About UT

The Tower lights honor the McCombs School of Business students who won the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Case Competition.
In this video about UT's power plant and chilling stations, learn how efficiency improvements keep campus fuel use about the same as in 1977.
In February 1905 University of Texas students turned a rare snow day into "a hill-sliding jubilee."
The film "When I Rise" chronicles the life of alumna Barbara Smith Conrad, who overcame racial discrimination to become a world-renowned opera star.
Jim Walker, director of sustainability for the university, kicks off the forthcoming Know series on multidisciplinary perspectives on sustainability.

Our 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.

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Welcome from the President

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

President William Powers Jr.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.

— President William Powers Jr.

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Fast Facts about the University

President: William Powers Jr.

Founded: 1883

Degrees awarded yearly: 12,000

Continuing education enrollment: 300,000

Undergraduate academic costs for resident: $9,418 for 2010-11

Employees: About 24,000 staff and faculty members

Registered student organizations: More than 900

Student enrollment: About 51,000 students

Colleges/schools: 17

Operating budget: $2.14 billion for 2010

Research funding: $644 million for 2009-10

Museums and libraries: Seven museums and 17 libraries

Alumni: About 450,000

Mascot: Bevo, the Texas longhorn

Colors: Burnt orange and white

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