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37,083
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$33,128 ($9,790)
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Austin bus system is free to students, which is extremely convenient. There are also campus buses which circle campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls are UT are mediocre. JCL has better food but is much more expensive. It's decent at first but you get tired of eating the same food they rotate every few weeks-and this is for 2 stations. All the other station essentially serve the same food everyday. J2, a buffet, switches it up every so often but same thing-but more for your money, I guess. Kinsolving is the better buffet with better food-the best on campus. Cypress Bend in San Jancito may be good but it is the most expensive place of all.
My advice is to go to the buffets more often because they cost less than $5 each meal, and won't eat up your dine in dollars in the long run. I experienced this first hand because I ran out of money to use from eating at JCL and Cypress Bend too often. Also, most of these places aren't open on the weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many various computer labs located around campus. Some of them, though, do require you to be within a certain class or major in order to access these computers. Supposedly there is free printing on campus, depending on your major, but I can never find them so I end up paying $0.06 per sheet (BW) or $0.50 per sheet (color). UT's network though, is beyond amazing. It is extremely fast. If it slows down, that is because there are too many people within one location trying to access the network (ex: in the library during finals week).

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: UT is a beautiful school with activities that are planned everyday so that you can always find something to do. Since it is such a big campus, you do have to walk everywhere which you'll eventually get used to. The facilities are opened to every student so that they can do whatever they please, such as going to the gym or going to the library or just even taking a nap in front of the tower on the lawn.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments in West Campus are easy to find, but extremely expensive because of their proximity to campus. If you get a good realtor, you can probably find an apartment in the 600/month range. However, there are very few that are cheaper than that, and the ones that are are very run down.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Being in Texas, the only weather problem is the heat which does not subside until mid to late october.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are multiple options for parking ranging from garages close to your dorm or open lots across campus. The only drawback is the football stadium uses certain parking lots so you have to move your car every thursday during every home game during football season.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Public Relations is a growing field and has spread beyond NYC to places like Chicago and Austin. Therefore, finding at least an entering job is not difficult. Ranging from event planning to publicist, there are many opportunities with a public relations degree. I intend to work as an in house publicist for a company, with no concerns so far.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: In Public Relations, Internships range from event set ups to writing press releases. Finding an internship is easy with the help of an adviser, involvement in a student organization, and networking.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very competitive at the University of Texas. Though professors are accessible, success is never guaranteed without proper time put in studying.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: To get into the college of communication you must display academic success as well as show involvement and leadership by participating in student organizations pertaining to the major. The application process is easy with just a submission of a resume and personal statement.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The college of communications at UT is absolutely one of the best in the nation. The college is competitive and fosters self disciplined and motivated students. Though the workload is high, as long as you practice good time management, success is attainable. Like each college, the comm school assigns specific advisers to students to aid in obtaining internships and opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I go to the University of Texas and am a Public Relations major. Every professor I have had has been encouraging and accessible and all of my teacher's assistants have been knowledgeable and reasonable. Austin is the perfect place to go to school with accessible internships at the capital and a wonderful cultural experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: UT off-campus housing are okay. The cost is a whole lot cheaper than living in a dorm on campus. Some of the apartments come fully furnished which can be a pro for people who cannot or rather not purchase new furniture. There is a range of different apartments to choose from and some are closer to campus than others. Also, there are UT shuttle buses available for students without cars free of charge.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: UT Austin has a very diverse range of people of all cultures. The majority of the population is whites though. Few minorities, but the numbers are continually increasing.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UT has alot of school spirit and the athletes seem to be passionate and dedicated.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big deal at UT. However, the athletes obviously receive preferential treatment from the administration.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: In order to get around to classes, our University offers a campus bus that drives around the 40 acres in order to get students to classes because our campus is so big. What I love about this, is that if you are on campus late and do not feel safe to walk back alone, you may wait for the bus. Also we have a certain number you can call to have someone walk back with you late at night if you feel unsafe. The bus is entirely free as long as your a student. We also have the E-Bus which takes us safely to 6th street to make sure there is no drinking and driving. However, if you want a good workout, a lot of students just choose to walk to class!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in Austin are the best part! The convenience and student discounts vary. On certain days they have special deals for students although the costs at some places are not bad at all. One of my favorite places is Kerby Lane across from the University on the drag because it is open 24 hours 7 days a week, where breakfast is always an option! There are about 30 restaurants I can think of that are off-campus that offer a variety of choices whether you are a vegan or you love steak, you will always have great options. You will never eat at a bad restaurant in Austin and always find something enjoyable and delicious. Another great place is Trudy's which is a Mexican food restaurant. Has Tex-Mex and offers many student discounts on different days. Sushi Nichi is also very close to campus and is very delicious if you love sushi!

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Our facilities are incredible at the University of Texas at Austin. We have a huge gymnasium that is open from 6 am until 1 am. It allows students to workout or even lay out by the pool around their hectic schedules! We have an indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool. A facility to do training classes as well as two weight rooms and an indoor track and outdoor track. Our library is absolutely incredible as well. It is open 24 hours 7 days a week which is convenient for us students, especially with all nighters. They also provide us with a place to eat in the library and to grab coffee! There are quiet floors as well as noisy floors, and isolated seating if you need to study alone.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I can easily say Greek Life takes up nearly 80% of the University of Texas at Austin. We have one of the largest Greek Lives in the Nation. We are known for throwing Round-Up, which is one of the largest parties during the school year thrown at all the fraternity as well as sorority houses. If you are not in a frat, or sorority, as I was not, it was not a big deal! There are plenty of organizations and opportunities for you to meet new individuals and be social.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: My University has every academic, social scene, facilities that allow students to experience the absolute perfect 4 years in College. From minority organizations, medical, dental, mathematics, art, athletics. The University of Texas at Austin provides you with the opportunity to expand and broaden your horizon and step out of your comfort zone to discover who you are and what you want to do for the rest of your life. I could not have asked for a better experience than the one I have in Austin, Texas. My University's Texas Pre-Dental Society allowed me to discover that Dentistry was the correct pathway for my life and because of it I am currently attending Dental School in the Fall of 2013.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: For Civil Engineering, this major is considered less vigorous that other engineering degrees offered at UT such as Petroleum, Biomedical, and Mechanical Engineering. Civil Engineering along with Architectural and Environmental Engineering, if I am correct, requires a 2.0 GPA in your math and science category, engineering-specific courses, and all other degree-required courses each. Your overall GPA must also be a 2.0. However, transferring/being accepted into Engineering majors at UT requires a 3.0 GPA or if you are an incoming freshman, requires a good college transcript. Studying engineering is not easy but it is not too hard, so expect to do homework/study at least 5 out of 7 days of the week. Internship programs are available if you speak to the TAs (Graduate students that are teaching assistants). They are usually happy to help! If not them specifically, they will seek another TA for you (To oversee and direct your internship).

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet but I do have a classmate who is starting an internship this summer and internships are known to be vital to the career you are pursuing. It gives you experience and training in the field you wish to work so that before you graduate, you have a general idea of what to expect from your future job. I do plan to get an internship within the next year or so. Many students at UT (Who are smart about their career choices) will find an internship within their 4 to 5 year degree plan.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: In regards to Civil Engineering, it does not interest me now as much as it did during my first semester in this program. I have discovered that construction and design is not something that I want to do in the future. Also, Civil Engineering courses require memorization of historical buildings and construction, etc., which is not exciting. If I could do it all over again, I rather not because I do find other programs at UT more interesting due to my change of interests: I would rather major in Geology or Finance because if I major in Geology, I can work at a Petroleum Company (Which pays well) or if I major in Finance, I can have a much more guaranteed office job.

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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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