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)name=mottoMirabeau Lamar that “The cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.”}}HTTPS://WWW.TEXASEXES.ORG/ABOUT-US/HISTORY-AND-TRADITIONS/UT-SEALPUBLISHER=TEXAS EXES>DATE=N.D., November 7, 2018, FIRST=WILLIAM JAMES DATE=DECEMBER 2, 2015, June 15, 2010, Flagship#Colleges and universities in the United States>Flagship state universitySpace-grant university University of Texas System Association of American Universities>AAU Universities Research Association>URA Southeastern Universities Research Association>SURA Oak Ridge Associated Universities>ORAU Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities>APLU}}PUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, 2018, |endowment =|president = Gregory L. Fenves|provost = Maurie McInnisPUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, October 12, 2019, |undergrad = 40,804 (Fall 2018)|postgrad = 11,028 (Fall 2018)|faculty = 3,133 (Fall 2018)ACCESS-DATE=JULY 23, 2016ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20160822101500/HTTPS://WWW.UTSYSTEM.EDU/SITES/UTSFILES/DOCUMENTS/STRATEGIC-INITIATIVES/FAST-FACTS-2016/FAST-FACTS-2016-QL-2016-07.PDF, August 22, 2016, Austin, Texas>Austin|state = Texas|country = United States431km2}}Burnt orange and whiteVISUAL IDENTITY: COLORSPUBLISHER=THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTINTexas Longhorns}}Texas Longhorns>LonghornsNCAA Division I – Big 12 Conference>Big 12Bevo (mascot)>Bevo, Hook 'em (mascot)www.utexas.edu}}|logo = University of Texas at Austin logo.svg|logo_size = 200}}The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a public research university in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 1883 and is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System.NEWS,weblink Flagship University of Texas seeks to boost diversity, Austin, Liz, October 3, 2005, September 28, 2006, The University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. The institution has the nation's eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.WEB,weblink Report Center – Enrollments, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, November 29, 2012, A Public Ivy, it is a major center for academic research, with research expenditures exceeding $615 million for the 2016–2017 school year. The university houses seven museums and seventeen libraries, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, and operates various auxiliary research facilities, such as the J. J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory. Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Primetime Emmy Award, the Turing Award, and the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards. As of October 2019, 12 Nobel Prize winners, two Turing Award winners and two Fields medalists have been affiliated with the school as alumni, faculty members or researchers.Student athletes compete as the Texas Longhorns and are members of the Big 12 Conference. Its Longhorn Network is the only sports network featuring the college sports of a single university. The Longhorns have won four NCAA Division I National Football Championships, six NCAA Division I National Baseball Championships, thirteen NCAA Division I National Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, and has claimed more titles in men's and women's sports than any other school in the Big 12 since the league was founded in 1996.

History

Establishment

The first mention of a public university in Texas can be traced to the 1827 constitution for the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Although Title 6, Article 217 of the Constitution promised to establish public education in the arts and sciences,WEB,weblink Sons of Dewitt County, The Constitution of Coahuila and Texas, January 31, 2015, Wallace L. McKeehan, no action was taken by the Mexican government. After Texas obtained its independence from Mexico in 1836, the Texas Congress adopted the Constitution of the Republic, which, under Section 5 of its General Provisions, stated "It shall be the duty of Congress, as soon as circumstances will permit, to provide, by law, a general system of education."WEB,weblink Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836), January 30, 2015, Tarlton Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas School of Law, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160304104954weblink">weblink March 4, 2016, On April 18, 1838, "An Act to Establish the University of Texas" was referred to a special committee of the Texas Congress, but was not reported back for further action.BOOK, Lane, John J., History of Education in Texas, United States Bureau of Economics, 1903, 124, On January 26, 1839, the Texas Congress agreed to set aside fifty leagues of land—approximately {{Convert|288000|acre}}—towards the establishment of a publicly funded university.WEB,weblink The Laws of Texas, 1822–1897 Volume 2, January 30, 2015, H.P.N Gammel of Austin, In addition, {{convert|40|acre}} in the new capital of Austin were reserved and designated "College Hill." (The term "Forty Acres" is colloquially used to refer to the University as a whole. The original 40 acres is the area from Guadalupe to Speedway and 21st Street to 24th Street.WEB,weblink A Summary of Campus Planning, January 30, 2015, unknown, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160304081028weblink">weblink March 4, 2016, )In 1845, Texas was annexed into the United States. The state's Constitution of 1845 failed to mention higher education.WEB,weblink Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1845), January 31, 2015, Tarlton Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas School of Law, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150219162409weblink">weblink February 19, 2015, dead, On February 11, 1858, the Seventh Texas Legislature approved O.B. 102, an act to establish the University of Texas, which set aside $100,000 in United States bonds toward construction of the state's first publicly funded universityWEB,weblink The Laws of Texas, 1822–1897 Volume 4, January 30, 2015, H.P.N Gammel of Austin, (the $100,000 was an allocation from the $10 million the state received pursuant to the Compromise of 1850 and Texas's relinquishing claims to lands outside its present boundaries). The legislature also designated land reserved for the encouragement of railroad construction toward the university's endowment. On January 31, 1860, the state legislature, wanting to avoid raising taxes, passed an act authorizing the money set aside for the University of Texas to be used for frontier defense in west Texas to protect settlers from Indian attacks.WEB,weblink The Laws of Texas, 1822–1897 Volume 4, January 30, 2015, H.P.N Gammel of Austin, Texas's secession from the Union and the American Civil War delayed repayment of the borrowed monies. At the end of the Civil War in 1865, The University of Texas's endowment was just over $16,000 in warrantsBOOK, Matthews, Charles Ray, The Early Years of the Permanent University Fund from 1836 to 1937, UMI (UMI Number 3284727), 2006, 32, and nothing substantive had been done to organize the university's operations. This effort to establish a University was again mandated by Article 7, Section 10 of the Texas Constitution of 1876 which directed the legislature to "establish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a university of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, and styled "The University of Texas."WEB,weblink Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1876), January 31, 2015, Tarlton Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas School of Law, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150201001624weblink">weblink February 1, 2015, Additionally, Article 7, Section 11 of the 1876 Constitution established the Permanent University Fund, a sovereign wealth fund managed by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas and dedicated for the maintenance of the university. Because some state legislators perceived an extravagance in the construction of academic buildings of other universities, Article 7, Section 14 of the Constitution expressly prohibited the legislature from using the state's general revenue to fund construction of university buildings. Funds for constructing university buildings had to come from the university's endowment or from private gifts to the university, but the university's operating expenses could come from the state's general revenues.(File:Old Main Building at The University of Texas at Austin .jpg|right|thumb|The university's Old Main building in 1903)The 1876 Constitution also revoked the endowment of the railroad lands of the Act of 1858, but dedicated {{convert|1000000|acre|ha}} of land, along with other property appropriated for the university, to the Permanent University Fund. This was greatly to the detriment of the university as the lands the Constitution of 1876 granted the university represented less than 5% of the value of the lands granted to the university under the Act of 1858 (the lands close to the railroads were quite valuable, while the lands granted the university were in far west Texas, distant from sources of transportation and water).BOOK, Lane, John J., History of Education in Texas, United States Bureau of Economics, 1903, 144, The more valuable lands reverted to the fund to support general education in the state (the Special School Fund).On April 10, 1883, the legislature supplemented the Permanent University Fund with another {{Convert|1000000|acre|ha}} of land in west Texas granted to the Texas and Pacific Railroad, but returned to the state as seemingly too worthless to even survey.WEB,weblink The Laws of Texas, 1822–1897 Volume 9, January 30, 2015, H.P.N Gammel of Austin, The legislature additionally appropriated $256,272.57 to repay the funds taken from the university in 1860 to pay for frontier defense and for transfers to the state's General Fund in 1861 and 1862.BOOK, Matthews, Charles Ray, The Early Years of the Permanent University Fund from 1836 to 1937, UMI (UMI Number 3284727), 2006, 24, The 1883 grant of land increased the land in the Permanent University Fund to almost 2.2 million acres. Under the Act of 1858, the university was entitled to just over {{Convert|1000|acre|ha}} of land for every mile of railroad built in the state. Had the 1876 Constitution not revoked the original 1858 grant of land, by 1883 the university lands would have totaled 3.2 million acres,BOOK, Lane, John J., History of the University of Texas: Based on Facts and Records, Henry Hutchings, Texas State Printer, 1891, 77, so the 1883 grant was to restore lands taken from the university by the 1876 Constitution, not an act of munificence.On March 30, 1881, the legislature set forth the university's structure and organization and called for an election to establish its location.WEB,weblink The Laws of Texas, 1822–1897 Volume 9, February 2, 2015, H.P.N Gammel of Austin, By popular election on September 6, 1881,WEB, History of the UT System Board of Regents,weblink The University of Texas System, 19 July 2018, Austin (with 30,913 votes) was chosen as the site. Galveston, having come in second in the election (with 20,741 votes), was designated the location of the medical department (Houston was third with 12,586 votes).BOOK, Lane, John J., History of the University of Texas: Based on Facts and Records, Henry Hutchings, Texas State Printer, 1891, 267, On November 17, 1882, on the original "College Hill," an official ceremony commemorated the laying of the cornerstone of the Old Main building. University President Ashbel Smith, presiding over the ceremony, prophetically proclaimed "Texas holds embedded in its earth rocks and minerals which now lie idle because unknown, resources of incalculable industrial utility, of wealth and power. Smite the earth, smite the rocks with the rod of knowledge and fountains of unstinted wealth will gush forth."BOOK, Silverthorne, Elizabeth, Ashbel Smith of Texas: Pioneer, Patriot, Statesman, 1805–1886, Texas A&M University Press, 1982, 219, The University of Texas officially opened its doors on September 15, 1883.

Expansion and growth

In 1890, George Washington Brackenridge donated $18,000 for the construction of a three-story brick mess hall known as Brackenridge Hall (affectionately known as "B.Hall"), one of the university's most storied buildings and one that played an important place in university life until its demolition in 1952.WEB, UT's most storied building uncovered,weblink February 2, 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150329014354weblink">weblink March 29, 2015, dead, mdy-all, The old Victorian-Gothic Main Building served as the central point of the campus's {{convert|40|acre|adj=on}} site, and was used for nearly all purposes. But by the 1930s, discussions arose about the need for new library space, and the Main Building was razed in 1934 over the objections of many students and faculty. The modern-day tower and Main Building were constructed in its place.In 1910, George Washington Brackenridge again displayed his philanthropy, this time donating {{convert|500|acre|ha}} on the Colorado River to the university. A vote by the regents to move the campus to the donated land was met with outrage, and the land has only been used for auxiliary purposes such as graduate student housing. Part of the tract was sold in the late-1990s for luxury housing, and there are controversial proposals to sell the remainder of the tract. The Brackenridge Field Laboratory was established on {{convert|82|acre|ha}} of the land in 1967.(File:UT architecture library.jpg|thumb|UT Architecture Library)In 1916, Gov. James E. Ferguson became involved in a serious quarrel with the University of Texas. The controversy grew out of the board of regents' refusal to remove certain faculty members whom the governor found objectionable. When Ferguson found he could not have his way, he vetoed practically the entire appropriation for the university. Without sufficient funding, the university would have been forced to close its doors. In the middle of the controversy, Ferguson's critics brought to light a number of irregularities on the part of the governor. Eventually, the Texas House of Representatives prepared 21 charges against Ferguson and the Senate convicted him on 10 of them, including misapplication of public funds and receiving $156,000 from an unnamed source. The Texas Senate removed Ferguson as governor and declared him ineligible to hold office.HOT, Ralph W., Steen, Ferguson, James Edward, ffe05, February 24, 2016, June 12, 2010, In 1921, the legislature appropriated $1.35 million for the purchase of land next to the main campus. However, expansion was hampered by the restriction against using state revenues to fund construction of university buildings as set forth in Article 7, Section 14 of the Constitution. With the completion of Santa Rita No. 1 wellHOT, Santa Rita Oil Well, dos01, Julia Cauble, Smith, June 15, 2010, and the discovery of oil on university-owned lands in 1923, the university added significantly to its Permanent University Fund. The additional income from Permanent University Fund investments allowed for bond issues in 1931 and 1947, with the latter expansion necessary from the spike in enrollment following World War II. The university built 19 permanent structures between 1950 and 1965, when it was given the right of eminent domain. With this power, the university purchased other properties surrounding the original {{convert|40|acre}}.The discovery of oil on university-owned lands in 1923 and the subsequent addition of money to the university's Permanent University Fund allowed the legislature to address funding for the university along with the Agricultural and Mechanical College (now known as Texas A&M University). With sufficient funds now in the Permanent University Fund to finance construction on both campuses, on April 8, 1931, the Forty Second Legislature passed H.B. 368.WEB, Legislative Reference Library of Texas, HB 368, 42nd Regular Session,weblink February 2, 2015, which dedicated the Agricultural and Mechanical College a 1/3 interest in the Available University Fund,WEB, Texas State Education Code, Title 3, Subtitle C, Chapter 66.02,weblink February 2, 2015, the annual income from Permanent University Fund investments.The University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929.WEB, Association of American Universities,weblink November 7, 2009, During World War II, the University of Texas was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.WEB,weblink U.S. Naval Administration in World War II, HyperWar Foundation, September 29, 2011, 2011, In 1950, the University of Texas was the first major university in the South to accept an African-American student. John S. Chase went on to become the first licensed African-American architect in Texas.WEB, Gray, Lisa,weblink John Chase, one of the university's first black students, Houston Chronicle, March 31, 2012, In the fall of 1956, the first black students entered the university's undergraduate class.WEB, Leila Ruiz,weblink UT's first black students faced significant discrimination on the long road to integration, The Daily Texan, April 4, 2014, Black students were permitted to live in campus dorms, but were barred from campus cafeterias. The University of Texas integrated its facilities and desegregated its dorms in 1965.Cary D. Wintz, "The Struggle for Dignity: African Americans in Twentieth-Century Texas" in Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History (eds. John Woodrow Storey & Mary L. Kelley. University of North Texas Press, 2008). UT, which had had an open admissions policy, adopted standardized testing for admissions in the mid-1950s at least in part as a conscious strategy to minimize the number of Black undergraduates, given that they were no longer able to simply bar their entry after the Brown decisionweblink On March 6, 1967, the Sixtieth Texas Legislature changed the university's official name from "The University of Texas" to "The University of Texas at Austin" to reflect the growth of the University of Texas System.WEB, Legislative Reference Library of Texas, HB 222, 60th Regular Session,weblink January 31, 2015,

1966 shooting

File:UT-Tower-in-Orange.jpg|thumb|The Tower, completed in 1937, stands 307 ft (94 m) tall and dons different colors of lighting on special occasions. ]]On August 1, 1966, Texas student Charles Whitman barricaded the observation deck in the tower of the Main Building. Armed with multiple firearms, he killed 14 people on campus, 11 from the observation deck and below the clocks on the tower, and three more in the tower, as well as wounding two others inside the observation deck. The massacre ended when Whitman was shot and killed by police after they breached the tower.After the Whitman event, the observation deck was closed until 1968 and then closed again in 1975 following a series of suicide jumps during the 1970s. In 1999, after installation of security fencing and other safety precautions, the tower observation deck reopened to the public. There is a turtle pond park near the tower dedicated to those affected by the tragedy.

Recent history

The first presidential library on a university campus was dedicated on May 22, 1971, with former President Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson and then-President Richard Nixon in attendance. Constructed on the eastern side of the main campus, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled on campus in 1999 and subsequently vandalized.JOURNAL, Slattery, Patrick, Deconstructing Racism One Statue at a Time: Visual Culture Wars at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, Visual Arts Research, 32, 2, 28–31, 20715415, 2006, By 2004, John Butler, a professor at the McCombs School of Business suggested moving it to Morehouse College, a historically black college, "a place where he is loved."The University of Texas at Austin has experienced a wave of new construction recently with several significant buildings. On April 30, 2006, the school opened the Blanton Museum of Art.The University of Texas at Austin Visitor's Guide, 2008, p. 21 In August 2008, the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center opened, with the hotel and conference center forming part of a new gateway to the university. Also in 2008, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was expanded to a seating capacity of 100,119, making it the largest stadium (by capacity) in the state of Texas at the time.On January 19, 2011, the university announced the creation of a 24-hour television network in partnership with ESPN, dubbed the Longhorn Network. ESPN will pay a $300 million guaranteed rights fee over 20 years to the university and to IMG College, the school's multimedia rights partner. The network covers the university's intercollegiate athletics, music, cultural arts, and academics programs. The channel first aired in September 2011.NEWS,weblink ESPN, IMG Introduce TV Network for The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, January 19, 2011, January 25, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110125172100weblink">weblink January 25, 2011, dead, mdy-all, In May 2017, a stabbing on campus outside of Gregory Gym killed one and injured three.Jamiel Lynch, 1 dead, 3 hurt in University of Texas stabbings, CNN (May 2, 2017). A 21-year-old UT-Austin student was charged with the murder; the man had previously been involuntarily committed for psychiatric problems.Liz Farmer, Madlin Mekelburg & Cassandra Jaramillo, Suspect in UT Austin stabbing charged with murder, had been committed before, Dallas News (May 1, 2017).

Campus

{{See also|List of University of Texas at Austin buildings}}The university's property totals {{convert|1438.5|acres}}, comprising the {{convert|423.5|acres}} for the Main Campus in central Austin and the J. J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin and the other properties throughout Texas. The main campus has 150 buildings totalling over {{convert|18000000|sqft}}.File:LBJ Lib Museum (3).jpg|thumb|Interior lobby of the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library and Museum ]]One of the University's most visible features is the Beaux-Arts Main Building, including a {{convert|307|ft|m|adj=on}} tower designed by Paul Philippe Cret.The Main Building {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160303170937weblink|date=March 3, 2016 }} The University of Texas. Retrieved December 1, 2005. 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 burnt orange for various special occasions, including athletic victories and academic accomplishments; it is conversely darkened for solemn occasions.University approves new policy for lighting The Tower {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20071012032946weblink|date=October 12, 2007 }} On Campus. Retrieved December 1, 2005. At the top of the tower is a carillon of 56 bells, the largest in Texas. Songs are played on weekdays by student carillonneurs,weblink {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120829085205weblink|date=August 29, 2012}} in addition to the usual pealing of Westminster Quarters every quarter-hour between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.A few facts about Knicker Carillon {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160304210228weblink|date=March 4, 2016 }} On Campus. Retrieved December 1, 2005. In 1998, after the installation of security and safety measures, the observation deck reopened to the public indefinitely for weekend tours.WEB,weblink Tower tours, The Texas Union, December 1, 2005, The university's seven museums and seventeen libraries hold over nine million volumes, making it the seventh-largest academic library in the country.WEB,weblink Statistical Overview of the Library Collections, 2007, January 25, 2011, The University of Texas Libraries. Retrieved December 1, 2005. The holdings of the university's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center include one of only 21 remaining complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible and the first permanent photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras, taken by Nicéphore Niépce.The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center Harry Ransom Center. Retrieved December 1, 2005. The newest museum, the {{convert|155000|sqft|m2|adj=on}} 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.WEB, Blanton Museum of Art Poised to Become Largest University Museum in the United States,weblink January 25, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110628210242weblink">weblink June 28, 2011, WEB, Blanton Museum of Art: About,weblink January 25, 2011, The Perry–Castañeda Library, which houses the central University Libraries operations and the Perry–Castañeda Library Map Collection, is at the heart of campus. The Benson Latin American Collection holds the largest collection of Latin American materials among US university libraries,WEB,weblink Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Hall, Sid Richardson, 2015-12-16, Poets & Writers, en, live, 2019-09-12, and maintains substantial digital collections.JOURNAL, Norsworthy, Kent, 2016-09-29, Digital Resources: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, University of Texas at Austin,weblink Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, en, 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.81, The University of Texas at Austin has an extensive tunnel system that links the buildings on campus. Constructed in the 1930s under the supervision of creator Carl Eckhardt, then head of the physical plant, the tunnels have grown along with the university campus. They measure approximately six miles in length.Tunneling for truth: the myth explained The Daily Texan.weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060214180355weblink">The Secret Tunnels Under The University of Texas Better Than Your Boyfriend. The tunnel system is used for communications and utility service. It is closed to the public and guarded by silent alarms. Since the late 1940s, the university has generated its own electricity. Today its natural gas cogeneration plant has a capacity of 123 MW. The university also operates a TRIGA nuclear reactor at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus.Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program. Retrieved February 10, 2006.Collier, Bill. Reactor draws safety questions. Austin American-Statesman. December 15, 1989.The university continues to expand its facilities on campus. In 2010, the university opened the state-of-the-art Norman Hackerman building (on the site of the former Experimental Sciences Building) housing chemistry and biology research and teaching laboratories. In 2010, the university broke ground on the $120 million Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall and the $51 million Belo Center for New Media, both of which are now complete.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130310034921weblink">weblink dead, March 10, 2013, Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Hall Open, Department of Computer Science at UT Austin, March 4, 2013, March 22, 2013, WEB,weblink Belo Center for New Media Opens, College of Communication, October 20, 2012, March 22, 2013, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130222055052weblink">weblink February 22, 2013, mdy-all, The new LEED gold-certified, {{convert|110000|sqft|m2|adj=on}} Student Activity Center (SAC) opened in January 2011, housing study rooms, lounges and food vendors. The SAC was constructed as a result of a student referendum passed in 2006 which raised student fees by $65 per semester.NEWS,weblink Student Activity Center Opens for Business, The Daily Texan, January 18, 2011, January 25, 2011, In 2012, the Moody Foundation awarded the College of Communication $50 million, the largest endowment any communication college has received, so naming it the Moody College of Communication.The university operates two public radio stations, KUT with news and information, and KUTX with music, via local FM broadcasts as well as live streaming audio over the Internet. The university uses Capital Metro to provide bus transportation for students around the campus and throughout Austin.

Organization and administration

File:Battle hall 2014.jpg|thumb|Battle Hall, also known as "The Old Library," was added to the National Register of Historic PlacesNational Register of Historic PlacesThe university contains eighteen colleges and schools and one academic unit, each listed with its founding date:weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/19970103032348weblink">Colleges and Academic Units The University of Texas. Retrieved December 1, 2005.{{Div col|colwidth=30em}} {{div col end}}

Academics

File:UT Austin Mustangs campus.JPG|thumb|right|Proctor's Mustangs (1948) overlooking the Engineering Sciences buildings ]]The University of Texas at Austin offers more than 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degrees. In the 2009–2010 academic year, the university awarded a total of 13,215 degrees: 67.7% bachelor's degrees, 22.0% master's degrees, 6.4% doctoral degrees, and 3.9% Professional degrees.WEB, Degrees Conferred Information, 2009–2010 Academic Year,weblink PDF, The University of Texas Office of Institutional Research, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120211003010weblink">weblink February 11, 2012, mdy-all, In addition, the university has eight highly selective honors programs, seven of which span a variety of academic fields: Liberal Arts Honors, the Business Honors Program, the Turing Scholars Program in Computer Science, Engineering Honors, the Dean's Scholars Program in Natural Sciences, the Health Science Scholars Program in Natural Sciences, and the Polymathic Scholars Program in Natural Sciences. The eighth is the Plan II Honors Program, a rigorous interdisciplinary program that is a major in and of itself.WEB,weblink UT College of Liberal Arts:, liberalarts.utexas.edu, Many Plan II students pursue a second major, often participating in another department's honors program in addition to Plan II.WEB,weblink UT College of Liberal Arts, liberalarts.utexas.edu, The university also offers innovative programs for promoting academic excellence and leadership development such as the Freshman Research Initiative and Texas Interdisciplinary Plan.WEB,weblink TIP Scholars, Utexas.edu, January 8, 2016,

Admission

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most selective universities in the region. Relative to other universities in the state of Texas, UT Austin is second to Rice University in selectivity according to a Business Journal study weighing acceptance rates and the mid-range of the SAT and ACT. The University of Texas at Austin was ranked as the 18th most selective in the South.WEB,weblink The colleges in the South with the toughest admission standards – The Business Journals, Bizjournals.com, December 2, 2014, As a state public university, UT Austin was subject to Texas House Bill 588, which guaranteed graduating Texas high school seniors in the top 10% of their class admission to any public Texas university. A new state law granting UT Austin (but no other state university) a partial exemption from the top 10% rule, Senate Bill 175, was passed by the 81st Legislature in 2009. It modified this admissions policy by limiting automatically admitted freshmen to 75% of the entering in-state freshman class, starting in 2011. The university will admit the top one percent, the top two percent and so forth until the cap is reached; the university currently admits the top 6 percent.WEB, The University of Texas at Austin to Automatically Admit Top 8 Percent of High School Graduates for 2011,weblink April 5, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100419073139weblink">weblink April 19, 2010, dead, mdy-all, Furthermore, students admitted under Texas House Bill 588 are not guaranteed their choice of college or major, but rather only guaranteed admission to the university as a whole. Many colleges, such as the Cockrell School of Engineering, have secondary requirements that must be met for admission.WEB, Admission: Undergraduate Admission,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100527133759weblink">weblink dead, 2010-05-27, For others who go through the traditional application process, selectivity is deemed "more selective" according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and by U.S. News & World Report.WEB,weblink University of Texas-Austin | University of Texas | Best College | US News, Colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com, December 2, 2014, WEB, Carnegie Foundation Classifications of The University of Texas at Austin,weblink October 23, 2007, For Fall 2017, 51,033 applied and 18,620 were accepted (36.5%), and of those accepted, 45.2% enrolled.WEB, The University of Texas at Austin 2017–2018 Common Data Set, Part C,weblink The University of Texas at Austin, Among freshman students who enrolled in Fall 2017, SAT scores for the middle 50% ranged from 570–690 for critical reading and 600–710 for math. ACT composite scores for the middle 50% ranged from 26 to 31. In terms of class rank, 74.4% of enrolled freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school classes and 91.7% ranked in the top quarter.

Rankings









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The University of Texas at Austin is consistently ranked among the country's top universities. Nationally, it was ranked tied for 48th among all universities, and tied for 14th place among public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report{{'}}s 2020 rankings.MAGAZINE,weblink U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings – 2020, U.S. News & World Report, September 10, 2019, Internationally, UT Austin was ranked 36th in the 2019 "Best Global Universities" ranking by U.S. News & World Report, 45th in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2019, 39th worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019), and 65th globally by QS World University Rankings (2020).The University of Texas at Austin is considered to be a "Public Ivy"—a public university that provides an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price, having been ranked in virtually every list of "Public Ivies" since Richard Moll coined the term in his 1985 book Public Ivies: A Guide to America's best public undergraduate colleges and universities. The seven other "Public Ivy" universities, according to Moll, were The College of William & Mary, Miami University, The University of California, The University of Michigan, The University of North Carolina, The University of Vermont, and The University of Virginia.Richard Moll in his book Public Ivys: A Guide to America's best public undergraduate colleges and universities (1985)In its 2016 edition of college rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Accounting and Latin American History programs as the top in the nation and more than 50 other science, humanities and professional programs rank in the top 25 nationally. The College of Pharmacy is listed as the third best in the nation and The School of Information (iSchool) is sixth best in Library and Information Sciences. Among other rankings, the School of Social Work is 7th, the Jackson School of Geosciences is 8th for Earth Sciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering is tied for 10th-best (with the undergraduate engineering program tied for 11th-best in the country), the Nursing School is tied for 13th, the University of Texas School of Law is 15th, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is 16th, and the McCombs School of Business is tied for 16th-best (with the undergraduate business program tied for 5th-best in the country).The University of Texas School of Architecture was ranked second among national undergraduate programs in 2012.NEWS,weblink America's Best Architecture Schools, DesignIntelligence, April 1, 2012, A 2005 Bloomberg survey ranked the school 5th among all business schools and first among public business schools for the largest number of alumni who are S&P 500 CEOs.WEB, The University of Texas at Austin ranks No. 1 as source of new Fortune 1000 CEOs,weblink dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081118084427weblink">weblink November 18, 2008, mdy-all, Similarly, a 2005 USA Today report ranked the university as "the number one source of new Fortune 1000 CEOs."WEB,weblink McCombs & UT Austin Rank No. 1 as Source of New Fortune 1000 CEOs, April 4, 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110629052705weblink">weblink June 29, 2011, mdy-all, A "payback" analysis published by SmartMoney in 2011 comparing graduates' salaries to tuition costs concluded the school was the second-best value of all colleges in the nation, behind only Georgia Tech.WEB,weblink Workplace Issues – Travel Advice – Credit Advice, Smartmoney.com, October 18, 2011, July 10, 2013, WEB,weblink Workplace Issues – Travel Advice – Credit Advice, Smartmoney.com, October 18, 2011, July 10, 2013, A 2013 College Database study found that UT Austin was 22nd in the nation in terms of increased lifetime earnings by graduates.WEB,weblink A UT Degree: Yes, It's Worth It, The Alcalde, August 3, 2015,

Research

(File:USA harlan j smith telescope TX.jpg|thumb|upright|Harlan J. Smith Telescope)For the 2014–2015 cycle, the university was awarded over $580 million in sponsored projects,WEB,weblink Facts & Figures – The University of Texas at Austin, Utexas.edu, WEB, President Powers Delivers 2010 State of the University Address,weblink September 15, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100919161235weblink">weblink September 19, 2010, dead, mdy-all, and has earned more than 300 patents since 2003.WEB, OTC Statistics,weblink April 4, 2010, The University of Texas at Austin houses the Office of Technology Commercialization, a technology transfer center which serves as the bridge between laboratory research and commercial development. In 2009, the university created nine new start-up companies to commercialize technology developed at the university and has created 46 start-ups in the past seven years. License agreements generated $10.9 million in revenue for the university in 2009.Research at UT Austin is largely focused in the engineering and physical sciences,WEB, The Top American Research Universities 2009,weblink PDF, August 23, 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100601070708weblink">weblink June 1, 2010, and the university is a world-leading research institution in fields such as computer science.WEB, The 20 Most-Cited Institutions in Computer Science, 1998–2008,weblink August 23, 2010, Energy is a major research thrust, with federally funded projects on biofuels,WEB, University of Texas at Austin biologists, engineers in $25 million project to develop jet fuel from algal oil,weblink November 7, 2009, battery and solar cell technology, and geological carbon dioxide storage,WEB, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Awards,weblink November 7, 2009, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091113151336weblink">weblink November 13, 2009, mdy-all, water purification membranes, among others. In 2009, the University of Texas founded the Energy Institute, led by former Under Secretary for Science Raymond L. Orbach, to organize and advance multi-disciplinary energy research.WEB, Director of New Energy Institute Named At The University of Texas at Austin,weblink November 7, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091003233418weblink">weblink October 3, 2009, dead, In addition to its own medical school, it houses medical programs associated with other campuses and allied health professional programs, as well as major research programs in pharmacy, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, and others.In 2010, the University of Texas at Austin opened the $100 million Dell Pediatric Research Institute to increase medical research at the university and establish a medical research complex, and associated medical school, in Austin.WEB, Seton, UT lay foundations for Austin medical school,weblink August 23, 2010, WEB, Dell Pediatric Research Institute Opens at Mueller, Brings New Focus To Children's Health Research at The University of Texas at Austin,weblink August 23, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100610055923weblink">weblink June 10, 2010, dead, mdy-all, The university operates several major auxiliary research centers. The world's third-largest telescope, the Hobby–Eberly Telescope, and three other large telescopes are part of the university's McDonald Observatory, {{convert|450|mi}} west of Austin.WEB, McDonald Observatory,weblink August 23, 2010, WEB, Hobby–Eberly Telescope,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081121191333weblink">weblink dead, November 21, 2008, August 23, 2010, The university manages nearly {{convert|300|acre}} of biological field laboratories, including the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin. The Center for Agile Technology focuses on software development challenges.WEB,weblink About CAT, Center for Agile Technology, October 23, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120111141650weblink">weblink January 11, 2012, dead, The J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) is home to the Texas Advanced Computing Center which operates a series of supercomputers, such as Ranger (from 2008–2013 WEB, The Beast in the Background,weblinkweblink" title="archive.today/20070811230410weblink">weblink dead, August 11, 2007, November 7, 2009, ), Stampede (2013–2017 WEB,weblink Stampede – Texas Advanced Computing Center, www.tacc.utexas.edu, January 16, 2019, ), Stampede2 (since 2017 WEB,weblink Stampede2 – Texas Advanced Computing Center, www.tacc.utexas.edu, January 16, 2019, ), and Frontera (since 2019)WEB, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Boosts U.S. Science with Fastest Academic Supercomputer in the World,weblink 4 September 2019, . The Pickle campus also hosts the Microelectronics Research Center which houses micro- and nanoelectronics research and features a {{convert|15000|sqfoot}} cleanroom for device fabrication.Founded in 1946, the university's Applied Research Laboratories at the PRC has developed or tested the vast majority of the Navy's high-frequency sonar equipment. In 2007, the Navy granted it a research contract funded up to $928 million over ten years.WEB, ARL:UT About Us,weblink November 7, 2009, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090827124124weblink">weblink August 27, 2009, WEB, The University of Texas at Austin Research Unit Receives Navy Contract That Could Reach $928 Million,weblink November 7, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110628211117weblink">weblink June 28, 2011, dead, mdy-all, The Institute for Advanced Technology, founded in 1990 and located in the West Pickle Research Building, supports the U.S. Army with basic and applied research in several fields.The Center for Transportation Research is a nationally recognized research institution focusing on transportation research, education, and public service. Established in 1963 as the Center for Highway Research, its projects address virtually all aspects of transportation, including economics, multimodal systems, traffic congestion relief, transportation policy, materials, structures, transit, environmental impacts, driver behavior, land use, geometric design, accessibility, and pavements.WEB, Center for Transportation Research,weblink January 12, 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111218210703weblink">weblink December 18, 2011, In 2013, the University of Texas at Austin announced the naming of the O'Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences. The O'Donnell Foundation of Dallas, headed by Peter O'Donnell and his wife, Edith Jones O'Donnell, has given more than $135 million to the university between 1983 and 2013. University president William C. Powers declared the O'Donnells "among the greatest supporters of the University of Texas in its 130-year history. Their transformative generosity is based on the belief in our power to change society for the better."NEWS,weblink Robert Miller, UT-Austin to name a building after Dallas' Peter and Edith O'Donnell, February 26, 2013, Dallas Morning News, September 15, 2013, In 2008, O'Donnell pledged $18 million to finance the hiring of university faculty members undertaking research in mathematics, computers, and multiple scientific disciplines; his pledge was matched by W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr., an oilman and philanthropist from Fort Worth.WEB,weblink University of Texas Donor Reveals Himself as Source of More Than $135 Million in Gifts, July 9, 2010, foundationcenter.org, September 15, 2013,

Endowment

(File:Nhb utexas.jpg|thumb|The Norman Hackerman Building)Thirty percent of the university's endowment comes from Permanent University Fund (PUF), with nearly $15 billion in assets {{as of|2007|lc=y}}.As required by the Texas Constitution {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20051123143431weblink|date=November 23, 2005 }} the University of Texas System gets two-thirds of the Available University Fund, the annual distribution of PUF income. A regental policyweblink {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20050922012448weblink|date=September 22, 2005}} requires at least 45 percent of this money go to the university for "program enrichment." By taking two-thirds and multiplying it by 45 percent, we get 30 percent which is the minimum amount of AUF income that can be distributed to the school under current policies. The Regents, however, can decide to allocate additional amounts to the university. Also, the majority of the University of Texas system share of the AUF is used for its debt service bonds, some of which were issued for the benefit of the Austin campus.weblink {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20051101111529weblink|date=November 1, 2005}} The Regents can change the 45 percent minimum of the University of Texas System share to goes to the Austin campus at any time, although doing so might be difficult politically.Proceeds from lands appropriated in 1839 and 1876, as well as oil monies, comprise the majority of PUF. At one time, the PUF was the chief source of income for Texas' two university systems, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System; today, however, its revenues account for less than 10 percent of the universities' annual budgets. This has challenged the universities to increase sponsored research and private donations. Privately funded endowments contribute over $2 billion to the university's total endowment.

Student life

Student profile

For Fall 2011, the university enrolled 38,437 undergraduate, 11,497 graduate and 1,178 law students.WEB, Fall 2011 Enrollment Analysis,weblink PDF, The University of Texas at Austin, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121023102257weblink">weblink October 23, 2012, mdy-all, Out-of-state and international students comprised 9.1% of the undergraduate student body and 20.1% of the total student body, with students from all 50 states and more than 120 foreign countries—most notably, the Republic of Korea, followed by the People's Republic of China, India, Mexico, and Taiwan.WEB, Student Characteristics, Fall 2009,weblink April 5, 2010, PDF, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100602225449weblink">weblink June 2, 2010, mdy-all, For Fall 2015, the undergraduate student body was 48.9% male and 51.1% female. The three largest undergraduate majors in 2009 were Biological Sciences, Unspecified Business, and Psychology, while the three largest graduate majors were Business Administration (MBA), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Pharmacy (PharmD).{|style="text-align:center; float:left; font-size:85%; margin-right:2em" class="wikitable"Demographics of the University of Texas at Austin student body – Fall 2015FALL 2015 ENROLLMENT REPORT,weblink October 10, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120206073500weblink">weblink February 6, 2012, mdy-all, WEB, Texas QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau,weblink October 10, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131023121850weblink">weblink October 23, 2013, ! Undergraduate !! Graduate !! Texas !! U.S. Census! African American|12.9%! Asian American|4.6%! Non-Hispanic White|65.1%! Hispanic American|15.8%! Native American|1.0%! Foreign|N/A

Residential life

The campus has fourteen residence halls, the newest of which opened in Spring 2007. On-campus housing can hold more than 7,100 students.Residence Hall Master Plan The University of Texas Division of Housing and Food. Retrieved February 5, 2007. Jester Center is the largest residence hall with its capacity of 2,945.Residence Halls at a Glance The University of Texas Division of Housing and Food. Retrieved December 2, 2005. 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. The Division of Housing and Food Service, which already has the largest market share of 7,000 of the estimated 27,000 beds in the campus area, plans to expand to 9,000 beds.NEWS,weblink University of Texas residences to expand, The Daily Texan, August 3, 2006, August 3, 2006, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070930205828weblink">weblink September 30, 2007,

Student organizations

The university recognizes more than 1,300 student organizations.WEB,weblink Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs – The University of Texas at Austin, studentaffairs.utexas.edu, About Student Activities and Leadership Development {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20051224070801weblink|date=December 24, 2005 }} The University of Texas Office of the Dean of Students. Retrieved December 2, 2005. In addition, it supports three official student governance organizations that represent student interests to faculty, administrators, and the Texas Legislature. Student Government, established in 1902, is the oldest governance organization and represents student interests in general.WEB,weblink University of Texas Student Government, May 6, 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110906214325weblink">weblink September 6, 2011, dead, The Senate of College Councils represents students in academic affairs and coordinates the college councils,WEB,weblink Senate of College Councils, May 6, 2008, and the Graduate Student Assembly represents graduate student interests.WEB,weblink Graduate Student Assembly, May 6, 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081119153610weblink">weblink November 19, 2008, dead, The University Unions Student Events Center serves as the hub for student activities on campus.WEB,weblink Texas Union Student Events Center, May 6, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070622112946weblink">weblink June 22, 2007, The Friar Society serves as the oldest honor society at the university.WEB,weblink Friar Society, October 30, 2008, Texas Orange Jackets, founded in 1923, is the oldest women's honorary service organization on campus and empowers young women leaders to serve the campus and community. Texas 4000 for Cancer is another student organization, which also doubles as an Austin-based nonprofit, that hosts a 4,500-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, thus far raising over $5 million for cancer research and patient support services since its inception in 2004.WEB,weblink Texas4000, April 1, 2009,

Greek life

{{See also|List of fraternities and sororities at University of Texas at Austin}}The University of Texas at Austin is home to an active Greek community. Approximately 14 percent of undergraduate students are in fraternities or sororities.WEB, Austin, UT, Sorority and Fraternity Community,weblink GLIE Website, UT Austin Dean of Students, November 4, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111031042334weblink">weblink October 31, 2011, With more than 65 national chapters, the university's Greek community is one of the nation's largest. These chapters are under the authority of one of the school's six Greek council communities, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Texas Asian Pan-Hellenic Council, Latino Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council and University Panhellenic Council.WEB,weblink Greek communities, The University of Texas Office of the Dean of Students, December 2, 2005, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20051115184705weblink">weblink November 15, 2005, Other registered student organizations also name themselves with Greek letters and are called affiliates. They are not a part of one of the six councils but have all of the same privileges and responsibilities of any other organization.WEB, Sorority & Fraternity Information Guide 2007–2008, The University of Texas Office of the Dean of Students,weblink PDF, April 18, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110717120230weblink">weblink July 17, 2011, Most Greek houses are west of the Drag in the West Campus neighborhood.

Media

{{See also|Texas Student Media}}Students express their opinions in and out of class through periodicals including Study Breaks magazine, Longhorn Life, The Daily Texan (the most award-winning daily college newspaper in the United States),WEB,weblink Student Publications, August 5, 2007, University of Texas at Austin, {{dead link|date=May 2017|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} and the Texas Travesty. Over the airwaves students' voices are heard through Texas Student Television (K29HW-D) and KVRX Radio.The Computer Writing and Research Lab of the university's Department of Rhetoric and Writing also hosts the Blogora, a blog for "connecting rhetoric, rhetorical methods and theories, and rhetoricians with public life" by the Rhetoric Society of America.WEB,weblink The Blogora – The Blog of The Rhetoric Society of America, August 3, 2015, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150801140923weblink">weblink August 1, 2015,

Traditions

File:Bevo 30.jpg|thumb|The "Silver Spurs" with the university's mascot, Bevo ]]Traditions at the University of Texas are perpetuated through several school symbols and mediums. At athletic events, students frequently sing "Texas Fight", the university's fight song while displaying the Hook 'em Horns hand gesture—the gesture mimicking the horns of the school's mascot, Bevo the Texas Longhorn.

Athletics

The University of Texas offers a wide variety of varsity and intramural sports programs. {{as of|2015}}, the university's athletics program ranked ninth in the nation among Division I schools according to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.WEB,weblink NACDA.COM :: NACDA Official Web Site, Nacda.cstv.com, August 3, 2015, Due to the breadth of sports offered and the quality of the programs, Texas was selected as "America's Best Sports College" in a 2002 analysis by Sports Illustrated.America's Best Sports Colleges Sports Illustrated. October 7, 2002. {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060101035101weblink|date=January 1, 2006 }} Texas was also listed as the number one Collegiate Licensing Company client for the second consecutive year in regards to the amount of annual trademark royalties received from fan merchandise sales. But this ranking is based only on clients of the Collegiate Licensing Company, which does not handle licensing for approximately three-dozen large schools including Ohio State, USC, and UCLA.NEWS,weblink Texas repeats as national champion in merchandising, The Austin American-Statesman, August 17, 2007, August 16, 2007, Maher, John,weblink" title="archive.today/20120914133609weblink">weblink September 14, 2012, WEB,weblink The Collegiate Licensing Company Rankings, August 17, 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070819100517weblink">weblink August 19, 2007,

Varsity sports

File:Texas entry 2007 Red River Shootout.jpg|right|thumb|Texas Longhorns football playing against Oklahoma in the 2007 Red River RivalryRed River RivalryThe university's men's and women's athletics teams are nicknamed the Longhorns. A charter member of the Southwest Conference until it dissolved in 1996, Texas now competes in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA's Division I-FBS. Texas has won 50 total national championships,WEB,weblink National Championship, texassports.com, April 1, 2013, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130514170137weblink">weblink May 14, 2013, 42 of which are NCAA national championships.WEB,weblink Archived copy, December 11, 2017, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110531045646weblink">weblink May 31, 2011, The University of Texas has traditionally been considered a college football powerhouse.BOOK,weblink Texas Longhorns Football History A to Z, Pennington, Richard, Potomac Books, August 4, 2007, 1-934186-13-9, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110715110534weblink">weblink July 15, 2011, NEWS, DailyTarheel.com, The Daily Tarheel, Fitt, Aaron,weblink It's not about Mack, September 14, 2002, August 21, 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071204062427weblink">weblink December 4, 2007, NEWS,weblink Texas is the BC$ champ, too – Even before their stunning upset of USC, the Longhorns were big winners where it matters., CNNMoney, Turner Broadcasting, January 5, 2006, April 25, 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070506150212weblink">weblink May 6, 2007, Through the 2015 season, the Longhorns were ranked seventh in the all-time list for winning percentage and third all time for total wins.WEB,weblink Archived copy, November 30, 2015, dead,weblink May 21, 2016, The team experienced its greatest success under coach Darrell Royal, winning three national championships in 1963, 1969, and 1970. It won a fourth title under head coach Mack Brown in 2005 after a 41–38 victory over previously undefeated Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl.In recent years, the men's basketball team has gained prominence, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2002 and 2004, the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2008, and the Final Four in 2003.The University's baseball team is one of the nation's best. It has made more trips to the College World Series (35) than any other school, and it posted wins in 1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002, and 2005.WEB,weblink Texas Longhorns Athletics – Baseball defeats Houston, 4–0, for record 35th trip to the College World Series, Texassports.com, December 2, 2014, Additionally, the university's highly successful men's and women's swimming and diving teams lay claim to sixteen NCAA Division I titles, with the men's team having 13 of those titles, more than any other Division 1 team has.Texas Longhorns Official Athletic Site {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20071110093033weblink|date=November 10, 2007 }} The swim team was first developed under Coach Tex Robertson.WEB,weblink Biography – Tex Robertson, May 24, 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101129163045weblink">weblink November 29, 2010, In particular, the men's team is led by Eddie Reese, who served as the United States men's head coach at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing.

People

Faculty

In the Fall of 2016, the school employed 3,128 full-time faculty members, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 18.86 to 1. These includeWEB,weblink Box, utexas.app.box.com, WEB, Top 200 Institutions: National Academy Members,weblink August 13, 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111031204542weblink">weblink October 31, 2011, winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and other various awards.WEB, Facts & Rankings, College of Natural Sciences,weblink November 7, 2009, Nine Nobel Laureates are or have been affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin. Research expenditures for the university exceeded $615 million for the 2016–2017 school year.WEB, UT System Research Expenditures,weblink March 26, 2018,weblink December 15, 2018, dead,

Alumni

File:Matthew McConaughey - Goldene Kamera 2014 - Berlin.jpg|thumb|upright=0.6|Actor Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaugheyTexas Exes is the official University of Texas alumni organization. The Alcalde, founded in 1913 and pronounced "all-call-day," is the university's alumni magazine.At least 15 graduates have served in the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives, including Lloyd Bentsen '42, who served in both Houses.WEB,weblink Bentsen bio, U.S. Congress, July 30, 2008, Presidential cabinet members include former U.S. Secretaries of State Rex Tillerson '75, and James Baker '57,WEB,weblink Baker bio, Baker Botts LLP, July 30, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080528213810weblink">weblink May 28, 2008, former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans '73. Former First Lady Laura Bush '73 and daughter Jenna '04 both graduated from Texas,NEWS,weblink L. Bush bio, The White House, July 30, 2008, as well as former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson '33 & '34 and her eldest daughter Lynda. In foreign governments, the university has been represented by Fernando Belaúnde Terry '36 (42nd President of Peru), Mostafa Chamran (former Minister of Defense for Iran),WEB,weblink Chamran bio, Occasions, July 30, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080927085733weblink">weblink September 27, 2008, and Abdullah al-Tariki (co-founder of OPEC). Additionally, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Salam Fayyad, graduated from the university with a PhD in economics. Tom C. Clark, J.D. '22, served as United States Attorney General from 1945 to 1949 and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1949 to 1967.File:Mrsbush-20060206.jpg|thumb|left|upright=0.6|Former First Lady Laura BushLaura BushFile:Tom C. Clark.jpg|thumb|upright=0.6|Tom C. Clark '22, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of LawUniversity of Texas School of LawAlumni in academia include the 26th President of The College of William & Mary Gene Nichol '76, the 10th President of Boston University Robert A. Brown '73 & '75,WEB,weblink Brown bio, Boston University, August 1, 2008, and the 8th President of the University of Southern California John R. Hubbard. The university also graduated Alan Bean '55, the fourth man to walk on the Moon. Additionally, alumni who have served as business leaders include Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil Corporation CEO Rex Tillerson '75, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, and Gary C. Kelly, Southwest Airlines's CEO.File:Roger clemens 2004.jpg|thumb|left|upright=0.6|Alumnus Roger Clemens, MLB pitcher and seven-time Cy Young AwardCy Young AwardIn literature and journalism, the school boasts 20 Pulitzer Prizes to 18 former students,WEB,weblink Pulitzer Prize Winners | Moody College of Communication, Moody.utexas.edu, December 2, 2014, including Gail Caldwell and Ben Sargent '70. Walter Cronkite, the former CBS Evening News anchor once called the most trusted man in America, attended the University of Texas at Austin, as did CNN anchor Betty Nguyen '95. Alumnus J. M. Coetzee also received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. Novelist Raymond Benson ('78) was the official author of James Bond novels between 1996 and 2002, the only American to be commissioned to pen them. Donna Alvermann, a distinguished research professor at the University of Georgia, Department of Education also graduated from the University of Texas, as did Wallace Clift ('49) and Jean Dalby Clift ('50, J.D. '52), authors of several books in the fields of psychology of religion and spiritual growth. Notable alumni authors also include Kovid Gupta ('2010), author of several bestselling books, and Alireza Jafarzadeh, author of "The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis" and television commentator ('82, MS). Although expelled from the university, former student and The Daily Texan writer John Patric went on to become a noted writer for National Geographic, Reader's Digest, and author of 1940s best-seller Why Japan was Strong.BOOK, Patric, John, Yankee Hobo in the Orient, 8th, Florence, OR, 1945, 47003382, 2044145, University of Texas at Austin alumni also include 112 Fulbright Scholars, 31 Rhodes Scholars, 28 Truman Scholars,WEB,weblink UT College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, October 12, 2019, 23 Marshall Scholars, and nine astronauts.WEB,weblink Contributions in Space: Past and Present – Cockrell School of Engineering, Engr.utexas.edu, December 2, 2014, Several musicians and entertainers attended the university. Janis Joplin, the American singer posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, attended the university,NEWS,weblink Janis Joplin bio, Janis Joplin Estate, June 19, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080611160228weblink">weblink June 11, 2008, as did February 1955 Playboy Playmate of the Month and Golden Globe recipient Jayne Mansfield.WEB,weblink Jayne Mansfield, Pennsylvania State University, May 7, 2008, Composer Harold Morris is a 1910 graduate. Noted film director, cinematographer, writer, and editor Robert Rodriguez is a Longhorn, as are actors Eli Wallach and Matthew McConaughey, the latter of which now teaches a class at the university.WEB,weblink It's true: Matthew McConaughey is teaching a film class at U. of Texas, USA TODAY, January 16, 2019, Rodriguez dropped out of the university after two years to pursue his career in Hollywood, but completed his degree from the Radio-Television-Film department on May 23, 2009. Rodriguez also gave the keynote address at the university-wide commencement ceremony. Radio-Television-Film alumni Mark Dennis and Ben Foster took their award-winning feature film, Strings, to the American film festival circuit in 2011. Web and television actress Felicia Day and film actress Renée Zellweger attended the university. Day graduated with degrees in music performance (violin) and mathematics, while Zellweger graduated with a BA in English. Writer and recording artist Phillip Sandifer graduated with a degree in History. Michael "Burnie" Burns is an actor, writer, film director and film producer who graduated with a degree in Computer Science.WEB,weblink Burnie Burns Kicks Off Mass Comm Week, The University Star, October 18, 2011, January 26, 2014, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140202124517weblink">weblink February 2, 2014, He, along with graduate Matt Hullum, also founded the Austin-based production company Rooster Teeth, that produces many hit shows, including the award-winning Internet series, Red vs. Blue. Farrah Fawcett, one of the original Charlie's Angels, left after her junior year to pursue a modeling career. Actor Owen Wilson and writer/director Wes Anderson attended the university, where they wrote Bottle Rocket together, which became Anderson's first feature film. Writer and producer Charles Olivier is a Longhorn. So too are filmmakers and actors Mark Duplass and his brother Jay Duplass, key contributors to the mumblecore film genre. Another notable writer, Rob Thomas graduated with a BA in History in 1987 and later wrote the young adult novel Rats Saw God and created the series Veronica Mars. Illustrator, writer and alum Felicia BondWEB, Felicia Bond, World, Archipelago,weblink April 12, 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140402042446weblink">weblink April 2, 2014, dead, is best known for her illustrations in the If You Give... children's books series, starting with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Taiwanese singer-songwriter, producer, actress Cindy Yen (birth name Cindy Wu) graduated with double degrees in Music (piano performance) and Broadcast Journalism in 2008. Noted composer and arranger Jack Cooper received his D.M.A. in 1999 from The University of Texas at Austin in composition and has gone on to teach in higher education and become known internationally through the music publishing industry. Actor Trevante Rhodes competed as a sprinter for the Longhorns and graduated with a BS in Applied Learning and Development in 2012. In 2016, he starred as Chiron in the Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning film Moonlight. File:Farrah Fawcett 1977.JPG|thumb|upright=0.6|Farrah FawcettFarrah FawcettMany alumni have found success in professional sports. Legendary pro football coach Tom Landry '49 attended the university as an industrial engineering major but interrupted his education after a semester to serve in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, he returned to the university and played fullback and defensive back on the Longhorns' bowl-game winners on New Year's Day of 1948 and 1949. Seven-time Cy Young Award-winner Roger Clemens entered the MLB after helping the Longhorns win the 1983 College World Series.WEB,weblink Clemens bio, July 30, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080708194518weblink">weblink July 8, 2008, mdy-all, Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant entered the 2007 NBA Draft and was selected second overall behind Greg Oden, after sweeping National Player of the Year honors, becoming the first freshman to win any of the awards. After becoming the first freshman in school history to lead Texas in scoring and being named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Daniel Gibson entered the 2006 NBA draft and was selected in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his one year at Texas, golfer Jordan Spieth led the University of Texas Golf club to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in 2012 and went on to win The Masters Tournament three years after leaving the university.WEB,weblink The University of Texas Honors Longhorn Jordan Spieth, PERFECT SENSE, October 11, 2018, Joe, Fern, Several Olympic medalists have also attended the school, including 2008 Summer Olympics athletes Ian Crocker '05 (swimming world record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist) and 4 × 400 m relay defending Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards '06.WEB,weblink Crocker bio, July 30, 2008, WEB,weblink Richards bio, July 30, 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080723143428weblink">weblink July 23, 2008, Mary Lou Retton (the first female gymnast outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title, five-time Olympic medalist, and 1984 Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year) also attended the university.WEB,weblink Retton bio, July 30, 2008, Garrett Weber-Gale, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and world record-holder in two events, was a swimmer for the school. Also an alumnus is Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of the sport drink Gatorade. In big, global philanthropy, the university is honored by Darren Walker, president of Ford Foundation.Other notable alumni include prominent businessman Red McCombs, Diane Pamela Wood, the first female chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, chemist Donna J. Nelson, and neuroscientist Tara Spires-Jones. Also an alumnus is Admiral William H. McRaven, credited for organizing and executing Operation Neptune's Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.NEWS,weblink Adm. William McRaven: The terrorist hunter on whose shoulders Osama bin Laden raid rested, The Washington Post, May 4, 2011, May 13, 2011, Steve, Hendrix, Oveta Culp Hobby, the first woman to earn the rank of a colonel in the United States Army, first commanding officer and director of the Women's Army Corps, first secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare attended the university as well.

Keene Prize for Literature{{anchor|Keene Prize for Literature}}

{{See also|Sophie Kerr Prize}}The Keene Prize for Literature is a student literary award given by the university. With a prize of $50,000, it claims to be "one of the world's largest student literary prizes".WEB,weblink College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student, University of Texas at Austin, May 1, 2014, May 2, 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140502073202weblink">weblink May 2, 2014, dead, An additional $50,000 is split between three finalists. The purpose of the award is to "help maintain the university's status as a premier location for emerging writers", and to recognize the winners and their works. The prize was established in 2006, in the College of Liberal Arts. It is named after E. L. Keene, a 1942 graduate of the university.

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