The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas System. Admiral William McRaven (ret.) is the chancellor of the university. It is a large public land grant university founded in 1883. It is home to the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library, and the university and city of Austin are liberal by conservative Texas standards. Its mascot is the Texas Longhorns.


Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $9, 830 in-state, $34, 836 out-of-state

Undergraduate Population: 39,619

Graduate population: 11,331

Total student population: 50,950

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 81%

Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): Red light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)Grade: B; No required courses in Composition, Foreign Language, or Economics.

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    Ray LaMontagne cancels UT show over campus carry 'concerns'
  • Popular singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has cancelled a show in Austin, Texas over the state’s controversial campus carry law, though still played a show earlier this year in North Carolina. “This Thursday’s show at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX has been cancelled due to concerns over the University of Texas’ recently enacted [sic] campus carry law, which allows...

  • UT Austin president agrees to campus carry, promises to look for loopholes
  • President Greg Fenves of the University of Texas Austin (UTA) announced Wednesday his university will allow concealed handgun license (CHL) holders to practice their Second Amendment rights on campus but immediately denounced his decision. “I have decided on the policies for UT Austin that comply with Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), the Campus Carry legislation that goes into effect Aug. 1 2016,...

  • EXCLUSIVE: UT prof mocks NRA, Christianity with satirical prayers
  • A University of Texas, Austin professor contributed a mock version of the Lord’s Prayer during Wednesday’s campus carry protest, calling the NRA “heartless” and saying “Jesus is not conservative enough for Texas.” During a faculty-sponsored rally immediately following Wednesday’s “Cocks not Glocks” protest, which attracted thousands of...

  • UT student paper censors pro-campus carry opinions
  • The student newspaper at the University of Texas-Austin has covered campus carry extensively, publishing no fewer than 18 op-eds opposing the measure this month alone, but when one student submitted a contrasting viewpoint, the piece was summarily rejected. Allison Peregory, a junior who serves as the UT-Austin campus leader for Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) as well as Chairman of the...

  • TX prof's file suit to block gun rights on campuses
  • Three professors at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) are taking the state to court over the constitutionality of concealed firearms carry on the college campus. Campus carry was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor last summer, but the professors are contending that it violates their First, Second, and Fourteenth Amendment rights in a bid to prevent it from...

  • TX judge strikes down UT profs' challenge to campus carry
  • A Texas judge has struck down a lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by three of its professors who requested exemption from the state’s new campus carry law. According to the plaintiffs, the new law, which took effect August 1, would inhibit their ability to speak freely in the classroom, thus violating their First Amendment rights. Additionally, they argued that the new law...

  • Supreme Court upholds affirmative action for college admissions
  • The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing the University of Texas, Austin to consider an applicant’s race during the admissions process in a 4-3 decision Thursday. Justices Anthony Kennedy,Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor found that UT Austin’s use of race as a factor in admissions is applied narrowly enough to be considered constitutional, thus rendering a...

  • UT campus carry task force urges schools to ban guns in as many places as possible
  • A campus carry task force convened by the University of Texas system issued a report this week encouraging schools ban firearms in five types of facilities, in violation of the law. In a memo sent to UT system Chancellor William McRaven and each of the system’s 14 university presidents Monday, the Concealed Carry Working Group suggests—but just “as a starting...

  • Texas Attorney General says public schools can't ban guns
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said public colleges cannot ban handguns on campus in a non-binding letter to State Sen. Brian Birdwell. In late November, Birdwell wrote a letter to Paxton to seek his interpretation of Senate Bill 11, which was signed earlier this year by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Senate Bill 11 prohibits colleges and universities from restricting concealed handgun license (CHL)...

  • Film satirizing dildo protest deemed a 'threat' to anti-gun activists
  • Gun control advocates are outraged over a film highlighting the absurdity of recent protests against campus carry by depicting a woman shot in the head while attempting to defend herself with a sex toy, even deeming it an actual "threat" against student activists. Brett Sanders, a gun rights activist, released the short film titled “Never Met Her” on August 31 after witnessing the...

  • Poll: Even minorities oppose affirmative action
  • A new survey shows that even most minorities don’t support affirmative action in the college admissions process despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the matter. Gallup administered a public poll following the June 23 Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the use of race as a factor in university admissions policies, and concludes that...

  • UT student paper launches two-pronged attack on campus carry
  • The University of Texas (UT) student newspaper released two opinion editorials early August 1 denouncing campus carry as “dangerous,” a “looming disaster,” and “frighteningly unrealistic.” Both the UT Student Body President, Kevin Helgren, and The Daily Texan editorial board penned op-eds against campus carry just a hours after the start of the new policy that...

  • UT students to flaunt 'ungrabbable assets' at 'twerkshop'
  • The University of Texas at Austin will host a day-long “twerkshop” where they will “move together like nasty women” to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. Friday’s event, called “Twerk the Inauguration,” will be headlined by Shakia Williams of New Orleans’ “Her Sins Burlesque and Cabaret,” who will bring students together to...

  • UT instructors meet students in bars to avoid campus carry
  • Some University of Texas professors have taken to holding office hours at a gun-free bar on campus in order circumvent the state’s new campus carry law. The law gives professors with private offices the option of allowing students to carry concealed firearms, but anti-gun assistant instructors without private offices have no such discretion, and are therefore opting to meet with students at...

  • High school YAF chapter subjected to verbal abuse at UT-Austin
  • High school students affiliated with Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) were verbally harassed and intimidated during an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale” just outside the University of Texas at Austin's campus. The event was sponsored by the Steele High School YAF chapter, and was aimed at sparking a discussion about affirmative action, while trying to be civil at the same time. To...