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Reviews 5258 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Senior

Majors: At such a large school, you can major in just about anything. If you're choosing a more popular major, it will naturally be more difficult to get in. Having connections of course always helps. Personally, I was grandfathered in to the Middle Easter Studies graduate program because the department already knew me, so I didn't even have to fill out an official application.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is a decent amount of petty crime that takes place on campus, but I have never felt unsafe or threatened. If you ever do feel insecure, there are a lot of security measures in places like safe walk and emergency call boxes.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Best – Not only is Austin, tx an amazing place to live because of the local scene and things to do, UT is one of the top public schools in the nation. With great academics, diverse organizations, and most of all NCAA sports, Ut is the place to be for a college experience. Plus the social scene is the best as well, 2010 number one party school on playboy. Hook 'Em!!!

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It sucks Its overpriced and the atmosphere is way too distracting.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food on campus is overpriced and terrible. The University really takes advantage of the fact that people who live on campus have no where else to eat. The Division of Housing and Food Services provides a terrible product.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Computers are accessible from just about anywhere on our huge campus, and they are always in great shape and equipped with important technology.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The school pride is the best in Texas, and the campus is right in the middle of Austin. The city alone has so much to offer.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Since coming to UT, i have switched my major several times. i came in as a social work major, switched to liberal arts (super easy, just a visit to their office), and then wanted to transfer to the college of communications to do communications sciences and disorders, which required a written application/essay. The application took a lot of time and effort, but hopefully it will pay off (i haven't found out if i got in yet). the most important criteria are GPA, extracurricular involvement, and leadership. we do our process through the ApplyUT website, which is basically 2 essays plus the common app. my tips for admission are to start over the summer before senior year, and to not let writers block keep you from getting started on your essays. its better to just write SOMETHING down.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol, like on every campus, is definitely a big thing. That and weed are the only drugs you are openly exposed to--if you do not want to do anything you do not have to since there are plenty of other activities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I am not a picky eater and find that the campus dining halls have a wide selection of options. Yes, it gets kind of monotonous every day but there is always SOMETHING there that i like.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is nice to have the extra space and to still be close to campus, but the cost and parking is definitely a downside.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I gave UT an A because in my opinion, UT is very diverse in terms of ethnic/racial background, economic background, sexual orientation, etc. No matter who you are or what your background is, you are bound to find students who you can identify with, and its large size makes it a great place to meet people who come from different places. We are very tolerant to different expressions of sexual orientation and religious beliefs, public displays of both are common.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: On campus parking is awful and way overpriced, but the Capital Metro (city bus) provides a good schedule and quick routes.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt scared to walk alone on campus. There is normally a handful of people always around. The campus police come out more at night and make there rounds periodically.

4 College Senior

Technology: There are numerous computer labs on campus. It just depends on what your major is to what computer lab you'll commit your life to. I use the computer lab in the LRC (3rd floor of ECJ) and I can typically find a open computer. Of course near deadlines or finals (i.e. busy times), the lab can get quite packed. There is also the option of the lab in the student lounge and on the 5th floor. The computers also have the crucial programs on them for homework purposes. One of the main computer labs is in the PCL (library), but it is normally packed. The wait for a computer is generally not too long though.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Government major at UT is wonderful. I've loved all the classes I've taken so far and have yet to have a bad professor. The opportunities the government program provides are endless! There is an internship program (aside from the Liberal Arts Career services one which is also super helpful) that matches you with an internship to get credit. They also make it extremely easy to intern at the Texas capitol (about a 5 minute bus ride/20 minute walk away) and be a part of the legislative process.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything you could possibly want, all you have to do is walk

4 College Freshman

Transportation: UT runs a student-only shuttle every weekend to Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, which is useful, but I have found Megabus to be more convenient and a bit less pricey. The buses around campus are useful and free, but they're not reliable enough schedule wise to get you to class on time, and teachers won't take a late bus as an excuse. If you have your UT id, the city-wide buses are also free. I haven't used these as much, but they seem convenient, especially the late-night one that goes between downtown and campus

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Texas weather is ridiculous... it will literally be 98 degrees one day, then raining the next, then gale-force winds, then 75 degrees and clear blue skies. Classes might get cancelled if it's storming badly or something, but you're probably never going to get a snow day.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of guys at UT: city boys, ravers, rednecks, and lots of good ol' country boys, too. The girls are pretty much just Southern belles. They are incredibly hot, for the most part. If you aren't from around here, it'll take a little while to get used to the accent.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The Communications school computers are very old, except for the RTF labs which you have to have clearance for.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is crazy and expense. Not to mention, the patrol is brutal. They are very picky and will ticket you right away.

3 College Freshman

Parking: You don't really need a car here. Everything you need is in walking distance and there are many bus routes to catch. But if you do need a car, parking permit costs depend on where you want to keep your car. They run from a couple hundred to $1,000. It's not impossible to find parking, but it can get frustrating.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I hope to become a neonatal nurse one day. The nursing program here at UT is #1 in Texas. I have no worries about finding a job after I graduate because babies are always being born and nurses are needed everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into the Nursing major is extremely competitive. UT's nursing school is #1 in Texas. They look at 3 GPAs: science, liberal arts, and overall. You have to write an essay explaining why you want to be in the major and what you plan to do with it in the future. They also look at how long you've volunteered at any nursing-related activities such as hospitals or nursing homes. I did not get in the first time I applied.


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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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