our mission

Where other universities have abandoned the core mission of higher education, the pursuit of truth, we are reclaiming it — with your help.

Students discuss the Enlightenment at A Symposium on Reason in Crisis

reasons to


We fearlessly pursue truth

At UATX, we recognize that truth exists. We seek truth so that we may flourish.

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. 

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.

We aspire to innovate

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

We practice wisdom

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

We reward excellence

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

Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light only by which men can be free.

Frederick Douglass
Blessings of Liberty and Education • 1894

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.
Fall 2023
Applications will open for UATX's first-ever undergraduate degree program.
Fall 2024
UATX plans to welcome its first undergraduates to campus.

ways to contribute

Make a contribution online

We welcome gifts of any size. To speak to our advancement team, contact us at donate@uaustin.org
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other ways to contribute


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Donate by check

To donate by check, please make payable to “UATX.” Address:

912 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite 180
Austin, TX 78746

Stock donations

UATX accepts stock donations. To do so, please contact donate@uaustin.org.

Wire transfers

To transfer funds directly to UATX, please contact donate@uaustin.org.

UATX is a nonprofit organization dedicated to founding an institution of higher education in or near Austin, Texas that is dedicated to free and open inquiry. On behalf of that future institution, UATX will pursue authority from the State to offer degrees while also seeking accreditation from an agency duly recognized by the US Department of Education. UATX is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions to UATX may be tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes. Consult with your advisor on specific tax-deductibility. UATX’s federal tax identification number is 87-1925354. See registration disclosures.