In September 1883, The University of Texas was officially opened in a ceremony inside an incomplete building on a grassy hill where the Tower now stands. Classes that semester were held in the temporary Capitol, a three-story building on Congress Avenue housing state government while the current Capitol was under construction.
The University of Texas at Austin supports cutting-edge research in all disciplines, offering more than 200 dedicated research units and centers. Several research groups report directly to the Vice President for Research, but most units are based in individual colleges and schools, where they engage in interdisciplinary research that complements the academic goals of their departments.
All students are members of Student Government. Student Government's mission is to represent the interests of students and increase student decision-making power; to improve campus life through the creation and continuation of viable and effective student services; to preserve and protect the traditions and legends of UT Austin; and to support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors. Student Government is comprised of an executive, legislative and judicial branch, as well as policy directors and agency directors.
The University Apartments are reserved for families, graduate students, and undergraduates with at least 30 hours credit and in good standing with the University.
Our University also has the following residence halls:
For more than 125 years, The University of Texas Libraries have been committed to building one of the greatest library collections in the world. Maintaining more than 10 million volumes and providing access to the latest digital journals, databases and web resources, our libraries collect and preserve the finest achievements of human knowledge in support of not only research and instruction needs.
The UT Service Desk provides students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin with a centralized point of contact for computer help, questions concerning ITS services, and navigating.
University Health Services is committed to providing high-quality care to patients of all ages, races, ethnicities, physical abilities or attributes, religions, sexual orientations, or gender identities/expression.
Recreational Sports manages 8 facilities both on and off campus. These facilities include over 500,000 square feet of indoor and 40 acres of outdoor activity space.
Over 70 different sororities and fraternities contribute to campus life at The University of Texas as Austin through a broad range of philanthropic, scholarship and leadership activities.
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.