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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They offer very few scholarships, and a lot of them have to do with you being a family member of an alumni.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Oh man --rip off. They charge way too much to park unless you do the $1 per hour. But that gets expensive quickly. I'd just take the bus. There's a bunch and it's free

4 College Senior

Administration: Not strict. "Keep Austin Weird" speaks for itself. You can do your own things as long as you are doing legal things..the only strictness i see is at the library where they have dedicated "quiet" floors. If you want to talk, just move to a different floor

4 College Senior

Local Area: I really like Austin. I live near the school and there are a lot of things to do--restaurants, shopping centers, and general places to hang out. One of the buildings (the union) has an underground bowling area which is cool. Austin has great trails in Lady Bird Lake or Zilker Park which is where I would recommend. Or swim at Barton springs

4 College Senior

Party Scene: 6th Street is obviously the first choice for people who want to club or pub, 21 and over. If you may be a bit underage (18+) there are a few options on 6th street, and a few gay bars and clubs that you can get into on 4th street (Still really fun even if you are heterosexual). Other bars and pubs around downtown are perfect if you want a more calm scene. Cover charges range from $5+ if you are under 21 but club hopping is not unheard of.

From Campus, or anywhere in Austin, the bus systems are wonderful for those nights where no one wants to be the DD. The wonderful bus drivers will be fairly patient and the only fare you might pay is if you forget your UT ID (free for students to ride the busses).

House or Frat/Soror parties can sometimes require an invite (or a pretty face) but the best time to go is during Round-Up. Yes, there are highschool kids looking to party then but it is worth it to stand in line and get a wristband (date undisclosed) to attend everything.

3 College Senior

Parking: Sure, there are hundreds to thousands of parking spots on campus but they can tend to be few and far between even with a pass during the hours of 8am-5pm. One of the cheapest parking passes will be great for those who travel long distances to go to UT, but its about a 15 minute walk to anything on campus. Garage Parking is Outrageously priced, but you will most likely have a spot to park on most regular business days and Sundays. Football games however tend to disrupt any ability to park on campus except for faculty parking and most permits require you to move your car by midnight before the game. If you live on campus, you shouldn't really need a car since classes are walking distance and you wouldn't be able to drive to class anyway with parking madness.

I would however recommend getting a permit like the N or N+ if you are parking your car after 5:45pm maybe for an exam, late night studying or event so you don't have to walk too far at night. After 5:45 there are a lot of spaces open for people with any kind of permit to park in a regular spot.

Just be sure to double (or triple) check that you are allowed to park in a spot after hours and on weekends. The fees are nominally small but still range from $25-75 dollars that goes to the campus police instead of the Austin Municipal Court (a plus because I don't believe it can go on your record).

5 College Senior

Academics: There are such a diverse range of courses, professors, and majors to decide from you will almost be guaranteed something of interest here at the University of Texas at Austin. Depending highly on the professors and the ratings online of the grade distributions for classes, you will be able to find a workload and degree of difficulty that will stimulate your intellectual needs.Registration time can be pretty tough for the first two years (since you will most likely get the last round pick of undergraduate non degree courses) but it gets easier and you find smaller class sizes with classes that count toward your degree.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships are readily available if that is something you are interested in. I am busy with other things through the University so I have not gotten a chance to intern yet.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is abundant but other than that I do not come across many drugs.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: No matter who you are, what you are, and where you are from, it doesn't matter at UT! People accept you for who you are and if they don't, there's always a lot of other people who will. UT is so versatile that you can find yourself at home. Yes, there may be some cliques with sororities and frats and other stereotypes but if you look away from that, you can find life long friends.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is a plus in Austin. There are many buses running around the clock. You can catch a campus bus at least almost every 10 minutes. The campus buses do not come as frequently after about 4 PM, when most classes end but they still run until 11 PM. The city buses that run around campus come all the time but not as frequently as campus buses. City buses are mostly found on the drag but run late into the night so if you're up for some clubbing in downtown, you can still come back by bus till around 2 or 3 AM in the morning. When it's that late in the night, they even provide trash bags on the bus for those who may have an unexpected surprise.
There are even buses that go straight to the airport from campus so for those of you who are always from out of state, this should be very convenient for you.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UT offers many programs that are top in the nation. It is widely known as both a school for brainiacs as well as partiers. There are always events going on in addition to the large athletic scene. I have never been to a place where the people are so friendly. Greek life is one of the biggest at UT and there are hundreds of clubs you can join. It is both beautiful and serene without being boring and stuffy. UT is in the heart of Austin, everything you can thing of is here. The capital building is directly insight and a few blocks further down is the famous downtown Austin. Bus travel is free for students, so you can go all over the city and use the E-Bus for safe travel if you intend to go clubbing downtown. Less than 10 blocks away from campus is downtown life, Ladybird Lake, and Barton Springs. If you tire of the busy metro life, there is kayaking and paddle boarding at the lake, natural pools and fields down by the springs, mountain trails, and the never ending live music. I feel like I am on vacation everyday!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: At UT, you will never be bored. There are always events going on such as cultural performances, plays, yoga gatherings, food sales, and of course, our athletic events. Student centers have places where you can eat, study, or just hang out. There are large green spaces where many students hold events or gather to study. The university has many large libraries all over campus.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Most people bring their own computers, so there is never a shortage in the university availability. There are rooms in nearly every building with public computers. In the main student building- i.e. library, student center SAC & Union- there are whole rooms filled with computers for students. All of the computers are new Mac desktops. There are several printing areas through out campus that charge a small fee or are free, but a personal printer is highly convenient. The internet access is extremely fast and reliable. The university gives you a certain amount of internet access for free, which when used up, resets at the end of each week. If you like to use netflix or think you may need more access, you can pay a small single payment for more and it will carry out week to week for the entire school year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, UT is a safe campus. The community is generally very kind and friendly. In the case of an emergency, there are 24 hour emergency phones every couple of feet throughout the campus and off-housing student areas. In addition to the phones, the police patrol on and off campus as well. Unattended personal items left in buildings are occasionally stolen, but are not a big problem. Recently, during the day, there have been numerous fire drills, fire alarm pranks, and of course, the highly publicized 'bomb threats'. Because its reputation as a huge party school is no secret, officials are generally very lenient about parties and clubbing downtown. They are mostly there just to make sure everyone is safe. The only thing that worries me are the rumors of muggings and sexual attacks at night in the off campus housing areas. This is probably partly due to being inebriated from all of the parties, but none the less, it is always a good idea to take precautions and travel in pairs.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus life is bustling at UT. The student activity center is usually filled with students either eatting, studying, or just chilling. All around campus there are areas to study. There are six libraries total, the PCL being the largest. A few months before finals, the PCL starts staying open 24 hours for the weekdays. There are two gyms and a rec center on campus. These facilities are great and clean. Gregory gym has three outdoor pools and an indoor pool too. There is a gigantic selection of student organizations, catering to all interests.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a variety of majors at UT and the level of difficulty of getting into a certain program varies. I'm a Pre-pharm Nutrition major. It was relatively easy getting into this major. My first year I was actually undeclared until I talked to my academic advisor. She helped me declare my major right there. On the other hand, the honors programs are more difficult to get into, like honors business.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a variety of dorms available at UT. Jester and San Jacinto are the more popular dorms. San Jac and Duren are the newest and nicest dorms, but they do cost a bit more. Depending on which dorm you stay in, the cleanliness and atmosphere varies. The most social dorm would be the Jester area. The honors dorms and all girls dorms like Kinsolving are more quiet. Jester East has recently been refurbished and is cleaner than Jester West.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: On the west side of campus, there is Guadalupe street, which is called "the drag." Here you can find a nice variety of restaurants from Indian food at Teji's to breakfast foods at Kirby's. Kirby's is open 24 hours. There is also a Jack in the Box and 7-11 for snacks. If you walk further into west campus, there is a little circle of about 5-7 food trucks. If you have a car, there are a lot of other restaurants within driving distance, however, they may be pricier. Also there is usually a longer wait time at places like Hopdoddy's.

4 College Junior

Weather: If only it wasn't so hot in August and September it'd be great

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics depend greatly on the college of enrollment. Some programs are ranked more highly than others. Professors are generally good in the more highly ranked programs. In the lower ranked programs, you can get some bad ones. Registration is often difficult and many semesters you will not get the classes you want. Many degree plans are offered to meet almost any interest.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Austin has it all- a great music scene, beautiful outdoor activities, and excellent dining.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is very far from classes and too expensive.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is perfect except for July and August.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Very up to date. Computers are always available, up and running, and plentiful.

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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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