About the University of Texas and Austin
The University of Texas at Austin was established in 1876, and classes began in 1883 with eight faculty and 221 students. Currently, the University boasts over 2,000 faculty teaching approximately 50,000 students. The University offers almost 4,000 courses in fifty departments, and offers 165 bachelor's degrees and about 90 graduate degrees. The University is renowned in many disciplines.
The University is located in Austin, the capital of Texas. Austin lies at an altitude of 500 feet above sea level, at the point where the Colorado River emerges from the hills. The Hill Country is a region of beautiful limestone hills and canyons. The population of Austin is approximately 500,000, with a metropolitan area population approaching one million. The climate is temperate, rarely freezing in the winter, and reaching over 90 degrees F most summer days. Annual mean temperature is 68 degrees F.
Austin is the music capital of the southwest, and is home to over 500 rock, country and blues bands. Austin has over 2,000 restaurants and is famous for Mexican, Tex-Mex, and barbecue, but also offers Szechwan, Indian, Cajun, Japanese, Thai, Italian, vegetarian, southern, seafood, Californian and more. Austin is the home of the world's largest urban bat colony, with 1,500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats under the Congress Street bridge, from April to October. Austin offers concerts, festivals, sailing regattas, duck floats, rodeos, footraces, fireworks, a massive celebration of Mexican independence, and one of the nation's largest Halloween street parties.