College Senior 2011-06-15T22:46:16Z
Pros and Cons – Pros- theres a bus that goes from 7th street to campus on the weekends until 3 am. Parties in west campus are unlimited. Weekends start on Thursday. Most bars and clubs are 18+. Underage drinking is mostly tolerated unless you cause trouble or are wasted out of your mind and cause a scene.
Cons- cabs are sometimes hard to get ahold of.
College Senior 2011-06-15T22:42:09Z
Pros and Cons – Pros- Even though campus is big there is always somewhere close by to eat. 2 dining halls with buffet style meals and several more restaurant style made to order type places. On campus fast food places include Quiznos, Chick fil A, Starbucks, Taco Cabana, Zen, Wendy's, & Taco Bell. Off campus is unlimited amounts of good food and its only right across the street from campus (The Drag)
College Senior 2011-06-15T22:38:32Z
Pros & Cons – Pros- all the professors I've had or heard of range from ok to amazing. There are SO many classes to choose from. Workload really depends on the students choice. Some classes have heavy work loads while others are very light, so it's about tailoring which classes you pair together in each semester. Especially in the larger classes, the TA's have office hours in addition to the professor so there's always someone you can get ahold of for extra attention after class. Most popular study area is the PCL (library)
Cons- registration process can be frustrating at times. Classes can be very large and at times you feel like just a number.
College Senior 2011-06-15T22:02:08Z
Up to Date and Easily Accessible – Most students have laptops. With that said, its not hard at all to find an available computer in one of the many computer labs and the PCL (library). Access is free and unlimited and printing is cheap.
College Senior 2011-06-15T21:58:34Z
The Advertising program at UT Austin is top notch. Number 1 in the country as of fall '10! Professors know what it takes to make it after graduation, which is saying a lot in this constantly changing industry. You're not just prepped with enough knowledge to graduate with a Bachelors, you're completely prepared for the real world. By that I mean you've had the opportunity to get a Business certificate along with your BS and specialize in either the creative, media, or dollars and cents side of advertising.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T17:34:57Z
Difficult, Not Even Worth It. UT is one of the most difficult, if not most difficult, colleges to get scholarships from. It is of popular opinion that hardly any student receives monetary aid if you are not in financial need. And rarely are any scholarships given to students for academic achievement beyond the expected "top 10% or 5% high school graduate" scholarship of 2,000. I didn't even bother applying for financial aid because pretty much, if you are not from a low income family, don't hold your breath waiting for any financial support from UT. Plus, being a large public college institution, UT doesn't feel the need to shell out any funds to attract students apparently- there are way too many students who want to come to UT.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T17:28:11Z
Fair Enough – Students know the rules and remain cognizant of them throughout the year. It's the same for almost all colleges, so nothing too surprising. Though at UT, it's expected that students are more boisterous and party-happy or drinking too much. And it does happen, as I'm sure it does at any college- however, it's entirely up to you whether you want to be exposed to that or included in these...festivities. Punishments and fines are severe yet nothing unexpected due to fair warning.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-05T16:49:51Z
Health & Safety:
Fairly Safe – Because campus is so large and crowded, especially during the day that it is rare to feel unsafe walking around campus alone. Campus is beautiful and large, but it is best to keep dorm doors locked and to take extra security measures just in case, to avoid theft. It is largely known that the PCL has a high theft rate, so never leave belongings unattended.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-29T19:38:54Z
Great Experience from a Great University – The academics. The social life. The city. The weather. The athletics program. The community. The diversity. What's not to love?
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-29T19:37:53Z
Strict and Pricey – PTS Officials are incredibly stringent in enforcing parking rules, even threatening to ticket people who are simply idling to pick up a friend. They have a very poor reputation among the student body. In addition, parking in the garages costs approximately $800 annually. To park remotely (about a mile from campus) cost something more reasonable like $150, but is very far away.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-29T19:30:16Z
The strength of the engineering program at UT speaks for itself, with its high national rankings. My personal experience has confirmed the national rankings. Nearly all of the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering professors that I have had have been excellent instructors, as well as leading researchers in their respective fields. In addition to learning material in class, we have had practical laboratory- or project-focused learning components, from using wind tunnels and thermal imaging, to redesigning the steam cycle at the UT power plant.
College Senior 2011-05-28T19:05:37Z
Guys & Girls:
Diversity City – Austin is known for "keeping Austin weird", but I really haven't met any particularly out of the ordinary weird people. If you aren't used to seeing a bunch of Asians that will change when you come to UT. Like every school there are your heavy party goers, but a great number of people are not into that atmosphere. There are many great college ministry people, which is where I met 95% of my friends here. I love them all dearly, because they are an amazing group of people that love Jesus and love people!
College Senior 2011-05-28T18:57:22Z
UT Dorm Vs. Off-Campus – Living in a dorm is very convenient when it comes to not having to lose more sleep before getting to class. I literally woke up 5 minutes before class, threw on a hat and a fresh set of clothes and got to class in time. It is also convenient when all of your friends live on campus, because you can hang out without having to drive or catch a bus anywhere. This living arrangements is great for most freshmen. After freshman year, most people move out into a house or an apartment. West Campus is prime real estate for student because it is right next to campus, but this does make it more expensive. It is also notorious for partying. If you don't mind paying more and dealing with party goers then this is the place for you. Another cheaper, but further away option is North Campus. At UT the further you are away from campus the cheaper, and also the more people you have to split the rent the cheaper. We have a great bus system in Austin and particularly at UT that is free for students. If you don't mind the distance, want something cheaper, and don't want to worry too much about crazy parties this is the area for you!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-26T17:46:24Z
Drinking Is Definitely More Popular – The drug scene isn't that popular at UT. People just usually drink and hang out, if anything people are only smoking, which isn't really a "drug."
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-26T17:44:30Z
Very Diverse – There are many people of all races at The University of Texas at Austin. Races range from white, most generally, to asian, indian, and hispanic. We have a reputation here of being an intelligent university, and I think our diverse cultures allow that assumption to be real.
College Senior 2011-05-26T13:18:19Z
Weather is good in the fall and cool and sometimes cold in the winter, and very hot in the summer. A little bit of every season.
College Senior 2011-05-26T13:13:25Z
Austin Life – The Austin atmosphere is ideal for the college student. With the campus downtown, a variety of good and interesting places to eat, and plenty of recreation and exercise opportunities.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:15:03Z
Pretty Safe – As with many college campuses, there are drugs are campus. However if any official finds out about such activity the situation is taken care of immediately.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:11:38Z
Great Eats – There are endless places for students to dine off-campus, a very wide array of different restaurants. Most of the off-campus dining is fairly priced and you get great portions for cheap.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:09:56Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – I personally have not witnessed or heard about any violence on campus, when there is a possible threat campus police do everything in their power to ensure our safety.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-23T13:43:10Z
Guys & Girls:
I honestly don't know too much about this subject. I have a few close knit friends that I spend most of my time with. However, the guys that I talked to seemed pretty nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-23T13:41:49Z
there are a lot of new people to meet and a lot of interesting professors. There are more and more people that are not top 10% and a lot that are. However, be prepared to work your butt off with all of the new smart people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-23T13:39:32Z
Dining Halls – Dining halls are ok. You get 2 options, a buffet and a regular hall. After a while, you get sick of the food and want something else.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-22T06:50:55Z
Frustrating Policies – Coming from a low-income family, I applied for many scholarships outside of the university system in order to avoid taking out loans. I was initially offered quite a bit of aid from the university, but when I returned a form stating the amount of outside scholarships I would receive, the took away every dollar of aid they had offered and simply replaced it with the outside aid. As a transfer student, this practice was incredibly shocking to me. I had left the first university I attended in order to save money, but I'm still being forced to take out as many loans as I would have without the scholarships I receive from my community.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-22T06:47:45Z
D for Dreadful. With a regular permit, you have to park on the opposite side of a major interstate from campus, and it can take quite a while to make your way to class--especially when the campus itself is fairly large. Even with a parking pass (which costs an outrageous amount), find a space can be difficult and you generally won't find a space close to classes. Park in a place without the proper permit, and I can pretty much guarantee you'll return to a $25+ ticket on your windshield. The great thing about UT is the bus system which runs near almost all student living areas.
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