Austin, TX
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Reviews 3804 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Junior

Parking: Considering the Austin roads, parking can be quite a problem. That is, the roads are very narrow and it is nearly impossible to find parking spots even if you do have parking passes. However, it helps to live off campus and have parking passes to the garages which are usually reserved parking spots. However, if you do not live off campus and are looking for parking, don't be surprised if you get a few parking tickets!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: West Campus – Given UT's culture and location in Austin, there are several places to eat off-campus if you're tired of the dorm food. Along the outskirts of campus called "the drag," are several chain restaurants that are safe picks. However, if you're more into exploring, there are several Austin-only or Texas-limited places to eat at. One of the more popular choices is Pluckers which is a wing bar that originated at UT and has expanded to several other locations. Also, if you're willing to travel a little further to Round Rock, there is the one and only Salt Lick as seen on Man v. Food, known for its all-you-can-eat barbecue.

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5 College Junior

Majors: UT Austin Physics Program – Physics is a great way to go if you are eager in trying to discover the underlying principles that govern physical phenomena. However, physics can get a little overwhelming and complicated at times, but it isn't something that can't be conquered without persistence and hard work. The only major downfall I see with the physics program (and any other major in the field of natural sciences at UT) is that it heavily limits you on double majoring. I believe that colleges should create degree programs that encourage and not discourage double majoring, especially considering the world that we live in where many people do not always keep the same jobs. Nonetheless, the physics degree program is a very challenging but at the same time very worthwhile.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: City Livin – UT Austin is located so close to downtown that there's plenty to do. There are things like South Congress which has a lot of original eateries and shops, as well as 6th Street for the nightlife. All students can ride the bus to and from these and many other locations for free! During football season, every weekend is about Longhorn football. I definitely recommend going to games as they are a lot of fun! There's really so much you could do in Austin that I know I'm forgetting about a lot of things to type about...

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Nothing Special, Eat at the Buffets – So, it's pretty standard. It doesn't have the amazingness that SMU has. Theirs is the best one I've seen ever; however, it does the job. The common mistake students make is eating at Jester all the time. Don't do it. You'll waste all your "BevoBucks" very quickly. Try eating at the buffets. They're cheaper and you can stuff your face more. Don't be the one who wastes their meal plan in one semester...

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Awesome but I'd Go Elsewhere – I love it here. I've met so many amazing people and a handful of great teachers. However, I regret not going to a more dominating film program in California. If I could do it all over, I'd have applied more places there. However, social life is not a worry here. Greek Life is explosive, Austin is always live, and there's SERIOUSLY always something to do. You'll have lots of fun and make some mistakes just remember why you're here, to eventually graduate!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cheap and Local – If you live in west campus you have a variety of close food places to choose from. The best part is that it reigns from a large selection of local places that have a great range in diversity to your large chains of fast food.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Football Is King – Football is king in the South and that is no different here at the University of Texas. During football season your weekends will revolve around football games.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's been hit or miss. generally during the regular year (spring-fall semesters) scholarships from the university are given on a rare basis despite their huge endowment (3rd largest in the country behind harvard and yale). However, in the summer they give summer school scholarships like candy

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5 College Junior

Computers: Who Uses Them – Honestly if you own your own laptop why use them, but none the less the computer labs generally receive high usage. Don't know why.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Options – the food is pretty good, and there are plenty of dining halls across campus, as well as fast food joints in the union that you can use your bevo bucks with, and the drag on Guadalupe offers other great restaurants that also accept bevo bucks. The dining on campus offers great variety, and many options, the halls differ alot between the different dorms, so that gives you easier ways to change things up.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life at UT Austin is definitely a drawing factor to those interested in joining it in college. I personally could care less, and I'll admit it was difficult to meet people, particularly other girl friends, who weren't a part of a sorority, and obsessive over it. There are many other organizations that kind of mimic the greek groups, like texas sweethearts and the hell raisers and the iron spikes, etc. You can also definitely enjoy the greek parties without having to be a part of a sorority or frat though. In short, greek life is big at UT Austin, but it doesn't have to be your thing to enjoy your time there.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I believe its a multiple culture community in UT. Some are hot, some are cozy, and some are plain.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The process is pretty OK and smooth, just need more budget to Texas.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Better to Get a Car – Their are over 10 routes of shuttle to campus. It is really convenient for apartment, for dining, or for groceries. Most important, the shuttles are all for free. How about in the campus? Don't worry. Its great to walk in the campus, the scenery is lovely and attractive, most of the students are lively, I never feel bored hanging around. The only problem is harder to visit downtown from school, for the metro transportation, its affordable but also takes long time to wait and travel out.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Amazing, and Help Is Always Available – The professors here are amazing, so don't take your teacher for granted and don't be intimidated either. Help is always available so take advantage of your resources (i.e. teacher, TA's, and peers.)

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Process Is Lengthy and They Don't Get Back to You Timely – The scholarships at UT are hard to come by and often take an extremely lengthy process. If you can get scholarships from outside of UT i suggest you do so.

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3 College Senior

Computers: Labs Sometimes Crowded – The labs are great but they do get crowded around finals time. It also sucks that you have to pay for printing. Its better to just have your own computer and printer if you can. But the labs will get the job done.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere here is amazing. There is always something to get into and i think UT is really good at that. There are so many on campus organizations to get involved with and there are so many off campus activities.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I would say marketing is an up and coming major/career field that is gaining popularity. There are various opportunities to intern in a position like this. Most internships aren't paid but i still think they are helpful, you definitely gain experience. I had no troubles finding an internship, you just have to be willing to work hard, and sometimes for free.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Excellent Food Selection – There are a lot of dining options at UT. Besides from the ones on campus the campus is at the heart of downtown so you can see restaurants and places to eat everywhere you go. Inside campus, there are different fast food chains so selection of food is plenty.

College Sophomore

Academics: Registration for Transfers – The University of Texas at Austin is a very big school so it also has a lot of resources and perks available to admitted students, faculty and staff.
These include the free tutoring available at Kinsolving, Sanger and Jester Halls. I still have a lot to learn since I just attended orientation. As for the transfer registration, it was a hard process. You must plan which classes you will want to take ahead of time so you can pick the best times and professors. I did not like that advising is only offered at orientation for the newly admitted students. But the advisors were really nice and helpful for me. They are a wealth of information so be wise and get advised!

College Sophomore

Majors: As of now, I am still undeclared in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. I am a pre-pharmacy major but I took most of the classes that I needed so I need to declare a degree soon. I am still looking because they offer a wide range of degrees.
As to what I did to get in, I originally applied for the PharmD degree but I got declined and got in to CNS instead. I proved that I am academically competitive by making straight A's on my science classes. Although my first few years in college were rough, my GPA was so low. I complemented my academics with extracurricular activities: joining leadership and honor organizations, volunteer activities, and being an orientation leader and ambassador in my previous school. I know that they are doing holistic reviews for each student so I did my best to become a whole-rounded student.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: First Come, First Serve – Need to apply early!! You will need to apply for FAFSA as soon as possible and also, there is a separate scholarships application that you will need to fill out. As long as you apply early and have a low EFC, you will get the best aid.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Since classes are located on different buildings, you will need to walk a lot. You should prepare to bring an umbrella during the summer so you can protect your skin since it can get pretty hot. Also, try to bring extra clothing so you can feel comfortable and sweat free. The Fall weather is fine but Spring is cold!


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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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