The University of Texas System (UT System) is a government entity of the state of Texas that oversees 14 educational institutions throughout the state including eight universities and six health institutions. The UT System is headquartered in DowntownAustin, and has a total enrollment of over 216,000 students (largest university system in Texas) and employs more than 87,000 faculty and staff. The UT System's $27 billion endowment (as of the 2017 fiscal year) is the largest of any public university system in the United States. As of 2018, Reuters ranks the UT System among the top 10 most innovative academic institutions in the world.
The University of Texas System has eight separate and distinct academic institutions; each institution is a stand-alone university and confers its own degrees. Its oldest and flagship institution is The University of Texas at Austin.
On June 14, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed SB 24 into law, officially approving the creation of a new university in South Texas within the UT System, officially replacing UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American. The initiative resulted in a single institution, including a medical school, spanning the entire Rio Grande Valley, with a presence in each of the major metropolitan areas of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, and McAllen. On December 12, 2013, the UT Board of Regents voted to name the new university the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The new university began full operation in the 2015–16 school year.
UT El Paso
UT Rio Grande Valley
UT San Antonio
UT Permian Basin
The University of Texas System also has six standalone medical schools. None are officially affiliated with any of the regular academic UT colleges (see above), though they may have close relationships or special joint programs with some based on history or close geographic location.
Only two UT System universities (UT Austin and UT Rio Grande Valley) house their own medical schools.
The 1890 Ashbel Smith building on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
UT Health Houston is associated with the Texas Medical Center, John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTHealth School of Dentistry, Cizik School of Nursing, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, and UTHealth School of Public Health.
UT Health San Antonio was formerly known as The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). It is affiliated with South Texas Medical Center, UT Austin's Pharmacy School, UT San Antonio, MD Anderson Cancer Center - Mays Cancer Center, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. It has also been named the South Texas Medical School and The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, and merged with Bexar County Teaching Hospital.
UT Health East Texas was formerly known as The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHCT or UT Health Tyler). It has also gone by the names East Texas Tuberculosis Sanitarium (est. 1947) and East Texas Chest Hospital. It later joined the UT System as UT Health Northeast in 1977. Following the merger of UT Health Northeast and East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System in 2018, the school was renamed to UTHET.
MD Anderson Cancer Center is also partnered with UT Health Science Center at Houston and Texas A&M College of Medicine.
UTMB is the oldest medical school in the state of Texas, originally established under the name the University of Texas Medical Department.
UT Southwestern was originally named the Southwestern Medical School of The University of Texas after Southwestern Medical Foundation bequeathed its facilities.
UT Austin's Dell School of Medicine was established in 2013 and enrolled its first students in Summer 2016. It initially began as an Austin regional center of UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is also partnered with Central Health and the Community Care Collaborative.
UT Rio Grande Valley's School of Medicine was established in 2013 by merging the former UT Regional Academic Health Center - Harlingen & Edinburg (est. 2002 as part of UT Health San Antonio) with UT Pan American and UT Brownsville. It enrolled its first students in 2016.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The administrative offices are in Downtown Austin. The UT system approved moving the system headquarters in November 2012. Bonds from the UT System's endowment funded the construction of the new 19-story, 330,000-square-foot (31,000 m2) headquarters, which had a price tag of $102 million. The UT system planned to lease a portion of the facility for shops and other offices, with the approximately 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) remaining portion used for its own employees. The system headquarters, named Replacement Office Building (ROB), were scheduled to open on August 1, 2017.
The University of Texas System was previously headquartered in O. Henry Hall in Downtown Austin. The system headquarters complex previously included multiple buildings, which had 550 employees in 2014. These facilities included O. Henry Hall, Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall (named after Lady Bird Johnson), Ashbel Smith Hall, the Colorado Building, the Lavaca Building, and the Norwood Tower. Parking garages serving the complex include Parking Garage I, Parking Garage II, Parking Garage III, 300 West 6th Street Parking Garage, and the garage between the Colorado and Lavaca buildings.
In 2013 the UT system approved the demolitions of the Colorado Building and the Lavaca Building, and the new UT headquarters was built where these buildings previously stood. The Texas State University System purchased O. Henry Hall in 2015 for $8.2 million; the UT System leased it and continued using it as its administrative headquarters prior to the 2017 completion of the UT System's current headquarters. The UT system replaced Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall and Ashbel Smith Hall with a commercial property that used the façade of Johnson Hall and is leased by Trammell Crow. The Ashbel Smith name is no longer used due to his involvement in the Confederate States of America. Ashbel Smith Hall was promptly imploded on March 25, 2018.
Coordinated Admissions Program
The Coordinated Admissions Program (more colloquially known as "CAP") offers some UT Austin applicants the chance to attend the university if they complete their freshman year at another system school and meet specified requirements. Each institution in the University of Texas System sets its own admissions standards, and not all schools may accept a particular CAP student.
UT Dallas does not participate in the CAP program, and UTSA, the largest recipient of CAP students, has stated it will be phasing out the program within the next ten years.
The Colorado Building, an administration building in Downtown Austin
The Lavaca Building, an administration building in Downtown Austin
Ashbel Smith Hall, a UT System administrative building in Downtown Austin
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