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Reviews 4989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Junior

Parking: Lots of garages near campus provided by the university. Parking within the university, though, is scarce, and often full.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Great for those 21 or older. Leaves less choice for those not of drinking age.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: West Campus provides many complexes that can substitute for 1-year dorm experience. It is situated right by campus, thus walking to class is convenient. Most events and parties can also be found very near this residential area. Proximity to downtown is a benefit, and fluid transportation makes it possible to reach 6th St. within 30 minutes, while walking is also an option. The downside is for people who prefer more quiet surroundings, less crowds, or cheaper accommodations altogether. West Campus is indeed loud and suitable for those who like the convenience of being near campus, as well as student gatherings and parties. Prices are often higher than North Campus area, Far West, or Riverside.
In all, UT is a large university, and this makes it hard to provide residence for every student on campus. Off campus housing is varied, and often boils down to each person's interest.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation here is good and convenient. The buses run pretty late and they have plenty of stops all over the city. The only thing is that sometimes the buses stack up and all the drivers end up all going on a route at once, meaning there is no real flow or cycle, and the buses end up missing their scheduled times. That usually only happens on really busy lines like Far West and West Campus though.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are a lot of international students, however, the lack of diversity within the student and professor population still pretty apparent. I am the only person of my race in at least half of my classes. With this of course then brings the problems of political correctness and what is deemed appropriate or inappropriate. The University of Texas has been criticized before concerning this issue, and though the university has taken steps to do something about it, the results are hard to see. However, I can also understand accepting students based on merit and academic achievement rather than race. Knowing this, I think it is up to the school to try and educate professors on how to deal with certain situations, and not make those students who maybe feel as though they stick out, become like a sore thumb.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Tastes good. Not the best options for health, and also rather pricey.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My program is very competitive and has a pretty strenuous work load. The facilities are great and people are always willing to offer you the help you need. Knowing your professors on a personal levels certainly benefits you in the long run.

3 College Junior

Diversity: In all the classes I've taken at UT, I've been impressed with how diverse the student body is. It's an enriching experience to collaborate and learn along side students with such different backgrounds than myself. The main thing that I do notice however, is that the ages of my fellow students is substantially less diverse than what I experienced at community college.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings at UT are new or have been renovated. Throughout campus there are many great places to study, either by yourself (i.e. quiet rooms) or with a group. UT has a couple of museums that you can visit for free as a student. There are always activities going on in the Main Mall, which is usually filled with booths from organizations trying to promote their causes. You can join as many organizations as you want, because there are organizations for all types of interests. There are also various places with food courts (such as the SAC, the Texas Union or Jester), where one can hang out with friends. The Gregory Gym is a very complete facility for working out, and there are also Intramural fields and tennis courts where you can sign up to participate in a sport with your team, or you can just practice your favorite sport with your friends. In general, there are always a great variety of activities and events throughout campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: You can basically go out every night of the week if you want. There are specials in different bars or clubs every day. Transportation in Austin is great, but sometimes it gets a little crowded. And for underage people, there are always house parties going on.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Austin is a city filled with open minded locals that reflect the school's diversity. There is a far ranging amount of students for various corners of the world. There has not been a class, regardless of its size that did not have a bit of everything in terms of race/culture

4 College Freshman

Administration: The police is evident but never do they feel like an imposing nuisance that seeks to give students a hard time. They only intervene when it is highly necessary, such as a fight or excessive public displays of drunkenness(which are not very common) The professors and staff are all very helpful and never scornful of mistakes students make. As a whole, the school is understanding of the pressures school brings and are there for a hand when needed

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The bar/club scene is reserved for those 21+. Most students in attendance are not 21 until their 3rd year of school so there is not too many places to enjoy other than a few clubs for 18 or older. However, there is never a shortage of student organized events and parties for the choosing i.e House/Frat parties. Austin is highly recognized for 6th St. but fail to realize its local students are not necessarily the ones it's attracting every night

4 College Freshman

Diversity: In Austin, you find all types of people. I've seen every kind of ethnicity here. Not everybody here is all the same. It is very diverse and that is very nice. It isn't hard to fit in here because everybody is just so friendly. The thing that I like the most about the University of Texas is how big football is over here. Every home game, the stadium is packed! And everyone is wearing Longhorn gear! It is a very nice environment and it feels even nicer to be a part of it!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As a whole there isn't much drug usage on campus, and if there is UTPD is pretty good about handling the situation quickly. It really depends on who you hang out with, i've never heard of anyone doing drugs but i'm sure it's out there somewhere. I would say that drinking is the bigger issue.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UT austin is such a large and diverse school you can find pretty much any stereotype on campus. As a whole no one really cares how you dress, the classes themselves are casual. If you are looking for a specific type of person you can find it here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are plenty of options for all students. I did not live on campus so eating in the dining halls was expensive (although I could pay for the meal plan) but from what my friends were eating the dining hall food looked good. There are also non-dining hall options (like taco cabana-wendy's-etc) that are normal fast food prices.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: when you are a freshmen you can join a FIG (freshmen interest group) where you get assigned a mentor and have a close knit group of students in which you will have various classes together. Its a great way to meet new people.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Right across campus if what we call "the drag" which offers so many ethnic choices in food from mexican to vegetarian to asian to greek to plain old pizza. Then downtown is like 5 minutes away where there are food trailers on south congress and a variety of restaurants. the food is a little pricey though.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: depending on the people you hang out with determines your exposure to drugs. I personally have not seen an use of substance on campus jus signs saying drug/tobacco free zones. Im pretty sure at parties you will see drug and alcohol use .

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus always sends campus alerts through our registered email letting us know what is going around campus . I always feel safe and up to date with the atmosphere and surroundings.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Austin has many different selections of off-campus housing that are very student friendly. Costs vary based on the area where the more expensive housing are closer to the university. However, there is a free bus for students that run through the different areas where off-campus student housing is available. Apply for housing early because availability will run out.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Very convenient and not very costly. There is much variety and a lot of places that offer discounts for students

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a vast variety of diversity throughout campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've been in UT for about 2 years and I have never felt unsafe. I'm always walking by myself and I have never been on a dangerous situation. There are alarms around campus that have a button and when pushed it automatically contacts the police and they will get there as soon as possible. There are police patrols around campus. It is recommended to always lock your doors and keep an eye on your stuff.


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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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