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University of Texas at Austin

Texas, United States

Ranked among top 20 universities in US

About University of Texas at Austin

Founded in 1885, University of Texas at Austin is one of the most prestigious schools in the USA. It is a public research university, and is the flagship institute of the University of Texas System. UTA is a dream university for a number of students thanks to its history, and the excellent future it promises. However, it isn’t an easy task to get in, unless you have an absolutely outstanding profile, complete with impeccable academics, a couple of international publications, and extensive research work. It ranks #36 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.

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As the name quite clearly suggests, the University of Texas at Austin is located in Austin, Texas. Being the ‘live music capital’ of the world, Austin witnesses a massive number of concerts week in week out. It’s a nice, laid-back place, where the major modes of transport are bikes, cabs or just foot. Shuttle buses are available within the university, though. Most students live off-campus, because it’s cheaper and you get a little more freedom. Three major off-campus options are West Campus, North Campus and Riverside, of which West is quite expensive. The other two are slightly more affordable, but they’re further away from the UTA campus. Of course, one should also take into consideration the appreciable crime rate when renting a house in Austin. It’s not that bad, really, but things do happen.


The UTA campus is spread over 350 acres, complete with all sorts of state-of-the-art facilities for anything you can think of. They have 17 huge libraries, having over a million publications between them. There are as many as SEVEN museums within the campus! There is a bar within the campus (oh yes, you read it right) called Cactus Cafe, and a Starbucks Café as well. They also have a bowling alley, and a quite fantastic movie theatre.

Residing Options

Although most graduate students prefer staying off campus, the San Jactino and Jester dorms are the ones to die for if you’re living on campus.


Austin, Texas experiences nine months of summer, two months of fall, and just a solitary month of winter. Although the weather is unpredictable, the winters aren’t really cold. Summers can get really hot though.

Faculty and pedagogy

University of Austin – Texas is one of the most popular universities around, and you don’t have to look beyond the faculty and the research facilities to gauge why. Among the faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, and the National Medal of Science. A lot of emphasis is laid on research, and the institute’s infrastructure has been designed in such a way so as to make research an absolute joy.

Financial aid

Scholarships as such aren’t exactly common, but students often apply for RA/TA (Research Assistantship and Teaching Assistantship).

Jobs and placements

University of Texas at Austin isn’t one of the top universities of the world for nothing. Along with their brilliant faculty and research, they also boast of getting the best of companies visiting them, best of job profiles, and some fantastic salaries being offered to their students.


  • James Truchard & William Nowlin - Co-founders of National Instruments
  • Robert Cade- Inventor of energy drink Gatorade
  • Rex Tillerson - Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil


Well, give it a shot, but getting in is really difficult, unless you have a profile that matches their ambition. Which is very very high.

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