Welcome from the President

Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 1883, UT is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation.

President William Powers Jr.Ours is a diverse learning community, with students from every state and more than 100 countries. Every year we graduate 12,000 students who are the next generation of leaders, thinkers, innovators and scholars. There are nearly 450,000 Longhorn graduates living around the world, keeping alive the UT spirit of optimism and Texas pride. 

We are a world-class research university. Last year our faculty and their research teams attracted more federal research grants than any American university without a medical school, except MIT. We were one of the top five universities in the number of U.S. patents awarded to our researchers in 2009.

We are a driving force in the Texas economy. UT faculty and alumni have been instrumental in developing the highly successful technology industry in the Austin area. Fortune magazine named Austin No. 2 on its list of America’s Most Innovative Cities, and Kiplinger named Austin as one of the Ten Great Cities for Young Adults and one of the Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade. 

Our campus is home to an impressive legacy of leaders. Public servants John Connally, Lloyd Bentsen, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ron Kirk, Tony Garza, Rodney Ellis and Federico Peña. Journalists Walter Cronkite, Willie Morris and Karen Elliott House. Mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad and artist Luis Jiménez. Lady Bird Johnson and Laura Bush. Heart transplant pioneer Denton Cooley. Internet pioneer Bob Taylor. Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee. Astronaut Alan Bean. Architect John Chase. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Academy Award winners Renee Zellweger and Marcia Gay Harden.   

Our campus houses many cultural treasures. The Harry Ransom Center is one of the world’s preeminent literary archives. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is the largest and most prestigious university library of Latin American materials in the United States. The Blanton Museum of Art is the largest university art museum in the country and houses renowned art collections. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is a research facility with rich collections in Texas and Southwest history. The Texas Memorial Museum is an active natural science center that attracts thousands of schoolchildren every year. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is a presidential library that contains papers and artifacts from the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The University of Texas at Austin is a university with world talent and Texas traditions. Please explore our Web site to discover more about us. And come visit our beautiful campus in person to see what makes UT a unique place and why Austin is consistently ranked among the most creative and enjoyable cities in America.

William Powers Jr.

Follow President Powers on his Tower Talk blog and visit the Office of the President Web site.