Austin, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
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Reviews 3426 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the Liberal Arts college as a Economics major and I'm enjoying it so far. The professors I've had up to this point has been amazing and super helpful and very good educators. The workload hasn't been too bad, but I heard it gets harder so we'll see. As for job opportunities, there has been workshops and stuff to help you out, but most of it is going to have to come out of your own effort and through networking.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is very challenging with a heavy workload but at least you never get bored and always have something to do.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is so friendly and there is such a diversity in religion, culture, and ethnicity.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many classes to choose from it almost makes you dizzy.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is eventful. If you live in a dorm then there is always people near. Study tables are a great place to meet people and designated study tables are a great way to finish homework and form study groups. Every building on campus has rooms for studying. Athletic centers have been newly renovated and are always busy with active students. Libraries have coffee shops in them along with quiet floors or group study floors. There is green spaces all over campus and you will always see students playing frisbee, studying, or activities such as the harlem shake on them.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Students come from all over the world to attend UT. Alumni love to come back to the school and give back and meet current students. You do have to be involved in clubs or associations to get these kinds of opportunities, but it's really not hard. There are clubs for anything you can think of and most students like to get involved. On campus expect to walk, ride your bike, or the bus. There is never parking, and if you find it then consider yourself lucky. Parking can also be very pricey. There are academic programs for every school it just depends which major you choose.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is really good on campus when you go once or twice a week. Everyday the food seems old and unappetizing. There are vegan and gluten free options, as well as a bbq, grill, asian, mexican, and salad bar options. The meal deals are a reasonable price, but if you want to grab a drink or a quick snack then it could be a little pricey for something small. Campus also has tons of cart options all over the place. Along with starbucks shops, and other fast food restaurants in the student centers. The Drag, west of campus and not a far walk, has tons of fast food places and sit-down restaurants where I find myself most of the time of breaks. This is because austin has your familiar restaurants along with restaurants you've never seen that are so good, the drag can be cheap or pricey depending on the restaurant you choose.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: UT is known as a party school in some magazines, but really it's a interactive school. There are 100's of clubs and activities to do around campus. Austin TX is known for 6th street and many people do drink. I have only seen drugs a few times and all times were not at school. It depends on who you catch yourself hanging out with.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Austin is an amazing city and the atmosphere is very relaxed. There is always somewhere to be, something going on, or something fun to do. There are many large cities nearby that you can drive to as well, though I don't see anyone so anxious to leave this amazing city.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many races and religions at the school, but the majority is upper class Caucasion students. There are many groups for minority students to connect, however there are still race issues and it can feel uncomfortable not being around more of your own race.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Austin is the best city for great food and live music.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are TONS of options for off campus housing as the school does not have enough housing space for all the undergrads they encourage off campus housing. It gets very pricy closer to campus (west campus area) but there are shuttles that are provided through the school that allow you to commute.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Coming from Chicago, the weather in Austin is ideal year around. Boiling summers would keep the grade from being an A+

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is expensive. A parking pass for a whole year is about $300? Somewhere around there...but the point is that it is expensive and you only have access to level 4 and above.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A plate is average $6 and they usually serve the same thing everyday.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Amazing. It is usually sunny and hot, but then there are cold days in the winter and rainy days in spring.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always a party going on on the weekends. To be honest, 6th street is fun, and it's easy to go into a 21 and over club.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I personally don't think there isn't much of diversity. I know barely any international students at school, and majority of my friends have similar political views

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't know too much about Greek life at the school because I'm not involved but I hear that it is a lot of fun, a good place to make connections for the future, and an opportunity to enjoy college life.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm life is dorm life, and there's no getting around that. Most students spend only a year, or max 2 years in the dorms before moving into off-campus apartments. It is what you make of it. Dorms are expensive, but it's a necessity for incoming freshmen. I recommend a 1 year sentence in the dorms, and then get out of there, but don't skip out on the experience.

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3 College Junior

Computers: The rent-a-laptop program was just ended, and that really stinks. You pretty much need a laptop. There are labs in different places, but it's difficult to get a spot. Buy a laptop or suffer.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Tons of beautiful people go to UT Austin, and the diversity is unparalleled. You can find people who speak Urdu and like electronic music and people who like eating ice cream while skateboarding. The Austin community is fantastic. You'll find whatever you're looking for here.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free Shuttle with UT card. Convenient and shows up every 10 minutes. If you decide to live far from campus, there are free shuttles that might run a path by your apartment complex to pick up other students.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My major is Civil Engineering, and I believe UT is doing a great job preparing me for my future plans.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Austin rocks! So many things to do, places to see, locations to hang out. Looove the city!

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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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