-2 pages, double-spaced.

When is the deadline?
Jan. 31, unless that falls on a weekend.

What if I didn’t get in during 8th grade?
If there are more qualified applicants than GeoFORCE can accept, the applicants are placed on a waiting list and can be accepted in the program if slots open up during their high school years. Sometimes high school students are added to the waiting list or to the program.

For Returning GeoFORCE Students

Do I have to apply every year?
No. BUT returning GeoFORCE students do have to re-register every year. See the returning students page for more information.

How do I register for this summer’s events?
Students registering for this summers events, should go to the returning students page, log into the GeoFORCE database update their contact information, and upload their current transcripts and essay.

Why do you need my transcript?
In order to stay in GeoFORCE, students need to pass a Math and Science course every year–ending in an eventual graduation with a Distinguished High School Diploma if all required courses are offered by the school. We expect our students to maintain a 3.0 GPA with an 80 in their Math and Science classes.

If I switch schools after being accepted in to GeoFORCE, can I still stay in the program?
Yes, once accepted to GeoFORCE students may stay in the program no matter where they move, as long as they are able to get to us to attend the summer field course.

What if I have to miss a trip?
Our students are allowed 1 excused absence from an Academy trip to still be considered as having completed the GeoFORCE program. Excused absences must be documented. They include a contagious illness/medical emergency (with a doctor’s note), a death in the family (with a parental note stating relationship to deceased and date of death/funeral service), a natural disaster (with photographic proof of inability to travel), or a conflicting event (wherein an Excuse Form must be submitted by April 1st and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.) Students are occasionally allowed to arrive late or leave early from a trip, provided 45 days advanced warning is given and they arrange their own transportation. When in doubt, contact us and discuss the situation. We try to accommodate as much as possible.

I forgot my UTEID, how can I get it?
Email us at geoforce@jsg.utexas.edu or use the UT EID Self-Service Tools.

For GeoFORCE Graduates

What is the GF Grads Program?
GF Grads is our program for all graduates of GeoFORCE. It starts in your senior year of high school, after your final summer GeoFORCE trip. Your first GF Grad event is a fall field trip focusing on career options. There is also a spring field trip, just to celebrate high school graduation.

The focus of GF Grads is college, so senior year we will help you with college application and financial aid application questions. While you are in college GF Grads will keep in touch, offer mentoring and advice, and possibly drop by to take you out for a meal.

How often does the GF Grads Bulletin come out?
It is published quarterly, in August, November, February, and May.

How do I keep in touch with GeoFORCE after high school?
Be sure we have an updated email address for you so you can receive all our news, and follow GeoFORCE on Facebook.

Why should I keep in touch with GeoFORCE?
Well we have known you since you were 13 or 14, and we like you, so we want to know how you are doing. Also, we want to brag about you. Our sponsors really want to know how GeoFORCE kids fare beyond high school, and so we report annually about what our grads are up to. Our sponsors want to hire you, so if we know how to reach you and what education you’ve had, we can put you on contact with each other.