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Posted by on Jan 20, 2009 in College Towns, Road Trips | 0 comments

University of Texas


The University of Texas at Austin (often referred to as the University of Texas, UT Austin, UT, or Texas) is a  public research university located in Austin, Texas.  The main campus is located less than a mile from the Capitol of the State of Texas.  Founded in 1883, the university is one of the largest enrollments on a single-campus  with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff.

The university is consistently ranked among the top public schools in the U.S. with seven of its doctoral programs ranked in 2008 in the top 10 in the nation and 22 departments in their respective top 25 rankings.

One of the university’s most visible features is the 307-foot tower that was completed in 1937.  The tower usually appears illuminated in white light in the evening but is lit orange for various special occasions, including athletic victories and academic accomplishments.  At the top of the tower is a carillon of 56 bells, the largest in Texas.  The tower was the scene in 1966 of the Whitman Massacre.  An observation deck is now open to the public for weekend tours.  Wiki-UT

The university is located in Austinwhich is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 16th-largest in the US. with a metropolitan population of about 1.6 million people.

Austin was selected as the # 1 Best Big City in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006 and was also voted America’s # 1 College Town by the Travel Channel.  Wiki-Austin

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