The University of Texas at Austin (informally UT Austin or UT) is a state research university and the flagship institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883 as “The University of Texas,” its campus is located in Austin—approximately 1 mile from the Texas State Capitol. The institution has the fifth-largest single-campus enrollment in the nation, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff. UT has been labeled one of the “Public Ivies,” a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. The 350-acre campus houses 17 colleges and schools (see the list below) with around 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degree programs:
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The university houses seven museums and seventeen libraries, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, and operates various auxiliary research facilities, such as the J. J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory. Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, and the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards. UT Austin student athletes compete as the Texas Longhorns and are members of the Big 12 Conference. The university has won four NCAA Division I National Football Championships, and has claimed more titles in men’s and women’s sports than any other school in the Big 12 since the league was founded in 1996.
For information on general questions, fees, healthcare, and housing resources, please refer to the 2015 Welcome Guide: http://world.utexas.edu/io/forms/isss/welcome_20guide_spring_2015.pdf
Please visit UT’s on-line resources for Exchange Students: http://world.utexas.edu/isss/
Located in Central Texas, Austin is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the capital of Texas. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which is home to nearly two million people. The city is known for it’s diversity, eccentricity, local independent businesses, and live music. Every year Austin hosts Austin City Limits and South by South West (SXSW), two massive music festivals which attract people and artists from around the world. Austin is also considered a center for high-tech, and many prominent technology companies have headquarters or operations there.
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