After learning about the university, and our department, we’re confident you’ll be ready to pack your bags for Austin. The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest, most diverse public universities in the nation with more than 50,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff. We’re regarded as one of the best values in higher education offering first-class instruction with affordable fees. Austin has been described as the place where right-brained dreamers inspire left-brained doers and boasts the trademarked title “Live Music Capital of the World”. Here academia, the arts and high tech industry meet to offer a unique experience few American cities can match. The fact that many graduates stay put is a testament to the quality of life in the area. After your first semester as a Longhorn you’ll be hooked, no pun intended, and proof lies in our 92.4 percent freshman return rate. Find out what it means to Be a Longhorn and more about our chemical engineering programs.