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About the iSchool
As a premier research and education program for the 21st century field of information, the School of Information is changing the future by engaging the present and preserving the past.

A Future-Oriented Home for Innovation

In a world where information is one of our most important resources, the School of Information is changing the ways that we interact with information and technology, changing how information can make the world a better and fairer place, and changing the ways we protect and preserve our collective memory. 

We are educating the next generation of information creators, innovators, brokers, and designers. 


 

What is an iSchool?

We are living in an Information Age. Information systems and technologies are fundamentally shaping the behaviors of individuals, organizations, and society — impacting how we interact and connect, learn and develop new knowledge, conduct business, engage with culture, participate in politics and government, and much more. 

Research and teaching at the School of Information explore:

  • the interactions of people and information
  • the processes of managing and organizing information for meaning and use
  • the impact of new technologies and behaviors on individuals, organizations, and society

Our students learn to design new tools, analyze human activities, organize information, and ensure technology serves its intended users. 

The UT Austin School of Information is a founding member of the international iSchools organization, and has a long history of interdisciplinary scholarship and research focused on the human, social, cultural, and technical aspects of information.

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Our Programs

Our top-ranked master's program, joint degrees with other leading UT programs (like computer science, public affairs, liberal arts, or law), and PhD program come to life in the heart of Austin, Texas.

Undergraduate
MS Information Studies
Dual Degree Programs
PhD Program
School Librarian Certificate Program

Our People

Information Studies is unusual among STEM disciplines in that two thirds of our iSchool students are women, many of whom are drawn to us because of our human-centered approach to technology.

We also attract students from around the world, with one third of iSchool students coming to Texas from outside of the US.

Our faculty and staff come from diverse personal and academic backgrounds, each contributing to our shared goal of keeping humans at the center of our information-rich world.

This commitment to diversity and inclusion is seen in everything we do.


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History & Tradition

While our name and degrees have changed since our founding in 1948, we've always balanced the values of information access as a human and social benefit with the intellectual and technical skills needed to lead in the Information Age.

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Diversity & Inclusion

We put human values at the heart of what we do. Because diverse people, perspectives and ideas create an optimal learning and research environment, we strive to foster an inclusive, accessible and welcoming campus culture.


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About The University of Texas at Austin

UT Austin is one of the world's premier research universities, with top-ranked programs like the iSchool and resources of one of the largest public universities in the US.

City of Austin

Life in Austin, Texas

Innovation and research come to life in the heart of Austin, Texas, a vibrant city known for its unique mix of culture and technology.