Austin, TX
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$33,128 ($9,790)
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Reviews 3426 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The university of Texas has one of the top sports program around and game day are a giant part of campus involvement specifically football

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The area where everyone loves is west campus which is walking distance to everything the bad side is how high the cost is

4 College Junior

Transportation: Everyone normally walks to campus but we also have a bus system that is very helpful

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is very high on campus and often talked about among eachother

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Due to the gentrification of the area around downtown, there are alot of different options for off-campus housing. There are luxury suites right off of the highway 3 minutes away from campus, and then there are more realistic apartments about 12 minutes away from campus. Rent is relatively cheap in the apartments, but it also can get really high in one of the luxury suites. There's a good variety to choose from, especially if you're coming to college on scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers on campus are more dated, but something had to give considering the fact that there are plenty of computer labs available to students. None of them are ever over crowded. Wireless is almost always available (and preferred) and speed of the network is very reliable.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If I'm walking around campus in broad daylight, I can't complain about safety. Sure, there aren't many campus police around (we have those?!) but I feel like there isn't anything to worry about in daylight. Students are too busy with the hustle and bustle of their own lives during the day. At night however, things get a little on the scary side. There are plenty of people coming from the nightclubs into their dorms and it's just doesn't seem too safe to me.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I constantly see my peers drinking, and it's not just visible drinking, but underage drinking being posted on social media profiles. The kids are honestly out of control. I don't drink to the extent that most of my peers do, and I never will. I see how they treat people who don't drink (like me) and I never want to result to be that kind of person. There needs to be more control. I'd prefer it be the self control of students, but if authorities need to step in, I'm not complaining.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not 21. I can't get in anywhere. I refuse to take part in underage drinking when I'm away from my apartment. I feel like people are just belligerently drunk all around me, and it's just not my scene. I'm a fan of more formal events, or date nights. I'm old at heart, if you couldn't tell.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The locals are the best part of living in Austin. The locals seem to be much more accepting than even students can be! While I'm not much of a "partier" I'd like there to be more nightlife activities around town for college students under the age of 21. Austin is very much a city that revolves around alcohol and it's consumption, but if there's anything that makes up for the lack of nightlife that I'm able to partake in, it's the food. Ethnic fusions all around town, and the most stupendous atmosphere I've ever experienced. Very small business oriented. This city has a wonderful economy and it shows!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options around the University of Texas are endless. If anything, Austin has embraced the trend of the food truck. All kinds of ethnic fusions on wheels adorn the city, and the most unhealthy of those food trucks lurk around late night in hopes to catch desperate students who need their fix of junk food. While eating from food trucks every weekend can get a bit pricey, there are always an endless of chain of fast food restaurants to keep a student's tummy from rumbling.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: At first glance the campus seems to be very diverse. There are people of all backgrounds around campus. Across the board several different religions, races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, and sexualities all mingle in peace. However, the diversity in political beliefs is lacking. The majority of the students hold a very radical democratic point of view, which alienates the more conservative students. In that aspect, diversity needs not to be worked on a bit more, but tolerance needs to be practiced.

4 College Freshman

Academics: McCombs is very prestigious. The classes are hard, but if you do well you will reap the benefits. No doubt.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of people drink, a good amount of people smoke weed. I have friends that don't drink or smoke, and they have no problem.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a good amount of computer labs around campus, especially in the libraries and in certain buildings. Printing is never free. A personal computer is pretty much a must-have.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It seems average. I don't have much experience with it. They throw parties, like most frats. There is a gay/progressive frat as well.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's a good mix of people. It's a big university, so there's a group of friends for everyone. It's best to join organizations/clubs and meet like-minded people that way.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It varies a lot. One day it'll be 80 degrees, the next 50. It's been a crazy year, but not unmanageable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's college. It's basically what you would expect.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Busses are free. There's also a Forty Acres bus on campus, but it has no set schedule, so it's unreliable to use for getting to classes.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many parties, with Facebook pages dedicated to finding them. It's Austin, so there are MANY bars and clubs, which are even open to minors on Thursday and Friday. Transportation via bus is generally pretty good, though some don't run late at night; but, generally, it's pretty easy to get back to campus after a party.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Coming into UT, I thought public diversity would be more obvious than it is. Yes, gay people are pretty openly gay, but that's more because they're become accepted nationally rather than just in Austin. Transgender visibility and visibility of those with sexual orientations other than gay and straight is lacking. We do have a Gender and Sexuality Center, which hosts many different kinds of people in a very inclusive environment, but it's more inclusive than the rest of campus is, or seems to be. Racially, the campus is fairly diverse, though it is obvious that the majority of national origins are America, Mexico, or Asia. Religion isn't prominent, but Christianity dominates, and we have a very small Secular Student Alliance. Politically, we seem fairly evenly split - I couldn't tell you whether we are more liberal- or conservative-leaning.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm fairly happy in the McCombs school of business. It can definitely seem pretentious at times, but that just comes with being a top-tier business school. I don't know what I plan to do career-wise, but it looks like I'll be majoring in Finance. I have absolutely no worries about job placement; if you follow the guidelines and build up your resume, getting a number of job offers upon graduation should be a breeze.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The application for getting into McCombs was like another college application. No better, no worse, just a few more essays to write and things to fill out. Apparently it's very selective, though. I don't know for sure the criteria for getting in, but I would say superb high school grades/GPA, extracurricular involvement, and diversity are most important.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy my program, it feels like I am learning everything I need to. The workload challenges me and there are plenty of opportunities to learn.

7 people found this useful Report

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Tony Griffin
Houston, TX
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Most students agree that they have loved their time here at UT, and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. College is the best time of your life, and I can’t think of a better place to spend it than at the University of Texas. Students get a great education while having an awesome college town with everything at their disposal. Don’t try to graduate early. Enjoy your time at UT—go cheer on the Longhorns at all the home games for all sports: football, basketball, baseball, intramurals. See the amenities that the Forty Acres has to offer—the Harry Ransom Center, go to our libraries and see our more than eight million volumes. Go to Gregory Gym and the Rec Center—you have a free gym membership for four years or more—use it.

I came to UT convinced that I was going to transfer to a school in California in the spring. I spent two days here before school started and I never wanted to leave, even to go home and visit my parents and high school friends! I couldn’t leave because I was always afraid that I would miss something because there was always something exciting going on. If you are worried about the fact that UT is so big, don’t. All you have to do is find your niche, and everything else should fall into place. You can find it within your dorm, apartment, organization, fraternity, sorority, or classmates. Although, at times, it may seem overwhelming, UT is not nearly as big as it sounds. All you have to do is make friends, which you will, and the campus will seem infinitely smaller. Come join us!

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