Welcome to the Forty Acres

This is the first week of the fall semester of 2014, and our campus is buzzing with activity. It’s especially exciting to feel the energy of new students as they begin this life-changing experience. Tuesday night, we gathered on the Main Mall to celebrate this new chapter with a freshman convocation we call Gone to Texas. Music, spirit groups, and a strong lineup of speakers primed our freshmen for their college careers. And, to the students’ great approval, this happened…

On Wednesday night, new students met in the stadium for the Texas Kickoff Rally, where they met Coach Charlie Strong and formed the Longhorn silhouette on the field for the Class of 2018 photo.

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To all of you who have been away, welcome back. Let’s make it a year to remember!

Hook ’em Horns!

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UT Austin ranked a top university for Hispanic graduate students

Each year, HispanicBusiness.com ranks university graduate programs in four areas: business, engineering, law, and medicine. This year, UT Austin was one of just three universities ranked high in three of the four areas. The University ranked No. 2 in engineering, No. 3 in business, and No. 6 in law. The criteria included percentages of Hispanic […]

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LIVESTRONG Foundation puts UT Austin over the $3 billion goal line

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Today, I’m thrilled to announce two historic milestones in the life of The University of Texas at Austin. The LIVESTRONG Foundation has pledged $50 million to create the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at UT Austin’s Dell Medical School. With this gift, LIVESTRONG has taken UT Austin’s total giving during the Campaign for Texas over our goal […]

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Giving Back to Support the Next Generation in Engineering

President Powers accepts Whaley gift

As we enter the final weeks of the Campaign for Texas, I am gratified to see so many friends and alumni giving back to our university. This week we announced a large posthumous gift–$35 million from the late T. W. Whaley, who earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from UT in 1968. What’s special about […]

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Coach Strong doing a tough job well

In recent days, criminal charges and violations of team rules have led Coach Charlie Strong to dismiss and suspend multiple students from our football team. These are unfortunate losses, but I fully support Coach Strong and the hard line on discipline he takes. Indeed, this trait is among the reasons he was hired. There’s no […]

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Court rules for UT Austin in Fisher case

This afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced its decision in the case of Fisher vs. the University of Texas at Austin, which had been remanded to the Fifth Circuit by the Supreme Court last summer. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit found in favor of UT Austin. I am […]

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