Our student body represents diverse populations across the state, with students from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual and gender orientation, socioeconomic circumstances, religions, states, and countries. The university strives to be inclusive and make students feel welcome. We also want students to interact with one another and the community through student organizations, volunteering, and research opportunities.
The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement works to offer support to students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds. It houses the Gender and Sexuality Center, the Multicultural Information Center, the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, and Services for Students with Disabilities, and the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program, among others.
One way to include all university students is with university-sponsored student organizations. Related student organizations include the Students for Equity and Diversity, Black Student Alliance, Muslim Student Association, and the Indian Cultural Association. Search for a student organization to suit your needs.
The College of Liberal Arts prepares students to interact with a diverse world by challenging them to rethink beliefs about race, ethnicity, religion, class, and gender. The college offers majors in 15 different area studies, from African and African American Studies to Women’s and Gender Studies and 20 different languages, from Arabic to Turkish. In addition to diversity within major options, individual courses range from Church and State in Latin America to the Representation of Jews in the American Public Sphere.
Students who become involved in student organizations, residence hall life, volunteering, and the like tend to be more satisfied with their college experience. UT Austin provides myriad opportunities for involvement.
Coming this fall! The goal of 360° Advising is to enhance the undergraduate experience of Liberal Arts students through involvement in campus activities, organizations, and programs. This Web site serves as a clearinghouse of information and tools related to extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities at the university. Additionally, 360° advisors can assist you in developing a plan for involvement that aligns with your interests, values, and goals.
The university hosts hundreds of student organizations. It only takes three students and $10 to start one, so if there’s not an organization for you, find two friends and start a new one. Search student the student organization database.
Liberal Arts Council, the student leadership council for the college, provides an avenue for communication between students and faculty, promotes college programs, and works to improve awareness of the college across campus. Visit the Liberal Arts Council page for more information.
The Volunteer and Service Learning Center supports individuals and student organizations who are interested in volunteering or participating in service learning by connecting them with opportunities on and off campus. You can also search volunteer postings.
The University of Texas at Austin is a major research institution. Getting involved in research as an undergraduate is a great way to make the most of an education at UT Austin. The College devotes an entire site to information on research opportunities.