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5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: You can't beat the nightlife in Austin. There is such a great variety of people to see and hang out with. Everyone is wild and crazy and fun!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Not Strict – As long as you aren't blatantly drunk on the street, no one will say anything to you.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: A lot of people come to Austin for the parties. 6th street is very popular because it's just a street full of bars and clubs. On the weekends this place is very lively. Most places are 21 and up but sometimes they have club parties for 18+ but require you to pay cover. If you don't have a car to get to 6th street there's always the e-bus that is free for students. It takes you right to 6th street from campus.

3 College Senior

Weather: Very Hot Summers – This is Texas so the weather is random at times. Once it gets close to summer and in the summer time Austin is scorching hot.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Everything Worked Out – I did FAFSA and UT really made it easy. They allow you to keep track of the process and your financial aid comes in on time. Just make sure you complete the things required and they put it in list form sort of like a checklist to let you know.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – UT Austin is great! Weird things go on around here that keep things interesting. There's so many campus events going on that will drive your school pride. Our football team has always been popular and going to games is an experience worth experiencing. The people here are great. Food is excellent in Austin especially food trucks. I would choose to come to Austin all over again because this is where I found my friends and experienced all the great memories that I have today.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: UT Is the Best. I loved UT's atmosphere even before I was admitted. Awesome place to be....

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Eh. Ok. Not Stellar. The dining halls are pretty good, but the meal plan does not include enough money to eat at a dining hall for every meal. Markets in Jester and Kinsolving offer a more limited but more accessible source of on campus food. But the prices are high enough that the meal plan won't last the whole year if you eat there every day. A couple food carts and restaurants in the area also take the meal plan, and these are good if you crave something different.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Plan II Honors and College of Liberal Arts – I am in the Plan II Honors Program, which is its own degree. My college and degree both offer programs and activities.The College of Liberal Arts has a good career center with people who know how to tweak resumes and work on interview skills. The Plan II program has a lot of activities for its students, like ice cream socials and day trips. The Plan II class load is cross-curricular and interesting. Some classes are in classrooms, some are seminar-style.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They're OK, but Move Out ASAP – I lived in Kinsolving, because I wanted a quiet and semi-small living space. It was exactly what I wanted. Overall, the dorms are generally nice, though some are older than others. The cost is outrageous, so I am moving off-campus next semester. It was a good experience, so I recommend it if one can swing the money for it, but move out as soon as you can. The dorms are fun to live in; their staff regularly put on events. They really are teeny tiny communities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Austin Is Awesome – World class academics. Professors who know what they are talking about. Registration is kind of a crapshoot, but I don't think that's really any different at other large universities. Lots of libraries and places to meet for group study. Overall, a good atmosphere for academics to do their thing.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Austin Is Awesome – Austin is a happy city and a fun place to live and study. Festivals happen nearly every weekend, and many of then are free to enter. The public transportation system is extensive, and also free with a student ID. Everyone loves UT students.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe for a Large Campus – UT is definitely one of the safer large universities. You're living in the middle of a city on a huge campus; as long as you keep that in mind and take appropriate precautions, you should be safe. Petty theft is common. Don't leave stuff unattended in public places, lock your room when you leave, etc. Try not to walk outside alone at night. The campus police are responsive and usually helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Most of the Labs Are in Dark Crowded Rooms – The computers at the labs are fairly good. My only complaint is that most of them are located in older buildings, inside of small crowded rooms. The library is the only building that I know of that has a big lab with plenty of space.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Computer Science Research Program Is Great – My very first semester I was invited to do research with the FRI(Freshmen Research Initiative). The research counts for upper division course credit and exposes you to some pretty cool stuff in the Computer Science Field. I got to work on a Autonomous Car that the University is working on, and work alongside graduate students and other professors. Definitely a great experience, and one that is unique to this University. No other University allows it's freshman students to work on research.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: Had to Apply Three Times, Before Application Was Reviewed. The first two times I applied, my application did not go through the review process. In both cases there was some minor issue with my application and it was marked incomplete. The first time was because my transcript did not have an original signature on it, it was faxed by my parents in Mexico. Once my application got through on the third time, I was accepted.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good School for Self-Study Students. Many complain about the size of the University of Texas at Austin. Often people, will talk about how it's hard to meet people, or how the campus is too large to cross. For me, it's actually a plus. I generally prefer to study on my own and keep to myself. The many study areas and large classrooms allow you to go mostly unnoticed.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some Great Study Areas, Poor Parking. The library and union are great places to study. Only complaint is that it is hard to park around campus. For us students that commute, it can be a problem. Taking my car is near impossible, so I ride my motorcycle to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Being from California, it was hard to get used to the Texas heat and humidity in the beginning. That being said, the climate stays the same most of the year, which is good for those that want to avoid snow, monsoons and other severe weather. It does get pretty cold (In the 40's and 50's) during February, but besides that it is around 80 degrees for most of the year.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: So Good – There is so much to do in Austin and you will never be left bored. There is Zilker Park, which is where Austin City Limits and various other concerts are held. Barton Springs is a fun place to relax on a hot day. 6th Street has an amazing nightlife, especially on Thursdays, which is when most of the college students go downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The gym at our school is so nice and has all the amenities you could ask for. The pool at our campus gym is nicer than most resort pools I have seen. The new SAC is conveniently located and has the closest Starbucks to Jester. The Union is also a convenient place to stop for food and is the home of the campus bar.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Limited Options – Although there are a lot of dining halls on campus, they really all serve the same food. This ends up getting very tiring by the end of the year. They also don't give you enough dine in dollars to eat sufficiently throughout the entire year. You end up being able to spend around $7.00 per day if you want to have your dine in dollars left until the end of the year. This budget doesn't end up working for most people when an average meal is around $6.00.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Pretty Lenient – The campus police here is helpful and they never get too out of hand.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hook 'Em! University of Texas football is legendary. They're almost aways championship contenders, excluding the past 2 years. But this year the defense and the run game should beat anything in front of them.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining halls (J2 and Kinsolving) offer a variety of food, from healthy vegeterian options to fast foods like pizza and burgers. However, their hours of operation are limited. Eating at campyus dine-ins are expensive and offer more junk food than healthy options, so you should always try to plan your schedule to where you can eat when the dining halls are open!

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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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