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

Academics: Workload is high, the school is difficult but well worth the quality of education.

Registration process is not easy and competitive, since the school is so big and everyone wants the top professors.

I am a member of the biggest College, the College of Natural Sciences, and I must say it is not just the biggest but our research opportunities are phenomenal.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I believe that the general Natural Sciences student at UT does not have an easy workload whatsoever, but I do find the Nutrition major to be more lenient than others, although I am in Honors Nutrition.

Due to the prestige and huge alumni family, the job opportunities feel endless and even as a freshman I am working an awesome internship.

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College Freshman

Academics: I haven't started classes yet so I don't know how the curriculum is like.

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College Freshman

Academics: I haven't started classes for my major.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are inspiring, registration process needs to be improved. Workload can be overwhelming with so many group projects

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 11th
    Best Course Variety
  • 44th
    Smartest Professors
  • 76th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 113rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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The University of Texas is one of the top public universities in the country. It has top-ranked programs in accounting, engineering, and communication studies, just to name a few. The professors at UT run the gamut—some are great and genuinely care about their students, and some have written the textbooks that are used in their classes and aren’t as interested in students’ input. Others are only teaching so that they can stay at Texas to further their research. Most likely in your career at Texas, you will have at least one of each different kind of teacher, but the majority of professors are wonderful and will give you a great experience. Some classes at UT are rather large—more than 100 people—but that doesn’t make them inferior, nor does it preclude learning. In these large classes, there are generally several TAs that you can utilize, and you should always take advantage of a professor’s office hours. This can help to make the large lecture class seem smaller. Depending on your major, and especially once you get into upper-division classes, there are generally smaller classes with more individual attention.

There are two classes at UT that everyone should take as electives while they are a student: EDP 367 Human Sexuality and CMS 315M Interpersonal Communication Theory. These are two of the most interesting and fun classes that the majority of students here eventually wind up taking. While neither are blow-off classes, they both teach you a lot and are enjoyable to study for.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
2,462
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
502
Total FT Faculty
2,462
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$102,252
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Part-Time Retention Rate
68%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
163
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 36%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 40%
  • 50 or More Students: 23%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Architecture
  • Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • McCombs School of Business
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Architecture Library
  • PCL
  • Starbucks
  • UGL
  • The Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Block your classes together; you will be more likely to go.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Go to class. (Special circumstance if you can't understand your professor, there are notes on the web, you will not be penalized for not attending class, or you can use the time you should be in class for studying, then it is okay to skip class). But overall, going to class can really help your grades.
  • Go to your professor's office hours. It will help him know who you are, and will show that you are interested in learning and could help your grade at the end of the semester.
  • Have study groups that are productive.
  • If you are at all thinking about going to graduate school or working in the field that you are studying in, make friends with your teachers, and stay in contact with them throughout college. Just stop by their office hours, or send them an e-mail every once in awhile. You will need a letter of recommendation from them at some point.
  • Join some sort of organization.
  • Keep up with your reading in your classes, or you will regret it at exam time.
  • Make friends in class who you can get notes from if you have to miss class.
  • Make friends with your advisor so that they know you and can help you. They may be able to get you into that class that you absolutely have to have but couldn't get into.
  • Make friends with your dean if it is at all possible, as they may be able to write you a great letter of recommendation if you need it.
  • Meet your professors and TAs.
  • Pick a major that you are interested in, but don't be afraid to change it once you get here. If you don't like your classes, you will not do as well.
  • Start meeting people as soon as you get to school-in your dorm, on campus, wherever. You will be glad you did.
  • Try to block your classes close enough together so that you don't have a class in Jester and then one in the CMA the next hour. This is so that you don't have to make it all the way across campus in 10 minutes. That hike is killer. And unless you are a speed demon, you will be a little late to your second class, or you'll have to leave your first class a little early.
Did You Know?
  • There are more than 750 student organizations at UT. And if you still can't find the one you want, you can form your own. You just need two friends, because with three people you can form your own club or student organization at UT. This is where some of the more interesting organizations here have come from, such as The Duncan Gilman Fan Club-Duncan Gilman is a student at UT.
  • In the Spring of 1974, one of the most infamous student organizations was formed-the Association of Streaking Students (A.S.S.). Students really can create any kind of club they want.
  • There are more than 100 undergraduate degree programs, 170 graduate degree programs, and more than 50 honors programs.
  • There are more than 350 study abroad opportunities in 80 countries.
  • More than 400 patents have been awarded to the University since its inception.
  • The fall 2003 incoming freshman class had the highest academic qualifications in the University's history and included the largest percentage of Hispanic students.
  • The largest college at the University, with over 14,000 students, is the College of Liberal Arts.
  • The University awards 11,000 degrees annually, more than any other university.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 28 responses

  • 40% Red McCombs - co-founder, Clear Channel Communications
  • 12% John B. Connally - former governor of Texas
  • 5% Bill Archer - former U.S. congressman from Texas
  • 3% Fernando Belaúnde Terry - former president of Peru
  • 3% Ralph W. Yarborough - former U.S. senator (D-TX)
  • 3% Rita C. Clements - former first lady of Texas
  • 2% Lloyd Bentsen - former U.S. senator (D-TX), VP nominee
  • 2% Frederico Pena - former secretary of transportation
  • 2% Edwin Dorn - former assistant secretary of defense
  • 2% Mrs. Nellie Connally - former first lady of Texas
  • 2% Tom Loeffler - former U.S. representative (R-TX)
  • 2% James A. Baker III - former secretary of state
  • 2% Matthew McConaughey - actor
  • 2% Kevin Durant
  • 2% Robert Rodriguez - Filmmaker
  • 2% University of Texas at Austin
  • 2% Matthew McConaughey- Oscar holding Actor
  • 2% Walter Cronkite- Jounalist
  • 2% Michael Dell- Dell computers founder
  • 2% Laura Bush- former first lady

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 159 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 162 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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