In 1839, the Congress of the Republic of Texas ordered that a site be set aside to meet the state's higher education needs. After a series of delays over the next several decades, the state legislature reinvigorated the project in 1876, calling for the establishment of a "university of the first class."
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to be one of the world's leading research universities. Our students and faculty are encouraged to explore and discover in the arts, humanities, and sciences — and across disciplinary boundaries. Every day, our researchers work tirelessly to fight and treat diseases, devise solutions to the global water crisis, discover new galaxies in the far reaches of the universe, address critically important social issues, and improve the human condition in a million other ways.
At The University of Texas at Austin, we know that partnerships with companies and organizations, both local and global, can broaden the impact of our work. 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, we aim to leverage the considerable talent and resources of the university to improve lives and transform society.
As part of the University, ESL Services provides instruction and programs that are critical to UT’s mission. Specifically, ESL Services offers current and future international students and scholars high-quality English language training and orientation programs to assist them in attaining better proficiency in English and in broadening their cultural awareness in order to ensure their success at the University of Texas.
We believe it's important for our community to have access to extraordinary living, learning and working experiences beyond the classroom. By providing clean, attractive, safe facilities for campus residents and diverse, high-quality food options — along with partnerships and programs dedicated to improving quality of life for our students, faculty and staff — we work hard to create a positive, comfortable environment on the Forty Acres.
For more than 125 years, The University of Texas Libraries have been committed to building one of the greatest library collections in the world. Maintaining more than 10 million volumes and providing access to the latest digital journals, databases and web resources, our libraries collect and preserve the finest achievements of human knowledge in support of not only research and instruction needs.
The UT Service Desk provides students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin with a centralized point of contact for computer help, questions concerning ITS services, and navigating.
We know success goes hand in hand with health and wellness. That’s why The University of Texas at Austin makes the health and well-being of our entire university community a top priority. A broad range of on-campus resources are available and accessible around the clock to ensure that our students, faculty and staff stay physically healthy, emotionally well and prepared to change the world.
Spend just a minute on our campus and you'll quickly see how The University of Texas at Austin is an immense and beautiful world all its own. And with our dozens of museums, libraries, centers, institutes and special venues spread across the campus and the city, each with its own unique exhibits and programming, you'll never be bored. Designed to enhance the experience of not just current students, faculty, and staff but also community members and visitors from around the world, our many campus destinations will educate, delight and amaze.
Recreational Sports manages 9 facilities both on and off campus. These facilities include over 500,000 square feet of indoor and 40 acres of outdoor activity space. Open approximately 800 hours each week, the facilities are supervised by a student staff of approximately 250. In addition to serving as sites for RecSports activities, the facilities are reserved annually for over 220 different campus organizations, accounting for more than 5,000 individual reservations.
Over 70 different sororities and fraternities contribute to campus life at The University of Texas as Austin through a broad range of philanthropic, scholarship and leadership activities.
The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting organization for eleven states in the southeastern United States, including Texas. Read more about the university's accreditation.