Austin, TX
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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Good Option, but Pricey – The dorms on campus are all decent and conveniently located, although the cheapest ones are very small, and still pretty expensive. The dining facilities in or near the dorms are great. Apply early to get a room, dorms are always filled to capacity.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Beware of Bad Professors – UT has an extremely wide range of things to study, and some of the professors are wonderful, but many are have teaching styles that are difficult to follow and lecture in a very dull way. Many professors are also not very reasonable when it comes to working with students. The workload in most classes is pretty average and not overwhelming.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is alot of types of people. From the party goers to the bookworms. Sororities and frats are big at UT you'll see many ppl with their shirts. Nike shorts are really popular for girls. Everything is pretty casual. For fun ppl usually go to a park, lake or down some shops in south congress.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Many Places to Eat. There are many places to eat right off campus. Many options from pizza to vietnamese food.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe but Take Precautions – The city and campus is pretty safe but there has been some crimes around school. Just take precautions when walking around school late at night. There are buddy systems you can call so they can walk you to your destination.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Variety- There Is Something for Everyone! There are plenty of places on campus to grab some quick food depending on what you are into. There are also restaurants right across from campus if you want a good sit down place.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Why Wouldn't You Come Here? It's one of the top partying schools in the nation. Academics are also at the top of the nation. Our sports teams are also at the top. Over here we study hard and party hard, as well. There's always something going on anywhere on campus. It could be organization events, sports events, and class, of course. The environment is very friendly, and there's nice weather throughout the year.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Number One – Like any school, drinking is the number one item to buy to have a good time. Most people don't show up to party unless there is beer. Drugs are very rarely seen. Only a handful of people are into the illegal drug scene. Alcohol definitely overshadows any other type of drug

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Plethora of People – The school has many different types of students from all over the world. I see different people in all of my classes. I have even had international students from Europe and Asia in some of my previous classes. Most of the different colleges, like the business school, promote diversity. I know this because I'm in an organization called the McCombs Diversity Council.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UT Is Not All Fun and Games – The University has strict academic policies that are to be followed. And consequences are tough. It's best to stay on a safe track.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: UT Makes You Feel a True Longhorn – UT- Austin is a great University with diversity and the size indicates a great deal of opportunities for any type of student. The dorms are great and economical although Jester needs a little more touch ups. The atmosphere is awesome and you feel your blood burning a burnt orange. The University does have an enormous campus but in less than a month you know where everything is and if you are lost you can find maps around campus. The quality of education and opportunities you have here at UT- Austin exceeds expectations.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Texas weather is unpredictable. The weather can change literally within minutes. But for the most part, it is sunny and slightly humid out here in Austin. I would advise to check the weather for the whole day before going out for whatever.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I Haven't Really Heard of Any Huge Drug Busts – Texas really does not have a huge drug problem. There are people who smoke weed and such but they are usually low key about it. There is alot of drinking though. It really depends on the crowd you hang out with.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Reasonable! Austin has apartments that are cost-effective for students. Many students live on Riverside or Oltorf for cheap. If you want really nice convenience of walking to class and have the money to do so, then I'd recommend looking at apartments on West Campus. Those who want to live away from campus tend to look at apartments in North or South Austin.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports at UT – Sports, especially football, are huge at the University of Texas. They have some of the best facilities in the nation and very nice statdiums. There are a variety and huge amount of fans who definetly bleed orange

4 College Sophomore

Computers: UT Computer Areas – Austin is one big hot spot. Internet at school is fast and pretty reliable in the labs and most of the computers are new and in good condition. The labs are only really crowded area midterms and finals, but there are plenty of areas to set up your own labtop.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are definitely all the races that can be thought of, and for the most part everyone gets along well with each other and there is tolerance of all people.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Always Something to Do. The gym is amazing, the library is also one of the best I've seen, and there is always something to do around campus that will not leave people bored.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Program, but Challenging! This is definitely a great major to attempt, although it would be a good idea to be prepared for heavy coursework and homework. In the end it all does pay off.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Balance of Academics + Fun! UT Austin experience is unlike any other University experience. You can have a GREAT experience on campus in classes, the professors are AWESOME and very thought provoking! There are so many opportunities to further your education through internships close to campus, at the capital. Nightlife, as I said is AWESOME. You don't have to go far at all to find an awesome party. But at the same time if you want to be classy, downtown to 6th street is the way to go! Being on campus is awesome. Inbetween classes if you want to work out, we have an AWESOME gym, with a great rooftop pool that's ALWAYS full of gorgeous people! Austin is a great place to be, great mix of city + country, everyone is so nice and makes you feel welcome. Not to mention, it's great to be a part of the LONGHORN TRADITION, everyone is so school spirited and it's so much fun to be a part of the Saturday football games. Tailgaiting all day with crazy fans is awesome. All in All, if you don't mind some big classes, nice weather, and constantly seeing burnt orange, Austin is the place to be!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: SO AWESOME – Seriously, Austin has GOT to be one of the best places for nightlight. There are hole in the wall bars/music spots RIGHT ACROSS campus. A few streets down (a taxi ride/shuttle bus ) away is 6TH STREET!! Which is an awesome spot for entertainment of music, clubs, bars, resturants. There is SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY on 6th street, even if you're not 18! Students of UT Austin definitely know how to party. Even if you aren't down for travelling a very long way, West Campus is home of MANY Fraternities and apartments for parties. NIGHTLIFE IS BAD ASS

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Definitely Secure + Safe! Campus is VERY safe. There are many programs like Campus Watch, text message alert, self-defense classes to make a student feel AWARE of their surroundings and kept up to date with what is going on around campus safety wise. The University reaches students in everyway that it can to keep them informed on suspicious activity and how to avoid it while on campus. I never feel threaten in anyway. Access to buildings is very secure as well, specifically to dorms. After hours, there are things such as SureWalk that provide you with an escort home when it is late on campus. Additionally, everytime I walk somewhere I usually see 2/3 cop cars patrolling campus which also makes me feel soooo much more secure! University of Texas safety and security is amazing!

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Good and Bad Times – Choosing UT was a last minute decision, and do I wonder if I made the right choice? Sometimes yes, but hey it's been a pretty good 2 years so far and I love the city of Austin so there is so much to do! UT is definitely a tough school, class wise, but there is always something to do!

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Not So Good – Parking on campus is practically impossible if you don't have some sort of permit. There are so many options for permits that it's overwhelming. They don't cost that much, but once you have the permit it is still difficult to find a spot. Get there early and hopefully you'll be on time to class. Don't park where you shouldn't b/c tickets stack up! You don't neccessarily need a car, the bus is very handy, but for commuters parking is a hassle.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: A lot of people are in greek life, but compared to how huge UT is, its actually not a large percentage of people. However, if you're not in a fraternity or sorority it is harder to meet people because the school has so many people. Non-greek people tend to frown upon Greek students, but they tolerate them.


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Tony Griffin
Houston, TX
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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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