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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Excellent Food Selection – There are a lot of dining options at UT. Besides from the ones on campus the campus is at the heart of downtown so you can see restaurants and places to eat everywhere you go. Inside campus, there are different fast food chains so selection of food is plenty.

College Sophomore

Academics: Registration for Transfers – The University of Texas at Austin is a very big school so it also has a lot of resources and perks available to admitted students, faculty and staff.
These include the free tutoring available at Kinsolving, Sanger and Jester Halls. I still have a lot to learn since I just attended orientation. As for the transfer registration, it was a hard process. You must plan which classes you will want to take ahead of time so you can pick the best times and professors. I did not like that advising is only offered at orientation for the newly admitted students. But the advisors were really nice and helpful for me. They are a wealth of information so be wise and get advised!

College Sophomore

Majors: As of now, I am still undeclared in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. I am a pre-pharmacy major but I took most of the classes that I needed so I need to declare a degree soon. I am still looking because they offer a wide range of degrees.
As to what I did to get in, I originally applied for the PharmD degree but I got declined and got in to CNS instead. I proved that I am academically competitive by making straight A's on my science classes. Although my first few years in college were rough, my GPA was so low. I complemented my academics with extracurricular activities: joining leadership and honor organizations, volunteer activities, and being an orientation leader and ambassador in my previous school. I know that they are doing holistic reviews for each student so I did my best to become a whole-rounded student.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: First Come, First Serve – Need to apply early!! You will need to apply for FAFSA as soon as possible and also, there is a separate scholarships application that you will need to fill out. As long as you apply early and have a low EFC, you will get the best aid.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Since classes are located on different buildings, you will need to walk a lot. You should prepare to bring an umbrella during the summer so you can protect your skin since it can get pretty hot. Also, try to bring extra clothing so you can feel comfortable and sweat free. The Fall weather is fine but Spring is cold!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I only have attended orientation from this school and so far, I am impressed by the UTPD. They are offering free self defense classes/activities so we can protect ourselves when needed. I feel that my stay at UT would provide me a safe haven while I focus on academics. :)

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I'm new to UT this year, but i've learned of all the easy and affordable transportation UT offers. I live in San Antonio and on fridays there is a bus that will drive me to a park in ride close to where i live and pick me up the following sunday and take me back to campus for twenty dollars. There is tons of transportation opportunities the campus offers!

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: They Can Be Slow – The computers are great for the most part, but during peak times they can be understandably slow. Wifi is unimpressive at UT.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If your their only to party then I cannot help. There are plenty of places, but none that I would recommend. Just walking by I am usually offended by the things going on. I try and work or stay in home at night. But the Capital looks pretty cool at night from what I have seen in pictures. I have never walked by it at night.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Follow the Steps – I turned the application barely on time and forgot to do the resume section. So, then I had to send in an appeal letter. I think I was lucky and that God was on my side. But if you follow their steps there is a chance to get in. If you mess up, don't give up. Keep trying!

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Theres a saying in Texas. If you don't like the weather, wait an hour. the unpredictable weather can be frustrating, but it's sure to be a relief for anyone dealing with snow storms up north. It doesn't get too cold here.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Excellent! Something for Everyone! Thee food in Ausin is incedible. There really is every kind of restraint imaginable. It can get kindof pricy if you're not careful, but student discounts help.

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.

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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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