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

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I applied to six schools in Texas, and got accepted to all of them with the highest possible amount of scholarship money due to grades and extracurricular involvement - but I got zip from the University of Texas. Still ended up going here, though, since they have the best Psychology program in the state. :P And most people agree that if you want to make a name for yourself and get out of the state, you're better off going to a big name school... Although, strangely, I'd never heard of this school until I moved here. Go figure! :/

4 College Junior

Facilities: Great Academics and Pretty Good Food – Culturally UT feels like a conglomerate of hipsters and cowboys. There's very little diversity from a Californian's perspective and tons of diversity from a Texan's perspective. Food is good and unique but over-priced. Biggest academic superstars here are the Business and Engineering programs. Psychology is the 4th most popular major and Education ranks high as well. UT generally has the highest ranking academic program in just about every major in the state of Texas.

3 College Junior

Weather: It can rain randomly, be sunny suddenly, or feel like the wind is going to blow your boots off. Just because it's dark and gloomy outside doesn't mean it's chilly, and just because it's light and airy-looking outside doesn't mean it's warm. In other words: the weather channel becomes your best friend.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Play No Games! When it comes down to rules and policies, this school does not play games. when a professor assigns a deadline then there is no "if's" or "but's" because once the rules are set, it is very hard to change them. There are always consequences when you do not follow them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Jester is rumored to be very nasty, but you get used to it.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city is very diverse. There is a lot going on in Austin, especially around campus. There are tons of places to eat and shop whenever not in school.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party Nights – There is always something to do on weekends when it comes to partying. thee city is a great place to visit when ot comes to going to clubs at night and you will most likely enjoy your night. There is also late night transportation like the bus which runs at nights.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Enough to Satisfy – Well the food at the dinning halls is better than those in regular high school cafeteria food. However, if you eat often at the dinning halls then you will probably get tired of most of the food and that is why it is a good idea to get a good mixture of other food places around campus so yo will not bore yourself will the everyday food.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Study Areas Are Plentiful and Comfortable – There are study areas in every building where you can wait for a class, get out of your dorm, or grab a coffee and study. The areas are clean and nicely lit.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Atmosphere Is Buzzing – There is so much to do that if you need a break from the rigorous study life, you can find something fun and relaxing to do near campus or downtown. A lot live music, and lots of outdoor activities.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life offers a niche to many students. The University of Texas at Austin is a huge university with so many students, and greek life offers a great way to get involved and feel comfortable real quick

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I chose UT because it is close to home, so it will be less expensive. Academics is the most valuable aspect of the university. Friends...I don't feel like they are real here.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Super Expensive and Super Inconvenient – Parking is extremely expensive, and if you are unlucky and get a ticket, forget in the first-ticket-pardon, it doesn't exist. Signals and rules are ridiculous. The parking spots for students get full instantaneously and what is left is 20' walking from campus. There are some buses, but in the night the take a while to appear, so easily you can spend 30'-40' to get to your car.

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Tony Griffin
Hometown
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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