The University of Texas at Austin Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (47)
UT is a giant college, and at first it seems really big and very easy for you to feel like one of the masses. When I first started, there was not a lot of advertisement for programs and student services for students who could feel out of place. These resources are now becoming more widely advertised and known. If you show up to class and are proactive with your classes and professors, you are going to do well in this school. The teacher can be tough, most are really passionate about the subject they teach, and they are more than happy to help you understand the subject better. There are some teachers, especially the ones that are made for freshmen, they tend to be more lenient but also not as understanding when you miss deadlines or if things come up. If there is any issue you have that interferes with school, its better to have some documentation of everything. There is some diversity in the school, but the school could do a better job at creating events and promoting different cultures and ethnicities. There are some events, but there is not a big attendance rate to those events, and most organizations who organize them have to do all the work to get people to come out. The good thing about the school is that there is a community appeal for safety. During school wide events or events where multiple people come out to the school, students help each other out the best they can. The school is also installing new lights to light up the campus at night for student's safety. The school itself prioritizes student safety above all else. From my experience, the financial services that the school offers is great. The better the grades you make, the more money the school will offer you. The only issue I have is that if you need extra help and have to go to their offices, you will be waiting an average of 45 min to an hour just to get some help. For most issues, the person at the desk will be able to help you, but if they can not, then you will have to come back and there will be more waiting. You will get the help you need, but patience will be your biggest tool. Over all, the school is great. You will receive a top notch education, with some of the best and well established professors. Research initiatives are a big part of the school, and you will have plenty of opportunity for you to further investigate what you may be passionate about. Yet education will not be the only thing that is great about the school. There is plenty of opportunity for you to have fun, meet great people, and get a great education in a beautiful city.
What made my experiences at UT worthwhile was not only what occurred in the classroom but also the opportunities that occurred outside the classroom. The extremely diverse campus provide some incredible opportunities for me, including research, volunteer, and the opportunity to meet other meet passionate students that shared the same interests as me. The campus and city is so large that the opportunities are endless as long as you are willing to put yourself out there. The one thing I will say about UT's program for the College of Natural Science as a student that pursued a degree in biology is that the class sizes never seem to get smaller. Each class size for the biology courses I took ranged anywhere from about 150-300 students, so getting to know your professor on a personal level is quite difficult.
The engineering program starts out like any other, with the core math and physics classes acting as weed out courses. Once you get to the engineering classes, that's when you get to see the rigor combined with the applications that make the subject interesting. Most labs were very demanding but if you can find one area that interests you through the lab (i.e circuits, structures, materials etc.) then you'll be able to get more out of the program. The Aerospace engineering upper division courses vary depending on what track you chose (atmospheric or space) but they are definitely challenging. The atmospheric track senior design course is hands down the course with the most workload but it's also the most rewarding since you actually get to put your studies to use and build something that flies! Aside from the curriculum, the department has various student organizations that promote early hands on engineering involvement such as the longhorn rocket club, the unmanned aerial vehicle team, and the women in aerospace engineering group. Lastly the academic advising team is top notch (probably the best in the whole school!) so if you ever need any type of guidance, they can give it to you.
At The University of Texas in Austin, there is so much to experience! I started as a young girl from a town of only about 1000 people in the desert of West Texas, without a single clue as to what I wanted to do with my life! One of my basic courses included half of the population of my hometown, which was a major culture shock for me. However, the university had avenues designed to help me succeed. The advisor I was assigned to was very patient with me while I was undeclared. She listened to my interests and what I didn't like about certain classes and helped me finally find what I want to do for the rest of my life. By the beginning of my Junior year, I declared Communication Sciences and Disorders as my major. Being a smaller major, I was able to meet so many other students that were very similar to myself, but still from such different backgrounds! I loved my classes, even the hard ones had professors who were willing to help me succeed. I graduated in 2004, and have been working in the field, specifically Audiology, ever since. I have recently been accepted into the doctorate program for Audiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I plan to start classes this Fall (2017). I owe this opportunity to pursue what I love to The University of Texas in Austin!
UT is a great university with amazing instructors but it is what you make of it. If you take your education in your own hands and look for extra curricular and actively participate in class, this school will greatly help you get where you are trying to go.
My degree program was Speech Pathology in Communication Sciences and Disorders at UT Austin. My professors at the UT were fantastic, and really were interested in getting to know the students one on one. The curriculum is rigorous, but doable, with many of my classmates being accepted to prestigious graduate schools after graduating. Many students here work hard and play hard, with Austin being known and a growing and fun city.
Large and diverse, the University of Texas at Austin has a lot to offer academically and socially. There is something for everyone. Classes are rigorous but the faculty is supportive. If a large-campus experience is what you want, this university is a great choice.
The instruction was excellent. The professors I encountered were inspirational and genuinely cared about the success of their students. My time at the University of Texas was transformative and set me on a new career path that I had not previously considered.
Being a part of such a large campus can seem daunting, but the great thing about UT is that it has so many organizations to make students feel like a part of a tighter community. UT is challenging in such a way that it prepares individuals for a smooth transition into the working world. The educational environment teaches students how to plan, organize, and set and surpass goals for themselves. Not only that, but students also have the dedication and work ethic to overcome any challenges that the workplace throws at them. I know that I felt extremely prepared after graduating last year (2016). All of that being said, my favorite thing about The University of Texas is the fact that the professors truly care about your success as not only a student but as a contributing member of society. They truly make an effort to connect with you as an individual and offer to go out of their way to ensure a stable and productive school environment for each student. I truly feel that the professors are on your side pushing you to become the best version of yourself that you can be.
The studio arts program at UT is a bit stuck in a weird place. Its looking to stay in the conceptual and the past, yet doesn't provide an adequate framework for students to become practicing artists. There is no community, no shows, no workshops for professional artists- and the degree is so rigid that you'll find yourself flailing in lots of different subjects instead of improving in one. The only people I see really enjoying their time here are those that like painting and printmaking, and are not paying for it. For everyone else, please find a more prestigious school to practice conceptual art- and if you are into industry art this is most definitely not the place for you.