Cultural Activities

UT-Austin students can choose from a broad spectrum of activities held on campus. The College of Fine Arts presents almost 1,000 arts events each year featuring faculty, students and visiting artists. Scheduled events include recitals, plays, musicals, operas, art exhibitions, and dance concerts. The Performing Arts Center, a complex of seven performance spaces, also brings many internationally and nationally known performers to UT Austin. Discount rates are available to students for both UT and PAC productions. Some of the world's greatest works of art are displayed as a part of touring exhibits at the Blanton Museum of Art, adding to UT Austin's permanent holdings which represent the entire range of art history.


A diverse faculty includes Nobel Prize winners in chemistry and physics and Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction and history. Additionally, many faculty members have been selected to be active in prestigious scholarly organizations in recognition of contributions to their respective fields, such as the National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Law Institute.

The UT Austin campus has outstanding educational and research facilities. Our library collections are the sixth largest academic library in the United States. Nineteen on-campus libraries include the Richard W. McKinney Engineering Library (the nation's eighth largest), one of the world's most important collections of Latin-American literature and the finest legal research facility in the Southwest. In addition, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center holds one of the world's leading depositories of modern English, French and Italian literature. Anthony Hobson's Great Libraries, a listing which included only five U. S. libraries, ranked UT-Austin's library system among the world's 32 great libraries.


UT Austin is part of the Big 12 Conference, and has a proud history of athletic achievements in most major sports venues. The Texas Longhorns have won four NCAA Division I National Football Championships, six NCAA Division I National Baseball Championships and has claimed more titles in men's and women's sports than any other school in the Big 12 since the league was founded in 1996. Current and former UT Austin athletes have won 130 Olympic medals, including 14 in Beijing in 2008 and 13 in London in 2012. The university was recognized by Sports Illustrated as "America's Best Sports College" in 2002.

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