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Austin, TX
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37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: From Honor Student to Looking to Party – Austin is the capital of Texas and the University of Texas is in the heart of it. There is something for everyone at this university. Austin has a bustling night life, especially for college students and is known as the music capital of the world! Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot of options and will enjoy our swimming holes, hike and bike trails and greenbelts.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many Students of Diverse Backgrounds – At the University of Texas at Austin, there are people of many different races that grace the presence of the school grounds. True, the majority of students are white; however, the percentage of Latinos, African Americans, Asians, and Indians also make up a substantial amount of the student body and faculty population. Everyone is always accepted here at UT and each persons' challenges usually revolve around the schoolwork rather than racial, political, and sexual bias

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It tends to rain randomly, like this instance. I have to walk about 10-15 minutes to get to class and there aren't a lot of covered walkways. So I have to walk through rain for the whole 10-15 minutes. However when the sun is out, it gets pretty hot. In the winter the temperature drops and becomes very cool.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UT recently adopted the +/- rule where a 90 is no longer a 4.0. Now a low A, like a 90, is now considered and -A which translates into a GPA of a 3.6, but it makes you try that much harder.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I transfered from a small city and there weren't a lot of good looking girls, most were overweight and I felt as if I could roll them down a hill. When I moved to UT, there was a huge change. There are a lot of blondes that are slim and good looking, I barely see any overweight people. It's been a very good change especially for me.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is difficult. There are about 4 parking garages, but semester parking passes are a couple hundred dollars. You can pay hourly and daily fees as well, but a day (four or more hours) in a parking garage is $10. I avoid parking on campus whenever I can and almost always take the bus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Age Matters – You can get together with friends at any age, but most bars and clubs require you to be 21 in order to get in. The university does, however, offer a "drunk bus" for anyone who does drink.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: City buses and campus transportation are both accessible and economical for campus/city travel. However, going to the suburbs is time consuming on the bus system and the Austin area severely lacks a "Metro"-like system that benefits San Francisco!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Austin After Dark – Study sessions, late-night trips to the labs, midnight snacks, and even when running after the hot sun goes down are just a few of the events that lead me out of my dorm and out on campus at night. I always feel that I am safe on campus no matter the time or destination. There is ample lighting, well maintained paths and always a security presence to ensure that I do not feel alone even if I am.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Business Program Support – The McCombs School of Business provides great informational sessions on coursework and its relevance to career opportunities from UT grads who are now leaders in their industry.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I've visited other colleges and even attended others and in all the other colleges they treated you very immaturely. UT is great with "customer service" (if those are the right words) and treating all of the students like mature adults, like we should be by now. Also, UT has a very organized system and makes things very easy to find on the website. They provide an abundance of information on major-related and extracurricular activities.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: There is a great atmosphere on UT's campus, let alone it's a beautiful campus. I would definitely choose to go to UT again if I'd do it all over again.

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5 College Senior

Computers: Computers are great and usually there are plenty but I don't like having to pay to print stuff. UT Tyler gives students $25 of printing money on their ID.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything for Everyone – Off-campus dining at UT Austin is a good mix. On the drag there is a range of options from burritos to pitas to normal sandwiches. There is also an amazing pizza restaurant and a couple of bars. Kirbey Lane, an Austin staple, is a 24 hour restaurant that gives the client a good meal from side dishes to breakfast to dinner. Most of these places on the drag give student discounts which makes them more appealing. The variety available around the UT campus is great and every student always has a variety of options to chose from even if they are vegan or vegetarian or have some strict limitations.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Fits the Stereotype – While it may be because I'm not IN a fraternity, most of what I've heard/seen is exactly what you'd expect. Most of the houses are located in West Campus and are known mainly for parties that are usually dominated by the stereotypical loafer/polo/neon sunglasses wearing people. The girls all look like something out of an MTV show as well, clones and clones. I'm not even sure being in a fraternity would be a plus on the resume since they're obviously not that productive (I've met someone who looked through applications and counted it as a negative). Anyway, yes they haze, yes they binge drink yadda yadda.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UT Pride – It's safe to say that UT has some of the most spirited fans. On any given day you can see several burnt orange t-shirts as well as shirts that represent specific colleges. While students aren't simply going to be talking about UT sports all the time, come game day the real school spirit comes out. You'll never forget the huge stadium being filled with burnt orange wearing fans. Obviously the football program is excellent, as for the others I'm not too sure. Anyway, there's plenty of gear to be bought if school pride is wanting to be shown. Also, there's plenty of intramural teams etc that anyone can join. No experience necessary and they'll teach you so no excuses! :)

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Good Wifi, Computer Availability, Etc. There's usually plenty of computers available whenever you may need one. Printing is available pretty much everywhere as long as you're willing to pay per page or you know of a place that offers free printing (always something to take note of). WiFi is available all over campus so that's great just don't stream movies/videos/music that often unless you have an additional internet package. Otherwise you'll be kicked off and be forced to use the server that operates at dial-up like speeds. While you may not absolutely need a personal computer, I'd say it'd save you a lot of trouble. A lot of professor/student contact is done through email (unless you like the whole office hour thing) and you should pretty much check your email multiple times a day.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Too Introverted – As an introvert I only go clubbing 1 time a year but when I have gone I have gotten to enjoy the usual crowded scene on 6th with all the strange and interesting people.
I do enjoy a place called Fado's Irish Pub. It is on 4th, the music is great but the food expensive!
Most of the buildings downtown old and need a face lift.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Good and the Bad – There is little to no housing close to campus on the south and east sides. The north side is where the medium to quiet students are sprinkled with a few professors.
The West campus area is loud and densely populated. If you are into parties it is the place to be.
The bus system is free to UT students and there are several distant locations that are an easy 20 minute bus ride. There are two that are quite common: Riverside (Death trap) and Far West (amazing!)
I heard once that you won't get into trouble on Riverside as long as you don't do any drugs or get in with that crowd but who would risk that when several of your friends have heard gun shots at night? They have a few grocery stores but you have to get past the pigeons to get inside. There are tons of restaurants but mostly chains.
Far West! They have a great grocery store (with a Kosher section for those interested), movie rentals, coffee shops, local restaurants and fast food.
I like living near 2222 between Lamar and Burnet there are tons of tiny complexes in the neighborhoods, almost all restaurants local and several Asian markets. There is even a coffee shop in walking distance to my place. Also, with a little careful shopping you can find something affordable ($500-800) for a 1 bedroom. There are 3 buses that service the area #s 1, 5, 3.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UT is TERRIBLE! You easily get parking tickets, I've gotten two this year. There is rarely any parking available and if you do find it, it's expensive.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strictness at UT – Although UT tries to enforce strictness it falls short in many ways. Most kids are smoking weed or drinking underaged.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The Campus Life – Athletic centers are top notch at our University. The library is huge and packed during finals which makes studying fun but unproductive. Plenty of campus activities to do, more clubs than you can imagine. There is always something to do.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: School Spirit and Atmosphere – It's incredible how much spirit the whole town is filled with. Aside from support accross Texas for our athetlics, our alumni are outstanding and willing to help fellow longhorns in their future. You can walk almost anywhere and everyone is young and friendly. There is ALWAYS something to do and you'll never be bored.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Incredibly Convenient – The UT Shuttle Metro is outstanding. You can get anywhere from campus, to the grocery store, to 6th street. You really don't need a car and anywhere the UT Shuttle Metro can't take you, the normal Metro will because it's covered/free for UT students!

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Perfect College Town – Austin is sucha great place to come to school. There's a ton of stuff to do and places to eat at. You can feel the college vibe everywhere you go and see support at any shop. The drag is a common place to shop and eat at in between classes or just to stroll down. On Thursday night, 6th street becomes the most popular hang out and the city lights up.

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Tony Griffin
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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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