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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!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: UT Austin Housing Off-Campus – Honestly, what you pay for in Austin depends on location. West Campus, right of Guadalupe Street near campus, offers several student living but at high prices (usually 600-700 and up per person per month). Riverside, which is about a 10 minute bus ride from campus, is a bit shady of a location but much cheaper (300-400+ per person per month).

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Many programs are available to you at U; including the Freshmen Research Initiative for students which offers valuable research opportunities. FIGS are also available for freshmen. This programs place students taking similar classes in study groups with a designated mentor.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Can't Accomodate for Everyone on Campus – The number of available computers there are limited. So I would recommend you bring your own to campus. Network reliability and speed is outstanding. Never experienced a crash. The computers are all Macs.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses appear every 15 minutes or so, so it's not that big of a deal if you miss one. They are very helpful. The UT campus is huge so I'm glad a transportation system has be established there. Makes getting to class on time less of a hassle. I should also add that it is completely free to students.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: AUSTIN IS AWESOME FOR FOOD – Austin is awesome when it comes to food. If you like classier places, you can head downtown to some steakhouses. If you like casual, there are a ton of great restaurants all over Austin (especially on South Congress). There are also tons of food trucks to try - you'll never run out of places to go eat!
My only complaint is that Asian food sucks here - sorry, but it does!

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are...Ok – You can find a ton of typical frat boys at UT, no problem (if you're into that). I'm not into clones, so I tend to avoid them. Most guys don't care about their dress, which is a big turnoff for me. There are cute guys, but in general, they're just ok.

3 College Senior

Majors: Audit Intern – As a business student, if you're a good candidate and perform well in interviews (I cannot stress enough that just because you're in a good business school, it doesn't mean that internships and jobs will be handed to you) you can get an internship. The typical audit internship is usually done in the Spring when it's busy season. Be prepared to work more than 8 hours a day (usually around 10-12 hours a day) during busy season. They treat interns very well, and everyone gets the same pay. However, the work isn't exactly the best since students haven't had much experience.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is very expensive and what has always bugged me about UT is that it is SOOOOO SEGREGATED!! You see only see people hang out with "their own kind" per say I really hate it!

3 College Sophomore

Technology: It depends where and at what time you go. During finals FORGET ABOUT IT!! Otherwise it is best if you try PCL.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I would say drinking is very popular. When ever people come back from parties it is obvious they have had a few drinks. Drugs are more popular among certain groups, especially engineering majors.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great Place for a Government Major. Austin is the capital of Texas, so majoring in Government (what we call Political Science) is a great opportunity for UT students. The professors are truly nationally known experts who are often seen on TV shows and in books nationwide. Internships and political jobs are plentiful.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Live on Campus Starting Out. The dorms at UT are really not bad, and you NEED to live on-campus starting out to get the full college experience. You might hear horror stories about Jester (typical freshman dorm) but even it isn't truly that awful, and you are right in the middle of all the buzz, which makes going to class, getting involved, etc. Duren/San Jac are the nicest, newest dorms, also the most expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Everywhere, Depends on Where You Go. West Campus is pretty expensive, but the apartments are the most convenient, within walking distance of UT. North Campus is quieter, usually for an older crowd. Riverside and Far West are most affordable but also require a commute every day.

5 College Senior

Academics: Excellent Center for Academia – Great center for research, professors at the top of their field.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Research – UT is known to be a research school, and I can not stress enough how great FRI( Freshman Research Initiative) allows incoming freshmen to get a grasp on what research entails. I personally came into the university thinking of becoming a professor, and this program allowed me to partially experience the research atmosphere. Even if research is not your thing, there is still a lot that one can learn and take in from research that just makes a student ambitious to search for other internship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Top Notch – I find the challenge of the biological sciences enticing. It is a hard goal in life to aspire the medical field, but doing research under a professor at UT has inspired me to continue in the science field. Courses such as organic chemistry are difficult, but with determination and having the mindset on the day in which graduation comes it is definitely worth it! I took organic chemistry lab this past semester and it was difficult but not impossible due to the course work that was more time consuming than anything else. That is where time management comes in to play with courses like this.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Proactive Place – The university is located around a lot of places such as lakes and museums. In the city of Austin there is always something going on if its not a marathon there are community service projects everywhere. In downtown I have heard that every first thursday of the month there are giveaways by that restaurants.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently a human biology B.S major at the university and for the entry it is not difficult, but the process of staying within the college is challenging. For certain classes such as calculus and chemistry, students have to take a placement test in order to qualify to get enrolled in the course. In order to continue and be officially declared under a biological major one has to complete certain courses out of the curriculum.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls and food options are well rounded. There are different food options revolving around different cultures. A top notch dinning hall on campus would be Kinsolving because it is a buffet that offers good quality food.

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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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