The UT Tower will shine with burnt orange lights Thursday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day and in honor of all who have served in the U.S. military.

UT Austin is a world class partner and destination for our military, veterans and their families. The university is the No. 1 school for veterans in Texas, according to U.S. News & World Report, and was recently honored with a gold medal designation from the Texas Veterans Commission.

We are committed to highlighting and supporting veterans and military-affiliated students, faculty and staff. To learn more about the veteran community at UT Austin and the many ways the university supports the U.S. military through research and training, visit

Veterans Day, in my opinion, is a day to honor and thank those who have served in the military but are no longer serving. A veteran is someone who was willing to risk everything to ensure that you and I have the liberties we take for granted at times.”

Sephora Ngoma, U.S. Army veteran and student in UT’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

To celebrate Veterans Day, we are highlighting a few of the outstanding Longhorn veterans on campus. The university is home to more than 475 military veterans, and nearly 1,300 students are spouses or children of current or former military members. Read profiles on student veterans Daniel J. Rush, Sephora Ngoma and Blake Smith.