University of Texas at Austin

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Public research university in Austin, Texas, United States

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About University of Texas at Austin

By James Barham, PhD

By rights, the University of Texas (known within Texas itself as “UT,” for short) ought to be 40 years older than it is. In 1839, the Republic of Texas officially set aside 40 acres of prime real estate in the center of the new country’s capital city, Austin, as the site for the campus of a national university. The Texas Congress also granted 288,000 acres of land, mainly in the western regions of the Republic, as a financial endowment for the future university.

Much later, oil was discovered beneath a lot of that land. As a result, UT’s endowment is now worth a little more than $30 billion, making the school by far the wealthiest public university in the country. Indeed, among all American universities, UT is second only to Harvard (see above) in the size of its endowment.

However, the actual building of the university was long delayed, first by the accession of the Republic of Texas to the United States in 1845, and then by the coming of the Civil War. As a defeated Confederate state, Texas was dealt with harshly by the Federal government during the period of Reconstruction. Eventually, however, the state recovered enough independence in running its own affairs to carry through the long-delayed project of building a state university.

Today, UT is the flagship campus of the far-flung University of Texas System, and is now officially known as the “University of Texas at Austin” to distinguish it from the 13 other campuses, which include eight full-fledged universities and five separate medical school/hospital complexes. The overall system comprises more than 300,000 students, faculty, and staff, while UT’s share in that number stands at around 75,000.

Although it is only fair to say that Texas itself has never exactly been known as a cultural mecca, nevertheless with the cash at its disposal UT has been able to attract a faculty—and to provide them with facilities—that easily rival those of the best Ivy League schools. For example, in 1982, in an academic coup that reverberated around the entire country, UT managed to lure the world-famous Nobel Prize–winning physicist, Steven Weinberg, away from Harvard.

In all, UT is associated with 13 Nobel Prize–recipients, including (in addition to Weinberg):

  • John Goodenough Nobel prize winner for chemistry (2019) for his work on storing electrical energy in batteries
  • Russian-born pioneer of the field of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, Ilya Prigogine—chemistry
  • American geneticist Hermann Muller and immunologist James Alison—physiology or medicine
  • Swedish economist, sociologist, and philosopher, Gunnar Myrdal—economics
  • South African–born novelist, J.M. Coetzee—for literature

Among other notable alumni and faculty, we may mention:

  • Celebrated Argentinian author of sui generis metaphysical fictions, Jorge Luis Borges
  • Singer, Janis Joplin
  • Film directors, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, & Richard Rodriguez
  • Actors, Eli Wallach, Jayne Mansfield, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, & Marcia Gay Harden
  • Entrepreneur and entertainment industry executive, David Geffen
  • Television journalist, Walter Cronkite
  • Astronomer and television personality, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Entrepreneur and founder of Dell Technologies, Michael S. Dell
  • Bestselling non-fiction author and 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination candidate, Marianne Williamson
  • Former and sitting Texas governors, Ann Richards & Greg Abbott

According to Wikipedia, The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas, founded in 1883. The University of Texas was included in the Association of American Universities in 1929. The institution is composed of over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.

University of Texas at Austin Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
57,241 32% 88% 1355 30

How Much Does University of Texas at Austin Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)

How Much Do University of Texas at Austin Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Texas at Austin, then you can expect to earn an average of $73,900 per year. You also have a 92% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Texas at Austin's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
44,324 36,498 7,826

Where is University of Texas at Austin?

University of Texas at Austin is located at 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin TX 78705

What Is University of Texas at Austin Known For?

University of Texas at Austin is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Texas at Austin's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are University of Texas at Austin's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Texas at Austin's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Communications, and Business. Here are some of University of Texas at Austin's most famous alumni:

C. Wright Mills
C. Wright Mills
An American sociologist.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
Edsger W. Dijkstra
A Dutch computer scientist.
Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
An American broadcast journalist .
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers
An American journalist.
Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Rauschenberg
An American painter and graphic artist.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
An African-American astrophysicist, and science communicator.
Karl Rove
Karl Rove
An American political consultant and policy advisor.
Bruce Sterling
Bruce Sterling
An American writer, speaker, futurist, and design instructor.
Roger Schank
An American artificial intelligence theorist.
Hermann Joseph Muller
Hermann Joseph Muller
An American biologist.
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
An American computer scientist.
James F. Crow
James F. Crow
An American geneticist .