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Austin, TX
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37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Student Discounts – In UT we have this thing called "BevoBucks" which is $300 that is renewed with each semester on you student ID. And most stores/ restaurants that have the BevoBucks logo you can have your ID pay for everything. It's really great when you feel like eating out and don't have money, well then swipe your ID!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Civil Engineering at UT Austin – I'm currently a sophomore, so I still have many Civil classes left to take, but out of the ones I have taken, I've seen that my professors are all very knowledgable. The workload is high, but that only makes the learning process deeper. The labs are very detailed and intuitive and UT's Civil Department regularly ranks in the top 5 programs of the country.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Usage at UT Austin – There are computer labs in every building at UT Austin, most consisting of at least 50 computers. There's almost always space in the labs, since the campus also has wifi access, so a lot of people bring their own laptops. The labs are large and have lots of study space, so unless you really need to study at a coffee shop or while eating, buying a laptop isn't really necessary. Printing depends on the particular department, but if it's not free (which it usually is in most departments), it's very cheap.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: How Is Austin Different – The university is in the heart of the city and is fairly close to downtown. So it is easy to take public transit to any place in the city and find something to do. Austin is a very lively city and it can be fun just to walk around to see what there is. Everyone on campus has a lot of school spirit, especially when it comes to football and the student section at games is an experience in itself.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School So Far – I really do enjoy living on campus and studying at this University. There is a wide spread of classes and the teachers do genuinely care about the subject they are teaching. However, scheduling is the biggest obstacle to over come and everyone has issues with their schedules at some point. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and there is always something to do on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dormitories on Campus – Jester is one of the largest dormitories in the United States and has thousands of students. This is where the most advertising of events happens and where most students come to eat when they live on campus. Brackenridge, Roberts, and Prather are close to Jester but are for those who prefer a more intimate environment with other students since it has tremendous amount of less students and also has slightly larger rooms than Jester. San Jacinto, or San Jac, is a more expensive dorm that provides a private bath and larger rooms.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security on Campus – There are always police around campus since the university is in the middle of the city. Plus, the campus has the blue light system in case one ever does need help. On the weekends, one does see the police stopping people because of the partying going on in downtown, which is close to the university. But I still feel safe there have been many drills and plans made in case of any serious situation. The university has a campus wide email and text message system to keep everyone informed on any hostile situations that may occur.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Entertainment Bus!! If you like clubs, 6th street is your place. UT students can ride the E Bus for free, which takes you straight downtown so you can walk anywhere else you want to go. There's some great 18+ clubs and some great 21+, so you can find what you want. And if you'd rather just party, West Campus isn't a far walk, so you can get to any house parties over there pretty easily. And most big on campus parties provide transportation, like the UT Nupes Kappaween party.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Dobie Is Great – Dobie Center is located just off campus. It's got a great location, not too far from Jester and Gregory Gym and PCL, but it's also close to the price of some of the on-campus dorms with a decent sized room, your own bathroom, and an unlimited meal plan. The two things people complain about the most are the elevators and the food, but since I like the food and am willing to deal with the elevators for the view I have from my window, I think Dobie is absolutely fabulous.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The only reason I didn't give the weather an A is because of the Texas summer. Let's face it, it get freakin' hot here and humid. But that only lasts for a few months and then it's pretty weather and clear skies. If you can make it through the summer or at most September you will be alright!

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This university is so great because of the diversity. Located right in Austin, Tx you can pretty much wear whatever you want. Honestly, it's all about individualism. Sure you have your frats and sororities, who all dress alike but doesn't every school? The social like on campus is great and there is so much to do on campus as a student.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Theatre Focus on Grads – I came to this school because of the Theatre program. It truly is great...if you are a Graduate MFA student. The whole focus is on them. Apparently, they are working on remedying that but frankly, it doesn't seem like they really care. Undergrads audition against Grad students; it isn't really fair. That all being said, it is NOT impossible to be cast but your chances are dwindled when you are next to almost professional actors.
As for the design programs, we have great costume, lighting, stage management, directing, and set design programs. What we are lacking is sound. While there is a few classes and professors who DEFINITELY know what they are talking about, there is not an official degree program. Sound design lack support.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love at First Sight – Well basically UT is amazing. Now you definitely need to find a balance between social life and academic life. Without that balance one will not get the full experience of college. I would say getting into a club, sorority/fraternity, social group, or intermural sport. That is what definitely helped me. I made the University of Texas cheerleading squad and it was like coming into a whole new group of friends that are so positive and fun. Overall, I love it and I am sure you will too!!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: One Word: AMAZING!!! At UT you will never be bored! No matter what day of the week it is if you feel like having a night life there is always something going down. For students over the age of 21 6th street which is only a five minute bus ride from campus is definitely a hot spot. On 6th street they also have a ton of clubs for 18 year olds, so it is a huge party on one street. If you're not into the clubs, than there are tons of frat parties for a student to attend. For girls it is always easy to get in, now for guys it is a little more difficult, so my advice is to be an athlete or join a frat. Next, there is west campus where students live off of campus and it is just walking distance with tons of parties. If none of these options sound appealing than dormitories are always having fun nighttime activities such as: capture the flag on the capitol, pumpkin painting/carving, cookie baking, and etc.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The University of Texas at Austin goes above and beyond the requirements of technology. There are two huge libraries that all students who are enrolled at the university can use at any time and are open until 2 am every day. The network reliability is fantastic and I have never experienced a connection drop. The internet speed is quick and efficient. There are computer labs located in almost all buildings and even in some dormitories. Wireless access is available and works pretty much everywhere on campus (which is huge). Even during crunch times, one can always find a computer, but for convenience a personal laptop and printer would be nice.

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.

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Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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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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