Austin, TX
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Reviews 3426 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Junior

Parking: Very limited parking for students unless you have a Ut permit pass. Even then it is difficult.

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4 College Student

Transportation: The campus shuttles are pretty convenient but not reliable if you're rushing to get to class.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I personally haven't ever been in a situation where I would have been in serious trouble, but I've heard stories of people getting busted for practically nothing, and others who got away with crazy stuff. I think it all depends on how tough your RA's are. I have a really chill RA so she doesn't seem to really give a s*** about a lot of small things. But she'll bust you for more serious stuff. So just make friends with your RA's and be discreet if you plan to drink etc..

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You will never be in want of options to eat, and seldom will you have to drive more than 15 minutes to get there.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is plenty diversity among girls and guys at UT, but finding a non-sorority girl can be a challenge outside of class (they are everywhere). Boys tend to be more laid back, even the frat guys.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Well, with 35,000+ undergrads, good looking guys and girls aren't hard to find, especially with the diversity that UT offers. Organizations always offer socials for you to meet other people, and with the night life being so dominant its almost difficult not to find someone.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I come from a High school with no school pride, and I thought that would continue here in Texas. But no, this school is something else, pride just oozes from people and you can't help but be swept up in it. Soon you'll start looking for orange to wear on game days and going to pluckers to see the action. Even faculty get into it, its quite wonderful. Students can get involved with IM sports, allowing for team performance and all skill levels are allowed.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: There is just something about Texas that you don't get anywhere else. I am from Virginia, and I thought moving here would be a pain, because I love diversity. Austin is a melting pot of unique people, their traditions and foods. The organizations on campus are numerous, its impossible not to find one that fits your style, and the food is just beyond amazing around every corner. The academic programs also allow you to be unique, just look at the Bio majors, you have so many options to chose from!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm currently applying for an apartment off campus. They're pretty expensive, but if you're willing to share a room, you can definitely find something cheaper than the dorms. Leases are 12 month, and you usually need to pay for parking (my friend pays $100). West Campus is a much louder area than North Campus. I think cheap rent in West Campus is around $1700/month for each room. My roommates and I are applying for something a mile from campus that's around $1400/month total. It kind of depends on how close you want to be. Rent in Austin is high because we're in the middle of the state capital, and there WILL be demand. You need a realtor to find an apartment, because there are so many options that aren't always advertised online.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Honestly, I like campus dining. It's ridiculously expensive (you get 1400 dine in dollars and a combo meal is $6-10), so you run out of your meal plan early if you don't budget. I live in Jester, which has an à la carte kind of dining hall (JCL), a buffet (J2), and a Wendys (open until 2am). I eat salads and potatoes to stay in budget, but JCL even has specialty salads sometimes. I usually go out on Sundays after church and bring back leftovers from Juan in a Million (very off campus), thus saving money in the long run. Cypress Bend, which is near Jester, has some good food, but I usually don't leave Jester. Kinsolving is like J2, but with better dishes. Littlefield Café has a nice patio area. The Union and the SAC offer Starbucks and Chick-fil-a, among other places. You can eat at non-UT-run places with your Bevo Bucks, which some off-campus retailers take too.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: UT is a party school. There are a ton of frats and sororities ("real", service, and academic) and there are a lot of people in them. I'd say that just about all non-religious organizations have their own parties and alcohol. I know a couple girls who have had bad experiences with frat parties, but you really just have to have a good group to be safe. It's not that big of a deal at greek/nongreek parties if you don't want to drink. Same if you do drink. I don't see too many bad attitudes about frats and sororities, probably because they're so major. There's a big frat party weekend in the spring that offers free food (I think girls get in free, and guys pay)...... You can totally have fun without alcohol and greek life, though. I'm just expressing the view of the campus.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Decent sized town that is growing. Very hip and green. Plenty of places to go and things to do downtown which is a (free with UT ID) bus ride away.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is encouraged at most parties, but there are scenes where it isn't necessary to drink. UT makes you do an alcohol education thing at the beginning of the year. Other drugs aren't that prevalent unless you hang out with those who do them.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You can't get better than Austin when it comes to college. It's a college town with all that being in a major city has to offer. Near campus, you're surrounded by students, but if you want to get away from that you can. Austin is ranked among the most fit cities in the country, the best places to be single, the best places to find a job, and the safest cities in the country. There's a fantastic nightlife, beautiful parks, and a whole lot to do. We're the music capital of the world, an oasis in the already beautiful state of Texas. We have our own culture, our own personality, and our own sense of pride as Austinites.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As a state school, UT doesn't give a whole lot of financial aid. Most of it is through government aid from the FAFSA. I was an in-state student, and my parents had saved money for me to go to college, so I didn't get any need-based aid. However, I did apply for the Engineering Honors Program, which got me a nice chunk of money for the rest of my time at UT, provided that I can maintain a 3.5 GPA (which is actually quite difficult in the Engineering school). There are a lot of merit-based scholarships offered through the University, it just requires a bit of digging.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Chemical Engineering program at UT is ranked 4th in the nation, and the faculty and administrators in the department are working hard now to make it number 1. As such, classes here are full of extremely bright, hardworking students. This is great because you're surrounded by fantastic peers, but it also makes for a competitive environment with little grade inflation. This is a tough department to be in. The faculty is top-notch and there's a research opportunity for anyone willing to look for one. The job placement program for the School of Engineering is also ranked among the top in the nation, so if you graduate with a degree in engineering from UT, you WILL get a job, usually in September of your Senior year. What I like most about the Chemical Engineering department is that the students here, despite their competitive edge, are really easy to get along with. Unlike several of the other engineering majors at UT, most of the Chemical Engineers are sociable and fun. They get together and go out on the weekends and working in groups is actually fun. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (the ChE club that nearly every student is a part of) hosts biweekly meetings with free food and corporate speakers, and has a social event at least once a semester. People get really involved with AIChE and we just won E-Week, I week-long competition between the biggest engineering clubs on campus that involves a ridiculously long list of scavenger hunt tasks (doing the harlem shake wearing burnt orange on the A&M campus, rick-rolling a class of freshmen, winning the "Mr. E-Week Pageant, decorating the rooms of the ChE building).
It's a lot of hard work, but it's a fun place to be and you'll like the people.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Austin is known for its diversity and you can find that near UT as well. There are all sorts of food options around the UT campus and there is a shuttle system to take you anywhere else you want to go.

2 College Freshman

Parking: UT has always had bad parking. The cheapest parking ($80) gets you in standard lots on the outskirts of camps. As long as your on campus before 9am you should find a parking spot. A guaranteed spot in a parking garage costs about $700, which is a standard price for a guaranteed spot from what I have read.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UT is located in a great part of Austin- it's only a few minutes from downtown by bus (which students get to ride for free) and about 20 minutes by foot. The city of Austin itself has SO much to offer and UT students have the opportunity to take advantage of everything here. There are a number of different restaurants and food trucks, shops, nature-oriented areas (kayaking on the lake and hiking), and so much more.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing at UT is generally concentrated in one area in west campus, and they are in relatively good condition for student housing. However, the prices and rates are very competitive and there are often homeless people that frequent the area, making it both costly and sometimes unsettling (not necessarily unsafe). Parking garages are also available for those with cars.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: So UT is well known for being a party school, it's pretty hard to get around that given that it's Austin and downtown is only a few blocks away, but if that is your concern (as it was mine) then I was relieved to find that UT has very strict regulations as far as drug and alcohol use on campus. Even the night life is safe, UT has it's own police force with these help stations every couple yards or so that if you hit the button, the UTPD will be there quickly in case of an emergency.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The fact that I have such easy access to downtown Austin is fantastic. I'ts a great place to hang out and the music and art scene is fantastic. If that's not your style, UT is one of the worlds leading research institutes with a large majority of our professors actively participating in research studies and they frequently hire students to help. I personally have participated in a hands on research project myself. UT is truly unique in it's ability to provide not only an excellent casual life outside of the classroom, but also very beneficial and academic opportunities on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The UT campus is outstanding. The proximity to almost any nearby apt. or dorm is ideal, the buildings themselves are beautiful to look at and downtown Austin is just a few blocks and a walk away.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Forget driving, get a bike and use your bus pass. it's much more enjoyable than trying to fight campus traffic or deal with parking.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: while Utexas offers many on-campus dining locations, on site fast food usually beats them in price. from what I've seen it isn't feasible to eat in the dining halls without dine in dollars. in addition there are few places on campus that offer snacks in between classes at a reasonable price. often the drag has better value than anything else.

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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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