University of Texas at Austin, Austin

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Admire fine architecture, contemplate contemporary and modern art sculptures, and immerse yourself in youthful exuberance at University of Texas at Austin. You don't need to be a student to take advantage of many of the facilities that the state's flagship university offers. Take a tour to the observation deck at the top of the campus' landmark clock tower, head over to the massive Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to see where the beloved Longhorns take the field on autumn Saturdays, and check whether any concerts or plays are scheduled at the various performance venues. Wrap up your visit at the co-op, where you can purchase hats, shirts, and other souvenirs in the school's distinctive burnt-orange color. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Austin holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the University of Texas at Austin and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Both of my kids went to UT. I wouldn't say the campus was beautiful as the buildings were so close. A&M in College Station has the beautiful campus if that's what you are looking for. I feel my kids g...  more »
  • Fountain Square facing the towers and beautiful turf. It is like a square of Italy. Right next to the coop, you can buy University merchandise.
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  • more than 50,000 students in the center of the city it is an asset for his studies. More than very many personalities made their studies. Stars of the film, politics, sport, they are more than 50 have been educated here. The peculiarity of this University, it's that we know not when we go in. She's so involved in the city that from one building to the other one arrives into the University only by crossing many students in the streets. The US football stadium is one of the largest in the United States.
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  • Some of the coolest opposing fans I've ever been around.. My Bruins STOMP these guys whenever we play in football, but the fans are very respectful to visitors.
  • The best university I've been to just to visit and look around. It is a very big university, beautiful girls, nice campus.
  • The institution's arrogance, sense of entitlement, and self importance make it an unfriendly, intimidating place for both students and members of the community. The university has yet to reflect the diversity of the state with African American students making up less than 5% of the student body for the past 30 years. While the graduate programs and faculty research efforts are well ranked generally, UT-Austin is not yet on par with top level public research universities such as UC Berkeley, Michigan, MIT, and UCLA and thus is considered a second tier academic institution outside of Texas. Undergraduate teaching and learning are not a serious priority for the administration and most tenured faculty. Student needs consistently take a back seat to faculty needs, internal power struggles, and alumni interests. The campus is architecturally dense, crowded, and visually uncohesive. It lacks the vitality and energy of a truly urban campus and the well-planed, pastoral feel of most land-grant institutions. The university is generally resistant to meaningful community partnerships related to mass transit (light rail), urban planning, and sharing its physical and intellectual resources in an accessible manner. It prefers to exist for itself rather than the betterment of its students, the community, or Texas. The tower which dominates the UT Austin campus is truly made of ivory.
  • Sounds like AnnMarie Rotan is living the same experience with administrators I had in the J school in the late 1970s. I'd give five stars for academics, resources, opportunities and professors, but I have to knock off a star for administration. Earn a degree from UT-Austin and you can hold your own with graduates of more prestigious (read private and elite) universities in your career and probably on the cocktail circuit. UT grads gain more street smarts and have a better sense of humor. Have to, because we had to navigate counselors, advisors and that whole maze as one of the herd. I would say we're more humble, but the irony would be lost on anyone outside Texas.
  • Austin campus is definitely a sight to see. Some family members graduated from here in civil engineering a few years back. I have to say the spirit in football games and extra curricular activities is definitely addicting and good vibes, that I'm saying HOOK EM HORNS"!

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Austin bills itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World," so it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of its hotels sell out long before the city's popular festivals. If you wish to stay near downtown's live music scene, look for package deals and book your accommodations well in advance. If downtown clubs and bars aren't your priority, consider hotels located just outside the central part of town, in comfortable areas where you won't need a car to get to most of the city's major cultural sites.
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