Austin is the capital of Texas and one of the most exciting cities in the U.S. It is small enough to be comfortable, but big enough to offer everything a bigger city does: museums, excellent restaurants, nightlife, movies, festivals and outdoor activities. The sun always seems to be out in Austin! We average over 300 days of sunshine a year. The summers are hot, but our winters are mild.
Austin is also home to world-class universities and AIA is located just blocks from one of the top universities in the country: the University of Texas. Students can walk to campus in just minutes, or take a 5 minute bus ride to be in the heart of downtown Austin.
Austin is constantly rated one of the top cities in the country. Here are just a few of the rankings from 2012: Bloomberg News ranks Austin #1 on its list of Top 12 American Boomtowns (April 2013) Forbes names Austin America's fastest growing city (2013) USA Today names Austin a Top City for Tech Startups (August 2012) Forbes ranks Austin among America's Coolest Cities to Live (July 2012) Austin – #8 Best City in America (Business Week, September 2012) Austin – No. 1 on List of Destinations on the Rise (Trip Advisor, November 2012) Austin – #2 Best City for Young Adults (Kiplinger, July 2012) UT Austin – No. 25 in World University Ranking (UT News, October 2012) Austin - 10th Best City for College Grads (Rent.com, June 2012) Austin - #6 Lowest Crime Rate in the Nation (CQ Press, 2012) Austin - #10 Best Nightlife Scene in the US (Travel, 2012)