Like the state it calls home, The University of Texas at Austin is a bold, ambitious leader. Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty.
Whether you are a scholar of the sciences, humanities or arts, the university offers dozens of top-ranked programs with a proven record of success. The university is ranked 18 according to U.S. News & World Report, with the No. 1 in Accounting, Latin American History and Petroleum Engineering graduate programs in the country — plus more than 15 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 nationally.
UT Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities and six health institutions statewide.
Texas’s proud alumni base includes industry leaders like Michael Dell and Rex Tillerson, entertainers like Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden and film director Robert Rodriguez, journalists like Bill Moyers and Walter Cronkite, and politicians like Sam Rayburn, James Baker and Kay Bailey Hutchison.
With its 18 colleges and schools and more than 170 fields of study, the University of Texas at Austin offers more than 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degrees and provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels.
Among the most popular directions of study are Cockrell School of Engineering (29%), College of Natural Sciences (19.5%), McCombs School of Business (14.5%) and College of Liberal Arts (14%).
With sunshine more than 300 days per year, Austin offers College Living Experience (CLE) students access to the Texas Hill Country, a destination for people who love fishing, water sports, bike trails, ball fields and picnic areas.
Downtown Austin, known as the Live Music Capital of the World, is host to a variety of music events throughout the year. Favorites include the South by Southwest entertainment conferences and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The Texas capital is renowned for its cultural and civic attractions including the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, and the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. Austin features a multitude of deluxe shopping areas, including the Sixth Street entertainment district and the Guadalupe Street shopping district.
The Domain, a new upscale outdoor mall boasting a variety of shops and restaurants, is located less than two miles from CLE. More recreation options are available within a 90-minute drive to San Antonio, such as Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, the San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball team, and the world-famous Texas landmark, the Alamo.
The institution has the seventh-largest single-campus enrollment in the nation. The university's campus includes 3 large residence hall communities, apartments for families and graduate students, buffets and dining rooms. The university's seven museums and seventeen libraries hold over nine million volumes, making it the seventh-largest academic library in the country. The newest museum, the 14,400 m2 Blanton Museum of Art, is the largest university art museum in the United States and hosts approximately 17,000 works from Europe, the United States, and Latin America
One of the University's most visible features is the Beaux-Arts Main Building, including a 307-foot (94 m) tower designed by Paul Philippe Cret. Completed in 1937, the Main Building is in the middle of campus. The tower usually appears illuminated in white light in the evening but is lit orange for various special occasions, including athletic victories and academic accomplishments; it is conversely darkened for solemn occasions. At the top of the tower is a carillon of 56 bells, the largest in Texas.