Location: Austin, Texas
Funding: Public university
Size: 50,000+ students
Percent Women: 50.4%
Tuition (one year): $9,418
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Psychology, Advertising, Electrical Engineering
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 46.8%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit UT’s website at http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/.
Why Choose Texas?
“It's a huge research university with a lot of opportunities available to all its undergraduate and graduate students.”
“The University of Texas is located in the heart of Austin, TX, the live music capitol of, and the coolest city in, the world.”
“I knew that if I never actually threw myself outside my comfort zone, I would never really grow up. The University of Texas is constantly challenging me and I love it! I can honestly say that I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't chosen to be a Longhorn.”
“I wanted a big school with lots of spirit and a good football team.”
“I chose to attend the University of Texas because of the great business program and price. Doesn't get any better!”
“I'm from Chicago and one day in 4th grade, when I was at the mall I picked up a Texas shirt at Steve and Barry's, told my mom I was going to go there, and purchased the shirt. Ever since then, I was set on making sure I attended the University of Texas.”
“What don’t I love about UT? There are tons of organizations to get involved in! People come from all over the country and the world to study here, and there’s never a dull moment on campus!”
“I love that the University is located in Austin, which is a great place in my opinion. There's a lot to do in the city and a lot of opportunities to have fun.”
“Some of my favorite traditions are: The Hook 'Em sign, the OU rivalry and the Hex Rally.”
“I love the connections I have made with so many different friends because of the diversity in group that I'm able to join here at UT. Also, the number of opportunities there are at UT. It's like all the college movie mashups!”
“One of my favorite traditions at UT is Round-Up. It’s normally the weekend after spring break and it’s a huge weekend put on by the Greek community. The sororities hold food events like $5 for all you can eat pizza, to support their philanthropies, and the fraternities host parties and concerts for theirs. It’s basically an all-out neon festival! Awesome performers come too, like the Ying-Yang Twins, Paul Wall, and more!”
“The best part at being at UT is definitely the student body. Never in my life did I imagine that I would meet all of the diverse people that go here. It is filled with all different sorts and the friends that I have made here are definitely one of a kind. I also really like the libraries here, they are filled with texts and almost all of them provide great collaborative study sections for me and my friends to work. Not to mention the beautiful library in the tower. Another thing I really enjoy about this school is the school spirit that permeates among the alumni, faculty, and students. We really do bleed burnt orange, making every sporting event a spectacle. Lastly, the location of UT is probably the best reason why UT is great- Austin is a city alive with culture and full of action. There is always something to do here in Austin, and the food is beyond amazing. Having the school in the middle of it all only amplifies my experience here.”
“I love having such a diverse community, but having confidence in knowing we come together in a large way.”
"I would love it if the university provided more information about the best and safest ways to travel around Austin. Getting free bus fare with your student ID is awesome, but I came from a city with no public transportation. The bus routes were difficult for me to figure out, and sometimes I STILL have trouble. And it doesn't help to have all the native Austinites giggling at me when I ask the driver a "dumb" question. This may sound super lame, but I'd love for UT to hand out a guide to figuring out the bus routes at the beginning of the year. It'll definitely help those who aren't quite used to public transportation!"
“Performing arts students have nowhere to rehearse. Like yesterday, I walked around for two hours searching for a dance studio. I went to Winship Drama Building, the SAC, and all of theseother different locations. None of them were available. If we are in the fine arts department, we should be able to have adequate places to practice.”
“I'd like to see equal distrubtion of money between the colleges here. Also, food trucks outside of the SAC would be really awesome.”
"The bus system needs a lot of work. I should not have two or three buses pass me at the bus stop when I have to be in class in 20 minutes. That's ridiculous!"
"We have a lot of obnoxious fees for random stuff. Like our parking garages cost a fortune, and I think that we, as students, should get into football games for free. Baylor students can!"
"One huge aspect I wish UT could improve on would be registration. The whole system is a mess. It's so difficult to get into the classes you need without sitting at your computer during add/drop, refreshing the page every couple of seconds, waiting for a spot to open up. This is my last semester here, and I've been on 3+ waitlists every semester since I've been here! It frustrates me that since I didn't come to school with as many hours from high school like a lot of my peers did (which had such a huge, unforeseen consequence) that I am never able to register quickly. UT is all about getting us out in four years, which I wholly respect, but they make it so incredibly difficult if you end up getting locked out of a class you need and stuck in a bunch of random classes just for the sake of having full-time student status. Also, waitlists are the devil and give you false hope."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Orientation is three days long and is an awesome opportunity to get to know the campus and make a ton of new friends through workshops and activities. Everyone is in the same boat (nervous/excited for college) so it’s really easy to approach kids. In fact, my randomly selected roommate from orientation is now one of my sorority sisters and best friends!”
“It wasn’t hard at all to adjust to UT. For such a massive school, the campus is very manageable. I personally like the size, constantly being surrounded by large groups of students gives the campus a surprisingly unintimidating feel, it is comforting knowing you are surrounded by Longhorns.”
“Your first year at UT completely changes the way you see things. From becoming more independent, meeting new friends and just realizing that college is unlike anything you’ve ever done. Everything from the first time you yell “TEXAS FIGHT!” at a game to the first few times out in West Campus or 6th street is so new and fun, I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend my freshmen year!”
“One thing you have to realize about Texas is that it is huge! I came from Connecticut not knowing anybody, but one of my best friends came from Texas and still only knew one person out of the 50,000 at UT. I personally love this because it means that everyone gets the experience of meeting new people from all over. Of course there are some students who do know a lot of people at UT, but just know that is not the case for everyone despite the large instate population."
"I don't think that freshmen stuck with only freshmen this year, at all. Being a member of Texas Pom has helped me meet so many upperclassmen. As a spirit program, we get to interact with everyone who is a part of the program with socials, appearances and games. I feel better integrated with the school and the upperclassmen because of the integration we receive within the program! I also know that a lot of classes at UT have all different students in them so you have a lot of chances to befriend upperclassmen."
All About Academics
“I absolutely love being apart of the College of Communication. I get so much pride thinking about how Advertising at UT, my major, is the top program in the nation. The professors and students I interact with everyday constantly push me to learn and grow.”
“The Moody College of Communication strives to provide the best education for its students by hiring a world-class faculty who genuinely care about the success of each and every student. All of my professors have contributed to my love and knowledge of communications through their in-depth and hands-on lectures and have always been willing to help me with my coursework.”
“The University of Texas at Austin is a highly respected school that is known for transforming eager students into strong, intelligent professionals that will thrive in the working world. As an Advertising student in the College of Communications, I am surrounded by some well-seasoned professors that have provided a valuable set of knowledge that gives students the proper tools to be successful in their future endeavors. I really appreciate the wide range of classroom settings (ranging from 20-300 students) because we are exposed to the possibility of forming meaningful relationships with professors and meeting many classmates that translate to friends and future colleagues.”
“The School of Social Work is one of UT's top three strongest programs. The classes in my major are always small, and the faculty is incredibly approachable. The academic environment is stimulating, but manageable.”
"The UT Honors program (LAH) is amazing because its led by the great Dr. Carver and two of the best advisors UT has to offer. LAH is a home away from home and consistently encourages me to surpass my best and work until I reach the goals I used to think were impossible."
Learn from the Best
"I took one of my favorite classes at UT my first semester here. It was a signature course called "Modernity, Anxiety, and the Art of the Uncanny". The professor was Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, a phenomenal woman with a beautiful vision of the world. She speaks 12 languages and has a British accent. The class centered on studying the "why" behind anything and everything. We read Freud, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde (my favorite). We viewed Dali and Klimt paintings, and we studied music, art history, and poetry."
"My favorite class has definitely been Omi Jones' "Performance, Feminism, and Social Change" class that I took in Spring 2013. I learned so much about women and gender studies while performing, which are two of my favorite things in life!"
"Generalist Practice for Social Workers with Rose Pullium. She was very experienced in her field and was very willing to work with you. She was great at helping you to build your foundation and skill set, like counseling, therapy, and interviewing."
“My favorite class at UT has been Creative Drama II with Roxanne Schroder-Arce. Roxanne keeps us engaged, teaches us things that are applicable to our degree, and makes sure we are having fun. She never makes you feel like you’re not acepted in the school. Her classroom is like a home to students.”
"My favorite class is B A 324, which is a communication class for business majors; everything I do and learn in this course is applicable to my future career no matter what industry I choose to pursue. My instructor, Maegan Stephens, is currently completing her PhD in the Communication Studies Department. The enthusiasm and passion she exudes for the topics covered foster an exciting environment; Maegan even learned each of our names on the first day and recited them back to us, which immediately created an interactive atmosphere. We understand the lengths at which our professionalism will be enhanced if we extract all the knowledge we can from her about writing and presenting. It's truly special for business students to experience learning in a different light and from an outside perspective."
Interests & Involvement
“I’m in Delta Gamma, UT Longhorn Entrepreneur Agency, Club Tennis and Young Life here at the University of Texas. I became interested in all of these because I was involved in other organizations with the same mission and purpose in high school; specifically the social interaction with diverse people from all different backgrounds. They are things I love to do and wanted to continue doing at college.”
“I’m a super nerd so I’m in a neuroscience club called Synapse and Biology Scholars program (BSP). I picked these because the science aspect of them really interests me and they allow me to give back to the community by helping kids with some experiments.”
“I’m involved in American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and I plan on joining other chemistry related organizations like American Chemical Society (ACS). I feel like there’s a club for everything here on campus. Ranging from cultural to video games, it’s easy to find something you’re interested in. I really enjoy the diversity and vast opportunities that many of the clubs offer.”
“I’m in the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) because it’s a small group they reserve classes for you and have a little class for us every semester about how to apply for grad school and how to prepare for your future and options and stuff like that. They also give you a mentor freshman year and small groups so studying is easy. I’m also involved in Texas Splash because I love sports and it allows you to participate at events like timing swim meets, which is awesome because last year I met a ton of Olympians and that was amazing.”
“This past fall I was recently accepted into the Dean’s Scholars honor program - a rigorous science degree program here at UT. The Dean’s Scholars program has given me smaller class sizes, one-on-one attention and relationships with professors as well as research opportunities and study abroad options and a huge support system of staff to help me figure it out along the way. I meet with a faculty advisor who is head of the department of my major each semester, Dr. Pollak, as well as an academic advisor to help guide me into the right path for either med school or graduate school; I’m still trying to figure it out. I am also philanthropy chair of the Texas Darlins. I am in charge of planning events and fundraisers for the ultimate goal of giving all of our proceeds directly to R.O.C.K., The Ride On Center for Kids" which is a hippotherapy center for children and veterans.”
“It's amazing! Hearing the entire stadium yell "Texas Fight" back and forth is cool on TV but incredible in person. Seeing the amount of school spirit we have is mind blowing!”
“Girls dress up. Everyone wears burnt orange or white dresses and boots with our hair all done up. Before the game everyone usually tailgates and celebrates the victory we haven't even won yet lol.”
“Everyone knows football is king in Texas, bu UT has a lot of other programs that are really strong, like Swimming and Diving, Women’s Rowing, Volleyball, and many more. You can always go to games if you have the Longhorn All Sports Package that let’s you almost every event except football.”
“Intramural (IM) sports are really popular here, too. There’s a wide variety and while you normally join with a group, they can help you find teams too! The RecSports program also offers tournament events and individual IM sports. Some of the most popular IM sports are volleyball, basketball, and soccer.”
“It’s not football season without tailgating! You have to go at least once to get the full experience! Fun and food!”
“We get onto the field about two hours before kickoff, so we get to walk the flag up the sidelines and put it by the north endzone while all of the players are warming up, so we've got time to take pictures and hang out on the field before the games. The best part though, is when the band is playing and we walk the flag onto the north endzone. Running out onto the field with the worlds largest Texas flag as nearly 100,000 fans are cheering is unlike anything else out there. It's really exciting to be a part of getting the Texas fans hyped up and cheering before the team runs out is a lot of fun.”
"Being a woman on campus is empowering. There are so many female leaders on campus as well as women taking a stand on what they believe in. Being in a liberal city like Austin lets women at UT feel comfortable to express how they feel."
"There are a variety of styles girls wear at UT. Among those styles are the black leggings worn with an oversized sweater or shirt paired with cute boots or tennis. Another style being seen around campus is the hipster look; high-waisted, crop tops and big glasses."
"UT has plenty of women’s clubs. Along with clubs, there are different types of sororities that range from religious, cultural and leaderships. Whatever you’re interested in, whether it be bringing awareness to human trafficking or bring spirit to sports on campus, there seems to be a club for it."
"There are a lot of women on campus; sometimes it seems like more women to men. It’s a good feeling to know that since women at UT are always willing to help another woman if in need."
Food & Drink
“Torchy's Tacos will always be my favorite. Their Trashy Trailer Parks arethe best. I also enjoy Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for coffee/hot chocolate.”
“Food on campus is okay. At the surface, it all looks amazing, but the more you eat it the worse it becomes until it's just "okay". Best thing to get is probably the stir fry in Jester City Limits. You cannot go wrong there.”
“The options in the union are great! However I would say that it would be better if the hours of operations where longer.”
“For the most variety in food I would say Kerbey Lane, or any of the food trucks on 26th street.”
“There are about six university dining areas on campus. Two of them are buffet style. UT does require students to live on campus to have a meal plan, but it’s not like other schools. You don’t have to purchase a certain number of meals per week. You just get $1400 for the entire year and it’s up to you how to spend it. It’s nice though because they have some markets and coffee places where you can use your dine-in dollars.”
"The strawberry margaritas in Austin, in general, give me life. They are the perfect combo of sweet and tart. Trudy's and Chili's definitely have the best of the city."
"The fraternity parties at UT are out of control! They build, big incredible sets, and include themes! What is life without a neon colored bro tank and some themed parties?"
"I don’t have enough hours in the day to do all of the incredible things available in Austin; Town Lake, Peter Pan Putt Putt, and of course Dirty Sixth!"
"Have you ever seen a herd fraternity boys in white wash wranglers, cowboy boots, and a pastel colored polo??? The sight of handsome guys is enough to keep me entertained!"
"My professor once complimented my 400 person lecture class on our ability to be completely incoherently drunk one night and get a A on our bio-chem test the next morning.”
"There are so many cool things to do with your friends. UT offers a bunch of cool events and we even have our own bowling alley and movie theater. Once you go outside of UT you have all of Austin! There are concerts, restaurants, bars, parks, and so much more! You can never be bored here."
Housing on-campus is as diverse and unique as the population at University of Texas. The University has fifteen dorms that are available for students to live in, and many first-years choose to live on-campus. Not only does living on-campus provide you with ideal location to start your career at UT, but it allows you to meet people, get involved, and make an easy transition to living on your own.
All dorms have study halls, laundry rooms, TV rooms, vending areas, cable TV in each room, Internet access, and a mini-fridge. Dorms are co-ed with the exception of the all-female dorms Littlefield and Kinsolving, and Creekside, which is all male.
When choosing where to live, it’s important to look at location in comparison to other parts of campus. Here’s a run down on each area of campus.
Situated on the southeast side of campus, this area is home to seven dorms all within minutes of the biggest library on campus, Gregory Gym, and the business school.
Jester is notorious for its lively reputation, as it can hold 2,963 students. It also has J2, the largest dining hall on campus, and tons of opportunities to meet new people and have fun. It is split up into Jester East and Jester West, with 14 floors total.
One of the nicest dorms on campus, San Jacinto is considerably smaller than Jester but provides more privacy and a smaller community. It is right across the street from DKR Stadium, which means it is tucked away in the corner of campus. However, the amenities such as a computer room, private bathrooms, and a dining hall make up for the slightly longer walk to campus.
Brackenridge, Moore-Hill, Roberts, Prather:
The final four dorms in the Waller Creek area offer a much different experience than Jester and San Jacinto. They are much smaller, each housing 100-400 students. There are not any dining halls in these dorms, but they are right in between Jester City Limits, J2, and Cypress Bend Grill. Though slightly older, they are full of charm and personality perfect for your first year.
Completely opposite of the Waller Creek area lies the remaining dorms on campus. Close to Guadalupe Street and the Communication School, there are many different types of dorms to find your perfect place to live.
The largest all-girls dorm is the perfect place to find your home. With two types of rooms, (shared bath or community bath) you can pick the style that works best for you. Kin’s Market and the all-you-can-eat Kinsolving Dining are centrally located on the main floor.
The newest residence hall, built in 2007, Duren definitely ranks as one of the nicest places to live on campus. With single or shared rooms, and the option or private or community bath, Duren offers several different options to choose from. Plus, there’s a game room, workout room, laundry room, and private courtyard for you to use.
Andrews, Blanton, Carothers, and Littlefield:
Also known as the Honors Quad, these four dorms are home to the University Honors Center, which provides all the resources and support for a student in the Honors program. The Quad, a big grassy courtyard in the center of these dorms, is the perfect spot to hang out or study while enjoying the beautiful Texas weather.
Six buildings make up Whitis Court, and with each one holding around 50-80 students it allows the perfect opportunity to meet people and make friends. There are community bathrooms, community kitchens, and big TV/living rooms. Plus it’s right across the street from Kinsolving, which has Kinsolving Dining with an all-you-can-eat buffet.
While many students choose to live on-campus, there is off-campus student housing available where many first-year students live. The Castilian, Dobie, The Calloway House, and University Towers are all blocks from campus, and provide a dorm-style living experience with several additional amenities. Many have living rooms, private cafeterias, gyms, and study lounges that only residents can access. The prices are competitive with on-campus living, and are certainly worth looking into when checking out all of your options.
"Austin is the perfect home for anyone and everyone. It is a free spirited and fun city with tons of really friendly people. Yes, southern hospitality is a thing, y’all. There’s a great music and film scene as well as delicious food and nature to admire for days."
"Guadalupe Street, known locally as ‘The Drag,’ is right across campus, and has clothing stores like Urban Outfitters and American Apparel on deck as well as tons of food options ranging from places like Mellow Mushroom to Which Wich? A UT student favorite is Kerbey Lane, an adorable local diner right on The Drag. Note: You must try their Kerbey Queso, it’s what Kerbey Lane is known for! Oh, and when the fall comes along try their pumpkin pancakes, they’re delicious!"
"The nightlife options in Austin are ridiculous. Most college kids at UT start off going to ‘Dirty 6th‘ street which is where the cheaper bars are. This is also where the biggest cluster of bars and clubs in one area. It’s great for bar hoppin’ and you should try it at least once even if you’re not into the wild bar scene. If you’re looking for a calmer bar scene you can try West 6th Street, otherwise known as ‘Classy 6th’. There are fewer bars in this area but they are far nicer than those on ‘Dirty 6th‘. Last but not least there is Rainey Street. There are nice bars and dining in this area and it has a really cool Austin-vibe to it. Though it does tend to draw an older crowd its still a nice place to go if you’re looking for a night without belligerent frat boys bothering you as per Dirty 6th. I suggest you test out each of the different bar scenes to figure out which works best for you!"
"The relationship between UT and Austin is Amazing. Everyone is a Longhorn fan in Austin and on game day there is always a place to watch with friends!"
"The best thing about Austin is the music – it's not only the home to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but Fun Fun Fun Fest and South by Southwest! Not to mention that beyond all the music festivals held there are concerts held all over town year round. If you’re a music lover you will fall deeply in love with Austin. It’s not called the live music capital of the world for nothin’."
"Without a doubt Austin has the best food trailers that you will ever try! I’m talking gourmet donuts, tacos, cupcakes, crepes, pizza and almost any food that you can think of right out of an adorable trailer. I know what you’re thinking… “Food out of a trailer... probably not very good though, right?” Wrong! Some of Austin’s best food is from food trailers and if you’re not in the mood for an outdoor eating experience there are tons of local restaurants that’ll surely hit the spot. Both Juan in a Million and Franklin’s Barbeque have been featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network and are Austin staples!"
"One thing I don't like about Austin is the traffic. The highway can get pretty frustrating during rush hours but I promise it is worth it to live in Austin. Plus, we only have to deal with traffic because Austin is a wonderful city that everyone wants to inhabit. Really though, the population is growing at rapid speeds!"
"Once you’re past your freshman year I guarantee you’ll begin to gallivant all over town and explore what Austin really has to offer. Though as a freshman you might be staying near the campus area but luckily that doesn’t really mean you’ll be stuck on campus with nothing to do. UT’s campus is conveniently located right next to The Drag, which has a pretty sweet selection of food and shopping options for you to get by a semester or two living on campus without going completely insane. Plus, the walking will be good for you and ‘The Drag’ is a quick skip and a hop away from West Campus, which is probably where your cool upper classmen friends will be living so you can always go visit them when you’re in the area!"
"People definitely do internships off-campus during the semester but that’s generally reserved for upper classmen. Freshmen don’t have to worry about most of that stuff cause they’ll be focusing on their core curriculum. Nonetheless, it’s good to start thinking about those dream junior and senior year internships. kiddos, cause it’ll come at you soon than you think!"
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