College Focus: UT Austin

By Anna Hanuska

A selective school with advanced research, UT Austin is the flagship institution of the University of Texas system. It has a mere 40% acceptance rate, though it’s rumored to be even lower for out of state applicants. However, the programs offered make the school stand out. UT Austin is tied for the 13th best public university in the nation, the McCombs School of Business is tied for the 5th best undergraduate business program, and the Cockrell School of Engineering is tied for the 11th best undergraduate engineering program. UT Austin is a very research-based institution, with most opportunities focusing on engineering and physical sciences, yet lots of resources for every major. The university also has strong research in fields such as computer science, energy, and medicine. Additionally, buildings such as the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, which houses a complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible, provides resources for other areas of study. The campus includes 7 museums and 17 libraries, so students always have plenty of knowledge at their fingertips. 

UT Austin has a lot to offer not only in academics, but also in student life. With over 1,300 student organizations, there is always a place for everyone to fit in. The university’s greek life includes about 14% of undergraduates, which is plenty for those interested in fraternities or sororities to have fun. UT Austin is also a great option for those not interested in greek life, since it isn’t the main attraction on campus. Students can express themselves through media on campus, including the student television and radio stations, and their award-winning paper The Daily Texan. Additionally, the university’s Division I sports teams draw in sports fans and cultivate a strong school spirit. 

University of Texas at Austin is a great option for students looking for an academically strong school that emphasizes research as well as many opportunities for student life on campus. Hook ‘em!