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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.

4 College Freshman

Technology: You might have to pay more, but the internet speed is awesome.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – The campus police have a text alert that is great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Is So So – The dorms themselves are pretty expensive. The main interest in them is the location. Being right on campus is rewarding in the time it takes you to get to class as well as getting to interact with your peers more socially. The RA's try very hard to get the residents involved and often throw events for the entire dorms.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Options – We have this street we call "the Drag" that is right by the campus and there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from. A lot of them are very good and many of them have reasonable prices. Also, a lot of the restaurants allow you to use money on your campus meal plan to buy their food.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is the Favorite – To be quite honest, the reputation of UT being the party school is actually very true. Alcohol is the drug of choice at virtually all the parties that students host off campus. The presence of alcohol is generally prevalent off campus rather than on campus and though UT is a big party school, a large proportion of the student body actually doesn't drink nor party. So if you aren't a big party person, don't worry.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse and Accepting – Overall, the university has an extremely diverse student body. There are all kinds of students ranging from different races, religious backgrounds, political ideologies, and sexual orientations. It is definitely a safe place to be because being in Austin, the campus is very liberal and very open minded and accepting of various groups. The people here are very nice and it just seems all the students get along well with each other.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: From the "Drag to Sixth" – Guadalupe street runs along the university and is home to many diverse restaurants. Nicknamed "The Drag" you can find subs, pasta, frozen yogurt, burritos, pizza, and anything else you like at a reasonable price. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is very good but Potbelly Sandwhich works is a safe bet. Big Bite Pizza and Grill is an excellent place if you like big portions.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Up and Down – The winter can get as low as the 20's for only a handful of days. Majority of the year is perfect. The summer is brutal: over 60 straight days of over 100 degrees last year. At least you don't need a jacket when you go out at night.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Little Man With Ticket Booklet. Their are to many different levels of permits. Forget about off campus parking, there are parking meters everywhere that charge $1.00 per hour.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What Starts Here Changes the World – It's the greatest place ever. There are infinite possibilities and I would choose UT all over again because there is a fit for every person since it is such a large school, everyone finds their way!

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of white students and hispanic race students. Along with this there are a lot of Asians (all Asians including middle-eastern and russian) as well.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Bars, 6Th, Parties – Mostly everything on 6th (downtown/ bar scene) is 21 and up. There are a few 18 and up places but you have to pay unless you go to a bartap by a fraternity (if you're a girl). Fraternity parties and apartment parties are better because (if you're a girl) you get free drinks and it's closer because everything is in west campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Sixth Street!! Austin is amazing! Sixth Street is a great place to cut loose and meet people.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Summer All Year Long – I know some people hate the heat but UT is warm all year long. No need for a jacket at all!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: How It Should Be – The campus is like any other public place. If you obey the rules, it will be a fun place. If you break the rules, you will be punished for it

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Room to Grow – I'm so glad that I chose to attend UT! There are always things to do around and off campus, and I've had so many opportunities to make friends. Football is big here, but it doesn't take over daily life. I would definitely come to UT again. Not only is the social aspect great, but the academics is usually really challenging.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Almost Too Much to Do! I've never run out of things to do on campus. There are festivals, club meetings, free movies, parties, study groups and many restaurants. Because the university is in Austin, the music scene never disappoints!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: A Real Melting Pot – The University of Texas is extremely diverse - students come from all over the world to attend the school. Different ethnic groups don't just hang out with each other. Most people try to learn about different ethnic and cultural groups by attending festivals and meetings. I love that when I look around, I don't see a crowd of people that all look the same!

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The University of Texas is located in the middle of Austin, the capital of Texas one of the most favored places to live in the state. Students enrolled in this university have access to not only the city bus but also university shuttles, which are located throughout campus and surrounding areas. These shuttles transport students from one area of campus to another, as well as surrounding neighborhoods where a plethora of students reside. The city buses require no fee for university students; only a student I.D. is needed. The convinience of transportation for local and international students exceeds all surrounding Texas universities.

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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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