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New UT Austin graduate student housing under construction

UT breaks ground on new graduate student housing in East Campus

The University broke ground on a new housing project for graduate students as part of their affordable housing initiative in East Campus earlier this month. The project is located on 21st Street between Comal Street and Leona Street in the historic Blackland neighborhood. It will include fully-furnished studios, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units with a total of 784 beds, as well as a fitness...

Median rent in Austin from 2000 to 2017 $600 to $1200

UT funds affordable housing research

The UT President’s office gave out four $25,000 grants this semester to faculty members studying affordable housing in the Austin community. The University awarded the Faculty Innovation Grants to staff members Jake Wegmann, Elizabeth “Becky” Pettit, Ming Zhang and Elizabeth Mueller. Each grant recipient is partnering with organizations outside of UT to study a specific aspect of affordable...

Graphic showing 45% resident hall capacity in fall 2020 versus 100% in fall 2021 at UT-Austin

UT-Austin residence halls return to full capacity

UT-Austin residence halls have reached 100% capacity with 7,400 students living across the 14 residence halls amid Stage 5 COVID-19 levels, a spokesperson for University Housing and Dining said. Residence halls only reached 45% occupancy in fall 2020, with 3,330 students living on campus during a lower COVID-19 risk level. This semester, that number has doubled and Austin’s COVID-19 rating has moved...

92% of fall 2021 UT-Austin classes will be held in person

More than 91% of classes will be held face to face in the fall, Kathleen Harrison, the communications manager for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, said in an email. Approximately 4% of class sections will be held in a hybrid format and 3% will be held exclusively online, Harrison said. Students can view class modality on the fall 2021 course schedule, which was released by the...

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Students seeking safety, freedom choose to move off campus for spring semester

Since classes began, Nakhia Hall has received regular texts from her mom warning her about  rising COVID-19 cases in on-campus dormitories. With the number of cases in the UT community rising, some students such as biomedical engineering freshman Hall are concerned for their health and considering moving from the dorms to single-occupancy apartments. Since classes started Aug. 26, a total of 647...

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Sure Walk implements new safety measures, aims to reduce health risks

Sure Walk is changing their operations this semester to reduce health risks. Sure Walk, which provides free walks and rides from on-campus locations to home at night, resumed services Aug. 20 after a break following the University’s transition to remote learning in March. It will be available seven days a week from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Masks will be required for staff and patrons, and vehicle use will...

What’s open, online, closed on campus at UT-Austin this fall?

Since this semester will look a little different, the Texan has gathered a list of which University services and resources are open, closed or online to help students navigate campus. Academic common areas, such as building lobbies and study lounges, will open at the discretion of the operating college, school or unit, said Kathleen Harrison, communications manager for the Office of the Executive Vice...

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UT-Austin rated 15th best public university in the country by US News & World Report

UT ranked No. 49 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 ranking of best national universities, rising seven spots compared from last year. According to its website, U.S. News evaluated colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality for the 2019 best colleges rankings. UT’s rise this year correlated most with two factors: graduation rates and undergraduate academic reputation, UT...

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