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

Greek Life: It seems average. I don't have much experience with it. They throw parties, like most frats. There is a gay/progressive frat as well.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's a good mix of people. It's a big university, so there's a group of friends for everyone. It's best to join organizations/clubs and meet like-minded people that way.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It varies a lot. One day it'll be 80 degrees, the next 50. It's been a crazy year, but not unmanageable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's college. It's basically what you would expect.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Busses are free. There's also a Forty Acres bus on campus, but it has no set schedule, so it's unreliable to use for getting to classes.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many parties, with Facebook pages dedicated to finding them. It's Austin, so there are MANY bars and clubs, which are even open to minors on Thursday and Friday. Transportation via bus is generally pretty good, though some don't run late at night; but, generally, it's pretty easy to get back to campus after a party.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: Coming into UT, I thought public diversity would be more obvious than it is. Yes, gay people are pretty openly gay, but that's more because they're become accepted nationally rather than just in Austin. Transgender visibility and visibility of those with sexual orientations other than gay and straight is lacking. We do have a Gender and Sexuality Center, which hosts many different kinds of people in a very inclusive environment, but it's more inclusive than the rest of campus is, or seems to be. Racially, the campus is fairly diverse, though it is obvious that the majority of national origins are America, Mexico, or Asia. Religion isn't prominent, but Christianity dominates, and we have a very small Secular Student Alliance. Politically, we seem fairly evenly split - I couldn't tell you whether we are more liberal- or conservative-leaning.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm fairly happy in the McCombs school of business. It can definitely seem pretentious at times, but that just comes with being a top-tier business school. I don't know what I plan to do career-wise, but it looks like I'll be majoring in Finance. I have absolutely no worries about job placement; if you follow the guidelines and build up your resume, getting a number of job offers upon graduation should be a breeze.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: The application for getting into McCombs was like another college application. No better, no worse, just a few more essays to write and things to fill out. Apparently it's very selective, though. I don't know for sure the criteria for getting in, but I would say superb high school grades/GPA, extracurricular involvement, and diversity are most important.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy my program, it feels like I am learning everything I need to. The workload challenges me and there are plenty of opportunities to learn.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship, but I plan on it. I believe they can be very helpful, but I am a bit worried about finding one.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus can be strict, yet there are plenty of opportunities for students to have freedom. Academic dishonest is very strict here however, and there is a no tolerance for it.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you are smart about walking around campus, it is very safe. Walk in groups and avoid listening to music while walking so you can be aware of your surroundings. A downside is that bikes are very commonly stolen here at UT.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a lot of peer pressure from different groups of people to drink alcohol.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Majors: If I could do it all over again, I would have liked to know from the very beginning what my major would be so that I could do all that I could with it. I would have liked to travel abroad at some point in my college career.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into my program was not too bad. My only difficulties that I encountered was deciding what my major would be.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food at the dining halls is very good and all dine dollars or Bevo bucks are accepted. These locations have a large variety of foods that are enjoyable anytime. If one does not want to eat at a dining hall there are other restaurants throughout campus where you can eat (e.g Zen, Taco Cabana, Wendy's, etc). One problem that I have encountered with the school meal plan is that students are not allowed to choose how much money we want to put in our dine in dollars account. The plan requires a student to pay a very large amount, much of which is not used by the end of the year.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: All policies at the university are put into place in order to keep school integrity and for the safety of its students. I do not believe there are any unfair or unjust policies that are detrimental to the students in any way. We are all allowed to voice our opinions and make our own decisions. We have options for any type of protest that we might feel the need to bring up.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Many Greek fraternities and sororities host events that pretty much everyone at the university can attend. They are pretty open to who they let into events. At this university there are many fraternities and sororities. They make up a lot of the student body and tend to liven the school atmosphere. Greek housing usually consists of nice looking houses off campus. They are mostly located in West Campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many off campus apartments that are near the campus tend to be very pricey if you want your own space and bath and so you essentially pay for the closeness of it. There are cheaper apartment complexes farther out and the good thing about it is that the university shuttles travel to these apartments as well. So even if you have no personal transportation and want to live farther from campus than others, you have the choice of taking the UT shuttles.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are small but one does not really need a lot of space to begin with anyway. You get the opportunity to meet many new students from all over the world every year and you can form long lasting friendships. Prices are high so community baths are usually the best as well as sharing the space with another student. Some dorm buildings have dining halls within, which is very convenient.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: There are a variety of great studying areas around campus. The professors could be a bit more involved with the students but overall, they are okay. Registration process can be a bit difficult due to the way that registration times are assigned. Classes are challenging but it is what expected from such a large and influential university.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You just have to put yourself out there and not be afraid to talk to people.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: If sports are your thing then its great.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It depends how far you want to go and what time of day.

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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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