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  • 05/05/2016

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

    1 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    i was very happy that there were so many starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms seemed very clean.

    Academic Rigor

    this school had all the classes that i was interested in.

    In three sentences

    i visited the campus and loved it.

  • 04/18/2016

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

    2 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus has it's own police department. it has a very safe feel.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early so if there is something missing from an application, there is time to remedy it.

    In three sentences

    the campus is huge and is nestled in an amazing and ever-busy city. the entrance programs to get one acclimated to the college lifestyle seem comprehensive and helpful. from what i've heard from current students, the school is an amazing place to be with wonderful traditions and amazing opportunities.

  • 04/15/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    i'm sure this school is amazing but really??? $25,000 dollars a year? my grandchildren will be paying off my student loans. i'm exaggerating quite a bit but still. i still am trying to attend though.

    Food and Dining

    there are so many food options, so many cafeterias and a market just a few feet from campus. austin, texas is a gift to those in search of good food while in college.

    Dorm Life

    from what i've seen of the dorms they seem a little small. however, that being said, they have everything you need to survive 4 years in college.

    Academic Rigor

    this school has rigorous classes which will push students to their limits but is still do-able.

    In three sentences

    this school seems like an amazing prospect. my only concern is the cost as it may be the only thing that will prevent me from attending. other than that ut is a school with a rich history with a nice location close to the state capital and great views.

  • 04/02/2016

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

    4 of 409

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    this university is going to be amazing. also, it's located on the greenest city in texas. when i graduate from my high school, i am going to attend to it on june 2018

  • 03/28/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is relatively safe. But you do hear of incidents ones a semester.

    Greek Life

    I am not too familiar with this except that the parties are awesome. I remember one year a frat tried to get T-Pain to play at their house.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have almost every club you can think of and if you can't find it you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for almost every type of student since there is something for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    With such a big campus you always discover something new.

    Bang for the buck

    You get awesome professors and there are a lot of things to do, but tuition was just increased for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017

    What to do for fun

    Austin is an amazing city so going out to explore is definitely a fun adventure.

    Food and Dining

    I love Kinsolving is a buffet and its relatively cheap. Plus they have great food.

    Dorm Life

    It is fun specially if you live in a dorm like Whitis Court where you interact and get to know the people who live in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for your classes before they start that way you don't get lost. Also go to one of the many camps that UT offers, I attended an engineering camp and I had the opportunity to get a vibe for the environment.

    In three sentences

    The university has something for everyone whether is a club, degree, or interest. There are many world class professors who are doing research on cutting edge technology. It is located in the best city in Texas.

  • 02/12/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 409

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore South Congress

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike! Almost everyone I saw was on a bike or jogging.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge and spread out but in an amazing and quirky city.

  • 01/27/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 409

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is no shortage of recreation at UT. Gregory Gym includes a track, a rock climbing wall, swimming pools, and standard fitness equipment. The Union Building has an underground bowling alley (which has study rooms in it for some reason). There are also many events that come up on campus periodically. I walked by an outdoor showing of the Avengers a few months ago. Jester has a recreation area in the basement with a ping pong table, pool tables, and televisions. Each residence hall hosts its own events including pizza parties, Super Smash Bros tournaments, and board game nights.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is much better than the food served in high school cafeterias. We have many dining halls that vary in their selection and price. Littlefield Patio Cafe and Cypress Bend arguably offer the tastiest food on campus, but at a higher price. By far the cheapest place to eat is the J2 dining hall, which is a buffet at Jester. Students only have to pay a small fee to eat as much food as they want. However, the quality is not as good. There are many off campus restaurants nearby such as Chipotle, Cane's, and Austin's Pizza.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies between each residence hall. Each dorm has its own unique characteristics. For example, Jester is a lot more like a hotel in its layout, but there's no shortage of food or entertainment on the lower floors. There are dorms that are restricted to either males or females, such as Creekside and Kinsolving. These residence halls also happen to be great for students who prefer a more laid-back environment. The residence halls also vary in age and proximity to major areas on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here can be very rigorous. Good note taking skills are helpful. At UT, students need to take their education much more seriously than in high school. Although the classes can be overwhelming, there are many resources on campus to take advantage of. Students who put in work both inside and outside of class can earn straight A's, but slackers will have a hard time.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to keep a balance between your academic life and your social life. You need to study hard to do well here, but remember to have a good time as well. There are many resources such as the University Writing Center and the Sanger Learning Center that assist struggling students. The TA's can also be very helpful in your studies. There are hundreds of student organizations on campus that you can join. There are fraternities, sororities, special interest clubs (such as gaming and radio), sports, and religious organizations. With thousands of people to talk to, it's not hard to enjoy a fulfilling social life at UT.

    In three sentences

    Attending UT is one of the greatest choices you can make. There is a large variety of students on campus from different walks of life. The classes are challenging but rewarding.

  • 12/29/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Reports of anything crazy happening on campus are texted and emailed to you. At night if you feel uncomfortable walking alone, you can call for people to talk with you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to chose from. Anyone can find a home at this university.

    What to do for fun

    I am part of the UT Sailing Team and the Design Build Fly team in the Aerospace Department. Clubs are a great way to meet people. This past semester, I went to a haunted house, camping, parties, dinners and more with different club members.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining locations. There are buffet style dining rooms in Jester and Kinsolving. There are Cafe's at Littlefield and San Jacinto (Cypress) and Jester (Jester City Limits). There is a market in Kinsolving and San Jacinto and Jester. The SAC has a Chick-fil-a, Zen, Taco Cabana and a Starbucks. The Union has plenty of dining options. You can use dine-in-dollars almost anywhere and otherwise you can pay with Bevo Bucks.

    Dorm Life

    I am a resident of Kinsolving, an all girls dorm in the Northwest corner of campus. We have our own dining hall and about 1000 residents. It's not a bad place. Its annoying that the furniture in the rooms is all fixed to a certain place, its not like that in San Jacinto, Whitis or the renovated rooms of Jester. Every dorm has its own environment. Looking back, I wish I had not chosen an all girls dorm, just to have more male interaction. But there are plenty of guys that come in and out and you can have up to 72 hour passes for either gender to spend the night. Dorms are nice because they put you on campus, close to the hub of activities and classes. There are quite a number of rules of what you can and cannot have in the dorms, if you are interested in on-campus dorm life, look further into it.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on who your professors are. Professors within a department do communicate with one another, but their grading policies and teaching methods may differ.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, the 40 acres is huge, but there is so much for you to get involved with. Don't overload yourself with activities, get a feel for classes and select a few clubs to be part of. Clubs are what you make them, you chose how much time you want to commit. Also, on-campus jobs are not difficult to find and they work with your school schedule.

    In three sentences

    As a freshmen, there is so much to available to delve into and its kinda scary at first. When you find your niche, the university is much more accessible and is easier to call a home. So far, the academics have been great - passionate teachers available to caring students.

  • 12/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They text and email all the time about anything that is happening near or on campus to warn students.

    Greek Life

    It's a little too much for me honestly. It like if you are not in one, you are the outcast. It feels as though everyone is in one, but they don't run the school. There's so many other things to join and love, that you soon forget about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots to do and join!

    Great for these types of students

    Greeks Hipsters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The first home game is a must. The excitement and crowd is unreal, and everyone is here!

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive. Living out in Austin is no joke, everything is expensive, but it is worth it. You're in the best city to be in, and you'll meet so many more interesting people, than just going to your cities community college.

    What to do for fun

    Again joining a org. Or just going out and experiencing Austin for itself. There are a lot of fun interesting people that live here, and there is always something to do. My favorite is to go to band venues, like Cheer Up Charlies or Scoot Inn.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is good. There are lots of dinning halls and fast food options even healthy fast food places as well, all within walking distance. And if you don't like, the Drag is right across the street with so many more options.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in a off campus dorm, Dobie, don't do it, it was the worse. I hear the actual dorms are really nice, but I would recommend rooming with someone random. Living in the same room can ruin friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is hard, be prepared to study, definitely if you didn't in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join something, anything, there is so much to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome school. Very frat oriented, but the schools spirit is there and uplifting. The fact that you are in the city of Austin alone is a good enough reason to attend this school.

  • 12/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Austin is expensive city to live in.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty to do in Austin

    Food and Dining

    Food is great and Austin is a foodie town.

    Dorm Life

    Live in nice private dorm. Good selections

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Take good notes

    In three sentences

    High quality classes and professors. Smart students.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's almost always cops around, but they can't take care of everything. Campus safety has kind of been a huge issue lately, especially with the controversy of gun control and campus carry. In the case of sexual assault and rape, I think that's a big problem on every campus. However, there have been a lot of surveys sent out about it, so I think they're trying to take steps to handle it.

    Greek Life

    I don't associate with Greek life much, but it does seem to be pretty active. Some fraternities have hazing infractions, as all do, but that's all I know. Some parties can be cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs here. Even strange or unusual ones like the napping club exist. Personally, I am involved with a lot of feminist/LGBT ones and I love them, so if you're into that, they have a good community. I definitely encourage joining at least one club your freshman year because you'll get to know cool people and have some things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're somewhat liberal, I think you'd fit in well here. Of course, there are a ton of conservative students, but I think the majority are liberal-leaning. I think if you're hard-working and passionate about whatever you're doing, you'd fit in well here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I wouldn't say this is an unusual tradition, but game days and tailgates are a BIG thing here. For locations, I'll say that sometimes the strangest places can be the best places to study.

    Bang for the buck

    They're proposing a tuition increase, so I can't say I'm too happy about the tuition. It's a little expensive than most in-state schools (so I've heard), and living in the dorm is more expensive than having an apartment in West Campus, even without taking into account the food (I'm thinking you pay for the location and sociability, though).

    What to do for fun

    Firstly, there's the entirety of Guadalupe, which has a TON of food places. However, that can get tiring after awhile. I suggest joining a bunch of clubs on campus and going to their events. Taking trips to SoCo or just exploring Austin is cool. The city always has some kind of festival or event going on, so just make sure to keep an eye out. Additionally, depending on who you know, there are always parties every weekend as well. And, of the course, the obvious - game days.

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty of dining options, but sometimes they close at weird hours. Kinsolving has good food, but it starts to get tiring after awhile. Not sure about the food at Jester or J2. Littlefield cafe is good, but they only take dine-in dollars after 2pm. Also, be super careful about wasting your dine-in dollars and Bevo Bucks (esp. these, because you use these for laundry and everything). If you don't like dining halls, just do what I do and buy food from Kin's Market (they take dine-in).

    Dorm Life

    The only crappy thing about the dorm is that you have to check in after 11pm. And the gate closes to the quad at 10pm. The rooms can be completely different than what you see on the Internet, so make sure you take time to go check it out before making your choices. However, I don't mind the people in my dorm, and the RAs are pretty friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, the academic rigor is going to be different for everyone. If you're a STEM student, good luck because my STEM major friends have had major workloads. However, although you do have a bigger course load, keep in mind that you have more time to study. I also think the challenge academically will be different for everyone depending on whether you took AP classes in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get A's and B's in school. Become an officer of at least one club, and really focus on a couple of extracurriculars. UT does put a lot of emphasis on scores, but don't let that dissuade you from applying. I promise you, you have a chance of getting in even if you didn't get auto-admit (like me!) or if you went to an ultra-competitive school (again, also like me). The most important tip I can give is, learn how to study! It surprised me how many people told me that they didn't study in high school. I took 10 AP classes in HS and they really taught me how to prepare for exams.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is home to an amazing faculty and community of students. They have some of the nation's top programs, and I think this university is totally underrated. I don't regret going here one bit.

  • 11/25/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You should never be worried about your safety on-campus. UT Austin makes it a point to keep the institution safe and free.

    Greek Life

    Definitely get involved in UT Austin's famous Greek sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There over one thousand clubs and organizations on campus, so you're bound to fit in somewhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers who value their college education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If someone yells, Texas! be sure to yell, in response, Fight!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're an in-state student, the education you get from UT Austin will be well worth the money you invest in it. Out-of-state tuition is more than triple that of in-state, so be sure that UT Austin has everything you could want before investing that much money.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the Drag and downtown Austin. It is amazing how one can be entertained just by walking through Austin. Join some clubs and meet new people. If you crave nature, visit Austin's Green Belt.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are plentiful, but the quality of cooked food isn't quite where one might expect it to be. But if you ever get tired of campus food, just head on over to the Drag (Guadalupe Street) and grab something to eat, there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, whether you prefer to live in the classic Jester Hall dorms with over three thousand fellow students or in the suites of Duren Hall, is wonderful. They'll feel like home away from home, as they should.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll be busy with classwork for the majority of your free time, but UT Austin makes sure that it is pertinent to your degree plan, major, and future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well in high school (A's and B's and top seven percent of your class, ideally) from the beginning of your freshman year through application season and to the end of your senior year. If you didn't do so well in the beginning, make sure there is an upward trend. ACT scores should be well above average; 24 at the very minimum.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is perhaps THE most underrated university in the United States, especially in the realm of STEM. The campus is absolutely gorgeous, and while the tradeoff for such a large university existing in a rather small area is horrible parking, the closeness of everything shortens walking distances and truly makes one feel at home. Either way, any point on the campus is just a stone's throw away from beautiful downtown Austin.

  • 11/15/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 409

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    After looking into this school, I love that size and diversity they have to offer. There are so many degrees, clubs, and people which offer tons of opprotunites. The campus also looks amazing.

  • 11/13/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police posts are very concentrated throughout the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse students with a passion for learning, music, and fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tower lights orange sometimes and it's really cool.

    What to do for fun

    Everything that the music capital of the world can offer! ACL, SXSW, local concerts, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will get lost but don't be discouraged.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, vibrant, and big big big! (I almost got lost one time) The tuition is great for the quality of education, both in-state and out-of-state. The general atmosphere is that of a typical urban college town, submerged in one of the best/healthiest cities in America.

  • 10/05/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It seems safe, but I already know of a girl that was raped by a frat member, less than a month into classes. She hasn't reported it so there's nothing the school can really do, but they're taking preventative action by having cameras almost everywhere, and the police help poles within eyesight of each other, as well as making all incoming students take an alcohol safety course.

    Bang for the buck

    4 stars for in state tuition costs, minus 1 star for the outrageous room & board.

    What to do for fun

    Hookah lounges, Zilker Botanical Gardens, bars, the San Marcos River, Barton Springs, The Drag. There's tons of weird stuff to do in Austin.

    Food and Dining

    Great meal plan, and plenty of options too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small and disappointing, and Jester is always like an icebox. Also, there were drug dogs on campus the other day really late at night, they searched San Jac, Jester, and Kinsolving. If you're really into the idea of dorm living, I'm sure they're great. They have tons of food options and a convenience store inside of Jester. Plus they have study rooms and a computer lab.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't really know about the academics at the school itself because I haven't attended yet, but I know I worked my butt off to be accepted. I was an auto-admit because of my rank, but I'm still working for my major. If it's that hard to get in, it must be hard to stay there too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus, don't be afraid to email the admissions counselors if you have questions. Start your application super super early and don't procrastinate. Definitely look around Austin for off-campus student living. It's cheaper, it's still extremely close to the school, and you don't miss out on having your own bathroom and kitchen.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus with lots of history and pride in one of the most accepting and diverse places in the south. The dorms are overpriced but the tuition for in-state is great! The students are really friendly here.

  • 09/27/2015

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

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 409

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This campus looks really pretty. I just recently got interested to go to UTAustin, but I'm afraid I'm not smart enough.

  • 09/27/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 409

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    meeting new friends. listening to music. playing sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    expect the school to accept me to be part of their school. expected to complete my school at Texas university. expected to meet my goal there.

    In three sentences

    i want to visit the school. i wish to study at the school. i really want to be in Texas

  • 09/02/2015

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

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 409

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Ever since I was a kid iv'e wanted to go to this school.

  • 08/15/2015

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    UT has a lot of food choices like Taco Cabana and Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard the dorms are pretty nice

    Academic Rigor

    Not a student here, but I've heard it's challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend taking a tour of UT if you are interested about UT.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely fell in love with this campus when I first stepped foot on it! It's so peaceful and the scenery is beautiful! I highly recommend taking a tour of UT!

  • 08/12/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 409

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The campus is really close to the city, so all of Austin is yours for the taking. I've heard that there are lots of outdoorsy activities to busy yourself such as kayaking and marathon running. On campus, there is a bowling alley, which is a really fun group activity, and many outstanding varsity sports teams you could go watch/support in your free time.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options! Buffets, cafes, and sit-down restaurants are all available offering tasty food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, there are eateries situated all across campus, so you never have to walk too far to get a snack.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms that are nice are too expensive, and the affordable ones have small rooms in crowded buildings. I expect all colleges are like this, but I expected more from UT Austin.

    Academic Rigor

    High expectations are placed on the students here. Regardless of the major, the professors will be extremely challenging in the hopes of giving you a great education. Don't expect it to be easy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are committed to your studies because there are a lot of enticing distractions. Additionally, there a a lot of people in attendance so find those who you can relate to and get through school with. Nothing is worse than being stuck in the wrong crowd.

    In three sentences

    UT at Austin has a beautiful campus filled with energetic students and amazing professors. The atmosphere is one of academic rigor that holds its students to high expectations. The people at this campus is my favorite aspect (they're weird, like Austin!).

  • 08/03/2015

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

    21 of 409

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I love the campus, it's so beautiful and big.

  • 07/23/2015

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

    22 of 409

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Austin has great nightlife, and there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Austin has great food anywhere. Very healthy food options too.

    Dorm Life

    Friends have told met hat dorms are a MUST for freshmen. It is a great experiance, and you get to meet great people.

    Academic Rigor

    Friends that have attended have told me that the school is very competative.

  • 07/01/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any and all

    What to do for fun

    The drag on Guadalupe has tons of shopping, lots of food trailers in the area, tubing, AlamoDrafthouse

    In three sentences

    UT is always buzzing with new ideas and opportunities.

  • 06/12/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safer than the city

    Greek Life

    um I guess...

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot

    Great for these types of students

    social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everyone likes to party, don't know why.

    Bang for the buck

    cheap

    What to do for fun

    sports

    Food and Dining

    delcious

    Academic Rigor

    rigor

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard`

    In three sentences

    bountifulness and fun

  • 05/25/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've walked between campus and my apartment late at night many times, and while I'm always cautious of my surroundings, I do feel safe enough to where I'm willing to take my time if possible.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the gym and playing basketball. There are plenty of games going on and you'll always be able to find some people to build a team and play.

    Food and Dining

    I've eaten on campus a few times and I can say the food is pretty good. Eating in the cafeteria style dining halls can get pretty expensive, so I suggest eating at the buffet style dining halls, even if the quality is a little lacking at times.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed in a dorm personally, but my friends say its decent.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes you'll have to work for that A. You'll need to really know how to prioritize your schedule if you don't want to get overwhelmed with studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are plenty of student organizations, so don't be shy and get out there! These will be your real friends throughout college. At a big university, sometimes it feels like you just make friends to get you through class and then you forget about them

  • 05/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 409

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Definitely don't walk home alone at night and always carry pepper spray!

    Greek Life

    This university has one of the largest Greek life influence in the nation!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to be a part of! If you can't find one you like you can even start one of your own for $5.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work hard but are up for anything!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The experience at the football games is unlike any other! There are 100,000 fans at almost every game and it is an all day event. Austin itself is known for its weird small town feeling in a large city. The university itself is full of tradition!

    Bang for the buck

    Austin can be a little expensive but the experience is well worth it!

    What to do for fun

    If you're 21 or older I recommend 6th street. If not there is always some alternative ideas like going to castle hill which is a graffiti park, see the river bats, go paddle boarding, or just walk along the drag and visit the various shops.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing on and off campus! There are so many food options to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I've heard that the dorms aren't too bad and are actually part of the experience of UT. However, I live in an apartment and love it just as much!

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a hard university to attend but it's well worth it! The professors make you work for your grade but will always offer help when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first year at the University was difficult because I wasn't use to studying, however once you learn to manage your time and discover how you learn, you will succeed at this school! It's always better to meet new people so you can start study groups and remember to go to class. Don't forget to have some fun by going to the games and maybe to some awesome restaurants!

    In three sentences

    I was never challenged in high school, even when I was taking college level courses, but UT definitely gives me the challenge I've been looking for. The people here are so nice and the professors and staff are so helpful. The great food and amazing city life is just an added bonus!

  • 05/10/2015

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    In three sentences

    Austin is a great city with plenty of entertainment.

  • 04/05/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to music festivals. Austin is widely considered the live music capital of the world. You'll understand why once you get here. Austin City Limits is hugely popular (some artists I saw last year were Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Rey, and Eminem). Sixth street is of course hugely popular for drinking and parties, as well as the massive Greek life on campus. And there's always events organized by other organizations that are immensely fun to try. Just pick something and tyr it out.

    Food and Dining

    For places that have all-you-can-eat buffets for only about $5, such as Kinsolving Dining Hall or J2 Dining, you can definitely get the most bang for your buck. The menus change everyday and you get to try lots of different ethnic and cultural foods that you would never have tried before. The staff are always accommodating to any special needs or requests.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exciting. I'd definitely recommend trying it the first year, at least. It's just so convenient for making new friends, meeting new people, attending on-campus events, going to your classes, and feeling the energy of it all. You just get so much more potential for meeting people you'd never think you'd meet.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're looking for a challenging yet exciting curriculum, this is the place to be. With the resources of a large public research university, there's endless opportunities for every field of study. Coursework will sometimes drag you down, but that's all part of the experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make checking out the campus and Austin for yourself your number one priority. This way, you get to see how beautiful and close-knit the campus looks and get a feel for the energy all around, especially when you look up and see the great tower in the middle of it all. Prepare yourself to love and hate the college life, because the coursework is hard, it's gonna be hard living on your own for the first time, and you'll have to handle a lot of stress, but the people you meet, the new things you'll try, and the energy you'll feel by just knowing that you go to The University of Texas at Austin will be worth it.

    In three sentences

    This really is the greatest college town. You have a great education with top-notch and award-winning professors on the same campus with other highly-motivated students and a vibrant community. There's just always SOMETHING going on here on the Forty Acres.

  • 03/19/2015

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

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    Campus Safety

    Austin's a pretty safe place, I don't think there are that many problems with anything.

    Greek Life

    Kinda sketchy with some of the recent happenings, but all of the people I know love their chapter and the friends they make. There's definitely a strong scene here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's everything and anything, and there are always passionate people doing what you're looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    Not the cheapest school, but really for the instate kids, nothing beats UT, unless you're getting a full ride to something like UCLA or UVA or an Ivy. UT is a great school, and the cost is pretty minimal for the education level and opportunities available.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoors stuff is easy to find, there are a ton of trails for hiking, some ok biking, there's some climbing, you can go swim, dive, skate, wakeboard, you can go shoot, hunt, run, work out, watch movies, do art, there are dozens of groups, clubs, and classes around Austin for pretty much anything. Seriously almost anything.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias are great, and then there are multitudes of amazing amazing delicious restaurants all around Austin. You're never more than a few minutes away from an amazing meal.

    Dorm Life

    I'm staying off campus, (not at home), but all the dorms here are super cool. Seriously, even Dobe isn't that bad, because it has a pretty great location. Don't stress out too much about your dorm, it won't break your college experience, although there is a bit of a gap between the best and worst dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    As far as getting in, I would focus in on finding your niche. Focus on what your goals are, and work toward them. You need to explain to admissions how you're going to be able to use your time at UT to benefit yourself.

    In three sentences

    I've lived in Austin almost my whole life, and I have to say first off that the city is great. UT has great facilities, a great location, and great students. There is nothing about this school that I am not looking forward to.

  • 02/07/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While sometimes I feel uncomfortable walking around alone after dark, that is based entirely on general advice, rather than any experience of danger.

    Clubs and Activities

    I participate in Women in Computer Science, UTCS Roadshow, and the Engineering Chamber Orchestra, all of which are a ton of fun and let me add to my resume while enjoying myself immensely.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place is the 6th floor balcony of the GDC at night, because the view of the Tower is just gorgeous. If the weather is good, it's the ideal place to just sit and do homework and enjoy life.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to the number 6 university in the /world/ for Computer Science, pretty close to home, for this tuition is definitely worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Having a dining hall downstairs is amazingly convenient, though the hours are not so convenient for a night owl like me. For that, JCL is open until 11PM, to serve most of my food needs. The pick-what-you-want layout helps waste less food, as you're much more likely to actually eat what you buy and waste less food and money.

    Dorm Life

    I don't participate very much in dorm life, but I always see people in the communal area of our floor. Everyone is very friendly and several people often do homework together, supporting each other and just being friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are definitely challenging, but as I am a graduate of the IB program, this is what I was prepared for. Instead of daily small homework assignments, most classes assign weekly or biweekly projects to be done on your own schedule. In this, time management becomes key.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great place to come to for its education, environment, and importance as you move to adulthood. The sheer number of people almost guarantees you can make friends, and Austin is a fun, cultural place to live! There's never a down moment if you're looking for something to do.

  • 01/14/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 student organizations and clubs at UT Austin. It is the responsibility of the student, however, to put themselves out there and actually participate.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, Athletic, Academically-Driven, Competitive, Well-Organized

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My roommate and I love going to Gourdough's or Kerbey Lane for late-night doughnuts or pancakes whenever we get stressed out.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is an academically challenging school, and although it is expensive, it isn't nearly as expensive as some private schools in the state that have similar academic standards.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is a crazy big, awesome, spirited city! There are an endless amount of things to do for fun. Austin has music festivals regularly, and music plays a major part in the city's image. There are several museums right on UT's campus, so one is never short on the opportunity to be cultured here.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options on campus, most of which have decent food. The only real downside is how expensive some meal options can be. It kinda sucks to buy a small sandwich, a bag of chips, and a drink and have to pay over $10.00 sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm your in, this area can differ. I stayed in the newly renovated Jester East this year, and it's pretty great. There is a sense of community within each of the dorms, and the facilities are pretty decent.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is extremely rigorous in the Academic department, especially when you reach your upper-level classes that are needed for your major. The University expects a lot of its students, and the professors are world-renown and well-versed in their subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to step up your study game from high school. What passes for an A in high school is not reflective of the amount of work needed to get an A in UT classes. And GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Don't be afraid of your professors, but go in and get to know them. It'll improve your understanding of the subject matter and in the long run could improve your grades.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is everything a college should be. The academics are rigorous and challenging, yet rewarding and interesting. Austin is a center for the arts and expression, and the spirit of the city flows through the University as well.

  • 01/12/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Student organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety on and off campus, all accessible by bike or on foot.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, but mostly clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of reading and assignments. There are some classes that are presentation heavy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate your classes. There will be a lot of reading.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin houses a large range of degrees with some of the best professors in the country. Campus organizations are welcoming and encourages life off campus as well. Overall, the institution is one of the best in the nation.

  • 01/07/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UTPolice is everywhere so I feel relatively safe. Travel in groups at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a big part of UT but it's not everything. There's also plenty of spirit organizations that are similar to sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's literally a million clubs so I'm sure there's a club/organization for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    For everyone! Austin is a lively city but you don't have to be really outgoing to enjoy it. There's a place for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes definitely! & there's a lot of scholarship opportunities for current students so that's a plus. Although living on campus is pricey, I feel as though it's worth it because of all of the commodities.

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin so there's plenty of music scenes, parks, museums, and countless of volunteer opportunities. Take advantage!

    Food and Dining

    It's awesome! There are two $5 buffets and several Dining Halls. Cypress Bends Cafe is amazing, they serve quesadillas and guacamole!

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoy it. It takes a little getting used to but overall it's great. Living on campus the first year exposes you to so many activities and people. It's also the fastest way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely challenging. It's very difficult to make As, my first semester consisted of Bs. It's academically stimulating so if you like that then you'll thrive.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Live on campus your first year 2. Don't overpack but don't forget your sneakers/bicycle 3. Enjoy it while it last 4. Be friendly, everyone's in the same position as you 5. So much diversity 6. Shortcuts are your friend

    In three sentences

    UT is incredible because it has everything you could ask for and more. The professors are great so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth. There are so many opportunities to get involved in it's almost impossible to just join one organization.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have police officers a button click away with on campus safety poles approximately every 30 feet. Also cops patrol the campus in order to keep its students safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs to choose from, but on the same token a lot of them are race based so some self-imposed segregation occurs.

    Great for these types of students

    There is actually strong Christian groups on campus, so anyone worried about developing their spirituality at a Liberal university should not be worried at all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For big rivalry games the school has a pep rally where they set a hex against the other team.

    Bang for the buck

    When it comes to eating Austinite food make sure to not eat at the drug. A lot of the places are mediocre at best. The true delights for your taste buds will be located further downtown or on the waterfront.

    What to do for fun

    Artistic expression is a central theme in Austin with their various music festivals (ACL, FFFfest, SXSW, etc.). With your UT ID you can take the Austin buses pretty much anywhere so finding a way to Zilker Park, Whole Foods, or Magnolia Cafe shouldn't be a problem. Food truck parks are also a fun thing to experience in Austin, because they supply a plethora of types of treats to try.

    Food and Dining

    You can choose between a buffet style set up (J2/Kinsoving), or cafeteria style at the other locations. There are some small convenience stores on campus that have prepackaged sushi, sandwiches, salads and frozen meals as well. A lot of the on campus foods are covered in sodium, which the amounts can be seen on their nutrition page via the UT website.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Roberts, which is a small cozy dorm near Jester. It is conveniently placed near Gregory Gym and McCombs (my college within UT). There are also three dining locations around me which provides me with quite a few food option. My dorm has really nice hard wood flooring and built in bookshelves for my roommate and I.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but the professors teach the courses relatively relaxed and give nice curves at the end of the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your prospective major and determine what you will need in order to claim AP credits and what SAT score you will need, etc.

    In three sentences

    UT has promotes all kinds of success whether it is athletic, personal, spiritual or academic. There is also an abundance of opportunities for any student to take advantage of. Whether you're from South Korea or a local Texas town, every student is welcome and appreciated on campus.

  • 12/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin is great. I've been living here for several years so I know what's around town and I feel like a lot of UT students from out of town never really leave campus since everything they need is right there. There's paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and all that on Town Lake. You can go zip-lining and hiking on Mount Bonnell. There's a lot of unique food places you can check out. We have Zilker park, ACL, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun fest, a bridge with bats that come out at night, and 6th street is great for a night out.

    Food and Dining

    I would rate the cafeteria food a 1, but the food just off campus is a 5. I've only eaten the cafeteria food once during orientation and I was full for an entire day because it was just so heavy. There are really great places to eat all along Guadalupe so you won't find yourself with a lack of good food (unless you're broke oops). Overall, I'd give it a rating right in the middle.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, which I'm not sure is a bad or good thing. The dorms are kind of crappy, and the cafeteria food is also kind of crappy. Campus is in the middle of downtown, though, and Austin is known for it's food. Just budget your money right and you could be fine-dining all year long. The dorms house a really nice community, though, since, from what I've seen, it's like a semester-long sleepover. I really wouldn't be able to handle someone being in the room with me 24/7, but that's just me.

    Academic Rigor

    I come from a very competitive high school (ranked 8 in the nation this year), so I've gotten used to my own way of making it through school. I tend to never study at home but am very active during class so that I understand everything before I leave. I don't see the point in teaching yourself things when someone knowledgable is right there. Anyway, some lecture halls are pretty big and you might not get the opportunity to easily engage in any sort of discourse with your profs without going to office hours. Due to this, I found my first semester to be more challenging than I thought it would be. It really depends on how you learn. I only studied four hours max for all of my finals put together while some people stayed up nightly to get their studying in/skip class to study, which blows my mind. It wasn't ridiculously hard though.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Do not skip too many classes, especially if you're like me and don't tend to study outside of class very much. 2) Ask your prof questions. There's no point in being embarrassed to ask a stupid question. 3) Make sure you have a quality pair of sneakers. You will see why this is crucial.

    In three sentences

    The vast campus can be your salvation or your downfall. There are plenty of opportunities to build an extracurricular resume, but the sheer amount of possibilities can make it hard to know where to start. The UT community is very inviting, since campus could be equated to a small town.

  • 12/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you're an in-state student, UT is the best education you can get with the tuition you pay. It's considered a public ivy school but you're paying way less than an actual ivy school.

    What to do for fun

    There are outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking for the nature/sporty people. The nightlife is active with Dirty 6th, and there's everything in between

    Food and Dining

    UT is in Austin and Austin is definitely a foodie city. There are food trucks, fine dining, and everything in between usually accessible by bus for the car-less college student.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms range from very nice to cozy but a little old. They all provide the necessary amenities. Food is average.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely an academics school but that doesn't mean classes are impossible. Work hard, play hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Research! The university is so diverse and active that there are many different things going on. Find out what excites you about UT and it will show in your application.

    In three sentences

    Good academics, active campus and great opportunities. UT is a great place to be as a student with so many different things to offer.

  • 12/20/2014

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as possible.

    In three sentences

    It's one of the best schools in Texas. It'd be a great choice for a wide variety of people. The location is great considering you'd never run out of things to do in Austin.

  • 12/01/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym :P

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely consider applying here!

    In three sentences

    Austin is an awesome place to go to school. Specifically, UT is great; it is well endowed and has some of the top professors on campus.

  • 11/27/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs is fun, because there are so many difficult clubs available, one of them has to appeal to your activities or interests.

    Food and Dining

    Different foods are available, and it's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you're situated, but it's decent enough to be enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Easier for transfer students than students that have not gotten their basics done yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study and stay focused, especially if it's your freshman year. Have fun and join clubs to be involved. Ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Worth every penny. Large school. Nationally accredited.

  • 11/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can call UTPD nearly anytime you don't feel safe, and they may even walk you home if you ask.

    Greek Life

    I am actually in a sorority and I love it. Though it's a bit pricey, it gives you instant friends and a shoulder to lean on before and after those stressful exams.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1,000!

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Texas at Austin fit all types of students, and will be your home away from home. Just find a club/organization!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turtle pond is very random, but beautiful to watch when you have that early morning stressful class. There is also a saying during football games...but you will have to attend to figure this out. :)

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas at Austin is a bit pricey, so saddle up for that. For the most part, every dollar is worth it. You get an accredited school, good food and a great community.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs/organizations! The easiest way to get through life is to have a group of friends that you genuinely have fun being around. College is stressful, so take a load off and go bowling or watch a movie at the campus Union building.

    Food and Dining

    The school is located in an area that has many options for food, so if you are a vegetarian or a meat lover-there will not be a problem. Make sure to monitor how much you eat though, so you do not become a victim of the freshman fifteen.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. You get to meet many new people, but the food tends to become repetitive.

    Academic Rigor

    Study, study, study! It was not easy going in, so if you don't study- it will not be easy getting out.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Texas at Austin is very rigorous, so come in with a goal and think of a triangle which has 3 points. Point one=social life, point two=sleep, point three=studying. Chose two as a freshman then when you get into the hang on things, find a way to balance them all.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has a club/organization for everyone. With over 1,000 clubs/organizations, there is always a place to find your home. The school location is surrounded by many restaurants, so you're for sure never going to be tired of the same meal.

  • 10/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It can look a little scary, but people here are generally nice and won't go after you if you don't make yourself a target.

    Greek Life

    There's all party greek life and volunteer greek life available. However, their presence is small enough on campus that the you can avoid it altogether fairly easy if you want to.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club here for everyone. This gives everyone a chance to find their niche within such a large school.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who doesn't mind large crowds, doesn't mind hot weather, and loves to try new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Guadelupe Street always has street performers on it: artists and music. Also there is tasteful grafiti all over the street. Another great place is the Cactus Cafe in the Student Union. It's an all acoustic stage that holds performances during the week and weekend.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public school cost, you have so much at an arm's reach disposal. However, be warned that the school does not give scholarships lightly.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun. I personally enjoy going to the music concerts around the campus and town. There is always music going on around the city of Austin. Plenty of it is free if you search hard enough. You could potentially go to a concert every night if desired. I could wax on much longer about the duck tours, stand up paddle boarding, natural springs, sporting events, yoga, etc. that you can find here on campus and off; however, you have a college to apply to :)

    Food and Dining

    The dining plan is a little cryptic. Instead of having x number of meals a week, they give x number of Dining Dollars per year. However, once you get used to this different way of dining, it's quite easy to enjoy the wide selection of foods on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has an amazing community feel in my dorm: Moore-Hill. The dorms are varied enough to appeal to everyone's interests. This includes the urban large crowd feel in Jester and the small individual feel in Brackenridge, Roberts, or Prather (BRP)

    Academic Rigor

    While the education is advanced, the material is spaced out enough that professors can really drill certain subjects into your head. They are more focused on the fact that you conceptually understand what is going on rather than memorizing little details.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out of your comfort zone at least once to meet new people. Try new things and have an open mind your first year. There is so much fun stuff here on campus and in Austin.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a huge school full of overwhelming opportunities for any area of interest. While there is a lot of student diversity here, the school over advertises this aspect of the student population. In order to get involved, you really have to get out of your comfort zone at least once to meet friends or make progress in any area simply because the campus bursts at the seams with opportunities and won't notice if you choose not to take advantage of them.

  • 10/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus, even walking alone late at night. The campus is really well lit and there are yellow police call stations with blue lights on top within sight anywhere on campus. The UT Police Department also offers a self-defense training at the beginning of each year.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is enough of a presence on campus that it's certainly easy to become a part of and find a lot of others who feel the same, but it's not so big that you have to be a part of Greek life in order to be a part of the UT community. That's the advantage of going to a school with 50,000 people. A 28% (the percent of people at UT involved in Greek life) minority is still a lot of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything. Actually, there are probably several.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for fairly liberal people. Liberal people make up a majority of those on campus (probably because Austin is the most liberal city in Texas), and while there are conservative groups on campus who are active in campaigning, the general vibe is more liberal. It's also great for people from bigger high schools. UT has about 50,000 students, so the transition from little high schools (both in number of people and in difficulty of curriculum) can be rough. It's definitely possible to make the transition smoothly from a smaller high school (you still only see about a hundred people at a time anyways except at football games - but sit at the front in big lecture halls), especially with all of the smaller colleges and then majors and organizations within UT, but it's something to keep in mind.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The albino squirrel is a UT celebrity. If you see the squirrel before a test it's supposed to bring good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    UT is fairly expensive, particularly for out of state students, and it doesn't offer a whole lot in the area of scholarships/financial aid. However, it is arguably the best public school in Texas, particularly for areas like engineering and business, so you get what you pay for. Definitely try to pick a major when applying though, because a lot of the money that doesn't come through UT as a school comes through individual colleges (like the College of Liberal Arts, or the College of Natural Sciences, or the College of Engineering, etc.).

    What to do for fun

    UT itself host a lot of events. The Union plays movies every Thursday that are free to students. The Performing Arts Center often has free (to students) concerts and shows that they put on. Off-campus, South Congress Bridge is a fantastic place to visit to see the bats of Austin, Zilker Park (particularly their kite festival in the Spring) is a lot of fun, and Barton Springs is a great place to cool off in warmer months (it's spring-fed, so the water is always right around 70 degrees).

    Food and Dining

    The two main all-you-can-eat dining halls on campus are pretty good. They have a great salad bar. There are also a number of other places on campus to get food. However, the best food is off-campus. Austin is a great place for food. From Kerbey Lane (open 24-hours, great specialty pancakes) to Teji's (fantastic Indian food) to Madam Mam's (great Thai place) to Torchy's Tacos (Tex-Mex at it's finest), and many, many more, the restaurants in Austin are a phenomenal.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms. If you want to live in the dorms, apply early. Preferably as soon as the application comes out, but you can also get it done over Christmas break. There are more people who want to live in the dorms than they have room for, so don't wait until May to send in your application, you probably will not get a housing contract on campus at that point. There's a roommate match website for UT that a lot of people find helpful, but I just went in as pot luck and it's turned out great. Check out the dorm you think you want to live in before you apply. Jester is close to a lot of things, but if you're in engineering, then you'll have a hike every day to get to class. Whitis is less well known, but those living their typically form really close communities.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is tough. It's a lot tougher than high school, and the professors do their best to challenge students. That being said, there is very little work that is just busy work. Everything assigned is designed to help students understand the material, and more study will necessary outside of what is assigned in order to do well in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT is big enough that you can enjoy yourself without ever really going off campus, but Austin is such a neat city that you should definitely explore a bit. Try the food trucks. They're fantastic.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a diverse collection of students and faculty. Highly focused on research, it is a great place to explore academia to a higher degree and get started in research even as a freshman. UT is big enough that there is a niche for everyone.

  • 08/22/2014

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    What to do for fun

    Since the campus is always full of students and places to visit, you can always hang out with friends or go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    They have some really nice restaurants on campus that you can go to for dinner or to eat out with friends.

    Dorm Life

    In most of the dorms, you will have one room mate and a bunk bed, along with closets and such. Most of the time you'll become good friends with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    It has challenging curriculum and is a great college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get familiar with the campus a little earlier than the school year starts. Don't skip classes and make friends with classmates.

    In three sentences

    My sister goes to the University of Texas and it's a beautiful campus. There are lots of stores and great places to hang out on campus. The University of Texas has a really great reputation and is one of the best colleges in Texas.

  • 08/09/2014

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    Bang for the buck

    Getting scholarships from the school is difficult.

  • 07/25/2014

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

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    Great for these types of students

    What Is the ideal student for UT.

    Bang for the buck

    Do you get what you pay for .

    Dorm Life

    how is there dorm life.

    In three sentences

    I have not been to the UT campus but I have hear really good things about it. Also, I have heard really good things about their engineering program.

  • 07/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Tons of police phones all over the campus. UTPD is usually quick to respond. Just remember to always be safe when you stroll around at night.

    Bang for the buck

    You aren't paying $50000 for tuition alone. Enough said.

    Food and Dining

    You are in the great city of Austin. Food selection is beyond this world. Food and dining is a huge plus in large, urban schools like UT.

    Dorm Life

    It's dorm life. Deal with it. But seriously, out of all the dorms in the world, no dorm will be as homey as your actual home. The dorm is simply a temporary living arrangement. At UT, the faculty tries to keep the dorms clean and regulated. Don't worry about dirty showers, disgusting floors, or messy lobbies. As for your own room, that's up to you.

    Academic Rigor

    There are always students who complain about difficult courses at UT is. If you are judging schools by academic prestige, just know that UT is not called a public Ivy League school for nothing. However, if you personally express intent to learn and confidence to succeed, you will have no problem at all.

    In three sentences

    UT is a fantastic school. The large population of students is a fantastic way to make friends. There has to be someone in the crowd that makes the perfect friend for every one.

  • 07/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I think that it's a bit expensive for an in state institution, but it is definitely worth it. There are so may state of the art buildings and equipment that is offered for the students.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is full of great things to do year round. UT alone has the Student Union where you can go bowling and play some pool. If you're the party type, West Campus always has some kind of party going on. There are always music and film festivals going on such as ACL, SXSW, and others. Campus also has a lot of organizations that always host fun things for people to do.

    Food and Dining

    UT has several cafeterias around campus that are very expensive. The food is usually pretty good, and there are several options around campus. There are also several food chain restaurants around campus and close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    When I lived at the dorms my freshman year, I was very lucky to have such a great floor with wonderful girls. My RA was very nice, and that floor became like a family during that time. There are several opportunities to meet people and make friends during activities that the dorm hosts. I lived at Jester East, cleaning people always did a good job in keeping the floor and restrooms clean. I didn't like that there was only one kitchen for the whole dormitory and was always very unclean.

    Academic Rigor

    A tough school, but definitely do-able. Teachers are also understanding so they don't go overboard with workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't skip class just because you can. Several professors give extra points or give you information about their final when they notice very little students in class. -Professors are human, too. Professors love when students visit them during their office hours. This can also be helpful when you become close to a professor and you ever need a letter of recommendation. -Studying with friends is always helpful. Make friends in classes or join the Facebook page for the respective class, it's always helpful when studying for tests and doing homework. -Get involved. Getting you involved in a organization distracts you from your school work (in a good way). This is also the easiest way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    UT is full of very passionate professors that love what they teach, which makes classes very interesting and fun. The location is great, traffic gets annoying but if you use the shuttles you don't have to worry much. There's a lot of help offered around campus with anything students may need like tutoring, Counseling Centers, and several libraries around. Fantastic school!

  • 07/13/2014

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

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    Food and Dining

    There is a cafe located in campus, and it's close to the dorms. It's the city of Austin, so there is restaurants all around the place to experience.

    Dorm Life

    It's surprisingly cozy there. There is a small space, but if you're smart it can be pretty big if you plan it right. There is a grill in front of the area, with a view of the river and trees that surround the are, but the only problem is the mosquitoes because of the water close by. Remember to pack your bug repellent because it can get nasty.

    Academic Rigor

    Highly challenging, this school will eat you in applications especially if you are aiming to be in the Biology majors. Someone I know was number 24 in her school, over 100+ hours of volunteer service and had an English major help her on her essay application and was rejected from the major.

    In three sentences

    I've been to this school campus before and honestly it was breathtaking. If you're looking for a place that has a beautiful campus, this is one of your schools to check out. The entire campus tour makes you feel like you're a part of the school as they pretty much convince you that you should go there in the presentation offered. I know that UT is very academically challenging; for automatic admission in Texas it requires the top 7% of schools.

  • 07/01/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    It's in Austin, an enormous city filled with basically everything you could want. It's a no-brainer, there's nothing you can't do here.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely love the food here. Everything on-campus is great, and there's even more once you get off.

    Dorm Life

    Tons of options to live in and great spaces. Something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the toughest 'public' universities out there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be fooled, it isn't just a 48% acceptance rate. It's harder than you think.

    In three sentences

    Excellent living conditions. Some of the best academics. Great place to be.

  • 06/03/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin offers Zilker Park and Barton Springs which is a beautiful place to relax and swim or play frisbee. Austin is the capital for Live Music. Many bars and clubs always have a performer throughout the week. You are sure to find something to do venturing the streets of Austin. You could take a visit to Town Lake and run the trails or even try paddleboarding.

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many places around Austin that are unique and also taste great. Veggie Heaven is a delicious vegetarian place located on The Drag which is conveniently located next to UT. There are also good deals around several places throughout the week. Bar Louie's on 6th st. offers $1 burgers on Tuesdays with the purchase of a drink. You are always able to find a great deal somewhere.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm, but there were several you were able to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great school and some of the best businessmen and women in the world come from here. It is a top university in the country and at times can be tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a tour of the college before, this might be obvious, but I did not. Find out where your classes are located before you start the classes. (Forty Acres is a lot of walking and your class could be on the other side of the campus) Austin Community College is your friend.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a beautiful university located in the Central/Downtown area of Austin. It features beautiful people and landscaping features throughout its 40 acres. Between school and Austin, there are so many fun and new things to try and do that will keep you entertained and always trying something new!

  • 05/30/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    This University seems to be a fun and vibrant place to attend college. The Campus set-up and professors are nice.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UT Intramurals are fantatstic, football games are great, and the Austin music scene is unreal.

    Food and Dining

    Stick to the buffets if you want the standard meal plan to last all year. You can treat yourself to the other, more expensive dining areas on campus OCCASSIONALLY.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm's aren't super spacious or comfortable but you can meet some really cool people. Living on campus also makes it a lot easier to get to class on time.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes really challenge you, no doubt to make sure you're ready once you walk across the stage to make it in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. You're not in high school anymore, Todo.

    In three sentences

    There is an incredible amount of diversity (culturally, academically, and socially) that creates a great on-campus vibe. I love my courses despite how challenging they are; I really feel like I'm learning the skills necessary to become a successful engineer once I graduate. UT's location in the great city of Austin could also not be more perfect.

  • 05/09/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Of course, there's always 6th street and various other activities around Austin that are available, including Zilker Park, Bat Bridge etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are awesome original restaurants all around campus from all sorts of cultures.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are on campus are really convenient and pretty nice quality.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are really competitive since UT offers insightful courses that allow in depth studies that other colleges could only dream of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the know the campus like the back of your hand. It's huge. Knowing the campus can only benefit you. Also, take advantage of the original atmosphere that surrounds Austin.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge but relatively easy to navigate. The city is amazing. The courses offered are very competitive and insightful.

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe. UTPD helps you out as much as they can. the have buddy walk system, on campus medical office help hotline for anything you can think of.

    Greek Life

    OH THE GREEK LIFE! You have to experience that yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of activities and clubs here that cover vast amounts of interest!

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, hard working, spontaneous, independent, forgiving, strong willed, mature, and active

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    hex rally, 40 acres fest, Victoria secret comes around all the time, west campus block parties...etc to many

    Bang for the buck

    Food specials everyday except Wed, and Fridays. UT buy and sells page in Facebook, and craigslist are your best friends.

    What to do for fun

    ITS AUSTIN! if you love the out doors everything is fun, oh we have a bowling ally and movie theater too. The Games, the fields, the scenery.

    Food and Dining

    Austin has a vast amount of food everywhere. food trucks everywhere. a strip of restaurants right off of camous

    Dorm Life

    Pros: good time to make friends, close to campus, easier to take naps in, opposite sex is abundant. cons: some are old, some are expensive, and some regulate you more than your parents do

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough here. There will be semesters where you will fall. Don't feel like your dumb or stupid its meant to challenge you. pick yourself up, look for the available resources. GO TO OFFICE HOURS! The challenges you face here will make life so much easier down the line. After you pass those challenges your life will be easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to learn to be independent from things you are attached to. You have to ask around and get help and make friends if you want to succeed. You have to accept failure in order to be successful here. University of Texas will challenge you mind your body and soul. The easier you learn to adapt and change the better of a person you will be. Texas produces leaders and if you cant step up then you will have a hard time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a great school to get a high level of education, experience, and develop lasting friend ships, Despite its size and non family feeling, where everyone is competition. you will learn here, you will grow here, you will change the world.

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivating, driven, excited by a challenge, mature

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Get involved in Student Government! We have one of the best student governments in the Big Twelve and it is so interesting to see what they can do for you as well as the people you meet. Also, the Life Sciences Library in the Main Tower is a great place to study as well the Turtle Pond is a great place to relax and destress. The turtles love Goldfish.

    Bang for the buck

    I have met so many interesting people and professors who have expanded my outlook on life.

    What to do for fun

    Literally anything. There is always something going on, you just have to step outside and go find it. UT is also in the middle of Austin aka the greatest city ever. You can take a bus to essentially anywhere and find something new to do!

    Food and Dining

    It's college food. It isn't terrible, but it's food. There isn't much variety. I would recommend taking the Red River bus to HEB and getting food there to change it up some. Luckily there are lots of great restaurants close to campus that take dine in dollars called Bevo Bucks!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in San Jacinto, which was awesome, and none of the dorms are really all that bad. They all have their ups and their downs, some have a great community feel but no sink in the room, while others are quieter but very clean. It was absolutely an experience that I would recommend!

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely difficult, but that makes it all the more worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to come here! Go to everything and anything, you never know who you will meet or what you will learn. You really do make the best friends of your life here, keep an open mind.

    In three sentences

    I have been having the most incredible time of my life. The university really gives you whatever you put into it. The University of Texas at Austin is such a renowed institution with so many opportunities and a vast variety of students.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    Former graduate student of Dr. Michelle Lane in the Nutrition Program at UT and Texas State University (dropped out). She did not make tenure at UT. Worked in her lab, like all other students in the lab I was also unable to repeat any experiments published . Was verbally and psychologically abused on several occasions for bringing up research inconsistencies. She threatened to fire me several times (another graduate student was fired). I Spoke to my colleagues at ICMB at UT. Confirmed my suspicions all along, that she cooks up data and was fired because of that and for blaming the chair and other faculty of the department. A friend at UT, confirmed seeing an internal memo from ORI investigating her and a letter of inquiry from NIH in his mentors office. Posts all kind of random and insulting details about students on her facebook page. She insulted a student publicly online on facebook for making an honest simple mistake. I quit working with her ASAP to save my career, considering the impending fallout from State and Federal investigation. Glad they kicked her out of the program. Loved my school but hated my time in her lab.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've walked around campus numerous times late at night and have not encountered any suspicious people or activities. You will most likely have other students walking around campus as well, regardless of the time. I would say it is safe from my experiences.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities are very popular at UT and being a part of one will ensure you have friends for life. Be careful of the constant partying that goes on though if you join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for just about everything. During rush week is the best time to go exploring around the different clubs and organizations to find what interests you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like large campuses and an even larger population of students. If you're into a busy, hectic lifestyle then UT is for you. Also, students who don't mind large classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT fans are pretty die hard and our mascot is bevo the longhorn. There is also a street called the drag right outside of campus where you can find just about every style of food you can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a fun college experience if you attend here. It's pricey for tuition and housing but if you have the money you should definitely consider. I haven't met anyone who has gone to UT and hasn't enjoyed it.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun you will never be bored. Austin is such an active city with great parks and a beautiful lake to go kayaking in. As the music capital, there are constant concerts and live music options available. There is also 6th street, if you're looking for bars or clubs in the area.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the UT dining halls is great and unlimited if you are on a meal plan. There are options for everyone and the food is fresh and healthy. If you choose not to eat on campus, there are still plenty of dining options right outside of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great and highly recommended for incoming freshmen. It lets you get familiar with the campus and allows you to be at the center of UT activities. You meet new people all going through the same experiences and you are within walking distance of your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Each class you take is challenging and you will most likely be in a classroom with 200 or 300 other students. Studying and working in study groups is definitely the only way you will truly succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come prepared to work hard and always stay on top of your school work. It's very easy to fall behind but even harder to catch up.

    In three sentences

    The is a prestigious university with an absolutely beautiful campus centered in Austin. There is a lot of diverse students and it is both challenging and rewarding to attend. At UT, there is always something to do and getting involved is easy and fun.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT has many initiatives toward campus safety. We have a program called Sure Walk that sends two students to walk any student home late at night. We also have URide providing students who live far from campus with a safe ride home late at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Included in the tuition UT students receive access to Gregory Gym, various tutoring options, free use of the bus system, and access to a lot of study space and resources.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events happening on campus. The city of Austin also has many parks to visit where you can jog, hike, or kayak. Also there is always live music in Austin.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the buffet dining halls (J2 and Kinsolving) is usually tasty and extremely cheap. There are usually chef specials, and sometimes they have events where they feature ethnic and cultural foods. The other dining halls also have good food, but they can be pricey. We also have fast food locations including Wendy's and Chick-fil-a. Also there is The Drag with many restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is extremely convenient. Most buildings are less than a twenty minute walk from all dorms on campus. The RA's put on various programs from movie nights to crafting events so there is something for everyone to enjoy. The rooms and closets are small, but it's not too bad if you use all your storage space. I personally enjoy living on campus, and i will be living there again next year.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at UT are challenging and are very time-consuming. The exams are also very challenging. I spend about three times as much time studying now as I used to in high school. The faculty is always available to help with TA and professor office hours and various opportunities for tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in attending UT you should keep in mind that it is a prestigious university. while in high school you should take many rigorous classes, and join a couple organizations. Also, keep in mind that UT has a huge population with over 50,000 students, so be prepared for that change.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great place for people from all backgrounds. Everyone here is very welcoming, and it's easy to succeed as every one has a common goal. The faculty is very helpful and can answer any questions you have.

  • 03/04/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Quidditch!

    Food and Dining

    Haven't tried it.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't attended.

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't attended, but I heard that it is really prosperous.

    Tips for prospective students

    No procrastinating!

    In three sentences

    It's a great, rigorous university. I can't wait to go! It's been on the top of my list since 8th grade!

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most part, I consider the UT campus to be very safe. The only times that I think safety could be an issue is if you're studying late on campus, and you have to walk back to your apartment in west campus. The UT shuttles don't run very late, so it's best to walk back with a friend or study in your apartment if you plan to be studying late.

    Greek Life

    Many students are involved in Greek Life here at UT. If you think Greek Life might be for you try rushing in the fall, it never hurts to try! If it turns out that Greek Life isn't for you, Spirit Clubs here at UT offer a similar vibe if you're looking for that group of friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs and activities here at UT. Everything from the Water skiing, Cultural Clubs, Spirit Clubs etc.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for all kinds of students! UT offers a mix of rigorous academics along with a fun social scene as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sadly, I believe the famous albino squirrel passed away here at UT, but before he passed it was tradition that if you saw the albino squirrel before a test it was good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Austin in general is a very modern and energetic city. Combine that with a campus filled with innovative, creative people and you have a great school that gives you bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Austin! Some of my personal favorites are: -ACL -SXSW (I'm a big music lover as you can tell) -Food Trucks -Barton Springs -Running/Biking Trails -Kayaking on Town Lake -Kite Festival

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat around the UT Campus and Austin in general. Guadalupe Street, which is called the drag is lined with restaurants that are constantly filled with students. There are food trucks located around Austin which are really unique and tasty options as well!

    Dorm Life

    I live in an off campus apartment in an area called west campus. West campus is so much fun, and you'll definitely meet a lot of people living in that area.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here at UT is challenging, but not impossible. You must find a balance between social and school time, but if you can prioritize then you will be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Be organized -Be motivated -Work hard -Believe in yourself -Prioritize!

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a diverse, energetic, motivating school that'll inspire you. Everyday I'm amazed with the people I meet here, and the vast amount of opportunities the school offers. HOOK 'EM HORNS!

  • 02/24/2014

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study Hard! Prepare! Visit!

    In three sentences

    This school is nice and close to many great places. Also the campus is huge so you can get lost really fast. This university should be in your top 5 at least.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There is a cop available in every building that I have class in.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it, they have it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student! UT is a multi-cutural, diverse campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth the money. I love the college and was actually shocked at the price. It was less expensive than I anticipated.

    What to do for fun

    Whether you choose to tailgate at the football games, paint yourself from head to toe at the basketball games or even cheer on the #1 ranked volleyball team in the country there is plenty to do on and around campus. The University of Texas offers beautiful running trails, a creek to hang out or even study by. There is also the drag where students can shop, eat or just hang with friends in a safe environment.

    Food and Dining

    The choices on campus are better than a mall or around a food district. Anything you crave is right there on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an apartment around campus; however, the people that I know that live in the dorms like it. The campus is very large and they like being in the center of everything and not having to worry about parking.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging, yet the professors and TA's are available to help with any questions. The availability of classes are easy to get into also. When I first was accepted, I was on the low priority list to register for classes. I only had a few classes to take because I was a mid-year transfer. I was nervous about not getting the classes I needed since I was one of the last to register. I even ended up on a waiting list for one class as #42 and I still ended up in the class. I love UT.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Study, study, study! And when you are going crazy from studying, take a snack break and study some more. It's worth it. 2. Live as close to campus as possible. If not, park near a Capital Metro station and ride the bus. 3. Get in a study group asap for each class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is the best school because of the variety of majors that are offered considering that Austin is a city known for technology. Out of all of the other colleges I visited, and compared to the college I used to attend, I noticed how diverse UT is when it comes to the students and the employees. Discrimination is a controversial topic these days and as soon as one steps on campus, he or she can tell how multicultural the university is. That speaks volumes about the character and integrity of The University of Texas.

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety level depends on the region one lives in. Generally, the dormitory complex I live in is pretty safe. One can also call Surewalk to request someone to walk with him/her late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs! There are many people always advertising their clubs or fundraising out on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever something special happens regarding a student or a group at UT, the UT tower glows orange as a celebratory announcement.

    What to do for fun

    One can go bowling at the Union, eat out with friends once in a while, go to the gym to enjoy one's time at the swimming pool, rock climb, play squash or basketball, or even play pool! One can also go sightseeing at places like Sixth Street.

    Food and Dining

    I did not know I loved food so much, until I started trying out a lot of the restaurants on campus, especially on Guadalupe Street. There are many healthy options available at the J2 Dining Buffet, and reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    I like how the dorm's location is so convenient, as it is near the gym and the library. Also, my roommate and floor leaders are super sweet.

    Academic Rigor

    The university requires a lot of personal studying and input, but overall if you try your best, it is pretty doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus, at least for one's freshman year, is recommended. It is really convenient how the library, gym, and restaurants are all so near my dormitory. Also, giving oneself a break and time to relax once in a while is needed; studying only is not effective, and a balanced social and academic life is recommended.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is full of many opportunities, as it is a huge school. I like how its campus is integrated into the city of Austin. The professors are very knowledgeable and helpful all the time.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel incredibly safe while walking around on campus, whether at night or during the day. I would advise young ladies to travel in groups or be careful when walking around West Campus. There have been several troubling incidents in the past few years.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 900 student organizations and counting! My personal favorites are the UT Polo Team, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Kappa Rho, Women in Medicine, Globe Med, and Global Medical Brigades. Surely, by now you can see my interests lie in travel, medicine, and horses, but there are literally hundreds of other organizations that span every interest imaginable. For instance, last semester I was briefly part of the fencing and shooting team.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious. Diverse. Wild. Fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Find the Turtle Pond. It is a cute and quirky little pond where you can enjoy your lunch and snap a cool Instagram photo.

    Bang for the buck

    UT Austin has become a little overpriced in many aspects especially in the way of parking, random activity fees, and a more recent tuition hike that does not seem to benefit either the professors nor the students. Nonetheless, I will continue to pay the elevated tuition to go to this great university.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do in Awesome Austin? For those that love outdoor adventures, there are water sports on Lady Bird Lake, hiking in the Greenbelt, swimming at Hamilton Pool or Barton Springs. There are great bands and music festivals to go to almost every single night of the year. For those who prefer for my intellectual pursuits, there are many museums (Blanton, Henry Ransom Center) and art galleries (Blanton, Mexi Arte on Congress, Laguna Gloria on the lake) on campus and in Central Austin.

    Food and Dining

    There are many great food options on campus and immediately surrounding campus. Austin is a foodie heaven, so if you are tired of Chik-Fil-A (although I'm not sure how one would accomplish this), you can always hit up the food trailers off 26th or walk along the Drag.

    Dorm Life

    I have always lived off campus, but sometimes I wish I had chosen the dorm life. Living in the dorms simplifies the driving and parking disaster on campus, and gives you an instant social group.

    Academic Rigor

    While UT Austin is not quite as rigorous at the Eastern Ivy League schools, be prepared to be challenged if you are coming from high school or a community college. Cramming for tests two hours before class or skipping reading will not be an option if you are in the College of Natural Sciences or any of the engineering schools. Even the College of Liberal Arts has many tough professors that require deep understanding of the material to get a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your high school GPA up because there is a GPA filter when reviewing applications. However, do not let GPA be a deterrent to applying, because UT Austin is also looking for students who have strong leadership and academic qualities. Develop yourself as a person, and all of these things will follow.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin offers students so many wonderful academic, social, and cultural opportunities. The student population is pretty diverse, which means there is the opportunity to make great friends with people from many different countries, religious affiliations, life experiences, etc. UT Austin is a wonderful university that acts like a crucible for developing outstanding individuals.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of freebies from your tuition - gym, bus fair, etc. but it's evident all they care about is money.

    What to do for fun

    Exercise, parties, movies on campus, concerts and plays on campus - all free

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your advisor regularly, always check professor reviews, go to as many events as possible - free stuff and it will help you enjoy college more.

    In three sentences

    Expect to work hard and be rewarded just as much. This school will help you accomplish your career goals.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will feel safe to walk out of your dorm alone (though we still try to be safe with buddies) at night. The campus is very well lit and there are police alerts everywhere, you can actually be standing next to one and still be able to see one nearby. There are patrols on foot and car to make sure that no harm happens at the university. There are also many independent organizations from UT as well, they form walking groups, offer late-night drives back home (even to neighborhoods), and even help patrol campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about every hobby, and if there isn't, it's very easy to establish one. From sports to cooking, you will find many right for you, some offer trips during the holidays for social work and others could work on projects in the city. There's a newsletter that also lets students know what events will be occurring during that week.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, this university is for everybody. An introvert can find his or her little niche just as likely as an outgoing person can. Even with that, there is this sense of belonging with the entire university, like you can get along with anybody here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you feel down, you can always talk to the turtles at the UT pond, they tend to get many visitors during finals week. For every starting student you have to stand in front of the tower and get that rush feeling that you are now a longhorn. The best place to find peer help is on the 5th floor of the Perry-Casta���±eda Library (or PCL), you can study, talk out ideas, and just chill there, despite it not being silent it is a great place to study.

    What to do for fun

    You will have to do a year and then more to try and do all the activities in Austin. You can never get bored, there is something for everyone: from hiking to hanging at a new pub, kayaking, touring, art shows, music, comics, 6th street, and new events being held every week for both the city and the university! Everyone has to go and see the bat caves at least once in their lifetime.

    Food and Dining

    They have got every diet covered: vegetarian, home cooking, specials, and much more! And those are just the dorms dining areas, right across from campus is a melting pot of dining areas, your craving will be satisfied in the Drag (which is lingo for Guadalupe St. running parallel with the university). Not to mention the array of food trucks all around the city, this university is a foodie's paradise!

    Dorm Life

    This is the key to making life-long friends. Even a shy student will find his or her companion in the dorms! It's a fun experience, especially freshman year, where everyone is just starting out and trying to find themselves. You will be telling stories of your memorable times in the dorms, believe me! It's also a good opportunity to find out what kind of living arrangements you want in the future.

    Academic Rigor

    They don't call this the University of Texas for nothing! It will test your study skills during the first semester and whip you into academic shape. Do not fret, because the professors here will do everything they can to help you, not to mention the helpful tips from the TA's! Do remember that while there are many resources for you itdoesn't mean you rely solely on them, you will have to put in a great amount of effort to make that A, but with the right habits it will be a piece of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to make long-lasting friends fast; everyone fits in this campus so don't be afraid to be yourself. A well prepared longhorn makes sure to polish his or her study habits; make sure to make room for adjustments, as you will find that the styles of teachings are as diverse as the students in them.

    In three sentences

    A diverse school placed in one of the most weirdest cities, in Texas! You definitely feel proud walking around campus knowing your a longhorn, even as a senior. The amount of resources and classes in this campus is so grand that I'm appalled this school hasn't run out of funds; one definitely gets his or her opportunity to change the world here.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always know I'm safe as soon as I get on campus

    Greek Life

    they don't have the best reputation, but those who are in it love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's almost too many clubs and activities to do/join on campus

    Great for these types of students

    what does this mean?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    OU game hex, the turtle pond, the Tower, The Drag

    What to do for fun

    bat bridge, mount bonnell, lady bird lake, the outlets, football games, 6th street, festivals, South Congress, Arboretum, the Domain, volunteering, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    Technically UT is advanced when it comes to serving dietary needs, but it's employees know nothing so I am always pretty panicked when trying to eat vegetarian and/or healthy on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm an RA so I'm a little biased.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on you major and the class it could be the easiest or hardest thing you've ever done in your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to current students and an advisor. Do not room with your best friend from high school. Join 3 clubs; one for your major, one for fun, and one that is nationally recognized.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great school in a great city. We have some of the best professors and opportunities that a student can ask for. The only negative is that UT and Austin is very expensive and UT very rarely gives scholarships.

  • 01/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe with police around and even emergency towers located all through campus in case something were to happen. As a girl I feel very safe walking though campus at night alone. They even offer someone to walk you back to your dorm at night incase you are not comfortable walking alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always fun. It is a great way to meet new people and break down the large size of UT. It is a good way of making connections, making friends, and getting involved. I would recommend someone to greek in a heart beat.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are endless, but they are run by students and relate to what you want. There is volleyball and even a sleeping club so you can find what is just right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are sociable and love to have a good time, but are here to work hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever UT makes an accomplishment the tower is lit orange and lights up the sky. There is also the hex tradition during football season where we put a hex on the opposing team.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is great city for college students. In Austin there is going down to Lake Travis to go running, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and canoeing. Austin has a big music scene where the is Austin City Limits and South By Southwest. You are able to go to Congress and eat at the food truck and shop or go to the capital and hang out. There is always 6th street as well which is always fun. There is also a great place for hiking and biking.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, but gets very repetitive quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm is different and has a different personality. It is designed for the essential things you need: a desk, a bed, and a shower. The mattresses are not comfortable so be sure to get pad. Make sure to bring flip flops if you live in community bath.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tougher than others, but each class is a lot of work. There is a lot of reading generally for each class. Some classes require papers each week, while others have tests and quizzes. Don't be intimidated by the work load it is just a matter of time management. These classes are hard, but they are designed to have think a different way and explore different ideas.

    Tips for prospective students

    This isn't like high school where you could breeze. School is a lot of fun, but you have to be able to that balance between school work and going out. First semester is always rougher for students because it is their first time away from home usually. While on Christmas break you begin to realize how much you love and miss school and can't wait to come back. Be prepared to work hard, you can't get by without hard work.

    In three sentences

    I would give the university a 9. The classes are very competitive and the wealth of information that you learn in a semester is unbelievable. Professors and teaching assistants are always willing to work with you enabling you to do extremely well.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT does an awesome job informing people about how to be safe on campus considering our proximity to downtown. I always feel safe on campus, but still walk with people at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for literally everything. Also, join an Intramural team, they are fun!

    What to do for fun

    Literally anything. Even if you don't have a car there are plenty of events on campus and awesome public transportation.

    Food and Dining

    The hours can be pretty annoying on the weekends, but I actually like cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the Honors quad is the one of the best decisions I've made in college. Snacks at finals time, friends to talk to around every corner and lots of quiet places to study.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in an honors program and also a freshman, but the academic rigor seems just high enough to teach the course effectively without excessive workloads.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect too much for your first registration, most classes will close. Join something that you loved in highschool and join something you never would've joined in high school your first year!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has a student population with many diverse interests. It is easy to find clubs or organizations for just about anything or very simple to make one. It's a big campus, but a friendly community.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls we have that serve buffets are J2 and Kinsolving. J2 is the most convenient since I live in Jester, and they do have great food! However, it does get quite repetitive and you'll start to get tired of it. Kinsolving offers great quality food at a great price! There are also markets that sell food without it being a buffet, but the food is pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love living in a dorm, especially cause I live in Jester, where everyone lives and hangs out. It's awesome being so close to everything in such a convenient location. Most of my friends live in Jester so it's really easy to meet up. The dorms just got renovated so they're really clean and nice. The janitors also clean the community bathroom frequently so it's not bad at all! If your'e going to live in a dorm, definitely pick Jester though! I have friends in Kinsolving who live super far away, and it's absolutely miserable for them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at UT really depends on your major. My classes were fairly easy my first semester, but I do know many students, such as engineers and business students, who struggled and had to work really hard. The difficulty of the classes also depend on your high school background, which really builds the foundation for studying and doing well.

    In three sentences

    UT is an amazing school with such a great environment and atmosphere, especially because its in the city of Austin, a beautiful place with tons of things to do. The diverse amount of students, organizations, and clubs makes you feel right at home, even at such a large university. Most importantly, UT is a great school to get an education, with top programs and professors for your degree.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Other than the odd rumors about a weird assault or a freak bicycle-car accident, Austin is a pretty safe city. Just don't walk to places by yourself at night, if possible, and be wary of passive-aggressive homeless people that roam Guadalupe Street.

    Greek Life

    I'm not part of it, but it seems to be very active and thriving. I'm sure you could find a good frat or sorority, if you wanted to.

    Clubs and Activities

    When you have an institution that is as big as UT, there is a club for just about everything - even lockpicking. Some may not be as good as others, but if you join a club that disappoints you, you can always assume leadership positions and do your job to improve it. :)

    Great for these types of students

    Sociable, self-motivated, mature (you need to learn how to balance your studies and your extracurricular activities), and open-minded (UT's students are considerably liberal).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They like to celebrate diversity, so cool Indian festivals like Holi Day are celebrated where it seems like everyone is sprayed with color bombs. Also, we are all about football (even though our team is not doing so well right now....), so a yearly parade is held to amp us up before certain games. Then you have the occasional quirky events like foam sword fights and such. :)

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state resident, UT is probably the best public institution in Texas. Even though it sometimes feels like I have to pay to /walk/ on UT, this is probably the main reason why I attended this college: if I worked hard, I know I would get my money's worth here.

    What to do for fun

    The college is nearby the IMAX theater and several museums. UT is situated in downtown Austin, which has many places for partying or just going out with friends at that hole-in-the-wall restaurant you've always heard about. Free movies are shown once a week, free dance classes are offered at the beginning of every semester, and clubs like to hold lots of events over the year on big streets, so you can grab free food and goodies. We also have an active gaming community through clubs like TeSPA if partying isn't necessarily your thing. Many artists perform at the Erwin center, which is also closeby to campus, and there are large venues like SXSW and Austin City Limits that appear annually if you're a music fan. No matter who you are, it seems there is something at Austin for everyone to do.

    Food and Dining

    The foods provided by UT, although pricey, tend to be organic and locally produced. The buffets and cafeterias are pretty decent, but if you find that you're dissatisfied by the school food, UT is located near the heart of downtown Austin, so there are plenty of quirky yet solid local places to grab food at with your friends.

    Dorm Life

    I actually commute, so I can't say exactly what it is like. However, from what I've heard from my friends, it's alright. Some roommates might be kinda weird, and it can get kinda loud since UT is a bit of a party school, but it doesn't sound bad.

    Academic Rigor

    For a semi-party school, UT is actually pretty tough. Some professors may not give much homework, but their tests will force you to think on a higher level, a thinking that most people cannot develop within a night or two of cramming. You should be studying everyday, and how well you do in your classes will be completely up to you. If you have to (and you most likely will), take advantage of your classes' office hours and the Sanger Learning Center, which provides free tutoring for certain classes and counseling for your learning habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you attend an institution as large as UT, you have to be the initiator; professors will not have the time to coddle you as they did in high school. Get involved in extracurricular activities and/or honors programs as soon as you can and find a group who can act as your support group. Even if you're not sure you like the major you have, work hard and keep your grades up so that if you /do/ transfer, you won't have to worry as much. There are lots of things to do at Austin, but don't get too distracted - it is all too easy to let your grades slip. Time management skills and finding a balance seems to be the largest obstacles for getting the most out of UT.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great research institution with excellent schools in multiple fields (e.g. engineering, architecture, and pharmacy). The teachers there are knowledgeable but tend to be hit-or-miss since their tenure usually depends on their research, not on their quality as a professor. Registering for classes is a bit of a nightmare since there are so many students and not enough professors, but pretty much everyone I have met there is friendly, bright, and self-motivated.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you could think of! On-Campus bowling Kayaking or Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Lake Austin Exploring the city Trying new restaurants Going to local parks/pools (Zilker park/Barton Springs) Shopping areas Art!

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is dorm food. It's not bad and three are different types of dining halls to choose from, but they can get a bit pricey. Make sure you plan/budget your money...and eat lots of Ramen!

    Dorm Life

    LIVE IN THE DORM YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR. You'll be on campus and able to get to know your way around, plus you'll make your closest friends in this first year. Definitely the way to go!

    Academic Rigor

    The university takes academics very seriously and strives to provide the best courses, professors, and resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put yourself out there! Many people are intimidated by the size of The University of Texas at Austin, but if you make an effort to meet people and join clubs then you won't have a single walk through campus without passing at least one person that you know.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is an institution that not only provides a high-quality education for all students, but also encourages community within the university for a fun-filled and well-rounded college experience. There is a club or group for anything you could imagine which gives every student an opportunity to meet new people, pursue their interests, and leave a mark on the university. The school pride can be felt throughout all of Austin, which in itself is the perfect city for college-aged students with its outdoor activities, bouncing city-life, and unique vibe.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are several emergency stands for people to use around campus. There is a hotline that students can call if they do not want to walk alone on campus late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    The number of clubs and activities at UT are endless. There are so many that it was overwhelming at first. It is just a matter of finding what you think you will enjoy most. If there is not a club that provides the activity you wanted, you can create your own club.

    What to do for fun

    Considering that the campus is located in Austin, there are a wide variety of fun things to do. Go out to eat at a new restaurant, the union has a movie theater and bowling alley, and many people enjoy going downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls provide adequate food. At kinsolving and J2 there are a variety of foods for students to choose from, and it is buffet style which is even better. There are plenty of other food options available on campus, including fast food places and markets. Of course there is always Guadalupe street, aka the drag, that provides a variety of food places.

    Dorm Life

    I live at Kinsolving, and the facility is very comfortable to live. I have a community bathroom which is not as bad as some might think. People come clean the bathroom daily, so that is not a problem. The dorm room itself is fairly nice, more closet room would be nice, but it is not a necessity.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging depending on your own personal strengths and weaknesses in the various subjects. This past semester I retook Calculus and it was definitely more rigorous than high school calculus. There are various levels of math available for students, so it just depends on what you, personally, want to endure.

    Tips for prospective students

    It will be important to find the balance between school life and academic life. Remember to keep academic work as a priority, but be able to explore and figure out what other activities you may enjoy.

    In three sentences

    UT is such a diverse and exciting campus, there are so many activities for students to become involved in. The campus is beautiful, and although it seems big, once you are actually there it becomes small and familiar. There are plenty of unique and fun people to meet and become friends with.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at Austin...Barton Springs, the Graffiti Park, Poetry Slam at Spider House, all of downtown really, periodical Gay Pride Parades, kayaking, paddling, canoeing, the list is endless!!

    Food and Dining

    Depends on what food court you go to. Kinsolving has some really healthy food and it's all you can eat for only $4! You get some flexible money to spend on restaurants around the campus, but that's a limited amount of money. Of course, you can change your food plan as you like. There are many vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options on campus so that is not a problem at all.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is sketchy at UT to be honest. Places like Jester and Kinsolving are not the best to be put in. They are not always clean, and often the rooms are small. Again, the Honors dorm are the best and I would recommend those.

    Academic Rigor

    I am part of the Liberal Arts Honors Program at UT Austin, and it's probably the best thing I could have done. As someone who took mostly AP classes in high school, I needed that challenge in college as well. The Honors Programs are easy to apply to, and come with wonderful advisors. Thus far, I have also met very interesting people in the program, and I probably wouldn't have met them otherwise. Join a FIG (First-Year Interest Group) or an Honors Programs! It is not as intimidating as it sounds, and will actually help you transition into college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Do NOT room with your best friend. College is a time to explore, and to meet new people. 2) Take a light load for your first semester. 12-13 hours ought to be the most you do for your first semester. You don't want to burn yourself out before the academic year even ends. If you handled the first semester well, then move up to 15-17 hours your next semester. 3) Manage your time well. The only profound difference between high school academics and college academics is the independence you get once in college. No one will ask if you did the reading from last night. There will be no quizzes to check up on your knowledge before the exam. Motivate yourself to study at least 3-5 hours a day, then plan your exercise, relaxation time, etc. around that.

    In three sentences

    Academics are challenging but doable, but the professors make an effort to help you along the way. The city itself is amazing as it is full of restaurants, stores, and attractions like Barton Spring. Lastly, although it's a huge campus, if one gets involved in honors programs, organizations, or even the Greek life, the campus feels considerably smaller.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well nothing has happened to me, but you might run into a few drunk students. then again someone got stabbed with a fork in my ee building but that was only once

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly it is too diverse that there is no one type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    For the level of education it isn't that bad. However, it still is a bit pricey for me. I got no scholarships from this school so it was a bit difficult but the pricetag isn't the most important thing in a university.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, a gym with various activities (a pool, racquetball, basketball, etc..). Of course there are also parties every weekend but I don't get too involved in that.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food gets old fast... really fast. However, there are plenty of restaurants around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly the dorm rooms are a bit small, but it's nice that it is so close to all my classes. I really didn't like my roommate which was based on random, but that's gonna differ for everyone

    Academic Rigor

    Even though my program (electrical engineering) is considered one of the most difficult (at least in terms of engineering) at the university, it still isn't that bad and is definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    First don't go too crazy in terms of partying. Get involved in the school and finally study.

    In three sentences

    It's a very diverse campus. It has great academic programs and tons of organizations to join. There are many other programs like study abroad and co-ops.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A somewhat tradition here on the campus is the albino squirrel (white squirrel, red eyes). UT students will normally remind everyone that if you see an albino squirrel, that it will bring you an A+ on your next exam, so keep an eye out for one if you plan to tour the campus!

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are such a long list of extracurricular activities that you can do on campus: sports, political organizations, religious groups, fan clubs, anything you can think of, it's probably already made by another UT student. And since you're in downtown Austin, there's also a lot of different places and activities to do here. There's the infamous Austin City Live music concert, and SXSW festival, as well as the Trail of Lights here in the winter. Regardless, Austin is a busy city and you can always find something here that is in your interest.

    Food and Dining

    UT's on campus dining is very great, with a wide range of food as both the North and South sides of campus include a buffet, with many choices of food to choose from. Also the great thing about the University of Texas that is rare for other universities is that it is right in the heart of the city. Right across the street from campus is an endless list of the different kinds of foods you can get, from the 24 hour breakfast cafe to a trailer park full of unique foods like kimchi fries. Austin definitely is the place to be to find great food!

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm on campus has their own environment. You can choose to live in a large dormitory, with very outgoing and friendly neighbors that you can easily befriend, or you can choose to live in a more quiet dorm, where you can study quietly in your own room, You get the chance to decide which place is best for your life style, which is a really great thing about the dorms at UT.

    Academic Rigor

    As an Electrical/Computer Engineering major at UT, the course load and difficulty is very high. However, there's a lot of different opportunities to help you do better, from basic study groups with your friends, to the professor's office hours and tutoring sessions with older students/ professional tutors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Transitioning from high school to UT is definitely a drastic change, but if you prepare for the rigors of the course and focus on the school work, you'll be able to make it. Don't worry and panic too much about the flaws and just push hard and learn from your past mistakes to do well in the future. It may be tough now, but think about how well you'll be doing 4 years from now.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a university that is dedicated to providing a great education to students in their prospective fields. They provide endless opportunities to have hands on experiences, work with your professors, and study abroad. This university has a great sense of community and networking and attending this university will definitely help you go far in life!

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened or unsafe on campus or anywhere around it.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers who take pride in their work but still want to have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is pricey for a public university in Texas, UT Austin rivals many top-ranked private universities around the world.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you are into, UT Austin offers it. Sports, FOOTBALL, outdoorsy activities like running, kayaking, or swimming at Town Lake, restaurants and bars in downtown Austin, Greek Life if it is your thing... You name it, we got it! (Aside from maybe skiing)

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options on campus, but those other than all-you-can-eat can be expensive. And the all-you-can-eat can get monotonous after a semester of living on campus. Just moments off campus, there are tons of restaurants on the Drag, so you can pretty much find whatever you want within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to meet people, are cost effective as opposed to rising rent prices in Austin, and are convenient. You can have all your meals at all-you-can-eat buffet style cafeterias, or buy from different restaurants around campus. I would definitely recommend staying on campus for one year at least just to be close to classes, activities, and learn ways to get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Miterm and Finals weeks can be hell, but there is definitely a balance between super easy and kill-me-now classes. Go online to check out your professors before signing up for a class. Although classes are tough, we take pride in this. That being said, there is still time for fun. Longhorns definitely live by the motto, work hard, play hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're from the state of Texas, it is imperative to be in the top 8 percent I think it is to get automatic admission. I know people who got in otherwise but had other merits like great extracurriculars and special interests in certain programs such as the School of Fine Arts or sports programs. For out of state, admission may be even more difficult as about 90 percent of the spots are reserved for in-state students. You must be at the top of your class and very involved. Transferring from community colleges around Texas doesn't seem that difficult, as long as your GPA is high.

    In three sentences

    There is a reason why this is THE University of Texas. From academics to athletics, this school is consistently the best in many of its endeavors, and living in Austin is definitely a plus (compared to other cities in Texas-ahem-College Station). Everyone I know at this school is so happy with their education and life here.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do around Austin. From food, to dancing to music festivals, if you just look around there will be plenty of great things to do!

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is ok, not overpriced but not cheap either. There are alot of great restaurants outside of campus as well. Best dining is at kinsolving, but it is a bit far. JCL is ok, a bit expensive, and the buffet at jester is ok but the lines are long.

    Dorm Life

    O.K. dorm life. Especially for freshman, live at jester because it will be the closest to all your classes (esp for primary intro classes) Dorm in general is o.k., I will be living in an apartment next school year.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty difficult here, especially math, history, government, science, etc. Not surprising since they are all introduction core curriculum classes. Work hard and it will pay off! Make sure to find a good group to study. Many of the students are very intelligent and work very hard as well. Talk to your teachers and peers often, as well as your teaching assistants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students in general is to be proactive and apply for scholarships. There are so many opportunities, especially for high school seniors, that you can partake in. Also, do well on your AP tests and take dual-credit if possible. It's great if you already have those done and become a sophomore credit-wise!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a really great school with a very large and diverse community. At first, it may seem very large and overwhelming, but with the wide variety of organizations and clubs as well as special interest groups, you will soon find your niche! Austin is also a great place to live, work, and just hang out with your friends, and I love being here!

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Austin is a wonderful city, and there's always something going on. There are always activities on campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good no matter where you go on campus, and of campus has a lot of options. The only downside is that the food is expensive no matter what, so manage your Bevo Bucks and Dine-In dollars well.

    Dorm Life

    Jester, whether it's east or west is the place to be. Living of campus your first year may not be helpful to you, especially in the colder months. The walk may stop you from going to class. Although Duren and San Jac are the nicest dorms, Jester is the most convenient, and you'll probably end up spending all your time ithere.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is no joke. You can't afford to slack off in classes. The teachers are nice people, but this does not mean they are lenient professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for this university early by taking as much dual-credit and AP courses as you can. I would suggest taking calculus and history before you get here, because they are much harder here.

    In three sentences

    Although the university is big, the advisors and teachers do their best to make it a more personal experience. It is prestigious, so the work is on the more difficult side. There is a very diverse student population.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always police driving around to ensure safety around campus. In addition, there are many spots around campus that make calling security very convenient 24/7. There is usually no crime around here.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who comes to UT Austin is guaranteed to find people and programs and activities that suit them because of the great diversity. People who prefer small schools and knowing everybody like A&M would probably not want to mingle in such a large community like this one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are plenty of strange traditions on campus. The most famous one is seeing the albino squirrel after an exam. There are many squirrel running around campus, but the one albino squirrel is supposedly a sign of good luck on exams. If you see it, you're guaranteed an A.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the transition may be a little difficult for some freshman, UT Austin is a wonderful school. The education and opportunities here are worth the tuition, and the experience and memories people make are what make UT Austin the number 1 school in Texas.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is a large city with many things to see and do. For people who enjoy just hanging out with small groups or going to do something simple like eat out and play video games, there are people and places for that. For those who like shopping with larger groups of friends, there are many malls around the area as well that are accessible through the provided bus transportation around the city. And of course, for those who love to party on weekends, they can grab some friends and head down to parties that upperclassmen throw on West Campus, or take a short bus ride to the famous 6th street.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Although it may be a little pricey, there are many ways to reduce the cost of food for every day. There are so many choices whether it be in the dorm building or a short walk from it. It is definitely much better than high school cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. There is lots of privacy, the rooms and bathrooms are very clean, and there are plenty of conveniences in the dorm building alone. Since they are also in the center of campus, getting to class is easy. The people are friendly and there are often plenty of social gatherings arranged by different groups, so there is always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at this university was very satisfying. As a freshman, I only took four courses for 13 hours, which is the recommended rigor for the average first semester freshman. As long as you stay organized and don't procrastinate to let work pile up, everything is fairly manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always make it a priority to attend class and as many reviews and discussion sessions as you can to gain as much knowledge and practice as possible. Don't procrastinate and always stay on top of things with your work. Get to know your professors and teaching assistants (TA's) because it's very helpful to be able to turn to them when you have questions. Lastly, don't forget to socialize and make friends, but be responsible. Socializing eases the transition from high school to college to help people feel like they fit in more

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a wonderful school because of the excellent programs and diversity among students. Most, if not all, students here are very hard workers, and being in such a large university makes it possible to really put yourself out there and learn more through interactions with people. The opportunities here in the University of Texas at Austin are very enlightening, and prepares students for bigger opportunities in the future.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Amazing school spirit, not only on campus, but all over Austin. Many free on campus activities available all year round. Instructors are highly educated and love teaching.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    IF you're liberal (or even moderate), you will love it. That being said, a lot of my more conservative friends still don't have any trouble finding like-minded people on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Blanton dormitory (in the honors quad) has a GREAT study space. Kerbey Lane Cafe is perfect for late night snacks.

    Bang for the buck

    Austin is pretty pricey, but you can still find some good deals if you're smart.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is a city, which means that there are TONS of things to do for fun. You could stick to the traditional college life frat parties or extra curricular life or you could go watch the bats during the fall or spring, take a trip to downtown and visit 6th Street (which is amazing during Halloween, by the way), or take go to the Texas State Capitol. You'll never be bored. Oh! And if you like food, you are in heaven (just don't stick to on campus food...).

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I wasn't a fan of the food. It was edible, hence the 3 stars, but I would have liked the option to NOT have to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, the campus life is amazing. I am extremely happy that I decided to live on campus my freshman year as it allowed me to form some lasting relationships with others within my major. For those in an honors program, I would definitely recommend considering the honors quad (Blanton, Andrews, and Carothers) as an option for on campus housing. While it may be a little inconvenient, at first, to deal with having community baths, it is worth the challenge purely because of the community.

    Academic Rigor

    Getting A's are difficult, especially if you are taking honors classes. That being said, they are not completely unattainable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a chance to escape your comfort zone. Do what you didn't to in high school - if you want to join a dance group or an a cappella group, go for it and don't be shy. Leave college with no regrets.

    In three sentences

    UT has so much to offer students from every background. Regardless of your interests, beliefs, or values, you will find students who are similar to you and those who are very different, thereby enhancing your educational experience. The research, professors, and extracurriculars all contribute to the valuable learning experience in Austin.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    As an outdoors person, the city is beautiful: parks scattered around, lakes in the midst of them, rivers bordering, and great hiking/camping scenic areas. However, I cannot stress the music scene here. Concerts and live music galore, in fact, I could see one tonight! Find an emerging local band and watch them rise to stardom.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, there is a wide variety of food here. Do you have a craving? Just walk 15 minutes or less and you will find what you are looking for. The drag, on the West outskirts of the campus has some of the best meals around. Want to get even more variety of fantastic eateries? Check all around Austin, the city is packed with amazing finds.

    Dorm Life

    I can not particularly put my viewpoint on dorm life on campus, but I know how dorm life is off campus. People fill the lobbies at night and people can get rowdy, but what can you expect from a school that has some of the best parties? I hear awful stories about drunk people entering another person's room and just releasing themselves. Lesson to learn: lock your doors and know how to control yourself. On the positive side, the food and people around you during the day are great.

    Academic Rigor

    As for an engineering student, the classes are informative and help you build up from freshman year to senior year. Physics Engineering is, by far, the most time consuming and mind boggling course, but the University offers supplemental classes for engineers to help you understand. Supplemental classes are not only a gpa booster but also much needed in the highly rigorous courses offered at UT.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion, the campus is big enough to hold all the necessary buildings needed for a large student population, but the size is small enough to walk from one end to the other in fifteen minutes. The students are friendly and spirited. The school is known to be big on parties and academics, so it is best of both worlds.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am not the only on to say that the University of Texas at Austin is the biggest bang for your buck in Texas, and one of the biggest in the nation. The University competes with top-level Ivy League institutions that are far more expensive. With the education level that UT offers, it is hard to neglect such an opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    The University is well known for its night life. Campus is within walking distance of downtown Austin, where every weekend students go and have a good time. If classes permit, every weekend one can find something to do in Austin or on campus. Live music is a big attraction for students too.

    Food and Dining

    The University has several dining halls and several small cafes on campus, all with tasty food and variety. Also, the Drag has many options that will satisfy the pickiest diner. There are several restaurants around campus that have earned a well-deserved reputation among Austinites, and will not disappoint a hungry stomach.

    Dorm Life

    Small or big dorms, UT has them both. The bigger ones can hold up to 1500 students, while the smaller ones have the feel of big houses. Students will rarely complain about their life in one of UT's residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload of classes depends mostly on the area of study. As an engineering student, I find myself studying a lot. Some classes are meant to be easy and some are not. The average student does not have a 4.0 GPA, but students with such GPA's are not unheard of, even in engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT is a hard school, but that doesn't mean it is impossible to graduate from here. Everyone struggles with school, and getting friends to help is part of the experience of being a Longhorn. Teachers will help if asked; same with the TA's. As long as there is dedication and perseverance in the student, success is attainable.

    In three sentences

    Being a Longhorn has been the best experience I have had in my life. The University of Texas at Austin is a huge school where I feel at home but at the same time overwhelmed with all the opportunities that it has for my future. Since I started attending, I have only become more motivated to work hard. At UT, there is always something to do, and a place for everything. Bowling, sleeping, studying, eating, the university has it all.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I'm not into Greek life, but it is definitely a big thing at UT. You won't be left out if you aren't in though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you see the albino squirrel, you are supposed to get an A on your next exam.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty decent. In the dining halls they have most of the same things everyday, but there are plenty of options. There are other options like Wendy's and Starbucks on campus also.

    Dorm Life

    Kinsolving is one of the bigger residence halls on campus and it is all-female. It is quiet, but not too quiet and it is very convenient. There is a dining hall, a small exercise room, a convenience store, as well as study rooms and two tv lounges. I plan to live there next year also.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to my high school, the academics at UT are extremely advanced and much more difficult, especially being a science major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always visit the school you want to apply to!

    In three sentences

    UT is big and there are so many opportunities. The surrounding city of Austin is lively and weird in a good way. If there's something you want to do, UT Austin has it.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are clubs galore on campus, you just have to look a little bit. After I was there a week of two I joined the racquetball club, and a flag football team. These are two of my interests, and helped me to meet people with similar interests. There are clubs of any kind imaginable, and the meetings are posted for you to sit in and check them out. Bring your swimwear, there is an awesome pool with a beach area with lounge chairs for relaxing. Perfect for the afternoon when you need to unwind after am exam. If you like to jog there are multiple paths and a track that you can run on too. The campus is near downtown, and the bus system is free to students, so hop the bus, and visit the city! It's a beautiful friendly place, and easy to get around.

    Food and Dining

    There's no need to worry that you won't be able to find something you will like to eat! The dining hall in Jester has it ALL! They have several areas that change menus daily, and serve the best food in the area. There is also of course a buffet and salad bar that you can choose from daily too. I never went hungry, and didn't spend a fortune either.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and well kept. I lived in Jester East my freshman year, and it was the best place for convenience. The best dining hall, the gym is next door, the main classes were surrounding me. There was always something to do, if I had spare time and needed to get out of my room. I never felt unsafe or insecure in my dorm, or on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I was amazed at the thousands of classes that are offered every semester. When I needed a very specific class as a prerequisite, I was worried as every one else would need it to, but the schedule offered it often enough that we all could get in. The professors will hold you to their standard, but will teach in a way that you will be able to excel as long as you make an honest effort. The lectures are large, but the discussion classes are small and well structured. If you ever need time to talk to your professor, they are available and happy to see you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a friendly attitude, and your shorts! I came 1,500 miles to study here, and found friends as soon as I unpacked my bags. The student body here is as helpful as it is friendly. Our Hook'em Horns atmosphere is contagious! The campus might be big, but with the friendly, helpful demeanor of everyone here, it seems so much smaller. If you have questions, problems, or concerns, just ask! The professors and counselors are excellent.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is First Class in all fields. The professors are professional, but honestly interested in you as a person, and your success as a student. The UT Campus is convenient, clean, and friendly; you can walk everywhere you need to be, and the student body is as friendly as it is diverse.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The cost can be quite steep, but if you are lucky enough to snag a few scholarships, it is definitely worth the while.

    What to do for fun

    Festivals are always happening, whether it is ACL, Fun Fun Fun Fest, SXSW, and much more. Football games are festive and fun, filling campus with school spirit. There are IM sports for those who play a sport, perhaps not for the school, but for a hobby. There is an organization for anything and everything, and if not, you can create an organization with 3 people and $10. Finally,(if you are of age) you can head on down to the well known 6th street.

    Food and Dining

    While better than high school cafeteria food, it is still cafeteria food. I did give an extra star because vegetarian and gluten-free options are readily available.

    Dorm Life

    Although it depends what dorm you live in, there is always something going on. Weekly events with free food are the norm, but if you want to be left alone, you can simply forgo the events.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not be surprised if your class has a high failing rate, there are reasons they are called weed out classes and GPA killers.

    Tips for prospective students

    My main tips would be to remember not to overload your schedule with classes, there is no need to take 17 hours and become overly stressed when 12 hours can suffice. Getting enough sleep is important as well, because being unable to understand what you're learning due to being exhausted is not helping anyone. GO TO CLASS.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere on campus is inspiring, just walking past buildings and seeing your peers hard at work studying, brings a sense of ambition. When it comes to the social aspect, one should have no problem finding an organization or group of people with similar interests, you don't have to resort to the typical fraternity/sorority organizations to get a well rounded social experience. Academics are taken very seriously, and there is so much opportunity to study abroad, research in undergrad, and internships.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On campus there are many events going on everyday for multiple different occasions. Anything from a carnival to fashion shows, culture shock, flash mobs, and even concerts every now and then. There are also different sporting events students get to attend some for free others for a fee, such as football games, basketball games, volleyball and soccer games as well as track and field meets. Additionally, there is SXSW every year during spring break as well as FUN FUN FUN Fest and many other annual music festivals going on throughout the year. The night life is also nice because there are buses that take and pick students up from the University to visit 6th street every weekend starting Thursday night. There are all type of clubs and restaurants to visit throughout downtown which makes Austin such a fun place to wake up to.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining halls were really good on some nights and some are really bad all the time and all food is expensive on campus if you do not have the meal plan. Luckily, there are restaurants right near the campus that are really good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life had its perks from the very beginning, it was a safe place to live and I never felt threatened in any type of way when I was on campus even really late. I lived on campus for my freshman and sophomore year and I really enjoyed it because of the convenience but overall it is cheaper to live off campus so I moved my junior year.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging to earn A's at this university because of the grading system now, which is based on a plus minus system that usually does not work in every student's favor. Classes are very large which makes one on one time with professors or your professor knowing your name very rare.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to asking for help and take the time to learn new things. Be open minded and let people into your life because the college experience is truly what you make it. Remain focused on the goal throughout the entire time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a wonderful place overall, I have loved living in Austin. Although I have faced racial adversity here it has made me stronger. For that reason I value my education so much.

  • 11/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Carry pepper spray!

    Greek Life

    So much Greek life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The very diverse atmosphere we have leads to many unusual events that are very awesome events if you can keep an open mind and enjoy the different cultures!

    What to do for fun

    Visit awesome places in Austin. Join clubs and attend university events!

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY HARD! GET SLEEP!

    In three sentences

    The University is one in a million. The atmosphere, the diversity and academics make this a wonderful place to be. I feel so blessed to be here.

  • 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.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is great but does get tiring after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    I made my best friends in the dorms. We always had a blast being together.

    Academic Rigor

    Although classes may seem impossible at times you get the greatest feeling when you get through.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great! There are campus-wide alert systems through email, text, and campus computers.

    Greek Life

    I'm a GDI (an independent).

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and tons of groups from those sharing the same love for activities, the same ethnicity, or the same beliefs. There is a group or club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those students that do not mind a city feel in a college. Those that are looking for more of a private, small college feel, UT is probably not for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is huge on campus. Hook 'em horns.

    Bang for the buck

    As tuition goes up, the school tries to offset by providing more for your money. Again, an undergraduate may not notice this until past any core classes as the interaction with research or any higher level academia is not usually the care before the basics are completed.

    What to do for fun

    Nature, cycling, RecSports, student groups, hiking, climbing, or explore! There is so much to do in Austin.

    Food and Dining

    Fast food is easy and everywhere! Take some time and think about what you're putting into your system. Remember you'll feel that pizza, 6-pack, and endless breakfast burritos in your late 20's.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a ton of fun. Keep your door open and invite everyone in. Meet new friends, decide what your niche is and get involved in dorm activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Have your fun but do not forget that school comes first. Getting necessary school work out of the way leads to some stress free relaxation.

    Tips for prospective students

    The college experience is amazing. Learn new things, meet new people, experience things out of your element. With that said, do not forget what you're there for and focus on your studies.

    In three sentences

    This is a huge university that values it's students. Those that work hard and get through core classes can benefit from tons of opportunity. It can be daunting to be at such a gigantic institution, but the determination to get ahead leads one to finding great mentors, friends, and experiences.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the price. Public school pay and the program you're in might be better than Harvard's

    What to do for fun

    An easier question would be, What is there not to do for fun?

    Food and Dining

    SOOOO many places to go to!! It's my first semester and I try different foods and places EVERY DAY. The buffets are like 5 dollars all you can eat, and they have a large variety of foods and trend with the season! Taco cabana, chick-fil-a, and other small and big chain restaurants are on and nearby campus. I couldn't be happier.

    Dorm Life

    Great sense of community, lots of activities, and everything you could possibly need is nearby. The people are all nice and friendly, bathrooms are cleaned consistently, printers, vending machines, nearby restaurants, washers/dryers, etc...

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses will be difficult, but not too out of hand. If you're a hard worker, you can make it. Plus, most of your professors will be forgiving.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Tour the city and the school well. It's a big school and city, so there's alot more to see than most other schools. -Be prepared for rigorous courses -If you decide to attend UT, be aware of all the resources!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is amazing school! I enjoy the diversity, the city, the school spirit, and the success of all the programs here! I give UT-Austin a 9/10.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police call boxes all around campus and if there is problem they show up as fast as they can. The campus is large, and I would suggest not walking alone at night as it can be a little creepy, but there is always a call box around the corner and that makes me feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is perfect for all types, but especially for those who love to learn, even if you don't know what you want to do for a living, there are people who will help you figure it out, and that makes it a great environment.

    Bang for the buck

    The academics definitely makes up for the price of the university. UT is surrounded with such prestige that getting a career after getting your degree shouldn't be very difficult.

    What to do for fun

    There is always the multiple gyms around campus. I've made a few friends and we go running around the indoor track or on the treadmills together. There is also always something going on in the Plaza. It could be a car smash to let out frustration, a job fair, a yard sale, or a food fair, but all of it is fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious at first, but if you constantly eat on campus the food can get very repetitive since they cycle through the same recipes every week. Most of the vegetarian options are sides, and the main vegetarian course are not that appetizing.

    Dorm Life

    Whether you stay in a small dorm or a large one, there are many fun activities happening all the time. My dorm had a fall festival in October and spaghetti parties, they were really fun, and it was nice meeting everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor and class, the coursework can range from relatively easy to extremely difficult. Alway try to get to know your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study now, this university can be hard and it will test your limits so you can learn. If you come to this university without knowing how to study or work properly, your first semester will not end up the way you want it.

    In three sentences

    This school challenges me, which is something I've always wanted. The staff may seem intimidating at first, but most of them are extremely friendly and helpful, they only seem intimidating because of the university's size. There is always something fun to do and always someone who is there to help.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Catching a look of an albino squirrel on campus the day of the test is considered good luck!

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown on the weekends is always fun! Explore the weird city of Austin; it will never bore you. There are many places to go!

    Food and Dining

    Not a whole lot of choices but the choices that are available are really good.

    Dorm Life

    Very social dorms, easy to make good friends. Events every other week.

    Academic Rigor

    Huge course load, takes up a lot of time. One thought keeps me going; it is all gonna pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    The course load is gonna hit you hard the first few weeks, but you get used to it within a month. Definitely take advantage of all the different resources available and most of all, have loads of fun here. Austin is an amazing city, y'all will fall in love with it from the first day!

    In three sentences

    UT has already changed my life. Claimed to be one of the best universities in the world, this university does not make you feel otherwise. The diversity of this university brings it apart.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    downtown austin has everything you could imagine.

    Food and Dining

    Good food and a variety of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome dorms and dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Much higher academic rigor than one would expect especially in competitive colleges such as natural sciences and engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never get behind. The social atmosphere is intense but never let it be a priority over your studies.

    In three sentences

    UT is a very prestigious public school and the expectations of students are high. Overall, the faculty on campus is very helpful and approachable. It's a very big school full of opportunities but help is always available if one should need it.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well on campus something fun to do is that we have a gym that has a rock climbing wall a swimming pool and courts for tennis basketball and volleyball. UT also has an underground bowling alley. There's also other organizations and clubs available that go out and do lots of other fun stuff!

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good. We have a variety of food available for the students, including great varieties of food available for vegetarians. We also have restaurants there on campus and on the drag for those that want something more than cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    It's great living on campus. My resident adviser is always there when i need him. and well staying on campus it's just easier to get to class and get work done. Also it is great because of it i got meet lots of great people from all over the world.

    Academic Rigor

    There's all kinds of classes available for the students whether it is from fine arts to psychology astronomy to yoga. The classes are like how other schools classes are, they are both really easy and some that give you a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT can be one of the best decisions a student can make if planning to attend there, UT has so many opportunities available for the students. If one wants to be a future Longhorn one advice would be to work hard during high school UT is very hard school to get into but at the end its all worth it because it's a great school to go to.

    In three sentences

    UT in Austin is great school. It has so many majors and organizations available. There is teachers advisers and staff available during the day to help you out with anything

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT police are very effective and attentive at preventing crimes. I always feel safe when walking on campus.

    Greek Life

    I believe UT has one of the larges Greek communities in the nation. There are a bunch of very grand sorority and fraternity houses, and members of these groups throw parties, benefits, and philanthropy events frequently.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs, suited to any and all interests. At the start of each semester there are club fairs showcasing the variety of clubs and groups located on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student! student life is so diverse, and as aforementioned there are hundreds of clubs to suit any student's interest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's supposedly good luck if a student spots the albino squirrel on campus (hence the albino squirrel club). As for locations, the six pack (located directly in front of the tower and in front of the great fountain with horses) is a pretty common area among students. There's a stretch of lawn between 6 buildings; a lot of time students just lay out reading or studying, and sometimes professors even hold classes out there on a nice day. Additionally, the music and entertainment committee holds live concerts there.

    Bang for the buck

    Instructors are great at challenging students. The ending of every semester is gratifying because you finish with an abundant amount of knowledge in something that you only knew of vaguely before. The university also has a great variety of interesting classes. For instance, last semester I took Literary Marriages From Hell. As an English major, I was so excited that an interesting class like this was available for me to take towards my degree plan. That's just one of many creative and unconventional course subjects at UT Austin.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things on campus to do for fun. There are a great amount of clubs on campus, so pretty much any and every interest can be suited. From the quidditch team, to the albino squirrel club, there's never a dull moment on campus. Additionally, Austin is a wonderful city filled with live music, great food, and abundant culture, and the UT spirit is right in the thick of it.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is great at providing a food option for everybody, from the health conscious, to the vegetarians to those who prefer good old fashioned southern cooking. They also serve a good variety of ethnic foods as well; Mexican, Indian, and Asian, to name a few.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I wasn't too crazy about the dorms because I like to cook and there was no common dorm kitchen available in the housing hall i stayed in. But, overall, the maintenance was great and the meal plan was generous.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, and professors don't expect anything but your best. It was definitely eye-opening at first (the contrast from high school to college), but it helps to push you to perform to the best of your abilities, which is ultimately very gratifying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be embarrassed to look at a map if you're lost. And study every night. It's not like high school; there's not much room for slacking.

    In three sentences

    It can be rather large and intimidating at first, but you soon begin to regard it as home. There are always great campus activities going on, such as live music and community service events. Lastly, the classes are hard, but you come out of each semester feeling smarter and more knowledgeable than before.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    ABSA is really fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The towers is a huge place I guess.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a cutoff rate for credit hours in tuition. I'm an in-state student, so I only have to pay a few thousand dollars, after financial aid helps me.

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations, parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. My favorite place is J2, the buffet. You really get your money's worth.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice, such as Jester East and West.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes, such as Introduction to Astronomy, are very hard... it depends on the professor.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin has a big campus that allows for very diverse activities. It also has a lot of resources, such as well-accredited professors, student organizations, and libraries. The peers are very knowledgable and will help you grow as a person as well.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    My main complaint is about bike thefts. I always see bikes missing wheels or bikes with only the wheel left. I am not sure if they were abandoned by owners for days, but theft is a big concern. There are police who patrol the area, but it is not always enough to prevent things from happening with this many people. The police here are great, but it is impossible to keep up with things that happen. Also, there are reports of DUIs on campus sent out by police, so be careful.

    Bang for the buck

    Flat rate tuition is pretty great and in-state tuition is pretty good too. If you do not live on campus and find an affordable living space, you will be getting a lot for your money.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay, if you have dine in dollars. Eating at buffets is the most economical option, even though the food is average. However, do not eat at Jester City Limits or at least be wary of prices at establishments that aren't buffets. The food at Cypress Bend is pretty good, although it is about as expensive as 1 buffet. If you get tired of on campus food, there's always fast food at locations that are only about 10 minutes (or less) away from the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    If you stay in San Jac, it is definitely one of the nicest on campus dorms. It is a bit more expensive, but it is relatively calm. It is further away from classes in comparison to some dorms, but you will want to live here if you are a college football fan. The dorm is very clean and there are never any complaints about anything here.

    Academic Rigor

    Although I still do relatively well on tests, the professors like to challenge you. My biology teacher likes to have us consider different things and design our own set ups. I have not started to take upper division courses, so I cannot say much about rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for honors programs. Also, send in housing applications early for better dorms. It may be better to live off campus if you are not interested in a dorm community. The dorm community is great, but it is more expensive than some of the nicer off campus housing offered.

    In three sentences

    Great school with great teachers and people. The primary problem is the number of people who attend because classes fill up very quickly. Also, the heat gets to you pretty quickly early and late in the year.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on campus, even if I should find myself walking home late at night. There are emergency call boxes posted throughout campus, and UT has its own police department, which sends out text message updates if something occurs on campus. UTPD is a highly effective, useful tool in crime prevention on campus.

    Greek Life

    The University is heavily involved in Greek life; there are entire city blocks in the student residential neighborhood to the west of campus that are devoted to Fraternity and Sorority houses. However, there is also a multitude of multicultural fraternities, as well as fraternities for specific majors. If there is a social group, it's highly likely that there is represented on-campus by at least one fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is an interest group on campus, it is likely that there is a club for it. If there isn't an organization for a particular interest, all it takes it 3 students and $10 to form a new student organization. It's easy to get involved in a student organization; most of campus is highly involved in student life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT is chock full of traditions, from the fight songs, to the famous 'Hook 'em Horns' hand signs. There are quite a few, but new students learn about these traditions as they continue on in their time at the school. Then there are the interesting landmarks on campus, from the statues that litter the campus, to the haunted Littlefield Mansion that sits in the middle of campus. There is, of course, the main Tower, which acts as the main symbol for UT's campus; tours are provided of the Tower on a regular basis.

    What to do for fun

    There is an endless supply of activities on campus for anyone. The main attraction is football and all the goings-on at the games, which attract quite a crowd. The College of Fine Arts is always putting on one event or another, from plays and dance concerts in the Department of the Theater and Dance, to art exhibitions in the School of Art and concerts and orchestras in the School of Music. The fraternities are usually throwing one party or another. Student Organizations, which run the gamut of possible interest areas, are all over campus (I've had the pleasure of watching a Quidditch match on campus). There are movie screenings regularly on campus, and guest lecturers (ranging from political leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev to singer John Legend to Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz). The campus is always abuzz with something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different dining halls on campus, in addition to the handful of fast food options in the University Unions. Students who live on campus get dine-in dollars-- a certain amount of money set aside for them to buy food in the campus eateries. And while the staff provides a rich variety of foods, eating out can add up quickly, so it's best to plan out one's meals. If one eats out on a regular basis, the dine-in dollars will not be enough to last the entire year.

    Dorm Life

    As the campus begins to attract more and more students, more people are living in dorms than before. However, the dorms are run efficiently by the staff; if there is a problem in the dorm, it is usually handled immediately. The Resident Assistants are trained to handle any situation that comes their way, and they are always available for help. Additionally, the RA's usually organize events for their residents, which fosters a spirit of community in an environment where it might be easy to be get lost.

    Academic Rigor

    The level academic rigor at the University is a high one, particularly as students enter their more specialized fields. The professors challenge their students to think critically about subjects from a new perspective. However, it may be easy to get lost in the crowds, particularly in the larger, entry level lecture classes. To counter this, professors make themselves available to their students and always keep office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is large-- much larger than the original 40 acres-- so it really helps to familiarize oneself with one's surroundings. Additionally, it really helps to come into the University with a chunk of one's prerequisite classes out of the way, as the larger lecture classes tend to fill up quickly.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best universities in the nation for a reason. The combination of hard work, ambition, and pride that the University instills in its students is what enables it to create the successful students that it does. It's an honor to be able to call this my school.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus. There are so many groups that you can join and in the process acquire many friends. Going to the museums around campus is definitely something that should be done at least once in the four years that you stay there.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great. There are also so many choices to pick from that you can eat something different every day of the week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is actually not that bad. It's actually a good idea to stay in a dorm your first year so you can get a good feel of the campus. Dorm here are considerably larger than at most other places. There are several dorms but if you want to meet a lot of people stay at Jester.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from an average student I think that UT is one of the toughest schools out there. Most of the science classes are very challenging. This does not mean that they are impossible but you really have to study hard especially if you want that A.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips I would give prospective students are as follows. 1 get involved. There are so many things to do that you will undoubtedly find something that you like. 2 work hard. UT is a challenging school so be on top of things.

    In three sentences

    I would have to say that UT is one of the best schools because of its diversity. Everyone is also very friendly and open minded. Finally I would have to say that the academics here are some of the best in the nation.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe and lots of security. Not many reasons to feel unsafe on campus. But always be smart at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and confident. Its a big university, so if you are from a small town you may go into shock. You have to be able to navigate through a big campus and big classes but its worth it. Learn to stand out and work hard. UT at Austin will take you places.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The turtle pond by the Bell Tower. I go here to contemplate life.

    Bang for the buck

    Public school at a public price, don't pay to go to Harvard, you will make just as many connections here.

    What to do for fun

    Go to concerts whenever I can. There is so much great live music in Austin its awesome. Also football games. You will not have more fun than at an all day tailgate!

    Food and Dining

    Great food choices on campus and great ones close by. You're in a city full of food trailers. Everything is great. Don't worry if you gain a little weight coming here, we all do.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of dorms to choose from. The problem with living with other college student's is that you are living with other college students. There is always a fire alarm going off or dirty bathrooms or loud music. But it is part of the experience and no matter how bad a dorm seems I wouldn't trade living in one for anything. You gotta do college life in a dorm at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    When your professors are the top in their field you better believe that its going to be tough. But don't worry. It's nothing a bright student like you couldn't figure out. Definitely more difficult than anything in high school. Be prepared. But if the classes weren't hard you wouldn't be learning anything!

    Tips for prospective students

    Gotta go to Austin. I spent along time picking out a school without being able to make any college visits. UT has so much charm and character and sits right in the middle of a bustling downtown. If you have worries about going to Texas don't be afraid, Austin is its own thing and a lively city at that. Live music everywhere and the nicest people in the country. The school has some of the best faculty in the nation and that is the most important bang for your buck. You gotta put education first and this school has got it all.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus full of a large diverse student body. Friendly students, staff and faculty along with a great sense of tradition. Get the feeling of going to a great public school that belongs in the ranks of ivy league.

  • 08/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT is completely safe. The campus cops roam around and also there are emergency buttons everywhere. Also, the dorms are very safe because you need a student ID to get in, in addition to you living in that dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is everything here! And if it's not... you can start it up yourself! There are many Student Organizations that anyone and everyone can fit into. Activities are great too because there is always free food and of course, getting to know people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's 'Gone to Texas' the day before fall semester starts. It's where all the first years go to the individual colleges, within UT, and eat dinner with all the other students from that college. After that, they go to the Tower and have a pep rally, to say the least. It gets you pumped up to be here.

    Bang for the buck

    On campus, usually everything is reasonably priced. Of course it'll be a little more expensive since it is on a college campus so they need to make some profit.

    What to do for fun

    Everything can be done for fun. There is the Guad where you can shop, eat, and go to the CO-OP. Austin is always having something going on, as well as UT.. an event is going on every night. I love it.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is alright. The same food is served almost everyday. There are plenty of dining around campus. Overall, you'll survive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are an awesome experience. I definitely recommend future students to at least spend one year in the dorms. You'll meet SO many people that could be potentially your friends for your life. It's very convenient; food, housing, and classes on campus. It's a needed experience for at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    UT has an amazing staff that is always will to help if you ask for it. There are difficult classes and there are easier classes, that's how it will always be. But studying is a key element.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many college courses you can during high school, like dual credit or AP, to bring in hours from high school to UT. Be aware that UT is a place to be yourself and to find yourself. Really take your courses seriously because it's no place to mess around, you'll really need to focus.

    In three sentences

    Here at UT, I always tell people that it's a city within Austin because you feel like the campus, Guad, and west campus is all one city. I'm so happy to be here because I meet all different kinds of people that all have different backgrounds. It's a great school socially and educationally.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be sure to subscribe your cell phone number to the UTPD messages. They come in handy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Presidential Lounge in the Texas Union is probably the ebst place on campus to get work done.

    What to do for fun

    ACL, Downtown Austin, Zilker Park, Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple options throughout campus in addition to other options right across the street on the Drag.

    Dorm Life

    You will make some of the greatest friends in your entire college experience here.

    Academic Rigor

    UT is not academically, but it doesn't have to be necessarily extremely hard if you dedicate enough time to your studies. It is all about balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to make new friends and expand your networks. Once you break out of the shyness and awkwardness, the rewards are infinite.

    In three sentences

    UT is a welcoming community of highly-motivated students looking to get the best out of their education. I am an International Relations and Global Studies major. and I find my major to be relatively small compared to the size of such a big campus and large student population. It is definitely possible to find your group or family in this amazing place. Not to mention Austin is probably the best city you can live/study in.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT does an excellent job to keep police around to monitor campus, but of course it is downtown in a city so there is always a reason to be cautious.

    Greek Life

    Very well organized and a good portion of students join! However, you don't need to be in Greek life to be involved on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Despite the enormous student body, there a niche for every type of student. The University encourages unique students to form their own organizations and loves new idea!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hook'em Horns. We love our football team. Keep Austin Weird!

    What to do for fun

    Around every corner there is some kind of event going on. Whether it's on 6th street, Greek life, South by Southwest, ACL, Marley Fest, Blues on the Green there are always fun things happening downtown. Or you can ride your bike around town lake, and enjoy zilker park and the beautiful natural park!

    Food and Dining

    School dining halls are amazing. You will definitely gain the freshman 15 here. But there are always healthier option and accommodate to all tastes.

    Dorm Life

    San Jan is the newest dormitory on campus, and one of the best. The others are not so luxurious, but every student needs a dorm experience. You make your best friends, so it's worth the struggle.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm constantly challenged in every class I take. McCombs is reputable for having the hardest and most reputable professors in the country

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies. There are always so many activities around campus ALWAYS, it's hard to loose focus.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a prestigious academic institution that prides itself on school spirit, and progressive thinking. The ambience of being on campus is one of a kind, being surrounded by so many intelligent students encourages you to work harder. Austin is one of the best college towns in the country, famous for it's live music, football, and 6th street..you will have absolutely no regrets.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I always find taking a little stroll along the never-ending streets around campus to be relaxing, however you can always catch a game of pool or go bowling with your friends at the Texas Union late at night. The nighttime breeze never fails at making everything more fun and exciting, like breaking a curfew that pretty much only dwells in your head.

    Food and Dining

    The food within Jester City Limits is so savory and delicious, yet it's always a precautionary tale for you might find yourself blowing away Dine-In Dollars for an extra dessert. Every entree, no matter what cuisine or time of day, satisfies your hunger for a few solid hours, until you start craving more. If you need to go through an afternoon binge, the J2 buffet is the place to go. Endless pizza and pasta should do the trick.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life really lets you capture that feeling of being part of something bigger and lets you develop your social skills, for you always find someone you've never met around the corner of the hall with an interesting story to tell. It also gives you a good glance of the simple problems you can have with a roommate in everyday situations, like distinct sleeping schedules. It teaches you an important lesson about compromise.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses are led by very attentive professors that allow you to retain information as well as the essential points, but no matter what class you're in, you always feel that kick - that incentive to try your hardest due to the depth of the coursework or the rigorous study material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your priorities in check and draw the line between getting your assignments done effectively and simply mingling with other students. Study groups are great, but make sure to stay on the topic at hand. Also, 6th Street is notorious in Austin, especially among UT students who like to go clubbing Thursday nights. All I can say is don't get caught up in the hype. Stay focused and you'll do great.

    In three sentences

    UT is an immense campus with expansive opportunities. Each moment feels like a mind-opening experience as you find yourself conversing with other unique individuals and professors. The ambiance is so liberating and creates a sense of wanting to broaden your horizons and do something great.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go around one of the best city in Texas, Austin! There are so many lakes and parks around and you can always go shopping in one of the many huge shopping centers around!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that studying at UT is very rigorous but with hard work you can ace any hard class

    In three sentences

    It is a really great school! The staff are amazing and there are so many research opportunities available. You'll never be bored!

  • 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.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party on sixth! There's a ton of different kinds of things to do in Austin. Kayaking is fun! Parks, pools, lakes, ton of on campus activities too!

    Food and Dining

    You dine in dollars & bevo bucks included in your housing bill. You can use them at places on campus and some on the drag which is a big help!

    Dorm Life

    Jester is the best option in my opinion. It's close to everything!

    Academic Rigor

    Yea!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do some research on what college is all about!

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is the best place to attend! The city is awesome! School is top rated!!

  • 07/15/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Even if you are in-state, it can be difficult sometimes to get scholarships from the university or the school you are applying to enter.

  • 07/11/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Police constantly patrolling campus. Police help towers located strategically around for students to call for help.

    Greek Life

    So many available and to choose from

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs here at UT. More than 200 and many sororities

    Great for these types of students

    Smart and determined to work hard for their degrees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rivarly against the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M University. The albino squirrel is suppose to give good luck on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Typically a year's cost of everything, assuming you live on campus, is between $25,000 to $27,500. Free transportation all around and HUGE library system. Free tutoring and free other resources available.

    What to do for fun

    Over 200 clubs across campus and shopping strip to visit! Many restaurants available.

    Food and Dining

    Many options available to students in each dorm center and around campus. Fast food, like Chickfila and Wendy's, and coffee shops like Starbucks. Wide variety by the university and buffets.

    Dorm Life

    Newly renovated Jester Hall, the main/biggest dorm on campus inhabitanted by mostly freshmen. Clean restrooms. Other halls are homely, safe, and each room comes with a micro-fridge unit.

    Academic Rigor

    Expecting very hard courses. No class is easy or have a light load for those core required classes in degree plans. Professors are highly regarded here at UT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your gpa and class rank is uber important when trying to get admitted. Next to that is your extracurricular activities and volunteer work. Keep those grades up!

    In three sentences

    The UT Pride here on campus is very overpowering. Very prestigious courses and professors and safe campus. Everyone here is proud to be a longhorn!

  • 07/10/2013

    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

    You would find the albino squirrel tradition, if you see an albino squirrel on campus it means good luck and you would pass your next big exam.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot you can do for fun, almost every week there is a fun student activity for everyone and they try to get everyone involve in having fun with other students.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the school its really good. You would find a lot of choices in food and they also have various buffets available with breakfast all day long.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life its real friendly and you can meet a lot of new people. Every dorm has a different environment and they would always be a place you would feel comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    I like this school because it challenges their students in every field possible and it allow them to grow mentally and to experience new things. Even tough its a challenging environment they offer a lot of help with classes, and they really want you to graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend for future students to take some time to visit the school and experience their friendly environment. Also take some time to get to know what kind of student services they offer.

    In three sentences

    I really like this school because it has a lot of diversity. Everyone there is different from one another but they are real friendly with one another. They also enjoy spending time to help others.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All... literally anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual can sometimes be translated into weird. The city's motto is Keep Austin Weird. I'll let you do the math.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't get me wrong, UT is quite expensive, but a degree from here means a lot. You will be pushed to your mental limits. You will be taught to think outside of the box. Possible employers know this, so a degree from UT can take you as far as you want it to.

    What to do for fun

    As I mentioned earlier, there's a good night life. If you're into partying, there's plenty of fun to be had on sixth street. People from localities close to Austin flock here on weekends. If you want a little more laid back good time, you can go to Rainey St. It's basically a bunch of houses that have been converted into wine bars and such. A good place to go with a small group of friends or family. I'm more of an outdoors type, so Austin was a perfect fit for me. Whether you go to town lake to kayak, paddleboard, swim, hike, bike, and hang out or go to somewhere like Greenbelt to go hiking, there is no shortage of outdoor activities in Austin. When people ask me how I like Austin, I always reply, There is no reason for anyone to ever be bored.

    Food and Dining

    One word: Unbelievable. I'm what you would call a Foodie. I love all different types of food, and lucky me, there is no shortage of food in Austin. The culture in the city is extremely diverse, and it shows in the variety of food there is to be had in Austin. Sushi, Burgers, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, BBQ, Sandwiches, Pizza, Ice Cream, Froyo, Health Foods. Whatever you want, you can easily find it in Austin. I can't say enough about the diversity of food choices. It's fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    Truthfully, I transferred in, so I've never stayed in the dorms. However, the people I know who stay in the dorms have never said anything negative about them. The dorms are located at a great place on campus. Everything you could possibly want to do is literally in walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in school for Economics, so I can only speak for that particular major. At UT, they want us to really push ourselves to earn our degrees. That's why a degree from UT means so much to possible employers. The work is not to much to handle, but it does cause you to make sacrifices that you may or may not have had to make in the past. As I've spoken to students from other majors, I've learned that most have had the same experiences. The work is nothing to be scared about. UT will push you to your limits to help you become a better person.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to go to UT, be proactive about searching out housing. Since Austin is a growing city, you have to decide if you want to drive, take public transit, or bike around town. Also, if at all possible, take a trip to Austin to see if you like the city. If you're into going downtown to clubs and things of that nature, you'll have plenty to do. If you're more of an outdoorsy type and like to get away from it all, then you'll have plenty of opportunities to do it in Austin. Also, read into the school you plan on applying too. It helps to get an idea of what you're going into.

    In three sentences

    UT is an incredibly diverse university. Absolutely anyone can find their place here. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 07/05/2013

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

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    Great for these types of students

    In a town like Austin, it helps to be gregarious and open to new experiences: there is no shortage of things to experience if you are willing to put yourself in the right situations. However, if you are more introverted, there are plenty of things for you as well. Simply because of the sheer diversity of people and industries, there really is something for everyone in this city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you know who the musician Daniel Johnston is, you will enjoy seeing the Hi, How are you? frog close to UT campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many opportunities to have a great time without spending very much or at all. Here are just a few of what I think are the best: - Free swim at Barton Springs from 9pm-10pm - Free museum day (varies from month to month) - Black Swan Yoga offers donation based classes; pay what you can afford! - Live Oak Brewing Company free tours (usually once month, but check their website for exact dates) - Summer bat viewing off of the Congress bridge - Pay-What-You-Can every Thursday at Hyde Park Theatre - SFC downtown Farmer's Market Saturday mornings 9am-1pm - Book People weekly author readings and lectures (see their website for a schedule) - Free Shakespeare in the [Zilker] Park (every May) - Free monthly movies in Republic Square Park hosted by Alamo Drafthouse (see Alamo Drafthouse website) The list is far more extensive, but these are some great things to get started with.

    What to do for fun

    A great resource for ongoing city-wide events is Austin360.com . They list shows, festivals, cultural and social events, and general entertainment just to name a few. They also have a great number of links to other fun ideas.

    Food and Dining

    Perhaps because Austin itself is such a food-centric town, there are innumerable dining options on and around campus. Any dietary restrictions or preferences are easily accommodated. Truly, there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but have seen them and read about them. From the exterior, the resident halls are well maintained and located on beautiful grounds. There are many amenities, specific to each hall. If I were an undergraduate again, I would have no problem living here.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended UT Austin as an undergraduate, but I do know this: UT has a good undergraduate graduation rate, with around 80% of students completing a bachelor's, but taking between 5-6 years. Among undergraduates, this seems to me to be a result of the school's admissions department's forgiving standards; they are willing to let in students who are not as focused but are enthusiastic, or do not have the best academic track record and test scores if they have other redeeming qualities. This points to a couple of things: first, they are accommodating and allow wiggle room for those who need to explore before they thrive in a chosen major. Second, they acknowledge potential but expect individuals to step up to higher standards (sometimes resulting in academic delays, sometimes resulting in drop-outs, though usually successful overall). As should be expected, studies at the graduate level are far more demanding, making the student body much more exclusive. Many of UT's graduate schools are ranked in the top 10 or 20 in the country. They also have high post-graduation placement ratings (i.e. graduates are able to find work). This implies that UT has a reputation for excellence, and in turn indicates high standards. That said, there is great variation between fields of study, and only by doing specific research will you get a picture of the academic climate in a particular department.

    Tips for prospective students

    First, as I would suggest with any school you are considering, establish exactly what your interests are so that you can determine the department or sub-department in which (and with whom) you want to study. Investigating different professors' work may help you narrow down a field. Establish contact with any professors whose research and work speaks to you in order to improve your application and answer questions you may have. It is never a bad thing for the school to which you are applying to already know your name before they have received your application... Also consider reaching out to graduate students in the department as the vast majority are all too happy to help out prospectives and are a valuable resource for useful tips.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin has all the advantages of a large University without becoming impersonal or losing the benefits of a smaller academic community. Diversity is prevalent in all aspects of the school's operation, from the range of departments and majors, to the student body and social organizations, to the physical campus itself; allowing incoming students the opportunity to find their best-suited niche. Since each department's school operates as both an independent entity and an integral part of the University, students find firm support whether they stay within their major or branch into interdisciplinary studies.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You're in the capital city of Texas. And, remember, this is a college town and the entire area around the UT campus and in downtown Austin is your playground. There's TONS to do for fun. Just look!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the jcl, j2, kin's, and other dorm dining halls are okay. For the most part (Apart from the j2 buffet), the food is overpriced though. On the bright side, there are infinite places to eat at in so many of the buildings on campus, and so many more restaurants and eateries right next to the campus, not to mention in downtown Austin.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Jester West last year (my Freshman year), and it was the best experience of my life. Maybe that's because I'm a night-owl and love the feeling of lots of people in one dorm. Our floor was like our little home, and everyone on my wing got along and became like family! You'll meet some lifelong friends in any dorm, or even in off-campus living, if you're open enough to meeting new people! :)

    Academic Rigor

    Without a doubt, our classes are thought by some of the best professors in the country (this is no exaggeration)! Yes, some of your classes(depending on your major) will be the worst but you can find laid-back professors and easier classes if you look hard enough!

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing you can do for yourself at a school as cultural, religiously, and ethnically diverse as UT is to not limit yourself to one type of people to hang out with. You may only get to be around these many types of people once, so make it count and get befriend everyone you can! It makes the experience so much more fun!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas is a brilliant institution all-round. In terms of academics and cost(public in-state tuition), we're unbeatable. And in terms of sports, social scene, diversity and overall experience, there's no match!

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay for the first year but after a while you get tired of it. The dorms are very nice but it is not as convenient as an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is very high. You must always stay on top of your studies. Do everything you can to earn extra credit and always turn in work early.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus and get to know faculty members. Talk to financial aid and see how much UT is offering you to go to school there. Look into majors and clubs that are offered on campus.

    In three sentences

    The UT campus is absolutely amazing. The faculty members are extremely friendly and the facilities are state of the art. The social life on campus is also a lot of fun.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UT Police Department is all over campus, and that really makes you feel safe when you walk around. If you are worried about walking around campus at night, don't worry! Every walkway is lit by lamps, and there are posts to call the police stationed all over campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular at UT. You can walk a few streets over from Guadalupe, and be right in the heart of West Campus, where many of the Sorority and Fraternity houses are located. There are so many fraternities on campus, so deciding which to join can be pretty difficult.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join on campus, I couldn't even count them all, and on top of that, you can create your own club very easily. Each club puts on various fundraisers and activities, so to say that there's always something going on on campus, is an understatement.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for any type of student. The diversity on campus is so great, that anyone will fit in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT has a plethora of traditions on campus. Football traditions are just one of them! Every year before the OU/UT football game, we have the torchlight parade, where everyone lights candles, and attends the huge pep rally before the game. The most unusual, and probably most well-known tradition on campus, is the Hex Rally. Every year before the Texas/A&M football game, and now before the TCU game, students gather in front of the tower to put a hex on the opposing team. Talk about unusual!

    Bang for the buck

    UT has been ranked as one of the most affordable public schools for the education you receive, and I believe it! I would hold my education right up to a Harvard graduate's. Faculty here strives to give us the best education possible, and they are being so successful.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus alone here! The student centers occasionally put on movies in the main mall of campus, and everyone goes to lay around and watch movies together. Besides on campus fun, UT is located in Austin, TX, which in my opinion, is one of the most fun and original cities around. There is never a moment when you will be bored in this city.

    Food and Dining

    The selection of food here at UT is absolutely astounding. In JCL, the premier dining hall on campus, if you're hungry for a certain type of food, I guarantee they have it!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! I stayed in San Jacinto my freshman year, and there are always opportunities to meet the other residents. There is always some kind of event going on with free food and fun, so you literally don't ever have to worry about running out of food.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes that I have taken here are very difficult; compared at least to my high school. However, I feel like the level of difficulty is appropriate, as it causes you to work harder to achieve your goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study in High School! Studying is the hardest thing to learn how to do, and is detrimental for success here at UT. Professors aren't going to hold your hand and give you in depth study guides (most of the time).

    In three sentences

    The campus its self feels like its own city. The other students are so friendly, and even though some classes are very big, the TA:student ratio is proportional, so you are always able to get the help you need. Everything is like I imagined that it would be.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I joined this one singing group and it was phenomenal! I had so much fun!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun. The Union has bowling and air hockey and pool tables. There are lots of free movie nights and free food.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, depending on the dorm, can be very fun and also very helpful. People in your dorm could be great at subjects you're bad at and are willing to help.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here are very rigorous. You have to work to keep your GPA high.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Ask for help when needed. Join groups. Don't be afraid to socialize.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is truly amazing. The course are hard but the teachers are helpful and if they aren't, there are a lot of other students and resources to help. There are also a lot of events and programs and groups to join if you want to get involved.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    You're not pressured to join a fraternity or sorority, but there are options if you feel like you do want to be part of one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds. And if you don't find one you want to join, you can make your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Legend has it that if you spot the albino squirrel before a test on that test day, you'll get an A on it. :]

    Bang for the buck

    As a resident, I'd say the experience I've had so far is worth every penny. Your experience here is as good you want it to be, and the school spends a lot to make sure students are taken care of.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things you can do; clubs and organizations are great for keeping you occupied with different activities. You can volunteer locally or ride the buses all over town (for free with your student ID) and find something to do. Some of my personal favorites include kayaking, biking, dancing, and checking out the amazing local eats!

    Food and Dining

    I wasn't a huge fan of cafeteria food after eating the same things every day for a couple of years, but it's great when you first see it all. There is a bunch of variety though that variety becomes pointless when you eat it all the time. Still, you might end up liking it.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms aren't exactly new, but you find that dorm life is great when you can hang out on campus all the time. It keeps you close to classes (usually), the gym, libraries, etc. Plus, they try to make sure that there are plenty of activities for people who live on-campus to do together.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll definitely have the chance to test your knowledge and application of that knowledge. Just about every teacher wants you to learn and succeed, and there are a wide variety of resources the school provides to help you out if you're struggling. That being said, don't underestimate the workload or pace of your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and organizations that you're actually interested in, not JUST because you want to continue what you did in high school. If you want to learn ballroom dancing, polo, long-boarding, or join a spirit group, do it. You'll have a better time with people who are just as clueless as you, and you'll make friends with people who want to help you. Also, the campus may seem big which may make you feel overlooked, but there are always resources for you to stand out and people who you can reach out to.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a fantastic school and offers a huge array of choices (majors, clubs, campus resources, etc.) for its students. Being located right next to downtown Austin, the campus is just as beautiful, creative, musical, and lively as the city itself. There is always room available for everyone to find their niche; you won't regret coming here.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops are everywhere all the time. quite safe I say.

    Greek Life

    there are many many frats and sororities all over west campus. They party almost daily...

    Bang for the buck

    Austin is the place to be right now. Buildings are booming, opportunity is everywhere at the moment, especially amongst college students.

    What to do for fun

    endless things: wakeboarding, rock climbing, bowling, hookah, laser tags, legal graffiti spots, theaters, 6th street, museum... etc etc etc

    Food and Dining

    Hundreds of restaurants and places to eat at within 5 minutes from Campus

    Dorm Life

    I hear they are small and old.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive and upbeat

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a quiet and peaceful place to live, do not live on West campus.

    In three sentences

    Great sports scene. Very diverse. Lots of clubs

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have met the chief of police a few times, and it's safe to say he is great, and so is the whole campus police force!

    Greek Life

    It's raging.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, smart, driven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a turtle pond, a tower, a 100,000+ capacity football stadium, and at every sporting event, we sing The Eyes of Texas.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything! Austin is an awesome city, and UT is a pretty big party school.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in an old dorm, so it was not as good as it could have been. Not to mention my roommate was crazy!

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing faculty!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for hard classes! UT isn't a top ranked university for nothing--academics are strong and difficult.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is the best school in the United States. It is a fun, diverse campus that is easy for students to become involved at. UTexas students love UTexas, and can feel that UTexas loves them back!

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UT is at a perfect location as it is only 5-10 minutes away from downtown and 20 minutes away from a lake. Whether it be running to the capitol, working out with friends, going canoeing, or checking out 6th St, there is ALWAYS something to do at around UT!

    Food and Dining

    Who doesn't like food? Forget about the cafeteria food you had in high school or in middle school. UT cafeterias serve an array of different flavors to satisfy your taste buds. You will never get bored of the many cafeterias and food variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Campus living is a must, no matter which dorm you choose. After all, it IS college. Building friendships with people around you and attending floor functions is essential in dorm life. UT has many different clean and renovated dormitories to fit ones liking!

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars because not everyone comes from the same educational history or learning. It's all about working and studying smartly and discovering which studying tricks work for you. 'Swamped' at UT is the perfect word for most first timers, but eventually you will find your own pace and strategies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused but absolutely do not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Start your own network by simply saying,Hi to the person next to you in class or attending those clubs you are interested in. Get a clear idea of what you want to do and keep in close contact with you advisors because, well, they're advisors and will help you through every semester!

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is beautifully swirled like a marble cake. You will literally encounter a different type of ethnicity, culture and personality everyday which makes this University so unique. Because of the perfect balance between studies, parties and quality of life, UT ranks highly on my list of colleges.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Incredible. Take every opportunity you can, they are endless!

  • 06/07/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Although it is a huge campus, UT has a friendly feeling. It is a very competitive school and one of the best universities in the world! You won't regret going there, I won't!

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Many students are sitting in buildings and studying even three in the morning without any worries.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities students can enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who has a goal in life and wants to have a little fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a little high but every penney is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there is places to hangout with friend, party, museums, parks, and many other places to go. Experience here is fantastic.

    Food and Dining

    There are various different types of restaurants on campus and near campus also.

    Dorm Life

    Best place to stay and experience the time of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    UT Austin is difficult but nothing that isn't manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to go to UT Austin make sure you build you study skills and everything will seem a breeze.

    In three sentences

    The most amazing university in Texas. Although it is a little difficult then other universities it is all worth it. All the faculty and students are great people always out there to help in any difficulties.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police cars patrol the campus at night and offer to escort students studying late to their dorms. Most dorms have security to enter, as do the libraries and other study buildings.

    Greek Life

    There is extensive Greek Life on the UT campus. There are several houses for the sororities and fraternities. Some are academic based, while others are based on community service or social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of organizations. Almost any interest can be catered to, and if something is missing, people are more than welcome to start new clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UT is great for all types of students because of its diversity and flexibility.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UT is enthusiastic about football, so every year before the Thanksgiving day game, there is a Hex Rally. Basically everybody takes a candle and attempts to hex the other team so UT will have a higher chance of winning the game.

    Bang for the buck

    The academics, research opportunities, and great extracurriculars all help students build a strong resume with various skills that will help in their futures.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on one's taste for extracurricular activities, there are several music festivals and parties and there are also several other recreational activities. Students who like the outdoors can go hiking, kayaking, and explore Barton Springs or Zilker Park.

    Food and Dining

    The food can get monotonous, but there are several options to choose from on Guadalupe St., which is adjacent to the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are multiple dorms at UT and each has its own environment. For example, Jester is the most social, whereas the honors quad dorms (Littlefield, Blanton, Carothers, and Andrews) have designated study areas for the students who concentrate a little more than the rest.

    Academic Rigor

    Since the institution is so esteemed, its academics are tough. To make good grades, one must study everyday and make sure to get to know professors and TAs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the difficulty of classes here. Depending on your professors, certain subjects that seem easy by the name may turn out to be difficult. Be ready for those types of surprises, and always study a little extra just in case.

    In three sentences

    UT has great opportunities for all fields of interest. It has a great academic reputation and is rigorous in work, but can also be very culturally enriching and fun. Austin is a thriving city and is a great place to live during college.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything... this is Austin!!!!

    Food and Dining

    The dining places can get tiresome.

    Dorm Life

    Be careful where you stay.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes you will never get an A!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus!!!!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school, a lot of school spirit! It has very tough schoolwork load, you have to pick the right classes and the right teachers. Don't expect to breeze through this school, it will take hard work and determination.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall the campus is pretty safe. It has call station around campus that go directly to our police station that is on campus. Also we have volunteer to walk you home at night if you stay on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organization on campus. Also you can start your own organization really easy.

    Bang for the buck

    Let just say how can you get bored in Austin when there is so much to do and there is always something going on

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to help out at my church, Hillcountry Bible UT, whether it happens during or after church. Also me and my roommate go to different showing around Austin (concerts, comedy shows, etc.) There are so many things I still want to try that I have not done.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. You do get a lot of money on your student card that you can use for school dining and outside the school dining which is great.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on you. I really did not enjoy it as much because I did not have my own kitchen. It was great to meet friends and have people to hang out and study with. Also some of the dorms have study session with students who have taking the classes that you may be taking which really helps.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what you are good at or interested in. This will determine whether a class is harder or easier for you, but you will still need to study. Asking for help is the best solution to solving some problems you may have

    Tips for prospective students

    Developing studying skills is what you will need if you do not already have them, also the way you will study study in one class may not work for the other so change up. Go to as many office hours with your TA or professor because they will help you and they are good for letters for recommendations.

    In three sentences

    Best school to receive the best education. There are many opportunities, even for first year freshman like research. There are many first year groups so you will not have to worry about not fitting in or being lonely.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    During the day, there are a lot of people and police officers are located at various parts of campus. Do not leave valuables out in the open unguarded. Your stuff will get stolen even if you are just in the library and go for a minute to go to the restroom. Theft happens often but this is probably true of most campuses so use common sense and be cautious. UT has this program called SURE Walk that is a student-run volunteer group that provides walks to and from campus to UT students, faculty, and staff. And I do not know if this is necessary to say but I do not recommend walking alone really late at night in the city of Austin.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of the Greek Life but I know people who are. From what I have heard, there are a variety of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT and the city of Austin is home to a diverse community of people. There are many organizations and activities. Some research and asking around should point you in the right direction.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a well loved and known saying at The University of Texas at Austin. What Starts Here Changes the World. Only you can decide if this is the right place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Tower at UT is iconic. If you are ever lost, just look to the tower for reorientation. The Tower lights up orange and other colors and configurations for various events, achievements, and commemorations. Also, beautiful music may be heard ringing from the tower bells.

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth it. Though tuition and housing prices seem to be going up every year but I imagine that is how it is at most places. There are a lot of good resources and people. If you are active and work hard, it will pay off.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on in Austin; some event, festival or other. To name a few, there is SXSW, Austin City Limits, Austin Film Festival, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. There are nice parks, lakes, and nature sites as well. Of course Austin is the capital of Texas so head over to check out the Texas State Capitol and other historical sites some time. Museums are plenty and for shopping and entertainment, try 6th Street and South Congress Avenue. Have fun and enjoy~!

    Food and Dining

    If you live in a dorm, a meal plan is included with the housing contract. You can use your student ID at campus dining locations for discounted prices (about $5 for all you can eat!). Money can be added to the student ID also. There is also Guadalupe Street, which is a long strip right next to campus full of shops and restaurants. Food trucks are also big in Austin. For those who cook, there are grocery stores close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dormitory on campus is convenient; you can walk to anywhere else on campus within 15 minutes mostly. There are also buses. Every hall has a resident assistant who is there to help and answer any questions. If you so choose, you can meet some nice people by participating in hall events and activities held in the dorm buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Someone once told me there is no hard class, some may just take more time to reach the level of desired achievement. There are always going to be people who are naturally good at certain subjects. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. I am just saying if a class seems hard, but you want to do well, then put in the extra effort. There are great resources at UT; tutors, teaching assistants, friendly classmates, professors, etc. I have also found that if you are studying a field that interests you, hard work feels that much more worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and find what you are interested in and go in that direction. If you do not know what that is yet, it is okay. Explore the possibilities; take classes, read books, research on the internet, talk to people, ask questions! And while GPA is not everything, do not slack on schoolwork. For admissions, grades do count among other factors of course.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a great, diverse public university located in an exciting city of opportunities. Research and innovation are big here. So far I have gotten to see the passage of a medical school, Bill Gates help fund and cut the ribbon for a computer science building, and the emergence of a 3D production program among many other developments (an invisibility cloak!).

  • 05/29/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    UNKNOWN BUT LOOKS PRETTY SAFE. THE STATISTICS LOOK GOOD AS WELL.

    Greek Life

    UNKNOWN

    Clubs and Activities

    UNKNOWN

    Great for these types of students

    PARTIERS AND NERD ALIKE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNKNOWN

    Bang for the buck

    UNKNOWN

    What to do for fun

    LOTS OF FOOD AND MUSIC!

    Food and Dining

    UNKNOWN

    Dorm Life

    UNKNOWN

    Academic Rigor

    VERY CHALLENGING!

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY FOR HOUSING EARLY!

    In three sentences

    I LOVE THE TOWN, SO PEACEFUL AND GREEN. THE REDMCOMBS HONORS PROGRAM HAS LOTS OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. tHE PEOPLE HERE A SO NICE.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe, but since we are in the middle of downtown safety can be compromised. Don't walk around alone at night and carry pepper spray or a taser or something at all time (I'm serious)..

    Greek Life

    Greek life is insane and competitive. If you're planning on rushing, go for it. Just don't go to crazy. And maybe come up with a new trend...pastel colors, Nike shorts, Patagonia, and big t-shirts are getting old.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to get involved in, ranging from club sports, intramural sports, multicultural clubs, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    I honestly think UT is great for any type of student. I think that anyone can find their niche here if they just put themselves out there.

    What to do for fun

    Since campus is in the middle of downtown, there are many activities to do: paddle boarding, concerts (SXSW, ACL, etc.), restaurants, biking, Barton Springs, shopping, South Congress, 6th street, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Cypress has the best dorm food on campus, but it does get old after a while. If you're looking to eat clean or healthy, don't get your hopes up too high.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great (San Jacinto, Duren, Jester, etc.), but I do not recommend staying in them past freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a good range of difficulty across the curriculum. Some classes are definitely easier than others, but there are definitely challenging professors and courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend getting involved and finding a group of people that you feel comfortable with. Make sure that with this new-found freedom you don't go party crazy and burn yourself out in the first semester.

    In three sentences

    Although the UT is very large, the second you find your niche (or a group of people), the size of the campus shrinks considerably. The fact that the campus is located int he heart of the capital of Texas is also another perk. There are many things to do around campus and around the city.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency booths all over campus!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias always provide a healthy option and the dining is always clean!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life varies form dorm to dorm. Some dorms are very outgoing and some are more geared toward academic excellence and concentration. Every student experiences a different dorm life and it is most helpful to make friends that live around you.

    Academic Rigor

    UT keeps a very high academic expectation. It is challenging but doable. Time management is key to this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always research your professor before taking the class. Most professors at UT are phenomenal, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. It is also helpful to get to know your professor by going to their office hours regularly. They are there to help you in any way they can. Never leave your stuff alone. If you are in the library and you have to go to the bathroom ask someone to watch your stuff or take it with you. Stuff gets stolen all the time so keep your possessions close to you. Also, try to learn the bus system and your pathways to class that are shaded. This is Texas and it does get hot so it is a good idea to keep deodorant in your bag!

    In three sentences

    This university is an excellent establishment. The academic and social clubs offered are of wide diverse and easy to find a place for everyone. Every class teaches more than the standardized book and prepares you for success in life in more ways than one.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a story that says that if you see the albino squirrel before a test, you will get an A. Although I have not seen it before a test, I can tell you that I once saw it before going to eat and surprisingly I got free fries! Pretty cool huh?

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good and with many different options. You will never get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    You will make great friends in the dorms. People at Austin are very friendly. Just go out and introduce yourself!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will be challenging but don't worry, you will be prepared for the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get too distracted with parties during the weekend. You will have time to have fun and finish your work; time management is the key.

    In three sentences

    This college has everything you need! Great friends, first class professors, and challenging courses. Here, at UT, you will expand your knowledge and be ready for the future. You will take the future by the horns.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students receive daily emails regarding concerns on or around campus. They can also receive texts as warnings. They also have emergency call booths all over campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge part of UT and is very active on campus. There are a variety of sororities and fraternities to meet the needs of those who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT basically has any interest group or club you could possibly imagine. Our Quidditch team is the World Champion.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are open minded, passionate about current issues, and ambitious to get involved and active on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Legend has it that if you see an albino squirrel on campus, you will ace all of your exams that week.

    Bang for the buck

    This is not the cheapest University, but students are paying for its resources. Therefore, what the student gets out of their academic experience appears very promising.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities that the dorms and other organizations offer for students on campus varying from movie nights to athletic activities. If those are not enough to entertain, the city of Austin has so much to offer by hosting festivals each weekend and also being the live music capital of the world.

    Food and Dining

    Once again, food and dining can get expensive, but they offer a variety of foods to eat and they adjust their hours to accommodate the variety of schedules students have.

    Dorm Life

    Aside from how pricey dorm life can be, UT makes it a point to encourage social activity and community within the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any University, the workload depends on the courses. However, the University of Texas rewards those who work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Reach out for help. The University of Texas at Austin only becomes overwhelmingly big and intimidating when students do not ask questions and take advantage of the resources available to them.

    In three sentences

    This university provides an enormous amount of resources and support. This is especially useful to incoming students because the availability of these resources helps facilitate their transition. This is a big school with even bigger opportunities.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take a stroll down the drag.

    Food and Dining

    Eating healthy is difficult at this campus because you get tired of same food.

    Dorm Life

    It is fun, but not ideally the best environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Do everything at a steady pace at all times to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything you need to do early to get the most out of your experience in college

    In three sentences

    It is a very rigorous environment, where success is rewarded. There are great people to meet everywhere. What starts here changes the world.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The school has underground bowling and free movie screenings for students to take breaks from all the studying. Parties are always around if you really like the social scene. Austin itself has plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    UT has many places to choose to eat from on and off campus. When staying in the dorms you receive Bevo Bucks and many restaurants around the school do take Bevo Bucks, so you're not completely limited to what's in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging but doable. Going to any college, you may have an idea of what is to come but it's not until you are in college is when you get an idea of what the college academics are really like. The best tip if you begin to struggle at UT with academics, don't give up and try harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming into a large university can be overwhelming but, the key is to be open-minded to activities and being involved in school any way possible. Every student wants to have fun and it's very easy to lose balance of your fun and studies. Planning your time around studying should be your main priority, but of course don't forget to have fun while doing it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas has a friendly atmosphere and anyone at the school, including students, are there to help you. They are very well organized and are determined to help you succeed. Academics at UT are meant to give you the best education possible, leaving you knowledgeable and prepared for your future.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've walked home from studying at odd hours of the night, mostly without concern.

    Clubs and Activities

    All kinds of different student organizations. If we don't have what you have, start it!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We're big on burnt orange.

    Bang for the buck

    So many resources available to you! Databases, speakers, lectures, events, transportation, etc.

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin. You're guaranteed to find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    There's great food both on-campus and off-campus. Everything's walking distance!

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are great, and some aren't. The ones that aren't are smaller and louder, but there's a sense of community in all of them!

    Academic Rigor

    You're going to have to work hard, but good grades aren't impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate the importance of your extracurriculars!

    In three sentences

    It's an amazing school with so many opportunities available. You're guaranteed to find your niche here.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Barton Springs and Zilker Park are perfect for a sunny day. There's paddle boarding on the river. Check out the music scene - there's always a concert going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Don't put off work. Do everything in advance.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is an amazing institution, with great staff, professors and students. I love the atmosphere, the city, and the campus. Classes are engaging and challenging.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Haven't gotten jump yet. :) don't worry.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very diverse!

    What to do for fun

    Barton Creek, walk around the campus at night, sleepover

    Food and Dining

    It's all new at first, but then it gets pretty old.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on the second floor of Jester West. It is pretty quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Look forward to studying - A LOT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party and drink too much. Don't go crazy :P

    In three sentences

    Love the weather here -sunny most of the time! There are many interactive people, and exciting place to explore!

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many security procedures in place to make the campus safer for everyone.

    Greek Life

    Nothing to share here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much diversity and as a result many different clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to go into the research industries due to an increased availability of research opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tailgating practice before each football game is very fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, this school is expensive. However, if you apply yourself to applying to scholarships, you'll be able to afford it.

    What to do for fun

    So many places to go sight seeing. Activities include watching live plays, many different hiking trails.

    Food and Dining

    Being in Austin, TX says everything, it's the food capital of the world.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm experience allows you to meet many new people and create connections.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult but if you find your rhythm it won't seem as bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in research as soon as you can. Don't be shy, people are nice and are willing to help you.

    In three sentences

    UT Austin is a great school for research opportunities. The environment is extremely friendly. The city of Austin will definitely add to the university experience at UT.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, liberal, open minded, advantageous

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I guess this isn't too weird but because I am not from Texas, I think hearing y'all all the time is sort of weird.

    Bang for the buck

    Again this depends on who you are. If you are an in-stater, it could be pretty affordable, or not. As an international student, it is a huge burden, but thankfully my parents can afford them somehow. Though I will try to get scholarship from my sophomore year and maybe even work on-campus so that I can relieve my parents pressure over paying my tuition(I believe its 49 grand per year total.. for out of staters and int'l student..)

    What to do for fun

    6th street. walking through 10th-24th street cuz they got nice houses. barton springs kayaking north austin and mount bonnell

    Food and Dining

    There's a dorm called Kinsolving, where I ate my lunch in my 2nd day of visiting there. It was decent...I have never gotten sick of it. I visited J2 dining hall and that was nice too. I think the food is pretty good here. And there are so many sick restaurants off campus, so 10 out of 10 for food!

    Dorm Life

    This actually can vary depending on who you are. I chose whitis court because it had residential FIG which allows all the freshmen in same college have some type of study group while they live together. Maybe it is some type of residential college...I am really enjoying here except my classes are far from here. Though, if you like friends, then you probably should go to Jester. And if you wanna be in a quiet environment, go to San Jac or Duren. It is a nice environment, though I cannot guarantee that you could get in there or not as a freshman..

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard. You should not expect that you can get through it without studying because you can't. Some classes are easy, but some classes can make you cry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. The higher your score is, the higher chance you will get into the college you want. Don't stress out too much even if you don't get to go to the school you want. I originially really wanted to go to UC Santa Barbara. And I thought I would get in because my score was in the mid range. But I didn't get in. Maybe it's just UC; I'm not that knowledgeable about how this college acceptance works, but I do know that your score is not everything. So many factors go into the process of choosing next class. And sometimes they make poor choices. Make sure you stay strong during Junior year. I totally broke down during that day. I don't necessarily regret it, but I kind of wish I learned how to deal with my stress a lot wiser.

    In three sentences

    Awesome food. Vivacious campus. Filled with motivation.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Archery, lockpicking, soccer, baking, movies and several more that will cover any interests you have. You name it and they probably got it somewhere. Or you can make your own club!

    Bang for the buck

    Uh, this is a questionable category but I'll take it to mean your tuition and what you get for it. Once you hit 12 hours, it's a flat rate tuition so use it to your advantage if you want to put in lots of hours all at once.

    What to do for fun

    If I were to make a list, you would read the first 5 then skip the rest to the last couple. Clubs, baking, soccer, intramurals.... study groups. There's seriously so many things to do and events with free food and sports for the athletic. I can't possibly list them all.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is dorm food. It's like the cafeteria but fancier. There's other options like popular chains on campus and also buffets.

    Dorm Life

    I can only say this of San Jacinto because its the nicest dorm on campus and I'm living in it. Sometimes people will be loud but it's college. You can make some friends down the hall too and some of them are even in your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    UT really isn't a walk in the park but if you had AP classes with some challenging teachers, you should adapt well here. If not, theres so many tutors, help sessions and office hours that you can attend to help you understand what's going on in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Room in San Jacinto if you have the money and don't forget to go to office hours. Make friends in all classes and try to get close to your professor. Doesn't hurt to study after class so that you don't cram it all before a test.

    In three sentences

    It's an open friendly community that provides so many opportunities to make friends and become a well rounded individual. The professors and officials are concerned for our safety and education. One begins to feel a bond form with everything on campus.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    You always are safe.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go look at all the beautiful sites and enjoy the many places there are to visit.

    Dorm Life

    It is fun you get to meet new people. You have a chance to live on your own and discover how it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best and keep up your goals. You can graduate just keep your dreams and grades on track.

    In three sentences

    I rate the university a 10, which is being the best it can be rated. The university is a good school and offers students a good education. This school gives students a chance to make their future better.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual locations include: Robert's rooftop, the famous turtle pond, and the indoor pool inside Gregory Gym.

    What to do for fun

    Gregory Gym, the Rec Center, and Clark Field are my favorite locations. They provide students with a wide variety of features such as a fantastic pool, racquetball courts, and a soccer field. These areas are great for those inclined to playing sports for fun. Additionally, dorms and clubs are constantly planning events suitable for any and all students throughout each week of the school year.

    Tips for prospective students

    I strongly suggest students involve themselves in clubs, both related and not related to the student's specified major. Students should be encouraged to branch out of their comfort zones to diversity their circle of friends, and have the courage to approach professors at office hours or after class. With a positive outlook, a strong individual foundation, and dedication to school work even in the toughest of times, students are guaranteed to be successful and learn substantially.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin in an institution that encourages diversity, student development, and provides students with vast opportunities to grow within themselves and academically. The faculty undoubtedly express their passion for the subjects taught and show genuine interest in the students academic progress. The establishment's culture and mental models reflect the university's positive outlook, challenging curriculum, and pursuit for a bright future.

  • 05/01/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Student organizations, Lake Travis, bike and hiking trails, longhorn games in almost every sport!

    Food and Dining

    Everything is top notch quality, decent pricing and available throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm very impressed with the sense of community and school spirit you feel there. The facilities and services are top notch!

    Academic Rigor

    UT will provide me with the. Academic challenges I hoped to have exposure to in my college years. I look forward to the endless opportunities to apply myself and learn through many mediums.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn everything you can about the opportunities available at UT. DOnt miss the opportunity to visit campus and spend some time getting to know the area around campus as well.

    In three sentences

    Competitive admittance process; amazing academic environment in a very hip and exciting college town. To be on campus is an incredible feeling of being amongst the brightest and the best students and faculty.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is one of the highest priorities here and there is always access to campus police. Phones are located everywhere on campus that connect directly to campus police and, I believe, Austin PD as well. The University keeps students updated via Facebook, Twitter, SMS messaging, and email about any possible problems and/or threats to the school and its students. Safety is a big deal, especially many school shootings and bomb threats.

    Greek Life

    As said before, lots of frat and sorority parties, especially for Round-Up. If you want to be a part of the Greek Life, then go for it! There are many different types of sororities and frats, so take a shot at as many as you can.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities to join here for all types of people. I am in a service sorority, the American Chemical Society, part of the FRI research program, and thinking about joining a few other clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're really into music, like most people here, there are usually free or pretty cheap shows to go to every now and then. Lots of fun, cool, and interesting things to do and you should try to experience them all while you stay in Austin.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are quite a few traditions and unusual events and locations on campus, but the most known story is the albino squirrel. It is said that if you see the albino squirrel, that you will make an A on your next exam (or something to that extent). Be careful though, it can be quite hard to differentiate the REAL albino squirrel with all the blonde squirrels around. Also, be sure to visit the turtle pond between the FAC and the BIO labs.

    Bang for the buck

    Roughly, you will be spending anywhere from $25,000-30,000 a year for your education. For this being one of the best universities in the country, that isn't too bad. Many technical schools around the country cost about twice as much and don't provide the experience and diversity that UT does. The many resources, people, and FREE events going on around here will definitely be worth it. Most times, you even get free food from the events being held, so you actually save money by not having to go buy groceries or spend Dine-In Dollars!

    What to do for fun

    Many cultural events, movie screenings, and other fun things are always going on around campus on a weekly basis. And since this is college, you can definitely expect a frat party almost every weekend. Apart from on campus events, there are also always many events happening around Austin that are usually pretty easy to get to by bus or by driving.

    Food and Dining

    Some days are better than others at the cafeterias, but overall the food is genuinely good. Every once in a while, there will be special food events and OMG there will be SO MUCH FOOD! I definitely recommend Kins Dining or J2 as the best places to eat on campus. Apart from the cafeterias, there are also other dining locations on campus that will accept Dine-In Dollars like the LPC, Cypress Bend, JCL, Jester Market, Kins Market, etc. There are also places like Taco Bell, Wendy's, Chick-fil-a, Zen, and Taco Cabana on campus that accept Bevo Bucks. Also, the Drag is like right on the edge of campus so there is always a variety of food to choose from all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty great depending on which dorm you are in. There are some helpful and nice people who are more than willing to get to know you sometimes. There are always events held at the various dorms on campus and give you a chance to make friends or meet people with similar interests. Take advantage of it! Some rooms, I'll admit, are better than others, but I mean, it's all a temporary experience, so enjoy it while you can. Plus, at least you don't have to worry about paying for rent every month, unless you're on the monthly housing pay plan.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes here are challenging, especially if you came from a small town or a not so great school system. It's really easy to fall behind and kind of hard to catch up. There are some classes, if you're lucky to find and/or need them, that won't have a rigorous coursework load and that are, as some people put it, Easy A's or blow off classes. If you find these, make sure you do the small amount of work you have and put a big focus on the classes with more coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep up with your classes and actually go to class. Though some classes say it isn't mandatory to attend, go anyway because you might learn something that isn't on the slideshow. Also, PLEASE take advantage of the many resources available to you because they will help you greatly. Other than that, enjoy yourself and make the most of your college experience. Take a break every once in a while and go out with friends or join a club or two. You'll love it here if you're willing to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things.

    In three sentences

    I would have to say that though it is a lot bigger than what I am used to, this place is awesome! There are so many helpful resources and people here and the overall experience is great. It's really easy to fit in here because even if you're weird, you know that everyone in Austin is pretty weird.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Not involved but I have heard good things

    Great for these types of students

    who want a good education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tower is always lit for some reason or another

    What to do for fun

    Explore UT campus with friends, go into downtown Austin

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to study hard but also to have fun. Find organizations to become involved in because UT has a lot.

    In three sentences

    UT is a great school; the education is top notch and of high value. It is open to all types of students and caters to any type of students desires or needs. It provides a vast amount of opportunities.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While the UT campus is extremely friendly and safe, UT PD is always available and around on campus keeping an eye out.

    Greek Life

    The biggest school in the country has one of the biggest Greek Life populations in the country as well. Pretty decent portion of the UT student population is involved in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost any kind of club, organization or sport a person could want to join or be involved in is available.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any students who actively take initiative. Students must seek out help when needed to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gone to Texas and the Hex Rally are a great way to get students involved on a campus wide scale. The Drag is also a particularly popular place filled with restaurant that students always fill up. Tons of festivals and events also take place on every corner of the massive UT campus.

    Bang for the buck

    As a student at the Mccombs School of Business at UT I can say I have the tools provided to me to easily have a job offer upon graduation. With in-state resident tuition as low as $10 K the value of my degree cannot be understated. While out-of-state is triple the price, the programs here are still well worth the investment.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is easily one of the greatest cities in the world to attend college. The possibilities are actually endless but to name a few: there are clubs and organizations for any interest one may have, the yearly Austin City Limits and South by Southwest Music Festivals, the Drag is always fun, and sporting events, especially the football games ,are great.

    Food and Dining

    Austin, Texas has some of the greatest food in the country to offer. There are tons of great restaurants on the Drag and throughout the city. There are also several good places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    With the massive student population, dorms are tightly packed. The majority of students do enjoy their living conditions though and it is easier to make friends at such a large school when living on-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are mostly very challenging. Each class, including core curriculum courses, are extremely intuitive and must be taken seriously. As a transfer student I can say it was a big step from anything I have experienced before.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Texas is a massive school and can be intimidating at first; however, professors are readily available and their time should be taken advantage of. Also it is most beneficial to have friends in your courses/degree program to study with.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is one of the top 50 public universities and climbing for good reason. UT provides tremendous opportunities for career exposure along with its rigorous academic programs. All this is accompanied by a campus and city which have something for every type of student.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a police station on campus and there are police box everywhere to call for emergency

    Clubs and Activities

    So many activities and clubs to join. I absolutely love it and you get to know more people.

    What to do for fun

    Eat at the drag (Guadalupe St.), parties, sixth street, football games and club activities.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good but its gets old as you keep eating in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you stay some of the rooms are small and some are big.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focus because this is not like high school.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best schools in Texas because of the school and the faculty support. I love the campus as well as the big diversity. I love the challenge it gives and the many opportunity it provides.

  • 04/24/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    It's about half the price of my second choice.

    In three sentences

    Had some problems with my application but with some pushing they came through and made things right. They're back at the top of my list.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There was a bomb threat my first semester, the police there were so fast to react, keep everyone updated and the respond to moving people off campus was quick also. I felt safe.

    Great for these types of students

    If you struggle with writing or need help with a resume, the undergraduate writing center helped me a lot. You can make appointments and for three times on one assignment, it's free help. They critic it, not write it for you. They even help with brainstorming on just getting it started!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tradition of celebrating something or an event that was successful, we always light up the owner at night. That's probably one of the best things about the night time at school.

    What to do for fun

    The pep rallies during football season are always worth going to. The best one, of course, is the red river rally. Also, they have over 1,000 clubs to join. My favorite thing were football games.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many different resources on campus. Try to utilize many of them. The writing center may become your best friend. Sometimes even when you get super stressed out, they have a center for naps and massage chairs. Your professors care about you if you act like you care about their class. People want to help you succeed, these resources are just that.

    In three sentences

    It is a home environment. People want to help you out. They keep Austin weird too.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for open minded students ready to dedicate their life to learning. UT is great for health majors!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything about UT is unique!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Texas provides the education you hope to get out of it. The price for everything is steep but it is UT.

    What to do for fun

    Athletic events are always enjoyable. Hiking though the mountains on the outskirts of Austin, canoeing down the river, or anything outdoors is always entertaining. Time with friends never gets old.

    Food and Dining

    The food could always use improvement especially for the price you pay.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't too bad! They are more clean than I anticipated.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum is demanding and the professors wrote the book.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should get to know the campus early on. Meet as many people as you can and form study groups. Spend as many hours studying as you do inside of class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin has a demanding curriculum. UT is very challenging and is diverse in every aspect. UT has many options and is a lot to take on.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an organization.

    In three sentences

    It's diverse. It's versatile. It's accommodating.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe on campus, even when I'm late at the library studying. There are even blue phones on corners of streets to use to alert the police, just in case something were to happen. There are always police on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I have said before, there are plenty of organizations to join, even if you think this university does not have it, check online to make sure. They do a great job at Keeping Austin Weird!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No matter what ethnicity you belong to, I can guarantee there is something out there for you. I do not many, but I have seen flyers and heard people talking about it.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, this college is quite expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    So many events occur weekly around campus, but one has to get involved! There are also guest speakers, plays, organization meetings (if you're involved or seeking to get involved) and of course the feilds to play sports! There is always something to do for anyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good when you're in between classes. There's a lot of healthy choices, and for those who want to reward themselves with sweets and fried food, it's there, too.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life honestly helped me my first year in college to meet new people. Rooming random sometimes helps to make friends, and the RA's are extremely helpful, and janitors keep it clean everyday! It is easy to get to class because you're already on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    This university seeks to challenge its students, and that is exactly what it does! The work cannot be done the day it's due, there is a lot of thinking involved, so timeliness is definitely essential. The class's require a lot of studying, even days of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely put yourself out there, as in get involved! Join organizations of your interests - they offer many organizations, so it will not be hard to find something you like! Be friendly and open-minded because things are so much different than from high school.

    In three sentences

    Any good college educates it's students, but this university goes beyond the textbook learning to open a world of opportunity. It's a challenging school to help with your intended future career. The diversity makes one feel they belong; the people are welcoming.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student safety is a top priority here at the University of Texas. there are many police poles around campus where students can hit one button to call for police assistance. The university also sends out mass texts to all students when there are any safety alerts which are important for students to know. The University also has a campus police department which responds quickly to any calls especially because it's directly on the campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life here is almost incomparable to any other Greek Life organizations anywhere. There are many different fraternities and sororities for students to join. They all stay in an area also known as West Campus. This is the place where the different Greek Organizations have/hold their events.

    Clubs and Activities

    UT has many different clubs and activities for it's students. There are bike clubs, reading clubs, global health care volunteer clubs, athletic clubs and performing arts clubs that each have their own activities and projects to put on as an organization. Students just have to be willing to reach out to the clubs for information.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Texas is great for all types of students especially those who are outgoing and enthusiastic about learning. There are so many different clubs and organizations of campus that will be a great fit for any knew incoming students.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally feel that the University of Texas is one of the best schools in the country. Its academics truly prepare students for the real world and that alone is worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun here at UT. There are 3 different gyms where students can work out and play basketball, soccer, and various other sports. There are intramural leagues where students can ;play organized sports. There is also a place called the Union Underground where students can go and play pool, arcade games, or bowl for fun, Plus it cheep too!

    Food and Dining

    The food here at UT is fantastic. there are plenty of dining halls that have more then enough food and varieties of food for students to eat. Most important the food they make here tastes great too!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here at he University of Texas is comfortable. Most of the dorms are filled with RAs who care about their hall and really take into consideration the residents thoughts when it comes to improving the dorm life. There is always something to do, whether it be a movie night or game night, at each dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are difficult. I believe the classes are challenging because they are trying to develop students into complex thinkers and problem solvers rather than students who know only definitions and information.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a few tips i have for prospective students. 1. Do not be afraid to ask questions. The faculty, staff and students here are all willing to help those in need. 2. Develop a strong sense of self motivation. In order to succeed (anywhere) one must be strongly motivated to do the best he or she can possibly do.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Austin is a great campus full of diversity and opportunity. There are so many resources available for students here who are willing to work to succeed. The slogan of the University is true; what starts here changes the world.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus police that patrol the campus. There are call box for help if you feel unsafe. You can also call UTPD if you are afraid to walk by yourself and they will escort you to your car

    Greek Life

    Not involved but is pretty big here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations to choose from. There are professional organizations, sports clubs,

    Great for these types of students

    Great for many types of people and personalities, since UT has such a diverse group of people that attend anyone can find somewhere to fit in.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a degree from one of the Top 10 universities in the nation for a great price, especially compared to private schools in texas.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is more than just a college town. There are lots of festivals, activities, concerts, culture, and don't forget 6th street!

    Food and Dining

    It's dorm food. Not the best and expensive but there are many other options available due to Guadalupe street directly adjacent to campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet people, but one of the awesome things about UT is there is not a requirement to live on campus your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very difficult, but not impossible to do well. There are many options available for help in classes. I also work and still have a high GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours, especially if your in a 200+ person class. Get involved in one of the many organizations available to you. Plus, get to meet a very diverse group of people

    In three sentences

    UT is a top ranked research university so sometimes the professors speak over your head, especially in upper division classes. But there are many opportunities to get to know professors and to get help. Plus, austin is just an awesome city with many things to do.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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!

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Assuming you practice reasonable caution, the campus is very secure. Police will quickly report to an incidence if necessary, and every dorm has multiple checkpoints for anyone attempting to enter the residences.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are highly recommended for all Longhorns. The campus community is extremely large, and it can be hard to find your niche. However, it's easy to find others who are interested in the same things as you and to connect. Clubs are always being started in the name of fellowship and are a large part of most Longhorns' lives.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Texas is perfect for self-starting academics looking to make a name for themselves. If you love meeting diverse people and staying involved in the community, this is a great school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever any of our organizations, clubs, or sports experiences an exception victory, our tower is lit orange. This is a symbol of the fighting spirit of the Longhorns!

    Bang for the buck

    Being a public school, much of the tuition is government subsidized by the time we see it on the website. This means that us students are afforded huge opportunities to search for what we feel will benefit us best from the academic community, the city around us, and the people we choose to surround ourselves with. Everyday I am challenged with new problems and chances to prove myself, and as they say, What starts here changes the world.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is a bustling city of culture, fun, and beauty. The huge college crowd ensures that life is never boring. You can go camping in the multiple nearby grounds (New Braunfels is a must!), get your foodie on eat in the famous Austin restaurants (such as Kirby Lane), even go kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding on the River. Not to mention all the fun activities on campus for students! There's never a dull moment if you look for the opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Large selections of fast food and dining halls are available to all on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are full of helpful RAs and floor monitors. There are regular socializing events and study periods for students with similar majors. They do everything in their power to make you feel welcomed in the new environment.

    Academic Rigor

    I spend much of my time in front of a computer typing up lab reports or making flash cards. In a school as competitive as this, one has to earn their grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study into what you enjoy! Higher education isn't an extension of high school, it's the beginning of your career. Begin looking into things you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life.

    In three sentences

    School pride and academic opportunity are greater nowhere than here in Austin. The organizations I have joined became my life, and I am always proud to be a Longhorn. When your campus is beautiful and your teachers are helpful, it's difficult not to love such a school.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student Chapter had been improving campus safety. The police also offers walk-you-home service.

    Greek Life

    Main library opens 24-7 and there are 17 other libraries

    Clubs and Activities

    Can't find yours? Create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Who wants to explore to lots of different things and opportunities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Turtle pond always attracted people.. I don't know the reason.

    What to do for fun

    Music festivals! Lots of student orgs! (If can't find one interested you, you could create one!) Kite festivals! Cool museums! Kite festival!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food choices in Austin! Especially can get good food cheap in Austin restaurant week. Food choice on campus is also great. There are plenty of restaurants on the drag!

    Dorm Life

    I am living in the party section aka west campus. Lots of party but really close to campus. The price is relatively high comparing to the other parts of living area. North campus is generally quieter and more graduate students. River side and red river could also be a choice!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor. Most of my professors teach well and I enjoy the classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would enjoy in a large community.. Don't think twice just apply to UT Austin!

    In three sentences

    Large Campus with lots of opportunities that can get involved to real great college life. Enjoying life surrounded by music festivals and other great events! Challenge yourself! The courses are not as easy as the other public school but you will learn a lot!

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot: canoeing, concerts, and festivals. Don't restrict yourself to just campus. Explore all of Austin!

    Food and Dining

    Food is alright. On campus is decent with Jester and Kinsolving. But the better food is on the Drag where most people go.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm. But it looks pretty decent. The more you pay the better your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty depends on your major. As a chemical engineer, the academics here are pretty rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and set your eyes on your goal. At the same time, have fun and interact with other students. Choose something you love to do.

    In three sentences

    A great place to grow as a student and a person. A dynamic school where there are students of all backgrounds and ethnicity. Difficult school that prepares you for the future.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the city! Venture off of campus on free time and go see local music artists preform. This is one thing Austin is huge on.

    Food and Dining

    The food in my cafeteria is really good. We always have several options for each meal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are alright. I have made some of my best friends in my hall. The only downside is community bath and small rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses have been so challenging but I am fully dedicated to improving my study habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your priorities in line and not to let your social life get in the way of your studies. Whatever school you go to rememeber why you are there.

    In three sentences

    The Univesrsity of Texas is a huge campus with many diverse students and faculty memebers. It is in a great location and there are ways to get involved on campus that can make the school and city feel just like home. The courses are challenging but I have readily accepted this fact.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Texas does need a bit more lighted streets around campus as well as campus police patrolling at night. Yet, I haven't heard of any serious crime on campus.

    Greek Life

    Honestly, Greek life consumes The University of Texas at Austin. I would say about seventy-five percent of students here are in a sorority or fraternity. You do make many tight bonds being involved in greek life. However, without being in one, you can still make great friends within your department and you are still just as cool so no worries!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is never a week that I don't learn about a club on campus. They even have a circus club!

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Texas at Austin has a great Business school. Their building is amazing and there are many scholarships and internships available to business majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Squirrels are everywhere here! But what students want to see is the great and powerful Albino Squirrel. It is rumored that this cute little fury white animal brings a student luck on the day a student spots it.

    Bang for the buck

    Room and board is pricey. However, the academic experience and increasing knowledge through UT course makes the tuition bill worth it.

    What to do for fun

    It's Austin people; what is there not to do? Go for a bike ride, boat along Lake Austin, chill at Mozart's cafe, walk and view weirdness at it's finest along Sixth Street. This list barely scratches the surface of everything the city of Austin has to offer. Austin is always an adventure.

    Food and Dining

    Don't expect a five start cuisine, but don't anticipate a roach in your morning oatmeal either. The food can at times be pricey. However, if you plan your meals accordingly, you will get a lot of bang for your buck. I suggest buying food to make in your dorm, because eating college cafeteria food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can get old hat.

    Dorm Life

    Regardless if you live in the oldest smallest dorm on campus, the dorm life experience is something you don't want to miss out on in college. UT offers plenty of cafeterias, study lounges, and resident events for dorm life to be not worth it. Also, I've learned much responsibility for respect for myself and respect for others.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't expect the work load to be what you had in high school. Courses at UT are no cake walk. However, there are plenty of resources for a student to not fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends that are going to encourage you in a positive academic way. They are your saving grace and will help you forget that you miss your home and family.

    In three sentences

    Though it feels like the 40 acre campus will swallow you, as soon as Ia student steps on campus I felt nothing but welcomed. The University of Texas at Austin has a vast array of resources so a student is bound to succeed. Surrounded by the great city of Austin, you are bound to love it at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are many to choose from, all bring great things to the table

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to change the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked run! Raise money for skin cancer while running in the nude(;

    What to do for fun

    Austin is super outdoorsy and UT has hundreds of clubs that take advantage of what Austin has to give. Austin is the music capital!

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont spend all your money freshmen year. Learn how to budget.

    In three sentences

    Its one of the best places to attend if you have a passion for social entrepreneurship

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UT has one of the largest police forces in the nation and they are on duty 24/7.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is more than alive at UT. There are plenty fraternities and sororities to choose from. Once again, diversity is big at UT.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an online database where you can research the thousnads of UT's clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are trying to make themselves a better person and expand their horizons. It is also ideal for people who want a big university feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are countless traditions. My favorite is the hex rally before our Thanksgiving football game. The student body gets together in front of the tower and we put a hex on our opponent for that football game.

    Bang for the buck

    You will grow as a person at this school, not just as a student. You will be surrounded by individuals that have a drive for success.

    What to do for fun

    Austin is the definition of fun. If you are a person that loves the outdoors then Austin is definitely for you. There is also great night life.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on and off campus. This includes both dorm cafeteria food and private businesses.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of the dorms can get packed because of the enormous school population. However, you might see this as a good thing if you are an extrovert and like to socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    The tests can be challinging. However, there are a variety of resources to help you improve your grade. At UT, you are pushed more to actually learn than you are to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I can give prospective students is to leave their comfort zone and go get involved in as many things as possible. Use as many of UT's resources as possible.

    In three sentences

    UT is a very diverse place. There are people from all over the world that you will meet at UT. Because of that, you are enriched in a variety of perspectives.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police respond to any and every alarm that someone activates. All around campus there are alarms that you can press in order to call the police for anything that makes you feel like you are in danger. We also have UT safety alerts sent to our emails/phones in case of emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big here at UT, but it is not everything. The first 2 weeks of the semester is Rush Week when greek organizations have info sessions, events, and socials for prospective members. Also, UT has an absolutely no hazing policy, so there is no fear of embarrassment or discomfort when rushing for a fraternity/sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many ways to get involved, I encourage everyone to check out as much as they can.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Guadalupe St. also know as The Drag has awesome shops, restaurants, and stores that are out of this world. The variety is amazing. Also, whenever something big happens on campus-like an accomplishment for a college or a football game win- the tower lights up orange with a number 1 on it!

    Bang for the buck

    Though UT is a little pricing, there are so many resources included in tuition and fees such as free public transportation, health services, writing centers, etc.

    What to do for fun

    The amount of student organizations is tremendous. There is literally something for everyone. If joining an organization isn't for you, UT is located very close to downtown- a very popular area for college kids. Plus, included in tuition, UT students are allowed to ride the METRO buses for free.

    Food and Dining

    UT has many dining halls to choose from so there is always something for everyone. The quality of food is great, and the dining halls are kept clean and sanitized.

    Dorm Life

    I live on an off-campus dorm. Living in a dorm freshman year is a very important part of transitioning to college. You meet so many people just by going to the cafeteria or study lounge.

    Academic Rigor

    UT has hard classes, but it is a very prestigious school. Anyone who attends UT has earned the grades in high school and can earn them here. Hard work always pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in your classes. UT professors don't mess around; this isn't high school anymore. Getting involved is so easy here, so take advantage of all the fun things and your college experience will be unforgettable.

    In three sentences

    UT has so many resources, events, organizations, and people that you wouldn't want to miss out on. Though the campus is big, it is a community of college students who value the same goals you do. UT is an amazing school, I wouldn't have chosen anything less.

  • 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!

  • 02/05/2013

    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.

  • 02/05/2013

    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!

  • 02/03/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/19/2013

    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.

  • 01/12/2013

    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.

  • 01/09/2013

    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.

  • 01/09/2013

    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.

  • 01/08/2013

    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.

  • 01/08/2013

    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.

  • 01/05/2013

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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 01/01/2013

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12/30/2012

    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.

  • 12/27/2012

    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.

  • 12/23/2012

    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.

  • 12/23/2012

    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.

  • 12/20/2012

    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.

  • 12/20/2012

    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.

  • 12/19/2012

    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.

  • 12/16/2012

    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.

  • 12/05/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/27/2012

    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.

  • 11/26/2012

    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 :)

  • 11/22/2012

    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.

  • 11/21/2012

    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.

  • 11/16/2012

    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!

  • 11/10/2012

    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.

  • 11/08/2012

    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.

  • 11/01/2012

    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.

  • 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!

  • 10/18/2012

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

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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.

  • 10/07/2012

    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.

  • 10/02/2012

    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!

  • 10/02/2012

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 09/29/2012

    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.

  • 09/27/2012

    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.

  • 09/26/2012

    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.

  • 09/17/2012

    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.

  • 09/17/2012

    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.

  • 09/14/2012

    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!

  • 09/10/2012

    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.

  • 09/10/2012

    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.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 09/06/2012

    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.

  • 09/05/2012

    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!

  • 09/03/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 08/17/2012

    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.

  • 08/15/2012

    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.

  • 08/15/2012

    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.

  • 08/13/2012

    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.

  • 08/13/2012

    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.

  • 08/12/2012

    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 :)

  • 08/09/2012

    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.

  • 08/08/2012

    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.

  • 08/07/2012

    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.

  • 08/07/2012

    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.

  • 08/03/2012

    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.

  • 08/02/2012

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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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    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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    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 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.

  • 07/25/2012

    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!

  • 07/22/2012

    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.

  • 07/21/2012

    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!

  • 07/20/2012

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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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 stud