Austin, TX
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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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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Quite a few options on the Drag, and varied hours help students have options. Pricing is pretty decent, $6-8 can get you a decent meal. Options ranges from Asian to sandwiches to Greek food.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Almost all the buildings where activities, events, and some classless are held are nice and new and clean! With very advanced technology and of course MAC computers. Even iPads are used in classes. White boards only chalk boards in the older classrooms which definitely suck!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police are usually pretty cool, even at parties. Now the dorms have a lot of rules especially the all girl one, those are the worse. And the amount of noise in dorms, they try to keep that on a minimal. I recommend co-ed dorms if you don't care for rules.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: This is a HUGE school. There are so many different type of girls and boys. There are a lot of feminine guys here, many who seem like they for the other team, but never really say so. Honestly most of the dudes are either lame, weird, average, but a lot of them are nice and gentlemen like which is always pleasant. The girls are nice for the most part, many of the sorority girls wear faded tees and shorts...I don't know what that's about. But there are also girls who dress really nice like there going out, makeup, hair, everything on POINT!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive around Austin if you don't know start looking for apartments early. There are many apartments but the price might be a problem. There is transportation provided by the school through their bus system even though many of the apartments are not far away. I lived in campus my freshman year and loved it but finding an apartment in West Campus has introduced me to so much more freedom and there are always parties in west campus during the weekend. I love living in Austin in my own apartment. I think the price is definitely worth the freedom and the social life.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is awesome at UT. There is a bus system established by UT that is one of the largest university bus systems in the United States. Also, the public transportation system in the city of Austin is great since it is free for UT students. Bike routes are established throughout the city and UT is in the heart of Downtown Austin so walking is never a bad option. I love the accessibility of everything in Austin.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on in Austin. Live music, concerts, parties, things to do during the day where you meet cool people and an amazing club scene. There are events everyday with games and music and many of them offer free food. Also, there is nothing better than going down to 6th street with your friends, especially when there is a bus that stops at school that takes you downtown and back to the dorms. There are many concert venues to hear your favorite band or you can go clubbing in the many clubs located in downtown Austin. You can never get bored as long as you are in Austin.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is an incredible amount of variety of dining options around UT Austin. From Asian food to Mexican food and everything in between. The drag (Guadalupe Street) has so many options to choose from and a quick ride on the Forty Acre's bus drops you right in front of restaurants like Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Chipotle, Austin's Pizza right next to it, Noodle's and Company, or a sandwich at Which Wich, and many more that are just a simple walk from the dorms or a really quick bus ride. There is so much to choose from and the price of food is so cheap and a conveniently located.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some very good and some average options available. The cost is pretty cheap but some places tend to be more expensive than the others. As far as I know, none of the dining places provide any student discounts. Some good places to check out are Trudy's, Kismet Cafe, Kerby Lane, etc.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: On campus, it is hardly visible but a good number of students drink socially. This does not mean getting drunk but just to socialize among friends and other people. No one pressurizes anyone else to drink or any such thing so that is something good!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is very good and convenient. There is a bus running around the perimeter of the campus throughout the day and its free! Moreover, there are other city buses going through campus which can be used by students to travel for classes for free again! Its very economical, convenient and needed.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never really felt unsafe here at UT. There are always people walking around on campus, even at night. The campus is usually very lively. There are a lot of events that take place on campus. A lot of these events take place outside too.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Jester is the most popular dorm. It's the most social one where a lot of freshman live and get to know each other. San Jacinto is probably the nicest dorm but most expensive. It's one of the newest dorms and is very clean with your own bathroom. The dorms are very close to classes. The best thing about living in a dorm is the convenience of walking to class and the dorm food.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The most popular off-campus housing is called West Campus. It's about a 10 to 15 minute walk to campus from your apartment. They also have a bus system that takes you to campus. The apartments are a little pricey for rooms that aren't as spacious. Some apartments are really old too. It's nice living in West Campus because almost everyone that lives there is a student at UT. The neighborhood is lively on weekends. Parking is a hassle though.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you are into preppy frat types UT is your school. If you are not part of that group the majority of people give you the "what are you doing here" vibe.

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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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