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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Keep Austin Weird – The University of Texas stays true to it's city's motto. The programs are some of the best in the nation, the city ever creative will keep you motivated and excited, and the resources available are many to help you in your research.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Out and Exposed – Because the university is large and open, when there is adverse weather it could be a nuisance. I vividly remember having even my backpacked drenched on the INSIDE despite the fact I had an umbrella, and being showered by a moving vehicle driving over a puddle of water - yep, just like in the movies.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Something for Everyone – UT has a space for everyone. From napping on the lawn of the "Six-Pack" to bowling in the Union Underground, you will never be bored. The gyms are state-of-the-art, libraries are overflowing with resources, and food is always good. If you want to relax, you can go to the Turtle Pond and read, but if your prefer to be social when you study, the lobby of the FAC is the place for you!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Gets Tiring – At first it was great. Then after the fall semester I was fed up. I had to resort to buying soups and frozen foods. It can be expensive and you only have a limited number of dine in dollars. The salad bar is great but the food is repetitive and the prices are crazy. I wouldn't be able to do it for another year.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: I'm Not Complaining – When I didn't have a computer with me I had to use the computer lab and its printers. It was a little confusing at first but I asked for help and I got the hang of it. There may be a little wait time when there are a lot of people. There are enough computers and printers. The system is good, I haven't seen much people complain about it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Sharing Is the Way to Go! I will be living off campus this fall and I was lucky enough to find some cool people to share a place with. I will pay around 500 dollars a month but sharing a room. The apartment is a bit farther than other locations from campus but the price is worth it. The apartment is spacious and sharing a room isn't all that bad. It is cheaper than living on campus but there are a lot of extra expenses.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Drag – The Drag on Guadalupe is where you can get food very easily and for a fair price too. There is everything from sandwich places to asian food. There are lots of interesting places all along the drag. I would recommend the Pita Pit and Potbelly if you're in to yummy sandwiches. The new yogurt place is a great place to hang with friends and the yogurt is very good. As a vegetarian I think there are great places to find food here in Austin which is great for West Campus residents.

4 College Junior

Academics: Many Great Professors – UT is hard when it comes to academics. Professors usually are pretty good but some just aren't meant to teach. I recommend looking up the rating on professors before you choose a class. Alot of them are really helpful and some are funny. Some give you alot of work, others don't. Core classes tend to be big, about 100-500 students, but the professor usually stays till everyone who needs help is gone.

4 College Junior

Local Area: City of College Students – We are the party city. 6th street is very popular for it's clubs and bars. If you don't like partying there's other things to do like kayaking, going to small concerts and galleries etc. Whatever you're in to, Austin has. It's made up of mostly college students and young people so the attitude is friendly. Fiesta Texas is only an hr away. I don't recommend shopping at malls unless you're into the sorority fashion trend. You can look online for the 365 things to do in Austin. That helps.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: All Depends on Luck – Austin is crazy when it come to finding apartments. You have to start early, in the fall. There's alot to choose from but many are quite expensive. The farther away you are the cheaper. Make sure to take a tour at the apartment you want in case its poorly maintained. Realtor's have free services for students and they will actually take you to the places you want to see if you ask them politely.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Fun Place to Be – There's always something to do here. Its the center for research, music, art, and fun. The people are really nice and friendly. They accept very easily. School is tough and you have to study so you have to make room for free time.

3 College Junior

Weather: Follows the Seasons – It's really hot in the summer, reaching around 100 degrees. The spring and fall are the best seasons. It's a good balance between warm and cool, especially in the fall. Winter isn't too cold. It rarely snows. Class is usually cancelled when there is a huge hurricane, and that's a bit rare.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Bang for Your Buck – For a public university, UT has some of the best facilities in the nation. With top-notch research facilities, 17 libraries, and 7 museums, we're never without a lack of information. The campus, itself, is also visually stunning. I once heard our school deemed a "concrete jungle," but nothing could be farther from the truth. UT makes it a point to keep the campus green and alive with towering trees, fresh lawns, and our very own turtle pond in the middle of campus. Love this place, and definitely worth what you pay in tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol in UT – Even though UT is located in a city that is full of bars and clubs, I can say there is a great quantity of students that do not drink. Peer pressure is not an issue of concern in UT. Alcohol and drugs are available but you choose if you want to take them or not.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Really Diverse but More Are Asian – UT at Austin is compiled of people of different races. However, if someone were to start analyzing the students he/she sees, Asian would pop up more often. Throughout the school year, i befriended Hispanics more than any other race even though Hispanics are one of the minor races/ethnicity someone can find in UT.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Good Housing but Fill up Too Fast. The University of Texas has an affiliated off-campus housing referred to as West Campus Housing. There are events that would only a person to apply to housing during the college school year, so spots will fill up fast. My predicament was that I had a class the hour the event took place and wasn't able to apply early. Apartments can still be found, but they are either too far from campus, insufficient to live in, or both. There are many good options available, but the spots can be taken up too fast.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety at UT – Texas has it's own police force whose presence on campus is noticeable and appreciated. Exterior Safety: They have installed police callboxes with bue lights all over campus to alert them of a problem. The callboxes are close enough together that you can see other callboxes. If you are being chased, all you have to do is hit the button, keep moving, hit the next callbox button, etc. They will know that you are being chased and they know how to look for you.
Interior Safety: you must use your campus issued ID in order to gain access to your dorm - it won't work on any other dorm. This keep out many potential criminals. But, some of your fellow students can be criminals also. Lock your door and when you are outside or studying on campus, always keep your things with you. Leaving a phone, computer, backpack etc alone makes it easy for someone to take it. Common Sense People!

4 College Junior

Technology: The University of Texas suggests that each student have their own personal computer. Everyone including Professors, RA's in the dorms, Administration, the University Co-Op/Bookstore and Teaching Assistants, etc. communicate via the internet. Class lectures are taped and available online for viewing after class. The university does provide a wireless environment that can be accessed from anywhere on campus and also has direct wiring into each dorm room. You must pay the University for internet access and without internet access, you can nott access any lectures, your blackboard, etc. I have used the internet to look up information to help me understand Calculus and Physics problems I have for homework. Any class changes are e-mailed to the students and checking your e-mail account daily for information is a necessity. The university has programs with different computer vendors to halp make computer ownership for each student possible.
One of the vendors who helps students is Dell Computers. Michael Dell was actually a student here at the University of Texas when he started building personal computers out of his dorm room. He was so successful that he left to build his company and returned later to finish his degree. My Dad was at Texas the same time Michael Dell was and told me about him - pretty cool, huh?
Because I own my own computer, I feel that accessing all the information available to me at the University of Texas is enhanced. If I had to go to the libraries or individual buildings where computers might be available, there is no guarantee that I would be able to get an available computer to use. Having your own computer maximizes time efficiency which is why the University suggests to all students that they have a computer.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe and Sound – I always feel safe on campus. I even felt fine to walk and jog late at night to and from the gym ( a 13 min walk away at a good pace).

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Very Important – This is the University of Texas at Austin. You almost get the feel that a lot of people come here just for the football team. There's not a lot to say because almost everybody should know how prominent sports, especially football, are at UT.
But aside from football, there is a wide variety of sports, including many intramural leagues for regular students to take part in if they wish.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Like Is Very Prominent – Greek life is very prominent at UT Austin. It's not that hard to avoid it (I personally have avoided the Greek scene as much as possible, as I'm not the type of person to party, and do not fit in in that type of atmosphere) but it really is everywhere.
If you are the type of person who wants to join a fraternity/sorority or wants to party with them, you'll have no problem joining in. There are plenty of Greek clubs and there is at least one party almost every weekend.
If you want to avoid it, there are definitely enough people that aren't in one and you won't feel to stigmatized for not joining one.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: UT Buses – Students at UT mostly rely on buses to get around. There are many bus routes, which is convenient. However, since Austin is such a crowded city, there is not much room for cars to drive around.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Great Student Life at UT – UT is full of places for students to meet and interact. Gregory Gym is a great place to work out. The Student Activities Center and The Union offer places for students to study and meet, and there are plenty of green spaces on campus for students to relax or play extreme frisbee.

4 College Senior

Diversity: UT Is Very Diverse – As most people assume, UT is a very diverse university. There are people of all races, sexual orientations, and religions on campus. It is a great place to become more tolerant of others, which I think is very important. There are also many groups on campus that support the diversity of others, which I think is great.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: UT Supports the Arts – My school's art programs are exceptional compared to most around the country. I am a Theatre and Dance Design major, and we have one of the best programs in the country. Our excellent film program also allows the theatre students a chance to dabble in the film arts.

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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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