For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care.
The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, with 14 institutions that educate more than 217,000 students. Each year, UT institutions award more than one-third of all undergraduate degrees in Texas and almost two-thirds of all health professional degrees. With about 20,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates – and more than 70,000 health care professionals, researchers student advisors and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.
The UT System ranks third in the nation in patent applications, and because of the high caliber of scientific research conducted at UT institutions, the UT System is ranked No. 1 in Texas and third in the nation in federal research expenditures. In addition, the UT System is home to three of the nation’s National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers – UT MD Anderson, UT Southwestern and UT Health Science Center-San Antonio – which must meet rigorous criteria for world-class programs in cancer research.
Chancellor William H. McRaven’s ambitious vision for the UT System includes eight “Quantum Leaps,” that address many of the most significant challenges of our time, including building the nation’s next generation of leaders through core education in leadership and ethics; leading a brain health revolution by accelerating discoveries and treatments for neurological diseases; elevating higher education’s role in national security; driving unprecedented levels of collaboration between higher and K-12 education; and increasing student access and success.
Other numerous transformational initiatives implemented over the past several years have cemented UT as a national leader in higher education, including the expansion of educational opportunities in South Texas with the opening of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the fall of 2015. And UT is the only system of higher education in the nation establishing not one, but two new medical schools in 2016 at The University of Texas at Austin and UT Rio Grande Valley.
University of Texas institutions are setting the standard for excellence in higher education and will continue do so thanks to our generous donors and the leadership of the Chancellor, the Board of Regents and UT presidents.