About Student Government
We are the Student Government of The University of Texas at Austin, and we’re all about improving the lives and enhancing the experiences of students on the Forty Acres.
We’ve been around a while. Since 1902, our mission has been to earnestly and faithfully serve and represent students as they pursue theirs. Today, this ideal remains central to everything we do.
We exist to represent student interests to a wide variety of audiences, including (but certainly not limited to) the UT Austin administration, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, the City of Austin, and the Texas Legislature. We’re recognized as “the official voice of students,” and we don’t take it lightly.
Student Government is led and overseen by a president, a vice president and about 40 representatives who are all elected by students every spring (with the exception of first-year representatives, who are elected shortly after fall classes begin). These individuals come from every corner of campus; they’re charged with establishing SG’s official position on a variety of issues, as well as advocating for and carrying out its objectives.
A little more specifically, Student Government works to investigate and resolve common student problems; advocate for the inclusion of students in the overall policy and decision-making processes of the university community; promote awareness of the student’s role in the academic community; enhance the quality and scope of education at the university, both inside and outside the classroom; and empowering students with opportunities to step up and be a leader.
Students: We invite you to join us. Contribute your ideas, bring your unique perspective and talents, and be a part of the big things we do. Every UT Austin student is a member of Student Government, and there are dozens of opportunities to get involved.
For more information about us, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 512-471-3166, or better yet, stop by and visit us in person. We’re located on the second floor of the Student Activity Center in suite 2.102, and we’d love to meet you.