The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System.
Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.
The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of the main campus with satellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract.
With an enrollment of 11,000 students and more than 3,500 master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually, the Graduate School is a national leader in graduate degrees awarded and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation. More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.
The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.
What Starts Here Changes the World
We connect the values and mission of the university to the needs of the state and the nation. Find out how the students, faculty and staff of the university change the world through research and education.
The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people of Texas and the United States. We are a leading provider of education and research with a depth and diversity of resources unmatched by most other public universities.
As an enduring symbol of the spirit of Texas — big, ambitious and bold — the university drives economic and social progress in Texas and serves our nation as a leading center of knowledge and creativity.
Mission and Core Purpose
From teaching and research to public service, the university's activities support its mission and core purpose:
to transform lives for the benefit of society through the core values of learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility.
The Compact with Texans states that the mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service.
Read The University of Texas at Austin's 2010-11 Compact with The University of Texas System (PDF).
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.
Commission of 125
In 2002 a group of citizens convened to express a vision of how the university can best serve Texas and society during the next 25 years. After nearly two years of deliberations, the Commission of 125 recommended one imperative: "The University of Texas at Austin must create a disciplined culture of excellence that will enable it to realize its constitutional mandate."
The imperative alludes to the Constitution of the State of Texas, which states, "The Legislature shall...establish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a university of the first class." To that end, the commission recommended two strategic initiatives — to develop a new undergraduate core curriculum and to establish a more demanding standard for leadership of academic departments and research centers.