College Sophomore 2013-07-05T22:32:43Z
I haven't had occasion to really notice campus policies and rules as I have not ever been in danger of breaking any. I know that the university takes substance usage on campus very seriously. Some students may find this irritating or nerve-racking if they are inclined to break those particular school rules (which most students are likely to do at least once), but as long as one is careful and does not abusively thwart rules, all is well. In those cases, it really comes down to having foresight and not making foolish decisions. For example, it is clearly irresponsible to have an open container of alcohol out in public and your are likely to be caught and reprimanded. Having a beer in privacy is a whole other matter.
Academically, UT has been trying to cut the number of years down that it takes most of their undergraduates to finish their degree, which may cause some inflexibility: they really do prefer that you stick with the given plan and will be unwilling to let you veer off of it. However, I am not an undergraduate and do not know any specific details on this matter.
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T03:24:41Z
No matter what kind of food you like Austin is probably going to have it. Many places near campus are open 24 hrs and they have great deals for college students.
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T03:21:56Z
I would say Austin is one of the most enjoyable cities in the States. It's not to large, but it still has plenty of things for college kids to do. If you like to party hit up 6th street, if you like museums the University of Texas has several museums on campus, if you want to shop Austin has many boutiques and cute vintage stores as well as the Domain a high end shopping center north of town. There are all types of food, and yes, food trailers are safe to eat from.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-03T18:27:46Z
Getting to and from places is pretty convenient and the type of parties and locations are diverse and appeal to many people.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-03T18:26:48Z
Parking passes are expensive and parking is limited if you don't park in a garage.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-03T18:05:48Z
The food tends to be good. The dining halls also offer a variety of foods. They are very conscious of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free needs. The University uses dine-in dollars, which can be used at any of the dining halls and markets on campus, and bevo bucks, which can be used throughout Austin at certain locations. In the markets the food can be pricey, but the variety is good.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-03T17:41:36Z
As a Classical Archaeology and Anthropology major I can say that the Anthropology department is amazing and has great faculty and staff. The classes are generally helpful and there is a lot of variety in what areas they cover. The Classics Department is also great, but some of the faculty can be snooty if you show interests outside of the immediate field of Classics. The Anthropology department really prepares you for work in the field of Anthropology especially their field schools.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-03T17:35:15Z
Parking is rather expensive and it is difficult to find parking spaces. Also, during any sporting event on campus they close off about half the parking and make the parking situation even worse. In order to park before class you typically have to go about an hour early and even then there are no guarantees. Parking in the garages around campus is easier and you are more likely to find a spot, but the price of parking in one of them usually runs about $500-800 depending on whether you are a commuter or live in the dorms.
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T00:37:55Z
The availability of computers on campus is excellent. However, the quality of computers on campus varies. More popular options like the PCL library, or more recently the Bill Gates Computer Science Complex, tend to be overcrowded during times of tests and finals. However, most dorms have their own computer labs that tend to be available for the most part.The cost of printing at UT tends to be more expensive in areas of higher traffic (like the PCL library) but cheaper if the computer lab is in a dorm. The UT wifi network is really reliable and is virtually all over campus. This makes it nearly impossible to have no reason to do your work on a computer whenever the class requires you to.
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T00:32:27Z
UT (and Austin in general) has a REALLY amazing transportation system. The buses go anywhere that is needed and is often taken by daily commuters around the city. However, UT specific buses meant for around campus and off-campus dorms. These campus shuttles are very convenient for students that live on and off campus.
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T00:29:55Z
Austin has a THRIVING nightlife scene. There is ALWAYS something going on, whether it is the bars and clubs at 6th street or the local frat parties. Most of the places in 6th street are 21 and over though, while frat parties are consistently cheaper and in my opinion more fun.
College Senior 2013-07-01T01:27:28Z
I recommend living on campus at least one year! While some dorms, such as Jester, are older and not quite as nice, they all have their perks. The dorms are in close proximity to many restaurants, the gym, the stadium, West Campus, The Drag, and downtown so the convenience is awesome!
College Senior 2013-07-01T01:20:28Z
The main tip I have is to apply for scholarships as early as possible in order to increase your chances of receiving them.
College Junior 2013-06-30T22:30:31Z
I usually don't eat out much but it's great knowing that there are a lot of options to choose from. Austin is a city of food as well as music, so whatever craving you have can usually be satisfied. Whether it be classy restaurants or food trucks, Austin has it all.
College Junior 2013-06-30T22:27:25Z
UT Austin is a pretty liberal school. It's really open to diversity and while there are organizations for specific ethnic groups, I've never seen anyone turned away because they weren't a perfect fit for any group. There are organizations for pretty much any interest a person might have and the leaders are usually pretty enthusiastic people about whatever organization they might be leading. A great way to meet people is to just join an organization!
College Junior 2013-06-30T22:23:19Z
Shuttle buses are nice for getting to/off campus, but they can get really inconvenient if you live off campus and you need to go back and forth for things like organizational meetings. Cost is free so no issues there. You can usually bike around though riding the public buses isn't totally necessary unless you live far from campus and don't have a car or don't want to pay for parking.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-29T17:46:19Z
Traffic can get iffy at times. Don't bring big vehicles. Compact cars are a must here. The shuttle busses run constantly so that's a good alternative to cars.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-29T17:44:24Z
The waitist is a nightmare. I will be waiting a year before I even get a response!
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-29T17:39:54Z
Guys & Girls:
You'll find a little bit of everything here. It's the best experience you'll ever have in your college years.
College Sophomore 2013-06-28T22:32:14Z
Strictness on drugs and alcohol at UT is pretty average. On campus there are police driving around at night and if they suspect anything they will stop the person. A person could get kicked out of UT on their first offence but incidents are rare. Off campus parties are rarely shut down and fake IDs are used regularly.
College Sophomore 2013-06-28T22:21:22Z
The facilities of UT are amazing. The building are state of the art and always very clean. The two athletic centers offer workout classes, a rock wall, racquetball, dance studios, basketball, a weight room, and an Olympic pool. The student centers are great hangouts and study areas with places to eat and a Starbucks. There are over 10 libraries on campus. There are campus activities and events happening every day and students are notified of these through email. School spirit is every where and the students are always very involved. The campus is also very eco-friendly with trash cans and recycling bins throughout campus.
College Sophomore 2013-06-28T21:48:00Z
The UT campus is absolutely amazing. The buildings are state of the art and always very clean. There are many study areas and hangout spots around campus. There are numerous academic programs and clubs that UT provides. Greek life is a huge part of UT as well with many different sororities and fraternities. The social scene is never dull. Austin is a very active and "green" city. There are many outdoor things to do such as hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the lake. 6th street is also a hit for night life with hundreds of people roaming around downtown.
College Sophomore 2013-06-28T21:41:26Z
The campus buses run every ten minutes and there are lots of stops around campus. It is free to all students and you can also ride the city bus for free with your student ID card. UT buses also take you off campus if you happen to live in the surrounding area.
College Freshman 2013-06-28T06:17:51Z
Guys & Girls:
Every single person in UT have remarkable personalities, all of which are great for socializing with.
College Freshman 2013-06-28T06:08:38Z
Buses are constantly available, not to mention the fact that classes consistently let students out ten to fifteen minutes early so they have a chance to make it to the next class. A bike is highly recommended.
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