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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – There are safety lights all over the place, people walking around, a number you can call in order to have someone walk you home, and I have never gone a weekend without seeing cops just driving around.

4 College Freshman

Weather: From August until early October, it's hot and humid in Austin. It gets chilly pretty quickly by the end of October, but it's not freezing or anything.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Not Very Strict – I haven't really experienced any strictness since I don't drink, but I have seen girls and guys stumbling around at my quad. No one really seems to mind as long as the drunks aren't sick or causing chaos.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Absolute Best Education – No matter what your major is, even if you don't even have a major, the University of Texas will most definitely provide you with the best education possible.
Right now, I am undeclared in the school of liberal arts. I'm taking mythology, linguistics, film/history in Latin America, astronomy, and social innovation. I have learned so much from these classes, even though I'm not working toward a particular major.
Ever since I was little I've always wanted to go to a school that would inspire me to push myself and learn as much as possible. I used to think I'd have to go to an Ivy League school to do this, but it's right in my own backyard. I love UT! Hook'em!!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: safety and security on UT campus is very good. Cops are abundant

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't Get My Scholarship – I had received an early graduation scholarship for my freshman year of college and have the letters to prove it. On the letter it told me to go to the university to discuss the process. During orientation I went to the Student Services Building and the scholarship office. I talked to the person (looked like a student) at the desk and he looked up my ID to tell me that I didn't receive anything. I showed him the letters and he just shrugged.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Seen Not Heard – Everywhere I go there's always a boy or girl wearing some compilation of Greek letters, either on their shirt, shorts, dress, hat or pins on their backpack. It's always there no matter where I look. I see them walking and I've passed by a few Greek Houses before, but I rarely hear any news or brochures about what they do, any events their holding or their philanthropy. The school semester is nearly over, and I've only seen one group holding a week for philanthropy and cultural awareness. Where are the others?

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The student union is a really nice place. It consists of multiple floors (including an underground for bowling, pool and games!), and the first time I went there I got lost. There's plenty of food & drink choices (such as Chick Fil A and the well-known Starbucks) and cultural rooms for the students in the upper floors as well as spacious rooms for us to eat, chat, meet up and study. If the West Mall area (where the union is located) is too far for you to walk, there's also the recently built Student Activities Center on the opposite side of campus which provides similarly. They have a variety of food choices (can't forget the Starbucks!), conference/meeting/activity/ballrooms on the upper level and tables both inside, out and on the upper levels for students to relax.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Unlimited Opportunities and Services – With a school this big, so much is available to help you make the most of your college career. There are so many organizations that focus on a variety subjects/activities or causes that it's hard to pick which ones to be involved in. In the College of Education, there are six student organizations, that will give me experience for my career as a teacher and help me build my resume. The health services and mental health and counseling services are great. The advisers are passionate about helping the students.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pressure to Party – Drinking is popular whether you're over 21 or not. Alcohol is easily accessible through the help of upperclassmen and parties that provide for anyone that walks in the door. Downtown is a popular destination for nightlife, but you're required to be 21 to get in to most places. Many students have fake IDs, and if they don't they're pressured to get one. As for drugs like marijuana and other stuff, I don't really know much. The people I know either don't do that or don't talk about it.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Always Something to Do – At UT there is always something to do, whether you are underage or over 21. There are countless parties every weekend on West Campus, ranging from wild and crazy frat parties to small get togethers. If you're over 21, 6th street is where it's at, a an entire street worth of bars. If you live near campus, there is even a bus to take you there and take you back so you don't need a designated driver. That's very convenient. Because about 50,000 students attend UT, if you're not up for partying, it's not difficult to find someone to hang out with because some might not feel like going out or some don't drink at all.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Its Ok – i received a decent amount of financial aid, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. A couple of my forms got lost in the shuffle, so I had to stay on top of things. I suggest making regular in-person appointments with your financial aid officer to make sure things are going smoothly.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UT VERSATILITY – We are a very liberal city and school. We accept a lot of people for who they are. Everyone is different in their own way but everyone is accepted and not ridiculed. This campus is amazing and so are the student, and staff.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportant is reliable in Austin. UT has shuttle buses for campus/surrounding areas that run pretty much on schedule on weekends. City metro buses are extremely convient for students, allowing them to travel to hotspots such as downtown or the airport.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Fine Arts Library – It's an awesome place to study. Its not crowded like the PCL and its large windows and other eclectic decor - such as the grand piano suspended from the ceiling, provide an interesting atmosphere to study.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Texas weather is killer. During "fall", we're still experiencing triple digit numbers in temperature. It is just so hot and students just honestly deal with it. Most of UT students are Texas born and raised so we know what to expect during the seasons. The thing with UT is that it is so huge so you have to walk 10-20 minutes to get to classes from one side of the campus to the other. Again, students seem to adapt accordingly... We don't usually get rained out so there are plenty of activities that happen outdoors.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I honestly don't know much about Greek life because I'm not in it. I give it an A rating because the girls that are in it seem to love it. It is apparent on campus that Greek students are every where. The girls wear the oversized sorority t-shirts and nike dri-fits with tennis shoes and I pass by them every day. From what I hear, there are many different chapters at UT and most of them have their own house off campus and I hear of frat parties every weekend. They do have a presence on campus but if you're not interested, you're not deprived of a social life because you didn't go Greek. UT is so huge that you can definitely meet other people to interact with. From my perspective, Greeks and non-Greeks seem to get along. You don't have to talk to them if you don't want to and they're never obnoxious if you do happen to bump into them.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Great School to Go to, Amazing City to Be in – Living in Austin and going to UT should be a dream for anyone. Not only is UT a recognized school for its academics and sports, the fact that it's smack dab in the downtown area just makes it a place where excitement is around every corner. It is a sight to see the mass sea of burnt orange all over campus screaming TEXAS FIGHT during football season. Even if you aren't into football (like me), it's impossible not to get in the spirit and chant along. UT is a place for anyone. You make your college experience exactly how you want to be because there are just so many things to do. If you prefer to drink your weekends away, parties off campus and 6th street are there for your convenience. If you live a sober lifestyle, there are always events hosted by clubs that pertain to a wide variety of interests, cultures and hobbies (rock climbing, salsa dancing, pokemon club.. to name a few) Leaving campus, you will be minutes away from Zilker Park to relax, Barton Springs Creek to take a dip in their 900 feet pool, Lady Bird Lake for canoeing and biking... Of course we also have our famous ACL, SXSW and FFFfest music festivals all within minutes from campus and amazing food everywhere like the food trailers down S. Congress. Everyone in Austin is generally laid back and open-minded because it's such a funky, weird city where half naked people walking down the street is deemed normal to Austin's standards. There are many malls and outlets surrounding UT campus. A 5 minutes walk off the edge of UT will bring you to "the Drag" where boutique shops, Urban Outfitters, Potbelly's, Pita Pit, Einstein Brother's and more attract students every day. Because of UT's almost 50,000 population of students, we have our own police department which does a great job keeping the campus safe. I don't know anyone that goes here that does not absolutely love UT and Austin.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: International Students Get No Love – My financial aid is terrible, I very much in need but because I am an international student I can get so much and no more

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Besides, the more historical looking buildings the campus has excellent modern day student centers, the art decor in these buildings are classy and futuristic, eg. the nanotechnology building and the SAC (student activity center). There is outstanding recreational sporting activities gyms and countless libraries and study areas; the campus earns an A.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Getting a hold of computers on campus is pretty simple. There are tons of computers labs and places you can surf the web at. If you have to print though, I would buy my own printer. It can get expensive. Many of your classes will require you to print out more than 10 pages a month. As for network reliability, I would rate it with an a++++. Everywhere you go on campus you get full internet connection. It's pretty sweet!

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is limited and very very expensive. However the public transportation is amazing and much cheaper than your own vehicle

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Living in Austin couldn't be a better place for food options. You could go somewhere different every night of the week and all of it is good.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There is always a computer available somewhere on campus, and there are a lot of outlets in study areas for laptop plugins.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything You Could Want. A club exist for virtually everyone's interest. Academics are challenging. There are always things to do in Austin (both free and for a price)

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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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