College of Liberal Arts


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Getting Started

There are many tasks to complete before arriving on campus for orientation. You will find these listed in the After Admission Checklist on Be A Longhorn and on the Liberal Arts Pre-Orientation Checklist.

Welcome Letter to Students

photo of Associate Dean MusickWelcome to the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. As the strongest liberal arts college in the state and one of the best in the country, our college is anchored by strong programs, diverse opportunities, and an excellent faculty, who are often considered among the best in their fields.

Liberal Arts Students have access to an abundance of opportunity both inside and outside of the classroom. Every semester, the college offers hundreds of classes on a wide variety of topics in dozens of academic fields. Most of our academic departments offer honors programs and other academic enrichment programs; our Plan II and Liberal Arts Honors programs are among the best in the country.  Finding all of these academic opportunities may seem like a daunting endeavor, but our staff of departmental and college advisors is always there to help guide you through your educational options.

We also encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunities available outside the classroom. For example, many of our students undertake study abroad and spend one semester or longer studying in a foreign country. Some students take internships to learn the skills they will need to succeed either in the job market or in post-baccalaureate education. Many become involved in student organizations or volunteer either in the university or community. Given these high overall levels of extracurricular involvement, our students are regularly recognized by the larger university as being some of the best student leaders on campus.

So again, welcome to the College of Liberal Arts. The college and its staff wish you all the best for your time on the Forty Acres.


Marc Musick
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs