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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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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Ftw! Buses are really nice! The "forty acres" are convenient when you don't want to walk all those miles, especially going from Jester to Kinsolving dorm to art building. Also, if you have student I.D. with you, metro buses are free to use if you want to go to Congress or downtown.

There are also rental cars, but I'm not sure how those work.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Kinsolving (All Girls) Dorm – It's nice and quite. The walls are thin but from my experience, I never had problems with noise level. Security level is average; you swipe to get into the dormitory areas, but people hold doors open for the next person all the time. And you do need to swipe your card to get into the building after certain hours. The study lounge/ recreational space is in what called "2 and 1/2" floor. It's very nice and clean; has a kitchen, TV, sofas, pool table and ping pong table. The part I like the most is the small rooms that are available on first-come-first-serve basis; you can get an entire study room to yourself. Great to study in b/c it's spacious and quiet. The dorm room itself is clean. I had shared-private bathroom and I liked it better than the public one. My room also seems to be much nicer than ones at Jester West. So if you want a peaceful space, Kinsolving dorm is a great choice.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty Decent – Most people here on campus have their own computers that they bring from home, but the campus offers computers for those who are unable to afford them and just to 'look good' as a college. The computer labs are available and free to use most of the time.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very evident on campus, many of the students that you see walking around campus are sporting greek-wear.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As Safe as Can Be! The UT Austin campus is as safe as you can get without getting into mundane over protective measures. We ARE in the city, and the campus isn't just some isolated portion of it. Anything in life is dangerous, and dangerous people are always everywhere. However, there has not been a moment on campus where I feel unsafe. UT does a very good job of keeping the environment protected.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Much Around the Drag – The bulk of restaurants are on the "Drag" (Guadalupe St). There's also a few places to eat at the Union and SAC which are on campus. It's a good variety. From Greek, pizza, noodles, pasta, sandwiches, fro-yo to Thai, Chinese, Pho, tapioca and tacos. In the beginning of the year there's always coupon books around campus and in the free planners. Most of the coupons are for places around Guadalupe, so it's quite convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Not Yet but Planning to – I am planning on an internship potentially this summer or next. I have done internships in high school and have worked with the sales and marketing departments of several major companies in Houston. Hopefully the process of finding and internship will be much easier knowing how and where to look.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Good Preparation – I am currently still in Undergrad Studies and the process was identical to the main admission in that there was no special method to getting into the school. Since hindsight is always 20/20 I would have definitely applied to a school within the university for my freshmen year. Internal transfers are not too hard of a process but it is much easier overall if you know what you want to do and get into the school beforehand.

1 College Sophomore

Facilities: Professors Only Care About Research – As a research university. professors are extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and are on the cutting edge of their field. However, this often leaves undergraduate students in the dust. Professors are often required to teach classes-- not because they want to, but because of a stipulation in their contract.

This does not mean that there are not enthusiastic, caring, one-of-a-kind professors at UT, but be warned. It is very advisable to look up professor reviews online before choosing classes.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Pretty Hard but Worth It – The professors are pretty hard on students but this ultimately helps us in the long run. As a nursing major the workload for some of the science classes was very overwhelming. I would always suggest to start off school taking 12 hrs, see if you can handle that, then move up to 15 hrs. GPA is everything, so you should never put that in jeopardy by trying to overload yourself.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse Ish, but Mainly White – Don't get me wrong UT can be diverse but at the same time it is still primarily white students. I will say there are any international students which is nice. As an African American student it is easy to feel overwhelmed or an outsider as the only black person in your class. But really it also depends on your major. UT is pretty diverse, but could always be more.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Gets the Job Done, but Could Be Better. There are different food places available to eat but within those place the food items become repetitive. After a semester you will have eaten almost everything at every food place. The dining hall food can be tasty but alittle pricey.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Everyone's Needs Are Met – UT is fantastic at giving students dining options. There are cafeteria styles, fast food, a la carte, food carts etc. And in the dining halls especially every dietary need is absolutely satiated. There are tons of gluten free and vegetarian options for example.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Great Variety – There are many options of housing surrounding UT. Expensive apartments, inexpensive ones, co-ops, Greek housing, dorm like off campus living, even houses in nice neighborhoods. Absolutely something for everyone's tastes and budgets.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: My first year off-campus, I got sucked into a cookie-cutter apartment building that was way too pricey. The second year, I thankfully found a smaller place a little farther from campus. It was still pretty expensive, but I shared a one bedroom so the cost was split.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great Resources – I'm an English major. The professors have been extraordinarily helpful in progressing my writing and analyzing skills. I think each class has made an impact on me. Also, the department has a great detailed website.

4 College Senior

Computers: Slow to Start – The computers are slow to start, especially when you think you only need 5 seconds to print one thing and it turns into 5 minutes. Then you're late for class.. In the FAC, if more people are online, it takes longer for internet pages to load. Major bummer.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not Seen So Far – I have been in UT for 2 years and I have never seen students get high because of drugs. However, I did sometime found students get drunk during weekends after coming back from clubs. To reduce this, our school has a mandatory alcohol courses online. It tells us not drive too much and how to help others that are drunk.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are Everywhere – In UT, sports are everywhere. Guys love to go to gym and work out. Besides, our school offer indoor swimming pool, tennis and volleyball. All those rooms are filled with students. Girls like to go to gym to take exercise classes.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They Play Hard and Work Hard – Both guys and girls in our school love to talk about about sports like a football game held yesterday. They all love to wear t-shirt with shirt pants. They go to club sometimes during the weekends but they are hard-working during weekdays.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I don't really rely on the buses, walking is always an option. Buses I've heard are very crowded and can be unpredictable.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Pretty Attractive – This is a very attractive school, most are in sororities and fraternities though.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: More Freedom – Freedom is about the only difference from on and off campus housing at UT. The further you are from the campus, the less you'll have to pay. West Campus is pretty much the closest to campus without being on campus, and can come out cheaper if you find a way to lease your apt out over the summer. If you plan on staying in Austin over the summer it becomes a better choice. It gets difficult to find apt the longer you wait and due to the high number of frats/sororities in the area it can be very loud and messy thurs-sat.

4 College Junior

Majors: Quick and Easy – The UTeach program at UT Austin allowed for easy access to an internship. Within a few weeks I went from nothing to an easy tutoring internship at a local middle school. The internships are extremely flexible, I pretty much make my own schedule and good pay ($12/hr)

4 College Junior

Computers: The internet service is great at UT, fast, reliable, but if you're looking for a computer at a lab you may find it difficult to find one available. Printing is another hassle, you have to first put money on your ID card, I forget the price but there are few, and ever dwindling, places to get free printing on campus. It helps to be in specific majors *cough*Physics*cough* that offer at least some printing to students.

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Tony Griffin
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Houston, TX
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Marketing
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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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