The University of Texas at Austin

February 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Before launching his career as a portfolio manager and financial executive, Joey Feste received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Commonly referred to as the University of Texas or UT Austin, the University of Texas at Austin joins campuses in Arlington, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Tyler, and the Permian Basin to form the University of Texas System. UT Austin, with more than 50,000 students currently enrolled, is the fifth largest school in the United States in terms of enrollment. Widely recognized as one of the top public institutions in the country, the University of Texas at Austin earned the title of Public Ivy according to the original study in 1985.

After the Morrill Act of 1862 allowed for the creation of land grant universities, the state of Texas founded Texas A&M University in 1876. In 1883, after the Texas Constitution of 1876 mandated the establishment of a second university in Texas, the University of Texas opened its doors on College Hill in Austin. In spite of receiving a donation of 500 acres along the Colorado River in the early 20th century, the University of Texas decided to remain at its location in Austin. The institution later attempted to buy land adjacent to the campus, but the discovery of oil in the area hindered those plans and caused the university to bolster its endowment instead. In recent years, the University of Texas at Austin has expanded to include the Blanton Museum of Art, the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, and the first presidential library on a university campus.

One of the top public institutions in the country, the University of Texas at Austin consistently ranks in the top 50 of American universities according to U.S. News & World Report. The University of Texas at Austin also includes a number of high-ranking graduate level programs, including the College of Pharmacy (4th), the Cockrell School of Engineering (9th), the College of Education (10th), and the School of Law (15th). According to USA Today, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the top producers of new Fortune 1000 CEOs.

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