University of Texas at Austin

public university in Austin, Texas, USA
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The University of Texas at Austin is a public university in Austin, Texas. It is one of the largest universities in the United States, with almost 50,000 students. It was founded in 1883.

University of Texas at Austin
Main Building (also called the UT Tower)
Former names
The University of Texas
MottoDisciplina Praesidium Civitatis (Latin)
Motto in English
Education is the Guardian of the State[a][2]
TypePublic flagship research university
EstablishedSeptember 15, 1883; 140 years ago (1883-09-15)
Parent institution
University of Texas System
Academic affiliations
Endowment$30.1 billion (system-wide) (2019)[3]
Budget$3.1 billion (2018)[4]
PresidentJay Hartzell[5]
ProvostSharon Wood
Academic staff
3,722 (2019-20)[6]
Administrative staff
11,645 (2015)[7]
Students51,090 (Fall 2019)[6]
Undergraduates40,163 (Fall 2019)[6]
Postgraduates10,927 (Fall 2019)[6]
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, 431 acres (1.74 km2)
NewspaperThe Daily Texan
ColorsBurnt orange and White[8]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBS:



Texas' athletics teams are called the Longhorns. Texas has 18 varsity teams and they compete in the Big 12 Conference until the end of the 2023–24 school year. After this, Texas will join the Southeastern Conference.


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  1. Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis is a Latinization of the quotation by Mirabeau Lamar that “The cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.”


  1. "The University of Texas at Austin". Handbook of Texas (online ed.). Texas State Historical Association. December 2, 2015 [June 15, 2010].
  2. "UT Seal". Ex-Students Association of The University of Texas. n.d. Archived from the original on November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  3. As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  4. "Operating budget" (PDF). University of Texas at Austin. 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 23, 2019. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  5. "McCombs Business Dean Hartzell named interim president of UT Austin". The University of Texas System. April 8, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "UT Austin by the Numbers". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  7. "Fast facts 2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 22, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  8. "Visual Identity: Colors". The University of Texas at Austin. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  9. "Big 12 Announces Agreement for Withdrawal of Oklahoma and Texas" (Press release). Big 12 Conference. February 9, 2023. Retrieved February 9, 2023.