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| In my opinion, the student is the only factor that determines his/her experience. If you want to PARTY, come to UT. If you want to STUDY come to UT. If you want to enjoy football amongst fanatics, definitely come to UT. I am not a football fan, I have never gone to a UT game, but I enjoy tailgating and after parties what can I say. I am involved in the student television, I am passing my classes with A's and B's, I have friends from all over the world, I have gone to awesome parties, weird places, exquisite restaurants, beautiful hiking trails...and my first semester has yet to end. I am thankful of choosing such a friendly environment. Of course, you are in Texas, don't be surprised if you ever encounter country hicks and racist conservatives LOL. Up side is that the campus so international, actually I can say that majority of my friends are international students and out of state- which is great! My proffs are reaching and friendly, although I have not met two of them because I have such a tight agenda and office hours don't fit in it. I can seriously say that I love this univeristy, but I do not want to be biased, so I will also give some cons. Registration is a pain in the #$%, but somehow I have always managed to get the classes I need. Also, the university makes it quite difficult to double major in two different colleges u.u, that is the biggest downer I think. Last but not least, it is hard not to get distracted with so much stuff going on everywhere. |
|Nov 01 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| One of the best things about UT is its size. You have so many different people with every kind of major that you can literally meet a new person every day. This is great for socializing and making friends. With so many students, this also allows you to meet a lot of different professors who are generally very good in their fields(besides the occasional nutcase). |
However, the size of UT can also be a big problem if you aren't ready for it. At first when you come to UT, it does feel like you are more a number than a name. It's a big step between a small high school where your teachers know you to a university with over 40,000 students and freshman chem classes that can have hundreds of students. Also, unless you are really talkative person or have a very distinct personality, don't be mad if takes your professors(especially freshman professors) at least a few times to remember your name or face.
Everything else is pretty much ok. The dorms are average, food is average. The city of Austin always has something going on. Plus, the academics are very good as well, especially in the engineering department. Basically, UT is just like most public universities. The only major difference is the additional 20,000 students which can be an advantage or disadvantage depended on your personality.
|Mar 13 2011|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
As an alum of UT, I can say that I am happy I graduated from UT and would make the same decision if I were 18 again. However, I wasn't very happy as a student. |
- Great value for the money. Because I didn't have huge undergrad loans like my friends, I was able to go to the Ivy League for grad school. I'm so glad I made the practical choice for undergrad so that I could afford the Ivy League for grad school where there is a bigger payoff.
-Great reputation: I was in the undergrad business program and received multiple, great job offers and was often told from recruiters how much they liked UT students both academically and socially
-All types of people go to school here
-Lots to do in terms of different extracurricular activities and social options. My friends at private colleges were bored by the time they were seniors, but I was never bored.
-UT forced me to grow up a lot. There are many great teachers and administrators, but I often felt lost due to the size of the school. I learned to make my own experience by taking initiative. This is a painful but wonderful lesson in life.
-Hard to meet people because of the large size and large classes. There are people like you at UT, but it can take years to find them. You have to join student organizations and take the initiative to meet people or it can be lonely.
-If you're a female, the dating scene can be extremely brutal. There are SO many pretty, in shape girls. The good news is that if you can survive the dating scene at UT as a girl, dating life post-college is super easy. I went from feeling like a dog girl at UT to being asked out by a different guy every weekend when I moved to the Northeast.
|Feb 22 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 1996 |