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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are a LOT of computer labs and libraries with computers that students have access to. You can purchase different levels of internet access, which has decent network speed, even at the lowest level (which is free if you live on campus). There are a lot of places to pay to copy and print, but I find it easiest to have your own laptop and printer.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you are in real need of financial aid UT Austin is great about granting need-based scholarships. They also provide academic-based scholarships for those students who really excel in school or in sports. I, personally, didn't receive any financial aid, but that doesn't change my opinion of UT's financial aid process.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: The Advertising program in the College of Communication is amazing. I love all my classes, and I can tell they're providing me with a wide base and understanding of the subject. I'm also in a Freshman Interest Group (FIG) so I have the same 20 people in four of my classes which is nice for study groups and just seeing familiar faces.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: As a native Texan, I'm used to the "hot" weather. Campus actually feels really nice out normally, and many people will eat or study outside in shady spots. When winter comes around it shouldn't get too cold and it won't be for long, so if you like the warm and sunny with very little rain, Texas is the place!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most of the food is delicious, although I'm not sure about the nutritional value and how healthy the ingredients are. This information is also not posted for easy access. Having a meal plan is really convenient when the cafeteria is close to or in your dorm.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Some people are not as friendly as I would hope, but there are still common holding the door open and occasional smiles between strangers.

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2 College Junior

Weather: It's really hot most of the time. When it's not hot it's really cold. It rarely rains. You'll probably sweat on the way to and on the way back from class, but it becomes pretty normal. It's just hot.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you want to go anywhere in downtown, you almost have to get a taxi or park on campus. Otherwise you have to pay a lot for parking.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I haven't lived on campus but I stayed in the dorms for orientation. They seem pretty average. They've been around a long time so they could use some renovation but overall they are holding up fine it seems

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Look, it's a dining hall. If you're expecting something gourmet, you're going to be disappointed, but for what they are, they really try hard. They have tons of options and a different sort of theme every day with some regular menu items (all posted online a few days in advance) that keeps you from getting bored, and they have some things that are really good. Once a month or so they will have a theme day where they go all out and decorate for a certain theme and have dishes that are authentic and quite good. This year, Kinsolving (the north dining hall) started a new thing on Saturdays where they have higher quality at the expense of variety, which is fun and different, and it allows us access to pretty good food all for the same price of like 5 fake dollars... And if you don't like it, there are plenty of off-campus options.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Texas football is a religion. There is no other way to put it. Saturdays in the fall, campus is transformed. If you step outside, you may note that about 90% of people there are wearing orange, and football games regularly attend 100,000 people. A bad year is when we aren't the Big 12 champions. The OU game in Dallas every year is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Sports besides football also have some following, but football is really our big thing.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is fairly involved, but is not mandatory by any means. Some greeks and non-greeks hold views about the others, but most people generally don't care whether you are in Greek life. They are known for throwing lots of pretty wild parties, but they also do a fair amount of philanthropy, but that generally gets less press though.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There are tons of classes offered that cover practically every topic. Registration can be tough for some more popular classes, especially at good times. Generally the classes are really interesting and the professors are always incredibly knowledgeable.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are fairly diverse as a school, but in the honors science sphere of existence, there are lots of white people and Asians, with a sizable Hispanic minority, but besides that, there isn't much in the way of diversity. But as a whole school, we do pretty well on that end.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: There are tons of things to do and tons of people to do it with. Whether you want to stay in or go out partying, chances are there is someone who wants to do the same thing as you.

4 College Junior

Academics: Aerospace engineering is a very difficult major and only for those who are willing to do the work required to do well in it. The first few semester with general engineering class are not fun because the professors do no care as much about the classes. As you get into more specific classes the professors become better and the classes more interesting.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have the UT bus system, which goes to popular off-campus housing areas as well as the campus shuttle, but we can also use all Austin city buses for free, including the express routes that usually cost more. Campus is pretty far from the airport, but there is a bus that goes there that we can use for free. There is also a Megabus stop right off campus if you want to go to select other cities in Texas, and campus is not too far from the Greyhound and Amtrak stations.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a chemistry major. I think most people are required to take introductory chemistry, so those classes tend to be very large, but past that, we have one of the best chemistry departments in the country, with very knowledgeable professors doing all sorts of research. We also have the Freshman Research Initiative program, which allows undergrads to start doing real scientific research in a supportive and educational environment their freshman year, which is a great program.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I like hot weather, and there is no shortage of that in Austin. Really besides August and early September, the weather is mostly pretty mild during the school year, but in Austin, that often means that it's pretty humid, which isn't so pleasant. But every once in a while you'll get an 85 degree day in January, and then you'll remember why you love it so much in Texas.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is constantly something new being built, which means that there are always modern study spaces and such things. There is no lack of places to study, and if you do enough investigating, you'll be able to find somewhere that is nearly empty. As for other facilities, the labs have a lot to offer, notably even for undergrads, and there are all sorts of outdoor areas.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining menus at UT are pretty average, the cost isnt that bad either. It gets tiresome eating practically the same thing every day so its nice to go out to eat every once in a while.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many stops on campus and off campus to student living apartments. It is really convenient and very easy to get the hang of the routes and times.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I've lived in Texas my whole life and during the Fall semester it is super hot. The temperature really takes a toll on you, especially the long distances between classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I feel that UT is a great school full of friendly people. I feel like I belong here and Austin is a very different and upbeat place to live.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so many different races at my school. Because of this, there are also many different organizations one can join.

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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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