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Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3402 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Science Program – One of the many reasons I chose to attend the university of Texas at Austin is for its commendable and prestigious science program. The College of Natural Sciences is filled with prestigious award winning professors that truly dedicate their expertise to the achievement of their students.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I have yet to find a place on campus that I hate. There are some halls such as, Painter, that the desks are so cramped together.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I find the Psych Department to have wonderful resources, amazing professors, and plenty of opportunities to get involved in research that is happening at the University.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Pros and Cons – Pros- theres a bus that goes from 7th street to campus on the weekends until 3 am. Parties in west campus are unlimited. Weekends start on Thursday. Most bars and clubs are 18+. Underage drinking is mostly tolerated unless you cause trouble or are wasted out of your mind and cause a scene.

Cons- cabs are sometimes hard to get ahold of.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pros and Cons – Pros- Even though campus is big there is always somewhere close by to eat. 2 dining halls with buffet style meals and several more restaurant style made to order type places. On campus fast food places include Quiznos, Chick fil A, Starbucks, Taco Cabana, Zen, Wendy's, & Taco Bell. Off campus is unlimited amounts of good food and its only right across the street from campus (The Drag)

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pros & Cons – Pros- all the professors I've had or heard of range from ok to amazing. There are SO many classes to choose from. Workload really depends on the students choice. Some classes have heavy work loads while others are very light, so it's about tailoring which classes you pair together in each semester. Especially in the larger classes, the TA's have office hours in addition to the professor so there's always someone you can get ahold of for extra attention after class. Most popular study area is the PCL (library)

Cons- registration process can be frustrating at times. Classes can be very large and at times you feel like just a number.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Up to Date and Easily Accessible – Most students have laptops. With that said, its not hard at all to find an available computer in one of the many computer labs and the PCL (library). Access is free and unlimited and printing is cheap.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Advertising program at UT Austin is top notch. Number 1 in the country as of fall '10! Professors know what it takes to make it after graduation, which is saying a lot in this constantly changing industry. You're not just prepped with enough knowledge to graduate with a Bachelors, you're completely prepared for the real world. By that I mean you've had the opportunity to get a Business certificate along with your BS and specialize in either the creative, media, or dollars and cents side of advertising.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Difficult, Not Even Worth It. UT is one of the most difficult, if not most difficult, colleges to get scholarships from. It is of popular opinion that hardly any student receives monetary aid if you are not in financial need. And rarely are any scholarships given to students for academic achievement beyond the expected "top 10% or 5% high school graduate" scholarship of 2,000. I didn't even bother applying for financial aid because pretty much, if you are not from a low income family, don't hold your breath waiting for any financial support from UT. Plus, being a large public college institution, UT doesn't feel the need to shell out any funds to attract students apparently- there are way too many students who want to come to UT.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Fair Enough – Students know the rules and remain cognizant of them throughout the year. It's the same for almost all colleges, so nothing too surprising. Though at UT, it's expected that students are more boisterous and party-happy or drinking too much. And it does happen, as I'm sure it does at any college- however, it's entirely up to you whether you want to be exposed to that or included in these...festivities. Punishments and fines are severe yet nothing unexpected due to fair warning.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe – Because campus is so large and crowded, especially during the day that it is rare to feel unsafe walking around campus alone. Campus is beautiful and large, but it is best to keep dorm doors locked and to take extra security measures just in case, to avoid theft. It is largely known that the PCL has a high theft rate, so never leave belongings unattended.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Experience from a Great University – The academics. The social life. The city. The weather. The athletics program. The community. The diversity. What's not to love?

2 College Junior

Parking: Strict and Pricey – PTS Officials are incredibly stringent in enforcing parking rules, even threatening to ticket people who are simply idling to pick up a friend. They have a very poor reputation among the student body. In addition, parking in the garages costs approximately $800 annually. To park remotely (about a mile from campus) cost something more reasonable like $150, but is very far away.

4 College Junior

Academics: The strength of the engineering program at UT speaks for itself, with its high national rankings. My personal experience has confirmed the national rankings. Nearly all of the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering professors that I have had have been excellent instructors, as well as leading researchers in their respective fields. In addition to learning material in class, we have had practical laboratory- or project-focused learning components, from using wind tunnels and thermal imaging, to redesigning the steam cycle at the UT power plant.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diversity City – Austin is known for "keeping Austin weird", but I really haven't met any particularly out of the ordinary weird people. If you aren't used to seeing a bunch of Asians that will change when you come to UT. Like every school there are your heavy party goers, but a great number of people are not into that atmosphere. There are many great college ministry people, which is where I met 95% of my friends here. I love them all dearly, because they are an amazing group of people that love Jesus and love people!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: UT Dorm Vs. Off-Campus – Living in a dorm is very convenient when it comes to not having to lose more sleep before getting to class. I literally woke up 5 minutes before class, threw on a hat and a fresh set of clothes and got to class in time. It is also convenient when all of your friends live on campus, because you can hang out without having to drive or catch a bus anywhere. This living arrangements is great for most freshmen. After freshman year, most people move out into a house or an apartment. West Campus is prime real estate for student because it is right next to campus, but this does make it more expensive. It is also notorious for partying. If you don't mind paying more and dealing with party goers then this is the place for you. Another cheaper, but further away option is North Campus. At UT the further you are away from campus the cheaper, and also the more people you have to split the rent the cheaper. We have a great bus system in Austin and particularly at UT that is free for students. If you don't mind the distance, want something cheaper, and don't want to worry too much about crazy parties this is the area for you!

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Definitely More Popular – The drug scene isn't that popular at UT. People just usually drink and hang out, if anything people are only smoking, which isn't really a "drug."

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are many people of all races at The University of Texas at Austin. Races range from white, most generally, to asian, indian, and hispanic. We have a reputation here of being an intelligent university, and I think our diverse cultures allow that assumption to be real.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is good in the fall and cool and sometimes cold in the winter, and very hot in the summer. A little bit of every season.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Austin Life – The Austin atmosphere is ideal for the college student. With the campus downtown, a variety of good and interesting places to eat, and plenty of recreation and exercise opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Pretty Safe – As with many college campuses, there are drugs are campus. However if any official finds out about such activity the situation is taken care of immediately.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Eats – There are endless places for students to dine off-campus, a very wide array of different restaurants. Most of the off-campus dining is fairly priced and you get great portions for cheap.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I personally have not witnessed or heard about any violence on campus, when there is a possible threat campus police do everything in their power to ensure our safety.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I honestly don't know too much about this subject. I have a few close knit friends that I spend most of my time with. However, the guys that I talked to seemed pretty nice.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: there are a lot of new people to meet and a lot of interesting professors. There are more and more people that are not top 10% and a lot that are. However, be prepared to work your butt off with all of the new smart people.

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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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