A Public Ivy and space-grant institution, the University of Texas at Austin is one of nine academic universities in the UT system, and also the first. Founded in 1883 and home to 18 schools and colleges, it is one of the largest schools in the US but is also one of the more selective. There are more than 170 undergraduate fields of study and 400 study abroad programs in 78 countries. The main Austin campus is 431-acres and contains 17 libraries, 4 museums, and 15 career centers. UT Austin also maintains Creative 40 Acres, a space for students creative work, as well as Longhorn Startup, to foster interdisciplinary startup innovation.
The University of Texas at Austin is perhaps THE most underrated university in the United States, especially in the realm of STEM. The campus is absolutely gorgeous, and while the tradeoff for such a large university existing in a rather small area is horrible parking, the closeness of everything shortens walking distances and truly makes one feel at home. Either way, any point on the campus is just a stone's throw away from beautiful downtown Austin.