Longhorn Traditions

You'll feel the inescapable pull of the UT Austin spirit in a million ways. For some, it's finding that secret studying (or napping!) spot tucked away in a quiet library full of ancient manuscripts; for others, it's the roar of the burnt orange crowd as 100,000 voices unify to the words of "The Eyes of Texas." Whatever the case, our many traditions help to strengthen our community and bind us together as Longhorns — proud, ambitious and determined to change the world.

Bevo standing majestically in front of trees.


Our beloved mascot, a Longhorn steer.

Big Bertha

Big Bertha

"The Largest Bass Drum in the World" and an essential part of the Longhorn Band.

Texas band flags

Burnt Orange and White

The University of Texas at Austin's distinctive school colors.

Eyes of Texas

"The Eyes of Texas"

Our official alma mater, written in 1903 and sung by the Longhorn faithful ever since.

Students doing the hook 'em hand signal

Hook 'em Horns

One of the world's most recognizable hand signals. 

The Longhorn Band tuba section

The Longhorn Band

"The Showband of the Southwest," our award-winning marching band.

Students at Gone to Texas wear orange shirts while giving the hook 'em sign.

Longhorn Friday

We promote the Texas spirit by encouraging Longhorns around the world to wear burnt orange or a Longhorn silhouette every Friday.

Texas Fight

"Texas Fight"

Our official fight song, played following touchdowns and extra points — and on thousands of other occasions.