College Junior 2012-05-20T22:11:33Z
Almost Too Much to Do! I've never run out of things to do on campus. There are festivals, club meetings, free movies, parties, study groups and many restaurants. Because the university is in Austin, the music scene never disappoints!
College Junior 2012-05-20T22:08:53Z
A Real Melting Pot – The University of Texas is extremely diverse - students come from all over the world to attend the school. Different ethnic groups don't just hang out with each other. Most people try to learn about different ethnic and cultural groups by attending festivals and meetings. I love that when I look around, I don't see a crowd of people that all look the same!
College Senior 2012-05-20T18:53:13Z
The University of Texas is located in the middle of Austin, the capital of Texas one of the most favored places to live in the state. Students enrolled in this university have access to not only the city bus but also university shuttles, which are located throughout campus and surrounding areas. These shuttles transport students from one area of campus to another, as well as surrounding neighborhoods where a plethora of students reside. The city buses require no fee for university students; only a student I.D. is needed. The convinience of transportation for local and international students exceeds all surrounding Texas universities.
College Senior 2012-05-20T18:49:12Z
I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology within the College of Liberal Arts. As a psychology student, there is a high focus on competition in the field. However, the University of Texas is world reknown for its Clinical Psychology Doctorate program, and the undergraduate professors are the best in their field and provide students with an exceptional education and preparation for graduate school. The strong emphasis on research and statistical methods has proved extraordinary, especially as I continue to pursue a doctoral program in psychological research and experimental studies.
College Junior 2012-05-19T00:01:28Z
Very Diverse – UT Austin is one of the most diverse schools you could possibly attend. There is a wide blend of asian, white, mexican, and black communities as well as religions, so you will never feel out of place. It is easy to find organizations that focus specifically on a race or a religion, so if one is interested, it is easy to integrate into one's respective communities.
College Junior 2012-05-18T23:51:59Z
Good but Repetitive – Dining halls at UT do without a doubt serve quality foods. While some choices are a bit more fishy than others, for the most part taste pretty good. The choices are pretty much all the same throughout the week however, and this causes one to get tired of the taste very quickly. But for a college dining experience, it is not bad at all.
College Junior 2012-05-18T23:41:07Z
Expensive and Time Consuming – Too many students and not enough spots. You waste a lot of time looking for parking spots that add up in cost if you do not have a parking permit. Parking garages are ridiculously expensive and is the reason why most students prefer not to drive at UT.
College Junior 2012-05-18T18:16:38Z
Moderate Greek Influence – In comparison to many universities, UT does have a significantly large Greek society. However, with that being said the campus' size makes it very manageable to avoid Greek life is so desired. All the Greek houses are located in West Campus, and do not affect those who live in apartments. If someone wants to join Greek they have many options to choose from. They can choose a Greek society based on their academics or race for example. Finally, the Greek life isn't very exclusive. While there are a few parties that a student's name has to be on, the majority are based on walk in.
College Junior 2012-05-18T18:13:59Z
The Melting Pot – The University of Texas at Austin strives to include people from many different backgrounds. Because the campus is composed of over fifty thousand students it is not surprising to witness students from all backgrounds roaming around campus. There are a good portion of students from all races, and this is one of the qualities that makes the university so attractive.
College Junior 2012-05-18T00:52:29Z
You Can Go Anywhere – Ok, you can go NEARLY anywhere. The bus system is an ingenious system. If you don't like the bus, get a zipcar. There are bikers EVERYWHERE. If worse comes to worse, you more than likely have a friend who has a car and can give you a ride.
College Junior 2012-05-18T00:49:31Z
Get Used to It – I think UT is great. The people, the school etc. Of course, there are some things that I don't like and I wish could be different, but I think the main reason why I don't complain about them on a daily basis is because I've gotten used to it. Plus, the more I've been around it, the more I realize, these things that used to bother me aren't that bad. In addition, I've grown to love the city of Austin. There are so many things to do.
College Junior 2012-05-18T00:43:15Z
Guys & Girls:
They're a Good Bunch – With 50,000+ students, you'll get a whole variety of students. Hot guys. Pretty girls. The idiots. The ridiculously intelligent nerds. Plus, because it is Austin, you'll get the hipsters too.
College Junior 2012-05-18T00:39:14Z
An Iffy Stance – Greek life at UT Austin lives up to what's expected. It is the University of Texas after all. They're a definitely a lot of parties and those frat guys and sorority girls are everywhere. It's not exactly a bad thing if you keep an open mind, but there are probably a few non-Greeks who see them as complete idiots that won't amount to anything in life.
College Sophomore 2012-05-15T13:05:01Z
Lots to Eat – Tons of great food all within walking distance of the campus
College Sophomore 2012-05-15T13:04:01Z
Like the fact that it's not an issue. We have lots of different types of people and that's what makes it great.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T22:21:22Z
Holistic Approach to Acceptance – I was in a Business Honors Program that admits students based on a holistic approach. Students are expected to be strong academically, in addition to being active in extracurricular activities and in the community as well. Students are also expected to be strong leaders who have a vision and can lead a team to accomplish the vision and goals. The admissions process for this honors program includes an application, teacher recommendations, an interview, essays, and test scores.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T22:15:27Z
A Mix of Everything – Some facilities where classes are held are older buildings. Because they are old, they have a certain charm to them. Nonetheless, some of those buildings tend to feel darker and more cramped than the newer buildings. There are also several new buildings- and they are remarkable! Top-notch facilities, top of the line technology, and very appealing, comfortable and clean feeling. These are the buildings where I tended to spend most of my time (i.e. the Business school, the gym, the new student union).
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T22:12:12Z
Lots of Delicious Variety – Austin is known for unique, non-chain places. These local businesses are delicious, and there's an ever-lasting variety near campus and around town. The food scene in Austin will not let anyone down!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T22:09:45Z
It's What You Expect at a College Campus – Nothing fancy - mainly buffets with fried and/or cheesy foods
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T17:03:14Z
Location, Location, Location – UT Austin's drug scene is largely based on the location the student hangs out or lives. There are parts of campus affiliated housing off campus or even on campus towards the outskirts that have high levels of drug presence. For the most part though drugs are not regularly seen in the heart of campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T16:59:13Z
The housing at UT is really hit or miss. There are some really awesome places that are brand new but they are extremely expensive. The places that are reasonably priced for on campus housing are absolutely gross. They are really old and haven't been redone in decades. There are huge security issues and at one you have to leave your ID with the doorman just to get into the building. I have found the on campus housing are really huge party centers as well. Students will be much more likely to be exposed to or participate in illegal activities because it is around them at a more abundant rate. If I were a parent I would either pay the extra money for my child to live in an on campus non-campus related complex or give them money to rent an apartment or house close to school. The campus affiliated housing is not good!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T16:53:00Z
Sunny and Usually Hot Here – It is usually pretty sunny in Austin and the spring and summer's are brutal as far as the heat. Everyone at school dresses in shorts and tank tops, very casual and it makes for a pretty casual class setting as well. UT Austin is huge so everyone does a lot of walking and in the spring and summer months they wear less clothing to accomodate for that.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-13T17:14:43Z
Easy, but Takes a While – Once you fill out the FAFSA (as early as possible), it is just a waiting game. With all of the tuition changes and funding issues going on here in Austin, the financial aid notifications are taking much longer than they used to. But other than that, if something changes with enrollment, they are very easy to work with.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-13T17:12:14Z
I lived nearby campus, but even then, it is overpriced and the space you get is very minimal.
College Junior 2012-05-11T05:31:45Z
Health & Safety:
For Being in a City (And in General), Safety and Security Are Great! Campus safety is really great! There is a police force strictly for the campus (UTPD), and they respond pretty quickly. There are yellow and blue poles around campus with buttons you can use to call the police department or a 911 operator (I'm not completely sure which, as I've never had to use one). They're pretty regularly placed around campus, in parking garages, courtyards, all along sidewalks, so if you're walking and think (or know) that someone is following or chasing you, you can push those as you go and the authorities can trace your path to catch up with you and help you out. There's also a campus email that sends out alerts if anything has happened (one time a girl was riding her bike - north of campus - and her at night and some guy touched her inappropriately), but I haven't gotten those but once or twice a semester. There's also a service from 10 pm - 2 am on week nights where you can call and one guy and one girl will come walk you from wherever you are on campus to somewhere else on campus. I have friends that volunteer for it, and they've told me that they pretty much never get calls, though, because no one feels like they need the service. I fairly frequently have walked from one side of campus to the other late at night by myself and not felt the need to call for someone to walk with me. Still, it's a big city and it's at night, so I stay vigilant of my surroundings, walk somewhat quickly, and always let someone know that I'm out walking around, just in case. Walking around the Drag (Guadalupe Street where it runs along the west side of campus where many restaurants and stores are) can be a little scary at night because of lots of homeless people (Drag Rats). They're there during the day, and all the bothering they do is ask for food or change, but at night, the street is much less busy because pretty much everything is closed. So be wary of there and West Campus. On campus if very safe, though.
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