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Students walk in the tree-lined shade of the mall in front of Gregory Gym.

The Forty Acres

The campus of The University of Texas at Austin, a sprawling urban oasis, is nicknamed the Forty Acres after the size of its original footprint.

Academic Experience

Our students encounter a world-class academic experience, rubbing elbows with faculty famous for everything from the invention of the lithium-ion battery (your smartphone says #thanks) to frequent contributions to the @nytimes op-ed pages.

Student Organizations

They build community in the form of more than 1,100 student organizations focused on everything from b-boying—that’s breakdancing, for the uninitiated—to eradicating cancer.

Spirit and Athletics

They lose and find themselves in the spirit of Texas, and discover that frontiers have more to do with persistence, determination and grit than wagon trains and the Wild West. This is exemplified on the field, the court and the track, where cries of “Texas! Fight!” echo the same unwavering spirit in the face of adversity that saw “Gone to Texas” scrawled on doors across the country in the 19th century.


Freshmen are introduced to it all during our unique first-year experience. It starts the moment you’re admitted, and continues during summer orientation, when you find your 360 Connection—a small group of other freshmen who share common interests, from involvement in a First-Year Interest Group to participation in a range of student-success programs. It culminates each fall with Longhorn Welcome, a series of free events ranging from Mooov-In, our massive move-in party, to Gone to Texas, a huge new-student welcome that takes place on the South Mall the night before classes commence.