Engagement in campus organizations enables students to pursue their specific interests, find leadership opportunities and enrich their graduate school experience. No matter what their passions, our students are sure to find an organization on campus that appeals to them. The LBJ School houses the following organizations:
Brown Bag Speaker Series
Citizens for Local ad State Service (CLASS)
Graduate Public Affairs Council
Great Society Fund
Great Tailgate Society
Harvey Milk Society
Joint Task Force LBJ (JTF LBJ)
LBJ Journal of Public Affairs
Policy, Opportunity, Women, Education, and Resources (POWER)
Progressive Collective (ProCo)
Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC)
The Roosevelt Institution
Skills Training for Professionals
Social, Health, and Economic Policymakers (SHEP)
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The LBJ School Community
With 350 master’s students and 40 doctoral students, the learning community at the LBJ School is a tight-knit group. The students here come from diverse walks of life and political stripes and all corners of the world, but what they share is dedication to a life of public service. More interested in collaborating than competing, they hone those instincts in group work and extracurricular activities that mimic the professional cooperation that will be required of them as public service leaders.
The LBJ School is, above all, a professional school that grooms our graduates for real careers. Our students benefit from extensive relationships at state, national and international levels through our practitioner faculty and successful alumni. The LBJ School offers a broad array of academic and research programs, including our policy and research centers, that have built our global reputation in health and social policy; international affairs and trade; technology policy; energy and environment; and public and nonprofit management. This success is directly attributable to forging strong relationships and partnerships with public policymakers, businesses, international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and governments at all levels.
The School and its students are connected via an imposing granite plaza to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, whose vast historical archives are an amazing resource for our students. Located adjacent to the LBJ School, the LBJ Library and Museum is a center of intellectual activity and community leadership, providing support for LBJ School symposia and conferences, special exhibitions in the Museum, research grants-in-aid for scholars, and a series of “Evening With” programs that bring distinguished and prominent lecturers to the Library each year.
Facts about the Library:
- 1 of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration
- 45,000,000 pages of historical documents
- 1,000,000 feet of motion picture film
- 5,000 hours of oral history recordings from the public career of LBJ and close associates
- 650,000 photographs
- 642 hours of President Johnson’s telephone conversations
The newly renovated plaza is now a tribute to Lady Bird Johnson, who is remembered as an advocate for education and champion of the environment. The plaza is also a fitting metaphor for the domestic policy bedrock endowed by the former president to engage students from communities around the world.
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most comprehensive research universities in the world, with highly ranked departments and programs spread across campus. A recent ranking placed seven UT doctoral programs in the top ten in the nation and 22 departments in the top 25. The Times of London recently rated UT the second-best public university in the U.S. and the eighteenth-best university in the world. UT is a powerhouse of knowledge and culture whose prominence is evident in a broad spectrum of top-rated programs—in Latin American Studies, Geosciences, Engineering, Business, Law, Middle Eastern Studies, Social Work, Community and Regional Planning and more. As part of this broader learning and living community, LBJ students can take advantage of all it has to offer—they have the best of both worlds: an intimate community within the School and the expansive resources of one of the one of the world’s premier research universities.
Facts about the University:
- 3,500 research projects
- 90 research units
- $400 million in annual research funding
- 7 doctoral programs in the top 10 (National Research Council)
- 22 departments ranked in the top 25 (National Research Council)
- No. 1 in 30 of 37 fields evaluated (National Research Council)
- 7 museums
- 17 libraries
- 11,000 graduate students
- 39,000 undergraduate students
- 16 colleges and schools
The Austin Community
There is absolutely no better location to spend a few years of your life than Austin, Texas— many students like it so much that they make it their permanent home after graduating. The city is youthful, dynamic, well-educated, entrepreneurial, green and family friendly. The temperate climate means that Austin’s many outdoor entertainment and sporting venues can be enjoyed almost all year long. With a population of about 600,000 people (1.6 million in the metro area), it is large enough to attract diverse industries yet small enough to be easily accessible and navigable. It is home to a booming music industry; incubators for clean energy and technology start-up companies; and the headquarters of multinational corporations like Dell, IBM, National Instruments, Temple-Inland and Facebook's sales and online operations office. Homegrown business success stories include Whole Foods Market, GSD&M’s Idea City, Green Mountain Energy and Pervasive Software. As the state capital, Austin offers endless opportunities for student engagement with state policy-makers, state agencies and the headquarters of nonprofits that serve in a multitude of need areas.