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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Student Safety – While the campus police are sort-of around and they have placed call boxes throughout, the campus is large, and West Campus is a breeding ground for debauchery. Car break-ins are common, and I try not to walk alone after 8.

4 College Senior

Academics: Student Experience – This really depends on the school. Liberal Arts is inundated with aimless students seeking a degree, any degree, making the overall student experience as an LA major less than pleasant - auditorium-sized classes, advisers who don't know your name much less your interests or progress toward a degree. More specialized programs offer a better experience - more flexible curriculum, intimate guidance and wider study options.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Longhorn Life – Collegiate sports overshadow just about everything else on campus. Part of this is the Texas way - football may as well be a religion in this state. However, I think too much emphasis is put on them. I worked full time through my first undergrad degree and couldn't partake in the festivities due to time and financial restraints, so while the team spirit can be endearing, it can also be intimidating and exclusionary to those who can't quite bleed orange.

3 College Senior

Academics: UT Liberal Arts – The LA programs are student-heavy & lack attention to student needs.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Business Is the Way to Go – The McComb's School of Business is one of the highly ranked business schools in the nation. I loved that I am part of this school because to start with being a business student already gives you a certain air of importance within the university. Moreover, recruiters are always teeming the school and the job and internships opportunities are always high.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Myriad of Internships Available – As business students we are high in demand. Recruiters are always coming to my business school wanting to recruit students and sometimes it doesn't even matter that you are a freshman, they will still take you! All you have to prove is that you are interested in the company. I am planning to get an internship abroad next summer through AIESEC.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Number 1 Accounting Program in the Nation. of Course I'm Happy! I am extremely happy with my choice of major, accounting. When I first started school I did not know what I wanted to study but my school having the #1 accounting program did it for me. Moreover, you have a high opportunity of getting employed right after college with big companies and good paying jobs.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Laid Back Culture – Austin is characterized by their saying "Keep Austin weird" and the students at the university take seriously this saying. Around campus you can see individuals singing on top of trees or playing guitar in the grass. The whole student community is very open and understanding of different cultures. Moreover, school sponsored activities also show the spontaneity that the school is know for. One example is "Foam Sword Friday" that happens every last day of classes. This activity is sponsored by the school of architecture and it consists of student waiting on either side of the street and when it turns green for them to walk, they "charge" and hit each other with foam swords.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Austin Attracts the Attractive – Austin, home to the University of Texas, attracts the most attractive ladies across the state and beyond. Our hot weather and opportunity for refreshment at our wonderful area lakes ensure that the ladies will be dressed to impress all summer long... did I mention our summers last 6 months or longer here in Austin!

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Best Choice: Have Your Own Computer and Possibly a Printer Too – The main computer lab is in the library and it is not always easy to get a computer especially during the middle of the day. However, there is a quick printing station that helps out a lot. Wireless access is excellent! As long as you don't run out of bandwidth, then you have to wait until next week.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Perry-Castaneda Library is an excellent place for research and to study. There are six floors, and one of them is reserved for collaborative learning. It is the only floor where you can be loud. There are endless resources. The computer lab only has 100 computers which can create a waiting list throughout the day, and it is not open 24 hours. However, the library is a great place to get work done!! (except not on the collaborative learning floor)

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Never Bored – There are always so many things to do in Austin. These range from shopping, going out downtown, playing frisbee at Zilker Park. Austinites are so friendly! You never feel out of place, and there is something always going on every weekend like the Pecan Festival or celebrating Eeyore's birthday!!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Many Options, Decent Food, High Prices – The dining halls have a schedule where menus repeat every three weeks. With your student ID, it is relatively cheap but regular price is almost 6 dollars a plate. Other vendors on campus, have ok food, may be cheaper, but it is always the same thing. Overall, the food is pretty okay.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: All the students are very different and stand out in their own ways. Many different groups dress differently such as the sorority girls usually wear nike shorts and oversized t shirts while the athletes wear sweat suits. The social life is great in Austin because there is always something going on. Whether it is on campus or on 6th street, you can always find an awesome place to meet new people and have a great night. The relationships built UT last a lifetime. It is guaranteed that you will find someone like you and find that close group of friends which is comforting.

4 College Student

Weather: A Good Amount – The weather is very hot in Austin which is great during the winters. The summer is very rough but its great being outdoors in the sun.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very Expensive Yet Close. Off campus housing is a very difficult subject. The proximity to campus is amazing, but the price of apartments are completely absurd.

There are other apartments a few miles which are a bit more affordable, yet you would still have to make a sacrifice of traveling a few miles to get to and from the university.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Always Make Sure Students Are Aware of Risks – The University of Texas always enforces and educates students of the risk of harming oneself. They pass handouts and send emails enlightening students of the potential ways of overcoming or staying away from harmful substances.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Try Not to Bring a Car – Your student id is also an unlimited bus pass to the Austin busses. Some people bring bikes, but make sure to lock them securely (ask the UTPD about locks). The busses can get you most places eventually, but it might take awhile depending on the load (on a rainy day, everyone might or might not get on the bus).

Parking is trouble, and you can't really drive from class to class.

Walking isn't so bad, just be careful when you plan your schedule.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Location, Location, Location – Most students just brought a computer. Arguably, it's not necessary (that is, you shouldn't run off and buy an expensive one just for college, unless you're already desperate for an upgrade). There are small-to-medium labs in the dorms that aren't that impressive, but you can print there all the time and, since almost everyone has a computer, they're usually empty, in my experience.

There's also a large bank of computers in the Flawn Academic Center (the second floor is mostly computers). Slightly nicer, a little more reliable, and might or might not be out of your way. It takes a LOT of students for these to fill up.

(The libraries have a few, of course, but those are in high demand.)

And if it's school-related work, your department probably also has computers. The science and math and computer science students (even non-majors taking their courses) have their own labs (with a separate login).

Network reliability and speed is incredible. I never once observed a network outage, and speed was always fast. (I had a more-than-adequate speed playing games on my own machine, even at on-peak times.) There's wi-fi sprinkled throughout buildings and a few outdoor areas.

4 College Junior

Academics: Large Budget Associated With UT Sports – UT Austin is very known for priding themselves in Academics as well as Athletics. Since I am an Exercise Science major, I am surrounded by the best of the best facilities. We are currently ranked number 45 in the U.S. News Annual Best National Universities, so our professors are more than qualified to help students. We do have over 38 thousand students enrolled, so the one drawback would probably be the one-on-one interaction between professors and students. Professors always have office hours, so they are available if a student so desires.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living Near Campus Is Expensive – UT Austin is situated on prime real estate, so as you can imagine living is quite expensive. The average room in a three bedroom apartment for example in the West Campus area ranged from about $750-$1000 a month. These are very nice apartments, however, and they are a mere 5 minute walk from campus. Farther away from campus is more reasonable, with apartments averaging about $500 a month. You are talking about a 15-20 minute drive from campus though. And good luck with parking.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public Transportation is awesome in Austin, and was even rated one of the best transportation systems in the country. As for on campus transportation system, the buses are plentiful and run great routes. The only slight drawback is the traffic is bad sometimes. This is obviously not the transportation system's fault, but rather just the logistics of the street system.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Good, Bad, and Sometimes Ugly. The weather is good for the most part. Except whenever it pours like there is no tomorrow. Sometimes, it will be freezing in march, but warm and sunny in January.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Horrible and Expensive – Parking on campus is a huge no no. The university has its own police force dedicated to parking and transportation. Actually they mostly give parking tickets 24/7. Parking is very expensive and rare. Parallel parking is a must in Austin.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Better Than I Expected – I was really nervous about going in to college, but things worked out for the better. The professors are really knowledgeable and they are approachable as well. Some will even regrade your work if you think something is wrong.


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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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