As a proud graduate of UT-Austin, I can help answer any questions here
1. Though TOPS is mostly for Louisiana colleges, some colleges outside of here accept it. Does UT Austin?
I don't know what TOPS is.
2. National Merit Scholars. So I don't know a whole lot about that, but I know it's supposed to look really good for you. I was just informed a few days ago that my school wants me to take the Pre-SAT a year early, so that next year (currently a sophmore) I'll know what to expect and almost surely be a National Merit Scholar (apparently it's decided by the Pre-SAT your junior year). Any idea how much this helps for UT Austin?
You would get in for sure if you were a National Merit Scholar. I wasn't a National Merit Scholar, but got in just fine. Being a National Merit Scholar would mainly be important if you were applying to Cal Tech, MIT, or a similar school where the average SAT score is through the roof. At UT-Austin, your score would be far above most people if you were a National Merit Scholar.
3. Happen to know how their band is?
Supposedly pretty good. If I had some real musical talent, I would start a local indie rock band like everyone else though.
4. What's Austin like as a city? Is there plenty to do? Drinkable tap-water? Do you have to drive at least 10 minutes to go anywhere like in Baton Rouge?
Plenty to do. It is self proclaimed "live music capitol" (Austin City Limits Festival, South by Southwest, FunFunFunFest, and many live music venues and shows every night). In school you definitely don't need to drive anywhere though since you will spend most of your time near campus or downtown. You could even walk to the current Bandera Games office
. I have never had a car here even now, but most people would say you should have a car. I am a lowly bus rider.
Also, if you like to party it has been voted #1 party school by Playboy:http://www.examiner.com/getaways-in-aus ... rty-school
5. What's the acedemic requirement to get in? (ACT and/or SAT scores, GPA from high school)
Average SAT score is probably only around 1200 or so, but being out of state you would want to get higher. This is because the top 10% of graduates from Texas High Schools automatically get in -- and there are some bad high schools in Texas, so many spots are filled up by those.
6. How big is the campass? The only campass I see often is LSU, which is huuge, but I've heard UT has nearly double the students!
Campus is often called the "40 Acres", so it's however big that is. I'm pretty sure it's bigger than LSU's campus, but it doesn't have a pretty lake on it.
I'm just tryin to get more info about college stuff, since it seems to be getting closer and closer. I'm currently stuck between 3 majors (Languages [either Japanese, Latin, or something involving all of them], Game Design [Programming], and Music [Performance]). Right now I'm leaning towards the Game Design stuff, but that will probly change a million times
There is quite a bit of difference between those 3 majors. I'd do the game design if you want a job, but the music and language if you want a lot of debt and want to work at the coffee shop by our office
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