Less than 40 years after the annexation of Texas in 1883, the University of Texas was founded in Austin. This 4-year public university has grown with the capital city – covering over 430 acres within the sprawling city limits. Austin, situated along the Colorado River and featuring 3 man-made lakes, is a bustling technology center that is home to some of the largest tech and bio-tech companies in the world. The University is downtown and contains an expansive network of tunnels (constructed in the 1930s) that interconnect the campus buildings. Notable Longhorn alumni include 15 congressmen, former First Lady Laura Bush, actor Matthew McConaughey and noted journalists Bill Moyers and Walter Cronkite.
Degrees available in the 18 distinct schools range from Bachelor’s and post-baccalaureate certificates to Master’s and Doctorates. Programs include campus-based, online and foreign studies programs. UT Austin is best known for excellence in Business (primarily Accounting), Engineering, Bio-tech fields and Communications/Journalism. The school’s mission statement states their goal is to “achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service. The university provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels. The university contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development of new knowledge. The university preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state’s economy, serves the citizens through public programs and provides other public service.” Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School, Commission on Colleges, UT Austin has been recognized for accreditation in Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychology, Speech-Language, Nursing and the Artistic fields.
The 51,000+ student body keeps busy on campus with over 1000 recognized clubs and organizations. There is much to do on campus as well, where 7 museums and 17 libraries comprise over 9 million volumes (making it the 7th-largest academic library in the country). NCAA Division I sports keep fans busy – and happy with over 50 national championships in the past 65 years! “Hook-em Horns!” is the battle cry for the burnt orange and white and the Longhorn Band boasts the ‘largest bass drum in the world’! The core values of the University include Learning — A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow. Discovery — Expanding knowledge and human understanding. Freedom — To seek the truth and express it. Leadership — The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible. Individual Opportunity — Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university. Responsibility — To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond. The long history of the region and school provide a rich backdrop and environment in this diverse university.