Austin, TX
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$33,128 ($9,790)
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Reviews 3805 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs, Not So Bad, Drinking, a Little Out of Control – I do not find there to be much of a drug scene at the University of Texas. The main drug used by UT students is probably marijuana, but I would say very few students actually smoke. Once we get into drinking I would say it's a little over-the-top..

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Stepping onto the campus at the University of Texas in Austin, it become transparent that this is not your everyday university. Anyone is comfortable at the University, it is encompassed with diverse leagues, organizations, and support groups for anyone of any race, age, religion, ethnicity, economic background, political beliefs, or sexual orientation. Teachers are no exception to this rule. They are so understanding and welcoming of any kind of "difference" they may see in a student. I was touched just the other day when my professor encouraged a Muslim student to leave the class in order to go to a religious celebration. The student, who is also my friend, told me how meaningful that was to her. Not only are the professors incredibly accepting but they are also diverse themselves! It gives us a great opportunity to learn from them in ways that don't even relate to the classroom subject. It's incredible. I have learned so much about different cultures from countries that I have never even visited. Not only through culture, but I have professors of various religious and political views, and while they may be of contradictory belief they all show respect to each other and that is a great example for us. I have also noticed that the students themselves are surprisingly accepting of others' diverse backgrounds. I really love this University and I believe it is providing a bright future for it's students.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Great Food Choices. Plenty of options all over campus, except for the engineering area. Decent quality food most of the time.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great School. I love UT in just about all respects except for the parking situation. Its pretty bad.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most Diverse Campus Out There! UT Austin has one of the most diverse student populations in the country. All people are respected and open to learning about new cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-Campus Dorms Convenient but Expensive – I would recommend living in an on-campus dorm for your first year. It is so convenient and you get to know campus very well. After the first year, I would recommend moving somewhere less expensive, unless you can afford it and love living on campus. There are a lot more freedoms off campus, but living in the dorms isn't like being in prison. The best dorms for your price are Moore-Hill (good location, fun people, decent room size), Brackenridge/Prather/Roberts (good location, bigger rooms), and Jester east (great location!, newly remodeled, but smaller rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Not Always the Best Value, but Very Tasty and Environmentally Friendly – There are only a few dining halls. J2 and Kinsolving are the best value if you have dine-in-dollars, but Jester is a huge rip-off. There are other fast food options on campus, but they close early and you get sick of them quickly. I love that the dining halls are environmentally conscious! We have compost bins that reduce landfill waste, and signs to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviors.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat Fags and Sorostitues – Greek life is super gay. Frat daddys are super homo. Sorority chicks are hot though.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Best! Texas Longhorns rule! Tons of fans, games are always exciting, majority of sports teams are really good, over 50 national championships!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of options, different areas, plenty of good neighborhoods, great public transportation in closer ones and plenty of parking in further ones.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Constantly Changing – One day it's cold and rainy, the next it's sunny with a high of 75. But it's never too cold and only "too hot" in the summer, but I LOVE it!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: 6TH STREET – If you're not at a frat party, you go to sixth street to one of the many many many bars! Holla! Disclaimer: hardly any under 21 hangouts. Underclassmen need stay on campus.
Oh yes, we get free or tremendously cheap bus rides everywhere in Austin - so it's awesome!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Interestingly Diverse – We have got people of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life here in the fabulous Austin, Texas. Though I will say we fund an awful lot of international students which I feel is taking away from American students who just barely didn't make the cutoff in to UT.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Present but Not-Present – Greek life is really big on campus, but its easy to avoid as well.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – A very good diversity of things to do whether its concerts, sporting events, or outdoor activities

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very odd! It's really cold one day, then next day it's hot. Weird weather!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Full of Spirit! UT Austin has the best school spirit! Everyone is together and cheers all times!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: UT Austin – UT Austin is known as a party school and you would expect people to party all times. However, there are a lot of smart people here as well as people who like to party. What I dislike about UT is that there are way too many people. As a freshman, I was overwhelmed because there were just way too many people. Also lots of people are in different levels. Some people are pretty stupid and you would wonder how they got into the school. But other people are super smart and you would wonder why they are even here. So I guess those people balances out the school. Also I hate the fact that the library is not 24 hours. This drives me crazy. Couldn't the school make the library 24 hours instead of creating the UT TV channel? I feel like school puts way too much money on the stuff we don't really need. Also ,there are many different ethnicity groups here, which is great. Overall, school isn't too bad, but I don't love it.

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1 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is constantlys changing. It could be warm enough, in the high 80s to wear shorts one day, the next day it be in the 40s so you have to wear a huge coat and boots, then the next day it could be in the 60s pouring down rain. If you have classes that are far, you really need to make sure you check the weather beforehand and to expect the unexpected

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Keep Austin Weird – The popular logo of Austin, "Keep Austin Weird," definitely comes into play when describing people. There are so many different types of people with different styles. Theres the country people, who wear boots all the time. The skaters with all their piercings and carrying their boards 24/7. The sorority girls with their specific teeshirts for each day of the week. The athletes that are always in shorts. People will dress crazy, matching clothes you would never even think about.

College Freshman

Majors: Great Opportunities – I'm in the University of Texas and am satisfied with what I have seen. I'm a Biology major and although the work load is challenging, there are plenty of resources to help you. The professors are great and offer office hours. Most of them post there lecture notes online. There are also teacher assistants and study groups that can help you if you're ever having trouble.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Dorms vary at the University of Texas. Some are more old fashioned than others, and I cannot speak for them, and some are newer. For the newer renovated dorms life is pretty good. We get movable furniture, a fridge, microwave, and a sink. If you're living in a renovated dorm, then you've got it pretty good.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out the Drag – Austin is probably known for its diversity. That can be easily seen on Guadalupe Street (locally known as the drag). The drag offers a wide variety of local restaurants. No matter what you're in the mood for, chances are you'll be able to find it on the drag. One of my favorite places is Campus Candy, a great place to go for anyone that has a sweet tooth.

2 College Junior

Parking: More Footwork – Prices for parking permits are outrageous so most people walk and city traffic light engineers know it. Some major crosswalks on Dean Keaton seem to be especially catered towards pedestrians just so students can get to wherever they need to be faster. There are bikers too but most of them seem to be really experienced to biking alongside traffic and most think it's just too crazy to substitute walking with either. Either way, expect to exercise in a less strenuous way.

4 College Junior

Academics: Challenging but Rewarding – Registration is a huge pain but most of the professors are very easy to work with and the university is really good about offering special student options and informing their students about it. It can be overwhelming since some of the opportunities overlap but there's always room to try whatever you didn't have time for next semester. Some of the opportunities, like Turkish classes, are even free! :)


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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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