Austin, TX
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$33,128 ($9,790)
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Reviews 3414 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Pretty Sweet – UT is known for its partying. Sixth Street is LEGENDARY and pretty fun even for people who don't drink. It's generally a 21+ up city, so if you can't get in anywhere, West Campus is always guaranteed to have a party going on. If you do go downtown, there's this awesome bus that drives you straight there and back to campus called the E-Bus, so you don't have to worry about cabs or driving drunk. It's really easy to meet people, find a party, or find something to do.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Tons of Different People – There are so many different kinds of girls and guys at UT. You'll meet a lot of international students which is pretty cool, and a lot of hipsters, more than you would find otherwise. The people are generally more interesting if you're from a small town because there's so many different people. Partying is a very big deal. If you are uncomfortable with the party setting, you'll still find people to hang around it's just a big part of life. Guys are VERY polite here which is a pretty sweet plus.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Rains a Lot – It rains a lot during the winter months and during the summer, it can get up to 120 degrees!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe – Although The University of Texas at Austin is relatively safe during the day, it's not safe to walk around campus during the night. The university is right in the middle of downtown Austin, so there are a lot of weirdos walking around. (Keep Austin weird)! Also, there recently was a shooting near the tower, but that's not a usual occurance. Austin is a great place to party!

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports on Fire – Varsity sports at UT Austin are huge. The support and passion that students and fans have towards the sports and the athletes is truly amazing and sometimes overwhelming. The athletes are taken care of by the whole city, not just the school. Varsity sports bring unity to Austin, Texas. The school and its facilitators are amazing in providing support for the teams and the students.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I don't even own a car and I don't think UT has enough parking for the amount of people it allows on campus. The Football games are a mess just like everything else. Even those that live on campus supposedly have benefits, but it is way to expensive to even get those.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I'd have to say it's pretty awesome. Most are free to do whatever they want and to express themselves any way they wish. Even though living in the dorms and the RAs aren't that strict, I understand that they understand we're adults and are allowed to act as we please. For the campus overall, it seems that littering and even other little, petty crimes.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Honestly, I don't know much about off-campus housing. From what most of my friends tell me that live off-campus, is that that they pay less than those of us who live on campus, but they don't have any benefits, so that's a downfall. For me though, it would be much of an inconvenience because of my budget and I don't have a car to get places. I take the bus for most places, but I'd rather live on campus and be able to walk to my classes with no problems.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It totally depends on the day and the prices are outrageous.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Great Research Opportunities – UT has some of the best staff and even though its a big school, there are ways to find a niche or pursue your interests.

5 College Senior

Diversity: UT is one of the most diverse schools. There are all kinds of ethnicities as well as social and religious affiliations here. Its a place for everyone.

4 College Senior

Computers: They are good and reliable. Always available for use.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's funny because although the weather station tells us one thing it's actually the opposite. There may be days when it rains and I have to run completely across campus with no umbrella.


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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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