Recent Alumnus 2011-10-23T01:21:13Z
Unlimited Opportunities and Services – With a school this big, so much is available to help you make the most of your college career. There are so many organizations that focus on a variety subjects/activities or causes that it's hard to pick which ones to be involved in. In the College of Education, there are six student organizations, that will give me experience for my career as a teacher and help me build my resume. The health services and mental health and counseling services are great. The advisers are passionate about helping the students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-23T01:09:09Z
Pressure to Party – Drinking is popular whether you're over 21 or not. Alcohol is easily accessible through the help of upperclassmen and parties that provide for anyone that walks in the door. Downtown is a popular destination for nightlife, but you're required to be 21 to get in to most places. Many students have fake IDs, and if they don't they're pressured to get one. As for drugs like marijuana and other stuff, I don't really know much. The people I know either don't do that or don't talk about it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-23T01:03:06Z
Always Something to Do – At UT there is always something to do, whether you are underage or over 21. There are countless parties every weekend on West Campus, ranging from wild and crazy frat parties to small get togethers. If you're over 21, 6th street is where it's at, a an entire street worth of bars. If you live near campus, there is even a bus to take you there and take you back so you don't need a designated driver. That's very convenient. Because about 50,000 students attend UT, if you're not up for partying, it's not difficult to find someone to hang out with because some might not feel like going out or some don't drink at all.
College Junior 2011-10-19T20:36:03Z
Its Ok – i received a decent amount of financial aid, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. A couple of my forms got lost in the shuffle, so I had to stay on top of things. I suggest making regular in-person appointments with your financial aid officer to make sure things are going smoothly.
College Junior 2011-10-19T20:32:45Z
Guys & Girls:
UT VERSATILITY – We are a very liberal city and school. We accept a lot of people for who they are. Everyone is different in their own way but everyone is accepted and not ridiculed. This campus is amazing and so are the student, and staff.
College Junior 2011-10-17T05:37:05Z
Public transportant is reliable in Austin. UT has shuttle buses for campus/surrounding areas that run pretty much on schedule on weekends. City metro buses are extremely convient for students, allowing them to travel to hotspots such as downtown or the airport.
College Junior 2011-10-17T05:32:51Z
Fine Arts Library – It's an awesome place to study. Its not crowded like the PCL and its large windows and other eclectic decor - such as the grand piano suspended from the ceiling, provide an interesting atmosphere to study.
College Junior 2011-10-16T00:23:14Z
Texas weather is killer. During "fall", we're still experiencing triple digit numbers in temperature. It is just so hot and students just honestly deal with it. Most of UT students are Texas born and raised so we know what to expect during the seasons. The thing with UT is that it is so huge so you have to walk 10-20 minutes to get to classes from one side of the campus to the other. Again, students seem to adapt accordingly... We don't usually get rained out so there are plenty of activities that happen outdoors.
College Junior 2011-10-16T00:17:59Z
I honestly don't know much about Greek life because I'm not in it. I give it an A rating because the girls that are in it seem to love it. It is apparent on campus that Greek students are every where. The girls wear the oversized sorority t-shirts and nike dri-fits with tennis shoes and I pass by them every day. From what I hear, there are many different chapters at UT and most of them have their own house off campus and I hear of frat parties every weekend. They do have a presence on campus but if you're not interested, you're not deprived of a social life because you didn't go Greek. UT is so huge that you can definitely meet other people to interact with. From my perspective, Greeks and non-Greeks seem to get along. You don't have to talk to them if you don't want to and they're never obnoxious if you do happen to bump into them.
College Junior 2011-10-16T00:08:25Z
Great School to Go to, Amazing City to Be in – Living in Austin and going to UT should be a dream for anyone. Not only is UT a recognized school for its academics and sports, the fact that it's smack dab in the downtown area just makes it a place where excitement is around every corner. It is a sight to see the mass sea of burnt orange all over campus screaming TEXAS FIGHT during football season. Even if you aren't into football (like me), it's impossible not to get in the spirit and chant along. UT is a place for anyone. You make your college experience exactly how you want to be because there are just so many things to do. If you prefer to drink your weekends away, parties off campus and 6th street are there for your convenience. If you live a sober lifestyle, there are always events hosted by clubs that pertain to a wide variety of interests, cultures and hobbies (rock climbing, salsa dancing, pokemon club.. to name a few) Leaving campus, you will be minutes away from Zilker Park to relax, Barton Springs Creek to take a dip in their 900 feet pool, Lady Bird Lake for canoeing and biking... Of course we also have our famous ACL, SXSW and FFFfest music festivals all within minutes from campus and amazing food everywhere like the food trailers down S. Congress. Everyone in Austin is generally laid back and open-minded because it's such a funky, weird city where half naked people walking down the street is deemed normal to Austin's standards. There are many malls and outlets surrounding UT campus. A 5 minutes walk off the edge of UT will bring you to "the Drag" where boutique shops, Urban Outfitters, Potbelly's, Pita Pit, Einstein Brother's and more attract students every day. Because of UT's almost 50,000 population of students, we have our own police department which does a great job keeping the campus safe. I don't know anyone that goes here that does not absolutely love UT and Austin.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-15T21:14:30Z
International Students Get No Love – My financial aid is terrible, I very much in need but because I am an international student I can get so much and no more
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-15T21:01:18Z
Besides, the more historical looking buildings the campus has excellent modern day student centers, the art decor in these buildings are classy and futuristic, eg. the nanotechnology building and the SAC (student activity center). There is outstanding recreational sporting activities gyms and countless libraries and study areas; the campus earns an A.
College Junior 2011-10-15T16:31:13Z
Getting a hold of computers on campus is pretty simple. There are tons of computers labs and places you can surf the web at. If you have to print though, I would buy my own printer. It can get expensive. Many of your classes will require you to print out more than 10 pages a month. As for network reliability, I would rate it with an a++++. Everywhere you go on campus you get full internet connection. It's pretty sweet!
College Junior 2011-10-10T22:39:34Z
Parking is limited and very very expensive. However the public transportation is amazing and much cheaper than your own vehicle
College Junior 2011-10-10T22:35:17Z
Living in Austin couldn't be a better place for food options. You could go somewhere different every night of the week and all of it is good.
College Junior 2011-10-10T22:33:20Z
There is always a computer available somewhere on campus, and there are a lot of outlets in study areas for laptop plugins.
College Junior 2011-10-08T04:53:38Z
Everything You Could Want. A club exist for virtually everyone's interest. Academics are challenging. There are always things to do in Austin (both free and for a price)
College Junior 2011-10-08T04:52:21Z
Cooler in the mornings, but warms up as the day goes on. It does not start to get cooler until October though. August is hot.
College Junior 2011-10-08T04:49:07Z
Many Choices – There are many choices for off campus housing including apartments, houses, and condos, and are close enough to walk. Can be pricey though.
College Senior 2011-10-01T17:47:25Z
Effectiveness of Policies – Being that there are numerous apartment complexes that are off campus but very close, students have quick and easy access to alcohol and leisure drugs. However this access comes with an uneducated approach. The campus is only strict on the consumption of alcohol which is only allowed on one area of the campus. Additionally, the advertisement of alcohol is strictly prohibited however the promotion of certain other drugs is permitted with several limitations to which students can often take advantage of.
College Senior 2011-10-01T17:40:48Z
Streaks of Colors – The UTSA campus is very diverse and that adds on greatly to its level of class and promising educational opportunities. A daily stroll through the campus in the middle of the day will reveal that there is a grand variety of students from a plethora of places around the globe. By aiding these groups with individual student organizations, the student body feels more welcome and more open to interact with other students within the area. However the status of economic background does leave grounds for discussion being that there are not enough off campus facilities to accomodate the diversity of the campus and thus students must look for farther off locations.
College Senior 2011-10-01T17:36:31Z
Student Hangouts – Overall the layout of UTSA is very good and more centralized allowing for an even distribution of students. The recreation center provides for incredbile workouts and leisure acitivities anytime during the day. The University Center is a mix of generations but is laid out simple enough for students to easily access the facilities but is not as centralized as the other buildings. The library however is a building that needs to update its facilities. Nowadays students are attracted to novel items and rooms thus the investments in new technologies are worth the costs.
College Junior 2011-09-29T05:25:16Z
The facilities at UT are so helpful. Gregory gym is huge! It includes two cardio areas, a weight room, rock climbing, plenty of raquetball courts, basketball courts, a track overlooking the basketball courts, and olympic sized lap pools among so much more. The library is open 24 hours a day which is useful during finals. The Sanger Learning Center offers group tutoring for students and 5 free hours of single tutoring. The Union has a bowling alley and a starbucks!
College Junior 2011-09-29T05:21:56Z
Never Bored! Austin is a great place to live! The whole city has love for the University. Everywhere you go, you see people, not just students, sporting longhorn wear. For the lover of the outdoors, Austin has a wonderful park named Zilker. For those over 21, 6th street is a great place to go at night! Every year, Austin hosts a three day concert called Austin City Limits. The Domain is a great place to shop, with a variety of different stores and restaurants. I never want to leave Austin.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-27T21:40:09Z
Teachers Are Sometimes Helpful – It seems that most teachers don't seem to have an interest in the progress of their students, and aren't really teaching for students to learn.
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