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2 College Freshman

Parking: The campus parking police are constantly circling the premises looking for excuses to ticket students and visitors so you have to be careful. If you plan on purchasing a parking pass it can be somewhat expensive (~$750-1000 per year)

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It doesn't matter whether or not you particpate in the Greek system. If that's what you want there are plenty of available frat and sorority options. If you don't want to associate you can still be just as active in the social scene

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of Opportunities – Like I mentioned above, there is a plethora of available opportunities at the University of Texas at Austin. The sheer size provides something to satisfy any of your interests, whether academic, social, or cultural. The professors tend to be on top of things, and if you struggle in a class there are plenty of ways to find help. The school offers free drop-in or payed scheduled tutoring. The undergraduate writing center is great; you can come in for help multiple times on any paper.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities are extremely nice and easy for all to access. I do wish that the gym was larger in order to have a larger capacity for students. The weight room and the basketball courts tend to get crowded.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The network speed and reliability are great. I have experienced no problems at all. I would recommend having a laptop just for your own personal convenience, not because there aren't sufficient resources at the university.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The university of Texas is a great school, and as far as the degree plan I have chosen I am extremely satisfied with my education thus far. I have no complaints. The workload is a bit heavy, but being a science major I expected that. The faculty do a great job at making the students feel like they are valuable and that they care about our learning. Some might think that it's scary because the Universisty is a big place, however I have found that I don't get lost in the crowd despite the size.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety First – I feel safe enough when I walk around campus. I'm a new student and sometimes I have to roam around looking for buildings and certain places near the campus and I dont feel like my life is threatened. It's a big change up from where I'm from and I can actually say I dont fear for my life. You may not see the cops but trust me they're there.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Psychology major and business minor, I am extremely happy with the program offered at UT. My career goal is to become an I&O Psychologist and the academic course range/variety open to me has been a strength in the program. Although I am an international student, I have no concerns about finding a job be it here in the US, my home country or most locations around the world. However, I am concerned about the idea of obtaining a MA and Phd in order to be a qualified I&O Psychologist - a program that UT does not offer at graduate or doctoral level.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: People are of the belief that nightlife is mostly for students older than 21, however, there are many options for students younger than 21. There are many bars and clubs on 6th street and in and around Austin that college students can attend; Austin is known as the live music capital of the world and there's always some kind of performance/concert scheduled; Austin is also known as a party school and you are guaranteed to find the right party scene if you are involved in different organizations on campus or off campus. Austin has a very extensive public transit system, however, the hours of operation end shortly after midnight so for students going out looking to consume alcohol, having a designated driver or making arrangements for cab fares is necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at UT are usually crowded at peak hours (during exams, midday etc), however, students have access to so many computers it's very rare not to find an open computer. The high speed wireless network is very reliable and extends throughout the UT campus and immediate surrounding areas. The printing is very affordable, however, access to printing during peak hours can be limited.

Students can get by without a personal computer or printer, however, with the demanding workload throughout the semester, it is highly recommended that students have a personal computer and/or printer.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Just Don't. Parking is a nightmare. There are no spots and it costs way too much. There are plenty of garages if you're willing to pay 20 dollars a day or 500 for a permit. I don't even think about parking on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Common Sense – Everything's pretty common sense. It's follow the law and you'll be fine. Plagiarism, drinking, drugs. UT wants to keep it's reputation as a good school, so of course it will enforce laws, but that's what laws are for.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Internship VS Co-Op – At UT there is many opportunities for internships. However, they are not as good as co-ops. Internships are still good but don't entirely secure a job. I'll be doing a co-op hopefully very soon. They offer more cash, experience, and opportunity to travel.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's Texas weather, nothing like any other place.
It can be freezing cold in the early morning but in the afternoon can be nice and warm. The weather can change drastically or stay in good weather.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Something to Always Do – There are tons of things to do at night. Every night there is a party or go down to 6th Street. At 6th Street it is very friendly for any student, but most of the clubs are for 21 and older. There is a couple 18 and over clubs and they are alright to really good. House parties are the best. Really good music, lots of people, lots of eye candy, and always something good going on. The bus system is good as long as you leave at the right time.
The nightlife here is tip top.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Psychology major and business minor. The application process was fairly standard and easy, with the most important criteria being my college grades and GPA, high school grades and GPA and extra curricular involvement. My SAT test scores, admissions essays, career goals and overall fit with UT were also taken into consideration. As long as you have a strong academic and extra curricular background, admission into the university should be fairly easy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Longhorns take great pride in their athletic representation and spirit. The two most popular sports on campus are mens football and basketball in which Longhorns rank fairly highly in the nation. Every day of the week, a selection of students are dressed in burnt orange and white in honor of the Longhorn colors and school spirit and Longhorn games are more often than not sold out or have great fan representation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The best places around campus are good, although they're mostly fast food restaurants such as Wendy's, Taco Bell, Carl's Jnr etc. There are coffee shops and cafes as well so you get the same options over weeks on end, but you get a reasonable choice because there are a number of dining options on and around campus. I live off campus and have not experienced options in the dining hall, however, I would imagine they're like other universities comparable to UT in other categories.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There aren't too many good options as far as off campus housing within walking distance is concerned, however, the convenience of the extensive bus routes makes UT accessible within 10 minutes at the very least. There has been safety concerns, particularly the housing near west campus. The cost of living off campus is generally lower than that of living on campus unless you wish to live in the heart of down town and most landlords are very understanding and patient, particularly if you follow their expectations. The downside of living off campus is that it comes with the hastle of being legally bound to honoring leasing contracts, paying bills etc. and there is no guaranteed internet access unless it is included in the rental package. Parking within downtown is generally poor, however, apartments off campus generally have more parking space.

Areas that are particularly popular amongst college students are Far West, Arboretum, Riverside and Hyde Park.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally do not reside on campus, however, classmates and friends have given me their input on UT housing. It is my general understanding that the conditions are ok, however, they need updating. The campus wins points for being in a very prime location with access to downtown Austin, shopping, off campus entertainment and cuisine and an extensive bus route system. Students in the dorms also enjoy access to campus facilities such as the library, internet, gym and the health centre - living on campus is very convenient and for this reason primarily, is highly recommended to students.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – UT is generally a safe campus with regular security checks and quick access to law enforcement officers. However the size of the campus enables the presence of non students which, in the past, has led to campus shootings. UT is also known as a party school and the high consumption of alcohol amongst students on/around campus brings sexual assault and increased road accidents to the area. The major safety concern is around the campus location, students have been alerted about armed robberies and assaults around the campus on Guadalupe and other neighboring streets. With the above in mind, I generally feel safe around campus and have never experienced any crime personally.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Good Diversity – There is a mix of guys and girls. Ethnically, there is diversity.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Average Price – West Campus is a fairly mediocre place to find apartments/condos that you can rent with friends.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the summer Texas is unbearable, but UT has a very nice indoor track and gym to alleviate some of the hazard of running in 100 degree plus weather. Winter's are normally mild and Spring is the best time of the year. The campus is comfortable year round.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Off Campus – I like the surrounding area in Austin. Always things to do and everyone is very friendly. The North West side of town is paticularly nice.

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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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