That being said, many of the wonderful things that were around on campus when I was a student are gone: Captain Quackenbush's Intergalatic Espresso Cafe and Desert Company (Quack's got me thru college with its nearly intervenous drip of caffeine), Les Amis, Mad Dog & Beans, The Varsity Theatre... but many are still there: Scholz' Biergarten, Dirty Martin's Kumbak (up the Drag quite a ways, but still easily walkable), and any of a number of Vietnamese food carts that allowed me not to go hungry after I'd spent all of the rest of my money on books and booze.
There's nothing to be afraid of in intellectual diversity---as long as your daughter stands up for her beliefs. I had a very liberal government professor who announced his colors at the beginning of the semester, telling any students uncomfortable with him should transfer out, but that he didn't care what you believed as long as you could support it in your writing. For that, I truly admired him. He also had get-togethers (totally apolitical) for his students, where he would provide beer and accompany Irish drinking songs on guitar. Sadly, Prof. Philpott committed suicide not long after I graduated. But I had some fantastic professors, a wonderful class teaching the history of the development of science that had us reading Galileo, Tycho Brahe and other direct source texts, and a class on art history that serves me well even today. I still remember the German Stammtisch on Wednesdays held by Professor Michael and his wife, who always baked treats for the occasion and also sewed the costumes for our German language plays (we also performed at Winedale, like the UT summerschool group that performs Shakespeare there).
Anywhere in the world you meet a Longhorn, you're guaranteed to find at least *something* in common---your love of The University!
Indeed--the love the students have for UT clearly comes through (for example, see the post by the South Dakotan above).
My oldest daughter and son-in-law in Virginia cannot WAIT to visit Austin, and the same can be said of my son in NYC. We're all thrilled to be in the Longhorn family. Thanks for your reply.