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The University of Texas at Austin

Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 1883, UT is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation.

Ours is a diverse learning community, with students from every state and more than 100 countries.

We're a university with world talent and Texas traditions. Discover more about us online and come visit our beautiful campus in person.

Mission

The mission of The University of Texas at Austin 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.

Core Purpose and Values

Core Purpose

To transform lives for the benefit of society.

Core Values

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.

Honor Code

“The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness and respect toward peers and community.”

Visit IntegrityUT on the Senate of College Councils Web site to learn more about academic integrity and the university's honor code and core values.

World-class Education

What Starts Here Changes the World

For more than 125 years, students have come to The University of Texas at Austin from all over the world to spend their undergraduate and graduate years acquiring the skills and knowledge they need to help make the world a better place.

With competitively ranked programs, world-class faculty and outstanding facilities, The University of Texas at Austin will give you almost infinite opportunities to make your academic experience as rich as you want it to be.

Diverse People, Diverse Ideas

We embrace an environment where a diverse group of people can live, learn and thrive: from a diversity of color, culture and ideas to points of view and skills.

As the flagship university of the state of Texas and as an institution that expects from itself nothing less than the absolute best, The University of Texas at Austin must tap into the diversity our state embodies.

The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.

The university is also dedicated to supporting a diverse faculty. Gender equity among faculty is a primary goal.

The university offers many programs to close gaps related to gender and ethnicity.

First-rate Faculty

Faculty at The University of Texas at Austin are leading scholars, researchers and artists in their fields, finding solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems and driving cultural, economic and social progress.

Our award-winning faculty train the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.

They're searching for new energy sources and nanotechnology applications and discovering new drug delivery methods. They're decoding the mysteries of the Maya and developing novel approaches to stagecraft and musical composition. They're giving us new insights into our history and building a sustainable world for our future.

Fostering teaching excellence among the university's faculty members is also a top priority. Learn about the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and other recognition programs for the university's faculty.

Global Experience

To better engage the world in which we live, the university provides well-designed study abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as programs that bring faculty, visiting scholars and students from other countries to The University of Texas at Austin.

We stress the importance of international study and travel from Texas and create opportunities for international faculty and students to conduct research, teach and study in Austin. Learn more at The World & UT portal.

International Students and Faculty

The University of Texas at Austin joins Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University and the University of Southern California in the top 10 for international student enrollment.

More than 1,000 scholars come from other countries to the university to conduct research each year, and more than 5,700 international students representing more than 100 countries are enrolled here.

We are proud to have an excellent English as a Second Language program that serves about 1,000 students each year, including international teaching assistants and assistant instructors. Our international students and scholars enrich the lives of all of us at the university, and we hope you choose our campus as your new home.

Visit the International Office to learn more.

Study Abroad

From geography students examining conditions in the Amazon River regions of South America to faculty digging into Parisian libraries, international research efforts are a vibrant part of The University of Texas at Austin.

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and the opportunities and need for people with significant cross-cultural skills and experience have never been greater. Studying abroad will enhance your professional opportunities and help you clarify your academic ambitions.

The University of Texas at Austin ranks among the top five U.S. universities in sending students abroad.

The university's Study Abroad Office is committed to providing study opportunities to students who are interested and eligible. We have programs suited for every stage of your academic career, from your very first year to your graduate study.

Some programs offer internships and research opportunities, while others offer language courses, as well as courses that fit into your degree plan. A variety of scholarships are specifically dedicated to overseas study.

International Centers on Campus

Almost every college, school and department at the university has international programs and projects either well-established or under way.

The university supports many national resource centers, such as in Latin American studies , Middle Eastern studies , South Asian studies , Russian, East European and Eurasian studies and many more. Many interdisciplinary centers on campus also will give you the opportunity to experience languages, cultures and policies around the globe, from the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas .

Visit the The World & UT Academics page to learn more.

Outstanding Facilities

The original Forty Acres of the university's main campus now boasts 350 acres complete with fully secure wireless lecture halls and classrooms, cutting-edge laboratories and performance halls, and the nation's fifth-largest library system.

We've embraced technology in our classrooms, labs, lecture halls and performance spaces across campus so that you will have the learning and teaching resources you need as you endeavor to change the world.

Recent examples of campus improvements include:

  • The Norman Hackerman Building, a state-of-the-art science building.
  • The Student Activity Center and Liberal Arts Building Phase I will open in 2011 and provide student lounges, food venues, an auditorium, student government space, classrooms and a new home for the Department of Anthropology. Both these new buildings will have rainwater collection systems, solar hot water and many other "green" features.
  • The Art Building renovation, including a new Visual Arts Center, is nearing completion.
  • The Belo Center for New Media is in the design development stage.
  • The design development phase for the Dell Computer Science Hall and the Computer Sciences Building, which will form the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex has begun.

Top-notch facilities for research and computing include the world-renowned Harry Ransom Center , the Blanton Museum of Art , the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History , the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the University of Texas Libraries .

Academic & Career Support

Success at the university doesn't end when the class is dismissed, the last line of rehearsal is recited or the lab practicum is over. It extends throughout your day on the Forty Acres.

To complement your academic pursuits, you can experience academic and career support through the Sanger Learning and Career Center or get involved in student organizations, First-year Interest Groups, study groups in housing, Texas Student Media and more.

Students excel academically here at the university because we create the context for learning and success.

We have innovative and accessible resources to help students and faculty, including:

Beyond the Classroom

Life at the university centers around academics, teaching and research, but the educational experience is much broader than that. We know that learning takes place outside of the classroom, too.

The university offers a wealth of opportunities to enrich the academic experience, such as research for undergraduates and graduates, teaching for graduate students and community engagement and volunteer and service learning for students, faculty and staff.

Getting Involved

From clinics and internships at the School of Law to the Children's Wellness Clinic and the Family Wellness Clinic at the School of Nursing, students, faculty and staff are deeply committed to partnerships with the Austin community and beyond.

The university's RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service prepares students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities.

Innovative approaches to K-12 education are represented in initiatives with the University of Texas Elementary School , UTeach Natural Sciences , UTeach - Liberal Arts and the UTeach Institute .

Another way to extend your learning experience is by getting involved and exploring leadership opportunities in student, faculty and staff organizations.

Educating Citizen-scholars

Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) is a cross-disciplinary consortium that encourages undergraduates to find their own path through college and explore the opportunities of graduate school. The mission of IE is to educate "citizen-scholars" -- individuals who creatively use their intellectual capital as a lever for social good.

Ongoing Learning

Here at the university, learning also continues at any age, and from any location around the world. Explore classroom courses and online courses from University Extension . Or take your skills to the next level with offerings from the Professional Development Center .

Fostering Discovery and Exploration

The university's centers of discovery and exploration also extend learning beyond the classroom. Treasures such as the Harry Ransom Center , the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas and the McDonald Observatory at Fort Jackson give you an opportunity to experience first-hand classic and contemporary arts, the beauty below the sea and the magnificence of the skies. The University of Texas Libraries are also a critical resource for in-depth research across the university.

Life in Austin

The university wouldn't be what it is without the creative city of Austin.

The city's vibrant music, technology, arts and outdoors scenes are seamlessly connected to life on campus.

From museums, cultural centers, parks and start-ups galore to annual festivals such as South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin offers a seemingly infinite number of opportunities to engage your passions.

Take a short trip from the center of the Forty Acres through the Capitol complex to downtown Austin, where you'll experience the gems of Lady Bird Lake, the hike-and-bike trail that winds for 10 miles through the heart of the city, the Ann Richards Bridge at Congress Avenue (home to the city's urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats) and the crown jewel of Austin — Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool.

Colleges & Schools

We have 17 colleges and schools where you can explore academic disciplines from architecture to social work.

Use the directory below of our colleges and schools to find the area of study you're passionate about.

You can also head over to Be A Longhorn for more in-depth information about those colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees.

If you're interested in graduate education, stop by the Graduate School to learn more about where you can earn your post-baccalaureate degree.

Visit the Web sites of:

Areas of Study

The depth and breadth of fields of study at the university — for undergraduates and graduates — can be dizzying, but it's our size that will give you the room to challenge yourself as a scholar, artist, teacher, leader and researcher.

You'll have the opportunity to pursue your own path of learning among the university's more than 170 undergraduate fields of study, 154 master's degree and 86 doctoral programs.

You can study just about anything here.

The interdisciplinary and rewarding honors and dual-degree programs give you the power to tailor your learning experiences.

Campus Life

With 50,000 students on nearly 350 acres just blocks from downtown Austin, we have a pulse to match the rhythm of a city renowned for live music and a creative vibe. Check out our first-rate recreation facilities, see world-class artists at Texas Performing Arts, get hooked on Texas sports or hang out at the famed Cactus Cafe. Find something to do and someone to do it with by joining a campus organization, exploring campus or discovering our campus treasures.

There's a niche for everyone — and a thousand other places to find yourself on this historic campus.