Have fun and study hard Higher prestige programs generally met with higher difficulty, professors are all brilliant and usually personable. Great environment, located in the middle of Austin with walking/bike/bus access to every imaginable amenity. If you're willing to put in the effort, your time and money here will be incredibly worthwhile You'll be perpetually sweaty until November. The size is isolating. A lot of people (myself included) chose UT over an Ivy due to price. If you're concerned about missing the prestige, join honors. Honors Engineering, Business, and Computer Science have Ivy-caliber kids.