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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is one of the highlights of Austin. There are food options for nearly every diet and wallet and campus area is filled with all sorts of restaurant options within walking distance.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: For a public state school, UT is expensive. While there are A LOT of scholarships available, mostly from alumni donations, they can be hard to find, especially for the middle class and upper class. If you apply for scholarships, though, and there is a dedicated scholarship portal for students, you should be able to find enough to cut down on your costs.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: One of the best things about living in Austin. The only downside is that it can be very expensive, especially for students. There are some cheap restaurants though, especially around campus, that are very good.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: As a big campus, there is a relatively large amount of criminal activities. The campus area itself is very safe and healthy and I have walked through campus alone very late at night. Beware of West Campus though, which is where most criminal activities occur.

4 College Junior

Administration: Depending on your viewpoint, the campus police is either really amazing or really terrible. They tend to be lenient on drug use and drinking, but bad parking will 9 times out of 10, result in at least a ticket. Protesting and demonstrating is typically very civil and I haven't really heard of any violence when it comes to demonstrators from the police. Dorms, especially in visitation, tend to be lenient, although different dorms have different rules, same with noise control.

4 College Junior

Technology: In short, is good but could be better. A computer is practically a necessity, especially for writing essays. I can tell you that without one, your experience will be very difficult. Internet service is good, though there are sometimes issues. In terms of classroom technology, it is often so advanced that no one knows how to use it, especially in the newer classrooms. There are tech assistants on campus and a campus computer store. Both have been pretty good in my experience.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms vary, really, in how good they are. A lot of the buildings are older than my parents (and possibly my grandparents, actually), but they are renovated and maintained pretty often. Depending on which dorm, you may have extra facilities, such as a restaurant/cafe/convenience store. From what I remember though, all dorms have at least some sort of study room and kitchen.

While campus housing is convenient, it is on the pricey side and there are limited spaces for non-freshmen. It is often cheaper to live off-campus, though I wouldn't recommend that option for freshmen, since living on campus freshman year makes getting used to the college experience easier. In short, they're good, but they can be better.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Bus passes are included in tuition fees, so you never have to pay for taking the bus (unless you lose your student ID). Buses are regular and can take you nearly anywhere, although they may not convenient depending on where exactly you need to go and at what time. The best, though, is the "Night Owl" bus, which can take you to and from campus and a few other locations to downtown. They're very helpful for going out clubbing without worrying about designated drivers and finding transportation back home.

Cars, while not necessary (I don't have one and I live far off campus), are very convenient, but traffic and lack of parking makes them a chore.

5 College Junior

Athletics: UT is amazing at athletics, even if we don't win nationals every year. A lot of our varsity teams scout across the nation for only the best players (the football team in particular). If you're not a varsity-level athlete though, don't fret. Club sports clubs let anyone in that wants to learn and there are clubs for all kinds of sports, from swimming, to running, to karate, to fencing. There are also general fitness clubs for anyone who wishes to get in shape (or stay in shape) while in college. The gym facilities are also amazing, with a lot of the best and newest equipment available to ALL students.

If there is one downside, however, is that a lot of the club sports can be on the pricey side, especially if they require special equipment (such as fencing). If you don't want to pay, though, entry into the university gyms are included in tuition fees.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife scene is amazingly varied. There are all kinds of nightclubs and parties available, some of which are themed or are for particular groups (such as LGBT parties and black student parties, though anyone is invited). Unless you're 21 or have a fake ID, though, paying the cover charges can add up for the nightclubs, since the clubs are actually very strict about proper IDs, at least in my experience.

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4 College Junior

Academics: A lot of the professors are amazing and at the top of their field, but being the best in your field doesn't mean you are the best at teaching. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and become academically involved, but, unfortunately, support networks (such as tutoring) are not as well-advertised as I would like. Getting into research, even as an undergraduate, however, is relatively easy and there are research opportunities available for all kinds of interest topics. Overall, professors are at the top of their field, but support networks and good TEACHERS are often lacking.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: UT does well to give aid to most under privileged students. Those who can afford it but barely aren't helped much by the school.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: UT parties. That is all.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The staff is helpful but the medical team doesn't seem to be the most knowledgeable on issues. They seem to focus on mostly typical college student health problems and not much else.

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3 College Senior

Majors: Its really tough, but worth it with the amount of knowledge the professors are giving you.

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5 College Senior

Majors: UT is fiercely competitive requiring you to bring out your best. From an early age you know immediately how the real world will be and figure out the best ways to make your situation work.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Although drugs, weed in particular, are a huge deal on campus for students. UT does a great job in its efforts to educate kids about the dangers and takes steps to ensure the students are safe even if they are caught using.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Keep Austin Wierd is the Truest statement to sum it up.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: UT has its own bus service within campus and to the residential areas off campus for students. The city of Austin also provides an amazing bus system to access pretty much anywhere in austin.

4 College Senior

Academics: This school allows for you to be educated by some of the best professors in the world, while also giving you plenty of opporunities to network with professionals. The large class sizes a re a bit of a drawback but those only last thru the first 2 years.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Though I have only been to one social event this year, peers of mine never have any difficulty finding an outing for the night. With near locations and friendly atmospheres is incredibly easy to meet people and enjoy a night out.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Up to now, I have only lived on campus. However, in my search for housing next year I have found the cost of living to be high if you are to be near campus. One must sacrifice cost for convenience. Parking on campus is difficult to find and permits are costly as well. The safety on the other hand is great, ensuring all students are secure on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors definitely promote deep learning through engaging, challenging, and enjoying their students. The curriculum is diverse and offers options for every student. The registration process is simple with plenty of support from both student and staff. The workload is heavy but the courses and material are great! The study areas such as the SAC or the many various libraries provide a wide variety of study environments for the thousands of students that inhabit the university.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are nearby, convenient, and appeal to many tastes.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: The only place I have seen drug usage was at a concert. I have not seen anyone using drugs at school.

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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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