The University of Texas at Austin (informally Texas, University of Texas, UT Austin, or simply UT) is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. The main campus is located in Downtown Austin, TX, USA, less than a mile from the Texas State Capitol. Founded in 1883, the University is sometimes referred to as a "Public Ivy," and it is currently (as of Fall 2005) the fifth largest single-campus in the USA by enrollment (and had the largest enrollment in the country from 1997-2003), with upwards of 50,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff.
"...why, some say the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why — 35 years ago — why fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the Moon, we choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..."
"Is there a rallying cry for the thinkers and doers of tomorrow? A motto that sums up their passion for creativity and their pursuit of discovery? Sure there is: 'Hook 'em Horns'. We're Texas. What starts here...changes the world."
University alumnus Walter Cronkite narrating the "What Starts Here Changes the World" campaign advertisement "Rallying Cry".
Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an Americanblues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter, remembered best for her powerful and distinctive voice. Though Joplin began attending the University in 1960, she never completed a degree.
August 3, 2006 — According to The Daily Texan, The University's Division of Housing and Food has plans to expand their total number of beds from 7,000 to 9,000. The division is the largest source of housing in the campus area with an estimated 27,000 beds in the area.
July 2006 — Darlene Grant, an associate professor in the School of Social work and an associate dean of graduate studies, has been named 2006 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. She focuses on incarcerated women and their children.
July 2006 —Vince Young agreed to terms on his initial contract with the Titans. Terms of the deal are believed to include five years with a sixth year team option and as much as $58 million overall including $25.7 million in guaranteed money.
June 2006 — Actor, director and producer Robert De Niro donates his extensive archive of film-related items to the Harry Ransom Center. Dating from the late-1960s, the collection includes written materials (e.g. scripts, notes and correspondence) and over 3,000 costume items.