12 May The University of Texas, Austin
The main campus is located less than a mile from the Texas State Capitol. The university was named one of the original eight Public Ivy institutions. Apart form the main campus, university operates various additional facilities aside from the main campus, most notably the J. J. Pickle Research Campus. UT Austin is a major center for academic research, annually exceeding $400 million in funding. In addition, the university’s athletic programs were recognized by Sports Illustrated as “America’s Best Sports College” in 2002.
The university was ranked as the top 12th among public schools (as per U.S. News and World Report, 2008), and is ranked as the top 19th nationally (The Washington Monthly, 2007), and #38 in an academic ranking of world universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2007). Seven doctoral programs of UT are ranked among the top 10 in the nation for 2008 and with 22 departments also in the top 25 departments.
As a state public university, UT Austin is subject to Texas House Bill 588 (aka HB 588, the top ten percent law, or the percent plan), which guarantees graduating Texas high school seniors in the top 10% of their class admission to any public Texas university. Roughly 2/3 of admitted applicants are admitted in this manner. For others who go through the traditional application process, selectivity at UT Austin is deemed “more selective” according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In fall 2006, a total of 27,315 applications were received and 13,305 were admitted. In fall 2007, 27,232 applications and 13,781 students were admitted.
The university enrolls 37,377 undergraduate, 11,533 graduate and 1,467 law students. The student population includes students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries, most notably, South Korea, followed by India, China and Mexico represented. The average SAT score for entering Fall 2004 freshmen was a 1230 out of 1600.
Most of the students live in the university campus area, which encompasses an area from Interstate 35, which runs along the eastern perimeter, to Lamar Boulevard, which circles the western edge of the campus, including numerous fraternity and sorority houses. The campus also extends to Martin Luther King to the south and the campus itself is just a mile or so north of the State Capitol Building and the Capitol complex. The northern edge is roughly around 27th Street, and among these fours borders are some of the most interesting sights in the Austin area.