Austin, TX
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Reviews 3804 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not Applicable – I do not live on campus, and thus have no opinion on dining halls etc.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Ridiculous – The cheaper apartments are off farther away from campus. But you there are buses that can come to campus from there location. The ones that are near the campus with in walking distance are expensive the cheapest one that I've seen has been around 450 a month and can range up to 1,000 dollars or sometimes even more.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Near by the Drag – So the drag is the street Guadalupe, and I would have to say that it is always busy. There can be chicken to hamburgers to fish. The prices are reasonable and if you can also use the student money called BEVO bucks at participating restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Nursing Is Intimidating at Austin – The workload is doable. Keeping up with your classes and making sure you have good grades is basically key in getting into the Nursing Program. Your accepted as a Pre-Nursing student and then you have to reapply. The volunteer opportunities are great and there are plenty to get your hours in.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not Fit for Human Consumption – There are several healthy options, but for the most part the food is fried, greasy, or just unhealthy.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Many Different Shades of White – There is not that much diversity on campus, but there are many different groups of white people. There are the fratty guys, weird smelly hipsters, and a bunch of run of the mill characters. Pretty friendly place, but it is difficult to form a crowd of your own.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Garage parking prices are ridiculously over-priced. Cheapest permits cost a little over 100 dollars, but you can always find an open spot although you have to go early if you want a spot closer to campus in the morning.

1 College Senior

Parking: Availability and Practicality – Parking ON the UT campus is basically non-existent, unless you have a parking permit for one of the garages, which is really expensive. And even then, the garages are on the very outskirts of campus. You're better off to take one of the UT buses that drop you off on campus, or better yet take your bike. Parking is a nightmare and you are very likely to get a ticket for one thing or another (I got one for ONE of my tires being more than 18" from the curb...).

1 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Superiority Complex – I don't personally belong to a Greek organization at UT, so I may be a little biased. However, the loud, rude, and obnoxious members tend to give the Greeks a bad rap among non-Greek members. I have personally left restaurants and avoided events because of the high presence of idiotic and just plain rude fraternity members, and it infuriates me that they can give our school such a bad image. The girls tend to be bitchy and look down on other girls not in their ranks, and the guys treat non-Greeks like less-than-human. I work as a waitress at a restaurant north of campus and anytime I have a table of Greeks, I avoid them as much as possible because they treat me like a peon instead of a human being. That being said, not all Greek members behave this way, and I know that. But more often than not, this is the type of behavior I have encountered.

4 College Senior

Academics: Popular Study Areas – At the University of Texas in Austin, you are basically surrounded by potential study areas! The campus has a ton of libraries--some with quiet areas, others with collaborative "talking" areas. Even the city has numerous coffee shops and lounges that make great study areas. I am quite content with the acceptance of the town as a college town.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is the E-bus that runs until about 4 a.m. on weekend nights that goes directly to the downtown area and then to campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Social Life – The social life here is very active. There are parties every weekend (and even during the weeks) and they are for all kinds of people. There are the typical frat parties, theater parties, just people hanging out at their apartments, all kinds.

5 College Junior

Computers: Wireless Access – The whole campus is wireless, so no matter where you are if you take your laptop, then you will have internet.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – There are safety lights all over the place, people walking around, a number you can call in order to have someone walk you home, and I have never gone a weekend without seeing cops just driving around.

4 College Freshman

Weather: From August until early October, it's hot and humid in Austin. It gets chilly pretty quickly by the end of October, but it's not freezing or anything.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – I haven't really experienced any strictness since I don't drink, but I have seen girls and guys stumbling around at my quad. No one really seems to mind as long as the drunks aren't sick or causing chaos.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Absolute Best Education – No matter what your major is, even if you don't even have a major, the University of Texas will most definitely provide you with the best education possible.
Right now, I am undeclared in the school of liberal arts. I'm taking mythology, linguistics, film/history in Latin America, astronomy, and social innovation. I have learned so much from these classes, even though I'm not working toward a particular major.
Ever since I was little I've always wanted to go to a school that would inspire me to push myself and learn as much as possible. I used to think I'd have to go to an Ivy League school to do this, but it's right in my own backyard. I love UT! Hook'em!!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: safety and security on UT campus is very good. Cops are abundant

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't Get My Scholarship – I had received an early graduation scholarship for my freshman year of college and have the letters to prove it. On the letter it told me to go to the university to discuss the process. During orientation I went to the Student Services Building and the scholarship office. I talked to the person (looked like a student) at the desk and he looked up my ID to tell me that I didn't receive anything. I showed him the letters and he just shrugged.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Seen Not Heard – Everywhere I go there's always a boy or girl wearing some compilation of Greek letters, either on their shirt, shorts, dress, hat or pins on their backpack. It's always there no matter where I look. I see them walking and I've passed by a few Greek Houses before, but I rarely hear any news or brochures about what they do, any events their holding or their philanthropy. The school semester is nearly over, and I've only seen one group holding a week for philanthropy and cultural awareness. Where are the others?

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The student union is a really nice place. It consists of multiple floors (including an underground for bowling, pool and games!), and the first time I went there I got lost. There's plenty of food & drink choices (such as Chick Fil A and the well-known Starbucks) and cultural rooms for the students in the upper floors as well as spacious rooms for us to eat, chat, meet up and study. If the West Mall area (where the union is located) is too far for you to walk, there's also the recently built Student Activities Center on the opposite side of campus which provides similarly. They have a variety of food choices (can't forget the Starbucks!), conference/meeting/activity/ballrooms on the upper level and tables both inside, out and on the upper levels for students to relax.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Unlimited Opportunities and Services – With a school this big, so much is available to help you make the most of your college career. There are so many organizations that focus on a variety subjects/activities or causes that it's hard to pick which ones to be involved in. In the College of Education, there are six student organizations, that will give me experience for my career as a teacher and help me build my resume. The health services and mental health and counseling services are great. The advisers are passionate about helping the students.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pressure to Party – Drinking is popular whether you're over 21 or not. Alcohol is easily accessible through the help of upperclassmen and parties that provide for anyone that walks in the door. Downtown is a popular destination for nightlife, but you're required to be 21 to get in to most places. Many students have fake IDs, and if they don't they're pressured to get one. As for drugs like marijuana and other stuff, I don't really know much. The people I know either don't do that or don't talk about it.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Always Something to Do – At UT there is always something to do, whether you are underage or over 21. There are countless parties every weekend on West Campus, ranging from wild and crazy frat parties to small get togethers. If you're over 21, 6th street is where it's at, a an entire street worth of bars. If you live near campus, there is even a bus to take you there and take you back so you don't need a designated driver. That's very convenient. Because about 50,000 students attend UT, if you're not up for partying, it's not difficult to find someone to hang out with because some might not feel like going out or some don't drink at all.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Its Ok – i received a decent amount of financial aid, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. A couple of my forms got lost in the shuffle, so I had to stay on top of things. I suggest making regular in-person appointments with your financial aid officer to make sure things are going smoothly.


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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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