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If you hosted a meeting of the minds—a place where the right-brained dreamers inspired the left-brained doers—Austin would be the perfect place to gather. At the heart of the Austin community, the university offers a home where the creative, artistic minds of the world live side by side with the scientific and technological innovators of tomorrow.

Culture of Creativity

The University of Texas at Austin community provides a lot of the youthful energy, world-class artists, and independent spirit that drive Austin’s art and music scene. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” the city is home to spectacular events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin Film Festival that attract visitors from all over the world.

Breeding Ground for New Technologies

The university has long been a pioneer and leader in establishing innovative education programs in technology, so it’s no surprise that technology companies like Dell, IBM, Intel, Apple, Samsung and National Instruments have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the university produces.

Top 10 Things to Do in Austin

1. Barton Springs: A three-acre spring-fed pool that stays at 68 degrees year round.
2. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: The story of Texas is told through films and exhibits; home to Austin’s only IMAX theater.
3. Texas State Capitol: Built in 1886, the Texas State Capitol is the largest state capitol in the country.
4. Sixth Street and Warehouse Entertainment District: Popular, trendy areas of downtown Austin known for clubs, live music and unique restaurants.
5. Congress Avenue Bats: Home to the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the country.
6. Highland Lakes: Seven lakes, including nearby Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake, offer canoeing, boating and jet skiing.
7. South Congress (SoCo): Home to eclectic shops and retro clothing stores, and the very popular First Thursday event each month.
8. Zilker Park: 350-acre park located just minutes from campus; home to Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker Botanical Gardens, Zilker Hillside Theatre and the Zilker Zephyr—a miniature train that travels around the perimeter of the park.
9. Mount Bonnell: A must-see for any Austin visitor! This popular tourist spot offers the best views of Austin and the Hill Country.
10. Hike and Bike Trail: One of the finest hiking and biking trails in the country! The ten-mile trail offers wide paths for bike riding, walking or running.

Courtesy of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau |

One Student’s Take on Austin

“I would describe Austin as SoHo spread out over an entire city. The culture and people you will find are very similar. In addition, Austin is filled with people who are passionate, whether it is about outdoor activities, Texas football, or music. Austin is laid back, full of energy, and unique compared to the other major cities in Texas.”

Stephanie Bernard
Purchase, NY
Communication Studies major

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