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Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3426 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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1 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is terrible, especially without a parking permit. A permit of commuting students for the garage costs $600, so it's reasonable that most choose not to purchase one. There's a cheaper permit option, however, the parking lots available to park are literally across the highway, at which you have to take the bus to and from there to get to and from campus. Without a permit, it takes literally half an hour to find a spot, and none of which are free until after 5:30. And after 5:30, it gets exponentially more difficult to find parking until late in the night.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: You only have to fill out the FAFSA. No sending in tax returns, W2's, etc. The downside is I received $1000 from an outside scholarship which resulted in a $1000 deduction in my financial aid so that it really didn't benefit me at all to apply for that outside scholarship! What a waste of application time/effort.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love UT. It's a great environment. It's fun, there's great nightlife, and the drag is convenient for any hunger and shopping needs. The Union has a bowling alley! I wish restaurants were open later, though! (ie. taco bell, chipotle)

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police on campus are very...dedicated to their jobs - a little TOO dedicated. You can expect a citation from going over 30 seconds on a parking meter. There are restrictions all over campus that make it difficult to find a space.

The dorms are fairly strict on guest hours. There is security at all the doors at night to ensure that no non-residents are being snuck in. Honestly, it sucks.

At orientation I remember we were given a presentation that included the police call stations located around campus. It informed us that they could be found easily and standing at one call station, you would be in view of another one. However, this is false! I am walking around campus late at night often, and my eyes are always darting to make sure I have one within a safe distance, but there are barely any at all!!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation at UT is pretty good. You can walk to many places and there are also frequent school and local buses.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: UT hardly gives out scholarships. And when they do, it's either very little money that will help cover for textbooks, or it's a lot of money for football players. Definitely not giving and almost unfair.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Are Everywhere – There are Greeks everywhere on campus. The social atmosphere is great because all of the Greek houses are very close and easily accessible to all students. It's okay if you aren't in one or are in one. The Greek houses are very clean, spacious, nice, and only minutes away from school.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Libraries Are Crowded – The libraries at UT Austin are big and spacious, but not big enough for all of the students that attend UT. Especially during exam times when everyone is trying to find a seat to study. The libraries do not even open 24/7, with the exception to one library that is only open until 2am but 24/7 during exam times. It is very inconvenient when trying to find a comfortable place to study on campus when the libraries are either closed or way too crowded.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Easy Access to Drugs – At the University of Texas at Austin, drugs are easily accessible. Many people have consume some type of drug that is against the norm.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Lots of Different Styles - Every Type of Student You Can Imagine – Because this campus is so large, you'll find every kind of student you can imagine. There are many different organizations to join including cultural orgs, fraternal orgs, volunteer services, etc. You hardly ever need to dress up, most people wear whatever they feel like when going to class.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Options! Many options for good lunch and early dinner spots off-campus such as Which Wich, Pita Pit, Chipotle, Potbelly, Madam Mam's, etc. Prices are average, about $5-10 for a meal and plenty of places that take Bevo Bucks and some places with discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Unlike other schools, Austin has a direct line to diversity. Any race you can think of we have it here. Although majority are still white I believe, you will never see a dominate group while walking the 40 acres.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Not Bad, but Could Be Better – Weather usually isn't a problem on campus. There's the occassional humidity or rain but for the most part Austin has even weather.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's Always a Place to Go – No matter what day of the week, there will always be something going on around campus. Whether it be a house party or going downtown to 6th street. Most clubs/bars on 6th street are 21+, however still many underage people will go there. Transportation to 6th is very easy, there is a specified bus that will take students to and from downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Keep Austin Weird – Austin is one of the most unique places you'll ever find.
Restaurants that allow you to bring your dogs. The beautiful state capital. The best school in TEXAS and a street that will have you forgetting things long before you even thought you'd remember. To be here, you have COOL.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Really Depends on Where Your Classes Are and Where You Live – The food around campus is good. I would rank it as above average dining hall food. However opinions might change depending on where you live/which dining halls you frequent most, as some offer buffet style eating while others are pay per item. The pay per item foods are best at San Jacinto Hall's Cypress Cafe, and Kinsolving's dining hall has the best buffet style for very little dining dollars if you're starving.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe at Denison High School. However we only have one security guard, and although we have security cameras, there are still many blind spots. I know of many students who take illegal weapons or drugs onto campus but I have not seen any big issues caused by these.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Fill Out Your FAFSA Form ASAP! If you want the most funding for college, I suggest you fill out and submit your FAFSA in January. I was lucky enough to get my tuition fully paid for. There are also TONS of scholarships available through UT, you just can't be lazy about it and apply for as much of them as possible.

The only minor setback about financial aid is that funds don't get released until about a week before school starts. That might be hard if you need the funds earlier, but UT does offer their own loans for students in immediate need.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You have the freedom to choose where you want to live. Every part of Austin has its pros and cons. I have lived in the south and the north sides and have had great experiences on both ends.Pricing greatly varies according to side of town, amenities, availability, etc. It's extremely easy to find off-campus housing, all you have to do is look through the ads on the newspapers or online. There are also always tons of fliers on campus from students looking for roommates or trying to sublease their rooms. Subletting a room is a great alternative because they are often at a reduced price and shorter terms.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Okay at UT – I personally don't live on campus because living off-campus is much more affordable, however the housing on and around campus is very modern and unique. They have every amenity imaginable, but all at a hefty price of course. You'd be living like a king/queen if you could afford the rent.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you are not a resident of Texas, you will have a tough time getting any financial aid what so ever, there are some, but most require you to be enrolled at the university of a whole year before applying, and even then, it's not quite alot of money.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: As long as your part of UT, you have an ID which can be used around Austin, Texas and it will not cost a thing!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Bevobucks/Dine in Dinner Dollars – By having a meal plan called dine in dinner dollars or bevo bucks, you may be able to eat in either one of the 3 available restaurants there are. Two of them are "all you can eat" where you may have things from tacos to pizza and one is called JCL, which is a prefixed amount of money depending on the food you decided to eat. Theres alot of variety, price is a little expensive but you get $1440 for dine in dinner dollars and $300 bevo bucks if you have a housing plan. If not, you may use cash/credit cards.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I feel pretty safe in West Campus of UT Austin. Sometimes there are thefts and crimes like everywhere else, but there are a lot of people and police in the area, making me feel safer.

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.

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Tony Griffin
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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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