Mission, Core Purpose and Honor Code


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.

Main Building detail with KnowThe 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.

Student Honor Code

“As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity.”

University Code of Conduct

“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 website to learn more about academic integrity and the university's honor code and core values.