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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: At The University of Texas at Austin, I can't say that the drug scene is extremely big. People want to get studying and homework out of the way, so from my perspective, drug and alcohol is not a very big problem. If I do happen to see someone drinking, they aren't necessarily abusing it, and getting "wasted". The alcohol education that the school offers is also very helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Besides the price (which isn't bad if you have Bevobucks or Dine In Dollars), the food is great. I am a vegetarian and never had a problem finding good options. I was the healthiest I'd ever been during my year at Jester and I credit it to the healthy, delicious food. Plus, how can you complain about having prepared food waiting for you at each meal?!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty significant at UT, but UT is so big and attracts so many different kinds of people that one learns that not all Greek kids fit the Greek stereotype. Greek students are fun and know how to have a good time, but it doesn't have to dominate your life (or that of those that live by the frat house, especially if they learn early on to buy earplugs...).

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always something going on with UT students! The bus system is wonderful about keeping college kids from driving, and Austin provides a wide variety of nighttime activities for a wide variety of people to enjoy.

3 College Junior

Academics: Extremely difficult, but it has an excellent network and great resources. There isn't much financial support. It's also extremely large.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It is pretty sunny here, and hot! But it is not humid so the temperature is usually not too intense unless you are in direct sunlight. The Fall is extremely pleasant with overcast skies and mid temperatures.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: This city is booming with activity and cultural significance! There are plenty of activities on UT's campus, but in Austin you also have parks, museums, movie theaters, shopping complexes, and many Texan attractions.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I stay off campus in a majority student complex. There are several around here and they are pretty nicely priced. Also, most of them include utilities (capped) and basic cable. Be prepared to enjoy the student-oriented atmosphere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I do not really engage in nightlife due to my lack of financial resources and also my academic commitment. However, from what i have heard, UT has a pretty nice nightlife.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Honestly, besides alcohol (which is pretty much evident or talked about a lot) I haven't really heard or seen anything about illegal drugs other than the occasional "legalize marijuana" poster.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I was offered a good and reasonable amount of financial aid, but it was hard to get in contact with the office when something went wrong with my online form and needed to be corrected (too much aid was given actually, and I didn't want to be that indebted). But the office played phone tag with me for half an hour and passed me from one person to another until the office closed and I still didn't have an answer. My mother called the next day and fixed it, but it was very stressful for me!

3 College Freshman

Weather: I personally love Austin weather, but there are times when I wish I brought an umbrella before leaving my dorm. The weather varies, but there are usually always people hanging around outside.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are always university buses that go through our campus and is free for any UT student or staff. City buses also come right through campus and you can take them to nearly any place off campus. You can also rent out cars.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are lots of handsome and courteous guys here on UT campus. Because our campus is so large, there are often many guys and girls exercising and keeping fit by jogging, biking, or going to the free gym.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics here are great. I'm a big football fan and I have season tickets to all the home games. They make it pretty affordable for students. The other athletic teams are great too. Our volleyball, basketball, and golf teams are good just to name a few. The athletics here really play a big role in spirit on campus. It's definitely one of my favorite aspects.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is absolutely absurd. The prices are really high to be able to park in a garage, and the garages are not very convenient. Also, on home football game days, you have to more your car out of the garages and on to a specified lot. Which, by the way, are not close. I didn't even bring a car this year for this year. The streets are so packed with students, you really can't drive your car through the campus anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus definitely has policies, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of enforcement. UT has it's own police system, but they're often patrolling. As long as a student is not putting him/herself or others in danger, their actions are often ignored. I've seen drunk people walking around campus and police don't stop them or anything. The main key is to be discreet and not act crazy.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It transportation isn't bad. It's sticks to a pretty regular schedule and it can be handy. It's not that great if you're on a tight schedule to get somewhere. If you don't feel like walking, it's fine, but if you need to be somewhere by a certain time it's definitely better to walk. The buses are often crowded and it makes tons of stops, so it takes a while to get where you're going.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are several options. The problem is that some of them are kind of spread out. If you live on the North side of campus, you don't have as many options unless you want to eat off campus. The food is pretty good. The menu's rarely change, so sometimes it gets fairly old. There are also a few fast food options on campus like Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Cabana, and more.

4 College Freshman

Parking: It's actually a lot better then people say. Not bad

4 College Junior

Technology: The computers come with all necessary items such as updated microsoft word and excel. Besides that it has a good internet speed

4 College Junior

Party Scene: West Campus has a lot of co-ops and frat houses, lots of parties. Then there is 6th street downtown with a lot of options for students. The city is full of things to do at night.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Occasional safety issues come up, but overall, it's very safe.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The girls at UT Austin are drop dead gorgeous. I go to class every day marveling at how much eye candy there is. With 50,000 students we have everything from Southern blondes to cute, artsy girls to bikini models. With year round warm weather, girls look good in what they wear as well, and I think on game days this is especially true. UT students are luckily also fairly liberal when it comes to sex and partying is a way of life here, if you want it to be.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The UT diversity is crazy. There is all types of races, ethnicities, and origins here. Sexual orientation is also really diverse here from gay to transgender to bisexual. Religious beliefs are very varied too and the number of different churches nearby reflects that. Finally, although Texas is mostly conservative Republicans, Austin is a liberal "island" and students at UT have a wide range of political beliefs.

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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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