Austin, TX
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$33,128 ($9,790)
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Reviews 3867 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Lots of Different Styles - Every Type of Student You Can Imagine – Because this campus is so large, you'll find every kind of student you can imagine. There are many different organizations to join including cultural orgs, fraternal orgs, volunteer services, etc. You hardly ever need to dress up, most people wear whatever they feel like when going to class.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Options! Many options for good lunch and early dinner spots off-campus such as Which Wich, Pita Pit, Chipotle, Potbelly, Madam Mam's, etc. Prices are average, about $5-10 for a meal and plenty of places that take Bevo Bucks and some places with discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Unlike other schools, Austin has a direct line to diversity. Any race you can think of we have it here. Although majority are still white I believe, you will never see a dominate group while walking the 40 acres.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Not Bad, but Could Be Better – Weather usually isn't a problem on campus. There's the occassional humidity or rain but for the most part Austin has even weather.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's Always a Place to Go – No matter what day of the week, there will always be something going on around campus. Whether it be a house party or going downtown to 6th street. Most clubs/bars on 6th street are 21+, however still many underage people will go there. Transportation to 6th is very easy, there is a specified bus that will take students to and from downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Keep Austin Weird – Austin is one of the most unique places you'll ever find.
Restaurants that allow you to bring your dogs. The beautiful state capital. The best school in TEXAS and a street that will have you forgetting things long before you even thought you'd remember. To be here, you have COOL.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Really Depends on Where Your Classes Are and Where You Live – The food around campus is good. I would rank it as above average dining hall food. However opinions might change depending on where you live/which dining halls you frequent most, as some offer buffet style eating while others are pay per item. The pay per item foods are best at San Jacinto Hall's Cypress Cafe, and Kinsolving's dining hall has the best buffet style for very little dining dollars if you're starving.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe at Denison High School. However we only have one security guard, and although we have security cameras, there are still many blind spots. I know of many students who take illegal weapons or drugs onto campus but I have not seen any big issues caused by these.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Fill Out Your FAFSA Form ASAP! If you want the most funding for college, I suggest you fill out and submit your FAFSA in January. I was lucky enough to get my tuition fully paid for. There are also TONS of scholarships available through UT, you just can't be lazy about it and apply for as much of them as possible.

The only minor setback about financial aid is that funds don't get released until about a week before school starts. That might be hard if you need the funds earlier, but UT does offer their own loans for students in immediate need.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You have the freedom to choose where you want to live. Every part of Austin has its pros and cons. I have lived in the south and the north sides and have had great experiences on both ends.Pricing greatly varies according to side of town, amenities, availability, etc. It's extremely easy to find off-campus housing, all you have to do is look through the ads on the newspapers or online. There are also always tons of fliers on campus from students looking for roommates or trying to sublease their rooms. Subletting a room is a great alternative because they are often at a reduced price and shorter terms.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Okay at UT – I personally don't live on campus because living off-campus is much more affordable, however the housing on and around campus is very modern and unique. They have every amenity imaginable, but all at a hefty price of course. You'd be living like a king/queen if you could afford the rent.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you are not a resident of Texas, you will have a tough time getting any financial aid what so ever, there are some, but most require you to be enrolled at the university of a whole year before applying, and even then, it's not quite alot of money.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: As long as your part of UT, you have an ID which can be used around Austin, Texas and it will not cost a thing!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Bevobucks/Dine in Dinner Dollars – By having a meal plan called dine in dinner dollars or bevo bucks, you may be able to eat in either one of the 3 available restaurants there are. Two of them are "all you can eat" where you may have things from tacos to pizza and one is called JCL, which is a prefixed amount of money depending on the food you decided to eat. Theres alot of variety, price is a little expensive but you get $1440 for dine in dinner dollars and $300 bevo bucks if you have a housing plan. If not, you may use cash/credit cards.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I feel pretty safe in West Campus of UT Austin. Sometimes there are thefts and crimes like everywhere else, but there are a lot of people and police in the area, making me feel safer.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Very Important – The University of Texas takes its sports programs very seriously, especially football. While our performance on the field was not as good as it could have been this year, I am confident that we will continue to be a big force in the Big 12.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The University of Texas does not give many scholarships to students. I would like to see more scholarships offered here at this school to students because many students would like to attend this university, but lack the money to pay for the classes.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Diversity on Campus – Diversity is present all around the University of Texas campus. The school offers several academic programs and classes that deals with just about every culture around the world. Also, the student population is very diverse. You see people from all different cultural backgrounds and it is awesome how students accept this diversity.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – University of Texas is such an amazing school. The campus is awesome and the professors are passionate about the subjects they teach. They are always encourage for you to ask questions and attend office hours for additional help.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing University – Although it is a giant university, it is easy to meet people if you get involved in student organizations. Football is the best, and other sports are great too. The facilities are awesome, and education is top notch.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular Off Campus – Drinking is very popular off campus, but there arent any problems on campus. Drug use is pretty mild, and also occurs mostly off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Private Baths – The Dorms with private baths are more expensive, but are very nice and convenient. There are two on the oposite sides of campus, so one will generally be convenient. It is great to be able to walk everywhere because everything on campus is pretty central and close to the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hook 'Em! \M/ – Oh goodness. I was told once that to be a longhorn a few clothing items are essential:
1. A pair of rain boots (Sport's Authority has a few stylish ones, and trust me these are essential)
2. A pair of Tom's (Tom's even sells Austin themed Tom's, but they are a bit pricey)
3. A pair of Sperry's (It's not limited to just the fraternities here)
4. And finally, a pair of boots (This is the only one I question, I haven't needed them but I will say this, if you plan on joining a frat most require a uniform of sorts that involves wearing boots...everyday.)
I have found the first 3 to be incredible true! But considering there are 50,000 students on campus, the variety is to great to classify into just a few stereotypes so expect a lot of diversity! Social life? Hmm, social life is what you make of it (...so cliche) but it depends on if you're into greek life or your interests in general. There is always a party to be had but because you're in Austin, there are plenty of other things to do to keep you distracted. But as with any Big 12 team, football reigns supreme.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: FAFSA Worked in My Favor. Cost of living in Austin is HIGH to say the least ($900 a month to rent in West Campus), but it ends up be a great thing if you're on financial aid! Why? By being on financial aid, they automatically calculate the cost of living and the cost of living off campus is significantly higher than on campus (at least in their calculations) SO if you move a little further from campus and share a small home or a larger apartment with a few friends you can easily bring that $900 rent to $360 (the price I'm looking at for a town home with 2-3 friends next semester). In other words, I will get more money to live in a better environment that's almost a third of the cost of living in a dorm. If you have the money, West Campus is ideal, but if you don't drive a little further away from campus and you'll find some great deals on great apartments.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Keep Austin Weird – Austin is by far the most...unique city to go to college in. It's incredible to me how perfect this city really is for college students. On UT's campus we have Mellow Mushroom and Kirby Lane (both HIGHLY recommended restaurants) but off campus there's a new, amazing place to discover every night. More interested in partying? Sixth street. More interest in the shopping? South Congress has an amazing selection of Austin-esque shops (just make sure you stop in Lucy in Disguise... just for the experience.)


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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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