The Texas Exes
The Texas Exes, the alumni association for the University, was established in 1885 and now boasts more than 107,000 members. It is one of the largest alumni organizations in the nation. The association is self-governed and works to promote and protect the University while uniting alumni around the world.
Members of the Texas Exes support the mission of the association and receive benefits tailored for people who love The University of Texas at Austin. Click here to join.
Three key pillars of the organization are advocacy, engagement, and scholarships.
In 2019-20, the Texas Exes did the following:
- Engaged alumni with more than 1,200 events through our chapters and networks
- Awarded over $3.8 million in scholarship money in the 2019-20 academic year.
- Brought Longhorns together in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the University at the federal level
- Welcomed 1,200 new students through Camp Texas
The Forty Acres Scholars Program, administered by the Texas Exes, is The University of Texas at Austin’s premier full-ride, merit-based scholarship. It continues to attract the best and brightest students to the University.
News about the University and its more than 530,000 living alumni reaches members through the bimonthly Alcalde magazine and its website. The association engages alumni and friends through its lively social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
There are around 150 Texas Exes chapters and networks across the globe. Chapters are geographically based groups that engage alumni through social, community service, cultural, business networking, student development, and scholarship-fundraising events. Networks are national groups organized around ethnicity, profession, or strong affinity to a University student organization.
The Texas Exes provides lifetime learning opportunities through worldwide Flying Longhorns trips, the annual Alumni College, student programming and online university library access. The association is the keeper of The University of Texas at Austin traditions, and works to create unforgettable moments for students on campus, while supporting their academic success.
The Texas Exes’ home on campus is the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, which stands on San Jacinto Boulevard across from Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Facilities include a banquet hall, offices, meeting rooms, outdoor pavilion, and underground parking. The building is named for Lila B. Etter and John P. Harbin. Etter, whose bequest to the University financed much of the original structure in 1965, was the daughter of the University’s first president, Leslie Waggener. Harbin was a Distinguished Alumnus and past president of the Texas Exes. His gift provided site preservation, development, and landscaping.
The University depends on the time and talents of Texas Exes members to support and carry out many of its programs. Membership is a charitable contribution. For more information, click here or call 512-471-8839.