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Reviews 4374 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe – Although The University of Texas at Austin is relatively safe during the day, it's not safe to walk around campus during the night. The university is right in the middle of downtown Austin, so there are a lot of weirdos walking around. (Keep Austin weird)! Also, there recently was a shooting near the tower, but that's not a usual occurance. Austin is a great place to party!

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports on Fire – Varsity sports at UT Austin are huge. The support and passion that students and fans have towards the sports and the athletes is truly amazing and sometimes overwhelming. The athletes are taken care of by the whole city, not just the school. Varsity sports bring unity to Austin, Texas. The school and its facilitators are amazing in providing support for the teams and the students.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I don't even own a car and I don't think UT has enough parking for the amount of people it allows on campus. The Football games are a mess just like everything else. Even those that live on campus supposedly have benefits, but it is way to expensive to even get those.

5 College Freshman

Administration: I'd have to say it's pretty awesome. Most are free to do whatever they want and to express themselves any way they wish. Even though living in the dorms and the RAs aren't that strict, I understand that they understand we're adults and are allowed to act as we please. For the campus overall, it seems that littering and even other little, petty crimes.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Honestly, I don't know much about off-campus housing. From what most of my friends tell me that live off-campus, is that that they pay less than those of us who live on campus, but they don't have any benefits, so that's a downfall. For me though, it would be much of an inconvenience because of my budget and I don't have a car to get places. I take the bus for most places, but I'd rather live on campus and be able to walk to my classes with no problems.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It totally depends on the day and the prices are outrageous.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Great Research Opportunities – UT has some of the best staff and even though its a big school, there are ways to find a niche or pursue your interests.

5 College Senior

Diversity: UT is one of the most diverse schools. There are all kinds of ethnicities as well as social and religious affiliations here. Its a place for everyone.

4 College Senior

Technology: They are good and reliable. Always available for use.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's funny because although the weather station tells us one thing it's actually the opposite. There may be days when it rains and I have to run completely across campus with no umbrella.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are plenty of shuttle buses on campus to get you around. Also, there are city buses that constantly run so if you live off campus it makes life that much easier.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Local Attitude Towards Students – Austin is full of diversity and culture. It seems as though almost everyone is always happy and cheerful. There is always something to do here so I can never really say I'm bored. I also love living here because just about everywhere I turn I see a burnt orange tshirt or I hear someone yelling hook 'em horns!! It makes me proud to be a student at the University of Texas. I absolutely love the city.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great Place – Austin is just a great city to be in from the events being held to the unique stores Keeping Austin Weird. I would hands down choose going here over any where else because this place always makes me feel like I'm coming home.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: 6Th Street! Popular bar/club scene, only a few places are 18 and up, which is nice, and being a UT student transportation to and from there is the E-Bus, which is free for us.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: East Riverside – Its cheaper than west campus, but there is a considerable number of thefts and break-ins. Its also in a somewhat bad part of town.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Non-Greeks Versus Greeks – The Greeks don't really bother the non-Greeks. The non-Greeks really only know Greeks from parties, and maybe because they were once roommates. The Greeks aren't bad people, they aren't mean or anything, but the non-Greeks don't think too much of them. To the non-Greeks, the Greeks are just party animals that put school second, and sleep around - too much.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School Spirited Students and Faculty – The school spirit here is outstanding. Students regularly buy season tickets to the football games, and other sports. Faculty decorates, puts certain items on sale (typically orange for spirit), and dress in school colors. Students have rallies and plan their whole day around games. People use face paint, chant, start 'the wave' in the crowd at the stadium. Students sometimes will skip classes to fly out or drive to an away game. Before the game starts, there's a huge mob of people lining up at the stadium trying to be the first people in. It's a great experience, and everyone is very spirited.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Gay Acceptance at UT – In spite of recent suicides by a few gay students at various colleges, and the issues concerning gay rights such as 'don't ask don't tell', the students at the University of Texas are very accepting. Most of the people here don't judge gay students, but rather embrace them. Austin itself is known for being weird and widely accepting of gay people, so it only makes sense that the University of Texas at Austin follows along.

College Freshman

Administration: West Campus=Party Zone – With the proximity of Frat House-laden West campus, there are constantly people, mostly drunk people on the streets any time between the hours of 10 pm and 3 am. If you are obviously drunk, UT PD will pick you up, but if you are able to provide a "sober friend" to take you home, they will usually release you without further punishment. Everyone knows that parties are big here, and as long as you walk instead of drive, and aren't throwing up or an obvious danger to yourself or others, then the police usually don't say much.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Spend Your Dine-In Dollars – Meal plans come included with dorm payments, and are sufficient to last the whole year. I have not met anyone who is lower than the suggested balance of Dine-In Dollars at this time in the semester, so don't feel as if you have to skip meals to save money because you will have leftover at the end of the year. Dining hall options hardly vary from week to week, and you can count on finding something fried at any time in any dining hall at UT. There are a couple cafes that serve healthier choices such as sandwiches, but those can get repetitive as well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Large Classes Don't Always Feel So Large – Although many classes, especially introductory courses or required courses from the core are rather large (300 or more students), it is easy to get to know professors and talk to them about your needs. The seminar-style lectures are taught by the professors themselves, and then the class will usually break down into smaller "discussion sections" led by Teacher's Assistants. The TAs grade work and post grades, but all the professors are easily found during their office hours or before or after class, and are extremely willing to help or answer any questions.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Recently, UT-Austin was faced with one of the worst things that can happen at a college campus - a gunman on campus. He took his own life only and did not take anyone with him. I was on campus in class at the time. We were notified our tower alarm within minutes of him being spotted. We also received email messages on our laptops and cell phones. My professor immediately locked everything he could lock. My immediate reaction was to be scared, but I felt safe.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Busy, Busy, Busy – Austin, which is where UT is located, is the capital of our fine State of Texas. As such, it is ALWAYS busy. The students who attend college here come from all over the world. If you can't find it in Austin, it probably doesn't exist.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Booze and More – Appears that drinking is a big past time with most students. What else they do...who knows. But particularly at tailgating the beer is in full view and big time.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus life is GREAT! Lots to do and the tailgating is awsome. The campus is really nice to walk around and meet up with friends. Lots of eating places on campus and casual studying areas. The parking is terrible but there are buses for getting around the 40 acres.


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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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