The University of Texas at Austin is public research university which is one of the largest the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. It was founded in 1883, and since then, it has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students. Now, the domain of the university is far and wide with satellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract. The statistic of enrollment figures up to 11,000 students with more than 3500 master's and docor's degree awarded annualy. Moreover, the Graduate School is a national pioneer with more than 8,700 bachelorâ??s degrees awarded every year in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors. Being an institute with the most diverse students in Texas, it is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.
The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting organization for eleven states in the southeastern United States, including Texas. Read more about the university's accreditation.
The University of Texas at Austin is supported by highly experienced and dedicated faculty members who are distinguished nationally and internationally and include winners of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize and many others. In addition, numerous faculty members have been nominated for membership in prestigious scholarly organizations. Some of the top faculty members worth mentioning are listed below:
- Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize for Physics, 1979)- Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science Regental Professor
- David Oshinsky (Pulitzer Prize, 2006)-The George Littlefield Professor of American History
- George Sudarshan (Drac Medal, 2010)-Professor in the Department of Physics
- Karen Uhlenbeck (National Medal of Science, 2000)-Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Mathematics
- Allen Bard (Wolf Prize, 2008)-Norman Hackerman - Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry
The university covers an area of 1,438.5 acres (582.1 ha), comprising the 423.5 acres (171.4 ha) for the main campus and other land for the J. J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin and the other properties throughout Texas. The main campus has 150 buildings totalling over 18,000,000 square feet (1,700,000 m2). prominent structures includes the university's seven museums and seventeen libraries that hold over nine million volumes, making it the seventh-largest academic library in the country. The university's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center include one of only 21 remaining complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible and the first permanent photograph, "View from the Window at Le Gras," taken by NicÃ©phore NiÃ©pce. Nevertheless, the university continues to expand its facilities on campus. In 2010, the university opened the state-of-the-art Norman Hackerman building housing chemistry and biology research and teaching laboratories. In the same year, the university broke ground on the $120 million Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall and the $51 million Belo Center for New Media, both of which are scheduled to open in 2012. Moreover, UT Austin operates several major auxiliary research centers. The world's third-largest telescope, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, and three other large telescopes are part of UT's McDonald Observatory, located 450 miles (720 km) west of Austin. The university manages nearly 300 acres (1.2 km2) of biological field laboratories, including the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin. The J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) is home to the Texas Advanced Computing Center which operates the Ranger supercomputer, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, as well as the Microelectronics Research Center which houses micro- and nanoelectronics research and features a 15,000 square foot (1,400 m2) cleanroom for device fabrication.
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