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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Austin's Diversity – Around our school, there is a diverse range of foods - cheap to expensive, horrible to heavenly. However, I feel that there is one commonality between all of them - value. I feel that they charge college students more than they should, perhaps because I don't like using so much money. But I honestly think restaurants know that college students do not have many options on campus, so they will come out and buy their food, whatever the price.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is extremely hard to find on campus, even when you have a parking permit. Cops give out tickets left and right even if you're one or two minutes late for the amount you paid for.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: UT campus is full of state of the art technology. There are both Macs and PCs available for students to use on campus. The internet is very fast, but it's limited. If you want to use more internet on campus, you'll have to buy extra bandwidth, a setback that UT has.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UT is an extremely diverse campus, with many different races, religions, sexual orientations, and even ages. I have seen many parents going back to school, and some even bring their children to campus! Campus is extremely accepting of these situations because there is even a daycare center for the children of parents.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: My Major Is Finance – I don't know quite yet because I just started as a Freshman

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not Very Strict – Only major restriction is no illegal downloading on the campus wi-fi and every other rule is easyt o follow

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Not Very Strict – Only major restriction is no illegal downloading on the campus wi-fi and every other rule is easyt o follow

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Mostly Safe – Safety on campus is a pretty big thing since it's in the middle of a major city. It's mostly safe but there have been some rapes and assaults, but I'm a big guy and I feel safe 100% of the time.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Wonderful!!! You can get alcohol if you really want (I don't drink)

Skip the clubs. Go to them your first night out, because they're a fun novelty...but they're really not all that great. However, Sixth Street is not fun until you're 21. There are night buses that'll take you wherever you want to go.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Attractive Guys, Girls Who Don't Try – You'll find all sorts of guys and girls at UT! There are a lot of hipsters, and sorority girls wearing nothing but Nikes and huge t-shirts (gross, you look like you're twelve)....many a type. I would say that, as a whole, there are better looking girls than guys (but I kind of feel like that's the case everywhere).

4 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own laptop and access to free honors printing (haha, how pretentious did that sound?), but

1) There are plenty of computer labs

2) If you search around, you can find free printing...but if you are lazy or busy, it's pretty cheap to print on campus

3) Network Reliability and Speed - yes, and very fast

4) WiFi all around campus

5) I would definitely have your own computer. Not just here, but at college. If it's really a problem to get one, you can definitely make it by here.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Live Music Capital of the World + Great Food + Friendly People – I think going to the best college in Austin affords students the opportunity to live in a great city. Austin is considered the Live Music Capital of the World, hosting Austin City Limits (ACL) and South by Southwest (SXSW). You can buy tickets or volunteer. Some shows are even free to get into!

Besides that, the whole vibe of the Austin - "Keep Austin Weird" - cannot be experienced anywhere else. Parts of the city like Mozart's on the lake, or Zilker Park (outdoor natural pool), or SoCo (South Congress) with food trucks etc. are so unique and vibrant, especially on pre-determined event days.

The food is excellent in Austin (if you know where to go) and there are pretty decent choices even on the drag, heading DT, or in West Campus. (And I'm a foodie / 'critic'.)

Did you know that Whole Foods on 6th and Lamar is their flagship store? It's huge and even imports Bubbie's Mochi shipped from Hawai'i (look it up)! In addition to the good food, the people are very friendly in Austin. My European friends from Norway and Austria said that they couldn't believe that Austinites were so friendly!

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: On-Campus Buses – On-campus buses such as the WC (West Campus that runs through West Campus - surprise!) and the FA (Forty Acres) run frequently. They drop students off at buildings for classes. However, sometimes they're packed at rush hour (when class lets out) or when it's raining. If you're towards the last stop at the WC stop during the mid-morning or mid-day, for example, start walking, that bus doesn't stop if it's full. And chances are the next one's full, too. I rate transportation highly still, because of the convenient stops (where the bus stops). If you want to guarantee your entrance onto the bus, plan ahead! Buses run less frequently during later parts of the day and on the weekend.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Austin Is Like No Other Place – Austin is the perfect college town -- it's just the right size, and of course UT is central to Austin. UT is an academic and economic powerhouse. I have met people from all over the world and have learned many things from very interesting and engaging professors. I would not attend school anywhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lot's of Selection – There are a lot of options, ranging from private dorm to condos. Generally, places closer to campus are more expensive than farther away, that being said, off-campus housing is still less expensive than the campus dorms.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are good places within walking distance, however they may be pricey.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: UT Shuttles! The UT shuttles are very convenient. They are free for everybody and will take you to different parts of the campus and to places near campus. My only complain is that they don't run on the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Weather here is general Texas weather. It is usually always hot. It was around 70 degrees in January. However, in the spring, there are random swings in temperature. We would have weeks where it was around 70-80 degrees then randomly a week with 40 degree weather. The summers/falls are more dry and windy than in Houston. It's not as great as California but it's still pretty great weather in general unless you want heavy snowfall.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus can be a nightmare. Traffic kind of sucks. So if you're driving, it'll be hard to go back to your apartment between classes.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is seriously everything here at UT. However, most people stay within their own cliques since it is such a big campus which is very disappointing. The general campus feel is very accepting and liberal.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Is Life – Everywhere you go on campus, there is either a guy or girl dressed in a bright and colorful shirt showing off their Greek letters. Being in a fraternity or sorority at Texas is a big thing for most people. Once a year in the spring, Greek life puts on what is known as 'Round Up' for all incoming freshman and underclassmen to get a deeper look into the Greek scene.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to The University of Texas at Austin because it is the best in state school in Texas. My major is architecture and it is the number 2 school in the nation for that, so that played a large factor. The architecture program only admits a small number of students each year so the studio size is relatively small which really allow you to connect with your design instructors on a more personal level.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cultured Cuisine – Around downtown Austin, there a numerous local dining places and also a variety of different cultural dining places as well. Austin is known for its diversity in music, and lifestyle, so naturally there is a wide range of eating places around campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: School Is Very Unique – There are always activities & events going on. Academic programs are very strong. Campus is lively, mix of city and beautiful scenery just off campus

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Is Not Too Strict – Since it's such a big school, it's pretty difficult any very strict rules.

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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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