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 nine academic and six health 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.
Numerous transformational initiatives implemented over the past several years have cemented UT as a national leader in higher education. One of the most significant is the expansion of educational opportunities in South Texas that will come with the opening of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this fall. 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.
Other ambitious initiatives include the investment of unprecedented resources into improving the health of Texans through innovative, technology-based solutions. The UT System also has launched a multi-pronged plan to dramatically increase engineering and computer scientist graduates to ensure the state’s economy remains strong. And the UT System Institute for Transformational Learning is establishing the largest and most comprehensive competency-based learning initiative in the nation to increase student success and access.
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.
New institution fall 2015: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley