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Reviews 4302 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: the SAC is a great place to find food, talk with friends in between classes, relax or to study. The comfortable setting and furniture makes it a great place to just go to when you need a breather. I go here a lot to eat food and to catch up with friends when there is a break in between class. It's also very conveniently placed near my classes.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Places to Eat – The places off-campus are pretty expensive, but there are coupons to the chain restaurants. There's a lot of variety, but it's not a good idea to eat out a lot if you're a college student on a budget.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of good looking girls who attend the university, but I wish I could saw the same for the guys. The typical attire for girls is an over-sized T-shirt, Nike shorts, and Nike tennis shoes. Austin is a very social city, so it only makes sense that the university, which is located in the middle of Austin, would be a very social place as well.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always people riding in the go carts to keep an eye out for any problems that might occur on the streets of the campus. There are not any security guards around at night though. Everywhere around campus there are bright yellow Help Centers that are easily accessible by students walking around campus. I don't worry about my safety while walking around campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Life as a College Student Living in Austin – Austin's motto is "Keep Austin Weird" because everything from across the spectrum is not only accepted, but encouraged. By promoting new and diverse people, Austin is brimming with innovative ideas that nurture the young minds of the college students. Students at the University of Texas are able to study hard as well as take a break and enjoy a good time with friends at the Drag, which is the name of the street across campus, with a variety of entertainment every day.

4 College Student

Weather: The weather is pretty average. It's not too hot or to cold (but of course, that all depends where you grew up).

4 College Student

Campus Housing: San Jacinto Dorms for Freshman Year – You will have to pay an extra $250 per semester, but these are definitely the best. They're cozy, and the best part, you don't have to use a community bathroom. I recommend getting San Jacinto because it is worth the investment.

3 College Student

Technology: Wireless Access Dependent on Your Tier – The wireless access speed is excellent, but sometimes you have to upgrade your tier. If you are planning on downloading a vast amount of information, be ready to pay the price.

3 College Junior

Academics: Professors Vs. Tas (Upper Division Vs. Lower) – In general, since UT is so large, the lower-division classes are taught by Teaching Assistants, and not actual professors. This can make classes extremely uninteresting and devoid of in-depth information for those just starting off in college and really detracts from the learning experience. Once you reach the upper-division classes however, all of this is gone for they are much smaller and taught by professors who are interested in their subjects as well as their students. So, I would give UT a C- for lower-division classes and an A+ for upper-division, leveling out to a B

4 College Junior

Weather: On my orientation morning, there was a heavy rain. We had to walk through the rain from one building to another, and the campus area is so huge that we all got drenched. Since I started with spring semester, I haven't really experienced any other problems besides the chilly wind. I have been there sometimes during summer, and I know that I am going to have some hard time dealing with the scorching sun.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love going to Chipotle for a brief meal, or a breakfast. The food there are healthy, and taste good at the same time. The only thing I don't like about that place is the crowd. I wish the space was larger, and could accomodate more students during busy hours.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Convenience of UT Libraries – UT libraries have been like second homes to me. I can go there at anytime, and get peaceful atmosphere to study alone, or do a group study with my friends. The facility of group study rooms, the immense availability of books and research materials help me a great deal. I can borrow as many books as I want, and keep it as per my need. If I don't get a book at PCL, I can always go to RLM library, and get a reference book for a day. The options are large, and for a studious student, the environment makes it even more study favorable. Also, the java city right beside the PCL makes it easier to find caffeine, and stay alert for longer.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Only Good Option – Bringing and using your car here is impossible unless you have 750 dollars to throw away on sketchy garage parking.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Depends on Your College – I'm in the College of Liberal Arts, so it's easy to get in, if you BARELY made it to UT, you will be places in the School of Undergraduate Studies, COLA, and the College of Natural Sciences are the easiest to get into, while Engineering and Business are the hardest.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Average in My Opinion – I don't think the campus rules are strict. You can't smoke in or near university buildings. Different dorms have different policies concerning guests. Alcohol isn't permitted in my dorm (San Jacinto).

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not Bad, Totally Subjective – The food isn't bad -- but it does get tiring quickly. There are many places to eat on campus, ranging from cheap buffets such as J2 and Kinsolving, to more expensive places such as JCL and Cypress Bend. Don't use all your Dine-In Dollars in one place. My biggest complaint is the hours.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs, Not So Bad, Drinking, a Little Out of Control – I do not find there to be much of a drug scene at the University of Texas. The main drug used by UT students is probably marijuana, but I would say very few students actually smoke. Once we get into drinking I would say it's a little over-the-top..

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Stepping onto the campus at the University of Texas in Austin, it become transparent that this is not your everyday university. Anyone is comfortable at the University, it is encompassed with diverse leagues, organizations, and support groups for anyone of any race, age, religion, ethnicity, economic background, political beliefs, or sexual orientation. Teachers are no exception to this rule. They are so understanding and welcoming of any kind of "difference" they may see in a student. I was touched just the other day when my professor encouraged a Muslim student to leave the class in order to go to a religious celebration. The student, who is also my friend, told me how meaningful that was to her. Not only are the professors incredibly accepting but they are also diverse themselves! It gives us a great opportunity to learn from them in ways that don't even relate to the classroom subject. It's incredible. I have learned so much about different cultures from countries that I have never even visited. Not only through culture, but I have professors of various religious and political views, and while they may be of contradictory belief they all show respect to each other and that is a great example for us. I have also noticed that the students themselves are surprisingly accepting of others' diverse backgrounds. I really love this University and I believe it is providing a bright future for it's students.

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: Great Food Choices. Plenty of options all over campus, except for the engineering area. Decent quality food most of the time.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great School. I love UT in just about all respects except for the parking situation. Its pretty bad.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most Diverse Campus Out There! UT Austin has one of the most diverse student populations in the country. All people are respected and open to learning about new cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-Campus Dorms Convenient but Expensive – I would recommend living in an on-campus dorm for your first year. It is so convenient and you get to know campus very well. After the first year, I would recommend moving somewhere less expensive, unless you can afford it and love living on campus. There are a lot more freedoms off campus, but living in the dorms isn't like being in prison. The best dorms for your price are Moore-Hill (good location, fun people, decent room size), Brackenridge/Prather/Roberts (good location, bigger rooms), and Jester east (great location!, newly remodeled, but smaller rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not Always the Best Value, but Very Tasty and Environmentally Friendly – There are only a few dining halls. J2 and Kinsolving are the best value if you have dine-in-dollars, but Jester is a huge rip-off. There are other fast food options on campus, but they close early and you get sick of them quickly. I love that the dining halls are environmentally conscious! We have compost bins that reduce landfill waste, and signs to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviors.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat Fags and Sorostitues – Greek life is super gay. Frat daddys are super homo. Sorority chicks are hot though.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Best! Texas Longhorns rule! Tons of fans, games are always exciting, majority of sports teams are really good, over 50 national championships!


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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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