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Reviews 4938 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is rather expensive and it is difficult to find parking spaces. Also, during any sporting event on campus they close off about half the parking and make the parking situation even worse. In order to park before class you typically have to go about an hour early and even then there are no guarantees. Parking in the garages around campus is easier and you are more likely to find a spot, but the price of parking in one of them usually runs about $500-800 depending on whether you are a commuter or live in the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The availability of computers on campus is excellent. However, the quality of computers on campus varies. More popular options like the PCL library, or more recently the Bill Gates Computer Science Complex, tend to be overcrowded during times of tests and finals. However, most dorms have their own computer labs that tend to be available for the most part.The cost of printing at UT tends to be more expensive in areas of higher traffic (like the PCL library) but cheaper if the computer lab is in a dorm. The UT wifi network is really reliable and is virtually all over campus. This makes it nearly impossible to have no reason to do your work on a computer whenever the class requires you to.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: UT (and Austin in general) has a REALLY amazing transportation system. The buses go anywhere that is needed and is often taken by daily commuters around the city. However, UT specific buses meant for around campus and off-campus dorms. These campus shuttles are very convenient for students that live on and off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Austin has a THRIVING nightlife scene. There is ALWAYS something going on, whether it is the bars and clubs at 6th street or the local frat parties. Most of the places in 6th street are 21 and over though, while frat parties are consistently cheaper and in my opinion more fun.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I recommend living on campus at least one year! While some dorms, such as Jester, are older and not quite as nice, they all have their perks. The dorms are in close proximity to many restaurants, the gym, the stadium, West Campus, The Drag, and downtown so the convenience is awesome!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The main tip I have is to apply for scholarships as early as possible in order to increase your chances of receiving them.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I usually don't eat out much but it's great knowing that there are a lot of options to choose from. Austin is a city of food as well as music, so whatever craving you have can usually be satisfied. Whether it be classy restaurants or food trucks, Austin has it all.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: UT Austin is a pretty liberal school. It's really open to diversity and while there are organizations for specific ethnic groups, I've never seen anyone turned away because they weren't a perfect fit for any group. There are organizations for pretty much any interest a person might have and the leaders are usually pretty enthusiastic people about whatever organization they might be leading. A great way to meet people is to just join an organization!

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Shuttle buses are nice for getting to/off campus, but they can get really inconvenient if you live off campus and you need to go back and forth for things like organizational meetings. Cost is free so no issues there. You can usually bike around though riding the public buses isn't totally necessary unless you live far from campus and don't have a car or don't want to pay for parking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Traffic can get iffy at times. Don't bring big vehicles. Compact cars are a must here. The shuttle busses run constantly so that's a good alternative to cars.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The waitist is a nightmare. I will be waiting a year before I even get a response!

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You'll find a little bit of everything here. It's the best experience you'll ever have in your college years.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Strictness on drugs and alcohol at UT is pretty average. On campus there are police driving around at night and if they suspect anything they will stop the person. A person could get kicked out of UT on their first offence but incidents are rare. Off campus parties are rarely shut down and fake IDs are used regularly.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities of UT are amazing. The building are state of the art and always very clean. The two athletic centers offer workout classes, a rock wall, racquetball, dance studios, basketball, a weight room, and an Olympic pool. The student centers are great hangouts and study areas with places to eat and a Starbucks. There are over 10 libraries on campus. There are campus activities and events happening every day and students are notified of these through email. School spirit is every where and the students are always very involved. The campus is also very eco-friendly with trash cans and recycling bins throughout campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The UT campus is absolutely amazing. The buildings are state of the art and always very clean. There are many study areas and hangout spots around campus. There are numerous academic programs and clubs that UT provides. Greek life is a huge part of UT as well with many different sororities and fraternities. The social scene is never dull. Austin is a very active and "green" city. There are many outdoor things to do such as hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the lake. 6th street is also a hit for night life with hundreds of people roaming around downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus buses run every ten minutes and there are lots of stops around campus. It is free to all students and you can also ride the city bus for free with your student ID card. UT buses also take you off campus if you happen to live in the surrounding area.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Every single person in UT have remarkable personalities, all of which are great for socializing with.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses are constantly available, not to mention the fact that classes consistently let students out ten to fifteen minutes early so they have a chance to make it to the next class. A bike is highly recommended.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Extremely convenient living in Jester. Most classes are close by and Jester offers several dining choices including Starbucks and Wendy's. However, the appearance of the room is very dated and can be cold during the winter. If livability is more important that convenience for you, then stick to the honors dorms or the coveted San Jacinto.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Downtown Austin offers tons of entertainment from being the "Music Capital of the World" to the festivals that bring in thousands of people every year.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I've never had an issue with the campus police, but the dorm drills are ridiculous. Every semester we evacuated the building at least 4 times at the most inconvenient times.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall JCL in Jester West is pretty great, but the food at J2 sucks pretty badly. The coffee place at San Jacinto is good and has nice seating, but the best and quietest place is the Littlefield Patio Cafe.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many scholarships offered within the University, not as much as I would like but still a good amount. I am cut off from some of the based on their prerequisites but I search around in other places to make up for that.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking isn't necessarily a problem. It is a little on the expensive side but it is manageable.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You see drugs and alcohol around the school here and there. The policies are pretty strict, and those who are caught are dealt with in the proper manner. Most people just tend to do it outside of campus or in discreet locations where no one will see them unless you are searching for them.


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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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