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University of Texas System

The University of Texas System (UT System) encompasses 14 educational institutions in the U.S. state of Texas, of which eight are academic universities and six are health institutions. The UT System is headquartered in Downtown Austin, and has a total enrollment of over 216,000 students (largest university system in Texas) and employs more than 87,000 faculty and staff. The UT System's $24 billion endowment (as of the 2016 fiscal year) is the largest of any public university system in the United States.[4] Reuters ranks The UT System among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world.[5][6]

The University of Texas System
UofTsystem seal.svg
Motto Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis
(Latin for "Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy")
Type State university system
Established 1876
Endowment $24 billion (2016)[1]
Chancellor Admiral William H. McRaven (Ret.)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 167,028[3]
Postgraduates 54,309[3]
Colors Navy blue, orange, and tan


Component institutionsEdit

Academic institutionsEdit

The University of Texas System has eight separate and distinct academic institutions; each institution is a stand-alone university and confers its own degrees. Its oldest and flagship institution is The University of Texas at Austin.

Official name Official
Location Estab. Joined
(Fall 2015)
The University of Texas at Arlington UT Arlington Arlington 1895 1965 37,008 [7][8][9]
The University of Texas at Austin UT Austin Austin 1883 51,313 [10][11][12]
The University of Texas at Dallas UT Dallas Richardson 1961 1969 24,533 [13][14][15]
The University of Texas at El Paso UTEP El Paso 1913 1967 23,397 [16][17][18][19]
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley UTRGV Brownsville, Edinburg,[n 1]
Harlingen, McAllen, Rio Grande City
2015[n 1] 29,045 [20][21][22][23][24]
The University of Texas at San Antonio UTSA San Antonio 1969 28,628 [20][21][22][23]
The University of Texas at Tyler UT Tyler Tyler 1971 1979 8,862 [25][26][27]
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin UTPB Odessa 1973 5,560 [28][29][30]
  1. ^ a b UTRGV was formally founded in 2013 by the merger of UT Brownsville and UTPA, but did not begin operation until 2015.

Former institutions mergedEdit

Official name Official
Location Founded Joined
Merged Refs
The University of Texas at Brownsville UT Brownsville, UTB Brownsville 1973 1991 2015
(merged to form The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
The University of Texas–Pan American UTPA Edinburg 1927 1989 [33][34]

University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdit

On June 14, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed SB 24 into law, officially approving the creation of a new university in South Texas within the UT System, officially replacing UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American. The initiative resulted in a single institution, including a medical school, spanning the entire Rio Grande Valley, with a presence in each of the major metropolitan areas of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, and McAllen. On December 12, 2013, the UT Board of Regents voted to name the new university the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.[35] The new university began full operation in the 2015–16 school year.

Health institutionsEdit

In addition to eight academic institutions, the University of Texas System also has six health institutions.

The 1890 Ashbel Smith building on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Two other medical schools in the UT System enrolled their first classes in the 2016–17 school year—the Dell Medical School at the Austin campus and the UTRGV School of Medicine.

Student profileEdit

Racial and/or ethnic background (2013)
Students[36] Texas[37] United States[38]
Asian 9% 4% 5%
Black 7% 12% 13%
(of any race)
39% 38% 17%
Non-Hispanic White 34% 45% 63%
International student 8% N/A N/A
Other races 2% N/A N/A
Unknown 2% N/A N/A


O. Henry Hall, the former main administrative building for the system, is in Downtown Austin


The administrative offices are in Downtown Austin.[39] The UT system approved moving the system headquarters in November 2012.[40] Boonds from the UT System's endowment funded the construction of the new 15-story, 258,000-square-foot (24,000 m2) headquarters, which had a price tag of $102 million. The UT system planned to lease a portion of the facility for shops and other offices, with the approximately 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) remaining portion used for its own employees.[41] The system headquarters, named Replacement Office Building (ROB), were scheduled to open on August 1, 2017.[42]

The University of Texas System was previously headquartered in O. Henry Hall in Downtown Austin.[43] The system headquarters complex previously included multiple buildings, which had 550 employees in 2014.[41] These faciliies included O. Henry Hall, Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall (named after Lady Bird Johnson), Ashbel Smith Hall, the Colorado Building, the Lavaca Building, and the Norwood Tower. Parking garages serving the complex include Parking Garage I, Parking Garage II, Parking Garage III, 300 West 6th Street Parking Garage, and the garage between the Colorado and Lavaca buildings.[44]

In 2013 the UT system approved the demolitions of the Colorado Building and the Lavaca Building,[40] and the new UT headquarters was built where these buildings previously stood.[41] The Texas State University System purchased O. Henry Hall in 2015 for $8.2 million;[40] the UT System leased it and continued using it as its administrative headquarters prior to the 2017 completion of the UT System's current headquarters.[45] The UT system replaced Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall and Ashbel Smith Hall with a commercial property that used the façade of Johnson Hall and is leased by Trammell Crow.[40] The Ashbel Smith name is no longer used, and in this way UT Austin removes any references to the Confederate States of America, now highly controversial in 2017; Ashbel Smith was involved in the Confederacy.[42]


  • Paul L. Foster, Chairman, El Paso
  • Steven Hicks, Vice Chairman, Austin
  • Jeffrey Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, Houston
  • Ernest Aliseda, McAllen
  • David Beck, Houston
  • Sara Martinez Tucker, Dallas
  • Kevin Paul Eltife, Tyler
  • Janiece M. Longoria, Houston
  • James Conrad "Rad" Weaver, San Antonio
  • Varun P. Joseph, Student Regent, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Executive CommitteeEdit

Chancellor William McRaven
  • William H. McRaven, Chancellor
  • David E. Daniel, Deputy Chancellor
  • Raymond S. Greenberg, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
  • Scott C. Kelley, Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs
  • Steven Leslie, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Stephanie Bond Huie, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
  • Patricia D. Hurn, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
  • Barry McBee, Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer
  • Randa S. Safady, Vice Chancellor for External Relations
  • Daniel Sharphorn, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
  • William H. Shute, Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations
  • Amy Shaw Thomas, Vice Chancellor and Counsel for Health Affairs
  • Francie A. Frederick, General Counsel to the Board of Regents


Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall, an administrative building in Downtown Austin
  • Randy Wallace, Associate Vice Chancellor, Controller and Chief Budget Officer
  • Terry Hull, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance
  • Michael Peppers, Chief Audit Executive
  • Phil Dendy, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Ed Mattison, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Marg Knox, Chief Information Officer
  • Michael O'Donnell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction
  • Dan Stewart, Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Benefits and Services
  • Mark Warner, interim, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, The University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO)

Coordinated Admissions ProgramEdit

The Coordinated Admissions Program (more colloquially known as "CAP") offers some UT Austin applicants the chance to attend the university if they complete their freshman year at another system school and meet specified requirements.[46] Each institution in the University of Texas System sets its own admissions standards, and not all schools may accept a particular CAP student.[46] UT Dallas does not participate in the CAP program, and UTSA, the largest recipient of CAP students, has stated it will be phasing out the program within the next ten years.[47][48]


See alsoEdit


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