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Legislative Student Organizations

The Office of the Dean of Students and the two largest student governing bodies have maintained a close working relationship for many years. Three members of our staff assist and advise Student Government and the Senate of College Councils in their day-to-day operations.

Student Government

All UT Austin students are members of Student Government. SG's mission is to represent the interests of students and increase student decision-making power; to improve campus life through the creation and continuation of viable and effective student services; to preserve and protect the traditions and legends of UT Austin; and to support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors. Comprised of an executive, legislative and judicial branch, as well as numerous committees and agencies, there are opportunities for students to become involved through elected, appointed and volunteer positions. For more information, visit the Student Government website.

Senate of College Councils

Every school and college at UT Austin has a college council, which works to improve the academic experience in its college. The College Councils provide programming which positively affects the academic environment, student-faculty interaction and the university community. The Senate of College Councils is the coordinating body that brings together the 20 College Councils to represent UT Austin students in academic affairs and provide student opinion on academic issues to the University's administration. Chartered by the UT System Board of Regents in 1973 to represent all UT Austin students in academic affairs, Senate's mission is to strengthen and improve the academic culture of the University, create awareness and pride in the academic strength of the university, and ensure that the University of Texas at Austin is and remains a "university of the first class." For more information, visit the Senate of College Councils website.

Graduate Student Assembly

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the elected governing body of the The University of Texas' approximately 12,000 graduate students. GSA encourages active participation in graduate student governance; addresses a variety of issues including concerns about graduate student funding, housing and research; and works with the UT Austin administration, Board of Regents and the Texas legislature to address issues that impact graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Assembly website.