The University of Texas at Austin

Welcome from the President

Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 1883, UT is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation. Ours is a diverse learning community, with students from every state and more than 100 countries. We're a university with world talent and Texas traditions. Discover more about us online and come visit our beautiful campus in person.

What Starts Here Changes The World

Connecting the values and mission of the university to the needs of the state and the nation. Find out how the university changes the world through research and education.

Campus Profile

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 .

Read a welcome message from President William Powers Jr. and visit the Office of the President Web site.

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).

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.

Visiting Campus

How to Get to the Main Campus

The University of Texas at Austin is in the heart of the city of Austin, just north of the downtown area. Campus is just two miles from the State Capitol. Main thoroughfares around campus include Guadalupe Street to the west, Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Boulevard to the south, Red River Street to the east and Dean Keeton Street (26th Street) to the north. Check out the main campus maps and the accessibility maps .

Take MLK Boulevard exit heading west for south campus; campus will be on your right. Or take the Dean Keeton/26th Street exit heading west for north campus; campus will be on your left.

MoPac/Highway 1
Take Windsor Road exit heading east. Turns into 24th Street, which dead-ends into Guadalupe Street, the western border of campus.

Highway 71
From the east, take I-35 North and follow directions for I-35 above. From the west, take MoPac/Highway 1 North and follow directions for MoPac/Highway 1 above.

From the east, take I-35 South and follow directions for I-35 above. From the west, follow directions for Highway 71 above.

From the north, take MoPac/Highway 1 South and follow directions for MoPac/Highway 1 above.

From the south, take Highway 111/Airport Boulevard North to MLK Boulevard. Head east on MLK Boulevard and campus will be on your right.

By plane
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The airport is in southeast Austin on Texas Hwy. 71, eight miles from downtown. To reach campus, head west on Hwy 71, take I-35 North and follow directions for I-35 above.

University of Houston

4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004 / (713) 743-1010

The University of Houston is a state research university and the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. Founded in 1927, UH is the third-largest university in Texas with nearly 43,000 students.

Majors & Minors

The University of Houston offers undergraduate majors and minors in 13 different schools and colleges. Whatever major you choose, you'll complete our Core Curriculum , a well-rounded program of course options that will strengthen your skills and expand your worldview.

View alphabetical list of majors and minors

UH also has UHin4, a four-year graduation plan . This graduation plan has been developed as a mechanism to help students identify and pursue clear paths for completing their undergraduate degree in a timely manner. Graduation within four academic years of initial fall enrollment the University of Houston is ensured conditioned upon the satisfaction of student eligibility requirements as outlined in the program.

We also offer several special programs , including:

These programs can complement and enhance any degree at UH with additional skills, unique experiences and proud achievements.

Apply for Admissions

Award-winning faculty , 100+ undergraduate degree options and all that a vibrant international city has to offer: these are just a few of the reasons why students choose the University of Houston.

As you explore what UH can do for you, why not schedule a visit to our gorgeous campus? Contact the Visit Coordinator to arrange an individual or a group tour. It's a great way to see our facilities and meet some of the faculty and staff that make things happen at UH.

Applying to the University of Houston is the first step toward your rewarding future. Whether you're applying as a freshman , a transfer or an international student , we're always happy to answer your questions . So why wait? Apply today !

If you've already applied and been accepted to University of Houston, congratulations! Now you probably have a lot of questions about what happens next. For more information, visit the Information for Recently Accepted Students page. There's even a web page of Information for Parents , too. We'll see you soon!

Campus Life click here.


Learning Through Discovery Initiative: 2008-2013

The Learning through Discovery initiative was created in 2008 to implement the UH Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The Office of Undergraduate Discovery Programs was created to administer this initiative, and functioned under the aegis of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Through a network of UH faculty and staff, alumni and mentors, and business and non-profit organizations, the initiative promoted a research culture by 1) providing research skills and training, and 2) expanding student research opportunities both on and off campus for all undergraduate students. The University of Houston embraced the QEP as an opportunity for transformative change.

UH QEP Objectives

In 2008, the University of Houston developed the Discovery-based Learning: Transforming the Undergraduate Experience through Research initiative, a Quality Enhancement Plan to promote a teaching and learning culture supportive of research in all disciplines for undergraduate students. The plan focused on two key areas 1) to expand research opportunities, and 2) to develop student research-related skills. The program implementation was led by the Learning through Discovery (QEP) office in collaboration with faculty, UH Libraries , UH Writing Center , Educational Technology , Faculty Development & Instructional Support , the Office of Undergraduate Research , and Institutional Effectiveness.

Results of QEP Initiative

The University of Houston's QEP implementation resulted in an enhanced learning environment for undergraduates. Lessons learned include:

  1. Student learning outcomes can be enhanced through a targeted student success initiative.
  2. A multi-tiered approach to QEP implementation results in broader impact among the student population.
  3. A QEP Curriculum Grant Program is a successful model for sustainable change across the colleges.
  4. Faculty partners and resource collaborators should be engaged during QEP planning and implementation.
  5. Faculty development activities facilitate sharing of best practices and support effective pedagogy.

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