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5 College Freshman

Weather: I hate the cold so central Austin is ideal. It does get hot but there is a lot of shade when walking from class to class and AC is always on. it rains occasionally and to cold is manageable. Weather is great, does not disturb the university and provided for many summer/spring weather outdoor activities.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I was admitted into UT Austin as a Civil Engineering major. It is possible to transfer in once admitted to the university and/ or the Cockrell School of Engineering. To be enrolled in calculus and chemistry classes you must pass ALEKs test before classes start. As an engineering major you will learn to problem solve but it also takes a lot of your own initiative; you have many resources at UT but you have to go and work to excel.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I came to UT Austin for it's engineering reputation and thus far I have been thoroughly satisfied. The professors, facilities, and students have been fantastic so far. I have no regrets of coming to this school. Although, the academics are very difficult. Students must study hard in order to do well.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses are accessible and have many stops but I usually only take them when I have planned ahead, because when I really need them to get to class when I am running late, they are never at the closest stop so I end up running.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a part of Cockrell School of Engineering and I have been very satisfied with the education thus far. The professors are somewhat old fashioned but know the material they are teaching very well. The workload can be overwhelming but the students in my classes are easy to get along with and to do group work with. The facilities such as the machine shop are easily accessible after obtaining the proper license and there are always other students and faculty willing to help.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I think we have alot of options and a large selection that should be able to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: SOOOOOOOO many fraternity & sorority members. I would say the population is generally attractive. We have all types, rockers, preps, etc.

3 College Freshman

Weather: If you live in texas, you're already used to the heat. It's never too cold. Most of the time you can wear shorts.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking permits are extremely expensive and spots are not especially close to classes. you may park along the street with your hazards on, but only for thirty minutes. Even these spots are difficult to find.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The variety of food you can get around campus is amazing. There is everything from food trucks to high class restaurants. I have yet to find a place in Austin where the food has disappointed me. I would recommend venturing down to South Congress and checking out the food truck scene. Or you can check out austintexas.org where they list out every food truck and restaurant there is in Austin. I will warn you ahead of time, the food can get extremely spendy. Right now my favorite place to go to is Lucky J's. It is a restaurant on Burnet Rd. So far it has the best chicken and waffles I have ever had.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but I have multiple friends who have. There are an abundance of options that are right beside campus. The proximity to campus and the quality of apartments usually determines the cost. Apartments off of west campus tend to be higher than the apartments closer to East Austin. It's really easy to find an apartment, but some places fill up faster than others.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There isn't much of a drug scene on campus as there is right off campus by the drag. However a lot of people participate in either smoking marijuana or drinking. It is not particularly too noticeable depending on whom you associate with. I have not heard of anyone doing "harder drugs" such as cocaine or meth, but I have heard rumors of drugged out fraternity boys.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is fine other than the random pop up thunder storms. The only problem is the dreadful Texas heat, but there are plenty of places to cool off both indoors and outdoors;springs, shady trees, air conditioning, etc. It does snow however once in a blue moon which causes classes to cancel from time to time depending on how much snow or ice is on the ground.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: most of the classrooms are modern. the bulidings themselves are rather old though and stuck in the 70's but each classrom has a projector and speakers and wireless internet that works very well.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Both the guys and girls are very nice and outgoing. There is no bullying and everyone is into making new friends. As a transfer student, I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice everyone was.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are plenty of things to do on campus every day. There's actually a daily email they send out, called the Know Events, that lets you know what's going on each day. The Student Activity Center and the Texas Union make for good spots to hang out with your friends and do homework, and there are plenty of spaces all around campus where you can just sit between classes and enjoy the weather or chat with a friend. Of course, there are plenty of Texas traditions, more so during football season than anything else.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always tons of people around, so being alone is not an issue. I've walked back to my dorm from the library a few times after midnight, and there are always other people milling about as well. You'll see police cars rolling around on campus, but I've never actually seen a police officer in the flesh. There are quite a few of those emergency phone booths as well, and they're well-illuminated so they're easy to find, but they could probably stand to be closer together. If you're planning to bike, you should bring the locks that they suggest. I don't bike, but I do know that bike theft can be an issue.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are TONS of options for off-campus dining near UT! Guadalupe, or The Drag, is right behind campus and is literally packed with restaurants. You will definitely have a variety of choices - from pizza to Thai to Tex-Mex. If you get tired of food on the Drag, you can always take a bus to South Congress, where some of the best food trucks are. The bus takes about half an hour to get there, which isn't too bad, especially if you're looking to go out to eat on the weekend. I recently tried Hopdoddy's Burger Bar, and I thought it was great!

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs on campus, both more well-known ones and a few scattered within the buildings that students are in most often for class. Printing can get expensive if you have to print in color, but black and white printing is pretty affordable, more so in some computer labs than others. You can always connect to the WiFi on campus, which is great, and it tends to be pretty fast. I would definitely recommend having your own computer just because it makes it easier for you to squeeze in time to work while you are waiting in between classes.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: UT has a TON of restaraunts. There is everything from American to Indian food. Also, you have to go to Tiff's Treats at least once - they have to most amazing cookies. The dorms all have meal plans as well.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Finding housing can be very difficult. In order to get the apartment/dorm you want, you have to apply pretty early on. The best option for girls would probably be SRD or Hardin. THe worst would be Jester. San Jacinto is also a good choice because it is close to campus and near the football stadium. The social atmosphere is great - Austin is a great college town.

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5 College Junior

Technology: UT Austin has so many tools on campus to help you succeed. There are so many libraries, computer labs and printing labs.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public Transportation is really good, and mostly reliable. There are the ocasional days where busses are off schedule, but dependable in most cases.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Austin is possibly one of the best places to live. The community is beautiful and offers many community attractions, such as SXSW, ACL, Barton Springs, etc. The campus in general always has something going on, and there is an organization for every interest, from student government to cancer awareness to magic. This college is arguably a perfect fit for anyone who is seeking the next big thing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great dining options around campus. The Drag is located right by campus and features many restaurants, both chains such as Which Wich, and local places. Austin is especially friendly to vegetarians and vegans and you'll find options located on the menu pretty much anywhere you go. My favorite place is Halal Guys, which serves great middle eastern food based on the food cart in New York.

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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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