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Austin, TX
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37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
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Average
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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: UT Austin doesn't give much in the way financial aid at all if your family is middle to upper income, which I think is pretty normal for a public university. Of course, if you're coming from in-state, tuition is very low, and loans are more than worth it, particularly if you're going into something with a high starting salary, such as engineering or CS. For my first year I was offered a loan that was split between me and my parents, and fully covered the costs of housing and tuition. But a loan is a loan, and if you can't get need-based financial aid,apply for scholarships.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: UT Austin is one of the top schools in the nation for Computer Science. The professors are at the top of their fields (they recently made news for hacking into a US military drone), the extra-curriculars and networking opportunities abound, and a brand new building is opening up next semester solely for the CS department. The University helps with finding jobs and internships and the major tech companies in Austin all look to UT first for interns. I'm very satisfied.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes, at least the introductory ones, are large. However, that disadvantage can be easily overcome by utilizing your TAs and your professors. In a class of 200-300, not many will bother introducing themselves to the professor, and many will not show up half the time. However, you should do both, as the professor will remember that, and all of my professors so far have been very willing to help. They all seem genuinely interested in teaching, and really are passionate about their subjects. 3 of 4 of my professors taught very well, and the one who didn't still cared about student understanding and did his best to help students reach that point.

In addition, at such a large public university, there are plenty of extracurricular groups, lots of different majors offered, and lots of resources available. You do have to actively pursue them, though, don't expect them to fall into your lap.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is wonderful. The "worst" of Texas weather (100+ degrees) comes during the summer, so the heat is not a problem. It never really gets too cold. Light jacket and jeans will do for the worst weather. It's sunny 90% of the time, and the temperature is nearly perfect for much of the fall and spring. Wonderful to just walk around campus breathing in the fresh air.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: UT has a program informing incoming students about drugs and alcohol. The campus is dry, but the most popular activity is drinking by students - legal and underage. The campus police will issue citations to any student under the influence of alcohol or drugs, get medical intervention, or introduce the offending individual to their own bars at the station depending on the situation. RA's in the dorms are trained in recognizing certain smells and the process of alerting the campus police to problems also. They want the students to be safe and they do work very hard 24-7 campuswide.

5 College Junior

Weather: I enjoy having all four seasons in Austin. Thanksgiving was warm - 60-70 degrees. Didn't need a coat! We may get a little dusting of snow in January. It can get cold from November through February, but the spring is beautiful. The summer can be hot, but with the low humidity in Austin, all you have to do is stop under a shade tree and you will cool off quickly!

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are numerous apartments/housing opportunities for students. In fact, a majority of the students do live off campus. The closer you are to campus, the more it will cost. I am in a new house 14 miles from campus for $300 a month - all inclusive except for food! Can't beat a deal like that.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: No matter what type of activities you enjoy, Austin Texas has something for everyone. Austin is a very healthy city with bike lanes downtown, bike trails, rivers and lakes for kayaking, boating, skiing and swimming etc. You can hike, bike, walk, dance, go to concerts, attend auto races, go to a museum and don't forget to experience all the sports and activities on the UT campus: football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, rowing, swimming, rock climbing. They even have a quidditch league!

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are the standbys like Tiff's Treats which is amazing, Potbellies, Which Wich, Big Bite. These and others are great. There are also some lame places like McDonald's.

4 College Senior

Academics: Obviously some programs are considered better, like Business and Engineering. Natural Sciences is also top-notch. Liberal Arts is good as well but, like many of the other colleges, isn't very well-funded.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SO many options! one of my favorite things about austin are all the unique places to eat!!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: greek life is fun but it's often not very inclusive

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Austin's weather it beautiful.... unless you have seasonal allergies! Trust me I did not not I had them until I got there. It really did not interfere with my college experience, but for anyone new to Austin I would recommend going to buy some zyrtec just to be on the safe side. Other than that Austin has a truly beautiful weather! Just bring lots of shorts for the beginning of fall and for summer.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: My school has one of the best Business and Engineering programs in the world to say the least. It has great programs not only for current students but also for high school students searching for their dream career. They have brought up a wide variety of summer programs for them to start getting a taste of what they love. Not to mention that it has a great graduate program as well. UT has something for everyone.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: If there is one thing UT Austin is known for, it is for its diversity. Anywhere you look you can see people of a races and colors. Austin is one of the most liberal and diverse cities, and UT is the main prof of that. There is not one true religion, race or sexual orientation. Here anyone is accepted regardless of anything. We recognize that everyone is different and use that to our advantage, for we create diverse and interesting friendships. I have not heard of people being reprimanded for their beliefs or sexual orientation, but rather supported. There are plenty of groups and organizations for minorities and for anyone really. It is not about fitting in, but rather about forming part of a community and helping others and yourself stand out.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: UT is truly a marvelous campus. It has many beautiful libraries, great places to study, eat, and socialize. It has the most amazing gymnasium with many pools, a rock climbing wall, and even a running track inside, among other things. School traditions are great and going to football games really pumps everyone up. The professors are very helpful and they really appreciate those students who care enough to go to office hours. Overall, this school has some of the most diverse people I have ever seen or met in my life, and that makes this campus even more appealing. There is also many various organizations and clubs for everyone so just choose one and try it out! Additionally, know that everyone is very helpful so never hesitate to ask for help or for directions.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Biology program at UT is magnificent. The professors are usually very helpful and there are many to choose from in case you register for a class with a professor whose teaching style doesn't agree with you. Right now, I can honestly say I'm enjoying the program, but considering I am still taking the general level classes, my satisfaction will probably increase when I start taking classes specific to my preferred specialty: neurobiology. The workload I've experienced was far from what I expected. There was significantly less coursework compared to high school, but it made me work harder considering each assignment was worth more. I have yet to check out any internships offered by this program because I wanted to test out the courseload for my first semester but experimenting the full range the college has to offer is one of my definite goals for the spring.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: UT offers so many options for people in science majors. UT is the first university to offer a program for freshman to do research (which I am currently in). The workload can be tough at times but the professors are always there to help in whatever you need. Also UT offers a lot of clubs for science majors which give students the opportunity for internship/job opportunities.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: As a neuriobiology major the courses I am taking are extremely difficult. You are always pressured to make really good grades, but I would not do it over again. This is because the classes are preparing me for medical school in the future. I want to become a orthopedic surgeon after medical school and I shouldn't have a problem finding a job in my field of study.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is very hot in Austin mostly year round and classes are not always close to each other. But overall the weather is not too bad in Austin.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Jester East is a very nice dorm on campus, but some of the dorms aren't that nice and often smell. The food is not bad and there are always a lot of options to chose from. The housing is steep but it is UT. The process was not bad to apply for housing just do it early and on time!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are a large part of campus life and are great to watch. The athletic programs at UT are unlike any other school, which is what makes UT so special. Also IM sports are big at the school and really help bring the school together.

4 College Senior

Academics: I have been a part of 2 programs at UT. First I was an engineering major. The engineering department is top notch. Professors are helpful, there are career fairs, and lots of organizations to be involved in. The workload is very intense and challenging; you have to LOVE engineering to be in it. Many students get scholarships and internships fairly easily because UT has such a great program. You will definitely get a job quickly after graduation.
I switched to Social Work, and I absolutely love it. It is very laid back, the professors are great and they form strong relationships with students. There are many research opportunities, and the advisers are helpful. The workload is bearable, but also challenging. We read a lot and write many papers.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I Love Food!!! there are many many choices of dining, just like in any other big city. price ranges vary depending on the restaurant.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Austin always has something fun to do. There are museums around campus, 2 yearly music festivals ACL and SXSW. There are 2 malls and 2 outlet malls withing 30 minutes from campus. There are also many cool vintage and thrift stores all around. If you're a big foodie, you're also in the best city because there are lots of food varieties and options. Austin is very multicultural so there is something for everyone

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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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