Texas history:In 1839, the Congress of the Republic of Texas ordered that a site be set aside to meet the state's higher education needs. After a series of delays over the next several decades, the state legislature reinvigorated the project in 1876, calling for the establishment of a "university of the first class." Austin was selected as the site for the new university in 1881, and construction began on the original Main Building in November 1882. Less than one year later, on Sept. 15, 1883, The University of Texas at Austin opened with one building, eight professors, one proctor, and 221 students — and a mission to change the world. Today, UT Austin is a world-renowned higher education, research, and public service institution serving more than 51,000 students annually through 18 top-ranked colleges and schools.


UT's first mascot, a frightened 1,200-pound longhorn steer, was presented at the Texas vs. Texas A&M Thanksgiving Day game in 1916, which UT won 22-7. In writing about the game afterward, Ben Dyer, editor of The Alcaldemagazine, referred to the steer as “Bevo.” How the name came to be remains a mystery, although theories abound.The most well known tale never actually happened. In 1917, four A&M students branded the longhorn 13—0, marking A&M's 1915 win over Texas. Texas students did not, in fact, retaliate by changing the steer's brand to Bevo. Instead they fattened him up and served him at a football banquet in 1920. The Aggies were fed the side they had branded and presented with the hide, which still read 13—0.


"The Eyes of Texas" is frequently followed by another traditional song, "Texas Fight" or better known as "TAPS". "Taps" is the official fight song of The University of Texas and was written by Colonel Walter S. Hunnicutt in collaboration with James E. King, then director of the Marlin High School Band. The words of the song as finally adopted, were written by "Blondie" Pharr, director of the Longhorn Band from 1917 to 1937. "Taps" is played following touchdowns and extra points at Texas football games as well as on thousands of other occasions.

What may not be obvious to many is that the first strain of "Texas Fight" is really a sped up version of "Taps", the song played at many military funerals. The repeated strain contains portions of "The Eyes of Texas."

Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
And it's goodbye to A&M.
Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
And we'll put over one more win.
Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
For it's Texas that we love best.
Hail, Hail, The gang's all here,
And it's good-bye to all the rest!

Yea Orange! Yea White!
Yea Longhorns! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
Yea Texas Fight!
Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
Yea Texas Fight!

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the livelong day.
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
You cannot get away.
Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
For it's Texas that we love best.
Hail, Hail, The gang's all here,
And it good-bye to all the rest!

Note: The line, "Hail, Hail, the gang's all here" is usually replaced with "Give 'em hell, Give 'em hell, Go Horns Go!"


Students wishing to pursue an undergraduate architecture or interior design degree program must be formally admitted to the School of Architecture with one of the following major codes:

  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, 908000
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, 908400
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 909200
  • Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, 909201
  • Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Arts in Plan II, 909300

Students who intend to pursue the dual degree in Architecture and Plan II Honors must apply to both programs. Please contact the Plan II Honors Program Office in the College of Liberal Arts for further information regarding the separate and early application to the Plan II Honors Program: 512-471-1442.



Everything really is bigger in Texas! Since 1955, “The Largest Bass Drum in the World” has accompanied the Longhorn Band on the sidelines at home football games. Handled by a crew of five Longhorn Band members, Big Bertha leads the band into the stadium and onto the field to begin the pre-game festivities.


Undergraduate Student Costs

Traditional Flat Tuition Rate for Full-time Undergraduates
2014-15 Long Session (One Semester Only)

ResidentNonresidentArchitecture4,93817,803Business5,36919,063Communication4,83217,108Education4,83917,141Engineering5,10718,006Fine Arts5,00517,730Geosciences5,03918,067Liberal Arts4,67316,632Natural Sciences4,84817,164Nursing5,18118,701Social Work4,89417,471Undergraduate Studies4,90817,430


Architects work in the construction industry and are involved with designing new buildings, extensions or alterations to existing buildings, or advising on the restoration and conservation of old properties.

They can work on individual buildings or on large redevelopment schemes, and can be responsible for the design of the surrounding landscape and spaces.

Architects work closely with their clients and users to make sure that projected designs match their needs and are functional, safe and economical. They usually control a project from start to finish and work with a number of construction professionals, including surveyors and engineers, producing drawings and specifications that the construction team works to.

The role of an architect is very varied and can range from freelance and small-scale project work to employment with multinational organisations working on iconic landmarks.

Typical work activities

Architects are involved from the earliest stages of a building project, which can start with developing ideas with the client, establishing budgets, assessing the needs of the building and its users, and its impact within the local environment.

They assist with site selection and work closely with contractors on site, ensuring that works are carried out to specific standards and that, above all, the building is sustainable, functional and aesthetically pleasing. They also need to have an awareness of commercial and financial considerations.

Responsibilities vary but typically include:

  • discussing the objectives, requirements and budget of a project;
  • consulting with other professionals about design;
  • preparing and presenting feasibility reports and design proposals to the client;
  • advising the client on the practicality of their project;
  • using IT in design and project management, specifically using computer-aided design software;
  • keeping within financial budgets and deadlines;
  • producing detailed workings, drawings and specifications;
  • specifying the nature and quality of materials required;
  • preparing tender applications and presentations;
  • negotiating with contractors and other professionals;
  • preparing applications for planning and building control departments;
  • drawing up tender documents for contracts;
  • project managing and helping to coordinate the work of contractors;
  • controlling a project from start to finish;
  • regular site visits to check on progress, ensuring that the project is running on time and to budget;
  • resolving problems and issues that arise during construction;
  • ensuring that the environmental impact of the project is managed.


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