The community is so supportive of academic endeavors, and faculty are genuinely enthusiastic about helping students conduct research projects. I've developed connections with some professors that will last beyond my undergrad years.
While the large campus may seem overwhelming at first, people make you feel right at home with many organizations.
I'm not very much into the huge party scene, but there's plenty to do in Austin like exploring south congress.
I did not like my experience in the dorms. They were VERY expensive and restricting(not allowed to copy your key, limited community kitchen access, had to move completely out within 24 hours of an exam once....) The food included was relatively healthy, but often had no flavor, was undercooked and had preservatives.
Overall, I've met amazing people from many different backgrounds who have enriched my experience because they keep me learning, even outside the classroom.