College Junior 2012-05-11T05:15:11Z
Austin Is a Big City, So Use Public Transportation When Possible – UT is in a city, so parking is expensive, plain and simple. There are plenty of campus garages (seven or so of them) that you can pay to park in as a commuter student or an on-campus resident; those are the most expensive parking permits to purchase. There's also parallel street parking that permits can be bought for, but those are pretty hard to find (even if you have a permit), unless you get to campus fairly early. There's lots of metered parking spaces along one of the main roads that runs through campus, too, but that's an expensive route to go for every single day. Directly west and north of campus are areas that are primarily student residences where free street parking can sometimes be found, but relying on that if you don't live there can be iffy. If you live off campus and not within walking or biking distance, use the city bus system. UT student IDs get all students free bus fare, so they are super convenient and can get you pretty much anywhere. Taking advantage of that is your best option. Also, if you live on campus but don't want to pay for a parking spot in the garage (the prices are listed on the university website), you will probably be fine without bringing it. You'll make plenty of friends who can drive you to the grocery store or wherever you need to go, or you can take the buses (because they will pretty much take you anywhere). I do know some commuters will park on the street (for free) in neighborhoods that are out of walking/biking distance of campus and ride the bus from there to campus. Motorcycle and moped parking on campus is pretty much always available, so that's always a possible route.
College Junior 2012-05-10T22:51:53Z
KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD! We have so many traditions at UT that makes all of the students and staff feel more proud of our school. It brings everyone together! For example, we have a myth of the albino squirrel. There is squirrels all around school,but they are so friendly. It is believed that if one sees an albino squirrel, a white squirrel, then you will get an A on your following exam. I have only seen it once and I have to say, I did in fact end up getting an A on an exam I had the following day. Austin is weird, but that is what makes us unique and I love being a part of this community!
College Junior 2012-05-10T22:44:13Z
Amazing Major! I absolutely adore my major. I learn a lot about how children develop and about the best ways to engage them in learning a subject. It makes me think f my childhood and better understand why teachers teach the way they do for each grade level. I learn a lot from every single one of my classes and I hope to pass that knowledge to my kids at school when I become a teacher!
College Junior 2012-05-10T22:40:17Z
Follow Your Dream and UT Austin Will Help You Succeed! Overall, I enjoy the being a Special Education Major! I love working with children and specially those who really want to learn and want from my help. Here at UT Austin, I got a chance to teach a science lesson to 5th graders that came to the school and I was just a freshman! I feel like in one year after being here, I learned more about others and myself. I have a lot of confidence that UT is preparing me at their best to do great it the real world. I want to be able to make learning fun to special education children, so that they love coming to school and that they have confidence to succeed. Finding a teaching job these days will be challenging, but this is my passion and what I want to do. I have to follow my dream and UT sure makes it easier for me and gives me plenty of confidence that I did not think I had! =D
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-10T19:59:03Z
I personally haven't used the Gregory Gym for much, other than to play racquetball, but I've enjoyed my experiences there. The library is HUGE and even when it's packed during finals week I have always managed to find a place to study with a small group. The New UT Student Activity Center is gorgeous and "green" if that matters to you. There honestly are a million places to go if one wants choices.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-10T19:53:29Z
It's All About the People. Honestly, it doesn't matter where you go to school. Your experience is dependent upon who you interact with and what you make of your interactions. That being said, attending UT does provide an abundance of activities and opportunities for students to branch out and find their niche.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-10T19:50:25Z
An Amazing Place to Explore. At the end of my Freshman year, I am still having new experiences in different parts of the city, and it looks gorgeous at night. There is also an abundance of opportunity and positive-minded people.
College Junior 2012-05-10T19:18:34Z
The Best Decision – Anyone intersted in Plan II Honors should apply. Since the program is fairly small, its like having a family at UT. You get lots of attention from professors because of the small class sizes, and it is a good balance between liberals arts and the sciences. Plus, it is challenging which makes it fun!
College Junior 2012-05-10T19:15:35Z
Need to Find an Internship. There are many opportunitites to hold positions or internships at UT. I personally prefer volunteer work and will be dedicating more of my time to volunteering in health positions.
College Junior 2012-05-10T19:11:56Z
Plan II Is a Challenge – I am in the Plan II Honors program at UT, and it is a very competitive process. The admission essays are heavily weighed in the decision for acceptance, so applicants should spend a lot of time on them. Each admittance class is usually around 180 students. More are accepted initially, around 500 out of 1300, but not everyone ends up comitting.
College Junior 2012-05-10T18:45:56Z
Deals for Your Dine in Dollars – The food here is okay. It could be better, and after a while, you start to notice that there isn't much of a variety for a 10 dollar meal. There should also be more meal deals. The salads shouldn't be by the oz. either. How are we supposed to eat healthy? The food shouldn't be as pricey as it is for the flavor. It could be better, but it is campus food. However, the convenience cost does need to drop. A lot.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-09T14:40:09Z
Guys & Girls:
A Fun Place to Study – University of Texas Austin is so large that it is impossible not to find friends. The students have a natural southern hospitality and friendliness. The school is dominated by fraternities and sororities. If that is not your scene, it's still easy to find great people, but you have to deal with the frat culture all the time.
College Junior 2012-05-09T03:25:51Z
Acceptable Eating – The food here is pretty good but can seriously become repetitive very quickly. There are some choices on campus but there are always some places that are convenient depending on where you are everyday. The buffet changes its options daily and is always a possible choice which I partake several times a week.
College Junior 2012-05-09T03:21:21Z
You really have to be careful when parking on campus especially during the day. There are lots of parking police giving tickets for parking without a permit which can make finding a place to park a nightmare. The garages however offer convenient and safe parking. Garage parking permits are a little high priced for the year or semester but worthwhile if you have a car. The need for a car is minimal for being on campus. The usefulness of a car is increased if you are trying to go home for the weekend and you end up having to find a ride with someone else.
College Junior 2012-05-09T02:59:03Z
It's Just a Place to Sleep – Most of the residence halls are nice, but some are nicer than others. There are no Freshman dorms since it all depends on when you apply for housing. The chances for getting into a nicer dorm are very slim however. The residence halls are very acceptable living spaces and are simply a place to sleep and provide the convenience of being able to live on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-05T03:35:33Z
Always Something to Do – Austin is full of things to do off campus. Being one of the live music capitals of the nation, there are always concerts going on somewhere. There are several great parks and hiking opportunities in and around Austin. There are two outlet malls not too far out of Austin.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-05T03:33:10Z
The dining halls on campus do offer pretty decent quality foods, however, there is never anything new on the menu so it is easy to tire of the same foods over and over again. There is a large variety but after you see the things day after day they lose their appeal. Prices for food on campus is definately pricey. This is something that I believe should be improved. After all, most college students are on a budget.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-30T21:17:45Z
Great, Central Location in the City – UT is located adjacent to downtown. Some peope consider campus to be downtown, and the campus (40 acres large) is its own section of downtown. With that being said, we are close to all the hottest restaurants downtown. All places are within walking and biking distance, and we also have a great public transportation system (and it's safe). On campus itself, there are various dining halls which have a plethora of food. Also, there are restaurants very close - vegetarian (this is Austin, after all), Italian, sandwich shops, Greek, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-30T21:13:42Z
Guys & Girls:
Something for Everyone – UT is incredibly diverse. And by diverse, I mean that there are students from literally all over the world. With that being said, you'll find secular-cultured individuals, weirdos who don't wear shoes walking on campus and practice yoga in the outdoor spaces, preps and jocks, punk rockers, and everything in between. There are 50,000 undergrads, so you chances of finding your "type" (and to explore new ones) are very, very good.
College Junior 2012-04-30T04:37:45Z
Housing experiences off campus varies. As far as convenience it is easy to find apartments close to campus. As for prices it depends on the quality of the apartment. If your welling to sacrifice a little bit of quality then you can find an apartment at a cheaper price.
College Junior 2012-04-30T04:31:23Z
Health & Safety:
I feel completely safe on campus. I have never had anything stolen from me and I have never ran into anyone dangerous or suspicious on campus. I feel safe.
College Junior 2012-04-30T04:21:24Z
Takes Awhile – I have received a descent amount of financial aid in the past, but the process takes awhile before I can receive it.
College Junior 2012-04-24T21:09:19Z
Campus is absolutely beautiful, which I was not expecting. The stadium holds 102,000 fans and is always full which is the most incredible thing about being at UT, in my opinion. There are numerous libraries on campus, some new and some old and regal and countless student centers with food, coffee, and tech support. Most classrooms have projectors and microphone systems installed, as well as systems to record lectures and post them on the internet for students who missed class!
College Freshman 2012-04-19T23:42:31Z
There is a lot of diversity. People come from all across America to UT and from out of state, it's cool getting to learn about where everyone is from.
College Freshman 2012-04-19T23:41:24Z
Smal but Cozy – I love the dorms, they are small but still comfortable. Everything you could need you can find in the Jacinta dorm facility, it's definatly the best dorm to live in so register quicly!There are rooms with bathrooms in them but there are some without and a community bathroom type thing, they are clean four times a day and are always in decent condition, I still like to be there right after they are cleaned though. Every third room has a thermostat that controls three rooms, so I suggest a dorm with the thermostat if you care about room temp. The dorm floors are boy,girl but there are others that are all boy or all girl
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