These students are hooked on higher education. The University of Texas System runs 14 universities throughout the Lone Star State with a total enrollment of more than 235,000 students, making it one of the nation's largest university systems. Its flagship UT Austin campus, with some 51,000 students and a Longhorn mascot, has one of the largest student populations in the US. UT System also runs half a dozen health institutions, including four medical schools. The system also offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields including science, technology, engineering, and math. Established in 1876, UT Austin opened in 1883. The UT System was formally organized in 1950.
The primary purpose of UT System is to provide administrative services for its campuses and institutions; these services include fundraising, endowment management, performance benchmarking, construction planning, and legal and real estate services. With more than 21,000 faculty members and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors, and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in Texas. UT System is governed by a nine-member board of regents that is appointed by the Texas governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate.
The UT System's primary central administration office is located on the UT Austin campus. The system has eight additional academic campuses in Arlington, Brownsville, Dallas, Edinburg, El Paso, Odessa, San Antonio, and Tyler. It also has a land management office in West Texas and a federal relations center in Washington, DC.
The UT System's administration has continued to work toward the overall goals of maintaining quality and affordability at the campuses, increasing graduation rates, and enhancing the system's standing in research and medical education. The organization has also been working to reduce its student-teacher ratios by increasing the number of faculty members.
A large portion of the UT System's student population comprises students pursuing degrees in health-related fields. UT health institutions include the UT Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, which includes medical schools and hospital locations, and the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The UT System is also heavily focused on research. The system's institutions have about $2.6 billion annually in research expenditures, more than half of which is funded through federal grants.
The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) was established in 1881 and it opened its doors to students in 1883. In 1891 its medical branch campus opened in Galveston.
In the following years, other schools joined what became known as the University of Texas System, including the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy (now UT El Paso, 1919), UT Arlington (1965), UT Tyler (1979), UT Pan American (1989), and UT Brownsville (1991).
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