College Senior 2011-01-08T04:36:49Z
Having an Off Year? I always thought our football team was supposed to be good. In actuality it is terrible. I don't even know.
College Senior 2011-01-08T04:33:06Z
Reliability Could Be Better – Printing costs money out of your meal plan; its best to have your own printer. Network reliability is good overall, but there are times when connections go down. It's nice to have your own computer, and because I do have my own, I don't use the university ones much.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T06:55:31Z
UT Buses Are Lifesavers! They cover a very very very wide area and are incredibly convenient
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T06:40:12Z
Beginning Is Difficult – The only complaint is that the number of other core classes that need to be taken to be a biology major.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T06:09:30Z
The financial aid process itself isn't too difficult. It's pretty much the same, with applications, essays and recommendation letters. However, it's extremely difficult to receive a decent amount of aid from the school that's not loans, even if your grades are excellent.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T06:07:04Z
UT Offers – My school is very well-rounded when it comes to the opportunities offered. Academically, it is well-ranked, even having three top ten schools (Engineering, Communications, Business). It offers many extracurricular activities, academic and social, for every person that could possibly be on campus. Socially, there are many opportunities, such as Greek life as well as organizations such as Vietnamese Student Association for those that don't feel like they fit in to the Greek life.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T06:01:58Z
Parking on campus is terrible, especially without a parking permit. A permit of commuting students for the garage costs $600, so it's reasonable that most choose not to purchase one. There's a cheaper permit option, however, the parking lots available to park are literally across the highway, at which you have to take the bus to and from there to get to and from campus. Without a permit, it takes literally half an hour to find a spot, and none of which are free until after 5:30. And after 5:30, it gets exponentially more difficult to find parking until late in the night.
College Senior 2011-01-06T06:01:22Z
You only have to fill out the FAFSA. No sending in tax returns, W2's, etc. The downside is I received $1000 from an outside scholarship which resulted in a $1000 deduction in my financial aid so that it really didn't benefit me at all to apply for that outside scholarship! What a waste of application time/effort.
College Senior 2011-01-06T05:59:27Z
I love UT. It's a great environment. It's fun, there's great nightlife, and the drag is convenient for any hunger and shopping needs. The Union has a bowling alley! I wish restaurants were open later, though! (ie. taco bell, chipotle)
College Senior 2011-01-06T05:56:53Z
The police on campus are very...dedicated to their jobs - a little TOO dedicated. You can expect a citation from going over 30 seconds on a parking meter. There are restrictions all over campus that make it difficult to find a space.
The dorms are fairly strict on guest hours. There is security at all the doors at night to ensure that no non-residents are being snuck in. Honestly, it sucks.
At orientation I remember we were given a presentation that included the police call stations located around campus. It informed us that they could be found easily and standing at one call station, you would be in view of another one. However, this is false! I am walking around campus late at night often, and my eyes are always darting to make sure I have one within a safe distance, but there are barely any at all!!
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T05:53:18Z
Transportation at UT is pretty good. You can walk to many places and there are also frequent school and local buses.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T04:48:23Z
UT hardly gives out scholarships. And when they do, it's either very little money that will help cover for textbooks, or it's a lot of money for football players. Definitely not giving and almost unfair.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T04:45:49Z
Greeks Are Everywhere – There are Greeks everywhere on campus. The social atmosphere is great because all of the Greek houses are very close and easily accessible to all students. It's okay if you aren't in one or are in one. The Greek houses are very clean, spacious, nice, and only minutes away from school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T04:42:14Z
Libraries Are Crowded – The libraries at UT Austin are big and spacious, but not big enough for all of the students that attend UT. Especially during exam times when everyone is trying to find a seat to study. The libraries do not even open 24/7, with the exception to one library that is only open until 2am but 24/7 during exam times. It is very inconvenient when trying to find a comfortable place to study on campus when the libraries are either closed or way too crowded.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T02:29:09Z
Easy Access to Drugs – At the University of Texas at Austin, drugs are easily accessible. Many people have consume some type of drug that is against the norm.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T00:45:39Z
Guys & Girls:
Lots of Different Styles - Every Type of Student You Can Imagine – Because this campus is so large, you'll find every kind of student you can imagine. There are many different organizations to join including cultural orgs, fraternal orgs, volunteer services, etc. You hardly ever need to dress up, most people wear whatever they feel like when going to class.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T00:43:12Z
Many Options! Many options for good lunch and early dinner spots off-campus such as Which Wich, Pita Pit, Chipotle, Potbelly, Madam Mam's, etc. Prices are average, about $5-10 for a meal and plenty of places that take Bevo Bucks and some places with discounts.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T00:40:46Z
Unlike other schools, Austin has a direct line to diversity. Any race you can think of we have it here. Although majority are still white I believe, you will never see a dominate group while walking the 40 acres.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T00:25:26Z
Not Bad, but Could Be Better – Weather usually isn't a problem on campus. There's the occassional humidity or rain but for the most part Austin has even weather.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T00:23:18Z
There's Always a Place to Go – No matter what day of the week, there will always be something going on around campus. Whether it be a house party or going downtown to 6th street. Most clubs/bars on 6th street are 21+, however still many underage people will go there. Transportation to 6th is very easy, there is a specified bus that will take students to and from downtown.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T00:07:22Z
Keep Austin Weird – Austin is one of the most unique places you'll ever find.
Restaurants that allow you to bring your dogs. The beautiful state capital. The best school in TEXAS and a street that will have you forgetting things long before you even thought you'd remember. To be here, you have COOL.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-03T00:51:41Z
Really Depends on Where Your Classes Are and Where You Live – The food around campus is good. I would rank it as above average dining hall food. However opinions might change depending on where you live/which dining halls you frequent most, as some offer buffet style eating while others are pay per item. The pay per item foods are best at San Jacinto Hall's Cypress Cafe, and Kinsolving's dining hall has the best buffet style for very little dining dollars if you're starving.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-30T06:29:19Z
Health & Safety:
I feel safe at Denison High School. However we only have one security guard, and although we have security cameras, there are still many blind spots. I know of many students who take illegal weapons or drugs onto campus but I have not seen any big issues caused by these.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-30T05:01:13Z
Fill Out Your FAFSA Form ASAP! If you want the most funding for college, I suggest you fill out and submit your FAFSA in January. I was lucky enough to get my tuition fully paid for. There are also TONS of scholarships available through UT, you just can't be lazy about it and apply for as much of them as possible.
The only minor setback about financial aid is that funds don't get released until about a week before school starts. That might be hard if you need the funds earlier, but UT does offer their own loans for students in immediate need.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-30T04:53:04Z
You have the freedom to choose where you want to live. Every part of Austin has its pros and cons. I have lived in the south and the north sides and have had great experiences on both ends.Pricing greatly varies according to side of town, amenities, availability, etc. It's extremely easy to find off-campus housing, all you have to do is look through the ads on the newspapers or online. There are also always tons of fliers on campus from students looking for roommates or trying to sublease their rooms. Subletting a room is a great alternative because they are often at a reduced price and shorter terms.
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