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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but I've been searching for a place, and it does seem like there is a lot to sort through. At least right now.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are plenty, but they're either private and not too crazy, or public and super crazy. Not much variety, so I tend to stick with my friends in private parties that don't happen anywhere near campus.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Usually pretty good, except that the campus is a 'dry' campus, meaning no alcohol. Whatsoever. Even if you're of age. Which is entirely ridiculous because this is A) America, and B) college. There is going to be alcohol no matter what you do, you're just encouraging people to become comfortable breaking the rules.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for any of my schools' financial aid this past year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I wish that we had transfer meals like last year. I have lots of friends tell me how great they were. I would have eaten a lot better and a lot more often if that had been the case, since Flex Dollars eventually run out. Especially since anything worth eating is uber-expensive...

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Lots of options, but I wish the freshmen had the option of a kitchen in our dorm suites. We don't, and also MUST have a meal plan, which was not only inconvenient but a sneaky and undignified way to get money out of us.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are very very big at the U. So much school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I feel like if you search around the city, you can always find a cool hangout spot! Lots of little cafes. Very interesting city!

College Freshman

Scholarships: I have to admit, finding scholarships is a very hard process. I wish they provided more.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Trying to save money, I usually just bring a lunch. However, I do love the food trucks!

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm still living with my parents because I couldn't find a place to live. I've signed up for the off-campus roommate finder, but the people I talked to, I didn't really connect with and wouldn't want them as a roommate. I tried asking a few friends, but we couldn't find something close enough to school and work, or that fit in our price range.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I didn't go to any parties this year. Too many parties are alcohol based and I don't like drinking so I tend not to go. I have heard others talk about their party experience, but it isn't something I like doing. People go crazy and I'd rather drink tea at home with a good movie or go out for coffee with a friend than get drunk.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's still expensive to dine out, so I usually cook my own meals.

3 College Freshman

Administration: My experience my first year (I mainly took generals) was horrible. I had a sexist and emotionally abusive professor my first semester and when I tried to go to counseling for it, they wouldn't take me in because I wasn't going to harm myself or others. My second semester one professor had the majority of the grading done by the TA's and when I had questions on my grades they basically said "we're right, and you're wrong" and that was really discouraging. I tried going to the teacher after this happened, but she wouldn't make the time to work with my schedule so that we could talk about it.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Univeristy of Utah hardly gives out decent scholarships. The one I did get, still only covered a fraction of the total cost. Financial aid was also a pain. At first I was given aid, then the office called me in and said they had to take my aid away because now I wasn't "poor enough." It was discouraging and made college really stressful. I eventually had to take out a loan, and going into debt wasn't the plan.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's very expensive. This makes me not want to pay and remain hungry than getting a small amount of food for a high cost. They don't have many options to people with food allergies. They're getting better at adding more gluten free options, but there still isn't a lot that doesn't contain gluten. It's not worth the cost.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I didn't live in the dorms at my University. I stayed overnight during orientation and disliked it, but I don't have enough experience to give an accurate rating.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be older and less convenient than on-campus housing. Plus, the parking sucks.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I think there are lots of options and most of the popular places to eat are not too far away.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Again, not a lot of options for social interactions for on campus students. I'd like to see the school sponsor more activities, expanding my options beyond overrated frat parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Parking is overly strictly enforced. I parked in a lot one day near to the end of the patrolling hours, thinking I would be okay, but I still got a ticket.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not find a lot of information about how or when to apply for financial aid. The options I did find were not applicable, and there didn't seem to be any effort on the school's part to inform students of scholarship opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food is okay, but it is all EXPENSIVE. Not ideal for college students who are already spending all their money on tuition, fees, and textbooks.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is okay, but parking is not ideal. I wish there were more parking lots that were more affordable, and a better social atmosphere, dedicated to students living on campus.

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The University of Utah is a campus of contrasts. On the one hand, it’s cold, bureaucratic, and impersonal, but on the other hand, because it’s so large, there's no shortage of opportunities in which to distinguish yourself, groups to join, or people to meet. On the one hand, it’s a bleak commuter campus, but on the other hand, you have arguably the finest on-campus housing in the United States. You have the LDS Institute of Religion on the South Side of campus and Greek Row on the North Side of campus. You have a magnificent light rail system to get to school, and you have a harsh, brutal parking system if you drive.

The trick to having a rich experience at the U is to get involved. If you live off campus and only come to school to “go to school,” then your good old college days will be very bland, indeed. There is no campus community; there simply isn’t. But there are dozens and dozens of sub-communities on campus to find and become a part of. People who enjoy the U are those who take ownership of their education and college experience. Those who complain about it are generally those who just sit back, waiting for someone else to make college great for them. There is a very clear divide between Mormon and non-Mormon students. This can be difficult to overcome but easier for people from out of state. One of the reasons there’s less of a community feel on campus is the “us versus them” attitude that some students and faculty take, which is really too bad.

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