Mindful that you're a student-athlete—and not just a student—we offer you the 4th Annual STACK Elite 50 Colleges, a ranking of the best schools for academically-minded athletes. After months of crunching numbers [wins, losses, championships, school rankings, academic progress and more], we improved on our prior years' compilations to help you choose a school with the right balance of academics and athletics.
Coming in strong with a well-deserved #3 rank is the University of Texas.
Total Points: 74.58
Top-15 Ranked Sports: 11
U.S. News Rank: 45
WHY THEY'RE ON TOP
The Longhorns' cattle drive through the 2009-10 athletic season went off without a hitch, as they stampeded to third place. Texas hooked their horns in 11 out of 21 Elite 50 sports, with football, baseball, men's track, men's basketball, volleyball and men's swimming posting Top 5 finishes—more proof that everything's bigger in Texas.
Ranked Sports: Baseball , Football , Men's Swimming , Volleyball , Men's Track & Field , Men's Basketball , Women's Swimming , Men's Tennis , Women's Golf , Women's Soccer  and Women's Tennis 
Location: Austin, Texas
Year founded: 1881
Percentage of freshmen in top 10% of their graduating class: 75
Application fee: $60
Acceptance rate: 44%
Average GPA of incoming freshmen: N/A
Male/female ratio: 48/52
Student/faculty ratio: 17/1
Percentage of students from out of state: 5
Tuition: $8,930 for residents; $30,600 out of state
Dr. Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost and Director of Admissions
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of Admissions/Freshman Admissions Center
P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058
Conference: Big 12
National championships: 47 [men 21, women 26]
Longest coaching tenure: Eddie Reese, Men's Swimming, 31 years
Nearest professional team: San Antonio Spurs [NBA], 81 miles
Notable alumni: Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, NFL players Shaun Rogers, Vince Young and Cedric Benson, NBA stars Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, actor Matthew McConaughey
Fast fact: When the students and other fans of your biggest rival [i.e., Texas A&M] raise their arms in unison to flaunt their signature gesture [the Aggies' "Gig 'em"], you have no choice but to come up with your own we're-cooler-than-you response. In 1955, with the Longhorns' mascot as his inspiration, Texas cheerleader Harley Clark did just that. He introduced "Hook 'em Horns" at a pep rally, and the now-famous two-finger salute has been a Texas tradition ever since.
Go to elite50.stack.com to read more on Texas and the rest of the STACK Elite 50 Colleges.
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