University of Texas

Austin’s Burnt Orange Obsession




The University of Texas Tower, which stands 307 feet and was built in 1937, is one of most recognizable buildings on the Austin campus.

Everything’s big in Texas – including a certain school that favors burnt orange and white. The nationally known University of Texas at Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and more than 24,000 faculty and staff members and is one of the largest public universities in the U.S.

It’s also the largest institution of the formidable University of Texas System – which boasts nine academic universities and six health institutions, has a combined enrollment of more than 211,000, and conferred more than 43,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2010.

In a city recognized as a center for culture, politics, the arts, technology and music, the University of Texas is its crown jewel, offering an incredible educational resource and a world of opportunity for those who live here. The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs rank among the best in the nation, and the school’s faculty includes professors and researchers who have won the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship, and many other honors. University of Texas also leads the way in both research and education with a depth and diversity of resources unmatched by most other public universities.

With more than 12,000 degrees awarded annually, more than 300 degree programs, and such nationally renowned facilities as the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the McDonald Observatory, and the Blanton Museum of Art, the university’s size is one of its biggest assets. In athletics, The University of Texas at Austin is a powerhouse with 48 national championships in its history, including the 2005 collegiate football championship.

As an enduring symbol of the spirit of Texas — big, ambitious and bold — the university drives economic and social progress in Texas and serves the nation as a leading center of knowledge and creativity. Hook ‘em Horns!

Facts About the University of Texas at Austin

 

President: William Powers, Jr.

 

Founded: 1883

Type of institution:  Public, four-year research university

Student enrollment:  More than 51,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries

Faculty/staff: More than 24,000

Alumni: About 450,000

Degrees awarded yearly:  12,000

Continuing education enrollment: 300,000

Museums & libraries: Seven museums and 17 libraries

Colleges/schools:  17

Registered student organizations: More than 900

Operating budget:  $2.14 billion for FY 2010

Research funding:  $644 million for 2009-2010

Mascot:  Bevo, a Texas longhorn

Colors:  Burnt orange and white

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