Zavala University

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Lorenzo de Zavala University
File:Crest of Lorenzo de Zavala University.svg
Motto Auspicium melioris aevi (Latin)
Motto in English
Token of a better age
Type Private research
Established 1838
Endowment $7.8 billion
President Latoya Marchane
Academic staff
Students 12,704 (2018)
Undergraduates 9,637
Postgraduates 3,067
Location ,
Campus Urban area – 300 acres total
Colors      Spanish blue
Mascot Zavala Diablos
Zavala University logo.svg

Lorenzo de Zavala University (Spanish: Universidad Lorenzo de Zavala; German: Universität Lorenzo de Zavala; commonly referred to as Zavala University or Zavala) is a private research university in University Place, Houston, Brazoria. Founded in 1838, it is the oldest university in Brazoria, and one of the original three universities founded during the Republic of Texas period. Zavala is one of two nationally endowed private universities in Brazoria, the other being St. Anthony's University in San Antonio.

Zavala was founded on an original Houston administration land grant as the nonsectarian Lorenzo de Zavala Memorial College, named in honour of Texan statesman Lorenzo de Zavala. Then known simply as Zavala College, it was the first law school founded in the nation, and was intended to serve as the principle law school for prospective attorneys in the new Republic's original capital. Though the national government moved to Austin in 1839, Zavala College remained supported by national endowments. The College was reincorporated as Lorenzo de Zavala University in 1844, after the creation of the College of Arts and Letters. By the turn of the century, Zavala had 5 residential colleges, many of which were considered the most prestigious in the country. As of 2018, there are a total of 7 Colleges: the Memorial College of Law, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, and the College of Computer Sciences.

Zavala has produced numerous distinguished individuals, with more than a dozen Rhodes Scholars, a large number of CSE astronauts and scientists, and through its legal and political science programmes several Chancellors, many Dietmembers, Metropolitan Mayors, Justices, and Ministers. Zavala has been home to two winners of the Nobel Prize, and many of its scientific researchers are considered national and international leaders in their fields.