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University of Texas
1 University Station, Austin, TX 78713
The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university and the flagship institution of The University of Texas System. The institution has the fifth-largest single-campus enrollment in the nation, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff. The university has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered to provide a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.
The university's seven museums and 17 libraries hold over 9 million volumes, making it the seventh-largest academic library in the country. The holdings of the university's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center include one of only 21 remaining complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible and the first permanent photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras, taken by Nicéphore Niépce. The Blanton Museum of Art is the largest university art museum in the United States and hosts approximately 17,000 works from Europe, the United States, and Latin America.
Notable alumni include science-fiction author Bruce Sterling; horror author Whitley Strieber; filmmakers Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodríguez, Mark Duplass, and Jay Duplass; actresses Renée Zellweger, Felicia Day and Marcia Gay Harden; and actors F. Murray Abraham, Jon Hamm, John Hillerman, Matthew McConaughey, Fess Parker, Bruce McGill, Tex Ritter, Owen Wilson, and Eli Wallach.
Library access: The Perry-Castañeda Library is the main campus library. It is open to the public. Visitors may request temporary access to library computers. Free borrowing privileges are extended to alumni and holders of TexShare cards from other academic or public libraries. The university is also part of the Research Library Cooperative Program and Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. Other Texas residents may obtain borrowing privileges by paying $100 per year.
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