Hook ‘em Horns: Austin’s Burnt Orange Obsession

UT Crowd - Photo by Dave Wilson

Photo by Dave Wilson

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.

The fact is, that 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. UT 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 47 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!

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UT Austin Facts

Founded: 1883      

Colleges/schools: 17

Alumni: About 450,000                        

President:  Greg Fenves           

Colors: Burnt orange & white

Mascot: Bevo, a Texas longhorn          

Degrees awarded yearly: 12,000+       

Faculty and Staff: More than 24,000     

Continuing education enrollment: 300,000

Registered student organizations: More than 900

Museums & libraries:  Seven museums & 17 libraries

Type of institution:  A public, four-year research university

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

University of Austin Football Game - Photo by Kari Sullivan

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