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Reviews 4982 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Most people bring their own computers, so there is never a shortage in the university availability. There are rooms in nearly every building with public computers. In the main student building- i.e. library, student center SAC & Union- there are whole rooms filled with computers for students. All of the computers are new Mac desktops. There are several printing areas through out campus that charge a small fee or are free, but a personal printer is highly convenient. The internet access is extremely fast and reliable. The university gives you a certain amount of internet access for free, which when used up, resets at the end of each week. If you like to use netflix or think you may need more access, you can pay a small single payment for more and it will carry out week to week for the entire school year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, UT is a safe campus. The community is generally very kind and friendly. In the case of an emergency, there are 24 hour emergency phones every couple of feet throughout the campus and off-housing student areas. In addition to the phones, the police patrol on and off campus as well. Unattended personal items left in buildings are occasionally stolen, but are not a big problem. Recently, during the day, there have been numerous fire drills, fire alarm pranks, and of course, the highly publicized 'bomb threats'. Because its reputation as a huge party school is no secret, officials are generally very lenient about parties and clubbing downtown. They are mostly there just to make sure everyone is safe. The only thing that worries me are the rumors of muggings and sexual attacks at night in the off campus housing areas. This is probably partly due to being inebriated from all of the parties, but none the less, it is always a good idea to take precautions and travel in pairs.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus life is bustling at UT. The student activity center is usually filled with students either eatting, studying, or just chilling. All around campus there are areas to study. There are six libraries total, the PCL being the largest. A few months before finals, the PCL starts staying open 24 hours for the weekdays. There are two gyms and a rec center on campus. These facilities are great and clean. Gregory gym has three outdoor pools and an indoor pool too. There is a gigantic selection of student organizations, catering to all interests.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a variety of majors at UT and the level of difficulty of getting into a certain program varies. I'm a Pre-pharm Nutrition major. It was relatively easy getting into this major. My first year I was actually undeclared until I talked to my academic advisor. She helped me declare my major right there. On the other hand, the honors programs are more difficult to get into, like honors business.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a variety of dorms available at UT. Jester and San Jacinto are the more popular dorms. San Jac and Duren are the newest and nicest dorms, but they do cost a bit more. Depending on which dorm you stay in, the cleanliness and atmosphere varies. The most social dorm would be the Jester area. The honors dorms and all girls dorms like Kinsolving are more quiet. Jester East has recently been refurbished and is cleaner than Jester West.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: On the west side of campus, there is Guadalupe street, which is called "the drag." Here you can find a nice variety of restaurants from Indian food at Teji's to breakfast foods at Kirby's. Kirby's is open 24 hours. There is also a Jack in the Box and 7-11 for snacks. If you walk further into west campus, there is a little circle of about 5-7 food trucks. If you have a car, there are a lot of other restaurants within driving distance, however, they may be pricier. Also there is usually a longer wait time at places like Hopdoddy's.

4 College Junior

Weather: If only it wasn't so hot in August and September it'd be great

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics depend greatly on the college of enrollment. Some programs are ranked more highly than others. Professors are generally good in the more highly ranked programs. In the lower ranked programs, you can get some bad ones. Registration is often difficult and many semesters you will not get the classes you want. Many degree plans are offered to meet almost any interest.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Austin has it all- a great music scene, beautiful outdoor activities, and excellent dining.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is very far from classes and too expensive.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is perfect except for July and August.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Very up to date. Computers are always available, up and running, and plentiful.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Amazing campus with a beautiful scenery. Loved living on campus due to the liveliness and the awesome people.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, with a good mix of different ethnicity and many foreign students as well, mostly from China. Political beliefs seem to lean to the left overall, but there are still other beliefs that are not hard to find. There are many different religious groups and places to worship on or near campus, but the topic of religion is not brought up all that often.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls are pretty cheap and all you can eat and pretty good, and the markets provide more variety and food you can bring back to your room or eat on the way to class. The biggest problem is that you will probably get sick of the food that they serve. Every dorm room comes with the same meal plan, so you don't have to worry about picking a plan. It comes with some 'bevo bucks' that can be used in restaurants and stores off campus as well.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Best Accounting school in the nation! Fantastic business school.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: UT's bus system is helpful for around campus, and the city buses are free for students!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Austin is one of the best cities. Great music. Great food. Great people. Great scenery.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Although I graduated 4th in my class, scored a 33 on my ACT, maintained a 3.95 GPA, and was class president, National Honor Society president, editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, among many other things, I received $0 in scholarships from UT. Almost all UT scholarships are need-based. Do not plan on attending UT if you hope to get a full ride from your high school GPA and activities.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Austin is a great city to live in, there's always something going on, from music festivals to outdoor theater. Most places are in walking distance from the beautiful campus, and the free public transportation will take you anywhere you can't get to on foot.

3 College Senior

Technology: The internet speed is pretty fast, however, you have a bandwidth if you are using a personal device on the network which can get pretty annoying. And prices on printing depend on where you are on campus. For example, the engineering buildings charge $0.06 per black and white page where as the geology building charges $0.10

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: UT is really close to 6th street, which is a lot of fun when your are 21. In addition, Austin is different from the other cities of Texas. There's a huge live music scene and the city has this unexplainable unique vibe that everyone seems to enjoy. On top of the UT is a very well-rounded school. The school spirit is always rich in its student body.

4 College Senior

Majors: Being a geosystems and hydrology engineer has been quite a journey. The classes can be challenging and you spend quite a bit of time studying, but the classes are extremely interesting and interactive especially when it comes to the geology aspect.

3 College Senior

Majors: There are some definite ups and downs when it comes down to a geosystems and hydrology engineering major. Not coming from only my experience, but almost everyone who comes into this major decides to get into the oil and gas industry when they graduate. On the other hand, getting into the petroleum industry with my major is more difficult than a geologist or a petroleum engineer mainly because no one really knows what a geosystems engineer really is. However, I would say that my major is sturdy bridge between geology and petroleum because of all the petroleum and geology classes taken.

5 College Senior

Majors: As a geosystems and hydrology engineer, I interned at Aramco Services Company in Houston, TX. While researching on shale formations for the Upstream Department in a petroleum industry, I also gained experience in an office environment and valuable knowledge about ethics, professionalism, and networking.


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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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