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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Get Used to It – I think UT is great. The people, the school etc. Of course, there are some things that I don't like and I wish could be different, but I think the main reason why I don't complain about them on a daily basis is because I've gotten used to it. Plus, the more I've been around it, the more I realize, these things that used to bother me aren't that bad. In addition, I've grown to love the city of Austin. There are so many things to do.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: They're a Good Bunch – With 50,000+ students, you'll get a whole variety of students. Hot guys. Pretty girls. The idiots. The ridiculously intelligent nerds. Plus, because it is Austin, you'll get the hipsters too.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: An Iffy Stance – Greek life at UT Austin lives up to what's expected. It is the University of Texas after all. They're a definitely a lot of parties and those frat guys and sorority girls are everywhere. It's not exactly a bad thing if you keep an open mind, but there are probably a few non-Greeks who see them as complete idiots that won't amount to anything in life.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Lots to Eat – Tons of great food all within walking distance of the campus

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3 College Student

Diversity: Like the fact that it's not an issue. We have lots of different types of people and that's what makes it great.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Holistic Approach to Acceptance – I was in a Business Honors Program that admits students based on a holistic approach. Students are expected to be strong academically, in addition to being active in extracurricular activities and in the community as well. Students are also expected to be strong leaders who have a vision and can lead a team to accomplish the vision and goals. The admissions process for this honors program includes an application, teacher recommendations, an interview, essays, and test scores.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: A Mix of Everything – Some facilities where classes are held are older buildings. Because they are old, they have a certain charm to them. Nonetheless, some of those buildings tend to feel darker and more cramped than the newer buildings. There are also several new buildings- and they are remarkable! Top-notch facilities, top of the line technology, and very appealing, comfortable and clean feeling. These are the buildings where I tended to spend most of my time (i.e. the Business school, the gym, the new student union).

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Delicious Variety – Austin is known for unique, non-chain places. These local businesses are delicious, and there's an ever-lasting variety near campus and around town. The food scene in Austin will not let anyone down!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's What You Expect at a College Campus – Nothing fancy - mainly buffets with fried and/or cheesy foods

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Location, Location, Location – UT Austin's drug scene is largely based on the location the student hangs out or lives. There are parts of campus affiliated housing off campus or even on campus towards the outskirts that have high levels of drug presence. For the most part though drugs are not regularly seen in the heart of campus.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing at UT is really hit or miss. There are some really awesome places that are brand new but they are extremely expensive. The places that are reasonably priced for on campus housing are absolutely gross. They are really old and haven't been redone in decades. There are huge security issues and at one you have to leave your ID with the doorman just to get into the building. I have found the on campus housing are really huge party centers as well. Students will be much more likely to be exposed to or participate in illegal activities because it is around them at a more abundant rate. If I were a parent I would either pay the extra money for my child to live in an on campus non-campus related complex or give them money to rent an apartment or house close to school. The campus affiliated housing is not good!

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4 College Junior

Weather: Sunny and Usually Hot Here – It is usually pretty sunny in Austin and the spring and summer's are brutal as far as the heat. Everyone at school dresses in shorts and tank tops, very casual and it makes for a pretty casual class setting as well. UT Austin is huge so everyone does a lot of walking and in the spring and summer months they wear less clothing to accomodate for that.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Easy, but Takes a While – Once you fill out the FAFSA (as early as possible), it is just a waiting game. With all of the tuition changes and funding issues going on here in Austin, the financial aid notifications are taking much longer than they used to. But other than that, if something changes with enrollment, they are very easy to work with.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived nearby campus, but even then, it is overpriced and the space you get is very minimal.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Austin Is a Big City, So Use Public Transportation When Possible – UT is in a city, so parking is expensive, plain and simple. There are plenty of campus garages (seven or so of them) that you can pay to park in as a commuter student or an on-campus resident; those are the most expensive parking permits to purchase. There's also parallel street parking that permits can be bought for, but those are pretty hard to find (even if you have a permit), unless you get to campus fairly early. There's lots of metered parking spaces along one of the main roads that runs through campus, too, but that's an expensive route to go for every single day. Directly west and north of campus are areas that are primarily student residences where free street parking can sometimes be found, but relying on that if you don't live there can be iffy. If you live off campus and not within walking or biking distance, use the city bus system. UT student IDs get all students free bus fare, so they are super convenient and can get you pretty much anywhere. Taking advantage of that is your best option. Also, if you live on campus but don't want to pay for a parking spot in the garage (the prices are listed on the university website), you will probably be fine without bringing it. You'll make plenty of friends who can drive you to the grocery store or wherever you need to go, or you can take the buses (because they will pretty much take you anywhere). I do know some commuters will park on the street (for free) in neighborhoods that are out of walking/biking distance of campus and ride the bus from there to campus. Motorcycle and moped parking on campus is pretty much always available, so that's always a possible route.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD! We have so many traditions at UT that makes all of the students and staff feel more proud of our school. It brings everyone together! For example, we have a myth of the albino squirrel. There is squirrels all around school,but they are so friendly. It is believed that if one sees an albino squirrel, a white squirrel, then you will get an A on your following exam. I have only seen it once and I have to say, I did in fact end up getting an A on an exam I had the following day. Austin is weird, but that is what makes us unique and I love being a part of this community!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Amazing Major! I absolutely adore my major. I learn a lot about how children develop and about the best ways to engage them in learning a subject. It makes me think f my childhood and better understand why teachers teach the way they do for each grade level. I learn a lot from every single one of my classes and I hope to pass that knowledge to my kids at school when I become a teacher!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I personally haven't used the Gregory Gym for much, other than to play racquetball, but I've enjoyed my experiences there. The library is HUGE and even when it's packed during finals week I have always managed to find a place to study with a small group. The New UT Student Activity Center is gorgeous and "green" if that matters to you. There honestly are a million places to go if one wants choices.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's All About the People. Honestly, it doesn't matter where you go to school. Your experience is dependent upon who you interact with and what you make of your interactions. That being said, attending UT does provide an abundance of activities and opportunities for students to branch out and find their niche.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: An Amazing Place to Explore. At the end of my Freshman year, I am still having new experiences in different parts of the city, and it looks gorgeous at night. There is also an abundance of opportunity and positive-minded people.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The Best Decision – Anyone intersted in Plan II Honors should apply. Since the program is fairly small, its like having a family at UT. You get lots of attention from professors because of the small class sizes, and it is a good balance between liberals arts and the sciences. Plus, it is challenging which makes it fun!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Plan II Is a Challenge – I am in the Plan II Honors program at UT, and it is a very competitive process. The admission essays are heavily weighed in the decision for acceptance, so applicants should spend a lot of time on them. Each admittance class is usually around 180 students. More are accepted initially, around 500 out of 1300, but not everyone ends up comitting.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Deals for Your Dine in Dollars – The food here is okay. It could be better, and after a while, you start to notice that there isn't much of a variety for a 10 dollar meal. There should also be more meal deals. The salads shouldn't be by the oz. either. How are we supposed to eat healthy? The food shouldn't be as pricey as it is for the flavor. It could be better, but it is campus food. However, the convenience cost does need to drop. A lot.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: A Fun Place to Study – University of Texas Austin is so large that it is impossible not to find friends. The students have a natural southern hospitality and friendliness. The school is dominated by fraternities and sororities. If that is not your scene, it's still easy to find great people, but you have to deal with the frat culture all the time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Acceptable Eating – The food here is pretty good but can seriously become repetitive very quickly. There are some choices on campus but there are always some places that are convenient depending on where you are everyday. The buffet changes its options daily and is always a possible choice which I partake several times a week.


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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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