The campus of The University of Texas at Austin provides a diverse and stimulating academic environment that is a great place to study. Austin is the capitol of Texas, and the campus is located a few blocks from the Capitol Building and about a mile north of downtown Austin. The campus is spacious, comfortably accommodating approximately 49,000 students. Apartments abound in the immediate campus area and in other readily accessible parts of Austin.

The University has a shuttle bus system for students, thus making transportation simple and economical. The University of Texas has extensive athletic facilities including a recently renovated student gymnasium with an extensive array of exercise equipment, two large swimming pools, more than fifty tennis courts, indoor courts for racquetball and related activities, a new running track, and fields for softball, football, and soccer.

Moreover, the city of Austin is an excellent place to live, as evidenced by recent polls that have listed Austin among the top-ten "best" places to live in the United States. In recent years, Austin has become a major center for the computer industry and other high technology companies. We are a growing, medium-sized city of less than one million people who are proud of their clean community, lack of air pollution, and pleasant weather. While it can get hot in summer, the weather is remarkably pleasant over the course of the year with clear skies about 300 days per year. Warm winters allow enjoyment of outdoor activities throughout the year. Five lakes, two within the city limits, make water sports popular, and the adjacent "Texas Hill Country" region provides scenic and topographic relief. Nearby lakes in the hill country have a combined shoreline of over 7,000 miles. During the summers, a popular destination for Austinites is the Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring near downtown that is maintained by the city for public swimming.

There is also a rich mix of cultures in the Austin area. The University draws people from all over the world, which contributes to the cosmopolitan feel of the city. With over a quarter of the city's population being Latino (Spanish is widely spoken in the area), Austin is an especially attractive city for international students from Central and South America. Furthermore, you will find in Austin many restaurant choices with food from all over the world. An uncountable number of eateries serve the local specialties of Texas barbecue and Mexican food ("Tex-Mex").

You may be also interested to know that Austin proudly bills itself as the "Live Music Capitol of the World". On any given night, you can find bands in nightclubs around the city performing Rock and Roll, Blues, Alternative, Country, Latino, Tejano, and, of course, "Texas Swing". For those with more traditional tastes in entertainment, the University has an active cultural program with plays, musicals, operas, etc. The City of Austin has a symphony orchestra, two ballet companies, and there are numerous venues for plays.

Finally, if you think Texas is a place with nothing more than wide-open spaces, cactus, cowboys, and oilmen, then you need to visit Austin. We are proud of our rich Texas heritage, but you will be hard pressed to find a horse, a cow, or a cowboy in Austin. While cactus does grow in Austin, the rolling hills of central Texas are covered in grasslands and trees. This is not a dusty Texas desert town, like you might have seen in those old Hollywood movies. Austin is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a forward-looking, global outlook.