Longhorn Traditions

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Hook ’em Horns

Hook ‘em horns is the hand sign of the University of Texas at Austin. The gesture is meant to copy the head and horns of UT mascot, Bevo. Throwing up the horns lets everyone know you’re a Texas Longhorn.



Bevo is a Longhorn steer that comes to every home game. Bevo made his first appearance at the Thanksgiving Day game in 1916. Bevo was originally named Bo, but after that first game, campus magazine editor Ben Dyer declared, “His name is Bevo, and long may he reign!”

Good Luck Squirrels

Tradition has it that any student who sees a white squirrel on the way to a test will get an A. The squirrels are not albinos but rather white fox squirrels, with brown eyes and not pink.


Watch the Tower Light Up Burnt Orange

The UT tower marks the center of campus. You can see the tower from almost any point on campus. On top of its timely bell rings, it glows burnt orange for special occasions.

Burnt Orange and White

The official colors of the University of Texas. You can get all the burnt orange and white you could ever need at the University Co-op!