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Everything about University of Texas- Austin

Everything about University of Texas- Austin

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 40,804

Institutional Type: Public

Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible

Academic Rating: 4.5

Top Programs

Architecture

Biochemistry

Business

Communication

Computer Science

Engineering

Geosciences

Psychology

Who Recruits

1. Shell

2. General Electric

3. Affigen, LLC

4. Merck

5. SnapStream

Notable Internships

1. Visa

2. Uber

3. Boeing

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Engineering

4. Operations

5. Sales

Top Employers

1. IBM

2. Google

3. Microsoft

4. Accenture

5. Amazon

Where Alumni Work

1. Austin

2. Houston

3. Dallas

4. San Antonio

5. San Francisco

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $58,200

EOP (Early Career): $57,900

PayScale (Mid-Career): $112,800

Inside the Classroom

A ridiculously affordable flagship university that also happens to be one of the top public schools in the United States, the University of Texas at Austin serves up a quality undergraduate education on a massive scale. The school’s 40,000+ undergraduates enjoy a dizzying 156 distinct degree programs and 12,400+ annual course offerings. Austin itself is a progressive city that has wide appeal, even to coastal dwellers; however, thanks to the automatic admission granted to all Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school class, the university comprises 90 percent Texas residents. Each year, 175 freshmen are admitted into the elite Plan II Honors Program, an interdisciplinary major created in 1935. One of the best honors programs in the US, Plan II students enjoy small class sizes and are required to complete a senior thesis. The school also offers its Liberal Arts Honors Program to an additional 130 students each year. All students must complete forty-two credit hours in the statewide core curriculum. That entails a first-year Signature Course in a small seminar environment, two English composition courses, one humanities course, two classes in American and Texas government, two in US history, one in the behavioral and social sciences, one in , three in the natural sciences, and one in the visual and performing arts.

A 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 10,000 graduate students on campus render across-the-board tiny class sizes an impossibility. While 38 percent of course sections enroll nineteen or fewer students, more than one-quarter of classes are filled with over fifty students. Opportunities for undergraduate research vary by school. An impressive 90 percent of engineering students conduct research or intern during their four years of study; others must compete for slots in programs such as the Freshman Research Initiative, Summer Research Scholars, or use the Eureka database to find individual professors offering research assistantships. A robust study abroad program boasts 400 offerings in 103 foreign countries.

The Cockrell School of Engineering is one of the most heralded undergraduate engineering schools around, while The McCombs School of Business cracks just about any top ten list and dominates in the specialty areas of accounting and marketing. UT’s computer science department is also top-ranked, and regularly sends graduates to the world’s best tech companies. In terms of sheer volume of degrees conferred, engineering is number one (13 percent) followed by business (12 percent), social sciences (12 percent), journalism/communications (12 percent), and biology (10 percent).

Outside the Classroom

You won’t find many schools where so few undergraduates live on campus. Only 18 percent of the total student body —63 percent of freshmen—reside on the 431-acre campus. The bulk of students live in three nearby neighborhoods: Downtown Austin, East Austin, and West Campus (which is not actually part of campus). There are more than seventy Greek organizations at UT Austin with sororities attracting 20 percent of women and fraternities enlisting 13 percent of men. Sports are a way of life at this institution. Approximately 500 student athletes compete on twenty teams in NCAA Division I competition. Since 1949 the school has captured fifty-one national championships. Texas Memorial Stadium packs in 100,000+ on football Saturdays. In excess of 1,300 student organizations includes hundreds of intramural and club sports options and a sprawling media network of newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to ensure that no interest goes unaccounted for. The city of Austin, a liberal enclave in a conservative state, is a perennial darling of “Best Places to Live” and “Best College Towns” lists. Few complain of boredom in a city with all the live music, good food, and culture one can handle.

Career Services

There are fifteen career centers on the UT Austin campus, eleven of which cater to undergraduate students as well as the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling that serves undeclared students. With fifty-two full-time employees devoted to undergrads across those eleven career centers, the university offers a 778:1 student-to counselor ratio, higher than many of the schools featured in this guide. Some undergraduate schools offer more support than others. For example, there are twelve staff members dedicated to undergraduates in the McCombs School of Business but only two in the School of Education. The scope of the offerings is overwhelming, as would be expected at a school with more than 40,000 undergraduates. For example, the most recent Fall Science and Technology Career Fair drew 201 employers and 2,500 students. The Spring Communication Job & Internship Fair welcomes up to eighty-five employers and 1,000 students. Last year, the McCombs College of Business Career Expo featured 180+ corporations.

Over one hundred employers engage in on-campus recruiting/interviewing with Texas Engineering students every year. Like many universities of its size, UT Austin cannot offer the hand-holding provided by many smaller liberal arts colleges, but it does provide plenty of on-campus networking opportunities for those bold enough to take advantage. Professional Outcomes Six months after graduating, 48 percent of Longhorns are employed, 25 percent have entered graduate school, and 17 percent are still seeking their next opportunity. The for-profit sector attracts 68 percent of those employed, 18 percent pursue jobs at a nonprofit, and 14 percent enter public sector employment. The school has nearly half a million living alumni, and high employment numbers in major corporations. In the tech realm, Google, Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and Apple all meet that qualification, and giants such as Accenture, Amazon, and Uber also employ hundreds of Longhorns. Austin remains home for the largest number of graduates with the Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio areas next in popularity. Plenty of alumni also can be found in New York City and San Francisco. Starting salaries were solid and, as would be expected, fluctuated significantly by major. Business majors took home a median income of $76,000 while chemistry majors earned $46,000 and journalism majors had a median figure of $36,000.

University of Texas at Austin undergraduates go on to pursue advanced degrees in massive numbers with one-quarter electing to continue their educational journey right after completing their bachelor’s. Many pursue advanced study at UT Austin itself, which offers more than one hundred graduate programs. Medical school acceptance rates hover around 55 percent, which is above the national average. The sheer volume of med school applicants is incredible; more than 700 seniors apply each year. The university’s own Dell Medical School, founded in 2016, is a common destination as are other Texas-based institutions like UT-Houston, UT-San Antonio, and Baylor. Others land at premier medical schools, including Harvard, Georgetown, and UVA, each year. No matter what advanced degree you choose to pursue, an impressive UT Austin transcript can open doors to any institution in the country.

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of Austin, TX

• “It’s the live music capital of the world. There are lots of music festivals.”

• “The Texas Legislature is in Austin and I like going to protests there. There are lots of protests in Austin. You can literally walk to the Capitol building from UT’s campus.”

• “The downtown is definitely up and coming, so there are new restaurants and hang out spots. It’s a fun place for young hipster people.”

• “It’s a free-spirited community, in the sense that there is a mixture of people in the diverse community. There is lot of culture, and there is a melting pot of personalities in the city.”

Cons of Austin, TX

• “It is a fairly big city, but you can essentially do all of Austin in a weekend.”

• “The amount of stuff you have to do can be a con because you always see people doing fun stuff around you that you would want to do, but then you have to do work.”

• “There is still not a lot of diversity. If you’re Black, you don't feel as connected with the up and coming culture downtown.”

• “Because UT runs Austin, we don’t have any professional teams.”

Student' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “It’s in Austin, TX. You’re by the capital if you want to get into politics or law. Austin is also the most liberal part of Texas, which is a good thing if you’re liberal.”

• “There are hundreds of organizations so you’ll find the niche where you fit it.”

• “For a public university, it’s one of the best ones out there. You’re going to get the most out of your academic endeavors if you come to UT. They will push you and help you become the best student.”

• “It’s a public school so it’s cheaper if you’re in-state. It’s the most bang for your buck school in Texas.”

• “It’s a world-class university. We’re highly ranked in a lot of areas. Everyone knows it and if you have a job in Texas one of your coworkers will probably be a UT graduate.”

• “If you take advantage of your opportunities, you can make it anything and everything you want it to be.”

To Not Attend

• “You can very easily get lost in the numbers if you don’t take advantage of the opportunities. I’ve been in classes with 500 students and made it a point to make sure the professors knew my name so that I wouldn’t be just one of five hundred students.”

• “The city can feel very big. You feel like there are lots of things in the community that you can’t touch in your four years, so if you are someone who wants to know what you’ll get out of the four years or every day, then Austin isn’t the place for you. It’s consistently changing and is a constant flow of different personalities. It’s similar to New York but doesn’t stay up all night like New York does.”

• “I know a lot of people are intimidated by the size. You have to force yourself to get out there and be brave to involved with things and meet people.”

• “If you don’t like having big classrooms.”

• “University of Texas doesn’t nurture its students like other colleges do. They expect you to come in already nurtured. If you need some extra help, it might not be the place for you. There are people who have to drop out because of that.”

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