Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation. With roots going back to 1839 when Congress of the Republic of Texas ordered a site to be set aside for a university. For more information, please visit the History of UT page on the Texas State Historical Association site.
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.
One of the largest public universities in the nation, The University of Texas at Austin attracts thousands of students, researchers, visitors, and sports fans to Austin each year. The 350-acre campus could be defined as the heart of Austin, connecting the city’s diverse population in many ways.
UT is home to 21,000 faculty and staff leading more than 50,000 student at its 17 colleges and schools. The university awards 8,700 bachelors degrees each year in over 170 areas of study and 3,500 graduate degrees per year.
With an award winning public research program and many top-in-their-class schools and programs, UT has gained a reputation for its unsurpassed academics. The school’s doctoral programs have ranked among the top 10 in the nation by the National Research Council and among Texas colleges and universities, The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 1 in 30 of 37 fields.
UT’s sports programs are another major attraction of this division 1A university. The university has excellent programs in men and women’s swimming, track and field, basketball to name a few, and was named “Best Sports College” by Sports Illustrated in 2002. Of course, UT would not be complete without the world-renowned Longhorn football team, which attracts thousands of students, alumni, and visitors to Longhorn stadium during football season. UT is all about location, location, location, which means being centrally located in Austin. One of Austin's most historic neighborhoods, Central Austin offers large, spacious lots, softly rolling hills and easy convenience to University of Texas home games!