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"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.
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.