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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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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The University of Texas at Austin is known for its diversity. Walking around campus you are guaranteed to find people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Most people are accepting and welcoming of diversity and eager to learn more of various cultures. (The numerous cultural restaurants surrounding the campus stand evidence to this fact.) It's for this reason, that I greatly love and enjoy UT.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything You Need, Except Cheap Food – Within two blocks of campus you have every major type of restaurant represented. It's one of the most concentrated blocks of eateries in Austin. Finding cheap food here will be difficult (expect lunch to start around $6 and dinner around $10) but most of it is good. There's plenty of fast food, but there are also a lot of healthier alternatives at about the same price point and speed. With a car, you can head north to cheaper food, or go to H-E-B (most students' grocery store of choice, which also offers a variety of rather decent prepared food).

4 College Senior

Computers: Depends on Your Department – Some colleges have very solid computer labs; the film school has several Mac-centric editing labs with gigabit LAN and 5-6MBps off-campus connections. Other places on campus barely even have WiFi, and getting a stable connection is nearly impossible. I have seen some improvement in this in the last two years, so there is hope for the dead spots going away. Printing is awkward, requiring you to install a special set of drivers to print from your computer. These drivers are not yet Snow Leopard compatible (and by repute are spotty on Win 7). Printing costs $0.10 per page for black and white laser, and usually about $1.10/page for color (varies by printer used). If you don't have a computer, you won't absolutely need one, but I've always been glad to have my own. Composing essays, PowerPoints, and editing video or audio is just easier at your apartment than in a lab. Plus, you can guarantee availability of your own gear, but not UT's. Around project due dates, the labs are really crowded.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It doesn't matter what you're into, you'll find it here among one of the most diverse (and largest) student bodies in the country. Asian and middle eastern nations are well represented, as are almost all US states. Texans make up a slight majority, though you won't find any reason to complain there. Whether you want studious companions or stoners, partiers, patricians, or pizza delivery drivers, you can get it pretty easily.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, but Cheaper Than on Campus – UT has a lot of options for living near but off campus. Most of these options were built in the 1980s, and are starting to show wear and tear. Some are remodeled consistently, but most aren't. Finding anything under $750 a month is difficult, and the newer apartments start at about $1200 (and go WAY up from there). Your main problem will be finding one with a decent landlord; most of the apartments around campus are managed by a few large conglomerates - none of which are noted for common decency.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Two words: Scarce and overpriced.

But if you live on campus, you don't really need a car. Campus is compact and for off-campus, city buses are clean and useful.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Austin Is Great – There is so much to do. You can always find live music somewhere. There are lots of opportunities to be outside, like hiking, kayaking, frisbee golf, etc. The film scene is great. Lots of festivals, such as SXSW and Austin City Limits Music Festival. There is a lot of diverse shopping, and great restaurants. Great place for dog lovers--many dog parks across the city.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Electrical Engineer – The school of engineering at The University of Texas at Austin speaks for itself, ranked at #10 of all engineering schools in the United States. From what I've experienced the curriculum is very rigorous and the workload is just the same. The professors are very helpful and friendly if you get to know them.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Not So Great – I've heard that they will give out five parking passes for each actual parking spot. I don't know how true this is but it sure seems like it! It's hard to find a spot.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A Good Mix – Everyone here is different. All of the guys and girls have different personalitied. If you're looking to meet people you haven't met before Austin is the place to go.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a Good Mix – I would definitely say there is a good mix of students here ar the University of Texas. There are a big percentage of caucasians, but I think the university holds up to their promise of diveristy by accepting students of different ethnicities.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life – Campus life is unbelievable. There are so many people on campus, its ridiculous. You hardly see the same person twice in one day and the people are so friendly. Everyone is active on campus and always apart of some group or organization.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer Pressure – Peer Pressure at the University of Texas does not really occur. At a party people do not force you to drink or judge you if you do not. We respect everyone for their decisions, and include everyone whether they drink or smoke or do not do either.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – College football at the University of Texas is important to everyone that is a student there. We take pride when we see our football team win and this will always live with us. We have one of the best college football teams in the nation every year, who wouldn't want to have school spirit for a top ten school in football. TEXAS FIGHT.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Our El Paso weather is great, granted our extreme heat isn't something worth celebrating,our city does have amazing weather. Inclement weather in our city is dealing with rain, its not a big issue and it does not affect our attendance. I can honestly trully appreciate our weather.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus Police – I have to be honest, I think that our campus police have nothing better to do than to go around campus looking for trouble. They hand out tickets like their lottery tickets, its ridiculous. Constantly walking on egg-shells, even if you are doing everything right is extremely nerve wrecking.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: My UTEP Experience – I came to UTEP because it is a well known University in my hometown. I was able to live off campus and still have school access. The major downside to our University is the parking, they have barely begun to expand on our parking but it has been a major crutch to getting to our classes in a timely manner. As far as the professors at UTEP, I could honestly say, that as an Education major, they have all been extremely knowledgeable in their field of study and have willingly answered any questions or concerns I've had.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Really good, everything is close, buses run near campus and far away. Buses are free as well. No reason why it should be bad, unless you drive to school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: cost high if you want location, usually reasonable, on-campus housing superior yet little to no social action going on there

3 College Student

Greek Life: Don't Know a Lot – Well I'm not really involved in any of that and don't know much about it. I hear a lot of negative things about them and all I really know is that they have a lot of parties and they are almost always crazy.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: We definitely get plenty of money to use anywhere we want on campus. We get bevo bucks which can be used on or off campus and then many dine in dollars which can be used at the dining halls on campus. The food itself is mediocre and varies depending on the day but the variety is good and overall I have no complaints.

4 College Student

Facilities: Gyms and Union Are Amazing – The gyms here are so nice. There are 2 that everyone can use with racquetball courts, basketball courts, weights, work out machines (treadmills, ellipticals, etc). We have many classes and a rock wall as well. The student union has many great locations to eat and hang out and also a movie theater with free screenings of different movies twice a week and a very cheap bowling ally and pool hall as well that are very nice.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Boring Here – Austin is a great place but it really limits what you can do depending on your age. I came from the country and have had a hard time adapting to the city life. I have always wanted to go here so that's what makes it so great.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Top of the Line – Varsity sports at the University of Texas are pretty huge, especially the way campus treats us. We have wonderful training and workout facilities, including our own trainers, psychologists, and academic advisers. IM sports are pretty huge, too, because anyone can play.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Tuition Is Crazy! University of Texas is the place to go and the people know it. that is why they raise tuition rates so high. It is a great college but is just a little to expensive. With the possibility of receiving a scholarship makes it better.

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Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
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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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