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Anxious Maria finds voice in Daily Texan basement, remains anxious

May 10, 2019

After my first semester as a senior reporter for The Daily Texan in the fall semester of 2017, Peter told me, “When you first started, I didn’t think you were very good, but you’ve become...


‘It’s not for us’

May 8, 2019

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First-gen, low income students often work twice as hard for college admission. What’s your story?

March 14, 2019

"First-Gen UT" is a year-long, collaborative series that shares the stories of first-generation Longhorns. Stories are published in partnership with The Daily Texan and the UT chapters...


Introducing the Texan’s Raising Voices initiatives: Same paper, new commitment to diversity, inclusion

February 4, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is an introduction to The Daily Texan's new Diversity and Inclusion Board and our Raising Voices initiatives, which seek to improve representation in our strories and...


For this first-generation student, graduating wasn’t just for her. It was for her community, too.

January 25, 2019

Wearing the outdated class ring she ordered years ago along with her cap and gown, Veronica Rivera looked out in awe at the crowd of 30 people waiting to greet her. It was Dec. 8, the fall 2018...


‘A new era’ for first generation students

September 18, 2018

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UT System officially appoints James B. Milliken as new chancellor after McRaven’s departure

August 27, 2018

The UT System Board of Regents officially appointed James B. Milliken, the former City University of New York chancellor, as its new chancellor at a special meeting on Monday. After naming the long-time...


Study abroad program helps shape students’ Mexican identities

August 7, 2018

Growing up in Houston, history junior Diana Landa heard her parents talk about life in Mexico, but couldn’t relate to them. This summer, Landa visited Mexico and met her extended relatives for...


Regents announce chancellor finalist

August 5, 2018

The UT System Board of Regents named James B. Milliken as the sole finalist for UT System chancellor at a special Saturday meeting. This concludes the monthslong search for a successor to William McRaven,...


UT System names interim chancellor, approves $7 million loan to potentially run nuclear lab

May 18, 2018

The UT System Board of Regents named former UT-Austin President Larry R. Faulkner the interim chancellor during a Friday special meeting. Faulkner, UT president from 1998 to 2006 and a renowned chemist,...


Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

May 4, 2018

CRIME: Looking forward Meechaiel Criner’s trial is set to begin July 9. Criner was indicted by a grand jury for capital murder in connection with the 2016 death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser. Looking...


Undocumented student overcomes financial struggles to finally graduate at UT

May 3, 2018

Five years ago, Eveling was shocked by her housing bill for her first semester at UT. Looking at the thousands of dollars she owed the University, she wondered what she would do. “My tuition was...


UT System prepares for 2019 legislative session, honors McRaven

May 2, 2018

As Texas’ 86th legislative session approaches, the UT System emphasized the importance of state funding and the upcoming elections during Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting. UT System university...


Lori Brown honors son by advocating for safer UT

May 1, 2018

Walking on campus in April, Lori Brown remembered her son Harrison Brown’s first year at UT. “Harrison had a moped down here,” Lori said with a laugh in the AT&T Center parking...


McRaven delivers final State of System address, honored with endowment

April 30, 2018

UT System chancellor William McRaven, who is leaving office in May, was honored with an endowment in his name during his final State of the System address on Friday.  McRaven, who joined the System...


UT’s first-generation graduates, students share experiences

April 26, 2018

Carmel Fenves, a textile artist and First Lady of UT, said her parents always worked for her to go to college, but could not offer advice to navigate the college experience. “As much as my parents...


System institutions to help Texas schools reach state education standards

April 25, 2018

To help increase student success in Texas, UT-Austin and four other UT System universities will collaborate with schools flagged as “Improvement Required” by the Texas Education Agency for...


University to provide free tuition, increased financial support

April 23, 2018

Next fall, UT will cover tuition for qualified Texas freshmen from families earning up to $30,000 through four-year awards. On Friday, UT President Gregory Fenves announced the University will also...

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UT works to improve student success with two new spaces

April 23, 2018

Kate Lemley, a 2017 alumna, remembers almost having a meltdown after trying to navigate UT’s administration to get financial aid. “When I was (at UT), my biggest problem with financial aid...


Breaking: University unveils additional financial aid

April 20, 2018

Next fall, UT will cover tuition for qualified Texas freshmen from families earning up to $30,000 through four-year awards. On Friday, UT President Gregory Fenves announced that the University will...


Never fear, UT turtles will stay here

April 19, 2018

Students were sent into a frenzy Tuesday as horror-film-esque rumors circulated — the turtle pond and the BOT greenhouse might be demolished. However, the turtle pond and greenhouse are not going...


Energy executive Jim Hackett is another candidate for UT System chancellor

April 18, 2018

Energy executive James “Jim” Hackett has become another contender to replace retiring UT System Chancellor William McRaven, according to the Houston Chronicle. Hackett, 63, is now the second...


After three years as chancellor, McRaven to leave UT System, join UT-Austin faculty

April 18, 2018

As UT System chancellor, William McRaven has traveled across Texas, meeting students from the System’s 14 institutions — something he will miss when he retires in May. “The thing I...


What does it take to be UT System’s chancellor?

April 12, 2018

With UT System Chancellor William McRaven set to retire in May, reports about former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson being a potential candidate have sparked discussions about who the Board of Regents...


Tuition update: What will the new increases fund?

April 9, 2018

With slightly higher tuition bills for the next two years, students will help UT fund efforts for student success and faculty salaries.  In March, the UT System Board of Regents allowed the University...


How much will you make? UT graduate earnings by major

April 4, 2018

Earning roughly $119,936 one year after graduation, petroleum engineering majors have the highest earning potential out of all UT-Austin graduates, and outearn graduates of other fields of study by about...


Texas lawmakers continue work to change higher ed funding

March 29, 2018

After lawmakers’ attempts to overhaul higher education funding during the last legislative session, Texas universities may still face potential changes in 2019. A committee of 10 state senators...


UT System, US Census Bureau unveil graduates’ national earnings, debt

March 28, 2018

UT students now have a better glimpse at their economic future, thanks to an innovative UT System partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. On Monday, the UT System released nationwide data on the earnings...


UT-Dallas creates database of school shootings to inform policy, discussions

March 26, 2018

Advertising senior Madi Poirot remembers reading The New York Times headline, “After Sandy Hook, More Than 400 People Have Been Shot in Over 200 School Shootings,” in February and being surprised. “I...


Reports: UT System eyeing Rex Tillerson for chancellor after McRaven steps down

March 24, 2018

The UT System may be eyeing departing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to be its next chancellor, according to The Wall Street Journal and other media reports on Friday. The UT System is in...


UT, UT System clarify data on financial aid for tuition

March 22, 2018

UT only covers the full tuition of roughly 60 percent of students from families earning $80,000 or less, University officials said after data from the UT System raised questions on Monday. During the...


UT System approves tuition increases, funding to rebuild Marine Science Institute

March 20, 2018

With newly approved tuition increases, UT students will face slightly higher tuition bills next fall. The UT System Board of Regents, which governs all UT institutions, approved 2 percent tuition increases...


Bill Murray celebrates UT alumnus’s donation of comedy posters

March 19, 2018

Comedian and actor Bill Murray made a brief appearance at the Moody College of Communication on Saturday morning. “I have no idea why I’m here,” Murray said to a laughing crowd of...


Despite national improvements, black students underrepresented in AP testing

March 19, 2018

Chemical engineering junior Diael Thomas has been able to do more at UT thanks to the Advanced Placement tests she took in high school. Without the credits she earned through the AP tests, Thomas said...


Students protest Dean of College of Fine Arts at SXSW Edu, call to save Fine Arts Library

March 8, 2018

Chanting “You can’t take our books away!” about 50 UT students and faculty members protested the removal of materials from the Fine Arts Library at SXSW EDU on Wednesday. Members of...

UT System’s search for a new chancellor officially underway

March 2, 2018

The UT System is officially launching the search for a new chancellor to replace Bill McRaven, who is set to step down in May. The System invited the public to submit comments and nominations for a...


Board of Regents approve $7.4 million for student well-being initiatives

February 28, 2018

The UT System Board of Regents allocated almost $7.4 million to promote students’ mental health, safe alcohol consumption and sexual assault prevention across UT institutions during a meeting...


Fenves violated UT-Austin’s presidential flight rules, will reimburse $27,000

February 27, 2018

UT President Gregory Fenves will reimburse the University $27,000 for violating UT-Austin rules by flying business class instead of economy multiple times. A February audit by the UT System found Fenves’...


UT Austin: High School students won’t have admission chances dampened by protesting gun laws

February 27, 2018

Following suspension threats from Texas school districts, UT-Austin reassured high school students on Monday that disciplinary actions for peaceful protests will not impact their admission chances. Rice...


Fenves violated UT Austin’s presidential flight rules, will reimburse $27,000

February 26, 2018

UT President Gregory Fenves will reimburse $27,000 for violating UT Austin rules by flying business class instead of economy multiple times. A February audit by the UT System found Fenves’ business...


Balancing UT’s budget and rising tuition: Where does the University’s money come from and where does it go?

February 22, 2018

UT President Gregory Fenves proposed 2 percent tuition increases for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years last December. Now, the future of every UT student's tuition will be up to the UT System...


Castro brothers, mother reflect on upbringing, future political careers

February 20, 2018

Twins Julian and Joaquin Castro have both made names for themselves in American politics — but they could not have done it without their mother, Maria del Rosario ‘Rosie’ Castro. While...


UT attempts to address sexual misconduct with expanded faculty, staff training

February 19, 2018

In an anonymous spreadsheet listing accounts of sexual misconduct in academia, UT appears multiple times. The spreadsheet “Sexual Harassment In the Academy: A Crowdsource Survey,” first...


UT System pulls the plug on $75 million online learning institute

February 13, 2018

The UT System’s Institute for Transformational Learning was supposed to pioneer an online brand for UT, but it shut down two weeks ago. After investing a total of $75 million in the institute,...


Students over 25 create a space for themselves at UT Austin

February 8, 2018

Felicia Green and her daughter Madison Baker are both Longhorns, but their college experiences are very different. Baker, a communications studies senior, entered UT along with many recent high...


POLL: Latinx. Hispanic. Latina/o. Which term should The Daily Texan use?

February 2, 2018

Hispanic. Latina/o. Latinx. Which term are you supposed to use? Well, it depends. Researchers have grappled with discussing race and ethnicity for years, but there is still no clear solution, especially...


French ambassador to the US celebrates UT-France endowment

February 1, 2018

With a visit from the French ambassador and the creation of an endowment, UT commemorated its ties to France while ensuring future international academic collaboration. Gerard Araud, the French ambassador...

UT, UT System institutions remove online open records request logs

January 29, 2018

UT-Austin and UT System institutions are no longer posting past open records requests on their websites. The UT System’s open records policy required its institutions to display filed open records...


UT System launches online job-matching platform

January 26, 2018

Employers can now reach students from all 14 UT System institutions through a single platform called UT Connects Talent. The new employment-matching platform aims to expand and improve employment opportunities...


Negotiating Dreams: DACA’s possible end pushed student to leave UT-Austin

January 24, 2018

Over the last year, protections for undocumented students, known as DREAMers, have become leverage for negotiating border wall funding and immigration reform in U.S. politics. This is what these federal...