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2 College Freshman

Local Area: The drag rats and all of the graffiti really make the area off campus feel unsafe. A lot of people walk home at night though, so even at 4am you won't be alone on the street, but the city still isn't all that nice. Plus, construction is everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UT has a lot of people and a lot of attractive people. The only downside is that there's almost no dating scene for non-straight people. Most of the couples you see are the typical straight, white sorority girl and frat guy. Or Korean couples with matching outfits - I don't know why that's a thing, but it is, and I guess that's pretty cool. Most of the girls here are gorgeous, it's just that none of them are into other girls.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I didn't expect to be where I am now, that's for sure. I came in not really sure if I had picked the right major and not really in love with any of the clubs I visited in my first semester. I started playing IM sports for fun and then I ended up really hitting it off with the team. Even though I only joined to get in some workout time, I ended up finding some of my best friends there. You never know when you're going to meet someone amazing; even just going to one of the many events on campus, I met a girl who invited me to hang out with her friends and now we go out together every friday. Just don't be afraid to talk to someone new.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Our career expos are some of the biggest in the US. So many people come from all over to talk to the students; a ton of people get internships, externships, and job promises even before they graduate.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UT is fine. It has it's ups and downs, but that's all part of it being an enormous place. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of people and the amount of things to do.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UT has a lot of resources for staying safe on campus, including a whole bunch of safety preparation at Orientation. Most of yours peers will look after you too, so just don't do anything stupid.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek Life so I can't give a rating, but there are tons and tons of houses, letters, and people involved. It's a really big community, one of the biggest at UT, but still not the majority of students.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The fields are great (so great, sometimes they might not let you play in case of tearing it up.) There's so many people that UT has pretty much every sport that has every existed ever.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Generally, West Campus has really some nice places. ACC owns a lot of things right next to campus, but be warned; the properties may be super nice, but the biggest complaint is that the staff is completely incompetent. A lot of the people who work there are ill-trained students, and there's always some kind of problem. Either the elevator is out for the week, there's no hot water, or in our case there was a ridiculous noise that we couldn't get rid of without calling maintenance 3 different times.

Another downside is the price; most rooms run $800-$1000 even if you're sharing with someone else.

Despite that, off-campus housing gives you the privacy of your own bathroom or sharing with only one person. You can often get your own room and get a washer-dryer far away from the thievery in on-campus laundry rooms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of places to eat on the Drag, and you can always take the 801 further up Guad if you get tired of the food right near campus. Some of the restaurants can get pretty expensive, but when you're a student, you can get the Hooked App to get discounts on tons of food.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Depending on each major and department, the administration can be good or bad. My experience with guidance counselors has been a horrible mess because we use general ones who don't know anything about our class requirements, but other majors have counselors who cater to them specifically. Everything you could need has an office and the administration is fairly organized, and there really is a department for everything.

Side note, the UT Health Center is pretty bad. My friends and I have all had bad experiences there where we were misdiagnosed or the staff was just unhelpful.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good luck getting ANY money out of UT. When people do get scholarships, they're usually less than $1000. Even the ones that they try to encourage you to apply for with have some term or something that wasn't revealed until it was too late to do anything about it - there goes your money.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you're a girl, you can pretty much walk onto West Campus and get into a party--there's always something going on. Alcohol is easy to come by and can sometimes be pushy. I don't party during the week, but a lot of people show up to class Hungover on a Tuesday. Goes to show there's something pretty much every night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food that they serve when you visit the school is always better than what you get to eat while you're here. The buffet options are J2 and Kinsolving, both of which offer some decent options. Unfortunately, the quality of the food varies, so a good item one day could be bad the next. Cypress Bend and Littlefield Patio are higher quality, but they're ridiculously expensive. You might as well walk the few blocks over to West Campus if you're going to spend the money.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus, but I have plenty of friends who do and I occasionally eat at the dining halls. The Honors Quad is the nicest--even though you have a community bath, the people there tend be really clean and quiet. Kinsolving, Duren, and Whitis (the "north" campus) are great for students in Communication and Engineering because all of the buildings are right there and they're all decent. Kinsolving is girls-only, but they do offer a shared bath option which is an upgrade from community showers! Jester is where you'll stay for Orientation; it has the most perks, but also the biggest flaws. The rooms are tiny, it's always loud, and it's usually pretty disgusting. However, it's in the middle of literally everything, you can roll out of bed and get to class in five minutes, and it's the biggest, which means a lot more chances to meet new people.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to experience off-campus housing, but from what I have heard and seen I can say that most people enjoy the added freedom, though its distance from campus and cost sometimes affects overall enjoyment.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The location of most off-campus dining is definitely on "The Drag," that is Guadalupe Street which runs along campus. On the Drag, one can find foods from any country and style, ranging from a Japanese Tea Shop to a Diner Styled Restaurant. Some of the most well known places on the Drag that people usually check out are Austin's Pizza, Noodles & Company, and Kirby Lane.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Despite being in the center of one of the liveliest cities in Texas, campus administration is not overly strict nor too lenient. The campus makes sure to enforce rules that are easier to manage and also will make a greater impact on students though also makes sure to allow students have liberties regarding social events and demonstrations.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Overall, the financial aid process was quite smooth, both in having it delivered and securing it. There are sometimes some confusion when going through the process though, due to that confirmation is through a special online venue, though after a while one becomes adjusted to it. The financial aid office is also quite friendly and help in any issue one has.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Even though UT is known as a party school, I personally have not gone to any except for one on 6th street during Halloween. I have heard though, that some parties found in and around campus are quite fun, with a variety of themes and with much socializing. Apart from that I cannot say much.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is pretty good overall, having a variety of meals during all three courses. Some small issues though is that some of the menus are at times repetitive, serving the same thing on a weekly basis, some of the food is a bit overpriced in some areas, and if one wants to have a completely new meal they have to walk to another one of the dining halls across campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is quite a fun experience. The dorms are large enough for one to be comfortably in, the food is great, the housing services are attentive, and the social atmosphere is wonderful.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, so I wouldn't know anything about off-campus things. Also, I don't have a car either.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'm the kind of person that sticks to my favorites when it comes to fast food. I'm just glad they have a Chipotle nearby.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had a run-in with anyone or anything so I think things are fine...either that or I'm just boring.

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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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