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Back on the Forty Acres

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UT Tower with Longhorn silhouette, numbers 27 and lit burnt orange, with crowd and Longhorn Band
Photo by Thomas Meredith

The energy on a college campus at the beginning of the year is infectious. It comes like a big wave, starting with residence halls opening, and balances to a steady, joyful hum the week after that first class bell rings.

Here on the Forty Acres, we kick off each academic year with the same loud, proud Longhorn spirit representative of our community – a community of students, faculty and staff who are always ready to take on new challenges, make new friends, support one another and push ourselves in every way.

Between an energizing pep talk, tons of local food, college and school welcome events, student org fairs, parties on the Main Mall and a ballooned Hook ‘Em dancing around, we saw both new and established traditions in action that began days before the semester started.

Come along as we revisit just a few of our memorable moments that inaugurated the 2023-24 academic year:

Officially ‘Gone to Texas’

Watch: Student Video Contest Winners
Read: What’s the Story Behind Gone to Texas?
Watch: Class of 2027 – Gone to Texas

Podcast: Time to Start Living the Longhorn Life

President Hartzell On the Tiny Mic: Students, how are you feeling about the new academic year?


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