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Pillars of the Forty Acres

Pillars of the Forty Acres is a recognition program for student organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of the University of Texas at Austin. The program has six categories of criteria that align with the Core Values. Organizations receive points for completing the criteria to earn recognition status and rewards.

There are two levels of recognition status: Distinguished and Exemplary. To achieve Distinguished Status, an organization must complete 8 points worth of criteria in one Core Value category. Organizations that achieve Distinguished Status are eligible to apply for Swing Out Awards.  To achieve Exemplary Status, an organization must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.

Student organizations can log activities for criteria credit that occur between March 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016. Organizations must also complete and submit a program reflection by March 14, 2016. Organizations that achieve Distinguished and Exemplary status will be honored on April 19, 2016 at the Evening of the Stars.

If you have questions about the Pillars of the Forty Acres program, please contact Student Activities at (512) 471-3065 or

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