Austin, TX
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$33,128 ($9,790)
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Reviews 3402 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Very Important – The University of Texas takes its sports programs very seriously, especially football. While our performance on the field was not as good as it could have been this year, I am confident that we will continue to be a big force in the Big 12.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The University of Texas does not give many scholarships to students. I would like to see more scholarships offered here at this school to students because many students would like to attend this university, but lack the money to pay for the classes.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Diversity on Campus – Diversity is present all around the University of Texas campus. The school offers several academic programs and classes that deals with just about every culture around the world. Also, the student population is very diverse. You see people from all different cultural backgrounds and it is awesome how students accept this diversity.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – University of Texas is such an amazing school. The campus is awesome and the professors are passionate about the subjects they teach. They are always encourage for you to ask questions and attend office hours for additional help.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing University – Although it is a giant university, it is easy to meet people if you get involved in student organizations. Football is the best, and other sports are great too. The facilities are awesome, and education is top notch.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular Off Campus – Drinking is very popular off campus, but there arent any problems on campus. Drug use is pretty mild, and also occurs mostly off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Private Baths – The Dorms with private baths are more expensive, but are very nice and convenient. There are two on the oposite sides of campus, so one will generally be convenient. It is great to be able to walk everywhere because everything on campus is pretty central and close to the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hook 'Em! \M/ – Oh goodness. I was told once that to be a longhorn a few clothing items are essential:
1. A pair of rain boots (Sport's Authority has a few stylish ones, and trust me these are essential)
2. A pair of Tom's (Tom's even sells Austin themed Tom's, but they are a bit pricey)
3. A pair of Sperry's (It's not limited to just the fraternities here)
4. And finally, a pair of boots (This is the only one I question, I haven't needed them but I will say this, if you plan on joining a frat most require a uniform of sorts that involves wearing boots...everyday.)
I have found the first 3 to be incredible true! But considering there are 50,000 students on campus, the variety is to great to classify into just a few stereotypes so expect a lot of diversity! Social life? Hmm, social life is what you make of it (...so cliche) but it depends on if you're into greek life or your interests in general. There is always a party to be had but because you're in Austin, there are plenty of other things to do to keep you distracted. But as with any Big 12 team, football reigns supreme.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: FAFSA Worked in My Favor. Cost of living in Austin is HIGH to say the least ($900 a month to rent in West Campus), but it ends up be a great thing if you're on financial aid! Why? By being on financial aid, they automatically calculate the cost of living and the cost of living off campus is significantly higher than on campus (at least in their calculations) SO if you move a little further from campus and share a small home or a larger apartment with a few friends you can easily bring that $900 rent to $360 (the price I'm looking at for a town home with 2-3 friends next semester). In other words, I will get more money to live in a better environment that's almost a third of the cost of living in a dorm. If you have the money, West Campus is ideal, but if you don't drive a little further away from campus and you'll find some great deals on great apartments.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Keep Austin Weird – Austin is by far the most...unique city to go to college in. It's incredible to me how perfect this city really is for college students. On UT's campus we have Mellow Mushroom and Kirby Lane (both HIGHLY recommended restaurants) but off campus there's a new, amazing place to discover every night. More interested in partying? Sixth street. More interest in the shopping? South Congress has an amazing selection of Austin-esque shops (just make sure you stop in Lucy in Disguise... just for the experience.)

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Only Cold 3 Days a Year – Weather in Austin is tricky to predict on a day to day basis, but overall it is sunny and warm. Most Fall semesters I could wear shorts well into November. Spring semesters get hot and make getting across campus a chore between classes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Never a Problem on Campus – Went to many parties on campus and rarely had any trouble. If anything, I had more problems with police when I went to parties at off-campus apartements.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greeks Are Cool, I Guess – Most of the Greek students I met weren't much different than me, but I had a feeling that they thought they were above me. Despite that, they throw good parties and are easy to shrug off if they start to bother you.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverstiy of Campus – On campus there are various groups for various groups of people. The diversity is amazing, people of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. There are also different political groups and groups for a diversity of sexual orientation. This is a pretty open minded university.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out the Drag – The Drag, the street that runs parallel to campus is full of different kinds of restaurants. Sushi, subs, pizza, and burritos are just some of the options you have to choose from. Kismet Cafe is one of my favorite places to frequent. It's a Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek Restaurant, serves Gyro, Falafel, Shawarma, Halal Food, Knafeh, Tabouli, and a lot more, and it is pretty decently priced for the amount of food you get.

3 College Freshman

Computers: the FAC and the PCL usually get crowded during midterms and finals

1 College Senior

Parking: The parking permit is not even worth it. I just park at a nearby park & ride and take the shuttle to school.

College Senior

Greek Life: Almost Non-Existent – Greek life is definitely present, but I don't think it really affects the social atmosphere, at least not to me. If you're in you're in, but if not that's okay too. It's not like how frats and sororities are depicted in movies at all here at UT.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Life on Campus – The libraries have just about any book you can think of, it's truly amazing. There is almost always something going on in the west mall, lots of fundraisers, and students gathering together. The gyms and recreation centers are awesome. They're in the process of making a new student center that should open in the spring of 2011. The six pack has a beautiful space to lay out on the lawn under the trees that will take anyone's stresses away. It also has a great view of the capitol on one side and the tower on the other. The tower is lit orange on special occasions and it is absolutely stunning!

3 College Freshman

Academics: International Relations and Global Studies – This major is fairly new but is gaining popularity among students. In today's global world, we have established a need to learn what "global" really means. This major teaches the various aspects of globalization, such as: geopolitics, economy, culture, religion, language...and puts an emphasis on thinking broad. I would recommend this major to anyone!

3 College Senior

Facilities: School Building – The school building is large, but not very vibrant. The walls are all concrete gray and there is nott much color through out the school.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus Sytem – I love the shuttle system at UT, the bus drivers are very nice and it's a dependable way to get to, from and around school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in Jester – Although everyone made faces when I said I was living in the oldest dorm on campus, I got lucky and was placed in a renovated floor. The Jester center right next to the dorm was very convenient and the dorm in general was always clean.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Drag – Awesome, lots of choices for anyone you're with, price range also for whatever budget you are on. I love it and it's just across the street from campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Hope You Like Dope – There isn't so much a huge abundance of different types of drugs as there specifically is marijuana. It appears that in Austin people in general are very open minded about it and if you ever find yourself at a place like Zilker Park, people will be very freely smoking. On campus a lot of people do it, and it's a very common thing. Aside from that though, there aren't a ton of drugs many people use.


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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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