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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Busses run all the time all over campus. They can sometimes get pretty full, but overall, they are great for getting you across campus. There are also busses that take you downtown, to the airport, and to your off campus apartment.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a small bike theft problem on campus, but other than that it is pretty safe. There are emergency call boxes all over and UT police officers are available when you need them. The SSB is great if you have any health concerns, they are cheap, fast, and even have a small pharmacy

3 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs can get pretty crowded during midterms/finals. The wi-fi all over campus is very nice to have but isn't always the best in some areas, or when everyone is on it like during registration. A personal computer isn't a necessity but definitely makes life easier, and you can rent laptops if you need to.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Even though I've had my fair share of bad experiences 'downtown,' I would say the nightlife is great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: UT is a very well-rounded institution. It's athletic facilities are excellent, as are the academics.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I find that there is a lot of daily activities around campus - anywhere you go there is some drive or festival or free food going on.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: there isn't enough parking and permits are expensive. The permits students can purchase offer access to lots that fill quickly and often students have to park far away from housing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Austin has a wide variety of food options, many within walking or public transit access to campus. I'm a vegetarian, but most of my friends are carnivores, and there are tons of places we can go to satisfy everybody.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus here in Austin is extremely diverse. For one thing, we have many different people coming from many different backgrounds. When you befriend these people, you get introduced to new cultures and new religions and you learn that the world is a bigger place. There's more than what was going on at your high school. Extremely recommend you coming here if you want a diverse place.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: My school has the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) that allows students to perform and pursue research starting their freshman year. This allows them early access to many new opportunities that they can also put on their resume. It's a lot of work and time must be put into it, but in the end it is all worth it when you learn many upper division lab techniques that can also help during your 4 years at college and in pursuing an internship

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Austin is an overgrown college town. UT is also known as a party college. 6th street is infamous. That said, it's as much of a party experience as you make it. There are tons of frat houses in west campus that throw parties. We have ACL and SXSW, and roundup, which is where all the greek houses throw parties all weekend. Neon and fanny packs all over.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are expensive as hell. The rate is decided by what kind of permit you get and you're assigned to a specific lot or garage. They also sell more permits than there are physically spaces based on the idea that everybody won't be on campus at one time. Also, they make you move your car to far away lots/garages for sporting events, so that's always a hassle.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Wireless access is great, but your access depends on how much you pay. Off-campus commuters get a standard amount, and there are tiers you can pay for if you live on or off campus. I couldn't imagine always having to go to a computer lab every time you need it because our classes are always so keyed into technology. Plus, laptops are good for taking notes in class. Printing on campus has a charge, but certain majors have free printing. Make friends.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love the program that I am taking part in. There are so many options for research and the professors are amazing. I am a biochemistry major, hoping to become a pediatrician as well continue research in genetics. I am concerned about getting into medical school, as is any pre-med student, however I think the freshman Research Initiative program here gives me really large chances for any research related job I would like.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are quite small, but there is a lot of closet space. They aren't extremely firm on overnight visitors, which is a plus. It's a little pricey, since there aren't open kitchens on every floor or for rooms and the bathrooms are shared unless you pay way more. Overall, it's pretty homey, since everyone is very friendly and helpful!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of Texas at Austin is very diverse and everyone here, including the staff, is very accepting of whoever you may be. I have yet to meet anyone who has verbally or physically assaulted me or my friends because of who we are!

5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny most of the time- it gets really hot during the summer!!

3 College Freshman

Parking: I personally don't drive in Austin, but parking is pretty tight!

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty awesome. As a student at UT Austin, there's the Forty Acres bus that goes around campus, and bus rides on Capitol Metro are free if you scan your student ID. If you don't have your ID, it is just $1. The buses are pretty frequent. For longer distances, you could register with Zipcar to rent a ride for a per hour fee. Signing up as a student gets you $50 of free drive time, too.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: the UT police department has recently been accredited by several different agencies so it's a pretty serious program. I've never felt unsafe on campus and I'm normally walking to my car (which is on the outskirts of campus) late at night. There are lots of lights and police call boxes scattered around campus. You can sign up for weekly "campus watch" emails listing the various crimes that have been reported. Most of them are for people stealing unattended belongings so nothing too serious.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Texas is known for it's unpredictable weather and Austin is the center of that. Temperatures rarely get below freezing but during the summer (and September) it gets up over 100 degrees F. Plan on checking the weather forecast if you live here because some weeks temperatures range from 45 to 90. But it rarely snows (and if it does the whole city shuts down) so if you hate snow then definitely come here.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: with as many students as there are at UT it's hard to get normal scholarships. I would definitely look for outside scholarships. Financial aid is mostly loans and I haven't heard any complaints about working with them.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The computer labs tend to be crowded due to large number of students at UT. The printing facilities are good but at times, it takes a toll to find color printing when needed. Apart from that, the internet speed is pretty good and has widespread coverage. A personal computer is needed simply to make things more convenient and easier rather than depending on busy computer labs to finish off work.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of restaurants off campus on the drag (Guadalupe street) which is right next to the campus. Costs are pretty reasonable. most of the places take bevo bucks which is a program they have with UT so students wont need their debit cards. one of my favorites is halal guys - chicken over rice.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Typical Texas weather. its mostly hot to cool weather. definitely a must have is rain boots because it happens unexpectedly. but dorms and off campus housing (west campus) is not too far away so it doesnt affect classes.

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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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