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UATX is building a university that prepares thoughtful and ethical innovators, builders, leaders, and citizens through fair-minded open inquiry and sustained civil discourse.

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UATX's First-Ever High School Program
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Why One of Our Polaris Fellows Quit McKinsey
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Kathleen Stock & Deirdre McCloskey's Groundbreaking Debate
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Forbidden Courses Highlights (2022)
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fall 2024 undergraduate program
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UATX’s Roadmap

May 2021
Niall Ferguson, Pano Kanelos, Joe Lonsdale, Bari Weiss and others meet in Austin, Texas. The idea of UATX is conceived.
November 2021
UATX goes public on November 8, receiving over a thousand inquiries from students, parents, and professors within 24 hours.
April 2022
Leading minds gather at UATX’s First Principles Summit to discuss the fearless pursuit of truth.
May 2022
UATX hires four academic directors.
June 2022
UATX launches the Forbidden Courses.
November 2022
UATX begins its inaugural Polaris Fellowship program.
December 2022
UATX submits its application for state certification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
April 2023
UATX hosts its second First Principles Summit.
June 2023
UATX hosts its first-ever high school program and second Forbidden Courses.
July 2023
UATX and Civitas Institute (UT-Austin) partner to present a graduate symposium on “Reason in Crisis.”
August 2023
UATX hosts a second high school program in San Francisco.
October 2023
Applications open for the University of Austin's first-ever undergraduate degree program.
Fall 2024
The University of Austin will welcome its first undergraduates to campus.

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We fearlessly pursue truth

At UATX, we recognize the existence of truth. We seek truth so that we may flourish.

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We champion academic freedom

We believe a university is a place for intellectual exploration and advancement of knowledge. At UATX, students, faculty, and scholars have the right to pursue their academic interests and deliberate freely, without fear of censorship or retribution. 

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We are committed to liberal education

We believe great works are not antiquated relics but guides toward intellectual liberation. Our educational approach seeks to free the mind from ephemeral dogmas and biases, to place before it the fundamental questions of human existence, and to open it to enduring sources of truth and meaning.

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We aspire to innovate

We strive to not only understand the world but also to innovate — to discover creative solutions to vexing challenges.

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We practice wisdom

We believe hard-earned wisdom is a path to living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

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We reward excellence

At UATX, admissions, hiring, and promotions are earned. We believe in measuring achievement on the basis of demonstrated capabilities and potential.

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Upcoming Undergraduate Program

At UATX, we don’t sell credential. We develop potential — providing a genuinely liberal and liberating education at half the cost of elite colleges and universities."
Jacob Howland

Fall 2024 Undergraduate Program

“Our students will learn the foundations, blessings, and challenges of a free and prosperous society. They will grasp the importance of law, virtue, order, beauty, and the sacred. They will appreciate the distinct vitality of the American form of government and way of life.”

Jacob Howland
Provost and Dean of Intellectual Foundations, UATX