Welcome to Tyler, Texas

About Tyler

The Health Science Center at UT Tyler is located in the beautiful city of Tyler, in Northeast Texas. The Piney Woods region, so named because much of the region is covered by tall pine tree forests is where the Texas oil boom began in towns like Kilgore, Longview, and Marshall.

From humble beginnings 150 years ago on a piece of high ground that is now the town square, Tyler has grown to be the largest community in the region. Boasting a city population of over 100,000, Tyler offers the cultural diversity, quality education, healthcare, and recreational opportunities of a large city with the hometown friendliness and quality of life of a mid-size community.

Tyler offers many reasons to come visit and many more to stay. The springtime finds Tyler covered in the vivid colors created by the azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. The arrival of the flowers is celebrated by the annual Tyler Azalea and Spring Flowers Trail in March and April. After the azaleas peak, then the roses begin their annual visit to bear proof that Tyler is “The Rose Capital of America.” The roses make their exit in October with an encore performance during the Texas Rose Festival, during the third weekend of October.


Tyler offers a wide variety of educational opportunities. The Tyler Independent School District (TISD) is the largest school district in Northeast Texas. In addition to TISD, private and parochial school systems offer complete pre-school to 12th-grade programs. Tyler is also home to Tyler Junior College, Texas College, and The University of Texas at Tyler. These institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.


Tyler also boasts an active fine and performing arts community. The East Texas Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1936 and performs five concerts per year as well as special non-subscription performances. Tyler enjoys a first-class performing arts center on the campus of UT Tyler with the Cowan Center. Located on the campus of Tyler Junior College, the Tyler Museum of Art contains three galleries featuring a growing permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century art and photography as well as special exhibits on loan.


Serving as the healthcare center for East Texas, Tyler is home to some of medicine’s most advanced care. Tyler has four hospitals and several specialty clinics. The medical community also offers a wide range of support services including nursing agencies, in-home health services, medical equipment providers, volunteer health organizations, and support groups.