Location
Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Austin is a great city to live in, there's always something going on, from music festivals to outdoor theater. Most places are in walking distance from the beautiful campus, and the free public transportation will take you anywhere you can't get to on foot.

3 College Senior

Computers: The internet speed is pretty fast, however, you have a bandwidth if you are using a personal device on the network which can get pretty annoying. And prices on printing depend on where you are on campus. For example, the engineering buildings charge $0.06 per black and white page where as the geology building charges $0.10

5 College Senior

Facilities: UT is really close to 6th street, which is a lot of fun when your are 21. In addition, Austin is different from the other cities of Texas. There's a huge live music scene and the city has this unexplainable unique vibe that everyone seems to enjoy. On top of the UT is a very well-rounded school. The school spirit is always rich in its student body.

4 College Senior

Majors: Being a geosystems and hydrology engineer has been quite a journey. The classes can be challenging and you spend quite a bit of time studying, but the classes are extremely interesting and interactive especially when it comes to the geology aspect.

3 College Senior

Majors: There are some definite ups and downs when it comes down to a geosystems and hydrology engineering major. Not coming from only my experience, but almost everyone who comes into this major decides to get into the oil and gas industry when they graduate. On the other hand, getting into the petroleum industry with my major is more difficult than a geologist or a petroleum engineer mainly because no one really knows what a geosystems engineer really is. However, I would say that my major is sturdy bridge between geology and petroleum because of all the petroleum and geology classes taken.

5 College Senior

Majors: As a geosystems and hydrology engineer, I interned at Aramco Services Company in Houston, TX. While researching on shale formations for the Upstream Department in a petroleum industry, I also gained experience in an office environment and valuable knowledge about ethics, professionalism, and networking.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UT is a very highly ranked university, both nationally and internationally. The professors are generally friendly and willing to help you if you ask for it. I would say UT is proportionally harder than high school but it is not impossible, but I am in engineering so it varies by major.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: UT students can ride Capital Metro for free and the Metro runs all around Austin. UT has their own shuttles that are free that go to student heavy locations. Bicycles are a big thing in Austin too so if you don't want to venture on a bus. The buses tend to run off schedule but it's not too terrible.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It was pretty easy to get into my Biology major. I'm a freshman so I have not yet declared my major mor writing my essay detailing my plans for the next 4 years and submit to my Natal Science Advisor

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The social scene at UT Austin is heavy with Greek life and other student organizations. Throughout the whole year, representatives from fraternities, sororities, and other club organizations set up tables across campus to advertise events and membership.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Austin is a city for students and has major attractions such as the Capital, museums, several restaurants and other shopping places in Downtown Austin. People at Austin are friendly and help out tourists.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: UT Austin has a shuttle system with multiple bus routes that are able to take students all across the 40 acre campus. Best of all, it's free to ride as long as you have your student ID. City metro buses are also free of charge with a UT student ID.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug scene at UT Austin is not a major concern but it just depend on whomever you hang out and their relation to drugs. Drinking and smoking is a casual activity in other areas not in the school campus

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UT Austin's strictness is actually very limited. Unless something strictly illegal is happening, things are usually left alone.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I thought I was going to be getting into shape by moving to Austin without a car, and having to walk everywhere. However, I was so wrong. There is so much variety of food right off campus, you never have to eat the same thing twice. My weakness is Torchy's Tacos. The only thing keeping me from being obese is having to walk home afterwords to burn some of it off.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Freshman year, I was a Human Development & Family Sciences major. The HDF degree plan was pretty great and I even join a FIG which helped me get classes with people I could study with and great professors. I would highly recommend joining a FIG your freshman year. My FIG mentor is still one of the people I go to when college starts to seem a little overwhelming.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm a graduate student at the School of Information. I major in Library Science. I chose to go to UT because they have one of the best library and archival studies programs in the country. The reputation is not overblown. The faculty is adept and tech-savvy, and has taken great pains to reach out to the library and archival community within Austin to provide students with unique opportunities to ask people working currently in their fields what the industry is like, what employers are expecting of us in terms of knowledge and skills, and where they feel the world of libraries and archives is going. This gives us chances to volunteer and gain valuable real world experience prior to graduation without applying for and leaving the city for internships.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities are very well-kept. While some could use a modernization facelift such as the Perry-Castaneda Library, everything is clean and there is plenty of space. The Commons and FAC are both up-to-date and offer plenty of gathering space and fast food eateries that don't require you to cross the street to the drag if you aren't feeling like leaving campus. Older historic buildings on campus, while they do have high-tech upgrades like campus wireless actually keep a rather historic appearance, such as Battle Hall, the architecture library (and oldest library on campus). The Harry Ransom Center, the university's archival library, has a sleek contemporary appearance.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Austin is a town with a multitude of identities. Capitol of Texas, a music and arts hub. College town is just another hat it wears very well, with a lot of local eateries and shopping experiences near the campus, and fantastic cultural icons like the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, and the Bob Bullock Museum both on and extremely near the campus! That isn't including UT's own offerings like the Blanton Art Museum and the Stark Center. When you factor in locations like the iconic 6th Street, Rainey Street, Barton Springs and Zilker Park, even if UT wasn't here Austin would have plenty to offer any visitors. But the city recognizes it has a large university (and smaller schools like Austin Community College and St. Edward's), so many of these places don't hesitate to offer special deals or offers for students. Regardless of your interests, there truly is something for everyone here.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't had any major issues on getting financial aid.

Don't wait until the deadline before applying. The earlier the better! If one is having any problem with the processing of his/her financial aid application, I would suggest going to their office and talk to the counselors in person.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Architecture majors like myself are faced with high expectations to rise above occasional laziness so that they use their passion for building to finish great models and spend time talking about them eloquently. This is really a self-motivation thing, and from my experiences so far in the School of Architecture, this attitude can earn one respect from studio friends, architecture professors, and even the dean. Time commitment for my major is especially strenuous, but with proper time management for other outside things, being an architecture major isn't so stressful an experience.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The students here have many destinations around campus to do whatever they feel like doing: to the 15+ libraries and research centers on campus to study and hold groups to the eateries on and off campus to dine in anytime - Austin's Pizza on the Drag stays open really late for most nights. The giant Gregory Gym plus the nearby Rec. Sports center and the smaller Anna Hiss Gym are prime spots to stay fit. In addition to working out, the layout of campus itself is like a playground for tons of joggers, cyclists, parkour artists, etc. Students are always finding something to do both inside and outside the facilities of the Forty Acres.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I would say the transportation is one of the best I have seen in any city. The fact that students are not charge to ride the bus is amazing and get a cab at any time is great.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Although the permit costs is a little step, parking isn't that difficult. The need for a car on campus is very important because it makes it a lot easier to transport groceries or other neccessities.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is pretty nice for the most part, but when it is a rainy day it can get a little difficult to navigate your way around campus. Plus the buses are harder to get on because of the rainy weather. Other than that the weather is almost perfect for everyday life.

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Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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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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