Austin, TX
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5 College Student

Facilities: It's Ture: "What Starts Here Changes the World" – The University of Texas at Austin is the place to be for the growing intellectual, the social butterfly, and the shy guy. Everyone is welcome here and generally students find their own niche by the end of their freshman year. There are so many opportunities to grow and shine here; and if you don't find what you like, you can make it happen by starting your own student organization.

Academics here are prestigious and rigorous. It's worth it. Attending the University of Texas at Austin and successfully graduating from it is one of the best decisions you can make to secure a successful future for yourself.

Our leaders really want you to succeed. We have the best advisors and professors here that are so easy to talk to. It's worth it too! You never know who knows who and by simply striking up a conversation about a homework assignment you could land yourself a summer internship! It's true!

Come Here. Learn here. Thrive Here. Live Here. Because "What Starts Here Changes The World"

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5 College Student

Nightlife: Downtown Is a-Mazing! Ofcourse! you're in Austin, TX!! Even if you're not 21 6th street and other parts of downtown can be so fun. And no worries about getting home safely, we have the E-bus! Students ride free Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8:30pm - 3:00am. Others ride for only $1.00! The E-bus runs from Campus, West Campus, and Riverside to downtown and back so no need to search for a DD.

If you're not into the downtown club scene, there will ALWAYS be an apartment/Greek house party either in West Campus or on Riverside. There's no reason to be bored on a weekend here!

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: West Campus Is Close but Expensive – If you want the convenience of living extremely close to campus without actually being on campus then West Campus is the place for you. The apartments/condos/houses can be very pricey and you will have to deal with a Greek/non-Greek party every, I mean every, weekend.

All in all, if you like/don't mind parties and convenience and you are willing to pay, I would suggest West Campus living.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Bevo Bucks, the Drag, West Campus – There are plenty of off-campus dining options near campus. The Drag located right to the west of campus is a strip of road with MANY good food choices like Chipotle, Which Wich, Jamba Juice, Pta Pit, late night favorite Kerbey Lane, and more. Most of these restaurants accept Bevo Bucks, part of the meal plan offered on campus. Bevo Bucks are used by swing your student id making these places convenient for location and cost. West campus, the area west of campus, is also home to many more restaurants. Fast food can be found both on campus and right off campus (walking distance). There's plenty of options near campus with great convenience.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you're 1. White, 2. Middle Class or 3. Not an athlete, you're not getting any money.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – There's definitely a pretty obvious drug scene, especially with alcohol and weed. Not everyone uses, obviously, but most people do at least occasionally. Campus is technically dry, but that isn't always the case. As far as peer pressure, it's college. For the most part, we're all mature enough to accept you whether or not you're interested in partaking in illegal activities.

4 College Freshman

Computers: It's really necessary to have your own computer. Not everyone brings them to class, but it's impractical to rely on the computer labs when you take into consideration our workload. Printing on campus is pretty cheap, and there is wireless everywhere. I've never gone over my bandwidth allowance, and the wireless is really fast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Best Dorms: Duren is one of the newest and definitely the nicest dorm. It's a little more expensive, but the rooms are relatively spacious and you get the benefits of living in West Campus as well as the benefits of living on campus. Otherwise, I'd really recommend the Honors Quad if you're eligible. San Jacinto is also nice, but it's pretty out of the way and you have to walk up a giant hill to leave.

Worst: JESTER, specifically the un-renovated rooms. they're dark, tiny, the beds are couches that pulk out from the wall, and it always smells like a mixture of beer and pee. The only good things are JCL and J2, the dining halls.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've heard a few times that if UT was a small country, we would have the highest theft by percentage in the country and I believe it. You absolutely cannot leave anything out in the library, you have to lock up your bike using a u-lock, and i wouldn't suggest leaving your room unlocked if you aren't there. otherwise, i've never felt like physically unsafe. the UTPD is really efficient, which we all felt during the shooting at the beginning of this year. the Austin PD isn't too hard on public intoxication because this school is so big and it's Austin, but if you're caught drinking and driving you can be expelled.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you think about every stereotypical comment you've ever heard about Austin and combine them all together and then multiple them by 10000, thats Austin. There's absolutely always something going on, whether its on campus or downtown. No matter who you are, you will find your place in this city.

1 College Student

Parking: There is no easy way to park at UT. It is expenseive and inconvenient to park in the garages and it is difficult to find a parking spot that is metered close to campus. They are also very strict with parking on campus and give out tickets and boots frequently.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Although the off campus housing is very convenient, i find that it is not as social as on campus. I wish I had opted to live on campus at least my first year.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: E-Bus from Campus to 6Th Street..What Can You Ask for More? Austin is a bastion of live music. On any given night, you can catch anything from blues to indie to country to post punk to jazz; virtually every Austin bar hosts live music at least occasionally. There's an array of awesome local musicians, many of whom are popular around the country. You can stroll down Sixth Street and just pick something that sounds interesting, but some of the best Austin venues are Antone's, Broken Spoke, The Parish, Stubb's, Emo's, La Zona Rosa, and Continental Club. If dancing is more your thing, this city won't disappoint; big-city style Austin dance clubs are well established and packed on the weekends.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Austin Loves Food Carts – Trailer, cart, truck, silver bullet, wagon, we got em' all. Austin loves Food Carts and they seem to be growing by the day. You see them set up in parking lots, on sidewalks, in groups or standing by themselves they seem to be everywhere. What you don't know, is that some of the best and freshest food in Austin is served off of these carts. You can get dogs, tacos, Pho, crepes and a multitude of ethnic foods. Most important afterall, they are all cheap!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: As Austin as It Gets – Casual, cosmopolitan, eclectic, five-star, techie, hippie, historic, chic, intellectual, fashionable, artistic, and weird. The adjectives used to describe Downtown Austin are as numerous and diverse as the people who live, work and visit here. Within a mile of the historic intersection of 6th and Congress Avenue, you'll find a treasure of arts, culture and interesting things to do. More than this, you'll find a center where government, education, business and people come together in one of the most energetic, creative yet somehow laid-back cities in the entire country!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports a very big part of a students life at The University of Texas. Students attend every type of game and many also participate in intramural sports. The only issue is that sometimes it is difficult to get into sporting events where we are ranked high in the nation. Such as, it is very difficult to get into basketball games this season. More student seats should be given

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict depending on where you live. West Campus, which is fairly close to campus, it is kind of a free range. The police patrol over there but there aren't usually any party busts. If you live on Riverside, then the police are more strict about partying over there. On campus, I have never heard of people going to jail for drinking or any extreme cases like that. Again, Austin is fairly liberal about that.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are so many students that you cannot just pinpoint one kind of look. I think that's one of the best things about UT. There is so much variety and diversity amongst the population. Dress code is kind of whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Austin is pretty liberal so it's prob been seen before and doesn't shock anyone. The social life is what you make of it. You can go downtown to the main bar area which is 6th or you can go to different clubs in the downtown area. Or you can go out to restaurants and have fun or even a concert. You have to find what you like and who else likes it as well. The relationships here are good. People are open and friendly (I think because of our Southern Hospitality). They can be very helpful at times if you are open to it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The curriculum can be challenging depending on the professor but it's well worth it. Each school has their own kind of workload so it's hard to say how it is overall. I know for the Psychology program that it can seem overwhelming but the faculty is right there to help you along with the process. There are plenty of help aids for each school if you are struggling with a specific class or concept. Also, students are really nice and open to doing study groups. It's fairly easy to make one. As for study areas, there are tons of them. The most popular ones are in the PCL (the main library), Jester and the FAC. But there are like 10 libraries on campus. I think there's one for each school/college. The registration process sometimes is frustrating but everyone I know have been able to get the majority of the classes they need or want.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Tradition of Excellence and History – The University of Texas in Austin is a fabulous school. It located in the heart of Austin-the capitol of Texas! The cmapus is within walking distance to downtown Austin, numerous museums and restaurants. I am living in the oldest dorm on campus-Littlefield. At first I was leery being in a 130 person, female only freshman dorm; but the atchitecture of the dorm, the antiques from the Littlefield family, the history traditions of the dorm itself quickly won me over and I love being a 'Littlefield Ladybug.'
Traditions abound at Texas. From academic excellence to sports (except for football this year-worst record since the 30's) Texas is known worldwide for its programs, athletics and graduates. Walter Cronkite was a Texas graduate and he actually recorded the tag line for the UT promotional materials - "What Starts Here Changes The World" which is so true. The University of Texas educational excellence is evidenced by her alumni-3 Nobel Laureates, 28 Rhodes Scholars, 20 Pulitzer Prizse, and 9 Astronauts as well as many other notable individuals from the arts including movie stars, musicians, dancers, and even inventors like Michael Dell. Students come from all over the world to attend the University of Texas for the education. When you say you have a degree from the University of Texas, people recognize the name. That doesn't happen with other colleges and universities.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus service for the University of Texas campus is great. It is available for students, faculty, and school employees - all you have to do is show your UT ID card. There are many pick-up locations with the various routes posted at each stop. The buses run well into the night so traveling from one side of campus to the other safely is ensured. Also, certain buses will pick students up at the airport and take us to the airport which is fantastic because I am from another state and do not have my own transportation - not even a bicycle. I was apprehensive the first time I used the bus to get me to the airport, but the driver saw me from across the street (I was at the wrong bus stop) and waited for me, met me at the door after I crossed the street and helped load my bags onto the bus for me. He said he would not have left me. Friendliness of the bus drivers is so nice and makes using the University of Texas transportation service enjoyable. The University of Texas has definately figured out that helping the students easily get around campus is a plus. Their transportation system should be copied and applied at other schools.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hard to Find Aid – If you are not a minority, a 4.0 student, or a first generation college student you really won't find anything other than loans. I am studying abroad and have found very little financial assistance other than loans.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UT Has It All – UT is one of the best colleges in the nation. The academics are top notch, the campus is pretty and not too big, but not too small. Greek life is huge and the social events are always fun. Everyone here works hard and plays hard. The city of Austin also offer so much and makes the off-campus live even more exciting and unique.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The University of Texas is very diverse. There appear to be students of all races and different cultures, political tenets, religions, and sexual orientation. Not only on UT campus, but the city of Austin embraces individualism and respects and encourages a bond across the spectrum of diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Police are seen around campus. A recent shooting left a concern for safety, but UT and local/state authorities responses were very good under the circumstances. Only the shooter died, by his own hand. Not all the cops are friendly, so that's a drawback.


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Most students agree that they have loved their time here at UT, and they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. College is the best time of your life, and I can’t think of a better place to spend it than at the University of Texas. Students get a great education while having an awesome college town with everything at their disposal. Don’t try to graduate early. Enjoy your time at UT—go cheer on the Longhorns at all the home games for all sports: football, basketball, baseball, intramurals. See the amenities that the Forty Acres has to offer—the Harry Ransom Center, go to our libraries and see our more than eight million volumes. Go to Gregory Gym and the Rec Center—you have a free gym membership for four years or more—use it.

I came to UT convinced that I was going to transfer to a school in California in the spring. I spent two days here before school started and I never wanted to leave, even to go home and visit my parents and high school friends! I couldn’t leave because I was always afraid that I would miss something because there was always something exciting going on. If you are worried about the fact that UT is so big, don’t. All you have to do is find your niche, and everything else should fall into place. You can find it within your dorm, apartment, organization, fraternity, sorority, or classmates. Although, at times, it may seem overwhelming, UT is not nearly as big as it sounds. All you have to do is make friends, which you will, and the campus will seem infinitely smaller. Come join us!

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