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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 that align with the Core Values. Organizations receive points for completing the criteria within each category 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 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.

Each category has two required criteria that must be completed. The remaining criteria can be completed to achieve 8 points needed to achieve Distinguished Status in one Core Value category.  Student organizations can log completed criteria between March 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020. Organizations that achieve Distinguished and Exemplary status will be honored at the Evening of the Stars late spring 2020.

To enroll in the program, please review the Pillars Instructions page for details.  If you have questions about the Pillars of the Forty Acres program, please contact Student Activities at (512) 471-3065 or

2019 Distinguished Status





Individual Opportunity


*Indicates an organization won a drawing for $200 based on their accomplishments.

2019 Exemplary Status

*Indicates an organization won $1,000 for their accomplishments.