The university recognizes more than 1,300 student organizations. In addition, it supports three official student governance organizations that represent student interests to faculty, administrators, and the Texas Legislature.
Whether you're interested in touring Austin-area research labs, giving science demonstrations to elementary kids, or rubbing elbows with your fellow students interested in going to med school, there's probably a student organization for you. And if not, any student can start a new one.
The campus has fourteen residence halls. On-campus housing can hold more than 7,000 students. Jester Center is the largest residence hall with its capacity of about 3,000. Academic enrollment exceeds the on-campus housing capacity; as a result, most students must live in private residence halls, housing cooperatives, apartments, or with Greek organizations and other off-campus residences.
At The University of Texas at Austin, partnerships with companies and organizations, both local and global, is an essential part of student’s life. By connecting students and alumni with available job opportunities, forming collaborative research alliances with industry sponsors, offering training and professional education programs, and developing strategic partnerships through philanthropy and corporate sponsorships, Texas aims to leverage the considerable talent and resources of the university to improve lives and transform society.
Graduate employment: 93%
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.