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

Majors: It is very competitive to get into some majors, but if anything this helps students to really think and be dedicated to what they choose. When I started college, I really wanted to be a business major but couldn't get into the business school. I was so bummed out, but then after my first calculus class I knew I would not have lasted in business. I am now a government major pursuing law, which has become much more of a dream to me than pursuing business. The Government major was much less competitive to get into because it falls under Liberal arts, and wont beat down my GPA to get into law school! Win-win.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The School is very strict on academic rules, but in retrograde it is one of the top schools so it is to be expected. My nutrition test required everyone to put their belongings at the front of the class, with no hats and if you have a jacket you must be wearing it and can't take it off. I does not think it affects us horribly as most students are used to the academic rigor.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a plethora of restaurants from many cultural entities making it truly a fun thing to find something to eat for lunch. Our large indian, chinese, and muslim populations has led to some amazing food choices!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football games make my college experience so much fun! I love the thrill of walking up the stadium knowing I am about to watch some amazing Texas football!!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are some pretty awesome apartments in West Campus, but they can be pretty pricey, and the landlords do not always take care of the complaints right away.

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4 College Student

Academics: UT is ranked in the top 30 for best colleges in the world. The McCombs business school is top notch, and most professors are extremely helpful. There are a few professors that could be better, but overall, the academics at UT is amazing and the school produces the best.

5 College Student

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus, and the school encourages celebration of this diversity by allowing different cultural organizations to hold activities and events to showcase their traditions.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: UT is full of greek organizations, it is a really big scene.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: West campus has beautiful apartments if you can handle the price. Everything is near campus but the closer you get the more expensive it gets.

There's the option of living in Riverside, however you would have to take the bus since there is no parking around campus.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My first year I received a grant of $12 and a bunch of loans.
Don't be discouraged, it happens in every college you go to.
I applied for several private scholarships and ended up getting them, so there's ways to pay for college.
Keep a good GPA.

It will help if you are a minority and/or have low income.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes Austin gets too humid/ hot, specially at the end of the academic year (April-May).
You will see everybody in running shorts.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Kinsolving dining hall is by far the best (excluding the VIP section in J2 of course)
They are buffet style: they have chef made section, the plate of the day, wraps, then fries, hot dogs, burgers. On the other side they have veggies pasta, salad bar.
Soups, cereal and dessert are available too. Fruit cocktail or you can ask for it at the "plate of the day" section. for drinks they have soft drinks, juice (oj, apple, cranberry) and they also have milk, chocolate mink and a capucchino machine.

In JCL they have different plates and there a little bit more expensive than Kinsolving.

J2 is also buffet style, very similar to Kinsolving. The only difference is that you have the VIP line.

There are other places to eat fast food in campus, like in the Union or SAC.
They have chick fil a, tacobell, sushi, taco cabana, wendy's, etc.

Overall the food is good but nothing out of this world.

4 College Freshman

Computers: They are all Macs, but can be confusing sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking pot. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of frat parties on weekends, pretty much all bars (and other 6th street venues) are 21+
Bus rides downtown and around campus are free for students

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There are a ton of athletic activities at UT, with wonderful facilities and numerous recreational places.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different races and religions at UT, and they are all accepted and have equal opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always things going on during the weekend. Even if you are under 18, there are places to go with live music.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is large and there are a lot of people, there are small thefts everyday. Police does a wonderful job, we get email and text alerts when it is not safe. They test the sirens out at least once a month, these sirens set out instructions to to tell us how to get into a safe place.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Sorority girls often wear oversized T-shirts and Nike shorts and sneakers, for example. Overall the students have a hipster/retro style, but you'll see a diverse population.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The architecture of the school's buildings gives the campus a cool vibe, and Gregory Gym is amazing.

4 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer and early fall it is very hot and you'll probably sweat getting from class to class. In the colder months, though, it varies from cold to warm -- you may wear your winter coat one week and be back to wearing shorts the next. You'll need both winter and summer clothing in your closet for most of the year but it more often than not feels like fall all year once you get past the sweaty summer.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm very impressed with the quality of my professors and the curriculum offered.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: In my personal experience, the drug scene isn't as big as it could be, given how large the school is. Plus, the Center for Students in Recovery at UT offers excellent support services for students struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, and offers fun sober social events for those who want to opt out of events where drugs can be found. I find it to be a very healthy environment, so it gets an A!

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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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