The University of Texas at Austin Reviews
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UT: Austin is a great campus and environment to be in. At the beginning of your schooling, the huge lecture halls are intimidating because there doesn't seem like you can form a close relationship with your professor, however that's what office hours are for. As the years go on and your class sizes grow smaller it's easier to stand out in class and get to know your professors better. There are so many opportunities on campus to join clubs or get a job, I regret not taking further advantage of it.
The time I spend at my alma mater was priceless. At the University of Texas, our motto is, "What starts here changes the world." I can attest to the fact that every teacher, counselor, and faculty member I came in contact with intentionally guided students towards this standard. The focus of UT is not on maintaining the status quo to succeed in careers that exist in 2017 but to be creative and motivated toward bettering communities and the lives of everyone on the planet in future arenas. My major, Urban Studies, was not just a study on urban areas today, but what urban areas may look like in the future. The Architecture and Nonprofit courses that I attended were future-minded as well. It is my opinion that focusing on improvement and the future is the only way societies can move forward and progress to reach humanity's potential. I adored attending class every day knowing that what I was learning, and the ideas that passed between faculty and students could one day become a reality and be apart of lives of those who had no notion of these topics beforehand. The one critique I have of my degree is the lack of "hard skills" I came away with. I am a strong problem solver, I am comfortable asking questions, I am not satisfied until existing conditions are analyzed and made better, and I am an instigator that seeks to spark change in communities; all of these qualities I gained through my UT experience. However, I am lacking in basic skills such as advanced Excel functions, financial analysis, managerial techniques, basic coding, or knowledge of SalesForce that employers are currently seeking in their entry-level employees. Many of these skills I have had to learn on my own and convince hiring managers that I can learn these things on the job. Overall, I loved my degree program and the insights that I gained. If more courses designed to develop tangible, definitive abilities within its students had been required for the Liberal Arts degrees, I would have rated my education with five stars.
The four years I spent studying Jazz Performance at UT were the best of my life. The campus is beautiful, and bustling. The juxtaposition of buildings both old and new give an interesting and eclectic sensation as you walk through the grounds of the school. One minute you walk by a 50 year old statue and the next you gaze at a 50 foot tall modern sculpture made entirely out of canoes. The campus captures the hip, artistic vibe of the city. The main drag is just on the western edge of campus and is full of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and live music. One thing that is certain is that you never have an excuse to be board. The faculty at the school are all incredible. Many of them are esteemed alumni of the nations top schools. I never had a professor that didn't have the student's best interests at heart. I always felt welcomed and comfortable in the classroom. It was the perfect place for me to study jazz. The jazz department was small which allowed for me to receive the care and individual attention that I wanted. My instructors were incredibly knowledgeable on all areas of jazz study. Theory, history, performance, were all taught with the highest standard of pedagogy. Lessons with my private instructor were both compelling and engaging. At every turn, I was challenged to become a better player. Overall, I could not have asked for a better place to earn my bachelor's degree. Austin holds a special place in my heart and will always feel like home.
Be sure to ask fellow students concerning rigor of classes or professors before taking them. In my experience, the professors in the business school on campus always had an open door policy. Those within the science department have just as large as classes in the lower division coursework and may not be as available.
The Human Development and Family Sciences Program is a great program and place to get trained. The teachers are highly knowledgeable about the subject and are leading experts in the field. As well, the program offers many opportunities to really know more about the subject as well as practical lab and practicum experiences to provide hands on experience for the students.
I loved my time at The University of Texas at Austin. It prepared me for life and I am using the skills I learned there to navigate my way through New York. It has prepared me for graduate school at New York University. I am thankful for the opportunities and experiences The University of Texas gave me.
"What starts here changes the world" says the deep, rustic voice in the commercial. Although state schools often get overshadowed in the public consciousness when it comes to prestige, this heuristic is unhelpful when it comes to considering the actual quality of the school to which you are applying. I was a student within the competitive Turing Scholars program in the Computer Science department of the University of Texas, and as a student and now as a graduate I can see here in particular the catchy slogan rings true. For example, we had a TA who had taught the same class (CS315H, Data Structures and Algorithms) in an Ivy League university, and he had found that not only was our coursework more difficult, our students were more capable. I can speak to the Computer Science department specifically; with cutting-edge research in self-driving cars, robotics, network security, and artificial intelligence (wherein I undertook my undergraduate research), the University of Texas at Austin has a world-class program. I encourage any student of computer science to consider this institution for their undergraduate or graduate studies, and although I can't speak firsthand for students of other disciplines, I saw the same excellence in other programs in the peers alongside whom I studied during my time there. I am truly thankful for the opportunity I had to study at this paragon of educational excellence, and I expect that any students who decide to apply themselves to this institution will experience the same.
The University of Texas at Austin is an amazing school located in the amazing city of Austin, Texas that offers world-class events such as Austin City Limits Music Festival and the South by Southwest Festival. Schools such as the McCombs School of Business and the Moody College of Communication are highly-ranked nationally, and UTs alumni network spans 482,000+ that allows for a vast network after you graduate.
The University of Texas at Austin is beyond what I expected. It is a very diverse community, with huge opportunities around every corner. It's very hard to not succeed with the support the school offers. Additionally, they make it very easy to pursue a military career while attending. Loved my experience!
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.