In 1839, the Congress of the Republic of Texas ordered that a site be set aside to meet the state's higher education needs. After a series of delays over the next several decades, the state legislature reinvigorated the project in 1876, calling for the establishment of a "university of the first class." Austin was selected as the site for the new university in 1881, and construction began on the original Main Building in November 1882. Less than one year later, on Sept. 15, 1883, The University of Texas at Austin opened with one building, eight professors, one proctor, and 221 students — and a mission to change the world.
Today, UT Austin is a comprehensive university offering programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees from the following schools and colleges:
- Cockrell School of Engineering
- College of Education
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Natural Sciences
- College of Pharmacy
- Dell Medical School
- Graduate School
- Jackson School of Geosciences
- LBJ School of Public Affairs
- McCombs School of Business
- Moody College of Communication
- School of Architecture
- School of Information
- School of Law
- School of Nursing
- School of Social Work
- School of Undergraduate Studies
Online programs are offered through the Extended Campus, including several master’s degrees and other certifications.
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Religious Affiliation:Not applicable
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:9,997
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