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The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a public research university in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 1883 and is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. The University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. The institution has the nation's eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.

A Public Ivy, it is a major center for academic research, with research expenditures exceeding $615 million for the 2016–2017 school year. The university houses seven museums and seventeen libraries, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, and operates various auxiliary research facilities, such as the J. J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory. Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Primetime Emmy Award, the Turing Award, and the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards. As of October 2018, 11 Nobel Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners and 2 Fields medalists have been affiliated with the school as alumni, faculty members or researchers.

Student athletes compete as the Texas Longhorns and are members of the Big 12 Conference. Its Longhorn Network is the only sports network featuring the college sports of a single university. The Longhorns have won four NCAA Division I National Football Championships, six NCAA Division I National Baseball Championships, thirteen NCAA Division I National Men's Swimming and Diving 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.

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McDonald Observatory's 2.1 m Otto Struve Telescope (82") & 2.7 m Harlan J. Smith Telescope (107")

The McDonald Observatory is located near the town of Fort Davis, Texas in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, the United States. The site is campus property of the University of Texas at Austin and mainly funded by the university, along with revenues from telescope leases. The observatory is equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared and operates the first lunar laser ranging station. McDonald works closely with, though it is administratively separate from, the astronomy department of the University of Texas at Austin. The McDonald Observatory also produces and consults on StarDate, a daily syndicated radio astronomy segment hosted by Sandy Wood, which airs on stations throughout the nation in both English and Spanish. (more...)

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The crowded stacks of the Life Science Library, in the Main Building.

The Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin is a structure at the center of the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas that houses the university's administrative offices. The Main Building's 307-foot (93-meter) tower, often referred to as "The Tower", has 28-floors and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the University. It also houses the Life Science Library.

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"...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".

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Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-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.



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