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The University of Texas at Austin has earned new accolades for its entrepreneurship programs.

For the second consecutive year, the university appears as No. 2 in a list of the best undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by The Princeton Review, a provider of education services, and Entrepreneur magazine.

UT Austin's McCombs School of Business also shows up at No. 6 in the ranking for the best graduate programs for entrepreneurs, a one place drop from 2022.

The lists identify 50 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs that boast the best entrepreneurship offerings based on factors such as coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and career outcomes. The ranking measures more than 40 data points about the schools’ entrepreneurship programs, faculties, students, and alumni.

Other Texas schools featured in The Princeton Review rankings include:

  • Rice University, No. 1 for best graduate entrepreneurship program
  • University of Houston, No. 1 for the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program
  • Texas Christian University, No. 27 for the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program
  • The University of Texas at Dallas, No. 15 for the best graduate entrepreneurship program and No. 28 for the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program
  • Baylor University, No. 42 for the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program
  • Texas Tech University, No. 43 for the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program


    Amber Heckler contributed to this story. A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, InnovationMap.
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    UT Austin earns 2nd place in list of 2024's best Texas colleges


    College students looking for an exemplary education in Texas can still apply to this consistently high-ranking Austin university before its early action deadline on November 1.

    It's perfect timing, as The University of Texas at Austinhas earned the No. 2 spot in WalletHub's 2024 ranking of the best colleges and universities in Texas. This also comes after recent accolades from education review platform Niche and rankings publication U.S. News and World Report.

    The personal finance experts analyzed more than 800 colleges and universities in the United States using 30 metrics to determine their rankings.

    UT Austin earned second place in the categories for the best acceptance rates (26.44 percent in 2023) and graduation rates (72.2 percent in 2020), and third place for post-attendance median salary. In the categories for gender and racial diversity and on-campus crime, the public institution earned No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

    According to U.S. News and World Report, UT Austin's in-state tuition and fees cost $11,698, while out-of-state tuition costs $41,070.

    Gerardo L. Blanco, an associate professor at Boston College, provided some advice for prospective students aiming to graduate college with minimal debt and significant job prospects in their chosen degree field. He advised that students learn the difference between a university's "sticker price" versus the net price after financial aid. It could be particularly useful for students planning for a post-secondary education at institutions like UT Austin.

    "There are public universities, both flagship and regional, that offer great value for money," Blanco said. "Many private non-profit institutions are committed to promoting access and, even with higher sticker prices, offer generous financial aid."

    In WalletHub's regional ranking of best universities in the South, UT Austin earned No. 9. The only Texas school to outrank UT Austin was Rice University, also known as Houston's "Ivy League of the South."

    Out of the top 500 universities in the nation, UT Austin ranked No. 46. Yale University took the No. 1 spot in the country, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 2), Princeton University in New Jersey (No. 3), and California Institute of Technology (No. 4). Harvard University in Massachusetts rounded out the top five.

    The top 10 colleges and universities in Texas are:

    • No. 1 – Rice University, Houston
    • No. 2 – The University of Texas at Austin
    • No. 3 – Trinity University, San Antonio
    • No. 4 – Texas A&M University-College Station
    • No. 5 – Southwestern University
    • No. 6 – Southern Methodist University
    • No. 7 – University of Dallas
    • No. 8 – Austin College
    • No. 9 – LeTourneau University
    • No. 10 – Texas Christian University
    The full report can be found on wallethub.com.
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    Massive collection of late ZZ Top bassist's guitars and flashy duds hits auction

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    A large collection of guitars, fancy clothes, boots, and other memorabilia belonging to the bassist from rock band ZZ Top is coming on auction in Dallas. Julien’s Auctions presents “The Collection of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top," a three-day auction taking place December 7-9 online and in Dallas.

    The auction will feature nearly 1,200 lots showcasing Dusty Hill's one-of-a-kind instruments, Western style wardrobe worn on stage and in appearances, gear, documents, favorite cowboy hats, boots, buckles, and memorabilia. (As a prelude, the collection will be on display at 915 Slocum St., Dallas, through December 7.)

    A Dallas native who passed away in 2021, Hill was notorious for his collection of stuff, some of which was already sold off in an estate sale in Houston in 2022.

    The auction's headlining item will be Hill’s fur bass guitar played on the “Legs” music video. The 1983 Dean Explorer style bass, in sheepskin finish with ZZ Top logo painted on the fretboard, was attached to a rig worn around Hill’s waist to make it spin. They're predicting it will fetch $80,000 to $100,000.

    Another offering is Hill’s signature 1953 Fender Precision bass guitar, and most-played instrument by Hill out of all the guitars in this collection. The bass was heavily used by Hill and served as his go to stage guitar for numerous ZZ Top live performances and in the studio until Dusty retired the bass in 2012 due to road wear.

    Fans will find a museum-like exhibition created a la “Dusty Land” with recognizable items on display, such as:

    • Circa 1983 Wayne Charvel, Custom Eliminator Hot Rod car-shaped bass guitar in custom red and yellow Eliminator hot rod finish previously displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
    • Circa 1960s Fender body Telecaster bass guitar, in gray / blue finish with custom pinstriping by Houston artist Jim Carnifax done in 1983, used in “Gimme all your Lovin" and "Sharp Dressed Man" music videos
    • An MTV Moonman award statuette presented to Dusty Hill for Best Group Video "Legs" at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards ceremony held in 1984
    • Bald eagle jacket by Manuel with talons and feather accents down sleeves, accented with prong-set stones, with personalized "Dusty Hill" Manuel label
    • Black leather motorcycle jacket with custom painted skeleton motif, eagle head pins on lapel, and silver spike embellishments with "StreekLandslide" written on the back

    Special wall displays feature a horseshoe ring of hats, awards, Elvis Presley memorabilia, cowboy boots, and Western style accessories.

    ”Dusty treasured all of the items in this auction and it means so much to me that the fans, whom he loved, will have an opportunity to own something from his personal collection. He would be so happy to know that this auction will benefit other musicians in need through the efforts of MusiCares,” says his widow, "Chuck," in a statement.

    "The Collection of Dusty Hill" was previously exhibited at Julien’s international exhibitions in Kildare, Ireland, and then in New York at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Photos of auction items can be seen here.

    Texas ranked 3rd worst state for drunk driving in sobering new report

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    Texans have no doubt seen the Department of Transportation's highway billboards during the holiday season warning: "Drink, drive, go to jail." Texas drivers need to heed that warning – the Lone Star State was recently ranked the third worst state for drunk driving in 2023.

    The report by ForbesAdvisor revealed Texas' troubling statistics regarding drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes. According to Forbes' data, 42.37 percent of all traffic deaths in Texas are caused by drunk drivers. The state also had the third-highest rate of underage drunk drivers involved in fatal car crashes: 0.94 per 100,000 licensed drivers.

    There are nearly 340 DUI arrests made per 100,000 licensed drivers in Texas, and five people are killed in car crashes involving a drunk driver for less than every 100,000 Texans, according to the report.

    "Despite widespread efforts by the federal government to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving, far too many people continue to ignore the trend," the report's author wrote.

    Texans who want to avoid a DUI charge this holiday season should consider carpooling with a designated driver, taking public transportation when accessible, or using a rideshare service.

    Four of the top 10 worst states for drunk driving are not in the South, but in the West. Montana topped the list as the worst state for drunk driving, with the highest rates of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes for every 100,000 licensed drivers, and for the number of people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.

    The top 10 worst states for drunk driving in 2023 are:

    • No. 1 – Montana
    • No. 2 – South Dakota
    • No. 3 – Texas
    • No. 4 – Wyoming
    • No. 5 – North Dakota
    • No. 6 – Oregon
    • No. 7 – New Mexico
    • No. 8 – South Carolina
    • No. 9 – Missouri
    • No. 10 – Oklahoma

    In the report's analysis of the states with the lowest rates of drunk driving, six out of the top 10 are located in the Northeast: New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

    Forbes Advisor ranked all 50 states across six metrics, including the number of DUI arrests per 100,000 licensed drivers, the percentage of total traffic deaths caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, and more. The statistics were compiled using the most recent data from the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the NHTSA's Fatality and Injury Reporting System Tool (FIRST), and the Department of Transportation.

    The full report and its methodology can be found on forbes.com.

    Austin's Sixth Street gets a new look with construction starting in early 2024

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    Although Austinites have fond memories and enduring favorite spots across our famous 6th Street, some places are worse for wear — and that's putting it lightly.

    The street contains three sectors, unofficially, if you talk to a layman who simply enjoys spending time downtown: so-called Dirty Sixth, the most famous segment, contains the many bars and dance clubs frequented by the barely-21s; East Sixth, the cool, mature portion that is always welcoming new restaurants; and West Sixth, which offers a sort of hybrid of the two, giving refugees from Dirty Sixth a calmer place to hang without fully missing the party.

    A major renovation is on the verge of rewriting some of that unclean association of the middle section with a brighter facade and more features that partners hope will encourage daytime visitors. Real estate firm Stream Realty Partners and architecture firm Clayton Korte announced on December 5 that they will begin tackling the physical portion of the project in early January.

    The announcement also included that the "curated leasing process" would be beginning concurrently.

    “Sixth Street is central to Austin and essential to preserving the city's vitality, and we want to bring this beloved street back to what it once was,” says Stream senior vice president Paul Bodenman. “We have received such positive support from the community and future tenants and are excited to see Sixth Street become a bustling neighborhood again. By restoring Sixth, we honor the history and significance of this iconic Austin neighborhood.”

    This work will affect more than 30 "unique parcels," according to a press release, which will later be available for lease.

    An Austin Business Journal article shared by Stream points out that the company owns "more than 40 properties on the famed downtown strip between Brazos Street and I-35," which a spokesperson confirms is the area of the construction.

    In the summer of 2023, an ordinance went into effect that allows new construction up to 140 feet high, rather than the previously allowed 45.

    Rendering courtesy of Clayton Korte

    The release lists some new and returning tenants the partners hope to see moving in:

    • local shops
    • live music, including outdoor concerts series
    • restaurants
    • a weekend farmers market
    • local art
    • other community events

    Renderings of the planned work show light, neutral colors — mostly whites and sandy beiges — and relatively low buildings of at most three floors. Austinites who are familiar with the area may even recognize some of the landmarks; One rendering depicts the structure on the corner of Sixth and Red River (note the covered food truck park in the background), which has been conspicuously vacant for some time.

    Rendering courtesy of Clayton Korte

    This is not Clayton Korte's first rodeo in public-facing restoration: It also worked on the 120-year-old Bouldin Creek Victorian home that became Mattie’s restaurant and event space, and the charming 1920s-era Tudor Cottage at Pease Park's Kingsbury Commons. It is also working on a project at Fiesta Gardens, the secluded outdoor event space and collection of Parks and Recreation buildings alongside Lady Bird Lake.

    “While the surrounding neighborhoods in Austin are thriving, Sixth Street has yet to return to its full potential where it was once a booming daytime hub," said Clayton Korte principal Paul Clayton. "By creating a consistent identity for the community, we hope to revitalize the spirit of the neighborhood and create a space that is welcoming to everyone. To work in a historic district and protect its heritage, while also transitioning the neighborhood from its current bar-only focus to a more all-day, public-centric area – that is a direct result of the investment Stream is making.”