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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't think I can really give an accurate review of diversity of economic background and political beliefs, since you really have to know someone before that sort of thing becomes apparent. However, there is a lot of religious diversity diversity of sexual orientation and plenty of student organizations to join that are specifically for that group. Ethnically, however, diversity if somewhat lacking- there still is a majority of Caucasian and Asian. I think overall, the campus is a pretty accepting place (as is Austin in general).

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Like any big school like UT, there are a lot of people on financial aid and very long lines any time to go to the financial aid office. I had a few issues with my aid but it was all resolved eventually, and I did receive my aid on time.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It has been unusually cold here this semester, which is my first semester here. (I transferred). But I have high hopes after it warms up. central Texas weather is great if you ask me.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am still very happy with my program, however I have not yet even entered my higher-tier classes yet, so I can't give a proper review just yet. As for career goals, my plan is to get into medical school. As long as I can do that, I do not fear my job prospects.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I had no problem getting into my program, it might have something to so with the fact that it was still very new when I applied, so there was not much competition getting into it I suppose.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a lot of places on campus where there are computers to use, it's just a matter of knowing where they are, the campus is just so huge! However, around midterms, you are probably going to have to wait awhile, or go to one of the Austin public libraries to meet your needs. I personally strongly suggest you come here with your own laptop, it makes things so much easier and convenient. We have a UTPrint system that allows you to download drivers onto your laptop that allows you to send documents directly from your laptop to one of the many UTPrint stations around campus, where you pay buy tapping your ID card on the pad. This is a very convenient way to print.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity centers, such as the Gender and Sexuality Center and the Malcolm X center, provide services for students of minority groups. However, while UT is a lot better, diversity-wise, than other universities, it can always be better and there problems with hate crimes and microaggressions pretty often.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can vary A LOT. The most popular areas are probably West Campus and North Campus, which can get pricey, especially if you don't have roommates. Cheap options are Riverside and Far West, and while they are far from campus, they have a dedicated shuttle route. Generalizing off-campus options is overall very difficult, since they can vary a lot in terms of availability, price, and safety depending on the particular area.

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4 College Junior

Weather: While I wouldn't say you can wear shorts and flip-flops all year, the weather is generally pretty good. Some days can be blisteringly hot (105 F) while others are pretty cold (25 F). The weather is generally good though.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of people drink and UT has a reputation of a party school. HOWEVER, deciding not to drink or do drugs is well-respected, generally. It's also pretty easy to stay away from areas with drug and alcohol problems (AKA West Campus). If you do decide to drink or do drugs, there are a fair number of options to stay safe, including a "night owl" bus that is available until very late at night for students as well as "safe ride" programs that can drive you around in an emergency. There are also drug and alcohol counselors who can give you advice on how to stay safe while engaging in less than legal activities.

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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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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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