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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a psychology major at UT is great. The psychology classes are interesting and challenging, and the workload is just the right amount of challenge without feeling overwhelmed. Other courses are great too. All of the instructors I've had so far have been very knowledgeable in their field and very interesting to talk to and listen to lecture. Some teachers really go above and beyond, connecting different subjects and challenging their students to think critically about issues. Those teachers inspire me.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The clubs in Austin are pretty fun, and lots of them are 18 and up, so young people can go in and dance but not drink. Parties in Jester I've heard can get pretty crazy, but I would advise being careful about any underage activities so as not to get in trouble. If you're off campus partying at someone's house/apartment, then you don't have to worry so much about getting caught and getting in trouble doing something. But if it's a crazy frat party right near campus, or a party in a dorm, be cautious. Overall, there's lots of fun stuff to get into trouble with in Austin, and it's fun as long as you don't get caught. Be careful, be responsible, and be safe. UT seems to acknowledge that college kids will drink and party one way or another, and provides resources like Spring Break health kits to keep students informed of resources for them should they get into trouble with alcohol or drug issues like addiction or alcohol poisoning, and programs for students that need help quitting smoking or with drug or alcohol addiction.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are tons of majors at UT, there's something for everyone. I'm a psychology major, and I do hope to get an internship somewhere along the line, but i'm sure i'll have one in graduate school because to get a master's or Ph.D. in Psychology you have to have experience working with other psychologists and doing therapy. So, I think I'll probably look at internships around Junior year and definitely when I'm in graduate school.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of great places to eat off campus at UT. The drag (Guadalupe Street) has lots of great restaurants. Most places on the drag accept Bevo Bucks (the UT meal plan) and will have a sticker on the window saying so. Some places have student discounts, but not too many. Cost depends on the restaurant. I recommend eating on campus more often than not to keep food costs low, so that your meal plan doesn't run out before the semester ends, and maybe eating out once or twice a month. Kirby Lane is awesome, with weird hippy healthy vegetarian food and awesome pancakes and desserts, and it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so if you want pancakes at 3 am Kirby Lane is your place. Mellow Mushroom has the absolute BEST pizza I've ever had in my entire life. No joke, their pizza is amazing.

5 College Junior

Technology: The computer labs in the FAC and in the PCL are always available. The FAC has slightly better computers but the PCL is where everyone usually is. They keep the equipment top notch for us.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife is amazing regardless of your age. The bars and clubs are fun but they can wait until you're 21. The house parties here are very memorable ways to complete the UT experience. With so many students living off campus it is never hard to find one.

3 College Junior

Parking: There is typically a lot parking available you just have to look around. I give it a B because it can be really expensive to pay and park everyday. I typically get to campus about 20 minutes early to find a good spot and have time to walk to class.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are multiple shuttle buses that can take you each to part of the university campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are diverse groups of people located on the university campus. Students are free to express their political, religion, and sexual orientation as often and openly as they want to. There are several classes in the social sciences and histories that educate the students the different cultural backgrounds of different ethnicities and races.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is entirely too expensive and PTS is unfair.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer labs are always hidden, but they usually work pretty well..

1 College Sophomore

Parking: you cant even drive on campus. parking is more than $1000 per semester..

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is the Drag right across campus that has so many options, but there are also other eateries in walking distance

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is expensive at UT Austin, but the convenience of living on campus, with several dining options and the Drag across from campus make up for the cost. Each dorm on campus has it’s own vibe or personality. The Jester dorms for example are more social, many people meet in the lounges to hang out, whereas Roberts or Prather are more quiet and studious. When I lived on campus I stayed in Roberts. I loved living there, the old style of architecture added so much charm.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For an incoming freshman, their financial aid packages are more generous and give students the incentive to stay. A word of caution: after freshman year, some of the scholarships that were given for being a first year are not given again and, based on my experience, your financial package drops. While I still managed to survive, just keep in mind your expenses.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food is generally pretty good, but it eventually becomes the same food everyday and you do get tired of it after a while. If dining in the halls has tired you out, the Drag on Guadalupe offers an immense variety of restaurants with various different types of foods. A portion of your meal plan can be used to dine in many of these restaurants; all of which range from Mexican to Chinese to Greek to Indian to just good ol' style pizza. Try some new places out and spice up your dining lifestyle every now and then.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: I lived on campus for two years and I always had plenty to choose from. Even if you get bored with the food from the many dinning halls, there is plenty of other restaurants on Guadalupe street that are incredibly diverse and ( a big plus) in walking distance!

4 College Senior

Diversity: UT is a wonderful mix of people from all backgrounds. Being in a more liberal Texas city means diversity is often celebrated. The University also brings in a lot of foreign students who bring new and interesting perspectives.

2 College Senior

Parking: If you live on campus, it's easy enough to get around without a car. Thanks to limited campus housing, however, most students don't. Austin has a decent public transit system, but you still probably need a car if you live off campus. Student parking on campus is a hassle though. The lots are far away from everything. You're better off getting an apartment on a bus route and riding in. If you want to park on campus in the evenings though when spaces open up you're still going to need a permit.

4 College Senior

Administration: UT is fairly relaxed about what you can and can't do on campus, but every school has its limits. We're a smoke free campus now, and the campus cops will arrest you if you try to streak of swim in the fountains, but within reason they're pretty easy going.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The athletic centers on campus are up to date and always clean. The student centers recently just went under construction and are modern with great food choices and lots of seating areas. Film committee puts on free movies for UT students weekly!

4 College Junior

Technology: Pretty good up to date computers for the engineering labs. Printing is usually very easy and free depending on your major. The wireless speed is so fast on campus. WiFi is available all over campus.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Obviously "Keep Austin Weird" keeps the atmosphere very funky and there is always something to do in Austin! The trailer food scene is amazing and shopping is eclectic. You can find something for everyone in Austin.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is limited because the school is located right in the middle of the city. Garage parking is really the only type of parking that is offered close to campus, unless you live near campus in an apartment. Permit costs can be in the hundreds for both commuters and on-campus residents. There is not really a need for a car if you're living on campus because most everything is within walking distance and the public transportation system in Austin is pretty good.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek life so I can only tell you how I view them as not being a part of them. The majority of people in Greek life are really only there for the partying. You can definitely get by without ever being in a fraternity or sorority. I will say that the service sororities and fraternities are pretty good. They focus on community instead of partying.

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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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