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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are campus shuttles running all day, every day, and although I don't personally choose to use them very much, I know that so many of my friends/classmates do. I tend to only use the campus shuttle when it's unbearably cold or hot outside and I have a far walk. The public transportation is also very convenient. Living in Austin, I got to 6th Street pretty regularly. Not having a car and knowing that I will probably be drinking is never an issue because I know I can just take the bus to and from. It's free and cheaper than cabs.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a big campus, so I don't expect there to be a police officer on every corner. Walking home very late, however, is sometimes a bit frightening. Nothing in particular has happened that makes me scared, and I would say that I feel more comfortable walking around the UT campus than I would anywhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is definitely going to be more expensive than the on-campus dorms, but living in an off-campus dorm my freshman year, I wouldn't ever want to go to living on campus. Living on campus, people say, gives you that "first year dorm experience" that everyone has to go through. I honestly don't feel any kind of remorse for not living on campus. I love the freedom I have. The ONLY cons are the prices (which aren't even very much higher than on-campus living) and the distance. In the morning when I am late to class, living 10 minutes away is so much more difficult than living 1 minute away from campus.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I think applying for financial aid in general is an annoying task to complete, no matter which school you're at. The forms aren't too confusing, and there are many ways to find help. I am from Dallas, and I utilized the Dallas location for UT financial services a lot when applying for my freshman year. There's also a financial aid office on campus that is very helpful.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: UT is so great and has so much to offer! There is a club or an organization for just about anything you can think of, and it's really easy to find your niche here. Our campus is so diverse in so many ways.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: UT has a great party scene. West campus is filled with frat parties every weekend, 6th street is packed on Thursdays, and tons of people just chill in their apartments with friends on the weekends. Even the honors kids have awesome formals each semester. There's really something for every type of person here.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: It's reflective of the diversity of Austin in general. Very accepting and few pass judgment.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Technology: UT has strong technological roots (Dell...) and we pride ourselves in having efficient and reliable networks.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: It's a pain but worth it. UT makes the process easy.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Austin has a high cost of living.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People are friendly and there are a lot of them!

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: At Texas, most people respect others' choices and don't flip out if people are different for whatever reason.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: Wonderful. UT has a research focus. Each class you take is unique.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Austin is a vibrant and funky town. There are tons of things to do, especially outdoor/athletic and live music activities. You will never be bored here.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Between all the Greek parties of west campus, to the craziness of East aka "Dirty" 6th Street, to the classier West 6th street to the funky Rainey street, there is something for everyone in the nightlife category.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: We have organizations such as "sure walk" that will give you an escort home after studying late, and there are police poles all over campus that you can press if you feel you are in danger. There are many other resources as well.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a ton of options within walking distance and even more if you are willing to take a car or bus. Austin is very environmental and full of people living "alternative" lifestyles, so there are a lot of vegan/health food options, but there are also a lot of various ethnic options. Additionally, many local restaurants allow the use of "Bevo Bucks" which are part of our university meal plan.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I felt that my professors were very well-qualified, and I feel this school was worth it in that respect, however the variety of classes in my majors (Spanish and Music) was limited.

3 College Senior

Majors: For my music major, I needed to audition and first be accepted into the music program prior to the admission to the university. I felt that that process was very straight-forward, except that I was told I would have to sight-read at my audition and in fact I did not have to.

4 College Senior

Athletics: There is a ton of school spirit surrounding varsity sports, particularly football. Intramurals are pretty popular and fun ways to hangout with friends... they are not taken too seriously.

3 College Senior

Transportation: UT has a great bus system that goes to all of the main off-campus student housing spots. There is also a bus (the 40 acres bus) that runs solely on the UT campus. The problem with these busses is that they get very crowded and as such the 40 acres bus is not a practical way to go between classes if you only have the standard 10 minute passing period.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I found the dorms to be a great way to meet people. Typically only freshmen live in the dorms, however. San Jacinto and Duren are believed to be the nicest dorms whereas Jester (the largest) is considered by many to be the worst. Nevertheless, I lived in Jester and really enjoyed its convenient location, being near most of my liberal arts classes and having several dining options right inside the dorm, as well as multiple study lounges.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid was frustrating for me because the FAFSA bases everything on my parents' incomes since I am technically still a dependent, however I am actually paying for three years of my undergrad on my own, so I feel that I should have qualified for more aid than I received.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: convenient for saving on gas

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Luck just simply isn't on my side it seems.

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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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