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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    108 out of 110 people found this review useful. 1 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students who like being in a city type community. It's great for those who like to walk, bike, or take the bus. It's great for students who don't mind being in big classes and want to make friends with anyone they can. UT is great for students who are serious and fun at the same time. UT is especially for students who are outgoing or who like to hang out with people even if it is to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. As a student at UT, you should always join at least one club. This way you can get to know at least a small amount of people. If you're in a tight knit club then you'll end up going places, like parties, together. 2. Don't be afraid to approach people in you classes and introduce yourself. It's always good to have at least one friend in each class. 3. Create study groups with friends and study ahead of time before you go out and party that way you don't fall behind in your school work. 4. Go to your professors' office hours and introduce yourself. They always like to know that a student is actually interested in their class. 5. Don't be afraid to raise your hand during class and give out an answer. Even if it's the wrong answer, the professors like it when students participate. 6. Go to your professor if you have a question, even if it's a small one. Figuring out the answer sooner rather than later can save you several points on an exam. 7. Keep an agenda book and write down important dates. This way you don't get worried about the exam you forgot. 8. You're in college. You are here for a degree so don't forget that. Studying should always come first, but if you do have some free time then go hang out. Also, remember to have fun.

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    61 out of 62 people found this review useful. 2 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think that UT is great for all kinds of students! You can find things to do and different organizations for people of all types, size, and ages! So don’t be scared to apply or afraid that you won’t fit in because you will! And you will always have a friend there already who is willing to lend a helping hand-me!

    Tips for prospective students

    Aside from all the tips that have already been mentioned above, I just suggest that students don’t study all the time! You are in a great city and a great campus! Go out and join an organization, meet some people, and have some fun! Studying all the time is not good for your health. Sometimes, besides hanging out with friends or going to events, I like to work out to relax my body. It helps me sleep at night and it might help you! Another tip is that you might get lonely sometimes (because campus is so big) so make sure to plan dates with your friends in order to catch up! Everyone is going in their own direction and if you don’t plan things, sometimes you won’t get to see them at all.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a LOT of resources that are available for students on campus. If you want to feel and be a part of students who have a say on campus, you can always join the Student Council. There are your counselors, professors and TA's that you can go see if you need any help. Located in Jester (first floor) is the Career Explorations Center where you can look up majors and see where they can lead you! On the third floor of Jester, there is the tutoring place where all students get 10 free hours of tutoring! In JCL (Jester City Limits) located on Jester first floor, there are tables set up in the evenings for specific classes so that students can come together and work on homework together and help each other out! You can also get tutoring down there for free! Located at the FAC is the student writing center where you can get help with your papers so that they are PERFECT! Lastly, there are the great libraries on campus full of awesome books and places to study! You can find help with anything in there, just make sure you ask! You can also borrow laptops or use computers for free in the libraries as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it at UT! There is so much to do around here and so many people to meet. There is always something going on on-campus. If you go to utexas.edu, you can search for the calendar and sign up to get emails about the weekly events that are happening around campus! UT is also very diverse so you are bound to meet and run into a lot of different kinds of people. There is also many many different clubs and organizations to join. I guarantee there will be something out there that you are interested in! And if not, you can always start one with 3 friends and $5 I believe. There are also things like the movie theater and Dobie and the many gyms (like Gregory and the Red Center) around campus that you get to go in for free! I know that there are always organizations set up in Jester and in the West Mall (in front of the FAC). If you really can’t find anything to do, there are always the many shops on Guadalupe (the Drag) that you can explore! The best thing about the events on campus is that 98% of the time, they are free free freee! Yay!

    Am learning a lot

    I know you are hearing all about how big UT is and how big the classes are and how big campus is. All this might be a little intimidating and even scary for you! But no worries! There will certainly be one or two classes that you will have that are just humongous! But there are also other classes that aren’t that bad. The trick first is to join a FIG! They are programs that reserve smaller classes for students who sign up and you get to go to many classes with the same group of people. I am part of a program that is similar to a FIG called Gateway. That's where I met 5 of my really good friends! Also, it will help a lot if you use websites such as pick-a-prof because the student reviews and ratings are mostly accurate! This website allows you to search your class and the teachers who have taught it and it also gives you a breakdown (in %) of the grades that the professor has given. You don't want to get stuck with a professor that you could have avoided by using the website! Lastly, when you are finally in the classroom, I suggest you bring a laptop to take notes because the teacher talks really fast. However, if you are easily distracted then it’s not such a good idea. Also, I have also been told and learned from experience that reviewing your notes just 5 minutes every day will help you remember everything a lot better than waiting until the night before a test to cram! One last thing! Sit in front! That way, 1. the professor knows that you have been to class all semester long so if any issues arise, they are more likely to help you out 2. you won’t be distracted and 3. You can hear better! Goodluck and have fun!

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    31 out of 33 people found this review useful. 3 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is a great school if you have your basics out of the way. If not it can be stressful and challenging. UT is more for those that have gone to community college and are now ready to go on and learn more about their trade. The you're an Engineering, Economics, Film (UT has an amazing Film Department), Business, English, History, or Social Working major, then UT is the best place for you AFTER getting at least your Calculus, History, Government, Economics, and Math out of the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT is a academically challenging school. Keep that in mind before you go partying. All parties are the same so you won't miss anything by missing a couple of parties. DO NOT party your first semester, it's tempting, I know, but your first semester you should be more for getting used to the new environment. Once you feel comfortable at your new home away from home, then you can go out into the wild city of Austin. There's alot of amazing places in Austin just don't explore them all at once, they'll get boring pretty quickly. There's also many events in both Austin and UT that are always good to go check out.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone knows that UT is expensive. And the financial aid department likes to play tricks on you. But it's worth it. Being from UT employeers are most likey to hire you opposed to the guy with the associates degree. And if you were experimental with clubs and such, it just looks that much better. Plus, the life experience you get there is unmatched.

    Did enjoy being here

    Again, academically UT can be a drag. But once you start going to classes for your major its like stepping into a whole different world. It's so much fun and you don't mind getting up at 8am on a Friday to go your favorite class. Don't just stick to courses having to do with your major. You're in college, experiment. You can stay within your limits, say take a theater class if you're a pre-med student. Or go beyond the box, take an astronomy class if your a dance major. And you just have to join at least one club. Its a great way to get away from studying and just enjoy yourself. Just like with classes, explore your interests by joining random clubs, you can always leave if you feel its not right for you after all.

    Did learn a lot

    Depends how you define learning. Academically I was stumped most of the time and had to have constant help. To be honest almost nothing stuck to me. Career wise and life wise, I learned alot from UT. I learned some tricks and tips that I use now in very effective ways in my career as a Filmmaker.

  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 out of 27 people found this review useful. 4 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Most people will tell you that UT is best for the partying, tailgating, outgoing student, which is partially true. But anyone can fit in at UT as long as they try. There are clubs for everything- foreign languages, religions, movie fanatics. One of the greatest things about UT is the diversity. Bottom line, UT is great for really anyone due to the opportunities provided by the university and student body.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stay in your dorm all semester! People tend to form groups of friends really quickly but most like to meet new people. Go out, meet people, join a club or an intramural, talk to the person sitting next to you in class. There are so many ways to meet people around campus. It's a great idea to consider living on campus your first year (and maybe even your second). You're close to everything - classes, library, gym, on campus events, dining halls, even the drag (the nickname for guadalupe st, which has a lot of shopping and cheap restaurants) - and you get familiar with the campus. If you eat on campus, eat at Kinsolving or J2 more than JCL and Littlefield Patio Cafe - it's cafeteria style food, so not gourmet, but they are cheaper, and they're buffets. Explore Austin!!! Austin is an unbelievable city and there is so much for everyone - nightlife, green parks, music festivals. You can even use the city buses for free with your student id card -- take advantage of that! The gym is free for you, too! Go to your professor's office hours! They are required to have these hours and most just sit around in their office during that time. They will (most likely) appreciate that you are taking the initiative to ask them questions. In larger lecture classes, the TAs will hold the office hours as opposed to the professor, but the same philosophy applies. Take classes that interest you! There are so many possibilities. Need a science credit but hate biology? Try astronomy! Need a fine arts credit and just want a break from the textbooks? You can take theatre! There is even a History of Rock & Roll class. Find ways to have fun - that is why people love UT. Whether you're more into the partying scene or just hanging out with friends or going to the free movies that the student union shows twice a week, there is so much to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Because the university is so large, many undergrads will only have the chance to take large lecture classes for a few semesters. In these types of classes, it is up to the student to learn the material on his own. With classes this size, however, there are most likely always study groups for homework, tests, etc. Basically, the amount you learn is up to you.

  • 07/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 5 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For some people, the sheer size of the university can be daunting, and for others it can be exciting. Because UT Austin isn't a small school, the students that absolutely love small schools will definitely not like it here. Another thing to note is that UT is smack in the middle of downtown Austin, so for the students that are seeking a more rural look, this is going to be a disappointment. But for those who love city life, Austin would be a great place. In the end, if you're unsure, stop by and visit the campus. Take a tour, and you will probably have a clearer idea of whether or not this is the right school for you or not, because in the end you want a school that makes you happy and if it doesn't, then the college experience won't be as great as it should.

    Tips for prospective students

    Well, first off, use the resources that the university offers! You pay to go to the school, so use as much as you can. There are study abroad advising, career centers, libraries, academic counseling, recreation centers, and more. I see many students who don't take advantage of the resources that they pay for, and these things can very well help you get a job in the future and also make your life a lot easier! Also, don't be afraid to ask your professors for help. Go to their office hours and whatever tutorial sessions that the teaching assistants or professors have; most of them are very, very helpful. In the end, if you're on the border-line for a certain grade, and the professor saw that you were trying by doing all the above things, you will find that most professors are very sympathetic and will sometimes give you a little bump. However, if you didn't really try in their class, of course they won't be as understanding. UT Austin is also known as a party school. College is perhaps one of the best times of your life, but take it from me that you don't want to party even one semester away because that will hurt, a lot, in the long run. There's nothing wrong with having fun! Not at all! But do things in moderation, and you will have an absolutely great time. And one of the important things is to be smart! What I mean by this is that UT Austin is a big school, and when you have a large group of people, crime is bound to happen. Don't leave your stuff unattended. If you bring your bike to school, make sure you lock it up with either a really good lock, or two locks. If you bring your car to school (I wouldn't bring any type of nice car personally, i.e. BMW, Mercedes, etc.), don't leave anything interesting lying out or else it will be broken into. It's always better to be safe than have something happen to you.

    Bang for the buck

    I actually applied for the more expensive private universities as well to keep my options open, but in the end, one of the main reasons that I decided to choose UT Austin was because of money. I had a college savings account, but since that was based on the stock markets, well, you can imagine how much I had left. (However, if you are an out of state student, the tuition can be just as high as private universities, around three times higher than what in-state students pay for tuition) But even though my tuition was fairly low, the number of resources available to the students is incredible. The university has a ton of cool speaker events and also extremely good facilities, such as libraries and gyms. For me, UT Austin is well worth the money that I pay.

    Am enjoying being here

    I come from the DFW area, so by comparison, Austin as a city, is a lot smaller. With that being said, Austin is still a very nice city that has many great places that college students can go to. As for the school, the classmates that I have had interaction with are very friendly and helpful, though I must admit I have really only met a very small fraction of the school population (there are over 50,000 students enrolled; the school population itself is like the population of a small town!). There are cafeterias around campus, but I rarely eat at them because there are restaurants on a street that students call the Drag that take BevoBucks. If you decide to go with a meal plan, which you need in order to get into the cafeterias conveniently, then you need to know that all it really is a down payment that's used as a type of debit card, only for food. So, in my opinion, there really is no need to get a meal plan because in the end, if you don't use it all, then it's gone after the next semester. Now something that does bother me a little bit about the campus is that on the outskirts, there are quite a few homeless people. For me, coming from the suburbs of the DFW area, I have never really gotten used to seeing beggars on the street corners. By no means are they mean, it's just very disconcerting seeing them. (They usually aren't on the actual campus, but they do stay on the street corners that are fairly close, so you'll see them coming to school or walking around downtown)

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Texas at Austin (UT) was named a Public Ivy meaning that you can get a very good education at a public university. From my experience at UT, I believe that the title is well deserved. I am currently enrolled in the Cockrell School of Engineering, and I can tell you for sure that the faculty, staff, and resources here at the school are top-notch (My basis for comparison largely comes from my experience at the University of North Texas). Of course, there are always those more general classes, also known as 'freshmen' courses, that are sometimes not always so great. Because the classes are so big for these courses, I think there is more of a disconnect between the students and teachers, but that's my opinion on it. These courses are the only reason why I have deducted a star from learning, but in the end as you get further along in your major, the professors do become a lot better.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 6 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for those who want to expand your horizons. Those who enjoy politics will love being so close to the capital. There are numerous music festivals for those who enjoy music like SxSW. Nature lovers will enjoy the parks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map of the campus and walk it before classes start because it is easy to get lost. If you go to cultural festivals you can meet new people and get free food. The campus bus system will be your best friend. The campus is huge and is horrible to have to walk across. Don't be afraid to use campus study resources, they are free and meant to help you pass.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the best of the best at University of Texas at Austin . They make sure all of your needs are met and any events are cheap. When teachers pick out books they make an attempt to save students money by requiring books that can come used or that you ca use for more than one class. The atmosphere is worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do here in Austin. On campus there is always festivals, shows and events. You can go on Guadalupe street to shop and eat. Downtown is only 5 minutes away by bus, and it is easy to get to malls. The parks are beautiful and well kept. They are especially wonderful for those who like photography. Resident are polite and helpful.

    Am learning a lot

    Your professors are experts in their fields, and bring an exuberance to classes that were rare in high school classes. They also make sure to provide you with the tools to succeed and inspire you to continue learning even after the class is over.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for those who like being in a big class setting and aren't shy to raise their hand to ask/answer a question. There are about 40,000 students on campus so if you're into meeting new people, UT is a great place to do it. Summary: Great for outgoing, energetic, high spirited, studious students.

    Tips for prospective students

    During the first semester, you're going to get pulled into the night life and habits of going out, making new friends, and skipping class but always try to leave some time for studying. You probably hear it a lot but it really works. Studying helps so much. Sometimes going to class isn't much help but if you have a textbook, make sure you actually open it and read it from time to time. Don't just spend a $100 on a textbook and not highlight and take notes in it. You're going to sell it back for the used price anyway, go ahead and mark all over it. Getting to know your professors is helpful also. If you aren't doing very well in the class but you go to the office hours often, the professors will be more lenient because they see that you've been trying.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to a big university is definitely different from attending community college. Community college might be cheaper but the level of education you're getting isn't quite the same. You are challeged more as a student here at UT, which is hard but feels so good when you push yourself and see that A at the end of the semester. UT has so many helpful facilities on campus that are provided for you. There's the learning center where you can get up to 15 hours of free one-on-one tutoring, the student service building where you can go to, 24-hour security service on campus, the libraries, and I can go on and on. It is expensive but if you utilize and take advantage of all the things that UT offers, it turns out to be a great bargain!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at UT! The first month of school is so fun. There are all sorts of things happening on campus. You have all those different organizations campaigning and recruiting new members. There are lots of freebies being handed out on campus like backpacks, hats, frisbies, food, and more. The people on campus are so friendly and you can just feel the amount of school spirit during sport games - it's amazing. During your four years at UT, you should at least attend one football game. That is where you'll experience the most school spirit. Besides the amount of school spirit and friendliness of being on campus, there's the enjoyment of being in Austin in general. There are so many different restaurants to experience and different places to drive out to and hang out like Lake Travis or Barton Springs.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of different classes that they offer at UT tha tmight not be towards your degree but are fun and can count towards your elective courses. For instance, there's scubadiving, musical instrument classes, and physical education classes. Aside from learning in the courses, there are over 900 student organizations on campus. There's practically an organization for everything - just think of it, and you'll find it. Joining and organization is a great way to make new friends and learn new things. I joined a business organization and every week there is a different company that comes to the meeting and talks about their company and different jobs that are offered at the company. Plus, it helps to network with those companies to land an internship in the future.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students who are serious about they're school work. The workload is no joke. But no matter what you're personality type is, you're bound to find people you mesh with at a school of this size. So if you're serious about your school work, UT is for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Rain boots and an umbrella are necessities if you want to stay dry, it rains a good amount in Austin. 2. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help about anything, if the first person isn't of much help just ask someone else! 3. If you want to be pretty sure you get a good professor check out websites like pick-a-prof, they have honest and useful reviews from UT students 4. Get your books early, theres almost always a delay at the Co-Op. And if you're buying books from the Co-Op save your receipts!!! You can go back to the Co-Op when you're done with you're books (to sell them back) and get 10% back of what you paid for them, which is not much but it's still something! Also check into renting (westcampusbooks.com, chegg.com) your books or buying them online (amazon), even looking at used bookstores. 5. Make sure to make one or two friends in each of your classes. Knowing people can help with study groups and getting notes when you're absent. Don't be one of those people who always sends mass emails out because they are afraid to say hi to the person sitting next to them! 6. Sitting closer to the front in big lectures helps a lot. One because you can hear what the professor is saying SO MUCH better, like reminders of test dates and due dates (very important stuff here people!!!), and two because you get less distracted by all the movement from the other 249 people (maybe even more!) in your class. 7. Stay organized. Keep all your syllabi and mark down the important dates on a calendar or in an organizer/planner. 8. Keep you're map from Orientation, also make sure to read through the magazine they give you at orientation, I'm pretty sure it has Bevo on the front of it. It has some pretty useful information and tips in there. 9. If you're staying in the dorms on campus, bring a rug. Most dorms have tile floors, and it's no fun to have you're feet cold when you wake up in the morning! 10. AVOID 8 o'clock classes. Check the registrar before your registration time and write down the unique numbers to classes you want, that way you can plug them in quickly and be done. Also make sure to have backups just in case the classes you want are closed, and don't be afraid to waitlist the class you want. 11. Keep in touch with your advisor. They're there job is to help you! 12. Get familiar with the bus system. It can be really helpful on rainy days, and you can even put your bike on the front! 13. Don't hop onto the living on campus wagon right away. Check out apartments around campus and compare prices to see which would work best for you. 14. Don't forget to take study breaks and remember to have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    The prestige of UT will most certainly help in getting future jobs, but with all that money you pay for tuition it's a bit confusing why a good number of the dorms are pretty old. Well the tuition allows the students to have high quality professors and allows the students to have access to lots of resources like research essays and books.

    Am enjoying being here

    As many people know, Austin is an amazing city. Theres always tons of activities and there's tons of people to go to the activities with! It's a beautiful campus and pretty much everyone is willing to help you with whatever questions you may have. I had a great first semester and am looking forward to starting my second.

    Am learning a lot

    It's really up to the individual on how much you learn at UT. Just like any other school, they're not going to force you to study or pay attention in class. Currently I've completed my first semester at UT as a freshman and have found that the material in the basic lecture classes isn't always that interesting, so for me it didn't really stick, but I really enjoyed Intro to Psychology. I would have to say that I learned the most in Calculus 1 and Psychology.

  • 12/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students who know what they want to do and for those who are still not quite sure. For those students who have already planned out their college experience, UT helps these students dive into their classes and assists them in achieving all their goals. For those students still unsure of what they want to do after college, UT helps these students explore their options until they find the place for them. Many of UT's colleges are ranked highly nationally, so UT is great for students who want to become the best at what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Most students, myself included, suffer from procrastination. However at UT, you will find it very difficult to fall behind in your classes. UT offers additional resources for students who might be struggling in their classes or who are interested in additional instruction, including free tutoring, flexible professors, and supportive clubs and student networks. My advice: take advantage of these; they are here for you. Try new things for you may find you like the new opportunities provided to you. 2. Buy your books from the Co-Op early to make sure they arrive before classes begin. At the end of the semester, you can return your books to the Co-Op for pretty good prices. 3. Bring clothing for all weather. The weather in Austin is wacky: one day it will be sweltering hot, the next blustering cold, and the day after wet and rainy. Bring rain boots, an umbrella, layers, your winter coat, and maybe a wind breaker for it can get breezy. 4. A few days before classes begin, map out your route to your classes. You don't want to be clueless on your first day. 5. Talk to your professors. They are really interested in talking to you, however scary they may seem. 6. Get a good alarm clock. You will be tempted to sleep through a few of your classes. 7. Do try and get some sleep. Save the parties and Netflix marathons for the weekend. 8. Take the city bus. It's free for students and can take you anywhere you need to go. It can also be fun, like a mini-adventure. 9. Don't forget when studying, you do need to take breaks and have fun every once in a while. You're in college, you deserve some fun. The key is balance.

    Bang for the buck

    Students come to UT to learn. UT then also tries to make this pursuit of knowledge affordable. Both the University as a whole and each individual college offer multitudes of scholarships that are then applicable to all different kinds of students. The scholarships are also updated frequently. In addition, UT may be less expensive than other schools being a public school. Don't then assume that the education you earn then is any less valuable than other schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    UT is a place where you can meet and interact with people from all walks of life. You can easily make new friends here, the friends that you'll have for life. The University has thousands of clubs, and new ones are created everyday. You will definitely be able to find your own niche there and find people with whom you can relate. The campus has top-class facilities and resources that are open to student use. UT is also located smack-dab in the center of downtown Austin. Austin is a place for culture and entertainment. If ever you want to venture off campus, you can always find something to do on the streets of Austin.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes, while crammed full of information, are taught by exceptional professors who know how to teach. These professors work with you, taking time from their day and even making special arrangements to meet with you, to help you better understand everything you need to know and more. The professors are people who in their free time continue to explore their respective fields, and thus, teach from their actual experiences.

  • 06/11/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    4 out of 11 people found this review useful. 10 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    One who is willing to learn and who will have to put commitment to the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be exited and enthusiastic!

  • 01/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There's anything and everything here available for all kinds of students. People of all ethnicities, religious backgrounds, sexualities, etc. are welcomed here. If you don't mind living in the middle of the city, there are quieter areas around campus to study or live at. Bus shuttles are also available, but students also like to walk or take their bike around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Gather all of your syllabi and class schedules and make a homework list. Make one for each week, sort them by classes, and highlight all of the important stuff, like major tests, projects, and presentations (or if you have it in a Word doc like me, italicize or boldface them). You'll really get a sense of how your workload is each week and you won't be overwhelmed by all of those dates if you keep them organized. Also, take the time to plan out your four years: which classes you're going to take (or test out of), which organizations you'll join. Even make a to-do list once you're here, whether it's crossing off more ambitious goals like finishing or researching for a paper early, or more simple goals like going to the gym or running errands. You'll likely be busier in college than you were in high school, so it's best to give yourself reminders. Also find a job here on campus. Even if it's doing a work study or working at a restaurant along Guadalupe, it helps you manage your time, not to mention earning a little cash. :)

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the room-and-board is a bit expensive, I'd definitely recommend staying here for a year or two. It's really convenient to walk to and from class when you live on campus. There are also tons of resources available, from tutoring, to writing essays.

    Am learning a lot

    Don't let the massive size fool you. Even though UT is renowned for its size, there are plenty of classes and extracurriculars that make you feel important and not just another face in the crowd.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, willing to learn, enjoy an urban environment, enjoy things like riding bikes and being outdoors, and friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply EARLY. Do not wait until the last minute because you risk all of the parts to your application not getting there on time. They receive so many applications and they aren't going to make an exception and review an application that arrived late, it's just going to be tossed out.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is expensive, however, I am an independent student and have to pay for college on my own and I made it happen because I know it's worth it. UT has so much to offer, and so many great programs, I definitely think it is worth every penny.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have been to the campus many times and I absolutely LOVE the environment, the people, the city, everything! I love a challenge and I also love to have fun, and UT offers both.

    Will learn a lot

    Many people in my family have gone to UT and my uncle was even an engineering professor there for a long time. Everyone that has gone there from my family has become extremely successful and are very intelligent and bright individuals. I know UT has a lot to offer academically.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, students that love big-city life, personable, students that love tradition and spirit and people that love burnt orange!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't let your school work completely take over your life. Work hard, but take breaks. Giving your brain rest is extremely beneficial. 2. Make friends with people in your classes! Study groups saved my life last semester. It's a great way to help understand material while making really great friends. 3. Don't trust frat boys. Is this offensive? 4. Go to theme parties. Nothing more fun than walking through campus in a toga! 5. Watch your bank account. The Drag will take more money from you than you'll believe. 6. Don't give up. I worked extremely hard, failed all four of my Physics tests and made a 50 on the final; I made a C. Curves are your best friend. 7. But don't slack off. Keep your GPA higher than the gas prices. 8. Use MyEdu.com LOW-RATED PROFFESORS = LOW GPA. Do not test this theory for yourself. 9. If you're confused about your major, take general classes and don't worry too much about it. 10. If you have a question, ask. 11. Work hard; Play hard. It's that simple. Get your work done, then take your well-deserved break. Enjoy every minute. It goes by fast!

    Bang for the buck

    Financially, UT can be a little pricey. I give it four stars because, while I believe being a student here is worth every penny, the amount of scholarships given out by the school are of very few and very difficult to obtain. Cost of living in Austin is expensive, and therefore dorm life and apartment life that is close to campus can put a pretty substantial dent in your wallet. With that said, the reputation of this school is as high as the cost of my apartment next year. I consider the education I receive and the degrees I obtain to be worth the cost. Longhorn graduates are hired all over the place, and there is no doubt that if you work hard enough, you'll pay your college education back in no time once you join the work force with a UT diploma in your hand.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'll go ahead and be honest and say that Austin isn't for everyone. Those who fall outside a love for the big city atmosphere don't find much joy here, and usually call themselves aggies. UT Austin is smack dab in downtown Austin, TX. Walk across MLK Blvd and you'll see the Texas History Museum and the IMAX movie theater. Walk a little further and you're on the front steps of the capitol building. Stay on campus and get your spirit on while watching the numerous sporting events going on throughout the year. Join an intermural team! Join a spirit group! Walk through West Mall and be bombarded by groups and clubs of every kind; there's bound to be one you love. Study outside on the grass in front of the tower. It's beautiful. Or if you're more of an inside person, get your study on at the brand new SAC (my personal favorite), the FAC, the PCL Library or the RLM Library, depending on just how far you do or don't want to walk. With Guadalupe Street being within walking distance of just about everything, it tends to be a second home for shopping and eating. I love everything about this school. I love the spirit, the traditions and the never-ending list of things to enjoy. There is never a dull moment if you don't want there to be one. Once again, I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. Hook 'em!

    Am learning a lot

    I am not only learning a ton inside the classroom, but UT Austin teaches you skills outside academics as well. Professors may be brutal, but they teach you to get your work done on time and with exceptional quality or you'll suffer the consequences. They teach independence. They teach you to ask for help when you need it, which inadvertently teaches you that if you don't, your GPA will show it. I've learned to take initiative when I need help with something. I've learned to manage my time and stress. I've learned that working hard and not giving up on Physics, which I was near positive I would fail, will pay off, even if it was only with a C. I've learned to not concern myself with things I can't control, along with making the absolute best of the things I can. I've learned all of this, along with a solid semester of Calculus 2, Physics and Chemistry. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 14 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent students who are involved in the community and love to have fun! You could have a good experience if you are strong in any of these suits but those who combine these traits have a college experience that cannot be topped anywhere in the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your class rank up! The vast majority of students at UT are automatically admitted for ranking in the top ten percent of a Texas high school, so a high rank is imperative. Otherwise, remember the essays are weighted almost as much as the extracurricular experience is--two good essays can go a long way to get in. Otherwise, just come check out Austin and you'll realize how great UT is and how it will be the best four years of your life!

    Bang for the buck

    Simply put, you cannot get a better education for the price anywhere in the nation. UT is one of the top universities in the United States for a grand total of $8,000 tuition and fees per year. Throw in a cost of living which is relatively affordable for a city offering as much as Austin and you get one of the top educations in the world for about $80,000--which would get you three semesters at an Ivy League school. UT also has the top job placement service in the nation and strong alumni networks from Houston to Hong Kong. Not only do UT students get a great education for a great price, they get great paying jobs afterwards too!

    Am enjoying being here

    If you can't figure out how to have fun at UT you aren't trying hard enough. There are 50,000 people here, so there's sure to be people you will get along with. There are extracurriculars of every shape and size, including one of the strongest Greek systems in the nation, active political groups, vibrant religious organizations, thriving academic groups, preprofessional associaations, and some of the top sporting clubs in the nation. Texas pretty much dominates every sport, from football to basketball to swimming and tennis. Football gamedays are crazy--try to imagine 100,000 people singing The Eyes of Texas at the top of their lungs without getting excited, and as many more outside the stadium tailgating and having a blast. UT is a top academic school, but students know how to have fun--it's one of the best party schools in the nation and on any given weekend night there is lots going on. Basically UT is the most fun any college student could imagine--and they throw in a top notch education too!

    Am learning a lot

    My classes and professors have all been awesome. The courses in my major are definitely challenging, but I enjoy being challenged, and my professors are some of the top in their fields. In most of my core requirement subjects, the professors have been top notch (including Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize finalists teaching first year courses), though not all of the courses have been riveting. All in all, though some of the material may be repetitive, I've learned to take all of the knowledge to such a higher level that it's been a great experience academically.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Music lovers, this is your city! The music scene here is awesome, and every artist that I have ever wanted to see have been here! (even the foreign European ones!). Even if you're not so much into music, you should check it out, it's a great experience. I see UT as a not-so-conservative college. We constantly have students voicing out their opinions around campus, and it's great! The diversity of the students is phenomenal, there are so many different shapes, sizes, colors, any combination that you can think of!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide going to see your professors is not your thing, at least go see your Teach Assistants (TAs). They are the ones who can help you succeed because they are able to get in more one-on-one time with you rather than your professors. You never know if your TAs might start talking about you to your professors! Then you'll really stand out! During the weekends (or your free weeknights), check out downtown. Austin isn't like anything I've experienced, it's not like a typical city to me. If you're into music, this is it for you. They've got tons of artists coming into town each week! If you have any questions after you've been accepted, ask them during your summer orientation! The orientation advisors are hired to help you, and they're more than willing to help! They are among some of the friendliest people I know.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition and housing might seem expensive, it's actually not bad at all if you compare it to the other college costs. For the cost that you attend at UT, you might think you're going to an expensive junior college. But it's not that at all! The price is amazing for what you get. Awesome professors, plenty of student events, free bus rides (oh believe me, it comes in really handy when you're trying to get around town!), free gym membership, and so much more. Not to mention the football game tickets for $75 for the entire season! (of course, you'd have to go claim it yourself)

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the Austin culture! It's got a cool vibe to it, a bit carefree and a little less conservative than where I came from. UT has alot of free programs for students as well. I constantly find myself debating which event I should go to because there are so many! We also have famous speakers that drop by every so often...it's quite an experience to get to meet them! The campus is beautiful! There are many study places, indoors and outdoors. It might be HUGE, but that's also one of the reasons why I like it. I don't ever find myself being bored while on campus, there are just so many places to hang around.

    Am learning a lot

    The staff in this university is amazing. Although some may not have the best first impressions, they are genuinely interested in their students' progress. The teaching assistants are able to help me in every single class I've taken, no matter how lost I am, they manage to teach me something and help me get back on track. Even though I took a few AP classes back in high school, it is nothing compared to what I learned here at UT Austin. And this is only my second year! I can't wait until I take more degree oriented classes. I not only learn academics from these professors and TAs, I learned a few life lessons as well that are sure to stay with me for the rest of my life. The professors are not just your teachers, they can be your mentors as well.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    UT is a very competitive school, and only the most self-disciplined students succeed. Those who are very competitive will love the challenge of competing with fellow students by making good grades and earning academic scholarships. UT is a college for the most intellectual students, but even those types of students will find themselves challenged by the rigid courses UT provides.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important tip for students seeking to go to UT is to study constantly, especially when free time is available. Students cannot hope to pass classes without studying several hours a week. Also, seek out classmates and form study groups, since students tend to learn more efficiently in groups. Don't be afraid to ask professors for help since they are always willing to help students who show interest in their lessons. Don't procrastinate because if you miss a deadline don't expect to receive an extension unless you missed the deadline because of a special circumstance like an illness.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is not a cheap college to attend, but the cost of attendance is well worth it. UT provides a broad range of learning very many types of students, and the professors reach out to all students willing to listen to their lectures. The housing that is provided is well kept and the dorms are within easy access of the classrooms around campus. UT is also a beautiful campus, so there are always several sites to check out. The various offices also provide excellent service, including the financial office.

    Am enjoying being here

    Attending UT at first can be intimidating, but many students are able to adapt to it instantly. There are many interesting people to meet, and the campus offers many recreational places to hang out at. There is also a wide array of restaurants to eat at. Students will find themselves making their own decisions, but the extra independence and responsibility will help them adapt quicker and will inspire them to work to their full potential.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much in just 3 months. The courses are fast-paced, so there is a lot of material to learn in a very limited amount of time, but there are many classmates to study with and the professors are very helpful. Coursework can be rigorous at times, but there are many people on campus that offer assistance.

  • 01/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    UT is a great place for people who want a good education while also having a great time. It's also a good place for people that do not mind a lot of competition. Because of the large class sizes, one is more likely to have to put in a lot of effort to get leadership positions and to get recommendations from professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    During your first year here, join student organizations. Get involved. I cannot stress this enough. I figured I would get used to the college life before I became too involved, but it's better to start early. UT has a LOT of students and it's harder to stand out at a school like this, especially since some of the classes (especially entry-level classes) have a couple hundred students each. Not only will joining organizations help you stand out, but it will also help you make new friends and make your college experience more enjoyable. Also, do not get caught up in the party scene. It may seem fun and it looks like everyone is doing it, but not everyone is and it will ruin your GPA.

    Bang for the buck

    As mentioned earlier, the professors are great. I have yet to find one professor that I did not like or that did not teach me all that I needed to know. Although the college is a little expensive, it's definitely worth it. It's a great campus with fantastic professors located in an awesome city. What more can you ask for?

    Am enjoying being here

    At times I feel as if UT is too much of a party school. You constantly hear people talking about going to parties and getting drunk. Despite this fact, I really enjoy the atmosphere at this college. A common expression throughout city is Keep Austin Weird. I find this appropriate because there are so many little interesting, quirky places around the city to explore. There are also so many different organizations on campus and ways to make new friends so it's hard to be bored during the free time you may have between studying sessions.

    Am learning a lot

    Upon arriving at UT, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's a nationally renowned university, but it's no Harvard. However, now that I've been here for a little over a semester, I'm surprised at all of the things I've learned. All of the professors that I've had so far really know what they're talking about and they seem to love what they're doing. I found that there is always a way to contact either professors or TAs whenever I had a question. Studying at UT has been a great learning experience both academically and personally.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    there is a number that you can call that will walk you to dorm if you stay on campus. its like from 11 until 2am. it is really cool cause if you stay at the library late.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many club i am sure you will find something for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the new campus candy store, its like a miniature club.

    Bang for the buck

    always accept coupon books, they really do save you money.

    What to do for fun

    6th street.

    Food and Dining

    guadalupe aka the drag has everything you could want. everything is walking distance which is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    great. jester west is loud. i currently stay in duren and it's so peaceful.

    Academic Rigor

    study. that's all the advice i can give.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would recommend to stay in a dorm for your first year so you can live on campus. it is a huge school and it will get you familiar so you can find all your classes. this helped a lot and now that i know where everything is, now i can move out. i plan on moving in a condo. if you do plan to live somewhere else besides a dorm, i suggest you look soon.

    In three sentences

    it is a great school because of the atmosphere, teachers, and everything that has to do with austin. it is at an awesome location. i feel welcomed and happily plan to live and get a job here.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe and there are police offers often patrolling the area, i have never had any concerns. occasionally you will see homeless people and they may get rowdy at night as they're often drinking rum from paper sacs, but usually they're docile and just minding their own business - don't bother them.

    Greek Life

    lots of greek life all over west campus with some amazing socials and parties. it is a definite to check out one of these parties if you go to ut, at least once!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of clubs and extracurricular activities at ut - simply too many to list. if you can name it, they have it. simple as that.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are not scared to try new things and meet new, fun, and intelligent people that may challenge your previous beliefs - then this is the place for you. it will be challenging academically and as i've found out it's really easy to get lost in the crowd. if you want to be just mediocre and stand out then go to a smaller university with less competition. if you want to work your butt off and get recognized by some important people, then ut is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the huge, monumental ut clock tower often plays the best little jingles. one time they played lady gaga's poker face.

    Bang for the buck

    near west campus on guadelupe st. there is a delicious gyro restaurant, arpeggios grill. they have huge gyro's stuffed with succulent gyro meat and fresh vegetables, with a side of humus and pita bread for only $5. a definite must! my lunch everyday.

    What to do for fun

    only ten minutes away from campus, lake austin is a popular place to go for a study break. you can rent canoes or take a run along the shore, and it's a green getaway that is easy to fall in love with. also, there are lots of nearby outdoor activities in austin, including rock climbing and hiking. the nightlife is also great since austin is the live music capital of texas, if not the u.s. there are always bands and concerts and you're bound to see some of your favorite artists play in austin, and probably for far cheaper than you would elsewhere. lastly, make sure not to miss 6th street, a mecca for all night clubbing and shenanigans.

    Food and Dining

    there are several restaurants on campus and i'm certain that you can find something that suits your taste. burgers, tex-mex, chicken, and of course plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. austin is a student city and there are hundreds of cafes and delicious, cheap restaurants that surround the campus.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is fun and safe, i have never had any bad experiences except that time i left the mac and cheese in too long and almost burned down the building. the student body is diverse so you often have a chance to meet people from various backgrounds and nationalities - i've made a lot of cool foreign friends. however, rent can often get very expensive so make sure you find a place early on!

    Academic Rigor

    this is a tough school and you can't slack off if you want anything higher than a 3.0 gpa. teachers are usually very nice about helping students out and have several teacher assistants, so you have the opportunity to succeed but you must put forth a lot of effort on your part. classes can be over 300 students sometimes but there are supplementary discussion sections during the week that you will go to and can clarify any questions you have. there is always lots of faculty and peer support so as long as you don't party your life away during the week and focus on homework, maybe camping out at the pcl library for a couple days, then you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are planning on attending ut make sure that you find a place to live several months beforehand because leases are signed very early on. also, often times the campus can be crowded so i recommend finding a study spot that you call your own where you know you can focus. i do not recommend living too far from campus because you'll find that a lot of the action happens on or near campus and you won't want to miss it. this includes, but is not limited to, campus events, seminars, club/organization stands on campus, free red bulls from the redbull car, awesome parties, club meetings, job opportunities, chances to volunteer, etc... also, i recommend joining a club so that you can get a wider network of friends - there are so many people to meet at ut!

    In three sentences

    the university of texas at austin is nationally recognized and boasts some great teachers and a wonderful curriculum. the campus is huge and is home to hundreds of student clubs and passionate, active students. there is always an event going on or some activity that you can get involved in on campus.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    The UT campus strives to keep their students safe by sending out UT Safety Alerts whenever a potential crime is occurring. Also, the campus requires all its students to take an online course and learn about the possible dangers of drinking irresponsibly.

    Greek Life

    I don't know about the Greek Life except its huge at UT so don't be surprised.

    Clubs and Activities

    The diversity of the clubs and activities comes from the vast amount of students at UT. Take the time to visit all the club tables during the school year that interest you and learn more. My advice with clubs is to seriously commit to a few rather than becoming not so active members of many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students who want a steady balance between their social life and academic life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before final exams, typically students on both sides of the streets will carry foam swords and have sword fights during the red lights. Its fun and somewhat of a stress reliever. Occasionally, a person at the UT Tower will play a song with the bells. Songs have ranged from Lady Gaga to UT's fight song. During the school year, there is a time when all the fraternities and sororities will wear neon colors to celebrate something. During the spring semester, UT holds an event to celebrate Holi, a Hindu holiday, where hundreds of students will gather on the front lawn and throw colored powder and water at each other for fun.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is general pricey but there are coupons for various things on and off campus so keep a look out. There are a few fast food locations with dollar menus near campus.

    What to do for fun

    UT has assortment of different organizations and clubs whether it is cultural, athletic, academic, or just for personal interests. Getting involved in these clubs and organizations provides a lot of fun things to do like socials, parties, and various things. If you ever get the opportunity, go to a football game. Honestly I'm not the biggest football fan but UT college football games are just something else. Visit Town Lake for kayaking, Downtown Austin for shopping etc., and the food trailers. Let's not forget about UT's party scene. It's also fun making new friends and just hanging out with them.

    Food and Dining

    If you tolerated high school cafeteria food, then eating college cafeteria food will be more than just okay. Outside of campus, UT has loads of restaurants that cover foods across the world so try new places. Also there are a handful of places that are open late in case you're hungry late at night. Although UT has a mixed collection of places to eat, try not to eat out everyday because it tends to get pricey. So if you get a meal plan somewhere, don't forget about it. You'll find out various clubs and organizations offer free food at their first couple of meetings. Free food should not be ignored in college.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm itself may not be that nice most of the fun of dorm life comes from all the other students living near you and meeting them. All dorms have resident assistants or older students who take care of you so don't hesitate to seek help from them. Also no matter what dorm you choose, the rooms are for the most part not spacious. I would advise picking a dorm your freshman year rather than an apartment just for the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a large range of difficulty in courses at UT. I think that a lot of the difficulty comes from all that UT has to offer such as the diversity of events. Don't get too distracted with UT's culture. Overall, if you put in a little effort in your work everyday then you'll be just fine. There are going to be classes that are just hard but don't let that discourage you and try your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Quickly adapt to the college system. Your first year may well be the hardest year for you because of adjustment issues. Use your first year to cushion your GPA for the harder courses you'll have to take in your later years. In terms of classes and professors, the best way to choose between them is word of mouth and course rating websites. Unfortunately at UT, your GPA will be reflective on professor you choose so be wise during registration. Unless your classes require new textbooks, try to find used textbooks or earlier editions because most likely the textbooks aren't different at all. In high school you may have gotten away with procrastination but you won't in college. Working a little everyday is so much easier than working a lot in a few days. Talking to your professor during lecture and office hours will help you in some way whether it is getting that letter of recommendation for various applications or possibly bumping that GPA up at the end. Lastly, set your priorities straight but also enjoy your time in college. There are really a ton of events, organizations, restaurants, etc. so take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    UT has so much to offer to every kind of student. UT has a balance between social opportunities and academic opportunities. With more than 40,000 undergraduate students, the school provides so much diversity.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    The immediate area surrounding the campus isn't the prettiest but there are campus police and the emergency poles scattered around campus. (There are more emergency poles than police obviously). The school offers free courses for students in self defense and during orientation, the organizers give the freshmen tips to stay safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a multitude of different clubs and activities for virtually every interest out there and if for some reason what you want to do is non-existent, you can create a club with a couple friends and $10.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is a school for active, energetic, driven learners who are open-minded and respectful of others and of course...people who don't mind the heat.

    Bang for the buck

    It is completely up to the student to make the most of their time at UT. A student can't experience all that the school has to offer if they sit in their dorm and do nothing. Students who want to make the best of UT have to go out and actively search for it. Talk to professors, make new friends join organizations and be active in school. UT isn't a school for passive students.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun, especially in a city like Austin which is so student friendly (you can ride the bus for free with your ID card). The football season is full of fun times for students to share their school spirit and just have fun with friends. Some school organizations also offer great activities and socials.

    Food and Dining

    There are excellent and varied choices for dining at UT. Although UT offers unhealthy choices, it also offers healthy ones. It's up to the student to make the decision concerning what they want to eat. There are a lot of unhealthy temptations like Wendy's and Krispy Kreme but the salad bar is excellent and their wraps are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exciting because most people have never lived in that type of situation before. It's easy to get distracted with everything that may be going on like socials or football game partying but at the same time the dorm life at UT gives the students a great opportunity to meet with other students with the same interests in a very relaxed way.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is tough with academics and being an overwhelmed first year student can be hard on your grades but even though it's hard, the university does offer tutoring services that is included in tuition and you can always talk to the professor or TA for help if a subject is confusing you. You can't slack off and it's not like high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the campus before applying and when you do, take a campus tour guided by a student and be sure to ask questions to the guide because the students are a valuable source of information for how the school really is. Be prepared and plan ahead.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin has huge and diverse campus full of interesting and helpful people. The students and professors are genuinely helpful and concerned about your transition and your future. The university is very open-minded and ready to accept ideas with merit that could expand your learning.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    Austin is one of the safest cities in the United States. For a large, public university, the overall rates of crime at UT is comparatively low.

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, eager for knowledge, loves diversity, city type and friendly! Again, it's the effort you put in is what you ultimately get out!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a bit more expensive at UT than the other state universities but it really doesn't matter because you really do get what you pay for, as long as you actually do what they offer you.

    What to do for fun

    Check out UT's website and check out the calendar for events. There is ALWAYS things to do, just look!

    Food and Dining

    The dorms probably won't have the best food, apart from the better ones like San Jacinto. You can trek to another dorm's cafeteria if you really want to. But the dining in Austin is sublime, so why bother? Yelp and Urbanspoon (or Google) it and you'll be fine. Ask people around too. Austin is diverse in people and food, so rest easy.

    Dorm Life

    Austinites and Texans in general are very nice. Chances are you won't have much of a problem with your roommate. The dorms are quite old, but some new ones are being built. Jester is the old one most people end up being in. San Jacinto and a couple others are the dorms in the perfect spots (dining, convenience, etc.). Don't expect a single space unless you're an upperclassmen. There's ALWAYS something going on at campus, all you have to do is LOOK!

    Academic Rigor

    There is no such thing as an easy class. Be prepared to work hard your freshman year and make it count; take challenging classes and see through to them; do everything you wanted to do in high school, but couldn't because anything can happen, especially at UT. Be sensible and responsible. Don't go crazy. Don't mess up or it will come back to haunt you your upperclassmen years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA and test scores up. In my opinion, rank shouldn't be an issue. But more importantly, make yourself unique in the best way you can. UT values diversity quite strongly, and even though you might not have the best academics, you should always strive to make every other aspect shine. Join a club, make a club, volunteer at a hospital. Show that you are willing to work hard, and you're making smart choices about it. It's more of whether UT is a good fit for you, than are you a good fit for UT. Show your interest; visit the campus, talk with reps, etc. Leave a strong impression on UT and it will do the same to you.

    In three sentences

    A world-class school full to the brim with opportunities. Don't take going to this school lightly; it's the amount of effort you put into doing things that will give you the eventual return in your investment. And, being situated in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, a responsible student will find no end to the number of possibilities one can dream up in this wonderful city.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    The UTPD is always around and on call ready to go! you wont be in any trouble!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone is welcome, from the nerds to the dumb jocks!

    Bang for the buck

    When searching for an apartment, look for the bus route. it saves time and gas money!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do, especially since its Austin. There is always something going on whether its a music fest or Eors birthday!

    Food and Dining

    Kinsolving and J2 are the places to be!!! They are cheep and the food has improved tremendously, in the past year.

    Dorm Life

    Live in the dorm your first year. year you might not be able to bring your significant other over, but those around you become your best friends!

    Academic Rigor

    STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!!!! College is not easy, so you have to be the best and try your best!!! if you need help, ask someone, dont wait until its too late!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If it was easy, every one would do it! You are among the best students, with classes taught by the best professors. Studying is not fun, but it is a MUST! Make a plan, and stick to it!

    In three sentences

    It's so much Fun! From the athletics to the academics! You'll meet people, from different backgrounds and this University forms you as a person!

  • 12/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, outgoing, driven, unconventional.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Join a club, play on a team, organize a study group. The first few weeks are strange, but just introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Everyone is just as eager to make friends as you are. 2. Time management is extremely important. Know when tests and papers are due. At first, it is difficult to figure out how to balance school, extracurriculars, sports, and a social life. 3. If you are going to live on campus, fill out your housing application EARLY!!!! No one wants to be stuck in Jester.

    Bang for the buck

    I applied to other schools out of state, but none could match UT's price and quality of education. UT is constantly ranked among the top schools in the United States, let alone the top state schools. The money I saved from attending UT instead of a pricier, out of state private college, will go toward funding my study abroad and possibly graduate school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something going on at UT. There are myriads of clubs and organizations. I played on an intramural soccer team my fall semester and had so much fun doing so. It's important to find some sort of niche to fit in, otherwise the school seems dauntingly huge. Austin itself is a great city--the live music capital of the world. I have been to so many great concerts in my first semester alone.

    Am learning a lot

    UT is so enormous that you're guaranteed to find something you're interested in learning about. One program I really like are the first year signature courses--basically you just take a random class in an area you are interested your freshman year. My class was called History of World Cinema and not only was it fun and fairly easy, I also learned a lot and am considering switching my major to film studies. A drawback of the 50,000 person undergraduate class is that many classes are HUGE. For this reason, it is important to sit in front and make an attempt to get to know the professor. They will be much more willing to listen or help out later if they know you make an effort. In addition, it helps to have friends in your big classes you can sit together, study with, or get notes from in the event that you miss a class.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    UT can be overwhelming to people that are more reserved, but it is definitely something that students can adjust to. If you take the effort to go join clubs or be part of an organization or even just talk to the people in your classes, you’ll see that there are a lot of people that feel the same way about things as you. There is a lot of diversity at UT and you can meet people of different beliefs and different ethnicities. There is a club for almost every kind of hobby or interest that exists so it’s something to be a part of. Also, there are IM teams where you can play sports on a competitive or recreational level. You might hear people say that there’s something for everyone at UT and might be skeptical. That’s the thing though; there really is something for EVERYONE. There’s at least one thing that all different students can appreciate. If you’re a person that is independent and likes being around a lot of people all the time, UT is the perfect fit for you without a doubt. If you’re not, it might not be a perfect fit at first, but if you take any effort to explore, you’ll realize that there is something for you that you can appreciate. It’s also a very city-like atmosphere. The university is close to the capitol and is in downtown. For people that prefer a place like this, it’s great. People that don’t should at least look and see what it’s like because even though it’s always moving, students can realize that they would actually like to be at a place like that after they see it. So explore and give it a shot, because there is something for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many things you should keep in mind when you get to campus. First, realize that you must try to maintain a good balance of school and fun. That’s really important in keeping those grades up. Next, take care of your health! It is really important that you go to the gym or go jogging and try to stay in shape. Even though it’s really hard, you must also try to eat healthy in college. Taking care of your health is really important, especially during stretches where you have continuous exams. After that, keep in mind that it’s a really good idea to visit professors and TA’s. If they know you care about their class and if you take the effort to get help, it can help a lot, especially if you need them to bump up a high C or a high B to a B or A. Next, meet new people! The best way to do that and the best time to do it is in your dorms your freshmen year. Leave your door open, and many people that live on your floor will just walk in and say hi. If your neighbor leaves their door open, go say hi and strike up a conversation. It’s really easy to make friends in the beginning because everyone is looking to meet new people and make new friends so don’t be hesitant at all! Another way to meet people is by joining a club or making an IM team. You get the opportunity to meet people with similar interests as you and the people you will meet are so diverse. Finally, take care of your grades but make sure you have fun! Take time out to do things you like and your experience will be that much better.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is worth every penny that I spend. For starters, there are so many resources. There are the multiple libraries with the biggest one being PCL. You can check out any book you could possibly imagine, and borrow laptops and use computers. Also, there are the two gyms. First is Gregory Gym and then there is the Recreation Center. It’s a great way to stay fit and play racquetball, basketball, ping pong or even swimming. As I mentioned before, there are the tutoring hours and the group tutoring that they offer that is really helpful. On top of that, there is a UT writing center where you can get help on writing essays for your classes or in general. Finally, you must consider that a degree from the best public school in Texas and a top 10 public school in the nation will be considered by employers when they are looking to hire new employees. Getting a degree from UT will put you in a good position to make good money once you are done. So even though it will cost 80,000 dollars for 4 years, you will be able to make that money back and more.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at UT is probably one of the best college experiences a student can have. The atmosphere is pretty fast and is always alive. However, if you prefer a slower and quieter atmosphere, you can get that too by joining the right organizations or clubs. Living on campus is definitely something I would recommend for first year students because of the large amount of people you will meet. The people you meet in your first few weeks can turn out to be your closest friends. Another way to meet people is by going to the events that occur throughout the year. Don’t be shy to say hi to someone you don’t know because they want to meet new people just as much as you! Next, one thing you definitely must do is go to a football game at UT. We have a nationally ranked team year after year and you’ll get a lot of school spirit from being at the games and cheering for your team. Being part of the crowd at a football game is like being part of a massive family. It’s something you should definitely experience. Also, there is a concert called ACL in Austin that I definitely recommend going to. It’s the biggest concert in Austin and you must at least go once. There’s also great night life in Austin. You meet a lot of people and they’ll invite you to come out with them. You should go but at the same time keep the partying low because it is really easy to get carried away. Overall, Austin is a really fun city and UT is a great university with a lot of diversity and opportunities and if you take advantage of them, you’ll realize that your choice of college couldn’t be any better!

    Am learning a lot

    UT has so much to offer to all kinds of students. There are many majors and fields to go into such as a foreign language, engineering, business, or even the pre-med path. The key to maximize your learning in all your classes is to first go to all of your classes and then to take advantage of office hours for a professor and a TA. When you first go in to meet your professors for the first time, you’ll be overwhelmed and you might think that your professors will get annoyed. I assure all of you that this is not true! Meeting your professors will let them know that you care and they’ll almost always be more than happy to help you solve a problem. These problems can include anything such as personal problems, or how to study properly for their class. It’s important to go do that because after talking to them and using what they tell you, your learning will be much more efficient. Another think you should do is go to TA sessions and office hours before exams because they tell you what’s really important to know for an exam and what you should concentrate on. Finally, there’s something called the UT learning center where you get 5 hours of free personal tutoring per semester. You can get these 5 hours in many different subjects. With this personal tutoring, you get to sit one-on-one with someone and have them go over anything you have problems with in the class. There’s also free unlimited group tutoring that is useful if you are doing homework and can’t figure out a few questions. You can go there and ask the tutors to help you with those questions. All these tools are an amazing way to optimize your learning at UT.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    everyone can find their place at UT!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an organization! Meet New people! Work really hard! Take adavantage of the undergraduate writing center!

    Bang for the buck

    It was worth every penny!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UT! It's a big campus...that always has something going on! Jester is the perfect palce to live if you really want to enjoy yourself!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much in class, but I've learned much more outside the classroom. Take advantage of organizations!

  • 01/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!! There is such great diversity at UT, that there really isn't a specific type of student here. Just be ready to work hard to make your grades and branch out and make friends!!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get to know your professors early. It really helps to get on a level where they know your name despite the large amounts of students they are teaching in a semester. Also, no classes are taught by teaching assistants. 2. Get involved! It's easy to let the classwork keep you from getting out and making friends as a freshman; however, you don't want to miss all of the cool clubs UT has to offer. 3. Don't let the size of UT overwhelm you! I was nervous about the size of the school, but once you are here the school shrinks tremedously. 4. Despite the rumors, only freshman english and science classes are huge! I am a second semester freshman, and my classes have about 20 to 30 people in all of them. 5. Take advantage of the resources! There are so many of them-gyms, libraries, TAs, free tutoring and so many others. 6. Last but not least, study with friends! It makes studying so much more enjoyable and ya'll can help teacheachother the lessons.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas is a public institution and so is actually a lot cheaper than most private universities throughout Texas when you are applying in-state. While housing can get pretty expensive, the food is much better than anyother college so don't get too discouraged! Scholarships are easy to find. UT is definitely worth the price for the value of education you are recieving and free services they provide.

    Am enjoying being here

    Austin is a great place. There are a ton of on-campus activities to get involved in; sports clubs, sororities, fraternities, professional organizations, community service organizations, and just random, fun clubs. It is really easy to find your niche here at UT! Plus, there are so many fun things to do around Austin!!

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great school with a reputation for being one of the best schools for Business and Engineering in the state. There are no slacker or blow-off classes. Every class is taught by professors who are passionate about their subject, want to teach you, and make the subject matter interesting and accessible to all students!

  • 10/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for ANY student. You just have to be willing to work hard and study, study, study. Hook 'em

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your group. There are so many students here, it can seem a little overwhelming at first. You have to look at the new experiences in small sections; don't try and do everything at once. Find an organization or club you're interested in. Be brave and go to that first meeting. You'd be surprised at how many other people are just a overwhelmed as you are. Also, get to know your professors and TA's. They will end up being your greatest resources throughout your educational journey. Don't forget about them after you pass for the semester either. Go visit them during their office hours throughout your college career. They'll make excellent recommendations a little further down the road. :)

    Bang for the buck

    I love it here. I love everything about UT. I feel like I am getting such a better education and experience than some of the people I graduated high school with who don't go here. It just makes me so proud to be a longhorn.

    Am enjoying being here

    Austin is an incredible city filled with such a variety of people. The campus is pretty, the buildings are nice, and the people are, for the most part, very friendly and welcoming. There are so many people here to make friends with. All of this combined makes the whole college experience very enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    There is soooo much to learn! I love it here at UT because the curriculum is very challenging, which is rewarding in the long run. The professors are very talented individuals, and it is just such an amazing feeling to know that if, as a student here, I can push through the late night study sessions and mind-boggling exams, that my educational experience will have been so well worth my time and effort.

  • 11/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is pretty much open to people of different race, religions, and cultural backgrounds.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending UT Austin. Be aware that you will be require to take a UGS class. Most of the fun UGS classes will fill up instantly. If that is the case, don't settle for a UGS class with a topic you know you will hate or are unsure of. Get on a waitlist or take the class over the summer. I made the mistake of taking a UGS course I knew I wouldn't be interested in because I knew nothing about waitlisting and I didn't plan on taking classes over the summer. You will regret your entire semester just because of one small little thing such as this. When choosing a professor, the UT web page has a link to Course-Instructor Survey (CIS). It tells you how many people turned in the survey out of the amount that was passed out. Also make note of what other students thought about the work load. Make sure you attend one of the orientations that will be provided over the summer. It's a four day, three night stay at Jester dormitory. You get the experience of living in a dorm! Also, there will be plenty of programs, both mandatory and optional that will give you an idea of all the resources available to you on campus. Other programs are included are for entertainment purposes, such as dodgeball. Be aware of the fact that once you attend the university, the study habits you once had may not be enough to cut it. Form study groups, attend discussion sections, and please go to office hours. You have no idea how important this actually is.

    Bang for the buck

    By having your student ID alone, you are able to attend the Blanton Museum of Art as well as ride any of the capital metro buses in Austin for free, so if you don't have a car there's nothing to worry about. Also, you and a guest are able to attend free movies at the Texas Union on Wednesday and Thursday. Also, if you have dining dollars, you are able to get 10% off at dining centers and convenience in Jester and Kinsolving dorms, as well as two other cafes on campus, Littlefield and Cypress Bend. The campus is also located in Downtown Austin so it's very easy to go to the Capitol building as well as great dining places on the drag and Congress.

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for the open-minded! There is just so much going on at one time, that only a truly adventurous student would be able to absorb it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your resources! There is no excuse not to excel due to unavailibility of help. Tutors and TAs are there and want you to succeed just as much as you do.

    Bang for the buck

    A Longhorn's greatest asset is his or her availibility to resources. Every building seems to have its own library, which is shocking judging by the extensiveness of PCL. There are also a multitude of computer labs and tutoring sessions. There are multiple sources of tutoring for basic help, and teaching assistants are always welcoming during office hours.

    Am enjoying being here

    The greatest sense of UT is the sense of community. Students really push each other to excel, just look at our football games! Longhorns want nothing more than to brag about their school in some way or another. Naturally, we pride ourselves on athletic and academic achievements because we have that credibility! The environment of Austin is also extremely eclectic and inviting of new ideas. I love this city, and this campus for its open-mindedness and frequent events (such as Austin City Limits, which I attended this year)!

    Am learning a lot

    I've noticed most students that enter UT probably didn't have to work hard in college. Everything was spoon-fed and strides were baby steps. Do not expect that at UT! Not only do I have to actually work for my grades, I have to work HARD. College really demands personal initiative to study. I'm not only learning more in one semester than I have in four years of high school education-wise. Professors are knowledgable, but they will not wait around for the last student to catch up!

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    good at learning on your own, aren't afraid to approach professors or TAs, have good study habits, like large crowds and living in big cities

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a good roommate who has the same sleeping/studying/cleaning/social habits as you. Buy lots of storage containers for your dorm and loft your beds once you get there. Kinsolving and Jester buffets are the best way to spend your meal plan if you get one. Apply for housing early. San Jacinto and Duren are the best. San Jacinto is located closer to everything (the staduim, the two good gyms, the library, all the places to eat in Jester, etc.) If you're a football fan, get season group tickets. Look into joining a sorority/fraternity if that's your thing. They can be really fun and make transitioning into school easy.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is cheap compared to all the private schools in Texas, and of course it's worth it since it's the best school in the state! UT has many ranked and renowned programs (such as business and engineering and medical) and with a large alumni base it won't be hard to find internships or jobs. Campus also has everything you could possibly need and a great night-life. If partying is not your thing, there are plenty of other things to do. Austin is a big city and has lots of great restaurants and festivals and concerts. There is always something.

    Am enjoying being here

    I joined a sorority and other clubs on campus. It keeps me very busy at school and I only went home once for Thanksgiving. I have a great roommate which makes living in a tiny dorm bearable. The best advice I have is pick a GOOD roommate. Probably not your best friend, but someone who is similar to you and you can get along with. You will be spending a lot of time together. :)

    Am learning a lot

    A lot of the core courses you have to take can be quite interesting. I took two non-science major science classes, chemistry and biology, and neither of them had anything to do with chemistry or biology. My biology teacher was this hippie guy who made class fun and I was done with his class by November because of the way he tests. Chemistry was basically environmental science but it was a good class. The UGS classes that all freshmen have to take can be really interesting too if you pick a good topic.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is a great school for students who are used to being challenged, explorers, and social people. For people who love being around others and trying out new things different days.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be scared to meet new people, if you keep to yourself, chances are you will miss home and have a bad college experience. Go out and try new things, and most importantly, talk to your professors. You will benefit a lot by doing so. Participate in school activities, and go to at least one sporting event.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it is a little expensive, tons of opportunities are available to help students with their financial needs. Just being at one of the games there creates and excitement, and professors work with students in order to help them gain the best knowledge. The buses and services provided by school make student living easier, and every event presents new people, which is where you will meet some of the most amazing people in your life.

    Am enjoying being here

    One of the main things that makes the whole college experience worth it, is by enjoying it. UT is about three and a half hours away from home, it is not too far, but far enough for me to miss it. UT has a beautiful campus, and even though a shooting incident did happen, I do not have to fear for my safety, the school really made sure we were all safe and informed, which makes me feel safer. Since UT is near downtown, there are many attractions to see, and even when you ride the bus, you never know what kind of people you will come across, or where they are born. There is always something for everyone to do, from hanging out, eating or even partying.

    Am learning a lot

    Even though chances are classes at UT are as large as your graduating class, this creates interactions with both, people around you and your professors, and most importantly your T.A's. Due to classes being diverse, not only do you get the professor's opinions, you learn a lot from your classmates. Students all over the country apply and attend this college not because of the recognition it has, but because of the experience that is gained by being a longhorn. College is a big change from high school, especially if you move away from home. At UT learning happens everywhere around you, and within you. It helps you value what you do have, and teaches you about life itself. I learned a lot about myself here, and it has barely been one semester.

  • 01/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for both studious students and social students. It is such a large university it literally has something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! My most successful friends here at UT are the ones who are in clubs, ensembles, intramural sports, and greek life. Don't feel like you won't have time, make time and it will pay off!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is affordable if you pay in state, housing ranges from expensive to super expensive. The dorm I'm in right now is 10,000 dollars a year for just a small room. The cheapest dorm I know of is only 6500 a year though.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is incredibly important for incoming freshman to find their niche at UT. On a campus with nearly 50,000 students it's easy to get lost. I suggest joining a FIG or participating in extra-curricular activities.

    Am learning a lot

    UT has an immense number of classes to choose from, all taught by excellent professors. The core requirements are pretty substantial though sometimes preventing you from taking the classes you want/need.

  • 01/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT Austin is a great school for outgoing individuals or student wanting to become more independent and self-sufficiant.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved with something in your first semester to meet people. Start study groups with people you don't know because that is a great way to meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that I am attending the top university in Texas and that when applying to Graduate School the school I am applying to will know that I received I very high level of education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though I enjoy UT Austin to a great degree it is harder to be noticed in large crowds and at such a very large school.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Texas at Austin I am a Biology major who is taking courses in the Natural Sciences school and I am learning many new and interesting aspects of the world around me that I didn't know about before attending UT Austin.

  • 02/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    I love going to UT games and going on campus with my sister...i love the campus..its so nice and pretty

    Will learn a lot

    I think i would learn how to become a writer with the help of the teachers and the students

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to expand their way of thinking and learn more about the world, others, and themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Become involved with as much as possible. 2. The only way to learn you way is to get lost, so be sure to always have a map. 3. Take a class that you wouldn't expect to take. 4. Go to your professor office hours, you'll be surprised how welcoming they can be. 5. Volunteer as much as you can. 6. Learn to love the library for it will be your second home. 7. Make at least two friends in every class and exchange numbers, facebooks, or emails. 8. Call home every now and then. 9. Learn not to be scared to ask questions. 10. There are groups for all types of interest, even if its a sport to religion

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here and meeting new people and learning so much. I have meet some of the coolest people I will probably ever meet and that is including some of my professors. I love the atmosphere here and how everyone is so open to new ideas.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more than I could of ever imagined and have gained some experiences that will last me a lifetime.

  • 04/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 355

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    Bang for the buck

    I'm going into the sciences and one thing that sealed the deal for me was the UTeach that UTA offers. Its a program that I'm enrolled in as i study my major; it allows me to graduate with not only with my intended major but with a teaching certificate-almost like a safety net.

    Will enjoy being here

    Austin is beautiful!! And being that UT is centrally located a student is able to experience so many walks of life... its grrrrreeeaaaaat!!

    Will learn a lot

    This school has a wide range of academic programs that expose young minds to the world that lies ahead of them.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anybody from Texas, as you'll be close to your family, but not too close by them. In an emergency situation, this will be quite beneficial.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Competitive, social, high ranking, high GPA

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you live in Austin or Texas and feel like you want to get out of the area, still visit. I never would have thought that I would stay in town and attend UT, but here I am. Apply for the honors programs, they are worth it. Get your scholarship and FAFSA in ASAP.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, not going to lie. but paying in state tuition, along with the scholarships I have recieved, shouldn't hurt my pocket book too much.

    Will enjoy being here

    If you have never been to Austin, go! Not everyone loves the city, but Austin isn't just a city, it's a community. The music scene is incredible and the shops around campus are up to date on fashion, music, and food. The Drag, right near campus, is one of my favorite places to go for shopping: American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Cream - a ton of awesome stores. The campus itself is a live wire as well. If you are bored at UT, you're doing something wrong.

    Will learn a lot

    Although this is a state school, the programs are all extremely competitive. I got to sit in on an Honors Genetics lesson and I thought it was fantastic! Plus, I will highly recommend applying to the honors colleges and the Freshman Research Initiative. If you plan to go onto graduate school, FRI gives you a huge leg up on the competition, plus you'll have the opportunity to be published before you even graduate college.

  • 06/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, vegetarian, like big schools, hipsters, legacies, quirky, outgoing, liberal * * Note that you do not have to be any of these things to enjoy your time here and fit in

    Tips for prospective students

    1) It is a school that you can easily become lost in. Making friends requires finding a niche within this very large school. 2) Because of the large size and the atmosphere of the city, the things that may have made you quirky or unique in your home town go unnoticed in Austin. 3) Do not be afraid to try new things and go new places. There are tons of cool places that you probably won't see before you graduate, but you should try as many as possible. 4) You get what you want out of the school. It is a great academic school and also one of the top party schools. 5) Dorms are the luck of the draw. I stayed in the same dorm room for 2 years and had two very different experiences. 6) Plan on walking long distances and if you can't walk there expect to have to wait on a bus. (Parking is not cheap) 7) Worth Repeating: UT is HUGE (50,000 undergrads). Somehow you will see some people you don't know all the time, while never seeing the people you do know. This also means you entry classes are huge. If you don't place out of things, you could have classes of 400 students. This means your professor will not know your name and neither will your classmates or TA. 8) There is a big divide on campus between different groups. There are two main groups: greeks and hipsters. The school is not as diverse as one would think and this varies enormously by major. 9) Participation is remarkably important in classes, even those with large numbers of students. This obviously varies, but don't assume that because your class is large it won't be important. 10) People say that you can always change majors, but this really depends on every situation. Some switches between seemingly similar majors, too far down the line can add a year to your time here. Switching between colleges can add even more. Think it through a bit before you pick, because flexibility is key if you are unsure. Also if you are considering one of the schools with harder or more requirements such as the business school, but are still undecided, pick the one with the harder requirements, because it will be harder to transfer later. Make sure to look at what credits you are bringing in as well prior to picking a major and what classes you can take.

    Bang for the buck

    At UT you get a prestigious degree for a very reasonable price (if you live in state). It is ranked in the top 50 by US News and World Report, top that with tons of internship opportunities and a name that everyone knows, and you have a steal.

    Am enjoying being here

    Austin is an amazing city. There is something for everyone here. You can go see the bats, take a tour of the capital, or visit your favorite food trailers around Austin. The are always fun events in the city from art festivals like Art City to the Zombie Ball at the Power Plant. The people are so eclectic here and that makes every event unique.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at UT are amazing. You can take anything from 'Age of the Dinosaurs' to the Rhetoric of Hipsterdom to European Folklore. Even with recent budget cuts, there are still many classes to choose from in a variety of subjects.

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like urban areas, who have school spirit and like sports, and people who are hard workers but still laid back will fit in perfectly here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the organization fair, and join a club. You'll meet your best friends there. Take advantage of Bevo Bucks and Dine-in Dollars, you'll miss them once their gone. Eat Kinsolving, not J2, even if you live in Jester. It's a long walk, but it's SO much better. Join an organization that does a good amount of community service. It will make you feel good and look good on your resume. Use the career resource centers and get internships! Apply for scholarships even if you don't need them. Buy season tickets to the football games, go to the tailgates, and go to OU weekend. If you miss out on that stuff, you will regret it (especially if we can win more than 5 games this season....:x)

    Bang for the buck

    UT Austin is expensive. There is no getting around that. However, it is a public ivy league recognized all around the US and the world. People know Texas, and it will definitely get some recognition when an employer is looking at your resume. You will likely have some debt after you graduate, but being a Longhorn graduate helps you get a well paying job in (hopefully) something that you love to be able to pay it all off.

    Am enjoying being here

    Before even thinking about applying to UT, I went to Austin on a choir trip, and as soon as I stepped off the bus on campus, I knew this is where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life (or more!). Austin is kind of one of those places that you either love it immediately or hate it immediately. However, I've found that there's stuff here for everyone. It's a city with big buildings, a great night life, and tons of places to eat and shop, but if that's not your thing, there's parks, rivers and lakes, hiking trails, and quiet places to reflect literally 5 minutes away. Not only that, but the campus is beautiful, and there are hundreds of student organizations you can join to find a perfect group of friends that fit you just right.

    Am learning a lot

    Texas classes are not for the faint of heart. They're meant to be hard because when employers look at your resume and see you're from Texas, they'll definitely know you worked hard to get your degree. That being said, I studied much more in one year of college than I ever did in my four years of high school combined, but I also retained more knowledge that I know can be applicable even after I graduate. I've only had a couple of classes I've completely dreaded, and once I got to classes in my major, I looked forward to going to class every day. Texas is definitely a great place to learn.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who wants a small college feel, with the advantages that a big city has to offer. Great for people who love the outdoors. Great for people that want a proactive student environment. Great for the jocks, Greek life kids, as well as more studious kids, UT is a diverse environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is so much that the University of Texas has to offer, but it definitely will not happen if you spend all of your time studying in your room. Get out and get involved! It's always nice to relieve some stress and relax your mind by doing something active that you enjoy. There's something for everyone, hundreds of clubs, and even if there isn't one for you don't be afraid to start your own. Austin is also a very fun city, there is fun parties but that's not the only thing out there. Get out and explore, you will meet lifetime friends and many memories.

    Bang for the buck

    If you take advantage of all that UT has to offer, you definitely will not be disappointed. There's a lot of free things offered to students on campus. For example, at the beginning of semester there's free yoga classes, discounts on massages, the gym AND pool are free, there's free concerts, and even free t-shirts on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    Austin is a great city and UT is a great school, what more could you ask for! There are so many productions and activities going on at school its hard to keep up with all of it, but you will never be bored. Coming from a small city, there was a lot of new experiences for me at UT. You get emerged into different cultures, experiences, and activities.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at Texas are great. I come out of each class with tons of new knowledge. Sometimes the classes are so good you don't want them to end. The professors are great. They are always friendly, and available outside of class to discuss material in class or interest in the subject. The classes also help you learn a lot about yourself, they present unbiased statements that help you develop opinions on your own.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    UT Austin is a superb school for all types of students. The campus may be intimidatingly large, but it's easy to find people you relate with and to personalize the campus to your liking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused in school, maintain good grades, and don't fall for senioritis. I'll confess, it got me a couple of times. However, I managed to save myself before it was too late. As said before, don't get distracted! Wait until you walk across that stage to relax.

    Bang for the buck

    It's okay to get distracted, but don't get too distracted. YOUR performance at college will decide whether or not UT was a great investment.

    Will enjoy being here

    Don't think that UT is just all education. There's hundreds of clubs and organizations to join. Plus, Austin is weird town jam packed with weird people. Get involved!

    Will learn a lot

    Despite the college's motto of Study hard, party harder, don't forget why you applied to UT in the first place. Education is your greatest priority.

  • 07/15/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    The outgoing student who enjoys many cultures

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take a tour of the campus. It is beautiful

  • 09/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 355

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UT is so diverse. Whether you plan to rush, are an artist, enjoy quantum physics, or are a history buff, you will find your niche! It is impossible not to do so at a school with so much to offer!

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should not be afraid to explore Austin and their personal interests while at school. It is just as important to cultivate one's personal life as it is to focus on academics.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of education at UT is unparallelled for the cost. In-state students especially will get great 'bang for the buck'. There are smaller programs within the college such as Plan II Honors and Dean's Scholars that are tighter-knit groups with a private school feel that offer more difficult and intense classes at the rate of a public school. Although competition is intense, I would suggest application into these smaller programs if you are looking for a private university academic setting.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've been at UT for 2 years and am confident that I made the right choice in choosing this school. The people of Austin are friendly and quirky. You never know who you are going to meet and learn from.

    Am learning a lot

    UT is just as big of a school as everyone says, but don't let that turn you away. Although the size of the school may initially seem overwhelming, it ultimately means that there are countless opportunities to meet new people, try new experiences, and make new friends. There are many different majors, and although classes are rigorous, they will prepare you for grad school or a job after college. Teachers are available for office hours and TAs are always willing to help you out if you need any extra assistance or simply want to learn more about the subject matter. There is a great Greek system, but if you decide not to rush there are still tons of groups, clubs, and activities available on and off campus in Austin that will allow you to push your own limits and grow as a person.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! Because UT is such a big school, there will always be people who share the same interests. Even if you're not very social and have no interest in meeting people, there are lots of cool places to relax and meditate and junk. The campus is a great place to explore. It boasts, in my opinion, some of the greatest museums in the US. If you like free T-Shirts, this is the place to be!

    Tips for prospective students

    Before registering, check out a class/professor's stats on utlife.com, or ratemyprofessor.com. This'll give you a heads-up on what to expect, maybe even on what to avoid.

    Bang for the buck

    I like the fixed rate on tuition--if you register for 12+ hours, tuition will be the same as it would be for just 12.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something going on here! There are movie screenings every Wednesday and Thursday; they range from Blockbuster, foreign, and classic films. Free classes are offered: dance, language, etc. Clubs are plentiful and diverse in topic, and get-togethers of all sorts are common (e.g. frisbee games, capture the flag at night, cultural festivals, etc.). The libraries are MAGNIFICENT. And the eateries? Well, take your pick; there are a ton. Campus is walking distance to the Capital, and the bus system can take you anywhere else. Again, there is always something to do. You just have to find it :)

    Am learning a lot

    In my experience, advisors here are competent--unlike their High-School counterparts (again, in my experience). I'm in classes I actually enjoy-- with the occasional mandatory course. Tutoring and writing improvement workshops are easily available, as are real world seminars. For example, UT's Bevonomics teaches students how to budget, save, etc.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Everybody; UT has such a large variety of students, no matter what kind of personality you have, you will always find somebody who has the same sense of humor, personality, or someone who just clicks with you. Everybody I have met so far in college has had a different personality, so don't fret about not being able to get along with people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as possible, become friends with the people in your dorm, study but don't study all the time, give yourself some time to get adjusted to college life (because it is extremely different), manage your time well, and choose a major that you will enjoy. Nothing is harder than trying to take upper-level classes and graduate in a subject that you absolutely hate.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm currently enrolled in the business school at UT, which has the most expensive tuition out of all the colleges. The motto for the business school is Texas means Business, and boy they weren't kidding. I'm currently enrolled in Introduction to Information Technology Management. Critical thinking is necessary. Without critical thinking skills, you will fail! Plus being a business student, you get access to some of the most advanced resources on campus, such as the Millennium Lab, the Reliant Productivity Center, and several other areas. You also get special career advice through the business school, which has its own Ford Career Center and BBA Career Services.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student body at UT encompasses over 50,000 people. You meet all sorts of different people from everywhere. I've met people from Singapore, Australia, Korea, California, Peru, etc. There is just a large variety of people and you meet the people that you will be friends with for the rest of your life here. I've met some amazing people so far and I know that I will continue to forge more meaningful relationships. If you don't know anybody at UT, don't worry about it. You will meet people very quickly and easily.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning a lot of academic material and a lot about myself also. No matter how many AP classes you took in high school, the academia here is much more difficult. It requires more studying and you actually have to read! However, you also learn a lot about yourself, what you really believe in, and what you really value. You also learn a lot about other people and their true sides. You'll see who ends up being your true friends and how good of a student you actually are. Coming to UT isn't just about receiving a good education, it's also about finding yourself in the real world.

  • 12/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn about any academic subject, different and diverse groups of people, their own beliefs and personality, etc. will get along splendidly here.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Ask upperclassmen for tips! As a new student, you won't even know what specific questions to ask. People who have gone through the system know how to help you! 2. Living on campus is definitely an experience to have. It's really convenient because not only are your classes located close by (and if you have night-time exams, that's a plus), friendships are formed and events happen and late-night studying goes on in the (in)famous Jester quiet lounge. 3. Explore Austin. Go off campus. This city is truly like no other: a musical hub, a cultural center. Even the drag, the stretch of Guadalupe street running the length of campus, is full of great restaurants, stores, and the renaissance market which is a unique center for hand-made craft items. 4. Make friends in every one of your classes. Make sure you know what's going on! 5. Take advantage of the free resources available to you! 6. Play intramural football. Or volleyball. Or basketball. Or kickball, table tennis, water volleyball, ultimate, handball...you get the idea. Even if you're REALLY bad at sports, it's so much fun to get involved and be active just as a stress break from studying. 7. Explore campus. There are some really interesting alcoves, quadrangles, and hidden places that you'd never notice by just walking to class. For example, there's a nice courtyard hidden inside of Welch hall that I never noticed. And there's a turtle pond behind the tower. Also, getting lost is a nice way to get familiar with the layout of campus. And doing that can be great because when you get the chance to look around, you realize that campus is really quite nice.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you're paying in-state tuition, UT is definitely worth coming to. Beyond tuition and boarding, the university has plenty of things to offer. Every day I get an email listing dozens of events open to students from ballroom dancing to guest speakers to concerts and so on. The Sanger Learning Center is FREE to students who need tutoring! There's a FREE campus bus system that can take you around campus, off campus, and even to HEB. The Harry Ransom Center, a museum of collections, and the Blanton Art Museum are both located on campus. There are two gyms located on campus, FREE to students. There are multiple libraries and plenty of interesting places to study. There are tons of resources that I'm still discovering in my first year here.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are clubs and organizations for just about anything you could possibly think of. The campus life is pretty unique. I tend to study late at night, but studying with people in different study lounges, libraries, and classrooms late at night forms great friendships. There are always plenty of things to do and places to go.

    Am learning a lot

    Both in and out of the classroom, I'm learning many things that will be of use to me in my life. My professors have been going beyond just teaching to the test. Many undergraduate science courses are undergoing course transformation, which means they're testing out new methods of teaching, which I've found to be quite successful. The school of undergraduate studies requires all freshmen to take a signature course, the topics of which vary widely. You can register for something completely unrelated to your major and get a look at things you never would have thought about, and in the process, most classes are geared toward research to ensure that students know the fundamentals of writing and research. The freedom that comes with going to university teaches you how to study, manage your time, and develop social/people skills.

  • 12/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! Though UT is big, there are ways to make the community around you small by getting involved with clubs, groups and organizations. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, there is something for you. You will eventually break out of your shell and get to know others and more importantly yourself more.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. VISIT!!! To truly find out if it is for you, be sure to visit as much as you can before making your decision! See if you can stay for a weekend. This will help with your decision making. 2. Ask questions! As many as possible! Never be afraid if you do not know something. People at the University want to help you! Let them 3. Apply for scholarships and as much free money as possible. Do not allow the fear of not getting these opportunities steer you from trying. There are so many opportunities for you to pay for school and enjoy such a University as Texas. 4. Be open to new things. There is so much you can learn and gain from those around you. Learn of others and teach others of you and your culture along the way. You will be amazed by how much the exchange of culture, information, love and knowledge will impact you, others and the campus as a whole. 5. Join organizations, clubs, etc. It is very important to stay involved with the University. There are so many things you can do! Of course there are Greek organizations, but there are also ministries, awareness groups, societies for academics, government and even vegans who like hugs! There is something for everyone. Do not let the fear of not being accepted keep you from getting involved. You will be surprised how much people have in common with you. 6. Do not spend all of your Dine-In Dollars and Bevo Bucks your first semester there! You will be sad and calling home for money if you do not learn how to balance you funds. Trust me, I KNOW! There are resources such as Bevonomics that help students financially who live on and off campus. 7. Utilize the “Profiler” in order to find a roommate(s) suited for you. It is very important to get along with your roommate(s). Having a healthy relationship with the person(s) you live with is important for you to have healthy relationships with others. There are definitely Residential Assistants that help with these kinds of problems. There is the Counseling and Mental Health Center available if you need someone to talk with about issues you’re having in your living situation. 8. Have fun! It is important to keep your academics in check; it is just as important to keep you social life in check. Don’t become a bookworm. Study and get out and have some fun. There is so much to do on campus with the many events that are put on campus wide and the many things going on in the great city of Austin. Don’t cloud your mind with school so much so that you cannot enjoy the entirety of the beauty of college. 9. There are many more things that I can say! But you can definitely ask questions as I stated first! There is so much help out there for you. Don’t be afraid of college. You will love it. Especially Texas! Hook ‘Em \m/

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that the University of Texas is definitely worth the cost. You definitely get the bang for your buck. Though it can seem pricey with personal and state financial issues, there are so many opportunities that help to fund this awesome Longhorn experience (i.e.: Federal Financial Aid, Cappex.com, University issued scholarships, etc.) UT Austin helps to provide its students with the best educational and social experiences possible with as many financial opportunities possible. There is even an Annual Giving Center on the campus where students, including myself, work to call alumni, Texas parents, etc. to seek help in fundraising efforts to help students fund schooling, research, internships, study abroad, etc. Just knowing that the University cares this much to help its students, I would say that whatever we as students would be left to pay is definitely worth it for a University that genuinely attentive to its students. The University offers Special Speakers Series—a free series of lectures and speakers where reputable speakers, professors, scholars and authors such as Maya Angelou, Gary M. Lavergne, and Shirin Ebadi come to present information and panel discussions to instructors and students alike. There is also the UT Theater where every week there is a film shown in the UT Theater for students for free! These along with the previously named academic resources are just a couple of the many events, opportunities and activities that the University puts on for its student body. Most definitely a bang for your buck!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the University of Texas at Austin! It is in the State Capitol city of Texas. Austin is a place filled with much culture (e.g.: music, art, food, etc.) Even with school being the first priority while I am in Austin, I am able to encounter this culture and diversity daily because of the multiplicity of the kinds of people who teach, attend and visit the University. I have had the chance to explore new music here at the University of Texas—specifically a class I took at the University called “Jazz Appreciation.” As cliché as it may sound, I left with a sincere appreciation and love for jazz and many other types of music. I have also met many people and I have been to my share of gatherings with friends. It is important to go out and have fun—places like 6th Street, South Congress, Guadalupe, even the movie theater are awesome places to get out and get your mind off of school for a bit and relax. Try new restaurants, bars, or even just walk around Austin to see what awesome things you can encounter. College is not all about learning in the classroom, but also among others in fun, social gatherings outside of class.

    Am learning a lot

    As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn so much in the time that I have been here. I have met people from many walks of life and many different ethnic groups—many professors, teacher’s assistants, mentors, advisers, students, etc. As an African-American student, I have realized that culture is very important to me. I yearned to learn more. I have, since my entrance into the University, changed my major from Psychology to African/African-American Studies. Making this change was groundbreaking for me as it allows me to delve more into a lost culture of my own that I was not previously aware of. Participating in Ethnic Studies also lets me learn of other people’s art, literature, music, systems of beliefs, values and principles. I am now able to view the world with a more oppositional gaze contrary to the way I have been conditioned to see things. Many of these same professors, mentors, advisers and peers have had a great influence on me and have taught me so much throughout my journey thus far at UT Austin; not just academically, but socially, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. There are so many academic opportunities at UT to continue your academic growth. There is the University of Texas Learning Center (UTLC) where students are allowed a decent number of FREE tutoring hours with peers and upperclassmen who specialize in particular subjects. There is also the Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) where students are allowed to meet with English/Rhetoric and Writing students, graduate students and instructors to get help with papers. Both of these resources have been of great help to me! Also, the Career Exploration Center is a very awesome resource to find out where you should go with your career or to figure out what career path to take. I have definitely been a regular attendee of said office. I have learned above all to utilize all of my resources!

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 355

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for your classes! Stress happens, and the key to success is being able to deal with it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a high priced school, with minimal aid due to its size.

    Am enjoying being here

    Austin is an incredible city with a life that never dies.

    Am learning a lot

    The school is difficult, especially coming from a small high school. Saying that, I have learned more in one semester than in four years of high school.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 355

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much going on around campus. If your bored then its your own fault.

    Food and Dining

    I personally like the variety of food options available. J2 is my favorite place to hangout after class.

    Dorm Life

    All is good if you pick the right dorm for your living style and if you have a good roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is more than highschool with more responsibility on the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that prospective students should take advantage of all the help that professors offer. I also suggest that students take time for themselves and enjoy the activities around campus.

    In three sentences

    From my experience at UT I have come to realize that the school has a lot to offer it's students. Academic part of the school is of good quality and outside of the classroom there are many organizations to be a part of.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus. They constantly patrol and send out alerts to warn students about strange activities on campus. Since we are in the capital, the campus gets a quick response from the police. Unfortunately, we've had some attacks and a gun man shooting in the last 2 years.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of this experience. They throw events almost weekly. Their members volunteer and host a variety of events.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much! From cultural groups to sororities and fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to experience college life to the full. A great place for research especially in technology and innovation. It is also great for public policy students as Austin is in capital where the Texas congress is housed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The UT Tower has a lot of traditions surrounding it such as the hexing of the Aggies and also the walk to the tower to celebrate the beginning of the academic year!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is low and living cost is low.

    What to do for fun

    Sports is a big deal at UT. Student organizations are always hosting great events from academic seminars to huge house parties. There is also the Blanton Art Museum, which is free to enter for students. The Student Activity Center also has great events. Now and again we get musicians playing on campus like Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe. The student union showcases movies every Thursday also. Free to all students. Finally, the best thing about Austin is SXSW!

    Food and Dining

    Always somewhere to get good food. Most open till late!

    Dorm Life

    There are some beautiful areas to live on campus and other not so great areas. The best experience is living off campus, for which there are a host of great options.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your course, it can be tough or it can be average in academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore the campus and try to study in different buildings. Take advantage of activities in other school and try to take classes in other schools to expand your network Enjoy the food!

    In three sentences

    It has a great community spirit in the form of longhorn culture. There is a wealth of diversity via international students and student organizations. There is always something going on in terms of events and activities.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 355

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    Campus Safety

    There are always cops on campus. I always feel incredibly safe walking around even at 3 am when I leave the library.

    Greek Life

    HUGEEE!!!! It is such a large part of the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for absolutely EVERYTHING! There are always people handing out flyers about their clubs around campus. They all give out free t-shirts at the club fairs! There is really something for EVERYONE. No one is left out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have so many traditions. Before our big OU and A&M games, we have a huge celebration in front of the tower. And for the OU game, our ROTC actually runs the football from Austin to Dallas!!! You have to go to a football game! As you can see sports are our traditions. Also the tower will light up all different colors when we win games or something important happens.

    Bang for the buck

    You get to learn from some of the greatest professors. Did you know that the anthrax vaccine was created by one of the professors at UT?!?! Amazing right. The experience of attending UT is priceless itself. Such an incredible experience. No monetary amount could encompass how incredible the school is. It is worth every penny I pay.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus! At one point we had a paint fight in front of the tower. Greek life is HUGE on campus, so definitely go to a frat party or two. Round Up is a weekend where all the frats throw parties and have big artists come to sing/rap. It's a MUST! Also check out 6th street. It's night life like no other.

    Food and Dining

    Food is actually really good. But after a year of the same thing, you definitely get worn out. Jesta' Pizza is AMAZING. Wendys is always open, but expect lines since it is the only thing open after 11. Overall it is not bad!

    Dorm Life

    It wasn't as awful as I expected. I met some of my best friends in the dorm. It is the best place to meet new people! Get a private bath if you can, it will make the experience a million times better. I would recommend living in Jester! That is where everyone lives and where everything happens. Right in the middle of campus and closest to the gym.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not easy by any means, but it is challenging. It forces you to learn and grow as a person. Put your all into your classes and be positive and it won't be so bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    It will be the hardest time of your life, spend 75% of it in the Perry-Casteneda Library. It will also be the most incredible time of your life, your time in the library will definitely pay off. Don't forget to experience all that the University of Texas has to offer. Emmerse yourself in the education, the traditions, and the spirit of the school.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is built on education, tradition, and the future. There is no other place on earth that provides the experiences that this school does. The school is a master in all aspects.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT has it's own police force. They have monitored call boxes with blue lights all over campus that you can activate in any emergency. They are placed close enough together so you can see another call box. For example, if you are being chased, all you have to do is hit the call box button as you run by and keep hitting each call box button as you pass the next call box. That way the officers know how to get to you the quickest. They also have a daily e-mail which recaps the daily police activities including arrests (drug, alcohol, violence, etc.) thefts, assaults, accidents, call activity (fire alarms, locked doors, etc.) They responded quickly with a campus lockdown and text message alert if needed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very active on campus. From observing, once you join a frat, your friends are your frat family. You don't have much time for anything else. I chose not to participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas has a diverse student population. As long as you want to learn, you can be successful at UT. The academic requirements to get into the various schools on campus can be a deterrant for some students. But, once you are at UT, tutors are available to help students because the curriculum can be difficult . From what I have seen, all students are accepted as who they are. They just have to be able to satisfy the academic requirement for admittance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Camp Texas for incoming freshmen. Texas Exes. Memorial Stadium. Hex Ralley, Texas Swimming Center has great facilities - swim records have been set here

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas invests in the students. They want you to succeed. When you graduate with a degree from The University of Texas, it means something. People areound the world recognize UT, burnt orange, the 'hook em horns' hand signal and the longhorn logo associated with the university. I visited Grand Cayman between semesters and someone gave me the 'hook em horns' there. When walking around the Disney parks in Florida, people saw the longhorn logo and automatically raised their hand forming 'hook em horns. An employee from France (in Epcot) even said 'Hook em Horns' and formed the 'hook em horns' hand sign. No matter where a UT Longhorn goes, someone recognizes and acknowledges UT. UT graduates are successful - 3 Nobel Laureates, 28 Rhodes Scholars, 20 Pulitzer prizes and 9 astronauts. What Starts Here, Changes the World

    What to do for fun

    Division I Sports! Barton Springs to swim or lay out in the sun! The Salt Lick for some great BBQ! Autocross! 6th Street! Watch the BATS fly out from under the Congress street bridge! Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake! Lake Travis! South by Southwest Music Festival!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food at UT is pretty good. We have two forms of payment for our meals. We can eat in the cafeteria if it is convenient or at one of the many other dining establishments on campus. There is also a market on campus where you can buy snacks, microwaveable items, and personal items with your card if the dining room times don't work with your class schedule..

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be good or bad. It all depends on you and your roommate. I was very fortunate to get a great roommate freshman year. The key to success and friendship with a roommate is mutual respect. Have your CLASS SCHEDULE POSTED for reference. Use the study room instead of keeping your roommate up all night with the lights on when studying, be quiet if they are sleeping. You don't have to be connected at the hip and do things together.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, the classes are intense. You need to allocate your time to studying and working on your homework. Your education is your job right now. Go to class and study 30-40 hours a week and you will succeed. My freshman year, I observed students who habitually chose other activities (other than studying) having problems with their academic responsibilities. Some students only survived a semester.....

    Tips for prospective students

    Be knowledgeable about what your goals are for campus life and your education. Be prepared to study hard - especially if you are an architecture or engineering major like me. Be willing to try things out of your comfort zone and experience the opportunities presented to you.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great school and campus with students representing over one hundred different countries. UT cares about the students and encourages all students to get involved with the numerous activities on campus. The staff is friendly and helpful to students as well as parents and on-campus guests.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus hotline booths all around campus which are used to instantly contact campus security upon the event of a problem. Campus security makes rounds are campus all the time, especially during the evenings and if you need to get from one location to another at night but you do not want to walk alone, you can call a campus security representative to pick you up and carry you for free. It is a very safe campus with little to no problems.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 1,100 groups on campus and it is incredibly easy to make your own student group: just get 3 or more students and $10 each to register the group. But never dispute the quality of these groups. There are activities for everyone and the clubs span all nationalities, creeds, religions and personalities. You will find several groups that interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students who love academics but are also community and world-leaders at heart. There are over 1,000 co-curricular groups that are excellent breeding grounds for student-leadership and the unlocking of potential. Students who are diligent and curious are welcomed because the academic rigor is intense and there are many resources to explore, you just have to go find them which is not difficult. It is also good for people with team-spirit and are athletic because it is a big sports-school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hook 'em horns!!! It's a popular saying in UT as well as the longhorn symbol and hand-sign. The UT longhorns are a world-known football team and have many traditions that any newcomer would be enthralled with. There is also a lake/river not far from campus with a great view and with a constant evening-time movement of local bats...a fun-time. Just get ready to buy burnt-orange because you can't be caught without it.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is fairly reasonable for in-state students, however, it can get pricey for out-of-staters. But all other costs are reasonable such as housing (which includes food), books, transport and miscellaneous. All in all, for in-state students $25,000 is reasonable for the quality of housing, education an food that you get. Also, counselling and advising is free so that is a plus and public buses and the UT shuttle provides free transit for UT students as long as they show their student ID card. The different colleges have scholarships available as well as school loans for every type of student. There are even employment opportunities on campus if students need to earn extra money. Finally, if you are an out of state student, it is fairly easy to gain residency status while you study your first year and by your second year, your tuition will go down significantly. There is definite bang for your buck!

    What to do for fun

    Austin is the music capital of the US so one will never be in lack of something to do on a weekend...or weekday. There are continuous campus events that are free of charge and lots of fun and with free transport for all UT students, getting away from campus for some added fun is never difficult. There is even an 'E-Bus' (entertainment and events bus) that take students directly to downtown Austin and back which is very convenient.

    Food and Dining

    On campus and off, there is a plethora of dining options. One came purchases dining dollars and bevo bucks with are debit alternatives for shopping: basically you buy dining dollars and bevo bucks which are installed onto your student ID card; you can then swipe your card at dining locations around campus as a form of payment, just like a debit card. This is incredibly secure since no one will seek to steal your ID card and even if it is stolen, it can be frozen online by the student himself/herself. The food is wonderful, fairly priced and you will never be short of a great meal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Full air-conditioned, cleaned and even the bathrooms and constantly maintained. The rooms themselves are well-furnished and spacious. There are dorm-counselors and student rep who are available 24/7 to rectify dorm disasters of any caliber. There are very roomy dorm lounges with pianos, televisions and help desks. Also, the campus is fully-equipped with wifi. Dorms are comfy and UT makes it easy to make yourself at home!

    Academic Rigor

    UT is known for producing A plus students and has a plethora of resources available to guarantee student success: approximately 12 libraries, student writing aides and study and quiet rooms right there in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are applying and preparing for attendance, be sure to utilize the school's website: utexas.edu. Although there are countless advisers and counselors who are available to attend to your questions and needs, the website is an excellent resource (I find it personally impressive when compared with other school sites). Follow the links and do as much reading as possible because there's tonnes of advice available and answers to nearly every possible question. Also, if you can, attend orientation where you would get to meet your personal adviser, register for classes, survey and tour the campus and meet current students who are zealous about the school and will infuse you with school spirit. If you need financial aid, do as much reading as you can on the school site which is very hands-on and helpful and do not be afraid to identify and contact your college's counselor. Hook 'em horns!

    In three sentences

    UT is an amazing environment that encourages learning and success. It is incredibly student-friendly and also quite influential in academics and sports. The best part is its ability to produce world-class leaders. It is a ground-breaking school.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Zilker park; Barton springs pool; South Congress; trying new food; karaoke; free movies at the Union; bowling; camping; the list goes on!

    Food and Dining

    I wasn't a huge fan of the food. There was definitely a lot of variety, which was the best thing. But with so many great restaurants close by, cafeteria food never really reached the bar. At least there are many different options to choose from all around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't the greatest, but really who's heard of a perfect dorm. Of the dorms I saw when college-hunting, I'd say overall UT has nicer ones. They're a little more spacious in general, and most of them don't look as old as at a lot of other universities. The RAs are also very helpful and friendly, and I felt secure living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier than others, but either way you will be challenged at UT to really understand your field of study and manage your time well. It won't be a breeze to get by, but the trick is finding a study system that works for you. In my experience, professors are really invested in teaching students, challenging them, and helping them learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try something new or different! There are so many organizations you might never of heard of or thought to try, but you might learn something really cool or meet some neat people. Also, take advantage of office hours. At such a large school, taking opportunities to meet your professors individually is really important.

    In three sentences

    I feel like I am getting an education here both in and out of the classroom. The diversity of people and opportunities is one of my favorite things about UT; there are always new people to meet and new things to try. I feel challenged by both my professors and peers, which I think is very important.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great especially for business and phyics students. They have great programs especially for those fields, and of course, if your a longhorns fan....you would like it here :)

    Will enjoy being here

    It is in the middle of a fun, city atmosphere with many available activites and shopping centers surrounding it. Generally a laid back mood makes the school enjoyable.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who appreciate moderation and balance. The University of Texas provides an opportunity to receive a great education without being bogged down or overwhelmed. It is challenging, but definitely manageable. The school work does not prevent students from having a social life or working. Students are able to have fun and appreciate their college years without throwing away the tuition money on a poor education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations and explore Austin!

    Bang for the buck

    Because it is a public school, the tuition is reasonable. Beyond the classes, being a student gives you access to great facilities and fun events.

    Am enjoying being here

    Austin is a great city to go to college in. The campus itself is beautiful and there is always something entertaining going on; there is an organization for any interest and free movies and cheap bowling in the Union. Off campus there is something for everyone. Austin is known for its live music and beyond that it is a very fun and unique atmosphere. The different areas of Austin are so diverse its hard to be bored.

    Am learning a lot

    Because of the size of the university, there is a huge variety of classes available. Every class I have taken had a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor/professor.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Austin is a wonderful city with a lot to do. There's the history of the city, the natural spring pools, the arts and entertainment, and the culture.

    Will learn a lot

    UT has one of the best Theatre departments in the US. It's not NYU or Julliard or anything but it's up there. They're also really selective in the students they choose which shows the standards they have.

  • 07/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    budget your finances and apply for as many scholarships as possible! Have fun but don't forget to study :P

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are focused and want to learn and explore

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely try for some sort of honors program, such as TIP if you are in Liberal Arts or Natural Sciences. The small-group experience created by honors programs is worth it, the classes you take are smaller and much more invigorating than if you were an anonymous student in a large class.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth attending, especially if you're an in-state student. It is a top research institution filled with some of the top faculty in the nation. The classes are enjoyable if you take the right ones for you, and you learn so much when you enjoy your classes

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus. It is really beautiful, wide and open, and the buildings are great. They are in the process of updating several of the buildings and are adding many more as well.

    Am learning a lot

    I am part of a Computer Science honors program at UT and it is really enjoyable and fulfilling. The classes are really small and a lot more personal than the classes of 150-200 that most freshman in most majors take.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Every kind, from the typical party goers to the devoted educational seekers this is the school that has it all.

    Bang for the buck

    It can get a pricey for students who do not live in Austin normally. Even more so if you live out of state.

    Will enjoy being here

    This is the perfect example of living the college life.

    Will learn a lot

    Professors and doctors here are some of the best in the whole world. As long as you pay attention you will learn a lot assuming you take the right professor.

  • 08/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking

    Will enjoy being here

    Beautiful campus!

  • 08/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I can't say who will like this, but I can describe myself to people who have the same personality as me. I enjoy (not too extreme) liberal politics (even though I consider myself progressive because I don't want to completely subscribe myself to one idea), people who enjoy big-city atmosphere, people who enjoy a good quality education, people that LOVE seeing their team win game after game, and people who love seeing other people (because UT does carry A LOT of students).

    Bang for the buck

    It might be expensive, but I believe it is well worth it. For the quality of education and the atmosphere here. Only if you make it well worth it though!

    Will enjoy being here

    I enjoy big city atmosphere with big school atmosphere, I heard it is very liberal as well (which makes it better suited to fit me than Texas A&M). I have had a lot of friends go here and/or interested in coming here. I also have had a counselor who was an intern from UT. She has told me how amazing the city and the campus is.

    Will learn a lot

    I did a lot of research into this college, and I believe that it will hold great opportunities for me. It is basically in the top 5 for everything, academics and sports. I also heard of some breaking-edge research that goes on in the engineering department, not from their college newspaper, but from a nationally recognized newspaper: Popular Mechanics.

  • 09/03/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    How big is the engineering college, and what are the average class sizes for the engineering college?

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for an extremely broad range of students. Whether you want to focus on academics for four years, or you want to enjoy learning in an upbeat city, there is a spot for everyone here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by Texas' top 8% admission policies. Prepare a strong resume, but don't fall behind in academics. Your GPA is your backbone in college.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is quite cheap for in-state students, compared to other colleges of the same academic quality.

    Am enjoying being here

    The cultural climate is amazing. Since I'm preparing for a career in the military, UT's environment is helping learn to adjust and accept many ways of life.

    Am learning a lot

    The wealth of knowledge at this university is amazing. There is a great diversity of classes, many challenging, and many greatly amusing. One drawback is that professors of some lower division courses are not as interested in assisting those students as they are with their upper division students.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    What was Freshmen year like at UT?

  • 11/28/2011

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    Will enjoy being here

    The campus looks beautiful!

  • 12/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Austin likes to think of itself as a big city. So, if you like the city but still like to commune with nature, Austin is the place for you. People bike and walk all over campus and downtown. Town Lake and Zilker Park aren't far from campus. There are live music venues everywhere. And Sixth Street is just an E-bus away!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. School comes first. Friends are great, parties are great, Austin is the best! But school is the most important. Go to EVERY class. There's so much that professors cover that isn't in the text books. 2. BE SOCIAL. If you stay cooped up in a dorm room, you'll be miserable. Make friends with your roomate, the folks in your hall, and the students in your classes. 3. Study groups are a great idea. Especially before midterms and finals. Studying with other people makes you think of and remember the material in a different way.

    Bang for the buck

    Some universities charge much more for tuition than UT, but they'll offer you more scholarships and work-study opportunities. But for location, education, and activities the University of Texas at Austin is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a sorority girl, there's definitely a huge social side to UT that's lost at other universities (ahem, Rice). I'm also in Student Government, participate in a Bible Study, and play IM volleyball. I'm enjoying every moment away from my parents :) The classes are actually a lot of fun, too.

    Am learning a lot

    What starts here really does change the world. Even outside the classroom I'm learning things I never thought I 'd need to know. The professors are very open, the TAs (the one's who grade assignments) are your best friends. GET TO KNOW THE STAFF

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are from smaller schools and might be overwhelmed by the amount of people in their new college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved. Finding friends isn't at all difficult if you surround yourself with people that share your interests.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is definitely worth all the money I'm putting forward. I recognize that I will probably graduate with student loans I'll need to pay off but I feel that the education I will have received after four years will make it more than worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not be happier.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm still taking core classes which seems to cover a lot of the same material I learned in my high school AP classes. However, I am learning a lot in my major-specific classes.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who take pride in school spirit and like to have fun and study, but who always chooses their education over any other party situation since there is always a party going on mostly every weekend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most students bring a bike for sometimes it may be a long walk to your class.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is a great school, there are numerous objects where the price is inflated, such as the groceries and meal prices.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school always offers various opportunities to stay involved with the student community and provides many functions to keep you interested and feel more at home.

    Am learning a lot

    The proffesors, along with their assistants are always willing to help you if you ask for it. They tend to look out for each students grades and offer extra help if needed.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join an on-campus organization.

    Food and Dining

    Not so great...not many healthy options in the cafeterias. Vegetables are always overcooked and mushy, ehh... Limited selection of cooked vegetables (like only 2 vegetable options). Unhealthy meat options (fatty and oily meats that make your stomach hurt). Starch options include rice and bread, but the rice is dry and hard as a rock and you can tell it's undercooked. There have fake eggs (the kind that you pour out of a carton, not the kind that comes from the eggshell and all). To sum it all up, on-campus food sucks.

    Dorm Life

    Kinsolving is a great all female residence hall. It has a cafeteria, so all you have to do if you're hungry for those living in kinsolving is just go downstairs. I haven't lived in any other residence hall, so my rating is somewhat biased.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot easier than high school in that the homework deadlines are less structured and there aren't constant deadlines; however, you do have to independently study the material to do well when there are only two or three tests a semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore campus and find a place where you can comfortably study (without falling asleep). Guadalupe (a.k.a the drag on campus) is the best place to find some food when you're tired of cafeteria/dorm food and you don't want to go too far.

    In three sentences

    It's a large campus so there is always someone new to meet and network with. It's also a great university for those interested in research. Fun to jog around campus.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't fear for my life.

    Greek Life

    Therese a bunch of sororities and fraternities around. I haven't joined any but they look pretty fun to be a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few film organizations and activities that I've looked into and am excited to get involved with. I'm also a part of The Navigators, a Christian group and it's pretty awesom.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to meet other people and get involved. People who care about their education and actually want to do something with thier live.

    Bang for the buck

    Things are just as much on campus as on any other campus. Its a college thing to overcharge I guess. Just go off campus and you'll be good.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much! There organizations and activities to get involved in on campus. There is what I learned is called the Drags with tons of shops and places to stop for food and coffee. There are concerts, music and film festivals that are known about nationwide...all you have to do is look.

    Food and Dining

    There's a zillion places to eat. In dorms, in certain buildings such as the Texas Union, out on the street and the Drag. There's this guy who mans a medium sized cart and he sells Chinese food that is the bomb, and it's only like 4 dollars. And there are supermarkets nearby so whatever you chose you won't have to look far.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is cool. Unless you request it you room with someone you don't know so you get to instantly meet new people,and they have floor activities so the whole 12 floor gets together and goes out to eat or has a pizza party or a dance or something. It's pretty cool.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to come to class and the teachers don't baby you in high school. All my teachers from elementary told me it wouldn't be the same when I went to middle school or high school but it wasn't really that big of a difference. But my high school teachers weren't lying when they said college would be a different ball game.

    Tips for prospective students

    Memorize your map! UT is like a little city and it will help to know where you're going and also know the lingo that most UT students use including the names for the buildings since no one uses their full names. Get good walking shoes and sign up for classes as early as humanly possible.

    In three sentences

    University of Texas is big, beautiful and there's so much to do for any type of interest. There are organizations for sports, the arts, the sciences and languages a like. There's a ton of different people to meet and a great environment to make new and lasting friendships.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is completely safe. there are police calling booths set up around the whole campus in case there ever is any trouble. i can walk across campus at night to my dorm and not feel any fear whatsoever. everyone here is respectful of each others things and i've never had any fears about getting assaulted or robbed. it's great, really.

    Greek Life

    i'm not in a fraternity but i've heard their parties are crazy, if you're into that?

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and activities that serve any interest. if it's not here, it only takes three people to create one!

    Great for these types of students

    great for those who are serious about pursuing an education in medical school. there are several organizations tailored to getting your resume complete and competitive for applications to medical school. this is just one example but one i can relate to, being in the pursuit to going to pharmacy soon.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i go to wednesday night meetings called hope group, where we read the bible and encourage each other throughout the week. it's very helpful and it's a great way to make friends who share the same faith in god.

    Bang for the buck

    the value is outstanding. my freshman courses are large but all my professors are willing to work with me or anyone who is struggling with the course. i'm learning a lot and i can't see myself at any other school.

    What to do for fun

    there are countless organizations to join. i'm in long horn pre pharmacy association where we have different volunteering events to become involved and quickly meet others. not to mention, austin is the music capital of the world! there's never a shortage of things to do. there's simply the matter of you asking what it is you'd like, and it's probably here. rock climbing, anyone?

    Food and Dining

    i live right across from a dining hall and they always provide warm, delicious food. there is a wide variety of foods that they circulate every few days so you're not always eating the same thing. they occasionally have cultural dinners so you don't miss home so much.

    Dorm Life

    you meet many different kinds of people here in the dorms. me, growing up in a predominantly hispanic community, you become exposed to several different kinds of cultures. it serves as an eye opener and you become more appreciative of others' life styles.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is rigorous, but if you come willing to do the work, in the end it will be worth it. you learn tremendous amounts of new material in a short time span. the rigor pushes you to try your best in every class you're taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    come here with an open mind. there are so many options for degrees and organizations to join, you may come in thinking you're interested in a certain area but it may change with time.

    In three sentences

    the university of texas at austin is an excellent school. it has hardworking, dedicated professors and all the resources available to be successful in whatever career you decide to pursue. although it is a large university, professors are willing to help each of their students on an individual basis.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    austin offers a variety of activities, outdoors and indor.

    Food and Dining

    great.

    Dorm Life

    positive.

    Academic Rigor

    faculty and staff are competent and serious. the classes offered offer a deep understanding of the subjects and students are engaged in the learning process.

    Tips for prospective students

    ut offers great opportunities to both international and resident students willing to study their chosen subject.

    In three sentences

    the university of texas at austin has a wonderful master of fine arts in film production. this graduate film program that i am attending is one of the best in the usa and i am completing it very successfully.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus cops are always patrolling.

    Greek Life

    a big part of ut's social scene, but easily avoidable.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many clubs!!

    Bang for the buck

    compared to california schools, ut's pretty cheap.

    What to do for fun

    anything you want. ut has a club for everything.

    Food and Dining

    quite a few options, buffet and cafeteria-style dining halls. you'll never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    jester is the quintessential dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are challenging, but the professors are fun and keep it interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    declare a major. being undeclared puts you at a slight disadvantage when registering for classes.

    In three sentences

    it is huge and there's always something going on. the people are friendly and the weather is great if you like sun. the academics are also top-notch.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    intramural sports

    In three sentences

    great school. great education

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many things to do in austin, being the music capital of the world. and the nightlife in austin is always exciting as well.

    Food and Dining

    food is decent, nothing compares to home cooked meals though.

    Dorm Life

    i live in jester and it is by far the best place to be. the location is perfect and there are so many people, you'll never be alone.

    Academic Rigor

    always depends on which professor you have. i would recommend doing some research on myedu.com while coming up with a schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're looking for a school that is both dedicated to academics and extra curricular activities, you're looking at the right school. there is always something going on at ut, not to mention the ridiculous amount of school spirit everyone has. ut contains many resources for you to excel in classes and also has a club for just about anything.

    In three sentences

    what starts at the university of texas does indeed change the world. there are many people from different cultures you learn so many things from. ut is academically challenging and a ton of fun.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus and the area around campus is very safe. ut has its own police department, called utpd, so that the students enjoy a safe and protected environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    ut has 1100 registered organizations on various subjects and interests regarding ethnicity, religions, academic interests, majors, or hobbies. if you want to start your own club/organization, even that is very easy to do. all clubs have a number of fun activities for their members, all you have to do is join.

    Great for these types of students

    ut is accepting and welcoming to all types of students with a passion to become something. diversity is one of the many traits of ut. but being a student here also involves hard work, so if you like to study and willing to give what it takes, come to ut.

    What to do for fun

    austin is a city full of life. we are always having concerts, parties, university events which make student life fun and exciting. there are all types of events held in the university itself like games, exhibitions, conferences etc.

    Food and Dining

    there are a number of good places to eat inside and around the university. in the university's food court, we have great places like wendy's, taco bell, chick fill a, quiznos, zen's, taco cabana, starbucks, and much more. right across the university we have a street full of great places to eat. apart from that, the dorms also have their own food courts which also offer delicious food with affordable meal plans for students.

    Dorm Life

    apart from being academically excellent, ut also offers a fun student life. there are a number of university dorms and private dorms at a walking distance from the university, which makes residence very easy for students. dorm life is very safe, convenient and fun around ut.

    Academic Rigor

    ut is strict about rules and requirements depending upon different schools and departments in the university. for example, if you do not meet certain prerequisite for certain class, you will be dropped from that class within a week. similarly, in order to apply to certain area of study, you have to meet certain requirements which ut is strict about.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply to ut if you want to be a part of something great, as our slogan says what starts here changes the world. know yourself, know what you want to do, and know that you're going to have to work hard to be part of something as great as ut. but even if you're not sure, you will receive every type of guidance possible from ut. 1) if you're not sure about your major, apply as an undergraduate student, the undergraduate program gives you four semesters to explore and decide what you want to major in. the ugs counsellors are very helpful and supportive, so don't hesitate to talk to your counsellor. 2) if you know what your major is, do your research and make sure you meet the requirements. 3) a strong statement of purpose and an impressive resume is a requirement. 4) if you are accepted, be prepared to work hard 5) talk to your professors, introduce yourself and ask for help when you need it, so that they know you're trying. 6) meet with your ta's when needed, they will help you out. 7) join organizations of your interest, extra curricular activities are always good for your resume as well. 8) if you need a job, go to hirealonghorn.org. 9) when you register for classes, try to enroll for an average or 4-5 classes, make sure you don't over-load yourself which might drop your gpa. 10) talk to people! ut is a great place to make great friends.

    In three sentences

    the university of texas at austin is a great school for anyone with great aspirations. everybody is welcoming and inspiring in austin, and you naturally feel like a super star being a part of ut.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    i have joined many clubs here that are major specific and it's been a great way to meet people with similar interests and goals.

    What to do for fun

    go to greek life parties, sight see around austin, try out new and fun restaurants!

    Food and Dining

    the buffet options are great and not that much money!

    Dorm Life

    i have a bunk bed.. uh oh.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are tough, but definitely worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    really get involved in high school, they are looking for well rounded, successful students with a goal oriented future!

    In three sentences

    i love ut austin! it is academically impressive, always entertaining, and full of life! i couldn't have asked for a better place to spend the best four years of my life thus far!

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police continuously patrol the campus

    Greek Life

    best in the nation

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    fun, outgoing, smart

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    hook em'

    Bang for the buck

    its a little pricy, but it will be well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    6th street once 21yrs old, go to any sports game. intramurals

    Tips for prospective students

    go to class, study, do good on tests.

    In three sentences

    the university of texas is a challenging school. the tools they teach you here set you up for success. what starts here truely changes the world.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    has one of the best campus safety! there is always cops patrolling within campus and there are police help call stations at every corner of the campus.

    Greek Life

    if one is looking to get to know people really closely, the greek life here is very diverse and friendly!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are more than 1100 registered student organizations and there is always events going on from these organizations, there is hardly anything that one cannot find themselves to not get involved with!

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who are looking to have a diverse and rich educational experience!

    What to do for fun

    since the university is located at the heart of the state and in one of the most beautiful cities of the nation, one can lots of outdoor activities to do for fun. for example, kayaking, hiking, running in the beautiful parks, experience the culturally rich restaurants in downtown, visit historical places and much more!

    Food and Dining

    since this university is so culturally diverse, it offers different ethnic food and has options for all kinds of consumers such as vegan and vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    this university provide plenty of dorm options and cafeterias situated conveniently around the whole campus, making a freshman's transition to college life much easier!

    Academic Rigor

    this university offers the best classes with their world class professors. so the classes are hard to excel at but if one works hard then it definitely pays off!

    Tips for prospective students

    take any opportunity to network, you never what you might end up with!

    In three sentences

    it is one of the best universities in the nation that is best at conducting research.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the utpd does an excellent job of keeping us safe.

    Greek Life

    there are many options, and they do a great part of helping their members be connected to the ut community.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of organizations that you can join!!

    Great for these types of students

    those who want to explore the world and learn new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we celebrate every religion, holiday, and culture at ut. so each year you can always learn something new by going to these celebrations and learning about other cultures!

    Bang for the buck

    worth every dollar!

    What to do for fun

    living in downtown austin gives you an endless supply of things to do between the campus events and clubs as well as things going on in the austin community.

    Food and Dining

    there are so many options to fit any taste and diet!

    Dorm Life

    there are tons of fun things to do that the dorms put on for the residents.

    Academic Rigor

    it is hard, but so completely worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to try new things out, you don't want to miss out on anything!

    In three sentences

    it helps prepare you to take on the world. internships, clubs, workshops, and more all work together to get you as ready for the business world as possible.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    parties on west campus, movies on the alamo draft house, barton creek square, lake travis, concerts almost every month, clubs on 6th street, what not to do in austin??

    Food and Dining

    it depends where, but there are a lot of fast food, and dine in restaurants close to campus, so you if get bored of cafeteria food, you can always go to one of them.

    Dorm Life

    it depends where are you living, i've heard jester is fun but strict. if you live out of campus (west campus mostly), nightlife is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    most of the classes are great, and the variety of majors to choose is really extensive. if you like taking electives that does not have anything to do with your major, this can be a really good university for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for the change from high school to college, the workload is acceptable compared to the difficulty of the classes. if you want to party, i would recommend to take few credits first semester (around 12) to get used to balance parties and school.

    In three sentences

    this school is perfect if you like having a really active social life, be prepared for the parties and events in school. if you don't like to spend much time partying, you can spend time with people studying too, the school is not party all the time, students have managed to find equilibrium between classes and parties.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    security is pretty tight here, there haven't been any real danger on campus. even if there is, the students will be alerted by email. even to get in a specific dorm, it requires a student id which is impossible for an outsider to get, you have to be a part of the university.

    Greek Life

    i never really got involved with the sorority life, but from what i hear its an amazing time to let lose. also being a part of a group you form a little family, which is excellent for those students who feel a bit home sick.

    Clubs and Activities

    it is important to be involved in as many activities and clubs as possible. one reason is it's a good way to meet people who believe in what you do as wel, another is that it looks real good on your resume. another good reason to be involved is to get experience and to be a part of a team.

    Great for these types of students

    these traditions will be especially great for students who are into sports. there will be alot of oppurtunities to cheer and support our universities football players.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    during football season, ut holds a parade down guadelupe st, there the cheerleaders, band members, and other participants gather and chant for their team. another tradition is for us to throw up the hook em' sign and wave our hands back and forth.

    Bang for the buck

    in order to save some of your money its important to attend any and all free food get togethers. this may include organizations or club meetings. another important fact is that buffet's are the way to go.

    What to do for fun

    an inexpensive and easy way to have fun is to go to organizations and dorm meetings. you are more likely to be surrounded by unique individuals. one of the best things is the free food held in organizations, when in college you have to learn how to appreciate free food.

    Food and Dining

    the school cafe was amazing food, one of the advices i have to offer is to not spend so much when eating. prices can be a bit steep, that's why managing your money comes in handy.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are filled with brilliant young minds, each person is vigorously dedicated to their studies. at times a group of students from the dorm will gather and hold studying parties. other times they'll just hang out, it's always good to have connections within the university.

    Academic Rigor

    classes can get bit competitive, so it's good to maintain a good relationship with some of your classmates. the class average grade is usually a high b for most of the classes. in order to strive you have to find an affective studying area and get your work done.

    Tips for prospective students

    in order to become a successful student, the most important thing to do is get engaged in your classes. attended your professors office hours and come to class well prepared.

    In three sentences

    this campus is full of amazing individuals, each set on their own paths of success. the professors are animated, full of energy, and willing to do whatever it takes to grasp your attention.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    hang out with my friends on the drag or somewhere on campus or play games in different rooms here on campus.

    Food and Dining

    not always the best quality but there are places to go if you are hungry and kinsolving and j2 are really cheap for a buffet, but they have weird hours.

    Dorm Life

    they are alright. for dorms they aren't bad, just wish i had a sink in my room.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are challenging and sometimes frustrating and stressful but you will learn what you need to

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved, there is so much here to be a part of. find something that interests you and join the club or attend the meetings.

    In three sentences

    it is an awesome and challenging college. there's a lot to do both academically and socially. so happy to be here

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe here, even at night.

    Greek Life

    you should ask someone who is in a sorority of fraternity because i don't know.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is so diverse. it's great for everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    the professors here are some of the best in the nation.

    What to do for fun

    as said before, there are lots of clubs to join. you can even do im sports or join a sorority/fraternity.

    Food and Dining

    some places are much better than others. prices can be expensive sometimes. use your dine in dollars well!

    Dorm Life

    i had very friendly ras so we had activities for our floor every so often. i enjoyed living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    ut austin is considered a public ivy school. it's certainly much harder than going to utsa or texas a&m university at san antonio.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in at least one club so you can make some friends.

    In three sentences

    there is always something to do! there is a club for everyone, and if there isn't something that interests, you can start one. it's the best public university in texas, and i definitely feel i am getting my money's worth.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    take the e-bus downtown and go clubbing.

    Food and Dining

    dorm food gets tiring after awhile, so going out to eat on the guadalupe is a good option.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life here is very nice. everything is clean and each dorm has specific events to help the residents befriend one another.

    Academic Rigor

    school will always be challenging, you must learn how to manage your time wisely and to not procrastinate.

    Tips for prospective students

    maintain a high gpa while in high school because it is very difficult to get accepted in if you aren't in the top 10 percent.

    In three sentences

    this school is the best public university in texas. it's challenging, but worth the experience. it's everything you would want from a university.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the university of texas at austin is a gigantic campus, which means that anything can happen. ut sends out texts and emails to students when a crime or anything dangerous occurs so at least you can be aware of the problem. there aren't policemen in every single corner and every single street of ut, so you have to watch out of yourself. if you do not go to places alone and have reliable friends with you than you should be fine, or at least decrease the chances of anything bad happening to you.

    Greek Life

    i am not a greek so i cannot fully give insight to this topic, but i have multiple friends that are and i have seen different fraternities do what they do. greek life seems to be one of those things where it is a major time commitment but may be worth it in the end. i do know that they get into different parties for free if you are interested in dancing. also, some people that i know say that their grades have suffered from being in a frat, so if you really want to be in one then you have to make sure that your grades are very good and that your course load is not that much.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of clubs/activities to be involved in. to be more specific, there are over ten-thousand organizations to be a part of, and if you do not ind one that you like, you can create your own; all you need is two people and ten dollars and you can create your own organization. they're everywhere!

    Great for these types of students

    the university of texas at austin is great for students looking for a challenge academically and socially. ut has fifty-one (plus) thousand students of every single race and ethnicity known to man; it is definitely a place for those who want to branch out from their norm and learn new ways of life from different people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the most unusual tradition that ut has the the lighting of the tower. incoming freshman all come together at the tower the day before classes start and a big ceremony is held to welcome them. at the end of the ceremony the main tower is lit burnt orange and the number of their college graduation year lights up through the windows of the tower. the next time they see this happen is when they graduate. as far as unusal locations go, the most unusual one that i can think of is the underground, which is actually underground.

    Bang for the buck

    every place that you go to have fun doesn't cost much. the most that you might end up spending at a club is twenty dollars and that is a rarity. the underground doesn't cost much either; i think you have to pay three or five dollars an hour for how long you want to be there, which is not bad at all. as far as big miscellaneous items such as programs, laptops, and big headphones, ut can slightly overprice those. even with those the price isn't outrageous, and smaller items like calculators, regular earphones, cases, etc are normal price. however, i think that ut overprices the clothes that they sell. a polo shirt, for example, that would normally go for thirty dollars would be doubled to about sixty, but at the same time, they have discounts on other clothes where do don't pay nearly as much. it all depends on what you buy.

    What to do for fun

    the university of texas at austin is known for its parties. there are some occasionally on campus, but the majority of them will be held at clubs on 6th street, which can be reached by taking a bus from ut to there. if you don't want to dance, ut has what is called the underground, which is a place to bowl, shoot pool, eat, etc. if you have a car, then you can go to various places a little further off campus to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    there are multiple places to eat at ut with a variety of foods to choose from. if you decide to live on campus then you will receive fourteen-hundred dine-in dollars and three-hundred bevo bucks. the dine-in dollars are to use at ut specific places to eat that you don't find any place else, such as jester city limits or jesta pizza. bevo bucks are for most places on campus and a few off-campus stores to buy items more than just food. there are places to eat located by every dorm, so you never have to travel far to grub. in all, dining at ut is very good.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life can be amazing, depending on which dorm that you choose to live in. there are several dorms to choose from, but i would prefer jester east. it is one of the cheapest dorms to get in to while having renovated rooms on pretty much every floor, which means that your furniture will be new. there are several study lounges in jester east for those times when you need to study outside of your own room. there are also options to have connected or private baths, which are (in my opinion) better than the community baths that every person in an area has to use. sinks are in the room, and there are elevators. other dorms have some of these qualities but not all of them. it is up to you to check out what specifically that you like. either way you should have a pretty good dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    there is a lot of work involved with going to ut, but that is expected. classes overall are harder than at most other public universities, but this should not scare you because this means that you are getting better preparation for your career and your life. if you learn how to tap in to the many resources that ut has to offer and learn how to study diligently, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to get involved in as many volunteer groups and organizations as possible, but the most important thing is to make sure that your grades are on point. the university of texas at austin is a very hard school to get in to, especially if you are not in the top eight percent of your graduating class. if you are below the top eight percent but still want to attend ut, i would suggest choosing an easy major to get in to such as social work or communications, then do well in college and transfer to the major that you would like to pursue.

    In three sentences

    the university of texas at austin is a very prestigious and rewarding university to attend. tuition is very low compared to other colleges and there are many resources available to help you succeed as a college student. it is a very good place to be!

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ut is definitely a safe campus to be on because they have their own police officers that are there to serve its community members 24 hours, seven days a week. if and when there is a dangerous/threatening situation occurring on campus all students and staff are immediately notified through some form of contact of email and/or text messages. for the most part the community is very safe.

    Greek Life

    greek life is great to get involved in because it allows you to build bonds with your friends to the point of becoming like a family full of brothers or sisters. it is a amazing experience to be a part of greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many variety of clubs and organizations to get involved in that can fit just about everyone at ut. and you here about them all the time because they pass out there flyers to promote their groups trying to recruit members all the time.

    Great for these types of students

    the university of texas is a great place for all students that are serious about their education and want to have many new experiences. it is the perfect place that offers its students many new opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    something to look out for is the university of texas tower because it always stands out even when you are lost so that you can find your way back. also remember “the eyes of texas” because that is the song that will be engraved in your mind throughout the years you attend ut and perhaps even after you have graduated.

    What to do for fun

    there are always many new things to do for fun on and close to campus. many people pass out flyers on a daily basis inviting you to their events. and downtown is close to campus as well so there are many of other things to go to down there as well. on weekends you will always find something fun to do, there is always a party to go to, you just need to ask around and you will surely find something interesting to do.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining areas are great on campus. they have a variety of places to choose from and there are also places near campus that is walking distance that you can go to which is really great.

    Dorm Life

    i recommend living in the dorms for your first year because it will be a great benefit. it is a better way to adjust yourself to campus and a less of a hassle to get to all your classes on time if you live on campus. you even get the opportunity to meet new people in your dorms which can also help you in times of need.

    Academic Rigor

    academic classes can be tough to get adjusted to at the start but once you have become adjusted to how classes and school work are, you'll learn how much more easier it will be. all it takes is to do all your work on time, put time into studying, and do not procrastinate, and you should be doing great in all your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    tips to to remember if you attend ut: -do not be afraid to meet new people and become a bit social because this is a huge university filled with many people. it is easy to feel small and unknown so it is good to make at least a couple of friends. -get involved, remember college is what you make of it so if you want to have a good college experience at least get into one good organization you like and interest you. -organize study groups when you have difficult times in understanding class material because it will help you learn the material more better most likely boost your grade up -interact with your tas and professors because they will also have an impact on your grades, they can help you with any material you did not fully understand so do not be shy to ask for help. everyone on campus is for the most part friendly and will almost never deny you of any help. -when you study do not just memorize material, you have to do more than that, analyze the topic and get deeper into it. college is not like high school so remember that.

    In three sentences

    the university of texas at austin is a perfect environment to learn, make friends, and to make new and amazing memories. everyone who comes here is proud to say they are a longhorn and they bleed burnt orange. being a part of such a prestigious school gives you the motivation to make it through and graduate from here, and we're always going to encourage you all to hook'em and become a proud longhorn!

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    the drag is one of the most central spots for food and fun. there are so many different types of shopping and activities.

    In three sentences

    i visited ut and automatically fell in love with not only the school but austin. the professors are among the most educated in their field of study and although the class size is large, there are several resources at your disposal. the atmosphere is perfect is you love artsy events and people.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    pretty safe, phone booths like every other corner on campus just in case=]

    Greek Life

    greek life, if you are in it is a huge deal here!and it is pretty fun, but if you are not, it doesn't matter there are various other things that you can be involved in.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many opportunities to get involved its a little overwhelming, but any student can find a club for their taste!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have secret tunnels.. underground, connecting all the buildings, but the entrance is a mystery. as for traditions, there are many! hook 'em!

    Bang for the buck

    ut is in fact pretty costly, but it is very worth it, especially if you get a scholarship!=]

    What to do for fun

    you are in austin!! the city is alive with fantastic things to do and enjoy!its a music capitol and so there are always great concerts here- acl, sxsw, ect. and for night life, 6th street is fantastic for that ;].

    Food and Dining

    at first, the food is amazing, but like any college food, you become tired of the same stuff, the good part is that here, they are big on healthy foods so you will always have a nice wholesome option if you choose.

    Dorm Life

    great dorms!and on great locations! duren and san jac are by far the best! nice and quiet with private baths! they are spacious too!

    Academic Rigor

    it's pretty rigorous, at least for the engineering students, on multiple accounts i have pulled all-nighters, but if you keep organized, you should do just fine, unless you are a ee.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be lazy, study hard and then you can have fun. join a group! there are hundreds to join and they can be really rewarding and great for making friends and connections. enjoy your time here, you are in one of the most amazing cities in the us! explore and have a great time.

    In three sentences

    innovative and diverse environment, very fun and full of great treasures among campus. however, do not underestimate the difficulty of the courses, specifically engineering. this college is filled with opportunities and i hope you seize them.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is almost impossible for the university to completely prevent crime, however the university of texas police department does a very good job of patrolling the campus and protecting the students, faculty, and staff. there are numerous emergency phones around campus that are clearly marked and give you a direct line to the utpd, this also pinpoints your location. you also have the option to receive texts and/or emails from the university when there is an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 900 organizations and this number is constantly growing as more groups are created. pick up fliers for clubs and attend as many as you want to find which ones are right for you. this is the easiest and best way to make friends on campus who have the same interests as you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are many attractive buildings on campus and you should be sure to visit them all. explore campus to find where you best like to study, sleep, eat, and spend time with your friends.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is going to be expensive basically anywhere you go, but there is so much that the tuition at ut pays for. you get amazing professors who have exceeded in their field, research opportunities, free admission to the gym or intramural sports, and the best part is the free transportation on all city buses.

    What to do for fun

    the opportunities for fun are countless. i believe there are nearly 1000 clubs at ut so you are sure to find something; there's intramural sports, a large gym on campus, plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs around the city. and of course don't forget that austin is the live music capital of the world!

    Food and Dining

    food and dining on campus itself is a bit limited but still available, especially in the dorms. however there are numerous places to eat within walking distance of campus, all of different price ranges and different kinds of things to eat--sushi, sandwiches, vietnamese, mediterranean, pizza, and fast food.

    Dorm Life

    i have never personally lived in the dorms but i have friends who live in the dorm. some really like the dorms and some don't. i would advise living in the dorm for your first year so that you meet plenty of people and learn the area.

    Academic Rigor

    if high school was easy for you, do not expect the same when you come to ut. you will need to do homework and/or study almost every single day and sometimes even devote a day on the weekend for studying as well. don't let this scare you away from the university; the professors are difficult but they want you to learn and they want to see you succeed. if you need help they are always willing to email you or see you during office hours; this is actually the best way to prosper in school and also potentially receive a letter of recommendation. classes are also a great way to meet people and make friends especially if you form or join a study group.

    Tips for prospective students

    obviously you want to have a good gpa, ideally above a 3.5, and a high sat or act score. take some time to really consider your essays and your personal statement, and have your parents or guidance counselor go over them with you.

    In three sentences

    there is something for everyone at the university of texas at austin, i have yet to hear that someone couldn't find a group of friends or something to do during their time here. pride is a big thing here; if you aren't into sports don't worry, not everyone here is, but you are sure to feel your heart swell with honor when you see the great tower bathed in burnt orange light after the university has received an academic or athletic achievement. the university of texas at austin: what starts here changes the world.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is great variety on all dining areas. Great food and service.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is a great way to meet people and share same interest.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, the university speaks for itself. Teachers help student achieve more than what they think they are capable of.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a great university to get the ultimate college experience. The staff and students are very friendly and are always willing to help. No matter how homesick you are, people always make you feel at home.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and extra curricular activities to get involved with here. You are bound to like one of them.

    Food and Dining

    This university has excellent food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know what it is like in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a difficult school, you cannot simply mess around the whole semester and expect to pass all of your classes because you won't. There is a high work load but a high reward level as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you study hard and balance your school, work, and social life you will always succeed especially in a school like this.

    In three sentences

    I think this is an excellent school to attend. I have friends and family that has or is currently attending there and they all really enjoy it and think the education is well worth their money.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Stuff gets stolen A LOT! There are sometimes robberies, but nothing bad has ever happened to me.

    Greek Life

    Not involved, so I don't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are HUNDREDS are student organizations and Greek organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are social and like to meet others. Really great for everyone since it is so diverse. There are so many student groups, anyone could find a niche.

    Bang for the buck

    It is highly-ranked public school for a very relatively low price.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy running around campus and the surrounding areas, meeting new people, and trying the food around UT. Also Austin is a very fun city that constantly has festivals and live music.

    Food and Dining

    There are several UT sponsored food and dining places around campus. The downside is that the prices are pretty expensive, but if you live in a dorm then you get $1500. The food quality is high. There are also a a plethora of non-UT sponsored eateries on and very close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in a Dorm for one year (called Duren). It was a very good experience for a first-year student, and I wouldn't have minded living there again. The dorms automatically come with about $1500 to spend on food at the UT food services.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this depends on the major. I was a biochemistry major which was VERY rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be comfortable with a large class size and keeping track of deadlines for yourself.

    In three sentences

    UT - Austin provides a great education for a great value. The professors are very diverse, but most have a highly effective teaching style. The students at the campus are diverse, as are the resources, and the price is hard to beat.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Get a meal plan. It's the best idea you'll ever have.

    Dorm Life

    It's nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It's all dependent on what you do.

    In three sentences

    It's huge, and you're bound to meet countless people. The city is in is probably one of the best in Texas There's always something to do.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe

    Great for these types of students

    fun,smart

    Bang for the buck

    what a big campus, so many nice people...sales cheap stuff...thats good

    Food and Dining

    lot of fast food restaurants

    Dorm Life

    very cool dorms

    Academic Rigor

    not really sure

    Tips for prospective students

    Be cool and be ready to have fun

    In three sentences

    very nice campus. People help you if you get lost. Very nice people

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most part, the campus is very safe. There are police around, and the campus is well-lit in the evening. West Campus can tend to be a little more rowdy, but generally, is highly monitored. There have been a couple of recent assaults, but that was before the school year started. It's always important to play it safe, even in safe neighborhoods.

    Greek Life

    Again, I do not know anything about this. The only experience I have had in the recent months is trying to avoid a street where police cars and officers were going in to a Greek house.

    What to do for fun

    Any day you can find something fun to do on campus. If that doesn't suit you, Austin is an amazing city filled with parks, beautiful landscapes, and great live music. If you have a favorite hobby, you can find a place to do it here.

    Food and Dining

    As for dining in the residence halls, I have not heard many good things about them, but the use of Bevo Bucks around, on and off campus is really awesome. There are many different options for food, with all different types of cultural cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know anything about it, because I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, the students seem to really apply themselves even when they are having a good time. The professors are engaged and want the students to succeed as well. The Teacher's Assistants are also very engaged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work really hard in your classes.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge, and very beautiful. There are a lot of students, but it is easy to run into people you know from classes. The activities provided by the campus ranging from arts and entertainment, to self-improvement sessions, discussion forums, research, and athletic opportunities, are expansive, and really great.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Austin is accompanied by police and on campus police, which constantly are on patrol to ensure the greatest safety. We hire our officers that have the intent to ensure public safety and common peace.

    Greek Life

    There is no better place for greek life in the South than in Austin Texas. The greek tradition goes back to the 1920's surviving through the great depression. Participating in the greek life will ensure that you will meet brothers and experience this classic tradition.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of Texas is a school which has around 50,000 students, there are countless number of organizations that are available for everyone. These things run from being in a fraternity or playing quiditch from harry potter, which we are ranked number one in the nation. The right club is out there for you, you just have to be willing to look for it an find people with similar tastes.

    Great for these types of students

    One of the greatest things about the University of Texas is that any type of student will fit in here. Due to the sheer size of the school, there are a diverse amount of people and you will always find people with similar tastes and hobbies. To describe this school, it is laid back, accepting, and is represented by the saying Keep Austin Weird.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition we practice here in austin, is to hold our horns up on our hand to help support Bevo anytime we feel we should. Bevo is a symbol, he is a longhorn which is the mascot for our school. Without Bevo we would have no symbol to follow and represent.

    Bang for the buck

    Ut provides excellent services through your tuition that benefit you in all aspects of your life. We have a student health center which have trained professional nurses on staff twenty-four hours a day, and lawyers which will give free legal advice on appointment.. Tuition also entails membership to gyms, movie theaters, bowling, billiards, and much more!.

    What to do for fun

    Austin will always proved the greatest memories of your life, there are countless things around the city that will lead to tons of fun. Those who are twenty-one can enjoy the collection of bars on 6th street, or walk around downtown and just enjoy the local art. Football games are the greatest events at this school, school spirit is unmeasurable and helps create an environment in which people have a great time.

    Food and Dining

    Austin's Guadelupe street, commonly called the drag is the pinnacle of food and dining in austin. There is much diversity in the type of food that is present, ranging from getting a gyro at a local mediterranean place to a fat longhorn at big bite. Austin will never sell you short, there is always a unique place that will provide you with a new and tasty meal.

    Dorm Life

    The first time a student goes into his dorm is an exhilarating experience, it shows their new place of identity which they will call home. At the University of texas, the best and brightest are here, and in dorms they are all grouped together. The grouping of students in local dorms here leads to meeting lifelong friends and possible academic connections.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of texas is among the top public schools in the nation, with this esteem, academic challenges follow. Professors run classes with the intent of challenging students but having them learn the material in the best fashion possible. These classes help teach students that hard work, is rewarded with illuminating knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    To succeed at this school you must apply yourself in every facet of your education. You must set the standard for perfection, because it will pay off in the end. In Austin we work hard first, then enjoy ourselves afterward.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a prestigious school that is dedicated to the breeding of young students that set their standards at nothing less than excellence. The transition through this school helps develop young men and women in all aspects of their life to prepare them for realities in the real world It achieves this by having an intelligent academic staff, an involved campus life, and a thriving school spirit.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you opt in to the daily email the Campus Police send out, they update you on any burglaries that have occurred, as well as other disturbances and criminal mischief. If you ever feel unsafe, there are several yellow posts that when you press the button calls an officer to your location. There is also a student run organization called SureWalk: they send two escorts [one male, one female] to help escort you where you need to go if you ever feel unsafe walking home alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    All the friends I've made have come from student organizations. If you have a certain interest, chances are theres a club for it. Anime Club, Pokemon Club, Filmmakers Alliance, dance groups, theater and art promoting groups; there is just about everything here.

    Great for these types of students

    Art, film, business. If you love meeting new people, you can easily meet a handful of new people everyday.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do be it a mini concert series of local bands at a bar, a student film festival, South By Southwest during Spring Break in Downtown Austin. Be sure to bring your student ID card with you to catch free rides on the city buses.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food isn't terrible, but there are some items that are very overpriced. It makes it incredibly easy to eat nothing but greasy pizza, which isn't that great for you. If you can, be sure to bring some non-perishable items, canned foods, and the likes. Also, make sure you know when you get meals if you sign up for a meal-plan, or to make sure you know how much you have left in your dine-in account.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on the dorm you live in. If you make an effort to try and meet the people in your halls, it makes hanging out outside of your room much more fun. Only problem are community bathrooms, particularly the showers. Ladies, I'll stress it now, if you don't pick up the stray hair that comes off your head during a shower, it makes the showers flood, and grosses some people out. Be clean and courteous to others who share the space.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very tough, if you think you can wait the day before an assignment is due, chances are you'll barely get a passing grade. There are very few classes where you can do that, but I assure you, procrastination is your worst enemy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Break your procrastination habit and learn how to properly study. If you bring a bike, bring two U-Locks with you to help secure your bike and prevent it from being stolen. The University Co-Op is NOT the only place to buy your textbooks, chances are you can find them for much cheaper somewhere online.

    In three sentences

    UT is a gorgeous campus that's incredibly walkable and easy to navigate once you find out where you need to go. There's always some kind of event going on. There is never a chance for boredom when it comes to the campus, unless you're in that one class that you have absolutely no interest in.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are opportunities to be safe. For example, you can call Safe Walk if you don't want to walk alone, and there are police phone pole things all around campus. But a lot of people don't try to be careful. They don't watch where they're walking and go into the road when there's a car coming or they walk alone. It is downtown Austin, though, so you have to watch out for the crazies.

    Greek Life

    I'm not really involved in Greek life, but it's definitely a huge part of UT Austin.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have yet to get involved in a club, but I know there are tons around campus that I plan to get involved in once I know my way around better. I do recommend getting involved ASAP, though.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! The campus is so big and there are so many people here you're sure to find something you like to do and people you like to hang out with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hmmm. The Drag is a pretty unusual place. It's full of stores and restaurants and street performers and street vendors. As far as traditions go I have yet to experience any. I'm sure there are. Does the obsession with football and burnt orange count? There's definitely a lot of Longhorn pride around here.

    Bang for the buck

    UT Austin is a great school for a relatively low price. It's really well known and will give you a great education for about $20,000 a year, including room and board and textbooks, with no financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin. There's lots to do for fun. If you have free time and transportation you could go down to Zilker park or the mall or something, but if you don't have a ride there's lots to do on campus. In the dorm rooms there are pool tables and TVs if you really want to stay close. Around campus you could go to the gym to work out or play an intramural. You can wander around the Drag or go play frisbee in front of the Tower. There's always some sort of concert or performance going on. It just depends on what you're interested in and how willing you are to look.

    Food and Dining

    I usually go to Littlefield Patio Cafe because it's close. They have sandwiches and salads and chicken fingers and burgers and things like that. I also go to Kins Market or Kinsolving Dining Hall, which is a cafeteria buffet type thing. The food is generally good, but it's a good idea to bring some stuff of your own to avoid overspending or go down to the Drag (Guadalupe Street) to mix it up sometimes

    Dorm Life

    I live in the Honors Quad, which you would think would be a little bit more tame than the other residence halls. You would be wrong. People are up yelling YOLO!!! in the halls until all hours of the night. This doesn't always happen, but when it does it can be hard to focus. It's also confusing to figure out how to get around the quad. I haven't really had the chance to explore, though. In general it's a good place to live. The people seem nice and there are things do do if you don't feel like going anywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what type of classes you're taking. I'm in an honors program so I can take the honors versions of most classes. The regular classes do tend to be easier than the honors ones just because the professors don't care as much. You still have to study, though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a club. Volunteer. Stay in a dorm your freshman year to be close to everything and meet people. Go to class. Don't wait until the last minute to do your homework or study. Make sure your schedule is manageable and that you have time to get to all of your classes. Stay focused.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a huge school! You have to make an effort to get involved in programs or clubs and get to know people. It's definitely the best public school in Texas, though, and one of the best in the nation.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD are always on the lookout and are willing to help in any situation. They even send you text messages for any reported thefts or suspicious characters on and around campus to make sure you stay knowledgeable. Sure Walk lets you call in to have someone walk and escort you to where you need to go after dark.

    Greek Life

    Noisy. So I guess for some that translates to 'Awesome'?

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the eclectic, the business oriented, the thrill seekers, the adventurers, the party goers, the interns

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The giant steel balls. I swear, someone must have planned it. How else would one explain its convenient location by the main tower?

    What to do for fun

    Austin provides many opportunities for free or cheap entertainment! Some things include hiking, climbing Mt. Bonnel, exploring the green belt, swimming in barton creek, kayaking, walking around south congress, celebrations downtown, SXSW, ACL, the list simply goes on. If you look around, there's always something to do in Austin.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining on and around the UT campus is GREAT! On campus provides food like Wendy's, Chik-fil-A, Zen, Taco Cabana, and a lot more. Food venues along Guadalupe St right by the university range from asian cuisine, middle eastern, mexican, and americana.

    Dorm Life

    I was never in a dorm, but boy have I heard the stories! Dorm life is pretty interesting as there are certain events and trips you can go on together as a dorm, but personally, the cons outweigh the pros: guests must sign in after 11pm, no guests at night during finals, community (stalled) showers, and expenses. If dorms are your only/number choice in student living then they're great because they're on campus and close to everything, otherwise I would say keep an open mind on off campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are no walk in the park, but that doesn't mean you won't do well! Study, make google docs, ask for help, and talk to your professors and TAs when you need them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore organizations! Finding your niche through organizations can really help you on your way to meeting new people and building meaningful relationships. Look for internships whenever you can to start building up your resume.

    In three sentences

    UT is truly an amazing educational experience full of history and excitement. Campus life, events and celebrations bring a sense of community to all students involved, helping to prove that there is a place for everyone to find common ground, no matter their differences.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything

    Food and Dining

    Unknown so far

    Dorm Life

    Unknown so far

    Academic Rigor

    Unknown so far

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply yourself, even if you think that you not the best candidate. Never doubt yourself, and give yourself more credit. I found out from writing application essay that I do way more than what I give myself credit for.

    In three sentences

    I have just been accepted to the school, meaning I am not currently going there. UT Austin seems like a nice school. Matthew McConaughey once went to that school.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like I mentioned before, we have our own police force that responds to every situation on campus in less than five minutes. That's safe in my book.

    Greek Life

    Number 10 party school according to the Princeton Review and number five according to Playboy. Need I say more?

    Clubs and Activities

    So many organizations - over 1100 registered in the Dean of Students organization database. Great place to meet new people and become involved in your passions.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wish to make the next four years of their lives some of the best should definitely come here. Not only is the university in a city known for being very liberal, the university itself is very diverse and there's a place for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The A&M hex rally is always a blast. The tower when it's lit is another sight worth seeing. And we have our own police force - not that the crime is so bad that we need it.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas is definitely worth the money because you can graduate with an amazing degree from a prestigious public university that will help you get somewhere in life. That being said, it's only worth the money if you're actually here to try and learn. Don't bother wasting your money if you plan on slacking off - that's what community college is for.

    What to do for fun

    Window shopping on So-Co, Barton Springs, running in local parks, shopping at the Domain and the outlets nearby, local concerts, food trailers, 6th street for sure, Mayfield Park (peacocks!!), the Bat Bridge on Congress, Greek parties, organizational events on campus, hiking, rock climbing, Museums on and off campus, the Botanical Gardens, and so much more!!! Perfect environment for dating.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely not a five star restaurant but the food in the residence halls isn't that bad all things considering and we have a lot of great dining places on campus, including numerous Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Taco Cabana, and so much more. And you can't forget the drag right next to campus that houses another slew of amazing places to curb your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    I would definitely recommend living on campus for a year. It's a great experience because it's a slow transition from moving out on your own and you meet amazing people from your floor mates to your R.A. to your H.C. One of the best experiences of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are definitely easy A's, don't get me wrong, but you still have to work for your degree if you wish to graduate with a decent GPA and in good standing. The University of Texas at Austin isn't your local community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Quickly learn how to get involved whether it be through volunteering, Greek life, internships, or other extracurricular activities. You need to learn how to network if you want to succeed beyond your self-rated potential. Push yourself to take the hard route and you will be sweetly rewarded.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin may be one of the biggest party schools in the United States but the students here know how to maintain a balance between school work and social lives and professors are accommodating.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The city of Austin has thousands of things to do. You can go to a park, or go to one of the close-by outlet malls, or listen to a local band play at a bar. There are so many opportunities!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is just that: cafeteria food. On the other hand, there are many places to eat in the area, and you can always go to a grocery store.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great space, and some of them are practically new. If living in a dorm is not right for you, however, you can choose to live in many of the apartments that are off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UT accepts less than half of applicants. Also, from everything I've heard, the classes are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get started early! Admissions, scholarships, housing, etc. all become too much to handle when you have to balance one school along with others.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great school, and I am looking forward to attending! The things I really enjoy about it are the city-life and the size of the school. The faculty and administration are also nice and very helpful.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe! I never feel nervous to walk around campus at night by myself.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prominent at UT. Whether you're interested in a social or service frat/sorority, there's a variety of options to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and organizations that anyone will be able to find something they enjoy. There are many service orgs that allow you to help out the community in a variety of ways.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do on campus, no matter what. Organization meetings, events, movies, and free food is available practically everyday. The city of Austin also offers a variety of activities to do such as swimming at Barton Springs or chilling at Zilker with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the food is great, but it can get very monotonous as the semester rolls on. You will get tired of eating on campus, but don't be afraid to venture to other parts of Austin for a great dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has been very rewarding! It's very convenient to be able to roll out of bed 10 minutes before class starts and still make it to class on time. However, just remember that you will be paying more if you stay on campus rather than living off campus. Staying in a smaller dorm such as BRP is rewarding because you have a smaller, more tight-knit community.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is tough. There's no doubt about that, but don't let that stop you from taking the tough classes. There are so many tutoring resources available on campus that can help you through every step of the way. It's very hard to find a GPA booster on this campus because all of the professors take their discipline very seriously. Just remember to take interesting classes to balance out the tough ones. Try to take your core classes at your local community college because they are cheaper and overall less stressful than at UT itself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared! Austin is a beautiful city and you will never get bored whether you are on or off campus. Always read professor reviews before registering for classes and listen to upperclassmen advice! Never be afraid of going to your professor's office hours; they're not that scary and typically welcome you with open arms.

    In three sentences

    UT is a diverse and beautiful campus with numerous opportunities for every student. Classes are challenging, yet fun and very rewarding in the long run. Professors and advisers take a genuine interest in their students' academic progress and future.

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    It is one of the top public universities in Texas, so of course the Academic Rigor would be quite high.

    In three sentences

    I currently looking this school up as a potential college, and I've seen plenty of good things about it. My only problem so far is finding a place to live, but dorm life is also the best option for freshman, I've heard.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food isn't terrible, but it's not too great either. i've only really heard about JCL, and there - as with everything about Jester - opinions are split.

    Dorm Life

    The biggest dorm is Jester (around 4k people) and you either love it or you hate it. There's parties, lots of people to meet and a lot of fun to be had, but in turn its terrible to study in - that's what libraries are for. SJ and Duren are the two newest and nicest dorms on campus. Two towers/Castillian are two off-campus dorms I've heard about, but I know little about them.

    Academic Rigor

    Entry level courses are oftentimes weed-out classes, making them tough on people coming in without prior experience (from APs etc) in college-level courses

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is actually relatively safe there are many police call buttons around campus and there is a safe walk program where if you need someone to walk home with you they will.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is the best!! It makes you want to join, even if you came in set on not joining any fraternities/sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The best!! There is literally a street dedicated to clubs and bars.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students, I really love this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are hex rallies and the longhorn run and many others, its all really fun.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is really worth the money but only for select majors.

    What to do for fun

    Partying and there are many events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is required but its very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really expensive but they are convenient,

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but the teachers are willing to help you if you come to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join many clubs in High school and apply for many scholarships.

    In three sentences

    The party life is amazing. There is a lot of classes you can take. There are a variety of clubs you can join.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Whether on campus or not there are so many things someone could do for fun in Austin. From floating down the river to enjoying the local music scene there is something for everyone to do!

    Food and Dining

    For me one thing that stood out about Austin was all the amazing food. Where ever you went a great place to eat was never hard to find.

    Dorm Life

    Though I have been to the campus and will attend the school I do not plan on staying in the dorms. However from what I have seen they seem to be a clean, freindly place for people to call home. They are a great way to meet new people and freinds.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is a big part of life at Austin. They are the best in Texas! They provide an education that can't be beat. People here always seem to know that their education comes first.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for prospective students is that you should visit the campus yourself to see if you feel comfortable studying in that environment. Another tip is to start applications early!

    In three sentences

    I feel that the University of Texas at Austin was an amazing college. Not only do they excel in providing an education, but their faculty and grounds were exceptional. The campus environment was freindly and welcoming, which only made me more excited to attend.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Plenty of it!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone.

    Bang for the buck

    I give it 5/5 stars, but JCL and Jester City Market are in it for your money!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of movies shown throughout the year at the Union, the SAC, and inside Jester lobby. Gregory gym has a very nice pool and room to play squash. Organizations are always throwing festivals of some kind that give out free stuff, have free concerts, and throw plenty of parties. The night life in downtown Austin is great along 6th street, and South Congress offers lots of one-of-a-kind eateries. There are also plenty of groups and organizations to join and have fun in. Football season here is AWESOME! Everyone MUST go to at least one football game. They're full of energy and Longhorn pride that you'll just love!

    Food and Dining

    Jester City Limits is a decent cafeteria on the first floor, and J2 is a pretty good buffet on the second. JCL can be kind of pricey, however, so J2 can be a less expensive alternative at about $3 less a meal. Our Wendy's is also open until 4am for anyone up late studying. There are also several fast foods at the SAC, Union, Dobie, and really good places along Guadalupe Street.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Jester West. It's pretty convenient in location with the library and gym right across the street, and even has a Wendy's in the building for those who get hungry during late night studying in the lobby. There are usually competitions between Jester East and West in things like Capture the Flag, Super Smash Bros. tournaments, and plenty others. Movie nights are also frequent. Overall, it's a great community!

    Academic Rigor

    As a student taking classes towards an engineering major, I've had my share of tough professors. They can give a LOT of homework in hopes to prepare you for their difficult tests, but they are pretty fair when grading and really aren't aiming to fail you. Just learn to manage time for each class, ask for help when you need it, and make friends with people in the classes for group studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be a part of an internationally recognized family both for its academics and athletics! This campus has plenty of organizations and opportunities so it's pretty easy to get involved. Also, don't skip on the studying once you're here - these professors can be tough.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful campus and a great environment to learn and meet people from many backgrounds. The university offers plenty of academic opportunity for so many degrees, and the professors here know their stuff! Being so close to downtown Austin also means there's always something to do.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police poles everywhere to be pushed for assistance. An any case of a criminal act there are emails and texts immediately sent to students to warn them not to be at a certain place, or to be cautious. Every dorm is locked by key after 11pm.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in Greek life, but there are lots of people who are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 organizations here. Something for everyone, literally.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for anyone who wants great academics, a big city, a spirited community, great athletics, or a diverse pool of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have OU parades before the big football game. Every semester before finals there is a big foam sword fight. The Little Field House is a random old victorian age house that is supposedly haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is definitely worth the money. Living in an apartment is cheaper than the dorms, but the dorms are more convenient. The only thing can be crazy is the parking. Don't bring your car if you don't plan on needing it often.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the events on campus, check out Zilker park, go to Barton springs mall. There is a bowling alley on campus. Check out all the cool shops on 6th street and south congress.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty decent after first, but gets tiring after a good 5 months or so.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is convenient and can be fun when you have the right roommates, but the food gets real old real fast.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be intense. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are a million resources for you to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with organizations, attend sporting events, get to know your professors. Stay on top of your work, but don't forget to relax a little. Studying on the lawn is awesome!

    In three sentences

    The university is big, gorgeous, and always active. There are tons of degree option, and opportunities. It can be a laid back or extra exciting experience for anyone.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On the weekends the University never really sleeps. You will find anything from cultural groups singing and playing instruments at 4 a.m. on the steps of the tower to groups of students playing bowling in the SAC. And when you want to venture out into town, 6th street needs no explanation. Throughout the year Austin, being the acclaimed Outdoor Music Capital of the World is host to many attractions that will surely keep any student excited about what venue is approaching next.

    Food and Dining

    University dining halls are adequate and necessary if you plan to use Dine-In Dollars. Kinsolving is the favored hall while J2 tends to be the least favorite. On campus in The Union, the SAC and the North End Zone, there are many fast food places and most take BEVO bucks.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is well, dorm life. Every student should at least experience it one year just for the purposes of being able to say they did . And some dorms, namely Jester, will have their fair share of stories more so than others. Jester was recently renovated so the aging facade is no longer so much of a concern. Community bathrooms are cleaned regularly and the cleaning service does a great job of maintaining the building. RAs can be a bit inconvenient at times even for the most innocent of characters but overall, a year in Jester or any dorm is worth the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are rated at 4 stars because occasionally you will encounter an easy A course. However most courses demand your full attention and cannot be taken lightly. The University of Texas has most of its schools ranked in the US NEWS and World Reports Top 10 every year and they don't earn that respect by making classes easier than high school. Most professors are enjoyable and genuinely love their subject which makes the academic rigor a bit easier to handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Always pay attention to where you are parked. Parking and Transportation Services has an innate disposition to nickel and dime students for being parked in the wrong place at the wrong time. 2) Do not loiter in the dorms after a night out. RAs monitor the hallways and will interrogate an unsuspecting student not in a dorm room. 3) Balance work and play. The University was not ranked 15th in the world by some fluke occurrence. Study during the week but do not pass up an invitation to hang out with friends on the weekend to relieve some stress.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is arguably the best college package you can invest in. Being a Longhorn privileges you to being academically challenged at one of the nations highest rated public schools, earns you a mascot that bears nationwide athletic respect, and a city that is both supportive and welcoming of students at The University of Texas

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus sends out texts to students who activate it on their phones. It sends out a text every time there is a danger on campus. Also, there are monthly siren tests, so that the campus can check that these sirens are working properly in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    While many students are not Greek on campus, Greek life is still an active part of the campus. There are Panhellenic councils that govern most fraternities and sororities to make sure that these groups are complying with university laws, such as no hazing. Greeks are involved in both philanthropic events and the party scene. Many service projects happen on campus, and there are many parties that go on off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 1,000 registered organizations on campus. There is literally a club for every little thing, and if there isn't, it is extremely easy for you to start one with a group of your friends!

    Great for these types of students

    UT-Austin is great for students who are academically motivated, students who like to be involved in organizations, students who want to be involved in research, etc. This is a great school for students of all backgrounds since the population on campus is extremely diverse and unique.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the last day of class every semester, all the students carry foam swords and fight as they run across Guadalupe. It is a very fun stress reliever to celebrate the end of the semester. There's also a myth on campus that if you see an albino squirrel, you'll ace whatever exams/papers you have that day. I've only seen the squirrel once, and unfortunately, it was on a Sunday, so I didn't have any exams/papers due. :( But it's still a cute, quirky myth! There's also a turtle pond on campus. The turtles love to sunbathe during the day. The overall atmosphere is very relaxing, and most people go to the pond to go on a picnic or lay down for a quick nap.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many new buildings on campus, especially for Communications or Science majors. There's an Undergraduate Writing Center that help students with their papers. The tutors sit down with you one-on-one, and go through your paper line by line. The best part is that it's free! There's also a Sanger Learning Center that tutor you in many different subjects. The tutors are comprised of older students who have already taken the classes you need to be tutored in, so they are able to give you a new perspective on how to work a problem or study for a test for a particular class. Gregory Gym was recently renovated, and there are many new equipments. Classes, such as, cycling, hip-hop, yoga, etc., are also offered. TEXAS FOOTBALL. Enough said.

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations host plenty of events (most of them free) that you can attend if you just take the time out to find out about them. There's Barton Springs, if you like to go swimming, and the Congress Bat Cave, where you can see bats fly out from under the bridge. The State Capitol is also located a five minutes drive away, and you can easily explore the beautiful structure with your friends and family. UT-Austin is also famous for it's party scene. There are always parties on/off campus hosted by different organizations and fraternities/sororities. Sixth street, located downtown, is a long street full of pubs and bars (for those 21+!).

    Food and Dining

    Food gets repetitive in the dining halls, but there are plenty of food options scattered throughout campus and on the Drag (the Guadalupe street where restaurants are). It's all a very short distance away, so you don't have to go very far to get good food! In downtown, there's a street called South Congress that is filled with trailer trucks that have the most delicious foods. There are also many restaurants on that street. If you like hamburgers, I HIGHLY recommend Hopdoddy!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very convenient. You get a chance to meet new people, and it is within close proximity to classes. I know that I can wake up 10 minutes before class starts and still make it on time! However, the rooms are small, and there's public bathrooms... but it's not awkward at all, and you get used to it soon!

    Academic Rigor

    UT-Austin is very academically rigorous. It is one of the top public schools in the nation, and the classes are definitely not easy. Studying a little every day is the best course to take. I know I got by in high school by cramming an hour before the test, but that definitely won't work here.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is an exciting time to start college, but make sure that you always put school first! Many people have stressed it, but college is definitely different from high school. It is very easy to get caught up in extracurricular activities (which is a good thing too!), but moderation is key. You will be coming for an education, so always put that first.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has a bustling, diverse campus filled with students involved in the university and community. There are many opportunities on campus to attend seminars, buy baked goods for a cause, or even donate blood! Many professors are here for research, so there are plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research with these professors.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police phone booths set up where you can call the campus police for help if needed. There is always one within eye range.

    Greek Life

    There are always events going on with the frats and sororities. I am not part of it, but there is always something.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural sports are a blast and there are so many clubs to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    All students for sure!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think it's cool that you can be walking on the most remote part of campus and there will be live music playing there. People are so weird in Austin but it makes it the best city in the nation.

    Bang for the buck

    The combination of top-rate academics and extremely fun environment is definitely worth the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, sports, sports!!! Music!! There's always something going on no matter what hobbies you're into.

    Food and Dining

    The food is expensive if you are trying to eat healthy, but it's all delicious. The Bevo Bucks program is convenient because money is put directly onto your ID card.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a must for at least the first year. Being in such a small space with kids your own age who are just as terrified as you are is a once in a lifetime experience. I made some of my best friends in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of academics definitely varies by major, but the prestige of the school shows that they expect the best from their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with school work. Like any university, it's very easy to get caught up in football games and your social life so keep your priorities straight from the start.

    In three sentences

    The University of huge and vibrant. There is always something going on and new people to meet. The student body is like nothing you will find anywhere else.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is extremely safe. We have police escorts at night if we feel we need it. There are police button/stations around to push if there is danger near. And we have routine tests to test out the alarm system to make sure it is in tip top shape.

    What to do for fun

    In Austin, there is so much going on all the time. Music is huge here and 9 times out of 10 you can find a free show to go to to check out some upcoming bands and artists. Also, there are many coffee shops around that are great for studying such as Mozarts or Flightpath.

    Food and Dining

    At UT, there are so many dining places available to the students and they are actually really good.

    Dorm Life

    I had a bad experience with my dorm life. My roommate and I didn't really get along, and the room was so tiny I felt stuffed up in this small box. I think it's necessary for incoming freshman because it helps them get to know the campus and meet more people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics for this school are great. It's a hard school but the harder it is, the more you learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus well before you start taking classes, and when you are in school, you really need to keep up with the readings for class.

    In three sentences

    This institution is amazingly beneficial and they do all they can to help their students. The campus is beautiful, but enormous. I have benefited from this campus in more ways than one and I continue to benefit everyday.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police system (UTPD) at Austin is phenomenal. They respond to emergency phone calls in a matter of minutes. Since the campus is urban, there is a large transient population around campus, but these people are typically harmless. If you are aware of your surroundings and don't leave your belongings unattended you will be fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE at Texas, and fortunately the university is also HUGE. If you wish to go Greek, the system is great and you will likely find a great sisterhood or brotherhood to join. If it's not your thing, that's okay too, because only about 10% of the student body is involved with Greek life, so you will have no problem finding another niche.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the University of Texas you can do almost anything! There are literally hundreds of clubs and student organizations on campus, and if you can't find one that suits you, you only need 4 people to start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    All students! The student body is about 50,000 strong, so there is a place for every personality and character at UT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run! Every spring a charity race is held where thousands of runners strip down to their underwear and jog around campus. and the surrounding area. The donate clothing and proceeds for the event go to charity.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition at UT Austin is amongst one of the best deals in the nation! Tuition does not come close to covering operating costs, and fortunately it doesn't need to. The University of Texas at Austin is funded off of millions of dollars of private donations and well as money from the state. Smaller schools can simply not compete with Texas' alumni and tax payer base!

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun?!?! Austin is a great outdoors city, with lots of parks, recreation, and a HUGE music scene. Rather it be hiking at the green belt, jamming at ACL in the fall, or stand up paddle boarding on the river, everyone is sure to find something they'll love.

    Food and Dining

    Austin is home to some of the best restaurants and food trucks in the nation. If you are lucky enough to live in or visit ATX, definitely check out the local food trucks. The food is great and has a unique flare to it that can only be found in Austin.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UT Austin was one of the best experience of my life. I lived at Jester, which is notorious across the state for its crappy facilities, high volumes of students, and party atmosphere, but I found it to be fun! The rumors and stigmas that I heard surrounding dorm life turned out to be almost completely false. Overall, I found the dorm to be a fun, productive, efficient, and safe place to live. Every incoming freshman should consider living in a dorm their first year.

    Academic Rigor

    How academically rigorous your college career will depend HIGHLY on your major. For example, engineering and natural sciences classes are notoriously though, while communications and liberal arts classes are know to be easier. Some classes require copious amounts of studying, but with proper studying habits and dedication any class can be manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes at UT Austin are probably tougher than what you took in high school. Try to prep for courses at UT Austin by taking AP or IB classes if you high school offers them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great place to go to college! It's an all around win. You will be surround by great students, great faculty, great facilities, and a great city!

  • 05/02/2012

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    In three sentences

    It is located in a beautiful city, Austin. I loved the campus and diversity around it. The size is just perfect for me.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over a thousand student organizations on campus. This means that there is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is wonderful and there are plenty of places to go eat at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't huge, but Jester East is very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been blessed to sit in on two different lectures, and they were extremely entertaining and educational. It was a wonderful experience that made me look forward to the rigor of UT.

    In three sentences

    The campus at UTA is incredibly breathtaking. The classes are incredibly rigorous, from what I have heard and seen. The professors really know their stuff.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have the campus police patrolling at all times.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't very important to many people but here at the University it can be a big thing. It's great for meeting people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs. There pretty much is one for everything and if there isn't then you can start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Every single type of student will fit in here that is how diverse it truly is.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every last Friday of the semester we have a foam sword fight. It's kind of our way to celebrate the semester away. We also have the Undie run. This literally means you will run around campus in your undergarments. There is the pep rallies, cook-outs, Holi festival, and much much more!

    What to do for fun

    You can pretty much do anything. There is a lake where you can rent out boats and such. You have the downtown club area. You also have the various pools and spas. Anything you want is there or at least not further than 30 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    There is a LARGE selection of food. From chain restaurants to freshly cooked meals, and not to mention the various famed restaurants outside campus.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in the biggest dorm building on campus and you meet people everyday all year round. It's amazing to make friends with people from all over the world.

    Academic Rigor

    The school itself is very hands on and you won't merely learn by books.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take the seriousness of this school lightly. It may be fun and exciting with everything that is going on such as famous people on campus almost every month, or FREE prize events.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is very diverse community. It has many majors to choose from, and the city of Austin is marvelous. It is extremely exciting to live here.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At almost every corner on campus, there are stations at which a single press of a button with contact the police and notify them to go to that particular station at any hour of the night. Also, there is a club that has members that are willing to walk any person home at any time of day or night. All a person has to do is call the club's number and someone will escort them home safely. Also, there are police always patrolling campus.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and Sororities are very active on campus and embrace all holidays with costumes and festive activities. They often throw holiday parties which is a great way to relax after a long week of school work.

    Clubs and Activities

    At UT, there is a club for virtually anything. There is a club for all ethnic groups, clubs for all majors, and clubs for a vast array of interests. If there isn't already a club that has your unique interest, UT allows for you to gather like-minded people and form your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is a very liberal school in which all types of students are accepted without a moments hesitation. Also, this school is like a melting pot of all types of ethnic groups which allows anyone to feel at home at UT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the last week of classes, students dress up for Foam Sword Friday. In this day long event students dress up in costumes and line up on either side of a street, awaiting the the crosswalk signal. Whenever the signal turns, both sides rush each other and fight with foam swords till the light turns back to green. It's incredibly fun and an excellent way to end each semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a little pricey but provides you with nearly anything you might need during your college career. Every UT student has access to a free doctors clinic, free gym access, and fair prices to attend sporting events.

    What to do for fun

    UT has an amazing gym that is free to all UT students with their UT ID. It has a pool, track, weight lifting, rock climbing, racket ball, and basketball. Also, underneath the Union, there is a bowling alley/arcade/billiards room for a very reasonable price.

    Food and Dining

    The UT campus covers absolutely any crazy craving you might have. From Chinese food to frozen yogurt, UT has you covered. Along with fast food, there are many restaurants on the border of campus which are wallet friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very friendly and allows for excellent opportunities to make life long friends. Also, it provides you with easy access to form study groups with people in your class. Also, it is well kept and always smells nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Most, if not all, classes with require time and effort, but good grades are within reasonable reach. As long as you regularly study, manage your time, and not fall behind in class, there is a good chance you will receive the grade you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT degrees are very prestigious because they are not easy to get. In order to succeed, you will have to study and, most importantly, attend class. However, the faculty here are very interested in your success and are happy to help you with whatever trouble you may encounter.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a magnificent school from the excellent faculty to the gardens on campus. The atmosphere is very friendly and relaxing. Overall, I couldn't imagine attending any other college other than UT. Hook 'em Horns!!

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of places to go on campus including an indoor bowling alley!

    Tips for prospective students

    Read your syllabus before going to class, buy a planner to manage your time and go to office hours.

    In three sentences

    The education level is very high. Students are individuals and each have a different personality, which means you will have a variety of friends on campus. There is plenty to do and many organizations to join, so you will never be bored.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome it is definitely a great experience. you meet people who are just like

    In three sentences

    A 9 out of 10 it is a great environment in a hippy-liberal city. The university definitely provides a place where one can feel like themselves.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UT campus has its own police, and each incoming student is given a list of numbers to contact for any kind of emergency or need. Students are also told where several offices that can assist them are. This semester, I was sure that I'd lost my laptop bag, which had some assignments that I needed to turn in. However, I got an email from the UT Police office saying that they had found it. It was just so nice to know that they're helping, even if it is in a small way like that. Every alert is sent immediately over email or text message to every students phone to insure that the students remain aware of danger, and to equip them to avoid it. Still, Austin is really a safe city, and UT is even safer.

    Greek Life

    I haven't been personally involved with Greek life, but having been to tabling and knowing Greek members, I have noticed a few things. There are Fraternities and Sororities which focus on many things. There were social, service, Christian, and other fraternities and sororities for each major. I know at least one person in a fraternity, and when they describe what they like about UT, their fraternity is one of the first things they mention.

    Clubs and Activities

    I talked about this mostly in the section titled What to do for fun. I stick by what I said. There is a club for every interest; and if you happen to find an interest for which there is no club, then you can make one yourself, and others will join you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for the full college experience. Although it is also good for those students who have a passion for learning and are likely to spend all their time in the library (although students don't usually need to). Those passionate students are sure to find the knowledge they are looking for.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual location, but my favorite place to get coffee, food, and to hang out, is Spiderhouse Cafe. There is a large yard out front where lights are strung up, eclectic signs are hung up, and music plays. It creates this wonderful atmosphere where it's easy to loosen up, relax, and have fun with friends. They make one of my favorite iced coffees there, also. Not far from Spiderhouse is a place called ToyJoy. ToyJoy is one of Austin's celebrated pieces of quirky originality. The people inside are cordial and perusing its shelves will bring you back to a childlike stage. It does mostly sell toys, but it attracts college students equally. UT has special chants which every incoming freshman is required to learn. These chants are used in every sporting event, and really show off the school pride.

    Bang for the buck

    You get out of UT what you put in. If you're active, responsible with your time, and engaged you will have a great time. However, if you choose to put in little effort and stay in your room all the time, you won't have a good time. It's as simple as that.

    What to do for fun

    The list goes on and on. The sure fire ways to have fun are to join clubs. Clubs do demand some time, though, so don't go joining all of them. There is almost a club for every interest. If you have an interest for which there's not a club, you can start it and other people will join you. But there are also many non-club related activities to do. A simple google search for activities around UT will show an almost inexhaustible list of fun things to do. Austin also has a pretty good public transport system so you're likely to be able to catch a cab or bus to an activity if you don't have a car. There are also a plenty of organizations for people of all walks of faith and belief, or lack thereof. The local scene is 6th street, which attracts a drove of students every weekend. Some students (presumable the one's over 21 years of age), go there to drink, although plenty don't and 6th street has plenty of other things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants around campus that take Bevo Bucks, which are part of the payment for your dorm, meant to be used as one needs or wishes around campus. There are so many restaurants around within walking distance which know how to cater to their college student clientele. They all have good food, and they all try to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. There are so many places to go and hang out with friends, just enjoy the food, and to study over dinner. There are also plenty of options for choosing less expensive meals at UT. Each dorm is close to at least one, if not several, cafeterias that take Dine-in Dollars, which also come from the Housing Payment and are used to buy food in these cafeterias. I know of at least two buffet style cafeterias on campus which are inexpensive and provide food which tastes good.

    Dorm Life

    I have seen some bad dorms, mostly ones that my friends from other colleges have had to live in. They don't compare to UT dorms. While the dorm rooms may not be a hotel room, they do have many good factors. The dorms are always near food, and any other amenities you may need. All of your supplies are usually downstairs. They are usually quiet. There is no raucous noise to annoy you, and they are kept clean all the time. The halls, the trashrooms, laundryrooms, and bathrooms are clean. The bathrooms are also really nice, even in the community bathrooms. The rooms themselves come with several pieces of furniture you might need including desks and drawers, although if you have extra things you might bring some organizing stands. I was afraid that my half of the room wouldn't be able to hold everything I had, but all I had to do was set up some organizing cubes and everything I had fit nicely in with room to spare. Don't misunderstand me, the room isn't extremely spacious, but it has all the room you'll need.

    Academic Rigor

    School is serious here, and it just makes learning that much more fulfilling. The academic program is top notch, and UT has more than its fair share of the top ten programs in the nation. Looking at the rankings for Civil Engineering at least, UT beats several Ivy League Universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. It's harder than most schools, but it's worth the extra effort. The number of ways to get involved are numerous, and you're sure to find people that share your passions as long as you get involved. The campus is nice, but large. Think about investing in a bike, especially if you have a habit of being late to classes. Plenty of people have bikes, so you most definitely won't be alone in that regard. Almost everything is done online here. So make sure you pay attention to your email inbox, and if you're in doubt and don't have time to see an adviser, check online. The answer might be there. The amount of freedom you suddenly have can be disorienting, and if you don't quickly develop good study and life habits, then you can become overwhelmed. But the independent atmosphere of UT which engenders that freedom is definitely worth it. Just relax, put your game-face on, and enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    Plenty to do. Plenty to learn. Plenty to enjoy.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I heard there are up to hundred of clubs in the school, so there are plenty of activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    I heard the food is really good from my cousin who attend at UT.

    Academic Rigor

    I heard it is very hard and classes have up to 500 students so you better have a study partner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time is key to apply to UT because UT especially has deadlines that are very early compare to most schools around Texas if not the whole nation. Their deadline such as application deadline is in March and their financial aid is also in March. Those are the two most important dates you must know and you should make it your priority. Their school of business, McCombs is VERY competitive so transferring from a community college is VERY difficult, but once you got accepted to UT straight from high school, you would have a decent chance of getting it.

    In three sentences

    The school is one of the most prestigious schools in the nation. It is known for there Business school, McCombs. Also, located in the heart of Austin where there is a lot of places for youngsters.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Just study.... or barton spring pool!

    Food and Dining

    So many places to eat! especially along side of Guadalupe St.!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorm, so i can't say it much

    Academic Rigor

    I can't say as of now, but they say it is hard..

    Tips for prospective students

    I think it is important for each students to do well in high school since this univesity is also getting more selective as year passes by. And i think SAT/ACT must be more than the average in order to assure that they can enter this campus.

    In three sentences

    I absoletely love the campus so far, especially the environment, school system, and faculties who have helped me until now had been great. Moreover, i fell love in Austin totally!

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe just be sure to chain up your bike.

    Greek Life

    There is a huge Greek life on campus but there is also a huge portion of the student body not Greek so there is the option for either. Greeks and non-Greeks interact so it is not exclusive. The social life here is great no matter if you're Greek or not but Greek life is definitely fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    From a contract bridge club to legacy intensive sororities to young democrats/republicans/libertarians/socialists.... there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for different experiences and exposure to different cultures with an excellent yet rigorous academic life as well. We play hard and study hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth its value.

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone. This campus is huge. There is a student organization for a lot of things. If you can't find one, start one. The city is close. There are always events going on. Take the initiative and participate.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food is pretty good but definitely explore the restaurants and eateries near campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is so much to do that people are hardly hang out in their dorms and I suggest you do the same. Go out! Live a little.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics depend mostly on the major. Some majors are definitely more rigorous than others. Overall, academics are not too challenging as long as you keep up with classes. I feel like academics depend on the individual student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the resources available and become more interactive. The time here is no longer like highschool.

    In three sentences

    UT is big, diverse, and located next to an awesome and interactive city. The professors here are topnotch. The college experience from UT is definitely valuable.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    After September 2010's shooting scare, I can safely say that UTPD is brilliant.

    Greek Life

    I'm not Greek, but they are a very visible presence.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am in a community service organization on campus and I have met the most wonderful people who will truly stay my friends for life...and I have met so many people in different organizations who say the same things about their orgs.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY--seriously, if you are super studious you will fit in here. If you are planning on rushing you will fit in here. If you are interested in that weird thing that no one will ever think you're interested in, there is probably a club for that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this white squirrel that hangs out around campus. We call him the Albino Squirrel and if you see him on your test day, you're sure to pass. Once I fed him a french fry and he touched me with his paw, and I haven't failed a test since.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm getting so much out of my time here that I wouldn't get anywhere else, just because of the size and the relative inexpensiveness compared to private schools.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Austin City Limits music festival! Go to a football game! Join any organization! Visit 6th Street! Climb Mount Bonnell! Rent kayaks and go on Town Lake! Go to Sno Beach! Austin is one of the coolest cities in the world and it's so much fun to explore. There's seriously a million things to do, no one could live here and be bored.

    Food and Dining

    It's dorm food. A lot of it is all you can eat dorm food, but it's still dorm food. One nice thing is that when you live on campus, you get a certain amount of Dine in Dollars and Bevo Bucks. Dine in Dollars can be used at the cafeterias on campus as well as some of the convenience stores in the dorms. Bevo Bucks can be used at the fast food restaurants on campus (like Wendy's or Chik-fil-e) and also at some restaurants near campus.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on which dorm you go into. My freshman year, I lived in a smaller dorm that housed mostly freshmen. It was okay--it was a little too much camaraderie for my tastes. I've heard mixed reviews from Jester--you will live with a ton of people, but it's also very centrally located and convenient. And then of course there are the newer, nicer dorms, but I know they can be pretty expensive and are a little less conveniently located.

    Academic Rigor

    Lower-division classes are pretty easy, but once you get into upper-division you'll have to study, study, study. I never worked very hard in high school, so when I took all upper-division classes for my major this semester, it was kind of a shock.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to change your major once you get here. Plan on taking a bunch of your core classes first since you will probably at least add a minor or another major. Research groups you think you may want to join before getting to campus. GET AS INVOLVED AS YOU CAN! Texas will give you so much if you put the barest amount into it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is truly the full college experience. Not many people know that it's considered a public ivy league school, so the education you receive here is great, not just for a public university but for a school in general. You'll get an amazing education, a gorgeous campus, and so many incredible opportunities that I can't even begin to list.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is UTPD everywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    Everyone is greek it seems like at UT.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do in Austin and there are many music festivals.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright in the dining hall, cypress bend has the best of all the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is alright, it's better to stay off campus. Mostly West Campus is the best living area.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic stand point is very tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours at all cost.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful with a great college feel, curriculum is tough but possible. The professors don't do much one on one activity but the TA's are some what helpful. The university in general does a great job assisting students in their everyday needs be it transportation, studies, etc.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    open minded

    What to do for fun

    Austin has a fantastic nightlife, you will always be able to find something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get overwhelmed, the classes can be difficult but there are fun ones to not miss out on (human sexuality, architecture and society, etc.). Don't compromise friendship for school all the time, be able to find that balance.

    In three sentences

    It is a large school, a very nice campus, and has a diverse group of students. Austin is a great, liberal, college city that is also intertwined with professionals, but still young and energetic. You have to search for where you belong in the school, but be patient, you will find your place.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    One of the greatest things about a big university is that there is always something going on! Whether it's a party, club or organization sanctioned activity, or a concert...UT will always keep you busy!

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food isn't bad but it isn't great either. It's standard and will do. There are a lot of places to eat very close by and in downtown that will keep everybody happy!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Most of the dorms are very conveniently located and are accessible to dining halls and the rest of campus by walking (or the campus bus for those who don't want to walk)

    Academic Rigor

    College is what you put into it. If you're looking for a challenge, you can most certainly find one at Texas. At the same token, there are easy majors as well, similar to any other university.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas has really changed my life for the better. There are infinite opportunities and everything that you could ever imagine is at your fingertips. What starts here changes the world. \m/

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fitness gurus and general adventurers will be excited by the endless outdoor possibilities (running/rowing @ Lady Bird Lake), you can find live music just about anywhere you look, and it will take you years to sample all of the cuisine that is available. This barely scratches the surface of fun in Austin, but maybe you get the idea.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food to eat on campus, and plenty of good dining around campus within walking distance. You will not be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot speak on dorm life, as I have never lived in a dorm, but I have visited a few. Like any college, you get what you pay for it seems.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended two other colleges in Texas, and I must say (generally speaking) more discipline is required to succeed at UT@Austin.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a handle on note-taking and paper writing skills. This is probably true of any college, but I definitely found it to be a must at UT. Also, when you're not attending class or studying, enjoy everything that Austin has to offer, because there is plenty.

    In three sentences

    The campus is quite large, the student population is quite diverse, and of course, it is at the heart of the music capital of the world in Austin. Needless to say there is plenty to do in Austin, but when you are focusing on your schoolwork, you must show commitment. And there are certainly a massive variety of classes available to you here at UT.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've gotten a few crime reports but I've never felt my safety was threatened on campus. Everyone is so friendly!

    Greek Life

    I try to avoid it as much as possible, but it's everywhere. That being said, there are just as many people who aren't in a frat/sorority as there are in them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's an organization for nearly everything. And if your perfect club doesn't exist yet, make one! My A Capella group, the Texas Songhorns, was just started last semester and has grown so much and made my experience at UT much more fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Socialites and introspectives can find their niches, there are just as many places to study as there are to party!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Foam sword fight on the last Friday of classes is amazing, you have to see it to understand.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition, at least. Although apartments can be expensive if you want your own room.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown and explore, not to mention South Congress and Lake Austin, plus the GreenBelt and all the other nature attractions are at your disposal. And taking a metro bus anywhere is free!

    Food and Dining

    There's food EVERYWHERE and it's not always gourmet but if one really dwells on the food quality that much then one may need to check their priorities.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't ever lived in on-campus dorms, but there seems to be a nice sense of community for the most part.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely not an Ivy League, but the classes should be taken seriously and can be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to not be afraid of introducing yourself to other new students, you won't regret it! Also Take advantage of the huge range of classes offered, you may discover a passion you never knew you had!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a great environment for motivated, active young adults like myself. Because it's a huge school, there are plenty of opportunities to be found. Not to mention, there are tons of caring people who you will bond with and the city of Austin is great to explore.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At The University of Texas at Austin there is always something to keep you entertained. There are many academic groups available for you to join, several community service clubs, plenty of physical activities with a great new field, and much more. There is no excuse for you to say your bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    To all those students that plan to attend this excellent university, I can advice you to not play around with the opportunities you will receive here. In The University of Texas at Austin, there are always chances to allow you to exceed in life, school, and anything you can think of. Don't let all this opportunities go to waste.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a perfect institute to become a scholar to pursuits a change to the world. This school allows the student to develop in more than just academics, with its competitive requisites, but also socially because of the great mix of ethnicity. UT has made a crucial impact in my life and the life of all of its associates.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police officers who patrol the campus each and every day. The UT shuttle never stops running in case you get stuck and need a ride. Although UT has a large campus it is a very safe and beautiful place to be.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is large at UT. They have many many fraternity and sorority houses around the campus. Greek life is very involved in activities around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for nearly EVERYTHING. Whether you are looking for a: Hairy Potter Club, Sailing Club, Christian Club, Religious Club, Cooking Club, or a Bowling Club, they have it! There will be no problem looking for a small community to fit into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the last day of school all the students participate in a foam sword fight! This is a great way to relieve stress from finals!

    Bang for the buck

    Austin can be very friendly to a college students pocket book without having to sacrifice fun activities. Nearly every week there is a free music festival, or a community activity in the park. Austin is such a fun city to live in.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the local scenery! Students are surprised at how much natural fun is around Austin! Check out Barton Springs Pool, rent a canoe at Lady Bird Lake, ride your bike around the numerous trails, or go for a run!

    Food and Dining

    No matter where you find yourself in Austin, there is always a new and interesting food joint to check out! Austin is notorious for good, inexpensive college food. Whether on or off campus, people around Austin understand what college kids want to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The college dorms will provide a true college experience. The dorms are a great place to meet new people and join a small community. Many people end up becoming best friends with the people they met in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Every person I know speaks very highly of the academic quality they receive from the University of Texas. I know courses will be difficult, but I believe they will be of the highest quality. A student at UT will be pushed to learn, grow and to expand their knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are comfortable attending such a large institution. If you decide the University of Texas is the right school for you: get involved in clubs and organizations so that you develop a close circle of friends. This helps make a large school seem small.

    In three sentences

    A fun campus where you can easily find activities and neat hangout spots for you and your friends. A place where you will be pushed to be your best in academics. And a place to make strong friendships that will last for a lifetime.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students must be cautious, as many areas can be dangerous during the nighttime. The crime rate is relatively high. People should always travel in groups with their peers.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to build networking, gain academic privileges, and reduce stress in college. It's always fun meeting new people and hanging out at events. It's also advantageous when you need people to study with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a great variety of organizations on campus: academics, sports, Greek life, volunteer, career building, and much more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Foam Sword Fight occurs near the end of the year, where opposing groups stand facing each other on either side of a street (Guadalupe). When the traffic lights turn red, the opposing sides charge at each other and fight with foam swords.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life, bowling, pool, eating, swimming, gym, sports

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety of healthy food to maintain a healthy diet.

    Dorm Life

    Many residence halls are conveniently located near the library, the gym, academic buildings, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    This is college. Everyone studies. Most of your college peers are highly intelligent. If you do not prioritize, you will fall behind. Academics is your main focus in college. Your main focus should be studying, living a healthy lifestyle, volunteering, being involved in the community as well as on campus, and serving as a positive influence on society.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly advise future students to keep an open mind and attend a variety of social as well as academic events that the University has to offer. Furthermore, students should be able to organize their schedules and balance their time in order to be a successful college student. Make sure to prioritize, and remember that academics is always the most important thing.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has provided me with a plethora of academic resources, community/volunteer opportunities, and career building tools in order to establish a strong foundation for my college career. With a variety of organizations and academic courses, I have definitely been able to expand upon my current knowledge. My experiences will guide me as I continue my path towards medical school.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition costs at UT are very fair. Being an extremely large university (50,000+ students) allows UT some perks that some smaller schools may not receive, like research grants, study abroad opportunities, and the ability to be taught by some of the most distinguished individuals in the world. Housing, on the other hand, is a different story. Living on campus usually runs even higher than tuition, and finding affordable apartments off campus can be difficult. Long story short, it's very expensive to live in Austin.

    What to do for fun

    Since UT is such a big school, I couldn't possibly list all the things there are to do here, and it depends on what you're into. Austin is famous for its live music, and there are tons of places to catch great bands, not to mention Austin City Limits and SXSW music festivals which take place here every year. If you're not into music, UT football games are legendary, and we've gained quite a reputation for our nightlife! On campus, intramural sports is really big, and there is always something going on organized by the school (and most of it is free!)

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is dorm food. If you're eating on campus at one of the residence halls, you eat at your own risk. Eating at the residence halls can be very hit or miss, and the misses can often be pretty regrettable. That said, there are choices on campus like Chick-Fil-A and Taco Cabana if you need a respite from dorm food, and there's a grocery store a short bus ride away for ramen runs! Off campus, Austin is definitely a city for foodies. Whole Foods Market's headquarters is a bus ride away from campus, the food trucks on SoCo (South Congress) have gained national fame and celebs like Sandra Bullock have built restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is, well, living in a dorm. You live with one other person, who you may or may not know, in very small quarters with very little privacy. This is pretty much the same at all universities, and to be honest, dorm life is what you make it. As far as quality of living goes, it varies widely depending on which dorm you choose to live in, and also what things you value in a living space. While Jester, the largest dorm on campus, has a reputation for being old and dingy, it's also the most lively and social dorm where it's easy to meet friends. San Jacinto, where I lived for my freshman year, is one of the nicest and boasts private bathrooms and more updated rooms; however some floors can be quiet and the dorm in general isn't very social. That said, it's really all about what you think is most important. I highly recommend living in a dorm at UT for at least the first year. The campus is very large, and living directly in the thick of it helps you to learn to get around.

    Academic Rigor

    At UT, we say what starts here changes the world, and since changing the world takes a whole lot of smarts, expect to be challenged when you come here. While the courses can be very difficult, there are a lot of resources on campus to help keep you on track like the Sanger Learning Center, and in my experience, most professors and TA's are always happy to help. Study groups are quick to form after the first classes of the semester, so make sure to get a jump on them early!

    Tips for prospective students

    Admissions: If you're an in-state student who doesn't meet Texas' automatic admissions requirements (based upon your class rank), don't worry! It is definitely possible to get into UT if you put in some work with your SAT/ACTs or throw in some extra-curricular activities or volunteer hours! Take as many AP exams before you come to college as you can! There are so many cool classes you can take at UT, and you don't want to miss out any by having to take basic courses you can get out of the way in high school! At UT: The first week or two on campus can be a difficult time, but you can make life so much easier on yourself if you just learn to say yes. There's usually a few days between move-in and classes, and there will be events going on all the time. If your roommate asks if you want to go to a new club meeting, say yes. If someone you meet by chance asks if you want to go to Gone to Texas, say yes. You can meet so many people and learn so many new things if you just don't let those opportunities pass you by! Before registration, research classes and professors before hand. Trust me, you'll regret it if you don't!

    In three sentences

    Perfect school for the most well rounded students. Top notch athletics, academics, social life and a uniquely diverse student body all situated in Forbes #1 next big boom town, the cultural hot spot that is Austin, Texas. Study hard, party hard, live life to the fullest and remember, the eyes of Texas are upon you!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING! the gyms at UT have anything you'd need as far as physical activities, and there's a club for just about everything.

    Food and Dining

    With cafeterias and dining halls like Kinsolving, J2, and JCL, just make sure you visit the gym every now and then.

    Dorm Life

    Jester is the place to live as a freshman. It's where you'll meet most people.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at UT are challenging, but as long as you study, they're passable and most of the time, very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party till the weekend (which for most students, starts Thursday night), however tempting it may be. Also, take a class that doesn't apply to your major. Step outside your comfort zone to find out more about yourself and make friends

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is THE school to go to in Texas. There's so many opportunities and choices for anyone and everyone. The city of Austin is also a great place that is very conducive to learning not only in the academic sense, but in a more cultural and global sense as well.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do in Austin. Firstly, because of the vast amount of organizations, something is almost always going on on campus. Whether it is free food, intramural sports, or cultural events, you will always have something to do. Austin is a great city with plenty of live music, night life, and outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is pretty decent, better than other cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful. You get to meet so many people living on your floor, and some of them become your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Because I am a double major, it is important to keep up with all of my work and to never fall behind. The science classes are challenging at UT, but as long as you do your work and study a little bit every day, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get out of your dorm room and get involved on campus. There are so many student organizations that you can be apart of so there is no reason for you to stay in your room. Get out and take advantage of all of the resources and opportunities that are available to you.

    In three sentences

    It is an absolutely amazing school with great academics, athletics, and student organizations. What I find the most valuable is the diversity of students on campus because it really exposes the different beliefs, perspectives, and opinions of the huge student population which also helps me develop my own beliefs. I love the student body.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even at night the campus is well lit. There are police officers who patrol the campus on a daily basis. There are also poles distributed throughout the campus that allow you to alert the UTPD of your location should you be in danger.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university has dozens of clubs for just about any activity you can think of. You are sure to find a club for anything you like to do.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Texas at Austin is great for students that want to live in a large city with many different types of people. It is very diverse and you will never be bored.

    What to do for fun

    There are two gymnasiums and many different clubs on campus so there is always something to do. Austin is a beautiful city with even more to do. There are dozens of parks and other outdoor activities. For the weekends, there is of course the famous 6th street with many bars and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food, from my opinion, wasn't bad at all. There are many different choices in places like Jester so you will never be bored with the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has its pros and cons. If you have a friend that is also going to be going to the same university try hard to room with them otherwise you could end up with a bad room mate. Something that I enjoyed while living in the dorms is that it's an easy way to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Texas is known for being a party school, but that doesn't mean the classes are a walk in the park. If you don't study well in advance of the test you will not make good grades. Every professor is different. I highly recommend sitting near the front of the class so that you can hear the professor and/or see the lecture slides comfortably. Also try to make friends with people in the class so that you can form study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Starting college can be a daunting task. You are separated from your family and perhaps also many old high school friends. Do not let the new environment worry you. Classes are not that much harder than those you took in high school. Also, consider college a new start. If you were shy in high school take this as an opportunity to change yourself and be more outgoing. Do not spend all day and night studying for your classes. It is of course very important to do well in school, but don't allow yourself to become a recluse because of it. Employers want people who have both intelligence and good social skills so take the time in college to improve both. I highly recommend that in your freshman year you join at least one club that deals with your expected career and another that deals with a hobby you enjoy.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a gem in the heart of Texas. It is a beautiful campus with many opportunities. The campus strives to make your attendance worthwhile and fun.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are phones located around campus if you found yourself in a dangerous situation. Moreover, the police is always patrolling the streets when it gets late.

    Greek Life

    I can tell you that Greek Life is big in UT but its not everything. So if you don't want to join there is still plenty left for you to do with other people.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT has over 900 organizations. you are bound to find one that fits you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the traditions or legends is that if you see the albino squirrel before a test, you will get an A.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a lot of cheap places around campus or in the city. Or if you don't feel like paying just attend the free events that the campus or city of Austin offers.

    What to do for fun

    Both the campus and the city are for you to enjoy. Most likely there's always something to do around campus and the majority of the time student organizations have festivals every Friday. There is also Guadalupe or The Drag as many call it and its full of restaurants or places where you can just hang or pass time with your friends. If you get tired of campus there is always something free to do around Austin. And you don't even have to pay for metro. Just swipe your card and done.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. They always try to offer you healthy foods or vegetarian if you are one. The only bad side is that after living there for a year you might get tired of it. After all, there's only so much chicken you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms' staff are always trying to implement activities for the residents. They range from movie nights, to salsa lessons, to insanity training, to decorating cupcakes. If you do not feel like going out of your dorm to have fun, there will always be something for you to do inside your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a reason of why this is such a competitive and re-owned school. You will work, study and possible do all-nighters. There will be weeks were all your teachers decide to have all their exams or all their project due on the same week and you better be prepare to step up to the level that the school demands of you. If not, you might as well stay in a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get lured by the seduction that freedom offers. Know your limits when partying and always keep in mind your grades or workload. After all you're the one paying thousands to attend this school.

    In three sentences

    Re owned university that ensures that the longhorn brand is something that employers seek for. Laid-back culture where the student body feels welcomed. Great diversity and those around you have an appetite for the world.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For a public university - you can't get any better than the University of Texas at Austin.

    Food and Dining

    Many different choices across campus. Chick-fil-a, taco bell, wendy's, quiznos, etc etc. Plus dining halls are reasonably priced and actually decent food.

    Dorm Life

    Many different options. Something for everyone: new dorms, old dorms, co-ed dorms, same-sex dorms. But, you must sign up early to have these choices.

    Academic Rigor

    Will depend on your major - but UT is known for being top-rated in almost every college across campus. Thus, this reputation comes from the high academic rigor that is expected and upheld by faculty.

    In three sentences

    Austin simply has it all for aspiring students: a great university that excels in academics, research, and world-class faculty; an up-and-coming mecca for businesses across a variety of fields; and the social scene unlike any other. The University of Texas at Austin has been one of the best decisions I've ever made - and I'm sure the other 45,000+ current students can also agree.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It has an amazingly huge campus but at the same time they so all they can to ensure your safety. All though there is a numurous amount of students, it's just that many new people to meet.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Only 10% of the 50,000 students that attend UT are associated with the Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! You are bound to find someone with similar taste in music, food, lifestyle, and perhaps someone from your hometown. UT is for everyone who enjoys a big school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gone to Texas is a HUGE party thrown before the first day of school.

    What to do for fun

    Apart from the different AWESOME student held events on campus, Austin has great night life. 6th street has different restaurants with amazing food and live music.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never feel afraid to ask for help. People are always ready to provide assistance

    In three sentences

    The school is very diverse and caters to everyone's need. The facilities are modern, cutting edge and are constantly being renovated. The staff and faculty members are always willing to help.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things one can do for fun. UT has great football games, activities on campus, as well as clubs and organizations that hold events all the time for people to come out and enjoy themselves.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great at UT. It has many places to eat on campus as well as across campus. The meal plans are great as well, so one can never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. One gets the actual college experience and meets several new people from all over the world.

    Academic Rigor

    UT Austin is a highly academically prospective school and it is challenging to get in. However, it has one of the highest graduation rates of students and most people that graduate from UT have a job offered to them right after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT Austin has a lot of school pride and everyone can enjoy themselves there in one way or another. However, it is a challenging university academically so one must stay focused and not get off track.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great place for students from all over the country to attend because of the diversity of people as well as the vast amount of opportunities. There are several different majors offered there which gives students several options and paths they can take. The professors there are highly qualified individuals who have very impressive backgrounds.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) provides a thorough and comprehensive safety network. Once you have familiarized yourself with the many safety features on campus, you will realize that the campus is a very safe place and feel comfortable in your home away from home.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially for in-state students, the relatively low tuition costs make the University of Texas at Austin an extremely valuable educational institution.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of food available on campus. From fast food to hot barbecues to traditional cafeteria meals, UT offers a great amount of dining options to the students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UT are mainly reserved for the freshmen arriving on campus. These dorms have been renovated and provide nice amenities. They all include study lounges, community or private bathrooms, dining area, and more. There are two all-female dorms, one all-male dorm, and many co-ed dorms for the student to choose from. The honors dorm, referred to as The Quad consists of three dorms reserved for students who have been admitted to UT's academic honors program.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is known for ranking highly in many academic departments, such as engineering, business, and natural sciences. The reason behind the high rankings is the academic quality provided by the renowned professors. The honor programs are also known for their academic prestige, research commitment, and high-achieving students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit campus. Since the campus itself is part of the rising city of Austin, it is very likely that you may be overwhelmed by your first time coming to UT. Regardless, UT's large size becomes completely natural as you become a student there and start living there.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a large, public research university located in the heart of the Texas capital, Austin. 50,000 students from all over the world attend this fine educational institution. With many academic programs, almost all students find that they can study something that they have passion for.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think it's pretty good, but as always be safe especially after dark!

    Greek Life

    thriving

    Clubs and Activities

    loads, esp. downtown

    Great for these types of students

    hard working, smart and fun loving

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have this Indian festival once a year where they throw paint-balls at each other and people leave covered in neon chalk.. also the epic video every has seen of the kid getting run over by the bus when trying to sword fight with people on the other side.. look both ways kids!!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm spending about 15k with housing, if you do it right it's affordable. Thank you federal gov.

    What to do for fun

    downtown and pubs if you're over 21, frat parties and general parties for the rest. Check out Barton Springs and the lovely gyms on campus. Museums on campus with free exhibits are great, IMAX theater is close and fun as are Austin's many musical live performances on campus or downtown.

    Food and Dining

    lots of food options!! sometimes a little pricey tho

    Dorm Life

    I live at the Wooten, it's a cr@p shack for sure but cheap

    Academic Rigor

    It's intense man.

    Tips for prospective students

    get TX citizenship so you can take cheap classes at ACC and pay less at UT without having to worry about your GPA ruing your scholarship. Make sure you have air-conditioning wherever you live.

    In three sentences

    Great music program too many academic requirements for music majors still too many academic requirements for music majors

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bikes get stolen all of the time. But I've always felt comfortable on campus!

    Greek Life

    While it's settled down due to a couple of run ins with legal stuff, Greek Life at Texas is still going strong. Home of Round Up, Texas/OU Weekend, the best tailgating in Texas, and so many other fun formals, day parties, and date functions -- Greek Life will offer up stories for a lifetime. Seriously, my dad still talks about his.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a joke at Orientation that all you need to start a club on campus is a friend an $10. It's true. But that also means there are thousands of obscure and unique clubs. No one should ever have trouble getting involved here. Student governance and honor clubs are really political and competitive, but such is the nature with the State Capitol in the backyard. I would encourage every freshman to try at least five things and by the end of the year, choose two that you would love to stick with for four years.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun loving, self driven, inquisitive, brown-nosing, research oriented, spirited, proud, patriotic, quirky, understanding, tolerant, competitive, hard worker, driven, outdoorsy, explorer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can have lunch at the Turtle Pond, home to over two hundred box and snapper turtles, take a nap in the Six Pack, where squirrels will steal your snacks, or run around the 40 Acres. On Saturdays in the Fall, the whole campus flocks to DKR Stadium in crowds of glorious burnt orange to watch the game. Afterwards, everyone heads to the nearest bar or 6th Street to celebrate. There are always fun things to do here!

    Bang for the buck

    Between the quality of life in Austin and the quality of education you're getting at Texas, I would say the Bang for the Buck is unbeatable. You'll have the time of your life and be prepared for your career life.

    What to do for fun

    Free concerts and music festivals almost every weekend, food truck tours, vintage and thrift shopping, natural pools and kayaking, strolling along the Capitol lawn, ultimate frisbee and sand volleyball galore, amazing and world renowned restaurants, hiking in the Greenbelt

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining halls on campus, jam packed with so many healthy (and not so healthy) food options. Due to our high population of vegetarian and vegans, you can eat healthy food that actually tastes good. There's always good dessert, too! My favorite is the TollHouse Chocolate Cake they make every Tuesday. Aside from dining halls, there are a ton of fun and delicious places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    You'll meet your best friends in the Texas dorms. While not the most spacious, they're great for the classic college experience. If you don't like to clean bathrooms, opt for the communal baths -- they're cleaned twice daily! Plus getting ready with a bunch of people always creates opportunities to talk about what everyone is doing that night.

    Academic Rigor

    Instead of being in a high school class with 30 peers on different levels, at Texas, you're in an auditorium of 500 people who all graduated at the top of their class. It's no longer the teacher's priority to make sure you're understanding the material, it's your own. If you stay organized and on top of assignments and reading, you can pull off easy B's. You'll have to really invest time into studying if you want A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go to Freshman Orientation and learn about all of the cool traditions! We may not be as loud as the A&M Aggies, but we're just as (if not more) proud! Meet as many people and try as many different things as you can. Take advantage of the cool running trails and State of the Art gyms -- you can avoid the Freshman 15!

    In three sentences

    Texas has a motto: What Starts Here Changes the World. And it's true. But going here has also changed my world. The people, opportunities, and independence mold and shape you in ways you never would have expected. The University of Texas has such a great dichotomy of undergrad and city life to make you a well rounded adult.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    80% so...awesomely overwhelming at times.

    What to do for fun

    Shop on The Drag, attend frat parties, go to 6th street, local concerts, festivals, explore South Congress, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    The more involved and open to meeting new people you are, the better time you'll have. Especially as a freshmen, you should definitely go to meetings, join clubs, and attend activities to start your journey of networking and fun!

    In three sentences

    UT is a very well-rounded university that's diverse in many ways. Austin itself is a liberating city with character and opportunity, but UT aides the city's reach. From a variety of programs, organizations, sporting events, and definitely parties, UT is an awesome school!

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is always delicious and there are so many different options to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging, but there are various ways of getting the help you need to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep those grades up, never lose sight of what you want out of life!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is simply, in my opinion, the most amazing and remarkable educational institution out there.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is actually pretty decent. Kinsolving has the best cafeteria and Littlefield Cafe has amazing sandwhiches.

    Dorm Life

    Alright for a year. It's okay if you don't get along with your roommate. You don't have to be best friends with them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to your teacher's or TA's office hours. You get to know them better and they get to know you better. They will be able to help you in class and outside with looking for jobs.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school with great teachers. Always in the top ten of the colleges in the US. Wonderful research oppurtunities.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe all the time, even when I walk home across campus at 4 am.

    Greek Life

    The few parties I went to were kind of boring.

    Clubs and Activities

    Haven't had that much experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody - it is the diversity of the students that put us above the average university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turtle pond is a great place to watch the turtles and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many great scholarships that you can get at UT. I love how much opportunities they give their students.

    What to do for fun

    Work out! Gregory Gym or the Rec center.

    Food and Dining

    j2....enough said.

    Dorm Life

    Live in Jester for one year so you can say you had the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload can be large, so make sure to plan ahead and write everything down. Find friends who you can study with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come here. The people here know how to work hard and play hard.

    In three sentences

    Going to the University of Texas at Austin was the best choice I have ever made. It is a large, diverse campus where you can always find something to do. Hook 'em!

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police department offers daily police reports on campus via email, and is quite active--but is on the students' side.

    Greek Life

    Tons and tons of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about one thousand clubs, and anybody can join together to form more.

    Great for these types of students

    Everybody. The community is nice, parties are copious, and academic opportunities are abound.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The UT tower is lit up during football victories.

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely cheap tuition for the quality of education.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the city! Austin is a fun place, and a college town.

    Food and Dining

    Austin has a large variety of local eateries.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of parties!

    Academic Rigor

    Among most majors, engineering is said to be particularly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Diversity is a plus.

    In three sentences

    Their in-state tuition is cheap. Their engineering programs are excellent. The school is close to home.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The union is really fun, they have a bowling alley and a movie theatre that hosts a movie series every semester, its pretty cool. You can always go to the drag for shopping, barton springs is really cool and the occasional part on 6th street is pretty cool too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good until you get used to the same thing every week. It gets old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm you get into can determine how much fun you have. They are pretty strict on curfew and guests, so don't expect anything special to happen like parities or anything like that.

    Academic Rigor

    Its not impossible, but it's definitely challenging. This isn't a party school or a blow off school so don't come here expecting it to be as easy as high school. I guarantee you the AP/Dual credit classes you took in high school DID NOT prepare you for this.

    Tips for prospective students

    The basic classes that you will have to take for your first 3 semesters will be huge, but don't lose faith, when you get into your core classes they get smaller. Your teachers/professors really do care about your success, so make at least one friend in each class and don't be afraid to ask your professor or TA for help.

    In three sentences

    Its a great environment if you are looking into meeting a lot of different people. I think its the perfect place for people who are into a lot of different things. The city of Austin holds a lot of interesting experiences for people who live there, and this school is the perfect place for people to start.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If its late at night you can have an officer escort you to your dorm by the push of a button.

    Greek Life

    It's crazy, or so I've heard.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm sure there's a lot of stuff to do, I just didn't explore it all since I don't like that sort of stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student, I'm a rather quite student that rarely likes being around others. Which means sometimes I stayed in my dorm and it was all good. If you're more of a social student, you can make study groups in the library or somewhere in the many nice places around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The squirrels are rather friendly, if you're just sitting there you can bet a squirrel will approach you in hopes of getting some of your food.

    What to do for fun

    Watch the squirrels do their shenanigans, also there's plenty of stuff to do every week; the school sends mass e-mails to inform of the upcoming events of that week.

    Food and Dining

    Check where you eat, some places might be cheaper (and more delicious and healthy) than others, along with being less crowded.

    Dorm Life

    I rate it a 2 since my hall was full of noisy people that could care less if it was final weeks or not, Friday nights were always noisy nights. Also I really don't like living with someone else. Outside my own bias they are actually quite nice rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Never underestimate any class, or you'll pay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't you dare be too confident about yourself and blow it, you'll regret it. Stay focused, yes it may be far away from home but it's still vital for you to focus. Never underestimate any class, regardless of what it may be. Bring an umbrella, it rains a lot.

    In three sentences

    Really great University with very diverse student body. It has a very capable, patient, and friendly staff that will answer your questions thoroughly. Might be quite expensive but if you're up to the challenge, you can do it.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    The best

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek world is the best.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is one of the best cities in the world. Many areas of live music, and a lot of options for night life.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food for dormitories. They have vegan options as well.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to make a diverse set of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    They really challenge your way of thinking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should try their best to get a great SAT score because that is first and foremost the best way to set yourself apart on the application.

    In three sentences

    My undergrad experience at UT was amazing. The great balance between social life and academics is perfect for a great undergrad experience.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD can be seen about anywhere. There are also emergency buttons that alert UTPD in case you are in trouble on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to join. A lot of people do intramural sports as well.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for any type of student, as long as they don't mind the big school atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't want to ruin the fun for you freshman >:D

    Bang for the buck

    A degree from UT will improve your future job hunt.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or organization, there are plenty. Austin itself is a fun city so be sure to check out the local restaurants and parks. Definitely check out the music scene as well.

    Food and Dining

    Austin food. Enough said.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on an off campus dorm, so it depends on where you live. I've heard that even if a dorm isn't as nice, the partying and relationships you create are for a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and your major, your classes will be more difficult. The engineering and natural sciences schools are probably the most challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply for the business school before you enter UT rather than trying to transfer since the competition is extremely fierce. Always keep in good touch with your professors and advisers as well.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for an incredible college experience then UT is definitely the place to go. The classes are challenging in a way that causes you to think about what you learned outside of the classroom. Also, the student life is very active; from student clubs to the Austin nightlife, there is never a dull moment at UT.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Best their is and everyone is really friendly.

    Greek Life

    Studying and make sure to join study groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you looking for you can find it. If not you and your friend can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    For sociable students and anyone who looking to have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We call it the fight games everyone goes and celebrate.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't spend all your money at once. Learn to save because if you don't you will run out of money.

    What to do for fun

    Playing indoor soccer, walk around town, attend events, and make new friends.

    Food and Dining

    At the Dobie center we have good food and since we have the unlimited meal we can eat all we want.

    Dorm Life

    you will have new friends and lots of different types of activities to do while you not in class.

    Academic Rigor

    Just do your work do not slack of. Also make friends that will motivate you and talk to your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    This should be your first choice and make sure you apply on time. Also a good thing is to be opened minded and apply for lots of scholarships.

    In three sentences

    This school is my dream school since I was in middle school. It is also a while rounded school with a lot to offer. Thanks to this i will be able to study something i am interested in.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Austin is a Big CITY! and UT is the in the Heart of it. But don't worry, campus police is always making sure that each student feels safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is great at UT everyone gets along and makes sure that they do organizations that better the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many activities to do at UT. You can even start your own club! How cool is that?

    Great for these types of students

    UT has different organizations for all types of students! Go out there and find them!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOOK'EM HORNS.

    What to do for fun

    IT AUSTIN!!! Home of the awesome music scene, GREAT food and awesome atmosphere. You cannot go wrong going wherever you want to go. Each corner brings a new experience.

    Food and Dining

    LOVE IT. each dinning hall had something amazing to bring. You know what you're eating.. NO SKETCHY food at all. They had fruits and veggies and all types of different goodies. They do try and make their menus convenient for different diets.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm brings different aspects. None the less, they are all extremely fun to live in. I had the experience to live in Jester West, and oddly enough I did not want to leave. You meet so many great people in such a fun and easy environment.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make it. Time management is a must when entering any University. College is a whole new world. You're on your own so make the best decisions to make the college experience the most fun and enjoyable it can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    You've made it. You're finally a longhorn! So be proud and Hook'em Horns. Don't be discouraged by the 40acres that UT has to offer, take it all in and ENJOY it. You will find your place at the University of Texas.

    In three sentences

    I would rate The University of Texas as number one college for many reasons. It has 40 acres of pure discovery and joy. 50,000 students from many backgrounds and UT does an amazing job combining all of these attributes into one amazing University.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition at UT is finding the albino squirrel. If you're lucky, you'll see him every once in a while before you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    At UT there is NEVER a dull moment, you can have loads of fun just hanging out in your dorm, or you can check things out around campus if you want adventure.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are really nice, but of course in the end, it depends on personal opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a new student at the University of Texas, don't be scared, even if you've never been there before everything about the University is inviting; the people, the campus, and the city!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is home. The University of Texas is a great future. The University of Texas is an impressive way of life.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The main thing to remember is to be smart and make the right decisions. As long as you keep your head on straight and are aware of your surroundings, its very safe on and around campus. At least in my experience.

    Greek Life

    Very fun to witness. I can tell you that much.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everything. And if not, and you have an extra person or two, it's just a small fee to create your own group.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for hardworking students. Don't be too hard on yourself either.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hookah was a bit of a culture shock for me. I still haven't experienced it, but I first heard about it on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    If there is anything that a student here can tell you, it's that you'll grow. It's a huge transition from high school to college and an even larger one from the latter to real life. With so many beneficial challenges and cultures surrounding you, growth will happen fast. And as you grow, you'll make the greatest achievement; Changing the world by first maturing in character.

    What to do for fun

    There's something here for every kind of individual to indulge in. Take your pick and have a ball.

    Food and Dining

    I love dining around and on campus. You'll definitely find a favorite hang out to dine at with friends,

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice. As are the residence, but some people aren't as friendly and don't keep clean.

    Academic Rigor

    I said it earlier. This university is nothing to take lightly. If you come here, be prepared for the work you'll have to put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your P's and Q's. This university is no joke. When you come here, have a level head and know exactly what you're dealing with. The last thing you want is to get lost in the shuffle or drop out. And if you quit, then that's something you may regret for the rest of your life. Never quit on your dreams. Dreams get farther and farther away if you don't chase after them.

    In three sentences

    My university is one of the best on the planet. Many of the departments are world renowned and so are a lot of the staff members. UT Austin has culture, substance and provides a challenge for every student that will ensure growth and maturity.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Foam sword Friday, sports, intermural sports, gym, eat, downtown, frat parties, lake, run at Town Lake, try new places, Midnight Rodeo, etc!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in organizations RIGHT AWAY. Otherwise it may feel like it is too late once other students have already formed their strong friendships with others they have interacted with. It is never to late to get involved or make friends, but the sooner the better!!

    In three sentences

    UT is a fantastic school and is recommended to anyone who wants a great education and to have a good time. Every professor I have had has been outstanding. Austin is a great city to be.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With an email every day and week describing the local alarms and how the police responded keeps us as students aware of a rash of bike thefts and laptop disappearances. There are police call button boxes near any area that isn't extremely well-lit at night (of which there are very few) and they have a Safe-Walk program where two people, one boy one girl, come and meet you to walk you back to your dorm or bus stop. It's free and I definitely use it. When the shooting that happened last year began I was standing 20 yards from the library, I was instantly texted, emailed and yelled at by University Police. No one was hurt thanks to their immediate response system that alerts every student of what is occurring and what to do about it. They even have a facebook page!

    Greek Life

    I'm not part of the greek world personally but I have friends who've rushed, and who've been accepted. It's a fantastic way to make connections that will further your college experience and benefit you long after you've left the University. Often they're responsible for setting up a job for graduating seniors. UT has strict policies against hazing and constantly polices the greek areas making it a fun AND safe experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you like it, there's a club for it. We have film, anime, computers, Quidditch (dorm rivals often settle disputes at quidditch matches), even squirrel clubs. I'm currently an active member in 6 clubs, several of my friends are now in the teens or even twenties with how many clubs they juggle. Everyone connects through facebook and over food, it's an Austin tradition to meet at local restaurants no matter the occaision.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are highly self-motivated, bold, and creative will thrive here. It will be very difficult for shy and confident students to break out or be heard because the classes are so big and it requires effort to seek out the help of a professor or TA. People who connect quickly with others will definitely succeed at UT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you're looking for study spots the Atrium in the Business school is beautiful. One area that was just recently built is the very top of the Student Activity Center, if you climb the fire stares you come out into this Zen garden with a few tables and chairs, it's incredibly calming. As for traditions: if anyone asks you the time you say It's ____ o'clock and OU still sucks! OU is Oklahoma University and our rival. There are many quirks UT students pick up on, the clothing gets very indie so we've made it a game to search out the most interesting or outrageous outfit of the day. It's great fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the expensive dorm life, what you pay for college you definitely get out of it. The university truly cares and loves its students. You can never have another experience quite like it, so yes it is definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Man it's Austin! There's kayaking, rowing, and paddleboard down at ladybird lake, or just take a job through gorgeous Zilker park and fly a kite. At night the city comes to life with beautiful restaurants, clubs, and bars down near 6th street. Over in West Campus during the weekends the fraternities and sororities are always holding events day and night. There's the Pecan Street Festival, Reading Festival (I got to met Chuck Pahalniuk!) every festival you can think of. We even do marathons! Typically some part of the city will be blocked off for bikers or us runners as we complete our run for Alzheimer's or poverty. You will neveer run out of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Fresh food, sometimes cooked right before your eyes numbed the shock from being away from home cooked meals and having only a mini-fridge and microwave in my arsenal of food-making tools. They kept me from gaining that famed freshman 15 and are very health conscious. We recycle everyday in the cafeterias and reuse all of our silverware to keep plastic utensils out of landfills. The only real downside is it's pricey typically around $8.00 for an entree and drink.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the biggest dorm in the United States by staying at Jester Dormitory smack in the middle of campus. It was expensive, and crowded, but the people were incredible. I remember walking down the hallway, some doors would be open and TV in different languages would drift out or behind a closed door and violinist would be jamming away. It was a cacophony in some aspects too, the overcrowding meant late night annoyances but my RA (Room Advisor) was always keeping an eye on things. The worst part for me was the bathrooms, leaky showers and dirty floors before the cleaning staff got there. Be sure to bring your shower shoes!

    Academic Rigor

    High School definitely did not prepare me for college. Thankfully I had several good friends and a few helpful books to get me where I needed to be. The reading structures are typically very fast-paced and it's up to you to create the time to get it all done. Don't overload yourself with heavy classes each semester but try and spread them out because none, and I repeat, none of these classes will be a cakewalk. At UT they definitely make you earn it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a few volunteer groups of inter varsity sport clubs upon starting school. Also, try to join Reading Round-up for Freshman incomers, that's how I met President Powers, the university's president, and talked about Oedipus Rex and the psychological implications it presented. I'd recommend staying in one of the dorms for the first year at least so you're forced to meet more people. Always get SEVERAL emails and numbers in each class in case you miss a day, some professors are very unforgiving.

    In three sentences

    This university is huge and incredibly diverse. Expect to be overwhelmed with all the activities and festivals that fill every intersection on the forty-acre campus. The faculty and staff at the college really make the experience; we're talking people who could earn more money off their books, papers, and even FBI conventions but choose teach at the university over all of it.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    UT really tries hard to provide healthy food to students. They buy locally and organically when possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take any class taught by Allen Rubin.

    In three sentences

    The School of Social Work is fantastic. Small, intimate classes, real world experience, and a heavy emphasis on evidence-based practice are part of what makes UT SSW one of the best schools of social work in the country. I love my school.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Haven't been mugged or anything.....yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join, you won't regret it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT's tradition is being WEIRD.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of fun things to do in Austin. You can go to restaurants, student-run activities and plays. Or just join a club that will give you something to do for some time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to meet new people, join clubs!! Study everyday so you won't get behind in your work.

    In three sentences

    I love going here because of the laid-back atmosphere. The people here are so welcoming and very friendly! The classes challenge you and you learn a lot. Overall I give this school a 10/10.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, hang with friends at the Union or nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all online resources available to you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best schools in the entire world- literally.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus has exemplary safety, with a great police informant system to protect all the students and staff

    Bang for the buck

    This school provides everything for less than that of other big name Ivy League schools

    What to do for fun

    Many different clubs, as well as competitive and intramural sports, and a great city to hang out in!

    Food and Dining

    Austin is incredible for food, music, and entertainment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the small-town, big-city feel of Austin!

    In three sentences

    This school has everything, I promise. Not only does it boast an incredible business school, engineering school, and athletics, but remains on the cutting edge with the construction of a new computer science school. The research here is incredible, which really puts this University as a top tier status.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT's campus has tons of yellow light poles where a student can contact the police if they are suspecting an attacker. The police are always on watch 24/7.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's tons of clubs and activities on campus, you name it, I'm sure there's already a club for that! If a student isn't very fond of the club and activities, it only takes you and two other people to start a new club.

    What to do for fun

    There's tons of things to do for fun. There's the gym where you can go swimming and there's also tennis courts where a student can play tennis.

    Food and Dining

    If you're staying in a dorm then they have cafeterias where you can get your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you get tired of the cafeteria food, don't worry because there are TONS of eating places on campus and OUTSIDE of campus. Such as Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms will decrease in size in the perspective of a student's room at home. It's not as roomy as an apartment would be, but it's good enough because at least it's on campus. A student can always decorate their dorm however way they would like to make it feel as if they are at home here.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is ranked pretty high for being the best university in of the world. Academic standing wise, a student has to put in lots of effort of hard work and studying if he or she wants that A average. Also, the secret of becoming a successful student is by going to the tutoring centers if in need of extra help and to COMMUNICATE with the professor(s).

    Tips for prospective students

    The transition from high school to UT will be a great change. A student that hopes to achieve and become successful at this university needs to become aware that they have to put forth time by studying 2-3 hours for each class a day. It may be great being away from home, but UT will help and test your responsibility skills for the real world.

    In three sentences

    If I could describe the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, the word I would use to describe it as will be, BEAUTIFUL. This university is very prestigious and it is already beyond competitive by just registering for classes. I am honored to be accepted to attend here and extremely proud to be a Longhorn.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining in campus is pretty good compare to high school food. And there are a lot of restaurant near the campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is good. You have can either have a private bathroom and a community bathroom. You have to share a kitchen with everything one in the building.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on your major and the classes you are taking. The hardest class are those involving with science, math, and english.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be aware that Austin is a weird city. Students should learn how to be independent. Students should take the time and do their homework and study.

    In three sentences

    University of Texas at Austin has some of the best professors and staffs. They are there to help students succeed in life and help them create a future. University of Texas at Austin have great and many opportunities for students find their hidden talents and skills.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Austin is a great place for foodies. Around campus there is just about any type of food you could want. From pasta that is $4.20 to an awesome sushi place, there is something for everybody.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but I've heard dorm life is awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    UT is definitely a hard school, but its manageable if you go to class and keep up with your reading! Professors and TAs are more than happy to help you if you seek out their help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared. Everybody here is so welcoming and willing to help you out with anything. Focus on having an awesome college experience.

    In three sentences

    UT is an awesome school. It has everything that anyone could want in a college: diverse students, rigorous academics, and a great social atmosphere. There is nobody that wouldn't fit in here and I love that!

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of things to do for fun. I like to go kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, go bowling at the Union and go to sporting events. UT has a lot of fun stuff to offer! I've seen a Quidditch game, seen a Harry Potter movie in the South Lawn, celebrated Holi in the South Lawn and attended Forty Acres Fest to see the concerts. There's always something fun going on around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Venture out to the Drag, the Oasis and SoCo (South Congress). There's so many great places to go eat! My favorites are: Plucker's, Kerby Lane, Romeo's, HomeSlice and HopDoddy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best. I used to live in Jester West. I had a mix of quiet study time and loud social time all in one building. I had the pleasure of meeting so many interesting people that I call my friends. Get to know your neighbors and your RAs. They will be your neighbors for an entire year! Every dorm hall has activities to bring people together so participate! You never know who you will meet!

    Academic Rigor

    You don't have to study all the time to get perfect As. Just learn how to manage your time and you'll be fine. Also, visit your professors and TAs. They are all amazing people and WANT to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is huge, don't get me wrong. Yet, with all the organizations available, it's hard not to find something for you. Also, get to know your professors. They may seem a bit intimidating, but they do want to help you! Don't forget to visit your TA's office hours. They are usually the ones that grade your work and can give great college advice!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin can only be describe in one word: AMAZING. UT has everything any student can want from a huge university from great professors to a huge amount of school spirit. This school has something for everyone that it's hard not to make friends.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    When something happens at UT that you need to be aware about, you will find out. You will get texts, emails, and various other forms of announcements. UT aims at making every single individual feel safe on campus. They do a great job for such a big school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are polo clubs, sailing club, pre-law clubs... anything you are interested in, UT probably has it!

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a big school that is pretty competitive and that is always busy, this is the school for you. It's so much fun, but everyone is still focused on their academics above everything.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money. You WILL learn something in this school that will be useful in the real world. The professors are brilliant, and tuition is very reasonable.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to choose from! UT has a HUGE assortment of places to dine at. The food at the resident halls is actually pretty darn good. If you don't like that, you just have to walk a little further to what is known as the drag and choose a place to eat there. No matter what time of the day, you can find food!

    Dorm Life

    Not all the dorms are super new, and space is kind of crammed in some rooms. But you will meet so many new people that you won't regret choosing to live there. There are also study rooms that are perfect for studying if you need a quiet place to study and don't feel like going to one of UT's many libraries.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is pretty competitive. Usually, the students admitted are in the top 8% of their class. As a transfer student, a 3.68 GPA got me into the school, BUT did not guarantee me a spot. This may be a public university, but it holds itself up to some pretty high standards!

    Tips for prospective students

    Extracurricular activities and a high GPA are two of the most important things that the admissions department looks at. You have to be a well-rounded student to get in.

    In three sentences

    I transferred to UT Austin after spending one semester at another university and I do not regret my decision at all! UT is full of incredibly intelligent students who are also extremely friendly and fun. There is so much to do in Austin- you'll never be bored!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    At UT campus safety is a priority. The UT officers roam the campus at night making sure that nothing fishy is going on. Also, there are telephone posts around the campus that can be used by anyone at anytime in case of an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally thousands of clubs at this campus. There is a club for everything from the squirrel watching club, to the spanish club. If you can think of any activity it is probably already going on at the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At UT there is an albino squirrel that is rare but sometimes seen at the campus, when a student catches a glimpse of this squirrel he/she will have good luck on his/her next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    At UT there are a lot of resources for students that will make the college life easier for them from learning how to spend your money wisely, to making graduating possible no matter what. If you use these resources your college years will just fly by.

    What to do for fun

    In the city there is a lot to do like going to the movies, paint balling, golfing and many other activities. Plus, there is always something going on at the campus like movie nights free for students, playing sports at the gym, and every organization is doing an activity in which anybody can join.

    Food and Dining

    There is a specific place called Jester City Limits where they literally have everything and anything to eat. From country food, to sushi, for carnivores and for vegetarians. There is always going to be something delicious to eat for someone there.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and cozy and you can definitely make them homey. You make a lot more friends if you stay in the dorms and everything is at a walking distance. Plus everyone gets along and there's always someone there to go to for help.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging but there are so many study groups, and every where you go there is free tutoring so as long as you use these resources it will be impossible to fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are looking for a university that has everything from great academics to diverse extracurricular activities UT is definitely the one for them. The environment of this university is great and on top of that the city is amazing.

    In three sentences

    This university has so many diverse organizations for more and better opportunities. UT has such a great campus with so many people that are willing to help. To me it is definitely a five star university where people go to succeed.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is fantastic! UT is one of the hardest schools to rush at but you can understand why once you realize the great girls and guys involved and what they offer to the community and to their members! Highly suggest getting involved

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone could find a place on this campus its eclectic mix is what makes UT so amazing !

    What to do for fun

    Your in Austin, the city is thriving with fun places to go, things to see, and new adventures to try! Austin provides activities all over the spectrum such as canoeing, touring museums, and enjoying their unique food trucks!

    Food and Dining

    Austin has some of the most unique and delicious dining opportunities ever. The dorm food overall is good (especially Kinsolving and SRD) but the Drag offers more options as well at decent prices.

    Dorm Life

    Social/Dorm life on campus is amazing you get such an amazing mix of students on this campus and the dorms allow you to live in diverse communities, as well as study, eat and socialize all within each of their dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but exciting, the instructors keep the classrooms on task while instilling a love of education in their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus as much as possible, school will be hard so getting involved helps you to meet other students and take much needed breaks from the work load.

    In three sentences

    Overall the University is just as outstanding as its reputation lends it to be. The staff are helpful and very knowledgeable. And lastly the amount of resources available for their students are astronomical and very helpful.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you're 21, sixth street is the way to go. Whether it's the dank food trucks or a night out with your girls/boys, you'll have a good time. Other than night life, there's so much to do here. Food adventures, tubing, trails, and etc. The social aspect of UT is what has this school on another level.

    Food and Dining

    I'd just like to say J2(buffet) is cheap and delicious. I can never get tired of that place. As for the fast food, you've got a Wendy's that opens until 4 in the morning and a union filled with every all the fasts in one place. May not be a home-cooked meal, but you can manage.

    Dorm Life

    You can wake up 15 minutes before class, roll out of bed, and get there on time. Here, dorms are the best way to meet new people and make new friends. Minus the fact that you have no kitchen or private bathroom (depending on what dorm), life is good there.

    Academic Rigor

    It's like a public IV league school. UT has a set of standards that they want to maintain for the students. It's not to stress us out (though it does), but to make us gain something or get somewhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect it to be an easy, breezy ride like high school. The professors aren't going to hold your hand and push you to be passionate about what you're learning. It's your future so have fun but be smart about it!

    In three sentences

    Austin is a city full of life. I've never had a dull moment during the last three years I've attended college here. I'll admit the curriculum is tough, but that's what makes UT a school that teaches how to work hard and play hard at the same time.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police department is wonderful about keeping students informed of any suspicious activity on campus through a text messaging service or emails. I have walked around campus at all hours of the night and never have I once felt uncomfortable or unsafe.

    Greek Life

    HUGE and in my opinion ANNOYING, but tolerable.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of it, we've got a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that enjoy having a healthy social life but also want a good education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite tradition is put together by the either the engineering or architecture college. One day out of every finals week, a mob of students wield foam swords and have a massive sword fight in the middle of the main street during the crosswalk light.

    Bang for the buck

    Living in the city, things can start to be pricey but compared to a lot of other campuses, there are tons of cheap options for things like books, apartments, dining, clothing, and more.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is the Capital City of Texas and it has a little bit of everything. From biking and hiking trails to kayaking and canoeing to plays and ballets, to live music and much much more. Including a lively club scene.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is typical cafeteria food with a slight twist that there are a lot of options that are actually pretty healthy. The typical Freshman +15 was reversed for me and I lost 45 lbs my first year from all the walking and healthy options in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms here are relatively spacious and well proportioned. The only down side is that a number of them are getting older and may have odd smells or character enhancing quirks.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and your study habits the classes you take could be very hard or relatively easy. But in either case, this school is not the place for slackers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend the summer orientation before your first semester and make at least one friend there. That way you will at least know someone on your first day. Also, look into one of the many social groups on campus, whatever interests you, I guarantee we have a group for it.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great school with lots of opportunities for many different degree types. The large classes can be intimidating and you can get lost in the sea of students if your not careful. But if the big campus life is what you want then UT is the place for you.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT is relatively safe. My advice to you is to join the Campus Watch, because you will get updates and details about any crime going on around or on campus. There are police patrolling the university too.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of a club, odds are we have it. If, on the off chance we don't have the club, you can actually create it!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students; like quite, dedicated ones to adventurous ones! The only students that I don't think would fit in, are lazy ones that do not plan on being dedicated to their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There was the Hex Rally for when we played A&M, but they went to the SEC, so I'm not sure if we'll be doing that anymore. We have Bevo, our mascot, TEXAS FIGHT chant, and many jokes about other universities.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is the music capitol of the state of Texas. There are always music festivals going on on campus in front of the tower, and those are fun to go to. Football games are a blast, and they really help you gain some school spirit. There are always activities planned at the university, so you're never bored!

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat around campus; most are pretty good. You can also go to The Drag, or Guadalupe Street to eat. There's always good places to eat in Austin, you'll just have to see for yourself!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so much fun to live in. You get to make a ton of new friends and hear many different stories from people that are extremely unique. There is always something to do. The rooms are kind of small, but you're really only in there for studying and sleeping anyways.

    Academic Rigor

    This university has many challenges when it comes to academics. This already is a tough university to get into and you will really have to study and try in class. My advice, get to know your professors and fellow colleagues, because it will help you so much in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated by the size of the university. Is it big? Yes, however you will find that nearly every student that attends the university is friendly and will help you get to where you need to go. The university is a very open environment, so do not be afraid to be who you really are.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best universities in the United States, and even in the World to go to. The university is ranked high academically, and has an extremely diverse student pool. This university helps students set a higher standard for themselves and allows them to succeed in the real world.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin is the live music capital of the world and there are tons of fun free events

    Food and Dining

    Lots of great choices for food if you have an eclectic taste!

    Dorm Life

    Housing can be a bit expensive in Austin

    Academic Rigor

    It is as demanding as any.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's very affordable and you get a great education.

    In three sentences

    Texas is the best state in the greatest country in the world, Austin is the best city in the greatest state in the US, and UT is right in the middle of Austin!

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have nothing but respect for UTPD after the shooting. Their response time was impeccable and they have forever made me feel safe in my home at UT.

    What to do for fun

    Let's be honest. You're in Austin, TX. You maybe don't have a car, but your UT ID card that you carry with you can get you onto any of the buses in Austin for free, so you really have no limitations. Places to go, however, include: The State Capitol, South Congress, Alamo Drafthouse, Cathedral of Junk, any food truck, the bats, several malls (but don't go to Highland Mall because it's losing stores like that's a fad), and many places downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Some people complain, and the cost of your housing and dining plan is far too high, but there are many options on campus where you can get dinner, a buffet, breakfast, or a cup of coffee. Also, there is a really great deal that UT has with many surrounding businesses where you can use some of your dining money to eat near campus. Overall, it's a pretty great deal and you'll be well-fed.

    Dorm Life

    My experience was in a very small dorm and I was only there for one semester, so my gauge of this is a little skewed. The majority of people I know have lived in a much larger (objectively, gigantic) dormitory and they have created really lasting friendships and gone on to live with their room or suitemates later in college. It all depends where you live! But reach out and you'll probably have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies. In a lot of liberal arts majors and some comm. majors, you may not have as heavy a course load as certain engineering or business programs. But just because the general rigor of a course of study is more or less intense, it doesn't mean that there aren't at least ten incredibly challenging courses you will take on your road to graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    You definitely need to focus on doing three things. First, you need to take advantage of all of UT's services, such as with writing, as well as periodically checking in with your academic advisor; they know their stuff. Next, you need to find a way to budget your time. Partying or seeing the city have claimed the academic standings of many people I know, but if you can avoid falling into bad time-management habits, you have more than enough time to handle your classes and do whatever else you want. Finally, join a group or two and make friends. Whether it's in your classes or in a student organization, there are plenty of ways to focus in on creating a friendly environment--and more than enough people with whom you can create it.

    In three sentences

    UT is a very large, educational city of sorts. While I have not personally had to deal with this, there are many ways to get lost and feel lonely on this campus. However, there are thousands of wonderful individuals and I have been blessed to call this campus home for two and a half years.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Do not walk alone in the dark and be careful with whom you speak to.

    Clubs and Activities

    An enormous selection of clubs and activities to belong in!

    Great for these types of students

    Honor students, athletics, and any student who is willing to challenge their limits

    What to do for fun

    Guadalupe Street, Dobie Mall, and other areas on Campus

    Food and Dining

    Food Court has a variety of food to choose from

    Dorm Life

    Depends where you stay at

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study when you can and enjoy your time at UT

    In three sentences

    It has a great diversified student body. I am highly motivated to get in shape with the great gym they have. I am willing to change my study and note taking habits.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin in the Live Music Capitol of the World! Hit up a few concerts and definitely spend some time at Barton Springs.

    Food and Dining

    J2 is an all-you-can-eat style cafeteria. It's cheap and easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a bit pricey but you get to meet knew people

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are manageable if you're not procrastinating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to know the campus before signing up for classes. You don't want to have to run 40-Acres in 10 minutes.

    In three sentences

    I think UT deserves a 9/10. The 1/10 point deduction comes from the fact that Texas is so darn hot! But don't get me wrong, it's a great school.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs to join! Also, the University happens to be close to downtown Austin, where there are many cool places to go and chill.

    Tips for prospective students

    The huge campus may be a shock at first but after awhile, it is not so overwhelming. Be sure to talk to your professors and counselors when you have any questions.

    In three sentences

    At first, I was hesitant to come here because of its large size and number of students. This university has actually proved to be quite comfortable and excellent in several aspects. I've had amazing professors and met some amazing friends while here.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own campus police who send out emails and text messages regularly concerning safety. I always feel comfortable walking back late at night from the library

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of campus, but plenty of people don't join and still love UT

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition and books are pretty expensive but manageable

    What to do for fun

    On campus concerts, movies, rallies, etc are constantly happening. Also, since Austin is such an exciting city, there are always things to do off campus from shopping to outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining rooms are spread evenly though campus and local restaurants often accept the same Bevo Bucks that students use in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    UT on- and off-campus housing is incredibly varied. Everyone can find a great place to stay depending on your own personal preferences.

    Academic Rigor

    Some schools/colleges are definitely more difficult than others, but if you build good relationships with teachers and work hard, you can do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because Texas is such a big school, join a club or organization as a freshman to make it easier to meet people and get advice about classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is great school where classes are challenging, people are friendly, and opportunities abound. There is a perfect mixture of city and campus life.A degree from Texas will more than prepare students for the work force.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin is full of fun things to do! And there is always something entertaining to do- wether its Town Lake, the Greenbelt or going to some cool Austin-y place!

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple places to eat on campus. The only bad thing is waiting in line and that it's kind of hard to find an empty table.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in a private dorm that was very nice. On campus housing is nice too, just super crowded.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty difficult (I'm pre-med). Get to know the teachers by going to office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized and on top of all of your work. Don't wait until the last minute and always try to go to class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a great school in an awesome city. The campus is beautiful and everything is in walking distance. The classes are pretty hard and large, but manageable if you work hard.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a few issues in the past.

    Greek Life

    Awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers who like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just going to the football games is enough to make anyone want to go to UT.

    Bang for the buck

    For everything, the in-state tuition is a steal.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun?! It's in AUSTIN.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food, but crazy over-priced.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the people who lived on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I love how challenging my courses are and how they make me think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up! UT can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be, but remember you get what you give--work hard and you'll be rewarded for it!

    In three sentences

    UT has a great community atmosphere for being such a large school. There is never a dull moment and everyone can find their place with the crazy amount of clubs and activities. I can't wait to go back to school :)

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Organizations on campus, restaurants on Guadeloupe, parks, music festivities, shopping, and parties.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will not regret your decision if you choose to attend UT Austin.

    In three sentences

    This University offers many student organizations and resources to aid anyone in anything. Academically, you will be exposed to new concepts from the best professors in their specific subjects. It is ranked one of the top universities to attend in the world for its incredible value.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    6th Street is the best. You can walk down 6th Street and find something new and crazy everyday

    In three sentences

    Austin is a fantastic city for people who are looking to have a good time and for people who are academically- driven. The campus may not be on the beach or on a mountain but it defiantly is pretty. Attending UT will give you the full experience- Frats, sororities, tailgating, Academic rigor, sporting events, stupid college traditions- everything.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is SO MUCH to do in Austin. You will never be bored. Once you figure out the bus system you can go anywhere. Some of my favorite things to do are swim at Barton Springs, bike or rock climb at the Green Belt (a huge nature reserve), visit the Austin Zoo which is inexpensive and has a large variety of rescued animals, go to concerts (Austin is the live music capital of the world and ACL and SXSW are held here), shop and eat at food trucks on Congress Ave, go spelunking at many of the Austin area cave tracks (you have to know people who know the caves though), see the thousands of bats fly out of the Congress bridge at dusk, hike along or kayak at Lady Bird Lake, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great, but it is substantial and there are lots of choices. There are always soup, salad, and sandwich options for picky eaters like me. The many cafeterias around campus serve a lot of the same items. You do however get a small amount of Bevo Bucks that can be spent at various restaurants around town and on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life doesn't have to be bad at UT, but I hated living in Jester. I was in a tiny room and I hated community bathrooms. That however had more to do with the tenants than the facilities, though they were not top notch by any means. I was lucky enough to get a random roommate and LOVE her! We are living together this year, but off campus. The apartment we are living in costs just as much, if not less than living in the dorm too! Dorm life at UT is way too expensive, but it is valuable as a freshman to experience campus life. If I'd had the means, I would have really enjoyed living in a better dorm than Jester.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not go here if you rely on teachers to hold your hand to get through classes. The teachers and teaching assistants are usually helpful, but the coursework is always difficult and students are expected to be independent and know the material. There are many academic resources for students as well since it is such a large school. With few exceptions, I think students are fairly evaluated.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In Austin, besides the football games and sports activities, the parties are a must. There are numerous house and fraternity parties that go on around campus, you'll have to check those out on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food that is served at the cafeteria is great at first, but the limited options that are available to you seem to tire out the taste. After the first few months, the food becomes bland and boring.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm isn't as bad as you might think. The students seem to all be pleasant to live with and talk to. Everyone is incredibly nice and willing to help you out if you are in need of anything.

    Academic Rigor

    The most difficult classes are those in the engineering majors. Classes such as Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics seem to be the more intense courses. Make sure to spend plenty of time studying for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to get through the higher difficulty classes such as Calculus and Chemistry, I suggest forming study groups and going to teacher reviews. Make use of the PCL library, its a very quiet location to study.

    In three sentences

    This enormous campus has much to offer. The campus transport system makes it easy for students to get to classes. The teachers are incredibly helpful and are willing to do as much as they can to help students.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Austin is very safe, the UT campus especially. There are crimes reported every semester, but all in all I wouldn't be worried.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a big presence at UT. Some of the fraternities and sororities require a high GPA and others are about the party.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of choices, but some of the organizations are so big that it is hard to get to know people and the meetings can be very structured and non-participatory.

    Great for these types of students

    The good thing about UT Austin is that because it is so big, there is a niche for just about anyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps increasing, so the bang for your buck is decreasing. However I believe tuition is comparable to other Texas public universities, and academically UT Austin is better in most areas than most other public options in the state.

    What to do for fun

    Go swimming at Barton Springs or see some live music downtown. There's always lots to do in Austin.

    Food and Dining

    The portions are large, but the food is not that great, nor are the prices. One argument for not living in a dorm is having a good place to cook your own food. If you can afford it, there are a lot of good places on Guadalupe, the street that runs along the west side of campus, has some delicious restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is convenient and can be a good way to meet people. The windows don't open in most of the dorms, which is annoying when you want some fresh air, and the rooms are quite small. I would recommend living in the dorm for your first year and investigating other options afterwards.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies between majors. Whatever your field of study, there will be some very serious students and some who just want to pass. It's a good idea to take no more than 12 credit hours your first semester. Read professor reviews online- some are much better than others, and that makes a huge difference.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Investigate UT scholarships and honors programs before you apply, because some are only available to freshmen. 2. Investigate student and volunteer organizations. There tons of them and you are more likely to meet friends there than in the huge classes. Intramural sports are also a good way to meet people while getting some exercise! 3. Go to office hours, as it is hard to get to know your professors in class. 4. Use the Undergraduate Writing Center and the Sanger Learning Center. Each student has 5 hours of free tutoring each semester at the Sanger Center, as well as free walk-in tutoring for certain subjects.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin has a huge variety of classes, professors, and majors to choose from. The main downside is that the school is so huge that many students have trouble meeting friends and getting individual attention from their professors. It's great for undergraduate research and sports and you will find your niche eventually.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's little blue lights everywhere that signal a safety station. If you feel like you're in trouble, just go hit the button and campus police will be alerted. If you're running from someone, hit all the buttons on your way.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea what goes on inside the greek houses. They have been caught numerous times for hazing, which is illegal. Other than that, they get drunk way too often. Blacking out is considered cool to them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a large selection- everything from ROTC to anime clubs to running our student television station. Check out as many as you can.

    Great for these types of students

    Students should be studious and able to take long hours. A great schedule only comes to a few lucky students. You need to have great time management skills.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't really consider anything on campus to be unusual. The things that pop into mind are the occasional drum circles. They also have an undie run every year where most of the frat guys and sorority girls run around campus in their underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    Yeah, it's a great school with excellent professors, unique courses, and reliable transportation. The food's okay and the dorms aren't that bad. Tuition is steadily on the rise though.. Not just here, but at all schools. I'm surprised because education leads to a better future, but we'll all be in serious debt because of it.

    What to do for fun

    I like what the clubs offer. Join a few or a lot to broaden your horizons. Meet as many new people as you can so that you can have a decent social life. Don't cling to your high school friends.

    Food and Dining

    Great vegetarian and vegan options almost everywhere. The UT dining hall has okay food, but it's expensive for what it is. Be sure to get a dining pass for your first year, but learn how to make your own sandwiches if you don't already know how.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great time in my dorm- Jester East. It was a little sub-par considering the oldness of the place. The only thing I didn't like about it was that they have strict curfews.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, you need to have great time management skills to keep up. Professors expect you to do well and will help you succeed. Study hard and a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip for prospective students is this: make sure you want to come to this big of a school. I think it's around 60,000 students this year. Also, be able to manage your time efficiently before you get here.

    In three sentences

    UT at Austin is a great school, and I feel that my time here has been of significant value to me. Although a big campus, it's easy to meet other students through clubs and organizations. The professors are helpful and the staff is informative.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students can get text messages sent straight to their phones alerting them of any mishaps going on at campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds maybe even a thousand clubs on campus that hosts events often so you can find an event pretty much everyday. Starting your own club is also easy.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is honestly great for students of every interest because it offers something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun here. There are hundreds of clubs and many of them hosts fun events and you can always find one each day. Just outside of campus is Guadalupe which offers many stores to shop at and more places to eat. The transportation system is very quick and will take you to several places outside of campus if you want to explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    I am very picky about my food so the cafeteria food at Jester really doesn't appeal to me. There aren't many healthy options except for the salad bar which isn't really a meal. There are of course other dining places around campus that do offer healthy choices. I found this nice sandwich shop at Jester today that offers fresh meat and veggies, but the prices are pretty high. Just the sandwich itself was five bucks.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Jester West which is one of the more common and populated dorms. It's really not as bad as reputation would have it seem. There's plenty of storage space and the closets are a pretty good size. Some down points would be that the beds are very thin and hard so I do recommend buying a mattress pad. They also tend to creek a lot and the fridge also makes weird noises sometimes but eventually you won't notice it anymore.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely rigorous and at the top of their level. Even on the first day, most students will feel overwhelmed by the amount of work. I recommend to start reading your textbooks over the summer if your professors have posted a syllabus of what will be cover the first week.

    Tips for prospective students

    The UT App is very helpful for the first few days when you don't know your way around campus. Arrive to class early because some tend to be very large and you want to be able to get a good seat. Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help from your RA, professors, faculty, or students at the Help Desks.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great, huge, and beautiful campus. While it seems overwhelming at first, once a student gets settled, it will feel just like home with every convenience available to them close to campus. The campus is so diverse and offers so many different programs and clubs that every student can find some place they belong.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police department (UTPD) is very reliable and quick. Aside from the lighted poles around campus that one can use in case of any help needed, including someone coming to your aid late at night to walk you back to your dorm, the UTPD has a texting system where they give you live updates through text, and they have a fansite on their Facebook page that is updated frequently. Safety is a big deal on this campus, and as a student here, I feel very safe. It's a nice feeling.

    What to do for fun

    From attending the football games on Saturdays, to going bowling at the Union Underground, to kayaking on Lady Bird Lake downtown...there are an infinite amount of fun activities to go to while you attend the University of Texas. The University hosts free movies both online for students to watch, and at the Union. Student organizations on campus that host various events ranging from Sabado Gigante, free dance lessons, Holi in the spring semester (which is an Indian festival that celebrates the coming of spring with powder paint that the students throw at each other) and even Harry Potter themed events such as Quidditch Tournaments. Whether you join an organization, or solely commit to being a student, there will always be something fun you can do.

    Food and Dining

    There are two all you can eat cafeterias on campus, each located on either side of campus, north and south ends. These include J2 and Kinsolving (J2 has just been recently renovated and has a gourmet chef available for dinner who cooks your food while you wait in line). There are also three other cafeterias, not buffet style, in which one could also eat at, making it a total of 5 different eating locations on campus. These other three are called Jester City Limits (located on the first floor of Jester West Dormitory), Cypress Bend (located by San Jacinto Dormitory), and Littlefield Patio (located by the Honors dormitories). Wherever you choose to eat, just watch how much you spend because the food can be pricey and you could end up with no money left for food by the second semester.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm your first year, and even your second and third year of college (if you can afford it), is a big stress reliever. The average UT student pays $8,500 to live in a dorm for both semesters. This includes $1,400 in Dine-n-Dollars to use on the various cafeterias on campus, and an additional $300 in BevoBucks, which is money accepted in various restaurants and stores located close to campus. Aside from this, you don't have to worry about catching a bus to and from campus, since you will already be living on campus, and all the school's amenities will be there to use at your disposal.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors usually have 3 hours in a week, and roughly four months every semester to teach you what you would have learned in an entire year in high school. Because of this, professors give out a lot of homework, some due online after the assignment is given, and some as simple as reading some material before the next class. But, the hours add up and most students and professors recommend studying two times the credit hours for each class, outside of class, to achieve a B or higher.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get good grades you need to attend office hours, and make good study partners. Don't be afraid to ask for help. It could be quite a challenge to get accustomed to the various changes, especially if you have a lot of pride, but if you take advantage of everything this university offers, and you learn to manage your time, you'll do well and will love it here.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a huge campus, is very diverse, and has many rigorous courses. Student life could be hard to get accustomed to since there are so many fun, extracurricular activities that you could attend, and so many new friends you will want to spend more time with. But, keep your studies as your first priority because as all Longhorns know: What starts here, changes the world.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great, and the dining halls are awesome! You never know if you'll see a sports star, professor, or celebrity at any given time! There are plenty of places to eat, and you'll never get bored of the cuisine!

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The longhorn hand symbol obviously, as well as Gone to texas, a tradition for incoming freshman.

    What to do for fun

    I wont even attempt to write down everything that UT has to offer for entertainment, but I will state a few things that I have done myself. Gone to Texas (to celebrate the year), Smore and Karaoke night, Korean BBQ night, and simply just hanging out with new people that I've met here!

    Food and Dining

    At least where I'm living the dining is very good and very accessible. I reccomend Jester Pizza!

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love the dorms that I am in right now. Everyone is so nice and considerate to one another. The space is perfect and I never feel claustrophobic or that I'm invading my roommates space. Also there is always an event going on if you are ever feeling cooped up in the room!

    Academic Rigor

    My dad told me this at the beginning of the year and its completely true, There will always be that one teacher that thinks that your life revolves around his/her class. All you can do in these situations is try to get ahead and put 110% effort into that class.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is repeated all year but time management is key to having a successful experience here. Also be open to meeting new people, trust me it will make the year a lot more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has so much to offer students. With the many activities going on daily there is never a dull moment here. The staff and students are willing to help assist new and other returning students in any way necessary to help bring about the personal experience you want to receive at this University.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened or not safe, but even if I did, there are blue lights or police stations all around campus where you can quickly get help or just someone to walk you to your dorm at night.

    Greek Life

    Popular, but not so popular that if you choose not to participate, no harm done. Although greek life can be very fun...it is also a huge commitment and can have lots of pressure.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything at anytime and any place. Enough said.

    Great for these types of students

    The all-around, fun-spirited, academically-driven, school-spirt person with an open mind (Keep Austin Weird...you'll understand when you get here).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tower is one of my favorites when it comes to both traditions and locations. Its beautiful at night, especially when a team has won a game or championship and its colored burnt orange. Festivities such as Gone to Texas, Forty Acres Fest and several concerts, festivals, and traditions happen by the tower, or the Main Mall.

    Bang for the buck

    In staters are getting a big bang for their buck! Out of staters may not believe they are, as they pay twice the amount, but in the end it comes down to what type of education are you looking for. UT is more than simply and education; its a lifestyle that will follow you forever.

    What to do for fun

    What not to do?! There is ALWAYS something going on, and by signing up to receive notifications via email (like know event for example) you can find out all about them. You'll always have to end up choosing between different activities you want to do because something (and usually more than just one something) is going on!

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat on campus; however, its the timing of some dinning facilities that can make meals difficult if you are on a tight budget. Just remember to check if it's open before walking there! The food is always delicious and its impossible to find a bad taco or salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    There are many types of dorms here at UT Austin. There are traditional dorms and then facilities like Dobie. No matter where you decide to live, you have to walk (the campus is massive) and you will make friends. Everyone here is so friendly and helpful, you simply have to ask and you shall receive.

    Academic Rigor

    This school prides itself on academic excellence, and that is no joke. Classes are stimulating and difficult. Studying is a necessity and participation in class is highly encouraged and applauded.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university is one of the largest in the country; don't be intimidated. This university uses it's size to it's advantage! There is always a group you can join, participate in or create (although good luck with that because I can't even think of a group that hasn't been formed already). Also, this means that there is always a second chance--always another class to take, always other friends to make and always other activities to join. Be bold! And always wear orange.

    In three sentences

    This university is the embodiment of community. It provides a place where a student has the opportunities to excel in academics, participate in athletics and network in activities and groups. Not only do these all happen at the same time; however, they are done in burnt orange style, hook 'em formed in the hands and a smile on the face.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It downtown!! there are so many things to do for fun.. trust me it fun sight seeing the campus,

    Food and Dining

    Good food are served in the dining. And if you are not satisfied with that, you have the option to get from other stores such as wendy's chick-fil-A and many others

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is excellent! neat and conducive environment for students. And They try as much as possible to match you with a roommate that fits your personality.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic standard is high!! As the saying goes what starts here changes the world, as a result of the good academics of the school, graduates from thus university are highly demanded in the job market.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advice every prospective student to work hard, and come to UT. That was exactly what i did and i got what I wanted. it is a school for every one and i have the honor and privilege to say I'm a student of this great Institution.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best schools in Texas It has qualified and well known teachers who have won nobel prizes in the world. It is a school for everyone.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    There's a book store called book holders near the campus where I managed to buy a chemistry textbook for 5 cents, seriously.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls here are really great. They provide a lot of variety and choices that won't keep you bored from eating the same food everyday. Also they have many dining halls around campus that allows you to use your dine-in-dollars to eat. Also the one thing that I really like is the amount of restaurant around campus that you can go to with your friends when you don't want to eat at the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are very nice and are kept in good condition at all times. Though some of them are small, they tend to be very cozy to live in. Each floor of the dorms have its own dorm manager who are also students that are able to help incoming students to their dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Some college classes are very difficult while others are a breeze to get through. A lot of the classes aren't that hard, many of my classes don't even have assigned homework. The course is still hard but there are a lot less busywork here than high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a chill pill when you get here. Don't take 18 hours or something crazy like that your first semester. Get into the college rhythm first, have fun and enjoy your college life as much as possible without hindering your academic responsibilities.

    In three sentences

    It's a really cool school to go to, where there are many things to do besides academic activities. It's a really chill place with pretty cool professors and staffs who are willing to help you in anyway. It's a great school to go to, since there are many to opportunities to not only have fun but also gain knowledge at top of the line facilities.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are multiple Police Help locations around campus where you can push a button and the police will come to help. There are specified campus police to protect the campus, from my experience they are very qualified for their job and do what is right and necessary for each situation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 1000 clubs to join on campus, there is no possible way that someone won't find something they are interested in. From club sports to Greek Life, to clubs with other people in your major.

    What to do for fun

    Where to start? There are Cap Metro buses that will take you around the city for FREE. It's easy to navigate around Austin to go to Zilker park and play sand volleyball, watch people do tricks with their dogs, go for a run, go across the street and go kayaking. The drag across the street from campus has a bunch of interesting things. Bat watching from under an Austin bridge. So many options.

    Food and Dining

    The food in most of the dorms has definitely upgraded, it is for sure better than the food in most high school cafeterias and there are way more options. They have multiple fast food restaurants around campus so it isn't hard to find something you like, but don't get too carried away on the fast food! Having your own food (like bread, etc. for sandwiches) is very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Take the opportunity if you can, dorms are a great experience, you meet tons of new people in the same situation as you (freshman!) as well as those people with different backgrounds and heritages. There can be distractions with random college students running down the hall or being noisy, but they are definitely worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a freshman I am taking most of the basic courses but that doesn't mean they're easy. I have plenty of reading to do outside of class, some classes have their exams on the same day and trust me there WILL be homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do your research, what programs are available, if they have the one you are interested in (even though UT has just about everything). That being said, don't come to college to find a job, that's the hard part, come to find something you love to do and do something with it, if that results in a job then you know for sure you're doing the right thing with your life.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great place if you are looking for diversity, a great education, and an awesome college experience. There are so many clubs/organizations to join, sporting events to attend, and cool places to go to around the city! Also, the professors here are legitimately here to help, you can't fall behind if you at least ask for help!

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the campus just having the bomb scare recently it is good to know that they have things well covered and ready for if something like this happens again. As well the police are always around camus 24/7 keeping the students safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is crazy with rush and other events in west campus it can be crazy. But if you are in Greek or not it is still possible to get along with one another, but over all the Greek system is a very cool system here at UT.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of different clubs for everyone, so there is no reason that someone should have trouble finding their place here at the university.

    Great for these types of students

    Being a devote Christian there are many organizations for every denomination or non-denomination here at UT and the fellowship and love for Christ is great throughout this university, so if it something you are interested in or not this university has loving people to welcome you to the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    West campus is for the Greek population on school. The union is great because it has many restaurants and even an underground portion which is a bowling alley which is cheap and always fun to go to all the times of the day.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas at Austin is an amazing school with much school spirit and love for one another. If it it going to a football game or some other event your bound to find a group and place for yourself in what may seem as a huge school.

    What to do for fun

    Athletic events are always happening on campus. Many organizations throw events for the student body which is great to get involved as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is great because there is usually always somewhere to eat no matter what time of day and the food on campus is much better then other places.

    Dorm Life

    From what I heard living on campus is good and for housing so many people they do a great job at it! As well it is nice having everything a few minutes from your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at this university is very tough but definitely possible if you put your head to doing the work in an organized matter and don't kill yourself by partying and doing dumb things like that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as possible but don't spread yourself too thin with many organizations and homework, but instead commit yourself to a few things!

    In three sentences

    It is a campus very diverse and ready for something big to always happen. Accommodating the huge population of the campus is done well by the school to insure all runs smoothly. There is always much to do on campus or through the campus which is great for everyone.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big deal at UT.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, hard working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lighting up the tower after a game is won.

    What to do for fun

    6th street, music festivals, the drag, shopping.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations!

    In three sentences

    University of Texas at Austin is a great school academically. If you are extremely focused on getting your degree, and a good one at that I highly recommend you attend this university. However; if you are looking for the ideal college experience this university is lacking on the social side.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT's campus is surprisingly safe. I recommend walking with a buddy if going off campus after 1am.

    Greek Life

    About 14% of UT's campus is involved in Greek life. All of the sororities and fraternities on campus are great. Most of the Greek houses are off campus in the West Campus area. Also, if any girls are looking for sororities, definitely look at Sigma Delta Tau.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas is really one of the best Universities in Texas. There are a lot of opportunities available here, and students are really getting the most for their money.

    What to do for fun

    UT is in the heart of downtown Austin, so there are plenty of activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining on campus is that of any college. However, the off-campus food around Austin is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Students can choose to live on-campus at a public dorm, or off campus in a private dorm or apartment. Some dorms are very social, while others are quiet and used mostly by people who concentrate on academics.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor varies on your major and how many credit hours you are currently taking. All of the coursework is certainly doable depending on how much effort you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should take a tour of the campus, apply for financial aid, and apply for academic communities (eg. TIP scholars, FRI, Gateway Scholars, Health Science Honors, Longhorn Scholars, Plan II, etc.)

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is an amazing research university and has a very diverse community. The entire campus is very friendly, and a student will never have a dull moment. The courses at UT are challenging, but doable.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games, workout facilities, piano, and social gatherings are always available for people to do either alone or with their friends. There is always something happening in which someone can have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Good food and dining plan, but if you are use to eating a lot the meal plan is a bit limiting. Only 1400 Dine in dollars, comes down to about 6.08 cents a day... not enough for 2 good meals per day.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life, many activities for people to get to know each other and become familiar with the people living in your dorm. The opportunity to make friends and become social is always at hand, simply walking out of the hall and to the lounge would allow someone to meet someone new.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here require you to study extensively outside of class but in the end you know the material and are well prepared for the next topic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep working hard and you will be rewarded. High school is only the beginning and continue to persevere. Work through the hard times and the good times will come.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has many opportunities to further one's education. The activities and organizations here presents many different chances for students to become involved and active. Overall, this University would be a great choice for anyone, because they have the ability to make what they want of it.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD and APD work hand in hand and do a great job at securing our campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life makes up a large percent of the student population. Greek life ranges from academic to social.

    Clubs and Activities

    Because the university is so large, there is a lot of activities to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT Austin football game days are the best! Everyone in Austin wears burnt orange and supports our team.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Austin! Austin is a great city with a lot of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many students that the food is made in such a bulk that it lacks sustenance sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many people that come to UT that you may end up with someone that you clash with or it works.

    Academic Rigor

    UT Austin is ranked 35 in the world and the rigor of the classes shows this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It helps make the campus seem smaller.

    In three sentences

    There are so many different people from different backgrounds and it opens your ideas to new worlds. UT always has something going on. There are so many ways to get involved.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going to the lake, 6th street, and the shops around town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard in high school and once you get to college don't stop! You need to work hard!

    In three sentences

    I rate it very highly because it's in a great city and there are a lot of things to do around the area. The campus is beautiful and there are amazing opportunities. It's a great campus to live on and learn at.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Relatively safe. Just walk with a friend if its after midnight for precautionary measures... (you might encounter homeless people).

    Greek Life

    Pretty fun parties

    Clubs and Activities

    Definitely recommend that you join them! You get to interact with people in you majors, which you'll be interacting with for the next 4/5 years.

    Bang for the buck

    You get discounts at the Markets by using your Dining dollars! :D Haven't bought milk at a single CVS.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends, classmates, and club members! Joining different organizations (i.e. sports, spirit groups, leadership organizations). Going out to west campus parties on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is alright, nothing out of this world. The dinning dollars that they give you last a good while if you know how to distribute your meals.

    Dorm Life

    Jester West is actually pretty homey! People are nice, keep to themselves unless you interact with them. RAs are cool too! Room temperatures are extremely cold though! (Bring you winter blankets just in case).

    Academic Rigor

    READ READ READ. You need to keep up with readings in order to understand lectures!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely keep up with your GPA. Try to stay within the 8th percentage if you live in Texas (automatic acceptance)!

    In three sentences

    UT has endless opportunities for everyone that looks for them. There are so many prestigious programs found in the colleges and the professors are top notch. Also, the campus is beautiful and walking around campus to classes is never dull.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do on-campus, such as sports events, clubs and organizations, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just don't make college harder than it is. Do your work, take some sleep, and eat well.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin offers its students great opportunities. It is incredibly helpful for those students who really want to become someone in life. The University of Texas at Austin is great!

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'm 5'4 and 110 lbs and I have never felt unsafe at any point during my time here. Even at 1:30 in the morning. There are always people outside so its not eerie

    Greek Life

    There are numerous frats and sororities (many national and some local). They all have a charity they focus on as well as events. Also, they like to party.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone. Seriously. 1000 organizations and all you need to start a new one is $10 and some friends

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students, undecided students, liberal students, opinionated students, motivated students, LGBT students.

    Bang for the buck

    People think going to a big school like UT will just make them a number, unseen and unheard by students and teachers. This is completely FALSE! Every faculty member that I've come across is super accessible and knowledgeable. I suspect they actually like when students visit their office hours with questions they want to clarify. This is a great place to be and I haven't met a single person who hasn't liked it here.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events happening on campus like movie nights and club sponsored events. If you are more into the party scene, there are always local parties or frat/sorority parties... whatever floats your boat. Also, the nightlife is unbeatable in Austin.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good- much better than in high school. The staff is friendly and every student gets $300 to eat at local restaurants (if they get the meal plan). Austin has some pretty good food in general, on or off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I stay at Jester West and I have to say that I'm liking it so far. The hallways quiet on my floor so I can always study and if I'm in the mood to hang out with friends, I can always go next door and chill with them. Also, the dorms are pretty nice and there is always the option of all girl or all boy dorms if that's what you want.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the classes you take. The work here is not impossible to do so long as your committed to staying on top of it from the beginning. Rushing to catch up and cramming for tests are not fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a big school so make sure that's really what you want from your college experience. I love it here and I would always encourage incoming freshmen to get involved in different clubs and organizations. There is something here for everyone since we have over 1000 student run clubs/organizations.

    In three sentences

    It is THE place to be if you want to meet students from a variety of backgrounds. Also, this a super friendly place to be an international student because everyone is so open minded and curious to learn more. The faculty is some of the best in the world and we recently earned a spot as one of the world's best universities!

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big here. There are a ton of fraternities and sororities, but if you decide that the Greek life isn't for you, you won't feel left out at all.

    Great for these types of students

    UT Austin is great for those who like to study and party.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the UT buffets, which are the cheapest way to eat on campus, is great. They try to change things up so that students don't get bored. Allergy warnings are listed.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here try to build a community feel by organizing events for the residents. The dorms are all very well kept (maintenance workers can be seen practically every day) and the newer dorms are very nice. Almost all of the dorms feature private/public bathroom options, laundry facilities, dining facilities, and computer labs. All dorms have rigorous security and a 24-hour front desk.

    Academic Rigor

    Science courses throw a lot of information at you very quickly. A lot of studying is required in order to get good grades, but if you choose your professors well, then you'll get good grades as well as a thorough understanding of the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early if you want to stay on campus!

    In three sentences

    UT Austin has some of the most talented educators that I've ever encountered, and I attended a public high school that was rated in the top 1% of the nation. Come prepared to learn a lot here! UT has turned its large size into a plus rather than a minus; there are clubs for everything imaginable, TA review sessions for the larger lecture sizes, and a great community feeling in each of its dorms.

  • 10/18/2012

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    In three sentences

    the campus is really pretty. You can walk around and there are a lot of fun things. Austin is really pretty.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are self defense courses and an emergency button tower on every corner

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin so the list is endless!

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety and a buffet!

    Dorm Life

    Convenient and clean

    Academic Rigor

    It's not supposed to be easy in the first place, but it's only as hard as you make it on yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the extra help and tutoring UT offers on campus

    In three sentences

    When they mean keep Austin weird, they mean it! I love this school so much and can't imagine myself anywhere else. This is always something going on and the professors are amazingly awesome!

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The cops here are really friendly and always willing to help out no matter what it is.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you can imagine is here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turttle pond is nice and relaxing place to be at for the day

    Bang for the buck

    Everything her is really expensive. So sometimes it is better to go to HEB and make your own food.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you like to do is available here. If not you and your friend can create it.

    Food and Dining

    If your a true Mexican you will be sad all the Mexican food here is nasty. It nothing but white versions of Mexican food.

    Dorm Life

    Its amazing you are practically living on your own. New friends new life new everything.

    Academic Rigor

    Its might be tough but all you have to do is put in the work and you can achieve anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply on time to get the max amount of help. Join Organizations so it looks good. Become close to your professors.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing campus and feels like home. Everyone here is really friendly and fun to hang out with. I wouldn't trade this school for anything else.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT has their own police department. It's a very safe campus.

    What to do for fun

    UT has it's own bowling alley! It's so much fun, and they have their own theater. Football games are a must, and there are always student sponsored events.

    Food and Dining

    UT has food EVERYWHERE!! Not only do they have their own dining, they also have various fast food restaurants located around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoy staying on campus. You have access to so many resources.

    Academic Rigor

    The work here is no joke, but it's all doable if you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help. The faster you realize that people are there to help you, the better off your college career will be. You should go to tutoring, form study groups, and most importantly ATTEND OFFICE HOURS!!!

    In three sentences

    This university is difficult; however, I wouldn't want to earn my degree from any other university. UT Austin offers so many programs and free tutoring that there is no excuse for failure. I love it here.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT is so open to the surrounding community. You can usually see UTPD around but there are still some sketchy people walking around. If you just be smart, use the buddy system and remain alert you shouldn't encounter any problems.

    Greek Life

    UT is full of Greek life. There are ups and downs, but for the most part it's all in good fun. There have been incidents but you just have to make sure you try to be some one you aren't. African-American Greek organizations are substantially smaller but what they lack in quantity is made up in quality.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations on campus and you can easily start another one.

    Great for these types of students

    There's a place for everyone here, you just have to find it.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you get more per dollar being a resident, only because out-of-state fees are a killer. Still, there are a magnitude of resources for UT students. If you work hard, you'll learn a lot and have plenty of opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    It's hard to be bored in Austin. There are so many places to go. Or you can wonder aimlessly and it'll still be fun. There's the Drag, 6th street, and S. Congress. There's no such thing as a dull weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing compares to a home cooked meal but, there are some decent places to eat on campus. Having the Drag literally steps away, means there's always good food to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There's tons of fun to be had in any of the residence halls but community bathrooms are a bummer. Since housing is always a fuss, most people end up with a community bath. Just make sure to research the places you want to live in advance.

    Academic Rigor

    There are no easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about applying here, be sure to do your research first. Make sure you like the environment, the hills, the crazy Austinites. Also, know that there is rarely such thing as an easy class here. You have to put in work for practically everything. Also, do your housing early or you'll be S.O.L.

    In three sentences

    I entered the University of Texas at Austin during the fall of 2012 and so far, so great. The school is huge so if you prefer a small, tight-knit community then this may not be the place for you. However, there are plenty of ways to make it feel smaller by joining one of the many groups on campus. For the most part, people are friendly and helpful. Also, you'll never be bored in Austin.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Naturally, being in a city there are some risks, but campus police are very prevalent, there are blue light telephones all over campus, and there is a service that can walk you home at night if you are alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prevalent on this campus. About 12% of guys and 15% of girls are involved in sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT Austin has hundreds of clubs, possibly a coupe thousand! If you still can't find something you want, all you need is $10 and a few friends and you can make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student with a capacity to think critically and work hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year before the UT vs. OU game, we have a Torch Light Parade that ends at the tower where we have a pep rally. We also have a Hex Rally for what used to be the UT vs. A&M game, and this year is TCU.

    Bang for the buck

    I know that college is expensive, but I feel that the education I am receiving here is well worth the monetary investment.

    What to do for fun

    In Austin? Everything! You wanna see a play? We got that. You wanna go to a concert? We're the Live Music Capitol Of The World. You wanna shop locally? There is no shortage of places to Keep Austin Weird.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls provide a great variety of choices for students. Be aware that they are only open during meal times, and plan your schedule accordingly!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms very by which one you live in. Some are as small as shoe boxes, others are spacious. There are options for all girls, all boys, co-ed, community bath, or suite style bath.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here at UT are incredible and world renowned! We were recently named one of the Public Ivies, meaning for a public university price, you can get an Ivy League level education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing when you apply for admission! Apply early if you are not in the top 8% of your class.

    In three sentences

    The city is vibrant and alive. The school spirit is so thick on game day you can almost taste it. The academics are incredible!

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT is one of the highest ranked universities when it comes to campus safety. As a small female, I feel safe walking around campus at night. There are emergency poles visible from nearly every point in campus, and if you are not feeling safe, you can call SureWalk to have both a male and female escort you.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT has more than 1,000 clubs. This includes Student Government, Educational, Cultural, Political, Professional, Recreational, Religious, Service, and Social Groups. If your special interest doesn't already exist, though, all it takes is three people and $10 to start a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal students, those wanting to find diversity, challenge seekers, and those wishing to better themselves and the world will thrive in this environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT is known for its squirrel population, but there is one Albino Squirrel that is a well known mascot. The legend is that if you see the Albino Squirrel right before a test, you are guaranteed an A!

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition for UT is a great deal because you're going to one of the top universities for a relatively cheap price.

    What to do for fun

    Seeing as Austin is the live music capital of that world, there are always new bands, artists, and sounds coming out of various venues. Many are free or cheap, at restaurants and dance clubs. 6th street is great for the 21 and older crowd, if you're in to clubbing. There are dance halls and museums, parks and trails, and a multitude of activities in the city as well as around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have just about everything you could want, from buffets to deli shops, and everything in between. The only downside is the hours of operation. Unfortunately, because most of the markets on campus hire student workers, the hours don't necessarily accommodate your schedule. Fortunately, this is what the Drag is for. The Drag is Guadalupe street, that has everything from Vietnamese noodle houses to Jack in the Box. Many of these places are also open after midnight or are 24 hours.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life as Freshmen is the hub of social interaction. These are the people with whom you'll interact with on a daily basis. They can be some of your best friends, study buddies, romantic interests, and mentors. One of the best things about the dorm life is all the community activities. UT does an exceptional job of setting up events to help create these bonds. For an incoming Freshman, the dorm life is highly recommended.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of your academic life will mostly be calculated depending on which courses you choose to enroll in. Like most universities, there will be extraordinarily difficult classes that you have to study 15-20 hours a week just to pass. However, there will also be courses where you never need to crack open the textbook in order to get an A. For the most part, UT does an excellent job of providing challenging, interactive courses to facilitate the garnering of knowledge for all the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply for housing early! It fills up quickly and supplemental housing usually has negative reviews. Don't be afraid to get involved. There are more than 1,000 clubs and organizations ranging from ballroom dancing to religious service clubs. The more you put into the University, the more you'll get out of your four years here!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has become a phenomenal and caring home for thousands of students. It has succeeded in providing academic, extracurricular, and social services beyond my wildest dreams. The friendly atmosphere and rigorous course load is more than anything you could ask for in a University and home away from home.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The city as a whole is always secured by police officers and they even have horses to keep the city secure.

    Clubs and Activities

    6th street has different bars and clubs that are really fun and unique.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Zilker park for a beautiful picnic. The Capitol is a place full of history and serves as an inspiration when you feel stressed out. A walk in dowtown is the perfect combination for a great evening. Visit UT, you'll be amazed of the architecture and history that surrounds the school. Visit the different museums.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is one of the best universities of the nation, don't take for granted the opportunity to attend here. This university requires hard work but at the end it is worth it.

    In three sentences

    The best University ever. One of the most inspiring places I've ever been. Everyone is a winner here.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    I've heard it's hard, but coming from a difficult high school, this excites me :)

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police help booths everywhere and roaming officers. Campus is guaranteed to be safe and if a student is going off campus, they usually bring a friend to help them.

    Greek Life

    I have no joined a fraternity, but my roommate is in a fraternity and I have gone to the parties. The Greek life is crazy from what I have seen. They have so many events and collaborations with other fraternities and sororities that I can not imagine myself having time for them. A tip is to also not join your first semester to get accustomed to college life, so maybe I'll join one next semester to see what the hype is about.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT hosts over 900 clubs. Whether it be student government, rowing, basketball, gaming, anime, engineering, there is a club that is suited for an incoming student. If not, all a student has to do is have ten bucks and two other people, and a club can be formed.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wants to work for there future, meet great connections in life, and also have a memorable college experience should definitely come to UT. There is no words to describe it, so students should come to experience it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a famous picture of a frog saying hello on the wall of Thai Spice. I always find it very interesting. There is also a lot of school traditions such as Gone to Texas, the lighting of the UT tower if a game is won, and the UT spirit in general. There is also the Littlefield fountain that is gorgeous to be at during the nighttime and just so many places to see.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that the price is definitely worth it for the school's reputation, social experience, and resources that the school provides. The college even has a meal plan that helps students learn how to maintain money called Bevo bucks.

    What to do for fun

    There is too much to do for fun. Many volunteer activities to raise money for the army, cancer, or any charity. There are always sporting events to go to and cheer for the UT team that will obviously win. Parties pop up every three seconds so you can always find one happening. Sixth street is the most amazing nightlife ever. The street is crowded with college students and people ready to relieve the stress from studying for midterms and college in general. If you want time to relax on campus, there is the Union that contains karaoke, bowling, and even laser tag. Many things to do for fun on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many types of food to eat in Austin. The dining room experience is great at first because it has a lot of variety and it is also a buffet, but then it eventually becomes boring. When not in the mood for the dining hall however, Guadalupe street, or the Drag, contains many pizza places, burger joints, Asian cuisine, and pita wraps and is literally right next to campus. There are no limits on food choice at UT.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome and convenient. I am currently live in the Andrews Honors Quad. Everyone is extremely social and there are always dorm events to attend with free food! Classes are so close that you can also get there even if you have five minutes left.

    Academic Rigor

    College is extremely more difficult than high school and it is definitely making me study as much as possible. Getting that B is not challenging, go to class everyday, pay attention, and do your homework, but getting an A is a completely different category. You must go beyond your limits, think outside of the box, and put time to earn that 4.0.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved when you come to UT. The university holds one of the largest amount of clubs in the US, so there is always a club that is interested in your talents. Time manage to study and have fun, and never be afraid to meet new people. Great place to be!

    In three sentences

    The university is excellent in every field imaginable. The school is very diverse, friendly, and huge, with plenty of space to make friends and study. I love the study environment as well as the challenges that UT offers me.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I haven't tried many places to eat, but there are a lot of restaurants around. There's something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've read about academics at UT is that you have to know how to balance your education and activities. It depends on how you apply yourself to your studies to be successful, and not letting your social life outweigh your education.

    In three sentences

    UT is a beautiful and grand campus. People are friendly, I am not a student attending the school (yet!) but I felt like I belonged there. UT seems exciting and I can't wait to be apart of it.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is definitely steep but if you exploit the school, you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    So many organizations and clubs that it is hard NOT to find one that you'll love.

    Food and Dining

    While the food is good, it is very pricey and greasy.

    Dorm Life

    It's loud and noisy at all hours, but its by far the best way to meet people and become acquainted with your surroundings.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a difficult and challenging University, with professors who expect nothing less than your best effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    To be successful at a large institution you definitely need to be self-motivated and determined. Things are not handed to you in college, much less at this University, however, with effort and patience, you will find all the opportunities you will need to succeed.

    In three sentences

    While it is a big institution, if you know where to look you can always find the best help. I am part of the College of Liberal Arts and a former student of the College of Natural Sciences. It has been my experiences that some colleges are nicer and more cooperative than others, otherwise its a great educational experience all around.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD is alert and ready for action. There are a number of emergency systems all over campus that have a button that can be pushed and UTPD is directly contacted.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities to get involved with. These groups enjoy partying, but somehow keep up with grades.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Longhorn Band has a powerful presence across campus because of their nonstop energy and flawless performance ability. Many varying student organizations provide opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for any race, any interest, and any religion. The campus is very diverse so everyone fits in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hex Rally is an annual spirit assembly before the Thanksgiving day game. The Longhorn Band plays some songs, Pom performs a dance, and the football players share their enthusiasm.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, UT offers so many beneficial opportunities while helping you achieve a degree that's going to look really good in the job search.

    What to do for fun

    You're in Austin. There's endless activities to do from shopping, ice skating, seeing movies in theater to music festivals, marathons, sport events, and dance clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The UT campus is surrounded by restaurants that are typically superb quality. Although the close restaurants tend to be pricey, a little farther down the road is equal quality food with a more affordable price.

    Dorm Life

    Being close to campus is definitely recommended because it takes 15 minutes to walk across campus anyway. I stayed at Dobie which had a decent meal plan, excellent proximity to campus, and I have met some really awesome people. Although noisy at times, this was a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes and the professors, the rigor can range. However, some professors give chances to redeem some grades. Late assignments are not excepted, but sufficient time is given before the assignment is due.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attending study sessions, office hours, and tutoring sessions are there to help you. These opportunities are vital to learning the best you can; therefore, I encourage you to take advantage of these.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin opens many doors to countless opportunities. Although known for high academic standards and exceptional post-college job opportunities, UT offers many, many clubs for all sorts of interests, religions, and activities. Academically, there are many services and groups that are willing to help you in your success.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin is a great city. There are so many unique stores and venues to go to. My favorite thing to do in my free time is catch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or walk around Zilker Park!

    Food and Dining

    Campus has the most amazing food, although it isn't the most affordable. If you are planning to be on campus for a majority of the day pack snacks to keep you fueled!

    Dorm Life

    I wasn't a huge fan of dorm life. After my freshman year I moved off campus and got an apartment. Some people just aren't ment for small spaced living.

    Academic Rigor

    You must apply yourself. College is a big transition compared to highschool. Your professors expect alot more from you so studying is important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard but most importantly don't be afraid to make friends and join clubs- that is the best way to get involved!

    In three sentences

    I love the Austin campus. It is full of devoted students and professors who highly value their students future.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus safety texts sent to all students if there is a threat. There are police poles all over campus that you can hit if you feel like you are being followed or are scared. At orientation advisers go over several safety procedures. I feel like Austin is an extremely safe city even though I know it is just as dangerous as any big city in America. I feel very comfortable though.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally in Greek life but there are always multiple parties that are decked out to the max. You can tell a frat bot or sorority girl from a mile away. They seem to be a tight knit group and everyone I know that is a part of one loves it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of different clubs on campus for anything you could possibly imagine. It is really cool. There is really a place for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for students from small towns without a lot of diversity because it shows you a whole new world. It is also for driven individuals who really want to make something out of their degree. There are so many connections that can be made in Austin for any profession.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We usually have the hex rally when we played A&M but now we have it when we play TCU. It's a really cool pep rally. If you see the albino squirrel before a test you get an A (supposedly).

    Bang for the buck

    It is not as expensive as everyone makes it out to be. I mean, it is very costly but so is every other D1 university in Texas. There is financial help everyone and it is more than worth the education and experiences you receive.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is the best town ever. There is always live music and concerts every week. South Congress street has festivals and marketplaces with homemade goods. There are always frat parties and there are banquets and dances to attend. I go to Midnight Rodeo for a mix of country and hi[-hop dancing.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of fast food as well as healthy food on campus and several places to get it. It is over priced though. If you live at most dorms they feed you so that's an up to living on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I would recommend Scottish Rite Dorms to any girl going to UT. It has the best food on campus and an amazingly friendly atmosphere. The main dorm is Jester and it has a really good location on campus, but if there is any way to avoid living there I would do it.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very challenging university but there is free tutoring on campus and professors are always willing to help. There are classes that are impossible to pass as well as easy A's, and almost every class I've ever taken has curved the grades dramatically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go over all the materials before your class so you know that the professors are talking about. They go very quickly. Join at least one organization to meet people. Austin is very eccentric and there is a place for everyone.

    In three sentences

    The classes are usually fairly large but the professors make an effort to see you individually if you need it. It's an amazing school that challenges you but also has so many opportunities to try new things. Austin is an amazing city and I recommend UT to everyone.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety really isn't an issue on campus; the most common crime seems to be bike theft. The police are great, and I have always felt safe walking at night which I definitely didn't expect.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at UT is pretty prominent; there's a multitude of sororities and fraternities, and they're pretty active. It's not a school where being in Greek life is essential for making friends or having a social life though. Most of the people I know aren't in sororities or fraternities, and they're just fine. Also, spirit groups are a great alternative; they aren't as intense or expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT has an immense variety of organizations because of its size; there's a club for pretty much everything, so it won't be hard to find something that you're interested in. There's an organization fair that has a bunch of information at the beginning of each semester near the tower and near Gregory Gym, so going to those definitely will help you see your options. FLO has a great reputation, but I haven't heard a whole lot about other organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is a top-ranked, highly competitive school, and the fact that tuition is only $10,000 a year is pretty awesome. It's fairly expensive to live in Austin compared to other places, but it's worth it because of how good the school is and how fun it is to live in downtown Austin.

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin. You can do pretty much anything you want! Sixth Street is good on Thursday nights; Fridays and Saturdays are when most of the frat and apartment parties are. Also, South Congress is a great area, and there are awesome concerts in Austin all the time; you just have to look. Simply hanging out in people's dorm rooms is fun too. Sports are awesome at UT, and getting an LASP (a sports package) is pretty inexpensive considering it gives you access to every sports game (for football, you have to stand in line a few days before the game to get tickets, but for other sports you can just go to the game). People at UT are rarely bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than I expected; there's a good variety to choose from, but of course it is cafeteria food, so don't expect it to be as good as homemade food or anything. It's a little expensive which can be annoying, but after a while you'll learn what the best values are. J2 and Kinsolving are the buffets, and they're good for when you want a lot of food for very little money.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is awesome. I live in San Jacinto, and the environment is very friendly. Most people are really good friends with other people in the dorm, and the location is nice because it's right next to the football stadium and because it's pretty quiet (except for on game day).

    Academic Rigor

    UT is extremely challenging, but there is tons of help available. The amount of work is less than in high school because in college, busy work and work that simply takes up time with no benefit is totally eliminated. It's more difficult and complicated work than in high school though and is more fast-paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    I've learned in this first semester to take classes that I'm good at and that I'm interested in. I started out with the intent of getting a science degree even though writing has always been my strong point, and I quickly learned that the best idea is to play to my strengths. If you do that, you'll most likely be successful. Also, make sure you do stuff. That sounds very vague, but it just means don't sit in your room and wait for people to come be friends with you. My first day of college, I got invited to go to a soccer game, and I ended up making a few of my best friends there. Also, make sure that you study a little bit at a time; it's a lot easier than trying to learn everything the week of the test.

    In three sentences

    I'm extremely happy at UT - the fact that it's a huge college intimidated me a bit at first, but it definitely doesn't feel overwhelming. It's easy to make friends in the dorms, and although most classes are huge, professors and TAs are readily available through office hours and email - it isn't difficult at all to get help if you need it. I love that every different aspect of UT is highly ranked and that it doesn't cost much for all the benefits that you get.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Coming from a small town, campus safety was a big factor for me when it came to narrowing down my choice for a school. UTPD sends out text alerts and emails to students when there is a threat to keep an eye out for on campus, and there is also a daily email you can subscribe to to know what crimes, big or small, have been committed on campus. Also, for students who feel uncomfortable walking at night, perhaps from a late night of studying at the library back to the dorm, there is a group you can call to escort you to your dorm. They are students just like you, and even at 1 in the morning, somehow manage to be chirpy and more than happy to walk you back home.

    Greek Life

    There is not much I can say about Greek life because I didn't and do not plan on rushing. I would never bash sorority or fraternity life, but I've always seen it as paying to have friends. I mean this in the least harsh way as possible! I do have friends who are in Greek programs and they love it, it can be expensive, but I've yet to hear other complaints. I believe one needs to understand that Greek life is not all about partying or just fun, there are sororities/ fraternities wholly based upon community service, religion, the arts (etc.) and you don't always have to live in the same house. You can very well be in a sorority/frat if you live away from the group in your own dorm or apt.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs and student organizations to get involved with. From spirit to community service groups, there is something that applies to your personality. Despite the dues some may come with, they are rewarding in that they give you life outside the stress that comes with studying. The people you meet through students orgs and activities will become of your best friends.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for students are enthusiastic about learning, confident, and open-minded. If you have these traits, you can handle whatever UT throws at you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some fun traditions on campus that I've been able to make are the Big Yell, Gone to Texas (for incoming freshmen), the Torchlight Rally (before the OU vs Texas game) and the Hex rally. These are similar to pep rallies, but far different from your high school ones. They're even more spirited, school pride is contagious, you'll find cheering at the top of your lungs and catch yourself doing the hook 'em sign without realizing it from time to time.

    Bang for the buck

    If by bang for the buck this means will you get your money's worth, then YES, very much so. This is hard for me to admit, I am from no wealthy family. Instead a middle class that has always worked hard for what we have so attending this school has been a pretty penny to spend for both my family and I, but the experience and education I've gained in just my first semester here has proved it all well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There should be no reason why someone should say they're bored while at UT. There is always something going on on campus, and the best ways to know of what's happening is subscribing to the KnowEvents email the university sends out. There are many places to meet up with friends on campus, but for the most fun to have on campus, I suggest getting involved with a student organization of some sort. Through mine, Texas Student Television, my first semester in college has been great fun and I have made friends I can see having for the rest of my life.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining has been great thus far, I've yet to see something to pick at. There are a variety of eateries throughout the campus, and also many different meals to choose from. All the food is fresh, and now with the Division of Housing and Food Services' recent partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, there is to be more environmentally efficient waste disposing in the upcoming year.

    Dorm Life

    There are many residence halls to choose from at the UT campus, including all-girl and all-boy halls. Every residence hall is very well kept, and the RA's and custodians are extremely helpful and kind. Residence halls with a dining hall or market inside them are an incentive in that you don't have to travel far for lunch or for some little groceries. My dorm life has been a great experience thus far, and I even plan to live in a residence hall for the next two years, and be an RA my junior year.

    Academic Rigor

    Along with sports, this is a university known internationally for academics. At first I struggled with the idea of whether I belonged here or not, when truth is, if you receive an acceptance letter, or better yet automatic admission, it means you're supposed to attend. Universities don't just accept anyone, they truly want the best of the best. A negative of this university is that it is a tad pricey, however the education far exceeds expectation. If you came from a school where you did not have study to much for an exam, but still did relatively well come test time, you might be in for a rude awakening. I was, and it did not take me long to realize that I would have to change up my study habits to keep up in class. In short, yes the education is far more difficult and intense that in high school, however it is well worth it. I'm seeing the benefits already and it's only been my first semester in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    For whatever college you plan to intend, it is very important to begin developing good study habits while in high school. In college, there are far more distractions, so find out what study settings work for you now. Also, I also advise that prospective students begin shadowing those who are in the career they plan to pursue, and of course begin applying for scholarships. There are scholarships for everyone of every personality; it is never too early to apply! Finally, anyone could tell you the great things to do and see about the campus, but actually seeing it and walking amongst students on campus can make the difference. Touring the campus is what made me finally decide on UT, so my biggest advice is to register for one of the many campus tours. These tips I believe, will help make for a smoother transition from high school or another college to this or a similar university.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I rate the University of Texas a solid ten. Of course, I am a tad biased, after all this is my school, however it is undeniably true that what starts here changes the world. There are a sea of opportunities here for all sorts of students, everyday there is something inspiring.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Barton Creek Mall is a fun place to go and on Guadalupe St. there are tons of small stores and places to eat.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to choose from with great variety of types of food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on the dorms but I have friends that do, they generally like it but some of them have had problems with their roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of work much more than high school but eventually you get used to it and adapt. But it isn't one of the best University's in the world for nothing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends because you can help each other out. Things you know they might know and things they know you might not know. Also try to become friends with your TA's because they are the one's who grade your papers after all.

    In three sentences

    UT is a challenging University you really learn a lot in such a short period of time. It also gives you a great opportunity to meet people you wouldn't have met otherwise.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I love this city! It's amazing for both academic and extracurricular activities.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off!

    In three sentences

    Challenging, Life-Changing, Wonderful.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The peprallys are always unique and fun experiences.

    Bang for the buck

    In college you definitely learn to bargain shop. Always take advantage of free meals given out periodically around campus. Also look out for free shirts and other giveaways.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus. Make sure to make friends and get involved and you should never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets boring but it isn't disgusting as some may suspect. There is surprisingly a very good variety of items to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not as bad as people make them out to be. Of course there are always horror stories about dorms but they are actually very convenient. You can roll out of bed literally thirty minutes before class and make it to class in time becuase there are no worries about driving or traffic.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is rigorous but it is never dull. Students learn so much interesting information that they will carry with them forever. College is completely different than high school because students learn that studying is mandatory in order to succeed. Just make sure to read the syllabus and get used to the professor's way of teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to start learning your class material as soon as possible, tests will sneak up on you quick.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a great place to attend college. It tests your limits and teaches you, not only about your future ambition, but about who you are as a person. This University is enjoyable to attend.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are so many restaurants on the Drag (Guadalupe) and within the campus itself. Both Unions have restaurants and there are food carts within campus. The main dining halls are Kinsolving and J2 (Jester). These are buffets. Jester also has JCL, which is similar to Cypress Bend and Little Field.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in dorms like San Jacinto and Duren differ heavily from Jester, Kinsolving, and the like, and Honors Quads. From what I've heard it's harder to meet people in San Jac and Duren than it is in Jester. The quality of dorm in San Jac and Duren, however, are much nicer. Jester East has the renovated dorms, and they can be just as nice as San Jac and Duren.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you take. I am a biochemistry major, so my courses that are required for the degree plan are relatively tough. It also depends heavily on the professor with whom you take the course.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Union is a good place to go if you are hungry or bored. They have a couple of fast food joints and a bowling hall and pool tables downstairs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn study habits if you don't already have some. Make new friends it makes the experience a whole lot better.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is an amazing school. Its academics are excellent and rigorous. The atmosphere makes you feel at home.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They offer self-defense classes for women and SUREWalk, to walk students to on-campus locations at night. It would be wise to sign up for the campus text alerts and emails.

    Great for these types of students

    Ones seeking diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hex Rally, the Albino Squirrel, Gone To Texas

    What to do for fun

    The Drag, Downtown, The Blanton Art Museum, numerous concert venuew

    Food and Dining

    Vegetarian options are offered and the department is constantly working to make the food healthier and locally grown.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are pretty small, but most of the time people are respectful. I would recommend it for at least your first year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic quality is pretty good. It is a research institution, so there are plenty of conferences, talks, screenings, etc happening. Like most schools, it is the connections you make with professors and effort you put into the school work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out FIG programs, Explore the various clubs, Ask about certain honor programs, Affiliate yourself with people in your major

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPD makes me feel safe at night.

    Greek Life

    Tons of sororities and fraternities to join. That's for sure.

    Great for these types of students

    Science majors will love UT Austin.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Turtle Pond is a great place to relax. There's also a giant turtle in it. Lure him up with pizza crusts. My friends and I have named him Ragnarok.

    Bang for the buck

    A state school with high ranks and grand prestige. The Engineering school is consistently ranked high amongst (and above) Ivy League educations.

    What to do for fun

    A bus will get you anywhere in Austin, and UT students ride free. Take the bus downtown, to South Congress, and, of course, to 6th Street. Just be careful, all of Austin isn't campus - it's still a city.

    Food and Dining

    Kinsolving is the best college food I've ever had. A great value, and there's always the restaurants on the drag or a bus ride away. Always something to eat in Austin!

    Dorm Life

    I recommend Whitis Court as the ideal dorm. Spacious rooms, and one can form close ties with their neighbors. All in all, a great place to start. (Whitis Court houses the Residential FIG program)

    Academic Rigor

    The academics in the beginning may be a little daunting, but it's quite possible to succeed if you have your mind in the right place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get everything turned in on time. I see too many students miss deadlines for housing, scholarships, and more. They're deadlines. Heed them.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is my home. I'm an Aerospace Engineering student moving into Mechanical Engineering, and I plain love it here. The classes are challenging, but the social life is alive in Austin. The sports are exciting, and the pep rallies are amazing.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    6th Street, walk around campus, dorm life events, younglife

    Food and Dining

    Food is incredible. Almost any type of food you want, you can find.

    Dorm Life

    San Jacinto is the best dorm... private bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Don't get behind on your studies. They have a plus/minus system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet people!

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing city with many opportunities. You will learn about so many new things just living around just a vast majority of people. The spirit at this university is unlike any other.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always the drag to go to. I have been doing community service with Lion's Club all over Austin! There's also tons of music here.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can carve out your niche here, but you gotta be able to compete and work with many people.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely awe inspiring! I couldn't have picked a better place to go.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always put your safety first in the big city of Austin. It is a unique city full of not only college students, so campus police and friends are alway available to your assistance in any situation.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is huge on this campus and is great to be involved in. There are tons of different sororities and fraternities that will help you make friends, get involved in the community and make connections!

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently on the UT Pom Squad which is considered a collegiate athlete dance program. We go to football and basketball games and make appearance to various vendors. If you dance or cheer and interested in continueing it in college, this isa great program to try out for!

    Great for these types of students

    TIP program is a type of honors program which is highly recommended for incoming freshman. After being admitted into the program, they provide you with smaller classes, tutoring, and mentor groups that will help you over the course of your freshman year. It is a competitve program but very useful in your heavy course load no matter what your major!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turtle pond is not discussed very much in the longhorn must-see places, however this pond, in the middle of campus, is home to 25+ turtles and provide much entertainment. It is a peaceful area and my favorite place to study or visit along with many other students on campus!

    What to do for fun

    When you are not 21 and can not experience 6th street safely, find great restaurants nearby. Austin is filled with new and exciting places not provided anywhere else. Mozarts and Hopdoddy's are just a couple ideas for casual dates with friends and weekend adventures! Lake Austin is also a great place to go have fun and enjoy the sun!!

    Food and Dining

    After awhile, where you are living, the food becomes repetitive and it is hard to stay healthy with many unhealthy choices availabe. Finding the right dorm and meal plan is important because this is what you are stuck with the next year or so. Bevo bucks allow you to eat in vairous places in campus and even on the drag in Austin. It is convenient and easy!

    Dorm Life

    Staying in a dorm, especially your freshman year, is highly recommended. You meet tons of new people and experience the crazy college life everyone dreams about. It jump starts your involvement in the University. It pushes your limits with a roomate and public bathrooms. This is a great way to figure out different living styles preferred on campus and to make connections right away.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a competitive school. No doubt the course work is difficult and the time spent studying increases drastically. However, it is manageable. It may be hard and tests may seem impossible but put the time and work into preparing and you will achieve great things. Finding study groups help and office hours with professors are definitely recommended.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students need to get INVOLVED. It can be overwhelming at first with thousands of clubs and organizations to join including Greek life, religious or social affiliations, school clubs and so much more. But find something you are interested in and join! It can open many doors for your future, whether its meeting new friends or making important connections for your education. Take the initiative to open up to the city of Austin and prepare yourself for a whole new world!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas provides many opportunities and unique experience in the city of Austin. The longhorn tradition is powerful and inviting to all genders, ethnicity, and religions. Overall, this University is top ranked with a beautiful campus and the best education which will carry you far into the future.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT Police are ever-present, and there's always other people around. I've never once felt unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are ridiculous amounts of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    The school's so big, anyone can find something here. Although, for a Computer Science student, it's one of the best schools in the country, in a city at the center of the Tech Industry. Networking opportunities abound, starting salaries are high, and recent graduate unemployment is lower.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not much for the traditions really. You'll hear Hook 'em a lot though. In regards to location, the Student Activity Center is great for food and coffee. There are 17 libraries to cater to your research needs. The campus is really quite beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're coming from in-state, the education is a ridiculously good value. I believe it's about 8-9k per year for some of the best post-secondary schooling in the nation, and easily the best in Texas.

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin, live music capital of the world. There are three major music festivals annually, and Sixth St. always has live music of some sort. There's always something going on. My idea of fun though, is more along the lines of jamming with some people and playing video games. And again, it's Austin, so there are a lot of musicians and a lot of nerds available to do these things with. There's honestly something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Tremendous variety, and most of it's good, even the generic dining halls. The lines are quick, the coffee's strong, and there a ton of options all across campus. There's two Chick-fil-a's, a Wendy's, a Starbuck's, two all-you-can-eat places, and plenty more options, way too many to list. And there are also a lot of off-campus options, though I don't know much about those.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, though I've heard there's at least a decent dorm life. There are lots of things that go on on-campus, and there plenty of parties available to distract you from your studies. Dorm living is by far the best option for freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Getting an A in a course is not impossible, but you will have to work quite hard for it. There is not much busy work and all of the homework I've been assigned has been relevant to the class and has been helpful to understanding the material. You will likely feel swamped at a few points throughout the year, but it never feels like your work is just busy work, which I'm quite grateful for.

    Tips for prospective students

    If at all possible, be in the top 8% of your high school class, which means automatic admission for Texas students. Otherwise, GPA and test scores. Test scores, test scores, test scores. Take the SAT and ACT multiple times and send your best scores. Take APs offered at your high school. Rigorous coursework is more important than good grades. Also, UT offers little in the way of financial aid for middle to upper income students, even if your parents aren't paying your way. That said, in-state tuition is cheap and loans are worth it, especially if you're majoring in something with a high starting salary, such as CS or engineering. In addition, don't bring your car. Parking is expensive and inconvenient. On the other hand, public transportation is free with your UT ID card and it's actually pretty good.

    In three sentences

    The academics are top notch; UT is especially well-known for its computer science program, engineering college, and communications college. The professors are passionate about their subjects and care about student understanding. Austin, with its live music, festivals, restaurants, and diverse culture, is the quintessential college town.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a newsletter that lets you know about any crime on campus. It's usually pretty funny.

    Greek Life

    Parties all the time. I usually avoid them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved. There's a club for pretty much any hobby or interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal and creative.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The albino squirrel spotting. If you spot it, the next exam you have will be passed...

    Bang for the buck

    Yes!

    What to do for fun

    Pretty much anything. West campus has most of the college parties. Drink responsively and when you're of age.

    Food and Dining

    So many places to eat. Keep a budget.

    Dorm Life

    Busy and social. Try Jester.

    Academic Rigor

    I actually enjoy studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and stay involved. Make friends in various schools.

    In three sentences

    This university is diverse. I enjoy the private school feel with a mixture of the big university team spirit. There are many student organizations with passionate student leadership.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    You have a variety of choices of meals. However, its nothing too extravagant. Its a huge upgrade from the traditional college thought meal of Ramen though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! As a freshman, you should definitely choose in-campus dorm. It is a chance to meet new people, and increase your network of people.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student in Electrical Engineering, keeping up with the coursework is really difficult. Despite the difficulty, the professors are there to help you in every way possible for you to understand the materials.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a remarkable school that help students reach their potential. However, the path you are going to take will not be an easy one. Overall, the things you learn will help you in your career path.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though I am still relatively hesitant to walk outside alone at night, there are so many students that stay out late and there are also different services that students can call late at night if they feel unsafe. I even keep the UT police in my phone handy if I feel that I ever need to call them. We also get text message updates about siren testing or any potential threats on campus so I always feel like I am in the know about safety.

    Greek Life

    I myself am not involved in Greek life but I have many friends who are. Sometimes the partying can go a little overboard, but all in all, it is easy to avoid Greek life if you so choose to, or get involved if that is what you want as well. It's ultimately what you make of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs and organizations on campus than I can even begin to think of. There are the more general ones that are likely seen at other universities (environmental club, college democrats/republicans, etc.) as well as very specific ones (i.e., My Little Pony lovers). There's something here for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek-life oriented students, artsy and hip students, students who are academically focused

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an urban legend that if you see an albino squirrel on campus the day of a quiz or an exam, you will get a 100. I still have yet to see this infamous squirrel!

    Bang for the buck

    Completely worth the money to attend school here. For a public school, UT offers so much to its students and I feel like I am getting the education I deserve here.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is such a unique city and there are so many things to do both on and off campus here. I have been to more concerts and music festivals than ever before, as well as trying different types of food or going kayaking on the lake. There is never a dull day in Austin!

    Food and Dining

    I'll go ahead and say 3 stars instead of 2 because hey, at least we're being fed. I'm a vegetarian so it's naturally harder for me to find places that accommodate for my diet, but even my meat-eating friends struggle with food options here. At least Austin has plenty to offer in terms of fun and eclectic food- that is, if you're willing to spend at least $10 per meal.

    Dorm Life

    I have made some of my closest friends in my dorm here. When you're living in such close proximity to other people, it's hard not to make friends this easily. The size of the dorms and maintenance are also manageable. No cockroaches or rodents crawling around in my room!

    Academic Rigor

    Even though I'm not an engineer or in the business school (two notoriously rigorous programs at UT), I would say that my workload is fairly rigorous. UT only accepts students who are capable of succeeding here, so the bar is raised pretty high in terms of academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive! UT is a huge school with tons of opportunities for everyone here. It's easy to fall into a routine of only going to class each day, but the more you look around campus, the more you'll find.

    In three sentences

    At first, I was wary of coming to UT since I was a transfer student and I was intimidated by the size of the student body. One semester later, I can safely say that I have already started to make the most of my time here and that size isn't an issue anymore. UT has so much to offer in terms of academics and recreation, and I am proud to call myself a longhorn.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This University is fairly cheap and is providing an amazing education.

    What to do for fun

    I go kayaking on the weekends, go to the lake and explore Austin.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great, but is the only down side of UT.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are quiet but a lot of fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Take a large amount of time to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your TA and go to office hours. Do not procrastinate, plan when you are going to study. Try new things you would usually not do.

    In three sentences

    I love UT Austin. The professors work with you and have taught me a ton. The classes are difficult but very interesting and rewarding.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the casual exceptions of a bomb threat here or there, It's quite a safe campus. The campus safety force is always on patrol, so it's pretty difficult to get away with anything here.

    Greek Life

    Same goes here. Plenty of Sororities and Fraternities to choose from, social or service.

    Clubs and Activities

    Look no further. There are clubs galore here, and there's something for everyone. It gets intense on the first few days of class when representatives are trying to get to everyone with a pamphlet and a koozie.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for anyone, basically. It's a cornucopia of everything anyone ever wanted or wanted to do(bit of an exaggeration, but you should get the point!).

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth the money coming here. If not just for the job opportunities, it's the environment of being in Austin. I come from a small town setting, and Austin is so much more than that!

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations! Also, different companies will sponsor events around campus that provide food and fun while also giving you a chance to mine information for internships and job opportunities. There's almost always something going on on campus or downtown, and everything is just a short bus ride away(free for students!). And if homework is fun for you, then there are plenty of places to chill out and get the job done.

    Food and Dining

    The food provided by the school is quite good. Tailoring to the vast majority of students here, you'd be hard-pressed to not find something to eat that you don't particularly enjoy, and they accomodate well to those who have certain dietary restrictions. With two huge buffet-style dining halls, a la carte eateries, and other well-know restaurants and others not so much, UT Austin has some pretty good grub.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but from what I've heard from others, it's not too terrible. Since I was late to admissions, I didn't get picked to live there, and there's usually a surplus of students trying to get in. Most of the dorms are of normal sizes, and there are few that are pretty roomy. It's not condo-living, but it'll get the job done.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely not an Ivy League school, but don't let that fool you. Lower division courses are meant to weed out those who can't handle the pressure, so you have to be on your game, every day. Some classes have homework, and others don't. The professors here are some of the nicest people, but you have to put the work in or order to stand out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to take a lot of responsibility. When it come to admissions, turn everything in in a timely manner, and when ever you get a chance, don't hold back on making yourself look great. Attend all of your classes, and join as many student organizations as you can.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a great place to study, live, and play. The campus is quite large compared to junior college, but it wasn't a deterrent for coming here. All in all, great school and great people.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Almost everyone on campus is involved in a sorority or a fraternity. Rush typically occurs in the Fall, but many organizations also do Spring rush. If you don't rush as a freshman, you can rush as a sophomore. If you don't lean towards Greek Life, many alternative organizations such as Spirit Groups are also available.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Union (located by The Tower) is a newer building that has various conference rooms, ball rooms, and study lounges on the upper floors, restaurants on the first level, and a bowling alley, pool tables, and air hockey underground. Bevo bucks can be used for all the amenities, and you don't have to be a UT student to go there! It's a great place to bring friends, or to just hang out on weeknights.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition is expensive (especially out of state), UT offers so much that in the end the investment really is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the city! Many students hang out around The Drag (Guadalupe street), which contains many restaurants, boutiques, and stores. West Campus gets pretty live on the weekends, which is where many fraternities, sororities, and upper classmen live. Downtown Austin is also a hot spot on the weekends, but Austin also has many beautiful parks and outdoor locations, so taking a hike up Mt. Bonnell or swimming in the river are just a 15min drive away!

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the food depends on where you go on campus. The best deals are the buffets, located in Kinsolving and the second floor of Jester. While it isn't gourmet cooking, the food is still pretty good in quality, and they make sure to offer vegetarian and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Kinsolving, and I don't mind it at all. The dorms are conveniently located on campus, so getting to class doesn't take 20 minutes. They have security (you have to swipe a card to get into the dorm building), so your parents can rest easy, but they also have study lounges and amenities such as grand pianos, cinemas, and markets.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is a very academically demanding school. Don't be surprised when you're pulling all nighters in the PCL and running on 3 cups of coffee a day. It happens! The feeling of success is completely rewarding, though. If you push yourself and stay on top of things, balancing an academic life and a social life will be a piece of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open. UT offers so many social organizations and opportunities to get involved on campus, and that is the perfect way to make friends and get to know the university and it's people. I came in as a transfer student in the Spring and got involved in clubs that interested me, and it really helped me with my transition to college and being away form home. From meditation to Quidditch, UT has got it all!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is the best thing that has happened to me. While I anticipated feeling completely lost and minuscule in the huge campus, I have never felt more at home. There is so much to do in Austin itself, and being able to immerse yourself into such a distinct culture is truly gratifying. You get a great education on top of an unforgettable college experience!

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin has too many music, entertainment, scenery, volunteer, sports, and other events not to take advantage of them.

    Food and Dining

    Decent food on-campus, amazing food just off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Not hotel-like, but bearable.

    Academic Rigor

    I am taking honors classes, and they are generally a good fit for me. I come from a pretty rigorous high school, and I know that I have been well-prepared to be here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the college you are looking at, because that's the place you're going to be for the next several years. Look at the physical layout of the school, talk to the representatives associated with the fields you are interested in. It's so important to feel that the university you are headed to is interested in your success just as much as they are interested in their own. Also, join a program that makes the university smaller. It's amazing to meet a good group of people interested in things that are similar to what you like.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it and couldn't be more happy to be here. There are so many resources and people to learn about and talk to, to get a feel of all the different kinds of people in the world and where they come from. I am so lucky to be here and can't imagine myself anywhere else.

  • 02/06/2013

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    In three sentences

    I honestly cannot wait to attend UT its such a great school has great programs, state of the art facilities, and is such a large school. I honestly cannot wait to transfer to UT(because i missed the deadline). Go UT!

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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