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Austin, TX
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37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Austin truly is the most exciting city. There is always a new place to eat and new places to explore. Lady Bird Lake is a gorgeous lake so close to campus that there are always students running, paddle boarding, or canoeing around it. The shopping and eating is above average, along with the culture of Austin. Overall, the perfect city for a college to be located.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students take part in drinking, although there are some who choose not to. It really depends on who your friends are and how strong you are as a person (ability to say no). The most common drug is marijuana. It can sometimes be smelled around west campus, where most of the party scene takes place. A minority of students choose to do harder drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and shrooms. Due to the local atmosphere and the many strange people in Austin, it may seem that many locals are in another world of drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's usually a frat party every weekend, and 6th street is easily accessible by the E-bus. Most clubs are 21 and up though.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't know much about the drug scene but there is a lot of partying and subsequently a lot of alcohol, particularly during Round Up.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Everything works well. Printing costs money though. Wifi internet is very fast and reliable.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love it! If you're unsure about UT... I say do it! It is a great opportunity

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of insane work. Though it teaches you a lot about yourself and you grow to enjoy your stay

4 College Sophomore

Weather: If you like to walk on a huge campus with 100 degree heat then you're golden... otherwise goodluck

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It is crazy at UT.! There's so much to do all the time specially if you're in the sciences

5 College Sophomore

Majors: UT is known for its endless opportunities. I do not plan to have an internship however I have done research in labs

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Even though I have only been at UT one year I have been lucky to only have great professors

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: From whataburger to Mexican and Asian restaurants everything is found

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I haven't had occasion to really notice campus policies and rules as I have not ever been in danger of breaking any. I know that the university takes substance usage on campus very seriously. Some students may find this irritating or nerve-racking if they are inclined to break those particular school rules (which most students are likely to do at least once), but as long as one is careful and does not abusively thwart rules, all is well. In those cases, it really comes down to having foresight and not making foolish decisions. For example, it is clearly irresponsible to have an open container of alcohol out in public and your are likely to be caught and reprimanded. Having a beer in privacy is a whole other matter.
Academically, UT has been trying to cut the number of years down that it takes most of their undergraduates to finish their degree, which may cause some inflexibility: they really do prefer that you stick with the given plan and will be unwilling to let you veer off of it. However, I am not an undergraduate and do not know any specific details on this matter.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: No matter what kind of food you like Austin is probably going to have it. Many places near campus are open 24 hrs and they have great deals for college students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I would say Austin is one of the most enjoyable cities in the States. It's not to large, but it still has plenty of things for college kids to do. If you like to party hit up 6th street, if you like museums the University of Texas has several museums on campus, if you want to shop Austin has many boutiques and cute vintage stores as well as the Domain a high end shopping center north of town. There are all types of food, and yes, food trailers are safe to eat from.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Getting to and from places is pretty convenient and the type of parties and locations are diverse and appeal to many people.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking passes are expensive and parking is limited if you don't park in a garage.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The food tends to be good. The dining halls also offer a variety of foods. They are very conscious of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free needs. The University uses dine-in dollars, which can be used at any of the dining halls and markets on campus, and bevo bucks, which can be used throughout Austin at certain locations. In the markets the food can be pricey, but the variety is good.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As a Classical Archaeology and Anthropology major I can say that the Anthropology department is amazing and has great faculty and staff. The classes are generally helpful and there is a lot of variety in what areas they cover. The Classics Department is also great, but some of the faculty can be snooty if you show interests outside of the immediate field of Classics. The Anthropology department really prepares you for work in the field of Anthropology especially their field schools.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is rather expensive and it is difficult to find parking spaces. Also, during any sporting event on campus they close off about half the parking and make the parking situation even worse. In order to park before class you typically have to go about an hour early and even then there are no guarantees. Parking in the garages around campus is easier and you are more likely to find a spot, but the price of parking in one of them usually runs about $500-800 depending on whether you are a commuter or live in the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The availability of computers on campus is excellent. However, the quality of computers on campus varies. More popular options like the PCL library, or more recently the Bill Gates Computer Science Complex, tend to be overcrowded during times of tests and finals. However, most dorms have their own computer labs that tend to be available for the most part.The cost of printing at UT tends to be more expensive in areas of higher traffic (like the PCL library) but cheaper if the computer lab is in a dorm. The UT wifi network is really reliable and is virtually all over campus. This makes it nearly impossible to have no reason to do your work on a computer whenever the class requires you to.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: UT (and Austin in general) has a REALLY amazing transportation system. The buses go anywhere that is needed and is often taken by daily commuters around the city. However, UT specific buses meant for around campus and off-campus dorms. These campus shuttles are very convenient for students that live on and off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Austin has a THRIVING nightlife scene. There is ALWAYS something going on, whether it is the bars and clubs at 6th street or the local frat parties. Most of the places in 6th street are 21 and over though, while frat parties are consistently cheaper and in my opinion more fun.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I recommend living on campus at least one year! While some dorms, such as Jester, are older and not quite as nice, they all have their perks. The dorms are in close proximity to many restaurants, the gym, the stadium, West Campus, The Drag, and downtown so the convenience is awesome!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The main tip I have is to apply for scholarships as early as possible in order to increase your chances of receiving them.

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Tony Griffin
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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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