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  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    49 out of 50 people found this review useful. 1 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This University offers an excellent incentive for all students, of any state or country. As a Georgian, non-Texas resident, I was worried about the cost of tuition for an out of state acceptee. Yet, through a school program called Academic Excellence Scholarship Program, I was granted in-state tuition and an additional $1000 per semester for tuition. Plus my financial aid package has been incredible, and I received only a small amount of loan funds, and plenty of refund cash. Plus, I received only the most basic scholarship there is, but I have the opportunity to upgrade it to a full ride including room and board by maintaining a 3.75 GPA. The highest scholarship a freshman applicant can receive grants full tuition, room and board, plus a $5000 stipend for personal expenses!!! I encourage all to apply, and to check out the website at utdallas.edu. Look for something called assured admission, which guarantees your acceptance. DO NOT WORRY if you do not automatically get an AES scholarship because you can apply for one after your first term of enrollment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintain the Best GPA you can. Try to make a 1200 combined SAT or 26 ACT score. The University looks for the well-rounded, so respond in your application accordingly. UTD is Great for Pre-Med and Pre-Law prospectives!

  • 05/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 2 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For those people who feel like they're average or don't have any particular talents, you should come here to discover yourself and the truth of the where you belong. It is also great for those who express particular interest in any form of engineering, computer science, or arts. There are various fields of studies pertaining to those three, and many that combine two or more. Whether it is an interest in design, games, radio, television, photography, or some sort of mixed media, UTD is the best school for you! The possibilities are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a composite score of 1200 on your SAT, you're in great standing. If you break 2000, you'll most likely earn a scholarship of some sort. It's also best if you have a B average because even though this school is fun, it's tough academically. If you don't have any studying skills, you better learn quickly. Actually, most of the classes will force you to change your ways or discover new methods. Also, learn to be social. UTD is all about interaction with others and building your network. Plus it’ll just help you overall in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    To add to all the fun events and organizations, it's a relief to know that everything is free! Some events may ask for donations, but you're under no obligation. You can play pool or ping-pong anytime you want or even go workout at the gym and play a pickup game of basketball or racquetball. But the best part is the free food and free shirts given at a lot of the events! About 85% of the events offer free food, and more than half give out T-shirts. You'll never have to go shopping for food or clothes again! Most importantly though, you're getting a grade ‘A’ quality education (Fun Fact: UTD is one of the best public schools in Texas, providing a private school quality education). Once you step foot on campus, you're guaranteed to leave a new person.

    Am enjoying being here

    Best. Place. Ever. I've never been to a place that's more communal. Nobody would feel left out here because everyone on campus makes you feel like you belong there. People smile as you pass and wave, even if you don't know them. You meet people and make friends at every event you attend on campus. And to know that there are so many events on campus is wonderful in itself. There are about 3 campus-wide events a week on average, but there are quite a few weeks where there are multiple events every day! There's an endless amount of clubs and organizations to join as well. Many are general, but there are more that will surprise you of their existence, such as the Onomatopoeia club, which does random things like have pillow fights in the middle of campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Before I came, here I wasn't sure what to expect. In all honesty, I thought I'd only be learning things pertinent to my major. But it turns out that the prerequisite learning itself opens up opportunities in other fields. Although I am on the track to become a game designer, I have learned the art of being a 2D designer, web designer, and program developer using Java. Even my core classes offer new paths that I can explore.

  • 12/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people that want a good education without having to take out tons of loans. This school is gaining a lot of recognition, so if you want to help be part of that, come to school here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't want to stay in your dorm or apartment alone, go out to events held on campus. You may meet some amazing people. When it comes to the scholarship upgrade, try to get a 4.0 your first semester. After all, this is a competitive school and scholarship upgrade funds tend to run out quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    This place is really worth every penny you pay for tuition. There are tons of scholarships for students available, and if you don't get any, don't worry. The financial aid office is very generous and will try to help you cover it. If you still have problems with financial aid, you can still get a scholarship upgrade if you get at least a 3.75 GPA with 90 hours or fewer.

    Am enjoying being here

    You can decide what you want to do here. There are so many ways to get involved on campus, it is really worth trying at least one out. There are clubs, respectable team sports (like soccer and basketball), intramural sports, and great Greek life, just to name a few things. It's hard to stay in just one organization as soon as you join one, so be prepared to have fun and be a little busy as soon as you do. Also, a lot of the buildings are nice, and the old ones are getting a well-deserved face-lift. In the meantime, there are some construction areas, but I really don't mind them. The housing here is amazing. As a freshman, you get to decide whether you stay in a dorm or an apartment. The dorms are new and really nice, and the apartments are well-kept and clean. They're a little older, but the oldest ones are probably from the early 2000's, which isn't bad at all. After the first year, you can live in an apartment. People here aren't too bad, though sometimes some of them may lack social skills. Just smile, and they'll smile back.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are incredible. They are willing to help you one-hundred percent and enjoy questions. They are extremely knowledgeable and tend to find the most helpful assistants available.

  • 01/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 4 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for everyone, no matter where you are from. There are students from all around the world here at UTD, and it is always amazing to find out where each one is from. This school has a wonderful program for each major that it offers, so all majors offer a wonderful education experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA as high as possible. You are not expected to have a perfect 4.0, so don't stress about it, but just work hard to keep it up. Your SAT scores don't have to be that amazing either, as long as it is close to 1200 or above you are all set to go. You do not have to go to a school with very high requirements to get a good education.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of scholarships that UTD offers, and the financial aid offices does their best to find all the money you need to attend, even it that is student loans. But because of the numerous amounts of scholarships most people hardly have to get loans or pay anything at all. There are apartments on campus if you do not wish to live in this resident hall, and the apartments allow you to have pets.

    Am enjoying being here

    UTD has a wonderful community with thousands of clubs, fitness center, workout activities, and a lot of other activities that go on around campus everyday of the week. You will never get bored being here. Not to mention the game area in the student, the restaurant area with a subway and chick-fil-a, the pub, and the regular dinning hall. This school provides everything for you. I don't think I couldn't be happier at any other college. There are apartments on campus and a resident hall, both are absolutely pretty inside. The apartments are really cheap and allows you to have pets. The resident hall is separated by your major so you are near people that are in the same major as you, if you did not request certain roommates.

    Am learning a lot

    This is my first year at UTD and I am learning so much more than I ever did in High School. The teachers are wonderful and are always willing to work with you on any problem. The are numerous tutor programs that are usually free to help you whenever on whatever.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Socially, I don't think it's hard for people to find their niche at UTD. Academically, UTD is perfect for anyone planning on majoring in business, computer science or engineering. The Arts and Technology program is also really great.

    Tips for prospective students

    UTD is a pretty quirky and nerdy school, and while that doesn't appeal to some people, I really think it grows on most people once they get here. There are some people who hole up in their rooms and don't get out, but there are still plenty of outgoing, interesting people so it's important to go to events and join a club or organization. I joined the newspaper and got to interview Donald Glover for my very first story, which I'm certain that that kind of opportunity would be more difficult to come by at a larger school. I also can't stress enough how important it is to sign up for Comet Camp which is held for freshman a few days before classes start. Some people will worn you that it's stupid and corny (and parts of it are) but I met so many of my current friends at camp and it really is fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Housing at UTD is the best that you'll see anywhere and the apartments are a good price. The school is also very generous with scholarships and financial aid. I definitely feel that I've gotten my money's worth with what I've learned and experienced. The only downside is the meal plans that all freshman living on campus are required to have. The dining hall is terrible on the weekends and closes at 7pm on Saturday and Sundays. Thankfully after freshman year, when you're required to move from the residence hall to the apartments, you'll have a full kitchen and will no longer need the meal plan.

    Am enjoying being here

    While UTD is a relatively small school, there are still plenty of events to go to during the week, most of which involve free food or giveaways. The Pub which is a casual restaurant on campus, hosts so many things like poetry nights (which are always awesome) and many comedians have come to perform during the Comedy Series. Donald Glover from Community even performed at UTD this year. Weekends however are another story. There are little to no events on campus on weekends so there won't be much besides hanging out with friends and the sort.

    Am learning a lot

    I've had every type of professor so far at UTD, ranging from the ones who are exciting and passionate to those who were so excruciatingly boring I thought I'd die. But every one of them was available if I had a question and most of my emails are answered pretty quickly. You will learn a lot here and classes can be difficult, but there are many resources available such as the GEMS Center which has a math and writing lab.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This school is not as expensive as many other schools, to be honest its not expensive at all and I live on campus!!! This school gives out soo many scholarships a year, hence money is no excuse for not coming here especially for upcoming freshman. Let me tell you now, there are a few scholarships only freshman and first year transfers are eligible for that I wish I would have known about and the best part is that most scholarships are for all 4 years as long as you keep your GPA up and you can even upgrade them for more cash!! How awesome is that!! UTD is the place to be if you like a bit of challenge, have passion for your major (but we also have an undeclared section), love fun festivals, and can rock orange and green!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here!! The events, teachers, and mascot!!

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any nationality, any social group, anyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! You will fall in love!

    Bang for the buck

    UTD is the most expensive 4-year university of the state of Texas. Judging from my visits to other colleges such as UT Austin, Texas Southern, Prairie View, and the University of Houston, the money is well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    In high school, I was always told my college professors would show students no mercy. I was led to believe that they would be disrespectful, the least bit compassionate, and that they would not tolerate much. UT Dallas showed me that perceptions were wrong and maybe my teachers had just been saying these things to scare us before we actually experienced college for ourselves. This environment is shaping my personality and lifestyle, helping me to see the importance of education and social relationships. I honestly believe the school would be so much more appealing with a football team, which is my reason for giving this category 4 stars instead of 5. There would be much more school spirit. I never hear about conflict or trouble on campus, which is probably what I like the most. I like feeling safe when I walk by myself in both the daytime and night.

    Am learning a lot

    My professors are very intellectual. I can say that I have never been able to ask a question and get one of those I'm not sure, I'll have to look into that type of answers. Anytime I don't understand something, I don't have to hesitate to ask which is something I was not used to in high school. No one wants to fail. And anyone who agrees will say that studying, whether you want to or not, is a vital part of college. I was told that the professors would not take much interest in our scores but I found out how the college professor stereotype is not always true.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that dont prefer big schools with many students. UTD is a fairly small school which means smaller number of students per class! UTD sadly does not have a football team, so if you are a huge fan of football ..I'm sorry. Great for students that want a safe and no party school! great for engineering majors and business majors!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely encourage applying to UTD its a great school especially for Engineering Majors! One of the nice programs UTD offers is the fast track program! this program lets you get your masters/ MBA with your undergraduate degree in 5 years! which is great because it saves time and money! All you need to do is to maintain a 3.5 GPA and have half of the master's credits finished during your undergrad and have a year of work experience after your undergrad! I am looking into this program and I made plans with the advisers who are really great by the way. They are very helpful and they are available pretty much all the time!

    Bang for the buck

    UTD gives out pretty good scholarships for almost all students. If you are a freshmen you are automatically considered for academic scholarships! There's many more scholarships they offer through out the year and you can check these on their website! I myself have received $2,000 but since I've been working on my GPA I'm hoping to get more! And not only me, most of my friends have received really nice scholarships and a few even got full ride! But otherwise, the classes are really worth the pay. Especially when I know that there's so many opportunities lying ahead with all the companies always coming to recruit students!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    UTD might not be known for it parties but it does have a good crowd of people that meet in the student union where there's several pool tables and table tennis and other activities!!! Before attending here I've never played pool before but I gave it try and some of friendly students there taught me how to play, now even during summer I have to make a visit once in a while to play! There's many chapters/clubs for everyone and all interests and students are encouraged to make their own clubs if what they want is not already there! I myself joined Women Engineering society, IEEE, HSA and a few others! It's really fun in the beginning of the semester especially when they are constantly giving out free shirts!!!

    Am learning a lot

    UTD is known for its school of Engineering, I am an Electrical Engineering major! I just finished my freshmen year and I've really learned so much in the past 2 semesters. I've never been as excited to go back to school but here I am waiting for the fall semesters. The professors for the school of engineer are great and they have years of experience but the Math department is not so great. Sometimes it's hard to understand what they are saying but its definitely not bad.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    social, hardworking

    Tips for prospective students

    get everything done early

    Bang for the buck

    although it might be a little pricey, there are many scholarships to apply for.

    Will enjoy being here

    from everyone I have talked to, they only have positive things to say about the campus and the dorm life.

    Will learn a lot

    It seems to be a very large campus so there is a large amount of activities to do, and there is a lot of things to learn

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Honestly at night this campus is SHADY. Not really anything to do with the school, but just the lack of people out and about around dinner time (since most people are commuters) and later makes it spooky. All the buildings are left unlocked, and the lights are only moderately bright. There are police everywhere during the day, and I do see the cars at night, but they should have some officers stationed out during the night instead of aimlessly staring at pedestrian traffic at 10 am. There have been a few rapes reported on campus in the last couple of years.

    Greek Life

    I saw some fliers, but I really have no perspective on that. The girls I talked to from some of the sororities seem very nice and welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs are inactive, and most don't meet a lot because its an inconvenience for a lot of the off campus folk. LLC for Freshman would probably be a better thing to get involved in if you want to live on campus. I wish I did!

    Great for these types of students

    People who like to have fun but also like some time to themselves. People who understand the importance of schoolwork - you ARE paying to go to school, so that should be priority. Nerdy kids will love this campus. We had a mini convention where the voice of Korra came out and did a panel. Our Spirit Rock was Doctor Who themed for most of the semester. Video Games and Board Games are pretty big here. Someone is always playing gamecube in the lounge. If you're interested in computer animation, this is a GREAT time to come in. Our program is evolving and our alumni are getting better and better.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Rock - basically a bunch of large rocks we spray paint over to advertise events or culture on campus. Changes a lot more often than you think it would!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I get my money's worth out of this school. UTD is whatever you make of it. It's an opportunity school. No one is going to make you go to events or plan things out for you. I feel like I've gotten a lot of opportunity, especially as a computer animation major now that we're building a new lab building.

    What to do for fun

    Club activities, mostly. Find a club and get involved. Volunteering is a great way to expand your social circle and meet people with different majors. There are a lot of free lectures by professionals offered each month so check the website.

    Food and Dining

    Not a lot of options, the fast food places close early for dinner and the pub has a limited menu selection (and also seems to keep weird hours). UTD is mostly a commuter college, so that may account for the shakiness of things. Dining Hall food is usually pretty good, although you soon find yourself going to the same station over and over again and it gets tedious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are astonishingly good. Everyone gets THEIR OWN ROOM, and the buildings are fairly new (in the case of West, brand new). Everyone gets their own sink, the water heats up really fast and the furniture is alright. That alone gets it 4 stars. Really impressive compared to other campus dorms. Buses run between the Greyhound Station and Walmart and it is free for students, so if you don't have a car you aren't as stranded as I expected you would be. The only downside is that in the non LLC dorms things tend to get a little cliquey and there isn't a big sense of community since the building activities offered aren't really attractive to everyone or just aren't up to standard with other big dorm life schools (they're working on it). Also, UTD DOES NOT OWN THE DORMS. Some of their policies are a little ridiculous (last year someone slashed the chairs on the 2nd level and EVERYONE had to pay) and the school can do NOTHING about it so make sure you read up on the handbook.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to have a class that was a waste of my time. I'm an art major, so I can't vouch for the hard science or maths (which I heard are much more difficult), but even the blow off classes here have challenged me and forced me to learn something new. Of course There are a few sour apples in the bunch, but as long as you talk to people and check review sites you should be ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Knock up your SAT scores! utd automatically applies you for scholarships when you apply (no other forms) and they are very generous. Definitely walk around campus on your own (not with the tour) and just listen to people and ask questions and you'll get the vibe of the school down pretty well.

    In three sentences

    Unique atmosphere- way more ethnic minorities and international students than what you would experience at any other school in the metroplex or college station. Openly nerdy campus with a ton of interesting people. A newer campus with constantly evolving programs and opportunities.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UTD is a very good school. A lot of students are great for UTD, they just have to find their niche then they will like the school. Get involved in campus in order to get the most out of your college experience. Don't worry about not fitting in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and talk to students, professors, and advisors to get a feel of the school. Join organizations and get involved in campus because this really helps you enjoy your college years. Try new things. Use the course evaluations on course look up and ratemyprofessor.com when trying to figure out which professors to take. Also, because the campus is not so big, you have a lot of opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get the bang for the buck at UTD. What you learn here is definitely worth the price you pay for it. Besides that, the school is also very generous with their financial aid packages. They give full-tuition plus a stipend to incoming freshmen based on their GPA and ACT/SAT scores. If your test scores are high, but your GPA is not so good, they have a scholarship for you too. In addition to these scholarships, the school also has many other scholarships that they give to the students. Your financial aid advisor will really help you if you are worried about your package, but just don't go at the beginning of the year when a lot of people are going to ask questions about theirs too.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is very beautiful. There was a lot of construction last year, but now that it's getting finished the new buildings and revamped spots on campus make the campus feel homey and peaceful. I enjoy going to the fountains and sitting there to relax when I am stressed out. There are also a lot of common areas where you can study with your friends and other students. Besides the beautiful campus, the students here are very friendly and approachable. Sometimes I find myself getting into conversations with strangers, whom I later become really good friends with. There are also many organizations to get involved in on campus. These organizations will help you make a lot of good friends, keep you busy, provide you with plenty of opportunities to get service hours, and help you to enjoy your college experience. If you don't find a particular organization that you really like, you are given the opportunity to create a new organization. There are a plethora of events that you can attend on campus. Attending these events is fun and plus you get a lot freebies like shirts, food, and drawings to win prizes like computers, i pods, movie tickets etc.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot at UTD. The professors are very knowledgeable in the topics they cover in class and are very willing to help you if you are struggling. Take advantage of the professor's office hours. In class, the professors teach the lessons, but they also teach you how it applies to the world or how it is used in the world, so you don't feel like what you are learning in class is pointless.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    for those of you who are more down to earth and would rather be in a more interactive place than some of the other big name schools in texas, utd is the perfect place for you. the class sizes are comparably a lot smaller than in the big universities, so it gives the student better access to interact with the professors; in fact, professor-student interaction is routinely emphasized.

    Tips for prospective students

    maintain a good gpa in high school, but don't forgo your extracurricular activities; this school is looking for well rounded people

    Bang for the buck

    oh most definitely! the tuition per year here is only about ten to eleven thousand dollars a year, and compared with many other universities across texas, this is definitely a bargain you cant miss out on. utd has pioneered groundbreaking research in engineering and its nanotechnology department, ranked among the top in the state, collaborates with the likes of princeton university.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere here is so relaxing and laid back. Most people you meet here are out to have a good time. In between classes and in your free time, there are so many opportunities to just hang out and chill.

    Academic Rigor

    the curriculum for many introductory classes is fast-paced and challenging, and sometimes difficult to adjust to at first, yet when enrolled in upper level courses, the student will realize the importance of the knowledge gained in those intro courses.

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Although this school is great for everyone, it is exceptionally well for engineers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep your GPA up and also always be determined.

    Bang for the buck

    As long as you put in the time the money is definitely worth it. As one of my Professors said at the beginning of the semester, You've paid for this education, its how much you value the money you put in that will determine how you do.

    Am enjoying being here

    Transferring to a new college my junior year made me a little nervous. However at UTD people don't make you feel like an outsider they make your feel really comfortable and now only after a semester I feel as if this is where I started off my college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    I have lot due to the professors not teaching the traditional way. I have professors that teach though games and videos, which has helped me a lot.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UT-Dallas is located in Richardson which is one of the nicer parts of the Dallas area. The campus security does an outstanding job patrolling the campus 24 hours a day and there are call kiosks all around campus for someone that feels threatened or would like an escort back their dorm. The school also provides lockers around campus and in the fitness center so you do not have to worry about someone stealing your wallet while you workout.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students looking for the best education that can be afforded to them. It is also great for students that love a diverse environment, being that UT-Dallas has a large student body from overseas (Japan, China, India, Pakistan).

    Bang for the buck

    While UT-Dallas is one of the more expensive public universities in Texas, the education received here is outstanding. The job opportunities that will open up for a graduate are endless. A degree from UT-Dallas is very well respected across the nation.

    What to do for fun

    There is constantly events taking place in The Square (The central location of the campus) that are put on by various Greek organizations or interest groups, such as biking for a cause or informing people on the recent election. My personal favorite on campus is the fitness center, which has four basketball courts, racquetball and squash courts, a swimming pool, and an extremely well outfitted gym. The school also puts on events such as a rave for Halloween and concerts in the Pub (an a cappella group did an amazing show this semester).

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is like all those at most colleges, providing a wide variety of food that varies day to day. In the student union, there is a Subway, Chick-fil-a, and pizza joint that are great for quick meal between classes. The student union also houses The Pub which is more of a restaurant where students can order burgers and things of like, while in a ambient environment.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories were recently constructed and in great condition. Unlike the stereotype surrounding dorm life, UT-Dallas' dorms are quiet and allow you to have your study time without being disrupted. The only downside is some of the dorms are a 10 minute walk from classrooms, yet this should not be a deciding factor.

    Academic Rigor

    This is my fourth university to attend, and the workload is much higher than previous colleges. Although this seems like a tougher route, it has excelled my education greatly. My knowledge in subjects that I assumed I knew a great deal in has increased tenfold through projects, research, and lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to apply yourself out of the classroom on a much higher level than most high school students are. Although the course content may appear advanced, the instructors will explain it thoroughly during class. This stated, attend all classes you can possibly make and fully apply yourself to studying outside the classroom everyday.

    In three sentences

    UT-Dallas is a school that lives up to its expectations and national rankings. The business program, which I am enrolled in, is exceptionally challenging, yet rewarding. The business students here are committed to their education and the professors are well versed in their subjects and convey their subject during class on a high, well stated level.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our very own section of the local police department dedicated to on campus safety. They patrol campus during the day and night, you can't walk around campus without seeing them, which makes me feel very safe, even walking around in the middle of the night.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life is a little different from other schools because they don't live together--we don't have greek housing. But, the fraternities and sororities are still very involved on campus and are probably some of the most involved clubs you could be a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a huge variety of clubs and club sports here on campus. I am in 4 myself, including 2 pre-health organizations, a triathlon club, and the neuroscience student association, which are just a small sample of all of the clubs available.

    Great for these types of students

    UT Dallas is not a slacker college--most of the people I know here care about their grades and where they are going in life. We have fun, but we recognize that the reason we are here is for academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the nerdiest mascot around--a comet. And not only is it a comet, but his name is Temoc (comet spelled backwards). To go with this, we have a gesture called the whoosh which has to be seen to be understood, but it's a great tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are out of state then it can be a little pricey, but half the students here on campus have amazing scholarships through the Academic Excellence Scholarships program. Just apply and odds are you will get some kind of financial help, seperate from financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus, or you can explore Richardson, a smaller college-town. Or if you're adventurous, you can take the DART into downtown Dallas and go explore the big city.

    Food and Dining

    The food here on campus (I am told by upperclassmen) has gotten really good within the last couple years. It wasn't very good before, but ever since I've been here it has been good. The dining hall has a good variety that changes every day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are brand new (all less than 3 years old I think) and are in suite style living which means that you share a dorm with 2 other students but you each have your own room within the suite. You share the living room, bathroom, and shower with your roommates but you even all have your own sink!

    Academic Rigor

    Our science classes are notoriously challenging, but you learn so much that it makes it worth it in the end. Professors hold a lot of office hours and even though TA's don't teach classes, they hold office hours as well to help you with homework and questions about material.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the option, visit college campuses---getting the feel of campus can tell you so much about how you'll like a certain college or area.

    In three sentences

    A growing university that is not given as much credit as it should get. Great campus and professors who care about their students. The opputunities are growing here everyday--it's a great time to be here.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There hasn't been anything big from the two semesters I've been there.

    Greek Life

    About 14 different chapters, it's a growing college. If you wanted a specific chapter, you can try to start it without too much problems.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities happening throughout the weeks.

    Great for these types of students

    It has a great business school.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel as if I can get more for my bucks; a little too expensive for it's academic level.

    What to do for fun

    Join a fraternity or sorority, be involved in school.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining selection is not bad at all.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so I can not say.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard.

    In three sentences

    It's too expensive for a school it's size. Academically, they aren't that bad. I only decided to go here based on the location from my house.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is great, there are safety stations (poles with buttons) that you can press every 300ft to alert for any suspicious activity or emergency, and can get a free escort by police from any point to any point on campus after dark until 2 am.

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities, but no greek houses, everyone still lives in apartments. relatively cheap to join (~ 500/semester).

    Clubs and Activities

    Many student organizations exist, and it only takes 4 people with a common interest to start a new club within one semester.

    Great for these types of students

    gamers, nerds (aka really smart), politically active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cecil Green - there is a bronze statue of Cecil Green's head outside of the library, and you rub his head for good luck before exams. The Spirit Rocks - 3 giant boulders on which anyone / any organization can spray-paint an appropriate message or advertisement for events.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition and fees are approximately equal to other colleges, but the academic value of the instruction received is excellent.

    What to do for fun

    Many on campus arts performances and movie showings. Public transit to downtown (~1 hr) for full experience of Dallas. Discount movie theater 4 blocks away.

    Food and Dining

    Acceptable dining hall, required for all on campus freshmen. Comet Cafe area with subway, papa john's, chick-fil-a, and salad and sushi bar. Good selection but higher than average prices.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen live in apartment style dorms, 3 bedrooms per apartment, with common areas, that are completely furnished. All non freshmen live in 2 or 4 bedroom apartments, not a dorm, which are not furnished, but have built in closets and desks. Due to the nature of many students, LAN parties are more common than generally social gatherings, so joining clubs/organizations is the main way to get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Generally rigorous grading criteria, but exceptional preparation for said grading.

    In three sentences

    Wonderful Academic Programs for Math, Sciences, and Digital arts.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UTD is a very safe campus. Walking back from a class at night is like walking in the daylight - no need to worry about walking by yourself. In case of an emergency, there are many poles throughout campus that allows students to push the button for help.

    Food and Dining

    They have great food in the Dining Hall for those who have a meal plan, yet they offer more convenient alternatives (fast food places like Chick-fil-A, Subway, Papa John's, etc.).

    Dorm Life

    They have nice dorms and apartments. Though I have never lived in one so far, I have seen the insides of both types of housing - they are all that you would need as a college student. There are three people per dorm with each student having their own private rooms that lock. They have their individual sinks and share a shower, toilet, couch, and a common living area for a TV, microwave, mini fridge.

    Academic Rigor

    UTD has very talented, determined students and challenging academic courses to go along with them. It drives students to give extra effort into what they are learning and really mold them into a well-rounded student.

    In three sentences

    I love UTD! This school is a small, tight-knit community with diverse backgrounds that keeps college life interesting. Once in, you are most likely to stay!

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Own Campus police that are in a tighter area for a University, but really helps having them enclosed like that.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fun Stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Engineering Students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none.

    Bang for the buck

    Maybe its just me coming from a community college where it was $100 a course, but $2,000 for three hours is a little intense.

    What to do for fun

    Top Golf in Allen, or there is even a driving range right down the road that is awesome. Also running around the campus, with its scenery is real nice.

    Food and Dining

    There are awesome rester aunts very close by, and the cafeteria is great !!

    Dorm Life

    I do not attend a dorm and live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course it is a distinguished university so it is going to be top of the line.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the Advisors and on campus support system.

    In three sentences

    The Campus all around is very beautiful. The Advisors know what they are talking about. The University is Awesome but expensive.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cops parol constantly. This can go both ways, however, especially if you plan on throwing parties, but this is definitely a safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is nothing like at other colleges. There are fraternities and sororities, but they are not wild and crazy, with insane hazing rules, etc. Each group has their own stereotype but as you meet people from each one, you realize that everyone is really just cool in general.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all sorts of sports clubs, and if there isn't one, you can create it. Just over a year ago, some guys decided to get together to play rugby. It has now turned into a club sport and they have played SMU and other colleges. Talks of a women's team is also in works. There are environmental clubs, career-related clubs, any club you can think of. There is a talent organization that just began that put on light shows as well as the Circus group.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to take their degree seriously but also have a good time and build a great network of friends and professors around them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Student Union is a great place to be, with pool tables, board games, a TV lounge, ping pong, the Comet Cafe upstairs (Subway, Chick-fil-a, etc), and music until 2am every night. (Midnight during the summers though).

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a fraction of other schools and you definitely get more than you paid for. There are so many resources, so many people, and always something to do if you're willing to seek it out.

    What to do for fun

    Fun can be found at the SU or just walking around campus. The Activity Center has basketball courts, pools, a rock climbing wall, racquetball and equipment for just working out. There are also pools around the apartments and clubhouses. Downtown Dallas is also just 20 minutes away while the Richardson/Plano area has an abundance of places to check out as well.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall is the home of many good memories for me. WIth about 4 or 5 flat screen tv's propped up around the dining room, you can watch Saturday morning cartoons, ESPN (there is always a big group cheering on game nights), or movies. They are also planning on building a second Dining Hall near the Residence Halls (with an Activity Center attached).

    Dorm Life

    All freshman living on campus are required to live in one of the Residence Halls (there are 3, with a 4th in the works). I lived in an apartment from the beginning, but visited the RH frequently. It is a really good atmosphere, but do not bring too much furniture.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major. Engineering, Sciences (including Neuroscience and Psychology), and Mathematics are all difficult majors to begin with, so you'll have your work cut out for you. ATEC has easy core requirements, but you have to be dedicated to your art. Business courses range from incredibly simplistic to extremely challenging, depending on what you're looking to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy yourself. Construction is happening all over campus to make it really aesthetically pleasing. And it's working! Hang out on campus as much as you can, that's how you end up meeting the coolest people.

    In three sentences

    It really isn't what you expect when you decide to attend. First impression is that it is kind of a nerdy school, but the truth is there is a group for everybody. It is so diverse that you will always find someone with the same interest as you.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If anything, thefts account for 90% of the crimes but UTD Police are usually never out of sight; you will encounter one most of the time each day at UTD. Also, the emergency alarms are scattered around campus if you ever need it. UTD is not a school that has students do terribly dangerous things like hazing. The only bad thing is that UTD is relatively empty and quiet at night, so this invites bad things to happen to students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prominent at UTD and you do take note of them. They are not as rowdy and loud as Greek Life in other universities but they do hang out a lot together and study together as well. I can't say much about Greek Life, but they are involved in what they do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Activities have definitely grown thanks to increased enrollment. As a president of a club/organization, I definitely recommend joining a club because of the people you meet, the volunteer service, the connections you make, and the interest you have in a particular subject increases. Clubs and activities definitely help add to the experience at UTD and gives you a break from studying.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters Locals Engineering-oriented Computer science-oriented International Academic Bookworms

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking under the Lovejack with your significant other is supposed to seal an everlasting relationship. The Spirit Rock can be spray painted to voice out student expression. Rubbing Cecil Green's head will grant you good luck before an exam. The mascot, Temoc, is a flaming comet (Temoc is comet spelled backward). Chess team at UTD is excellent and competes worldwide. Doing the WHOOSH! involves putting left fist (head of the comet) next to your mouth and extending your right arm outward diagonally from your left fist (makes the tail of the comet). Our football team is undefeated (try to guess that one out).

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, UTD cost more money to go to than UT Austin but the number of scholarships UTD awards is great. The housing is somewhat reasonable and the dining plan is not too bad either in terms of value. Most of the activities done on campus such as concerts, gym use, going to school events, and renting out equipment only requires a Comet Card (student ID card) However, UTD will try to charge you every way they can though. Transcripts used to be free until March 2012 but now they are $10 each. Parking permits cost $100 a year. Comet Cards (ID cards) take $25 to replace and printing cost 6 cents a page and 25 cents for color. Books are expensive at the UTD bookstore but then again you shouldn't be getting books at the bookstore (I learned that the hard way freshman year). Overall, it is not so bad. The quality of education is pretty good compared to tuition costs and the fees cover a lot of student services at UTD.

    What to do for fun

    You can definitely check out downtown Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth to sight see. Reunion Tower is nice place to go to as well as the West End. Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor is fun to do during the summer. White Rock Lake and Lewisville Lake has watersports. Malls and museums are plenty in the area and watching sports is great as well!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining options are limited and the hours are not that great. The dining hall closes at 10 pm and the Comet Cafe closes at 8 pm. The lines are long during lunch rush, and the food gets repetitive very quickly. I definitely recommend eating outside of campus if you have the time and transportation available because Plano and Richardson have lots of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, I live in Dallas at home with my parents so I cannot say much about dorm life at UTD. I just feel though that living at home is better than living in a dorm because there's no place like home. However, I can say that housing is tough to get since there just isn't enough housing for everyone. Apply early, get along with your roommates, and don't just stay in the dorms all the time. The dorms are kind of small; each person get his or her room and shares a bathroom with three other people. I believe dorm life is fun because you get to be independent and away from parents but at UTD, there isn't anything spectacular about it. I wouldn't recommend getting a dorm at UTD if you absolutely don't have to but then again, I can't really say for myself.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is subjective; some may feel the courses are hard or easy, depending on your skill level. Personally, I just feel that every course is feasible to pass. There are rarely any courses that attempt to destroy you and demoralize you. I just feel that if you manage your time wisely, develop good study habits, and utilize resources on campus, getting an A should be no problem. Ask upperclassmen about which professor and classes to take because they've been through them and they'll help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved early and develop the relationships that will carry you far in life. 180+ student organizations exist on campus, so you will definitely find one that matches you and others like you. 2. Commuters, get to campus before 9:30 am if you want save yourself 15 minutes of walking to class. Parking gets full quickly. 3. What you get out of college if what you put into it. UTD is no different; you can easily just go through UTD without a trace of yourself but leave something behind if possible.

    In three sentences

    Personally, I feel that UTD is a great university because of how much growth it has undergone in the past three years. I like how the University aspires to acquire Tier One status and become a top-notch research university. Overall, I just feel that the University accommodates your individual self if you open yourself to the people and the culture on campus.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    It's smaller than most but is growing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The spirit rock in the center of campus where organizations or any student can spray paint whatever they want on these rocks.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little hidden from other top universities, but is regarded as one of the best academic schools in Texas.

    What to do for fun

    You have the activity center where I go to play indoor soccer every once in a while.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay involved on campus

    In three sentences

    I love UT Dallas, it has great professors and faculty that make you excited to learn more. It may not be so big in school spirit, but it makes up for it's many activities to do on campus. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. 8/10

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on this campus. I even feel safe walking through the parking lot after my late night classes. They also have stations where you can call the police in the parking lot. It is comforting to know they're there even though I've never needed to use them.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member of Greek Life, so I can't comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for people with all kinds of interests. Even if they don't have a group you were hoping to join, you can create one yourself. It's relatively easy to start your own club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For our cheer we have the Commet whoosh. You put your fist to your chin and extend the other arm straight out in front of you. Then you lean back and go Whoosh! When a large group of people do it together it's pretty impressive. Engaged couples will walk under the Jack together. Also, before a test, students students will rub a mold of Cecil Green's head.

    Bang for the buck

    UTD is very affordable. I would say it's one of the most inexpensive universities in Dallas, especially with how highly esteemed it is. It's not only inexpensive, but it's also highly esteemed for such a low tuition rate.

    What to do for fun

    The wonderful thing about UTD is that they have many different clubs, recreational sports, theater, and other free events. They also have a gym, indoor pool, basketball courts, racquet ball courts, and other fun activities you can enjoy at anytime. The location of UTD also offers plenty of prospective activities. Being in town means that UTD is just a bus ride away from malls, bowling, billiards, and fine dining.

    Food and Dining

    I have heard that the food as gotten much better at UTD. I do not have a meal plan, but I've heard that their new cafeteria has improved.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school so I am unable to comment on Dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that UTD is a bit more difficult than most Universities. It is a good thing though. Because it is a difficult school, prospective employers prefer UTD. UTD is highly esteemed because of the high academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I would encourage them to get involved at school. UTD is not the most social school, but it is easy to make friends if you try. Your experience will be more enjoyable if you have friends. Just make sure not to let your grades suffer!

    In three sentences

    The University is amazing because it focuses on the individual student's academic enrichment. There are no scholarship grants, and there is no football team. This means that there is more money academic scholarships.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never felt insecure while on campus.

    Greek Life

    Didn't join any.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join including ones that have to do with your major.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to be involved, this university is great.

    Bang for the buck

    Not good nor bad. I got a scholarship so I barely paid anything to attend. For a person who didn't get one however, it is pretty expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Since its pretty barren, there is not much to do. The main thing I did was joined a bunch of clubs so I could meet more people.

    Food and Dining

    I got the meal plan. The food was okay; not good nor bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms were fun. There were three people in my dorm and when I wasn't studying, we just hung out together playing pool or something.

    Academic Rigor

    Wasn't that bad compared to my high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a dorm!

    In three sentences

    This was a pretty good university. I enjoyed the dorms. The classes were alright.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have UTD police driving around all the time

    Clubs and Activities

    UTD has a multitude of clubs and activities from basketball courts to swimming, mma, squash, yoga, and even hip hop classes its a fun place to be

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Im a transfer student but from i noticed on temoc's birthday (mascot) he comes out and the whole campus has a giant celebration with a bunch of free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    The only thing keeping me from giving this a five star rating is student life could be a little better, usually you make your college experience here

    What to do for fun

    the steps and Student Union. The SU has plenty of activities from playing pool to kicking back and watching tv. It a home away from home.

    Food and Dining

    There are a verity of restaurants on campus and also a pub with awesome food!

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speak UTD is great! its an up and coming school but the programs they have a great from political science to computer science. UTD is filled with great teachers who know their stuff and are always there to help

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students will have a great time at UTD. Be sure to take a tour of the campus since it is rather big. Everyone is friendly so dont be afraid to talk to someone if you are having a tough time looking for classes.

    In three sentences

    This school is truly great, the staff, the campus, but mostly the people who go there. I find myself spending 95% of my time on campus its as if im drawn to UTD. One thing to make the campus life a little better would be the addition of a stadium of some sort to attract more big names to come to and visit.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police say that the most dangerous thing on campus are flip flops and outside theft being second.

    Greek Life

    Only 3% of the school consists of Greek life, yet most of these fraternities/sororities are highly involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    150+ clubs from the atheistic society to the Fifa club. As well as multiple Religious fellowship groups and club athletics.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are seeking a(n) Vigorous academics International diversity Bang for your buck Big City Connection with Professors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some believe by kissing the head of Cecil Green before taking a test will give you good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is roughly $5,800 and out-of-state being $13,350. With over 66% of students receiving financial aid from the school.

    What to do for fun

    UTD competes in the American Southwest Conference in Division III athletics. There is usually at least three or four games and events each week. As well as club/organization events and social activites.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at UTD is affordable and is around the national average. It has a full dining hall as well as multiple restaurants on campus. The dining hall food varies even including vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms and apartments were built in the last 4 years. All dorms including freshman dorms are suites (3 bedrooms, living space, 3 sinks, private toilet and shower).

    Academic Rigor

    Rankings: National University: 143 Public Schools: 73 Business schools: 37 Engineering: 77 Audiology: 3 Criminology: 27 Many other high ranking programs and degrees

    Tips for prospective students

    At UTD I highly suggest joining a club/organization, fraternity/sorority, or join many of the club and varsity sports teams on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is one of THE BEST public universities not only in Texas but in the nation. The atmosphere is diverse with international students from all over the world! UTD is affordable for any student.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Feel completely safe on campus. I took a night class last semester and felt totally safe and the area was very well lighted. Never had a problem and campus is super clean.

    Greek Life

    Hear that it is fun, just haven't been a part of it as of now.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not a part of any clubs right now.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfer students and working Mom's like me. :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The art barn is a cool place to see great student artwork and to take art classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Cost a lot more then community college, but well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of neat shops around and movie's. Just walking around campus is neat and enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and dinning options on campus and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so I do not know about dorm life. Did speak to some students who were happy with it.

    Academic Rigor

    Wonderful professor's who are helpful and knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your comet card early. Also, make sure to use all the student services available to you on campus. Enjoy it and don't take your time there for granted.

    In three sentences

    This college is exciting and fun. Being a transfer student it has been a real joy to be a student on campus at UTD. The new buildings and awesome professor's really make this a great place to learn.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at all. There are emergency contact buttons in case you need them, you probably never would.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rock climbing and other athletics, video games, special interests, almost everything

    Great for these types of students

    A lot of the students are in the nerdy category. It's great. What I mean by this is you can tell nerdy jokes and mostly everyone will get it. (Pokemon or video game jokes etc.)

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the tuition. The classes are great and the environment is great. Plenty of research opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    I am on the rock climbing team. They are amazing and it's so much fun. There is a wall on campus too. There are always lots of student and university run events to participate in and plenty of free food.

    Food and Dining

    Subway, Chic-fil-A, pizza, deli, home-cooked meals, snacks, cereal etc all available in the Cafe. There is also a cafeteria with more food options. Not open on weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Housing staff are friendly. The apartments are cute and roomy.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are really hard, and some professors are tough, but overall they try to help you out if you will try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing and scholarships EARLY. The university has been growing a lot and they are trying to accommodate for the massive influx of students, but it's best to be early.

    In three sentences

    For any business/management, engineering/cs, or brain science major, UTD is the best. The people are very friendly and the professors are great. The research going on here is amazing.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is safety at its best. The campus police are always around. There are always two police cars parked outside in the parking lot. This campus is currently small, so safety is a sure thing.

    Greek Life

    There are currently no fraternities at the campus, however as soon as this place expands, that will most likely be the first thing on the list when it comes to what students want.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at this campus. It is also easy to make your own club, you just need a few students and a teacher and there you go, your own personal club. These clubs offer many outlets to students who want more from their college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for any type of student. The one that needs a quiet place to study, or lots of friends. This campus is very student-friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So far I am not sure about the traditions, except for spirit day on Fridays when everyone wheres green. It is kind of fun to see the same color on everyone, easy to blend into the crowd.

    Bang for the buck

    This place is the place to be when paying for college. You are basically paying for a public university that offers private university education. I am getting my education at a steal, however it is still hard to pay when you are a student!

    What to do for fun

    Since this is a small campus there are limited outlets, however the campus shelters plenty of computer labs, sitting areas to hang out with friends and occasionally there is a student event, such as a small concert on the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is small, but the food makes up for it. You can buy it hot and steaming after you have finished a long class. Their food makes the day go by quicker.

    Dorm Life

    There are currently no dorms on this campus, but they have plans to build some soon. I am going to miss out on the beautiful buildings they will one day build on this campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give the academic rigor of this school four stars! The students and the teachers are all here for one purpose; to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you sign up early so that you can have a chance of getting in other the scholarship programs they have here at the school.

    In three sentences

    This university is incredible. The teachers are phenomenal, and most of them have Phds in their fields. The campus is beautiful, as well, since it is fairly new.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are going to college to learn more than anything else. Also great for students who live near by and are wanting to commute to school everyday. UTD has many commuter students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition this school has is rubbing the head of Cecil Green, a statue that is the namesake for Green Hall and is located there on the building, for good luck before a test.

    What to do for fun

    The Pub on campus is a fun place to eat after dark. They're known for having musicians perform, comedians do shows, and for other sorts of events that serve as late night entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is average, much like a high school cafeteria. There's plenty of tables though, which is nice for studying between meals. The Comet Cafe on campus is great because of its variety, but much like the dining hall, the food can be a bit expensive without a meal plan and its dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the on-campus apartments, there isn't much participation as far as group activities or togetherness goes. Most students hang out with their own friends and don't usually get to know their neighbors. Having a bedroom to yourself is really great though.

    Academic Rigor

    UTD concentrates on academics more than anything else. The school doesn't really focus much on sports, other than chess, and does not have a football team.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to live on campus, extend your lease through the summer at the end of spring semester because if not, you probably won't end up with an apartment the following year.

    In three sentences

    UTD is a great school for students focused on academics. Its location is nice because it isn't far from the city but it isn't completely desolate either. There isn't a lot of campus life, most of the activity takes place elsewhere.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety isn't 5 star but we do have an on campus police station and security guards walking around constantly. We also have student workers who manage parking lots and the campus to make sure everything is ok. Patrol increases at night and they are more alert. There are emergency buttons placed across campus so if there is ever a problem you are available to come and punch it. In my years, at UTD we haven't had any threatening events so I feel pretty safe on campus and if we do there are campus wide alerts along with texts sent out to all students. However, things are stolen frequently so it is up to you to keep your belongings safe when you are out. You shouldn't trust the world to not take shiny objects placed out in the open.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life isn't the first thing you think about when you hear about UTD (University of Texas at Dallas). But there are several chapters across campus of sororities, fraternities, and co-ed fraternities. These groups help connect students with each other and allow you to transition into the college life a lot easier. You'll also be able to connect with students from other campuses near Dallas and create lifelong bonds.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students of many passions, namely science (medical, pharmaceutical, etc), engineering, business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Spirit Rock is a small area in the middle of campus where a couple of boulders sit and students are allowed to paint on them. Announcement, proposals, and messages are written on these rocks and it's interesting to see. We also have random traditions like the rubbing of Cecil Green's head before exams for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    As I said earlier, the campus is surrounded by plenty of plazas. There are plenty of shopping places and craft stores, so if you're big on new clothes or addicted Pinterest don't worry about a shortage of resources. There are also movie theaters, frozen yogurt shops, bowling alleys, golf, parks, and indoor amusement parks within miles. Downtown Dallas is also very close to campus, only about 20 minutes or so. There are many attractions and sites to see Downtown. There's plenty to do, you just have to be willing to find it.

    Food and Dining

    Food is definitely expensive on campus, especially for someone on a college budget and it's probably not the best. The dining hall offers great variety of foods so if you're not a big complainer about food then you'll like it. But if you're looking for something new and fun, the campus is surrounded by restaurants and creamy goodness. College students are even allowed discounts in certain stores if you show them your ID. The campus is a matter of minutes from major highways like 635, 75, and the George Bush Turnpike.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know you want to go here, it's not the biggest campus but it is a great place for commuters and those in transition from high school. However, this doesn't mean the work is easy at all. Make sure to read, read, read in most of your classes. The biggest part of succeeding many of your classes is to stay on top of your reading and understand what you are doing. Ask questions whenever you can and don't wait till the last minute to study cause you will surely learn from that mistake the hard way. Even if you were one of those students in high school that breezed through everything without a sweat, it doesn't work in college. Just know why you're there and be motivated to do the work, be it your passion or just study groups with your friends.

    In three sentences

    The growing campus is a great campus for those who don't want to attend community college but are not ready for a full blown college campus of thousands of student walking around everyday. The close knit community offers great opportunities to get involved and succeed in the future. The challenging course prepare me for my pharmaceutical dreams yet allow me to relax when I want.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 101

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    What to do for fun

    I'm a Ph.D. student what more can I do but study for fun, along with enjoying a lot of the artistic presentations UTD offers for entertainment. Students can go to the student center and purchase movie tickets, tickets to the symphony, zoo, theme parks, and much more. There's always a variety to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Can't say enough about that!

    Dorm Life

    Based on the increased enrollment, UTD currently has added to their growing campus by building new living facilities/dormitories that are reasonably added in with your tuition. Check it out!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rating of 5 stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    If any student is wishing to attend this great institution, contact the Admissions office located in our Student Services building. You won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas, is a Tier 1 institutions that prepares me to be the very best in my said field(s). No other schools in the state of Texas can compare to the University of Texas system. How awesome is that? The University of Texas at Dallas is a research based institution with the most updated technology utilized and offered in the state of Texas.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't worry, you will ALWAYS be safe at UTD. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. I have taken many night classes there and I honestly thing UTD has the best night life. You always see students out putting on a show and entertaining each other. Besides that, there are cops every step of the way. The parking lot is never pitch dark because they have good amount of lighting. There are few people always around you because of buildings being all close to each other. So you will never find yourself alone in a pitch dark area!

    Greek Life

    Like the clubs and activities, utd also offers a wide variety of Fraternities and Sororities. They can be a bit expensive to join, but they honestly are the best of university life and hey you only live once. Not only can you enjoy from them, you are also able to get yourself more involved in school activities which always looks good on resume!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs/activities you can join. There are clubs like the PDA (pre dental association) HOSA (for health care students) Rotaract club, MESA (middle eastern student association) and many more. And they are not hard to find either, because the flier for each are always hanging around every corner of the building.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UTD consists of a vast variety of students; students from every culture attend UTD and UTD does a great job of making them feel right at home. There is a room called the reflections room at UTD, where people can pray and attend to their religious/cultural needs. This room is by far the most relaxing and calming room.

    What to do for fun

    Well as mentioned above, food is the most exciting part at UTD. So for fun you can always just chill with friends and enjoy a delicious meal. But for those who are weight conscious UTD has something for them as well. The activity center is a great way to have fun with friends as well as stay in shape. The activity center offers its own gym, swimming pool, basketball court, racquetball, etc. Besides the activity center, UTD also has the student union (SU). SU is where you have the cafeteria as well as few pool and tennis table. If you are not into sports or eating, then you can always just sit on the big steps located right by the SU and enjoy the breath taking view of the fountain in front of you ! :)

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining at UTD is really the most exciting part. UTD offers a cafeteria for all students which consists of chick-fil-A, subway, Papa John's, and other delicious side meals. UTD also has a PUB where you can get the best food and coffee. UTD students who live on campus have their own cafeteria which is pretty much like Fresh choice and sweet tomatoes. They really make sure that their students are well fed ;)

    Academic Rigor

    Okay lets face it, this is not High School or a community college. You will have to attend lectures and keep up with your assignments if you want to make an A. The professors are not lenient in grading, however, they do and will help you out if you go to their office hours and email them with questions. Apart from great professors, UTD also offers tutoring (GEM center) which is always a huge help, because you get one on one tutoring about topics you do not understand. The Gem center hours are also very flexible, so you won't ever have trouble making time to go there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be frightened by how big it looks. It won't take you more than two days to figure out where everything is, because all the buildings are connected and easy to get to. Be sure to get involved in many clubs, so you can network and eventually make your experience at UTD a memorable one. Also make sure to always take help from teacher assistants (if applicable); they really are the ladder to the A's you want to achieve.

    In three sentences

    University of Texas at Dallas has a vast variety of students that you can interact with and learn from. It has some of the best professors as well as tutors.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Fairly well-lit and pretty safe from what I've seen. The campus police is very visible and nice.

    Greek Life

    A few of my friends at in fraternities/sororities and they really seem to enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    For a school our size, we have a pretty nice assortment for people interested in different cultures, hobbies, activities, and professions (just go to that organization fair at the beginning of the year or look through the school website). If you can't find a way to get involved...you aren't trying very hard.

    Great for these types of students

    Science-y types, chess players, pre-med students, Asians (you'll blend right in), those who don't want to put financial pressure on their families

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People supposedly rub the heads of several metal busts/statues for good luck before tests. And we have an art barn? I don't really explore much...and construction is going on so some nice spots are inaccessible (there's a rope swing by the pond behind the res halls).

    Bang for the buck

    I'm on full scholarship (National Merit), so it's quite wonderful (:

    What to do for fun

    My computer is my best friend. But, other than that, be on the lookout for interesting events and concerts (eg. a variety hosted by SUUAB, music events by the School of A&H). There are actually quite a lot and the majority are worth checking out. Also, shopping - in Plano, Dallas, Allen, Frisco, and even a little in Richardson. And there are supposedly parties, for those who are interested.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall (my main source of food) serves surprisingly good and diverse foods, but it's sometimes a hit-or-miss depending on the cook. You get to serve yourself for the most part (except for those custom order dishes). There's almost always a steady stream of pizza, salad, and burgers if nothing else will do. It's very expensive per meal though. Commuters tend to eat at the Comet Cafe (Subway, Chick-fil-a, Papa John's), Outtakes (salad, more drinks, non-branded warm foods), and the Pub (Starbucks, burgers, other pub foods).

    Dorm Life

    (FYI: I live very close, but it's always nice/convenient to live on campus, especially freshman year.) The dorms/facilities are amazing - new, spacious, and clean - which is great if you just want to stay in your room all day. There usually isn't that much going on, so you'll probably have to make somewhat of an effort to make friends with your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken any truly upper level courses (or many just for freshman), so I can't say much. However, I'm finally having to actually study hard - be prepared for those science courses that upperclassmen bemoan.

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting in will probably not be an issue, but be sure to get the best scholarship you can (do well on PSAT, SAT, etc. and apply for special programs/scholarships!). The Clark Scholars program is a good way to get started with research and familiar with the campus during the summer before freshman year. Also, UT-PACT is good for serious pre-meds and McDermott Scholars for those who are good leaders. But be warned about campus life: unless you get involved in a few organizations, it can be on the boring side...especially for those who like to party.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are constantly around campus, making sure everyone is safe and not breaking any laws. There are emergency stations all around campus as well, and if you press the help button on one of them, the police will be there in minutes. No need to worry about any of that!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's tons of sports and clubs to join! I myself am a member of the swing dance society on campus, as well as a member of the mock trial team, and I try to go to as many animation guild meetings as I can. Just look and you'll find something you're interested in!

    Great for these types of students

    Science, math, engineering, technology. But it's a great school all around!

    What to do for fun

    There's lots of sports and clubs to get into on campus, so be sure to take a good look around and keep your ears open. UTD is in Richardson (despite the name 'Dallas') and is just a short trip north from the city of Dallas, which has tons to do, from the Arts District, to Northpark Mall, to the Dallas Zoo. Be sure to look at all your options. Also, UTD will give you a free bus pass for DART (the public transportation service in DFW) and you can ride the bus or train anywhere to get from place to place.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall varies from day to day and sometimes meal to meal on what's reliable to eat, but you can almost always count on the cereal, bagel/toast bar, salads, and pizza--you need something quick, those are most reliable. Be aware of long lines at the dining hall especially at times when it's most likely to be busy (lunch and dinner). The Pub has restaurant-quality food, and is the place to go on campus if you want specialty Starbucks (anything that isn't just a coffee, I think). The Comet Cafe has Subway and Chik-fil-A, among other things, and is where most people who aren't freshman dine on campus; so, you have choices on campus. If you don't want any of that, there's plenty to eat not even five minutes away from campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live on campus in the newest dorm on campus, West, and it's great. Everyone lives in a three bedroom suite, with a shared toilet/shower, common living space, and three separate sinks/cabinet areas. My roommates and I are almost always in our room when we're not in class or running around campus. The only downside is all the construction going on for the new residence hall next door, and problems with electrical outlets and fuzzy internet, but that isn't so much a problem with the other dorms from what I know. I absolutely love my roommates, who are all interested in the same things I am, and we get along famously. I also live in the Arts & Technology Living Learning Community, which means our hallway is filled with other freshman/students in our major, and we do things together all the time and have similar classes. Sign up for an LLC if you can, and be confident in UTD potluck when it comes to roommates, because they usually do very, very well.

    Academic Rigor

    As stated earlier, UTD is a great school for majors relating to math, science, or technology, but there's plenty to choose from. Their Pre-Law office is filled with some of the best legal minds I know, and their Arts & Technology major is one of the best in the country, from what I know. Take the required classes first and get them out of the way, and if you can take classes at a local community college over the summer or have high AP scores, you'll get through those general required classes much more quickly. And be sure to talk to your professor, especially if you have a large class--letting your professor know that you're willing to make that effort can really help you out in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you talk to everyone you can about your classes, because advisers and professors can help you sink or swim when it comes to grads--believe me, if you don't talk to them or make no effort, they won't cut you any sort of slack. Get involved on campus, and you'll flourish in college life.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is the place to be if you're wanting a good education, especially in any science, math, or technology related field. With plenty of schools and majors/minors to choose from, you're bound to find a fit for you no matter what. Don't knock UTD just because it isn't the University of Texas at Austin!

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One of my favorite things about the university is that Dallas police are always on campus in the parking lots and just roaming around making sure everyone is okay. I see at least one once per day, and I've seen them quite often helping students with their cars (the ones that leave their lights on all day when they go to class!)

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a Bass Fishing club that participates in nation wide tournaments, a lot of video game clubs, and club for nearly all majors and interests.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to get a foot ahead of everyone else in your field and desired career choice then this place will get you there. TRUST me, the professor here are AMAZING.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our chess time is nation renown and is always top ranking. We even have cheerleaders for the chess team, and once a year they play human chess in the courtyard.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is in such a nice area, and surrounding it are tons of places to hang out, eat, and have fun. What's even better for people like me (who commute to the school) is that it's close to a lot of apartments and homes.

    What to do for fun

    Well with my major and my interests, I'm really into video games. If you are too they have game nights on campus, there is a Starcraft 2 club, a League of Legends Club. Every Friday night they have board game night, there is also a movie night on campus as well over the weekends with food!

    Food and Dining

    They have a chic-fil-a. That's all you ever need. Besides that though, they have a coffee lounge, a Subway (the sandwiches, not the train station!), Chic-Fil-A, and a pizza joint on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a freshman, so I wouldn't know, but I do have freshman friends. They say the dorms are awesome, and its really easy to make friends just being in them.

    Academic Rigor

    So far my course work isn't too unbearable, but it is making me think in ways which I haven't before and I love it. My current major is Arts and Technology and I all of my classes have a LOT of work, but I absolutely love it.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can easily be a part of anything. There are so many clubs and events going on that it's almost impossible to not be a part of something! Get active, make friends, talk to your professors and get acquainted with as many people as you can.

    In three sentences

    The university is very diverse with tons of things for students to be a part of and to have fun. Currently parts of the university are under construction, but that's okay because they're EXPANDING the size of the school and adding more buildings and more parking lots/garages to accommodate everyone. If I had to rate the university at all I'd give it a solid 10 because of the people, the professors, and the environment.

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ahead of assignments, and talk to your professors. They are always willing to help.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs one can join at this school regardless of the interest you may have

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking creative that are not scared of being challenged

    Bang for the buck

    if you are an in state student the university has a great price, this is very helpful for those that dont have the privilage of high income

    Academic Rigor

    the university seems to have great expetation from the students, whihc makes the curriculm challenging and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    the tips will mostly be the same as the ones to get into many of the good universities, nevertheless is always important to be remained that having a good gpa, good test scores and many extracurricular activities always help

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    you pretty much have to find your own fun around here.

    Tips for prospective students

    join organizations, and try to get oriented in a research lab for one of the professors on campus. oh and study!

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love the school. i think it has some great science classes. it also has some really amazing research opportunities

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 40 of 101

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    join a sorority

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to study everyday

    In three sentences

    its a hard, intersting and fun

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 101

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    International, Transfer, Freshman, Returning after a break

    What to do for fun

    Activities are available every day. There's an extensive events calendar and many student groups to join.

    Food and Dining

    Great variety and the prices are reasonable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but fair. If you are willing to work you will be successful. The professors work with you to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus - it's a great atmosphere with lots of amenities. This is a great school for non-traditional and older students.

    In three sentences

    Professors are fair, knowledgeable and passionate. Class offerings are diverse, interesting and high quality. Many classes are available online, so you can attend even with schedule restrictions.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have visited several colleges and tasted their cafeteria food. None, have been as good as UTD's food. The variety of food was great and if you don't feel like eating in the cafeteria, there are several restaurants on campus you can eat at like Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    While I can not vouch for the freshman dorms, I have been inside the dorms of Sophomores (which are similar to Juniors' and Seniors') and they are extremely nice and comfortable. I am very excited at the thought of living in them my second, third, and forth year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of UTD is well known throughout north Texas. That is what has attracted me to the school. It's science and engineering programs are tough, but highly accredited by local companies such as IBM and TI.

    In three sentences

    University of Texas at Dallas is a beautiful school. It is well known for their education standards and its engineering school.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Supposedly, this is one of the best schools value wise, ranked highly on a number of lists. They are also an up and coming school, growing faster and faster so I think that there is a nice bang for your buck there.

    In three sentences

    I haven't been there very many times but I liked the campus and the people there were very friendly and helpful. I have heard great things about their educational programs and reputation in the Dallas area,

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Various events around campus and in the city.

    Food and Dining

    Chic-fil-A, Chef's Kitchen, Subway, Papa Johns, Pub and a Buffet.

    Dorm Life

    Brand new, residential housing. Not dorms, more like a hotel with various lounging areas. All students that reside in the residential hall have their own room.

    Academic Rigor

    When it is exam time, the campus is a ghost town. The classes are very challenging and will definitely require weeks of studying in advance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Growing school that is moving up in the ranks, attend while tuition is still affordable. We don't play physical sports, we play mental. Chess is our equivalent to football at other schools.

    In three sentences

    Challenging. Diverse. Growing.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the campus there is a T.V launch which students hang out and chill which really feels strange to me as a foreign student.

    Food and Dining

    Each building has its own cafeteria. A great student union with variety of food options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as possible for wining the transfer scholarships. Talk to advisor about the major and minors before applying. If the student planning to take some classes in community colleges it would be a great idea to check into the degree audit before registering for it

    In three sentences

    Low tuition fee. variety of majors and minors. Accept students from all over the world and states and accept most of the credits from past transcript.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People interested in STEM fields.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless activities in the DFW area.

    Tips for prospective students

    UT Dallas is a research school with a lot of funding in STEM programs. It is also very competitive, so expect to do a lot of studying.

    In three sentences

    A quickly expanding school, with a beautiful campus, located in vibrant DFW, UT Dallas is a fantastic place to be. I have had many great teachers who are enthusiastic about getting their students to learn. There are also many opportunities for undergraduate research to help you get into a top grad school program.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Without having a football team, and being a division III school, there is not much to do. The college life is small, not a college town, a lot of families.

    Tips for prospective students

    UTD is for students focusing on school only, not the true college experience.

    In three sentences

    The school is small, and located in the suburbs of Dallas. Their are a lot of international students at UTD. The teachers are awesome, but this college don't have the true College experience.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class!

    In three sentences

    The landscape of the school is beautiful and very relaxing. The atmosphere on campus is laid back but has an air of importance that makes focusing an enjoyable task. The education here is unsurpassed in the opportunities available!

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities and events to attend from sports to clubs

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food options and plenty of tables to eat at

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the school challenges you to push yourself and learn more but as long as you study and pay attention everything is fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Smile and say hello to anyone you see, networking is extremely important.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is more concentrated on education. Staff is friendly and teachers are open and understanding. The students are also friendly and the school is very diverse.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life is excellent

    Great for these types of students

    International, smart students

    What to do for fun

    Study

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a great study ethic, open to many cultures and have money

    In three sentences

    The academia here is challenging. Traditional university setting with a private institution feel. Very diverse

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek live here is pretty low key

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do on campus as far as parties go.

    Food and Dining

    There are options, but it's college. Food isn't great.

    Dorm Life

    Each student gets their own bedroom and shares a living room/bathroom with 2 other people. Most of the dorms are brand new or max 4 years old.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what major you are in, but the science classes are difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Work on having a high ACT/SAT score and take challenging classes in high school. This is a very competitive school, but can still be fun.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love my university! It's very small, so students can get individualized attention from professors easily and there are tons of organizations to be involved in. Also, you will never have to share a room because each student gets their own bedroom.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    UTD offers their own dining at one standard low price, but also offers a restaurant and other known fast food restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Since most students that come to UTD have an understanding on how hard the classes can be, meeting people will be academically oriented.

    Academic Rigor

    UTD ensures their professors are highly ranked and with that comes classes that can be extremely challenging. If the work ethic of the student is present, the difficulties should be eased.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be able to have a dedicated work ethic.

    In three sentences

    UTD is an education oriented school that is excellent for business, engineering, and science majors. Their focus on research and strive to be a Tier One university helps give students the extra resources needed. The focus and attention of the school lies in the achievement of their students.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I play basketball in the activity center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to interact with students in every class!

    In three sentences

    This university has great teachers and accommodations for students who attend. This university is filled with diversity of students from many different backgrounds. Utd also has many opportunities presented for students through the career center.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is amazing here. I'm a Delta Delta Delta and I couldn't be happier about going out and rushing. The Greek Life is so supportive of all the other organizations on campus as well as each other.

    What to do for fun

    Join the clubs and make friends. It's so easy and it makes school bearable.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes here are tough. They require a lot of time and effort, but it's also worth it. Getting the best education doesn't come easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and join clubs. Join anything you like. Start a club or don't. GO GREEK! Join SUUAB. UT Dallas offers so many opportunities as long as you're willing to put yourself out there.

    In three sentences

    UTD is very welcoming and open to anyone from any kind of background. It offers one of the best education anywhere in a smaller, more close-knit environment. The students here are driven and hard worker and that's a great environment to thrive in your academics here.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has security officers patrolling at night every night. In the mornings, an officer is always present at the busy intersection for the safety of the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club/organization available for every students. Cultural, major-directed, or just for fun clubs are offered!

    What to do for fun

    There are many student activities held throughout the campus for the majority of the time. There is always something going on! Food is always offered and prizes are a great incentive for going!

    Food and Dining

    The university has a dining hall, Cafe, and The Pub (which has a restaurant type feel). Food is not bad at all, but repetitive for students who have meal plans and eat at the dining hall everyday. Dining dollars are also included in the meal plan which is very nice especially if you just want to grab a drink or snack from the cafe!

    Dorm Life

    The residential halls are very nice with a suite-like system. Three people to a dorm share a living area and shower, while getting their own sink. Each person has their own bedroom which is a major plus! Each floor is like its own community, therefore making friends is easy.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult and you have to pay full attention or you might miss out on an important matter. Professors lecture for a long time and it might get tiresome, but always try to take notes and comprehend the information, not just hear it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always review your course material and get on close terms with your professors because if they know your face, it helps build a better student-teacher bond. Take advantage of review sessions and on-campus activities.

    In three sentences

    The university provides excellent academic opportunities for students. The environment is smooth and not stressful. People are nice and everyone gets along well within the university community.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe no matter what hour it is.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most of their clubs are useful and go straight to their purposes

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for those who are mostly academically inclined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we make a weird hand sign when they sing the school song which is called the Alma mater.

    What to do for fun

    Recreational sports, fraternity activities, and freshman activities.

    Food and Dining

    During the week days the foods in the dining are good but on the weekends they are barely edible.

    Dorm Life

    It is very expensive and dull. Most people in the dorm just mind there business but the dorms are fairly nice because it is like a suite.

    Academic Rigor

    Very strict and fairly hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and do not slack of because it is a very competitive school.

    In three sentences

    The academics is wonderful and very high quality. This is school that is mostly meant for academics so there is not a lot of social activities that go on. Even though it might have a few dull features, if you really focus on the academics parts you will do very good.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus with lots of services that ensure the safety of everyone.

    Greek Life

    Not the stereotypical greek life in the sense that it is very dull but they still know how to have fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of different clubs, activities and events.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that love intermural sports and love to study while also creating time to chill.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is believed that kissing the Greene statue before a test helps you excel, and try to find the Geo Rock on your own!

    Bang for the buck

    Not expensive but you still get lots of opportunities for internships and athletic recognition.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends and you all can participate in several sporting events together. There are also a lot of shows and social events that are organized on a regular basis.

    Food and Dining

    The dining itself is not really that good,but the food chains are nice especially if you have a meal plan and get free dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    It could be fun. That's where I made most of my friends. In each dorm there are ping-pong, billiard and fooseball equipments but quiet hours start at 12 midnight. Personally I think the residential halls are too expensive considering the service you get.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the professor but the school makes sure all the courses are somewhat challenging and require a bit of effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early because there are lots of scholarships, do not let mid-term grades fool you and learn the skill of time management.

    In three sentences

    University of Dallas at Texas is very challenging so time management is a very important skill, living on campus helps you feel a sense of being part of a community and the social life is not very exciting.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems to me like the campus has a low crime rating.

    Greek Life

    Not really feeling the Greek Life at this university. Not sure whether I'm just not into Frats or whether it's because of the way the people act at this college. A lot of guys (not sure about girls) end up practically changing much about themselves, from wardrobe to personality in order to fit in. Advice: Stick to your own personality and stay original.

    Clubs and Activities

    Swing Dancing. Intramural Sports. Cultural clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    People trying to make new friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mascot is a Comet called Temoc. Honestly it/he freaks out a lot of people, especially girls from what I've observed.

    Bang for the buck

    In a sense you get what you pay for. Make sure you know about all the discounts you receive for being a student.

    What to do for fun

    Great question. I myself am trying to figure this out. If you have a car then you can go around town, go to a club, head downtown, eat off campus, etc. If you don't have a car, there are some events to go on campus on Friday nights like movie night at the library which happens I believe every other Friday, and there's also Swing Dancing.

    Food and Dining

    You will honestly miss home cooking. At times some of the food may lack some taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty amazing. Very much spacious and it's a whole lot better once you make friends who also live in the dorms. I've heard some complaints about the shower head. I find it alright.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are pretty challenging yet beneficial. You truly do learn all the things necessary for your career. The GPA system is quite annoying, as in there is such a huge drop between an A and A-. Look into that in order to know what you're going through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know all the information such as price regarding Housing especially if you're staying at the dorms. Like every other college, there are those professors that will make the course harder than it needs to be. Most importantly, study and take every class seriously.

    In three sentences

    Academic-wise, the school is pretty good. To be honest there is a lack of a social life if you stay on campus and don't have a car. Other than that, you just got to make the best of your situation and it'll be a fun yet educational experience.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You cannot drive through campus legally. We have our own police station on campus. Our school is surrounded by quiet suburbs. There are police officers around the apartments and dorms at all hours of the day. Campus is well-lit and buildings are locked at night. There are accessible blue phone stations that are well-lit and will link you directly with the police.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life, but it doesn't appear to be a huge player. You can choose to get involved in the crazier ones with parties, or you can choose one that focuses more on service and community. Both are available, but it's not something everyone does. It's just an option that works for some people.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't participated in clubs much, but when I do, the people there work very hard to keep them working the way they would like. It seems simple to start a club or organization, and I do believe that most organizations on campus would like to create events that the students would enjoy, rather than whatever they can budget for easily.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in computer science, nanotechnology, or speech pathology would likely do very well here and be very happy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We pretend to have traditions. This school only recently started its undergraduate program, so we really don't have any traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    I got a full-tuition scholarship to UTD, as well as many of my friends. I feel that I am getting a valuable education.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few swimming pools available. The student union has many pool tables, a TV lounge, and a few video games that you have to pay for. There are different activities hosted by different organizations on campus, such as the Homecoming Dance (even though we don't have a football team), multiple musician, comedian, and poet performances, and cultural events.

    Food and Dining

    The Pub is a sort-of on-campus restaurant, and it is good. The Dining Hall, which is like a cafeteria, has poor-quality food. There are a few on-campus, fast-food options, such as Chick-Fil-A and Pizza Hut.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well-built with good peer-advisers. There are many options for activities and many facilities available, such as pool tables, ping-pong tables, and sports courts.

    Academic Rigor

    I found many of my classes to be challenging, but they don't have to be. Many of my friends have taken courses with very little work and studying outside of class and exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you understand your major very well because some of the advisers won't understand much better than you do. Look up professors before you take their courses. Wait until the first day of class to purchase your textbook. Try to get in contact with other students for used textbook and study materials.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is growing very quickly, but it often feels as if it were a small school. Many of the students and staff members have a sort-of geeky vibe, along with a wide variety of culture that might not be found at a school of similar size and reputation. It prides itself on its academic standing, despite being a widely unknown state school.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. UTD has there own police stations and buttons everywhere that will call the police automatically placed around campus.

    Greek Life

    It's not as hardcore as other Universities, but there's still an opportunity to get involved in Greek Life here. Whether it's a sorority or fraternity all about partying, or one about community service and the community,UTD has it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club and activity for almost anything. Whether it's a specific language such as the Russian club or Spanish club, or if it's related to your major such as the Computer Science club, it's a well rounded selection. It's always encouraged to create your own clubs as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves video games, or would be sterotyped as a geek or nerd. It's a tight knit community for anyone who just wants to relax and play some League of Legends or World of Warcraft. (Pardon for the outdated reference.)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a huge love-jack statue that everyone hangs around, and a statue of a man, who's forehead you kiss for good luck on an exam. It's a fairly new University so there's always room to create your own unusual traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Texas at Dallas is one of the less expensive schools, and will provide you a great education, preparing you well for the real world.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life and SUAAB make a lot of events, and since there's a different array of individuals attending the University, there's almost everything. Whether you want to study, there's study rooms and groups, or party on the weekends there's always a party held by a fraternity or by the campus. If you like video games, there's constantly tournaments going around campus, and if you just want to hang out with your friends, there's always room. It's a well rounded University.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is one of my only complaints, as the food isn't top quality and I would say is not worth the money required to pay for a meal plan, but it does get the job done with a variety of options.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love the dorm life, for freshman there are dorm suites in which three students live in one suite. There's an individual room and sink for each student, and one bathroom and shower shared between the three roommates. It's a wonderful experience compared to many larger universities, and the peer advisors in charge are quick to resolve any conflicts.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a no-joke school. There are few blow off classes, if you intend to attend UTD, you have to work hard, but in the end it will be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible, and get involved on campus! If you like the social side of a University, get involved in Greek life, if you love your major, get involved in clubs and activities relating to it.

    In three sentences

    University of Texas at Dallas is a school specified in the engineering and computer science department, providing a top notch education in those fields. It's smaller University that allows for great connections with your peers. It provides a lot of scholarship opportunities to allow everyone that chance for a great education.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great SLP and Audiology Program. Engineers big field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rock ritual

    What to do for fun

    Many events like sports events, debates, watching movies, or joining an organization.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best everyday because the Professors will not just pass you.

    In three sentences

    The University is great. The teachers are attentive and very knowledgeable. The campus is big but comforting at the same time.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Overall a bit pricey and rather non traditional it its academic and institutional approach, but if you are open minded and love Dallas, then you're in the right place.

    What to do for fun

    Well there are intramural sports, a bar on campus, and lots of clubs and activities.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is actually pretty good. Shocking...I know. Lol.

    Dorm Life

    I would highly recommend getting an off campus apartment. You will have more freedom and save some money overall.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a school for the professionally minded, and the cost reflects this. If you aren't willing to commit and to do the hard and smart work needed, than I would consider a different campus perhaps.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise anyone about to attend to not procrastinate. Just get everything done as quickly and succinctly as possible. Do this and you will alleviate a great deal of stress from your life later on!

    In three sentences

    It is honestly a bit clinical and business oriented, however this provides a less complicated and more efficient system for entry level students to fall into. The modern architecture and ample natural Texas landscaping adds a unique aesthetic to your collegiate experience. Not to mention there are mist coolers in the quad, a bar on campus, and a pretty much endless variety of on and off campus activities to participate in.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun there are a ton of events that occur on campus all the time. There are also plenty of things to do in the student union, like play pool or ping pong or an arcade game, not to mention the TV lounge room. There is also a gym if you like to workout for fun. Oh, and plenty of intramural sports teams to join!

    Food and Dining

    Just like most universities you have the original cafeteria, but UTD also has the comet cafe, the pub, and plenty of other choices for lunch! It is great to have so many different choices instead of the same thing day after day.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot rate the dorm life because I am actually a commuter student.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here is great. The professors know so much on the topic they are teaching that they can transmit information to the students excellently. You actually get to learn new things in college, imagine that!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and organizations not only will it look great on your applications for the future, but you will meet so many great people!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas has a great friendly faculty that is willing to go out of their way to help you. The fact that it is a very diverse campus is great because you have a chance to meet all kinds of different people. If you are interested in clubs and organizations there are so many to join and it is not hard to find out about them and to get involved on campus.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    It would depend on your program of course

    In three sentences

    Commuter school mostly. Suburban setting. Nice improvements to campus. Currently working on becoming a tier one school.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sign up for the weekly emails and you will be updated on all the upcoming events and seminars.

    Food and Dining

    Food not so great, but there is a Chickfila and a Subway on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Wouldn't know, I live off campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult classes, but if you work hard you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the Student Resources. The writing center, counseling center, financial aid office, and the Comet Center. These are essential and will make your life much easier.

    In three sentences

    Awesome School! the advisers are extremely helpful, the campus is easy to find and to find needed information. The only down side is the food, not exactly up to par.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe while on campus. Not once this past semester have I felt unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities UTD has to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    UTD is great for all types of students. Hard working, dedicated, and determined students thrive here.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe UTD is reasonably priced. Make sure to complete and submit your FAFSA. Apply for any and all scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There is always some event taking place on campus. In the Student Union, there are Pool tables, Ping-Pong tables, and other games that students and pass the time with.

    Food and Dining

    I am very impressed with the Student Union building. There is Subway, Chick-Fil-A, pizza, and another vendor I believe. Plus there is a cafeteria for the students who live on campus. There are also other restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, so I do not know what the dorm life is like.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my classes thus far have been challenging and the professors expect no less from undergraduates. Everyone treats you like an adult and you are expected to act like one. The work is hard, but very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and stay on top of your application process. The University will be sending you To-Do's to complete. Once you are accepted, make sure you get a parking permit, your UTD-ID card, and take an afternoon to walk the campus and find where your classes will be.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love UTD. This is my first semester there and have learned more than my previous years in Community college. I would recommend UTD to anyone. I love the program that I am in, the Brain and Behavioral Science Program.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police constantly patrol. I have never heard of any safety issues on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is developing along with the school. At one point, it was very inactive, though most people recognize the fraternities and sororities now. Each one has its own unique flavor, which gives students a number of good choices.

    Clubs and Activities

    -Greek (fraternities and sororities) -World-champion chess team -Pretty much a club for anything you can think of

    Great for these types of students

    -Engineering -Computer science -Speech pathology / therapy -Audiology

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before exams, we sometimes rub the head of a statue of one of our founders for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Many complain that UT Dallas is a nerd school, though we are becoming more diverse as we grow. It is an incredible school with great academics with relatively low prices. The surrounding area is rich in fun and interesting experiences.

    What to do for fun

    People tend to be housed together based on interests (unless you ask otherwise). You may see a group of musicians, gamers, etc. grouped together playing together much of the time. Also, we have rugby, baseball, volleyball, basketball, and chess teams that compete regularly. As for outside the school, Richardson (where the campus is housed) is fairly boring other than a few bars, good restaurants, and hookah joints. However, it is a short drive from downtown Dallas and surrounding areas. Depending on what you're into, there are clubs, interesting restaurants, flea markets, an aquarium, and others.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is another area in which UTD has improved over the past few years. They offer a dining hall with meal plans to provide your everyday food needs, as well as a cafe containing Subway, Chik-fil-a, Luby's-like food, and sushi options. A new addition this past year was a food truck that drives to various locations around campus to bring good food to you.

    Dorm Life

    During my freshman year (2009), I was one of the first students in the UTD dorms. Since then, they have built two new dorm buildings, with plans to build more. Their dorm Peer Adviser program is very helpful in helping students adjust to college life in Dallas. There will be a ton of opportunities to meet others.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a math and science school, so the coursework can be challenging depending upon your major. However, the overall experience is rewarding and will help in your future career search.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. You get out of the school what you put into it. No one will force you to be involved on campus, so you'll have to do that yourself. 2. Look into scholarships! Most undergraduates at the school receive some type of scholarship (many even paying all four years of tuition). Look around the UTD website and educate yourself.

    In three sentences

    UT Dallas is a school marked by growth. When I was a freshman, it was a nasty pit of construction and dirt; now, after much work, it is becoming a beautiful, thriving campus. The school is very academically-focused (mostly math and science), and a ton of undergraduate scholarships are offered based on GPA, community service, and extracurricular work.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. Rarely any occurences of misconduct and there is always a policeman willing to escort you to your car if it's getting late. The campus is safe enough for you to walk back to your apartment at 2 in the morning or 4 in the morning.

    Greek Life

    I don't have much knowledge of greek life other than there are alot of fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different organizations and clubs to join especially those related to the field you want to work in.

    Great for these types of students

    UTD is great for the focused, structured, intelligent, and driven students. There aren't many partiers or slackers and if there are, they are pressured by their peers to work just as hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing of Cecil Green's head for good luck before exams. Never tried it though.

    Bang for the buck

    Exceptional education and academic environment. All of the students at UTD were very serious about their education and it was worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Not much campus life, almost everyone is a commuter. You have to make your own fun, hang out with your friends at the student union, go places if one of you has a car. Not a lot of regular on campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    Limited food options. In order to eat well, you must have a car to get groceries and cook or go to a good place to eat. On campus dining options are very limited in terms of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Clean and safe dorms and apartments. Management wasn't that great but for the most part dorm life was satisfactory.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at UTD were challenging but manageable. The professors were wonderful and really wanted their students to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and make good friends who will keep you on track. It is very easy to become sidetracked because of all the freedom and independence given to you as a college student. Study hard, play hard, do well, and have fun.

    In three sentences

    UTD was a very safe and student friendly school. Everyone was very academically driven and kept each other on track. It was a pleasure going to this university.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are golf courses, activity center with squash, swimming pool, basketball etc. for fun on campus. You can also find shooting range nearby the campus and plenty of malls in the city.

    Food and Dining

    Not much of an option in dining on campus, however you can find plenty of restaurants and fast food joints within 2 miles of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Not much of a life in the dorms, students study most of the time and you will hardly find any parties around the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent professors and curriculum. University offers both theoretical as well as practical experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the place before applying here to make sure that its the right place for you.

    In three sentences

    Excellent professors, they really know how to teach. Students study too hard, very few party goers in the school. Not much to do around campus but overall a good place.

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Words cannot describe how safe I feel on campus. There is police available on campus 24/7. They implemented police escort service if you are scared to walk from one place to another at night. They have blue emergency phones at every corner that hooks you up straight with police. I have never heard of any crimes that happened on campus. Just lock your doors.

    Greek Life

    AWESOME. SIGMA SIGMA RHO REPRESENTTT. There is no frat/sorority housing. Usually frat and sorority kids have high GPA's.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's every type of club you can imagine. If you can imagine it and it doesn't exist, start it.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    TEMOC (comets backward) is our mascot. It's literally a creepy comet with flamin' orange hair. Google it. Too awesome. Rock where you spray paint it for no reason at all. It's a random giant rock. There have been proposals, spirit show offs, etc here.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely. Even if you don't get University Scholarships like AES or CV, you aren't stupid. Paying for UTD is totally worth it because it's a fixed rate for your 4 years. I know people who went to mainstream Texas schools like UT and A&M and they ended up paying way more than just their tuition, room/board, and fees. UT and A&M charges fees for everything..literally. UTD..everything is included.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and Orgs sponsor so many activites throughout the year. But if you are like one of those rebels or something, there are Hookah Bars a few streets down. If you don't have a car, fear not scared fishy...UTD offers a free Dallas Bus Pass. It takes you anywhere. Malls, shopping, restaurants, bowling, anything.

    Food and Dining

    Waffle Bar..enough said. I'm a lacto-vegetarian and I was pretty worried about not finding anything to eat while paying full price for my meals. On the contrary, they have something for everyone. The Dining Hall chefs are top notch and cook everything. It's buffet style so it's hard to over indulge. This is NOT your regular sloppy high school cafeteria food. The food is good and healthier compared to dining halls in other colleges. They have a pizzeria, world food center, steak house, and anything you can imagine. Other than the Dining Hall, they have a Subway, Papa Johns, and other mainstream restaurant food. A lot of coffee shops. VISIT THE FOOD TRUCK OMG.

    Dorm Life

    I have visited several colleges but nothing compares to the cleanliness and organized feeling of UT-D dorms. There are 4 residential halls all located in the same area. All suites in all 4 of the residential halls are oriented the same way with the same amount of space. Each suite consists of 3 private dorm rooms, a living room area, 3 separate sinks, a shower room, and a bathroom. I don't know about others, but I love the idea of a private room, yet having roommates to get the full experience. You may be thinking it's a bit crowded? Au contraire, UTD dorms have far more space than all the other dorms I've visited. The campus also has campus apartments right next to the dorms (also VERY LOVELY) which are available to sophomores and upperclassman if they choose to not to stay in the Res Halls. Be sure to check out Living learning Communities.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have seen and heard, UT Dallas is very rigorous and provides amazing preparation for professional school. Here, students are more focused on academics compared to other colleges. Business, Pre-Health, and Engineering are the strongest programs at UTD.

    Tips for prospective students

    Automatic Acceptance with a 1200 reading and math score on your SAT/ 29 on your ACT. You don't have to be top whatever percent to get in automatically unlike UT and A&M, but for some reason UTD has a higher number of National merit scholars than the rest of Texas universities combined. (That says something) Apply for FINANCIAL AID!!! And go to Comet camp.

    In three sentences

    UTD prepares you for life, not only higher education. It's academics are on par with the best universities in the nation. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oozeball. I haven't had time to play, but every year people get together and play volleyball in the mud.

    Tips for prospective students

    During Welcome Week, get connected! Join a student organization and make friends! Life can be pretty lonely up here if you don't have any friends or organizations to be a part of.

    In three sentences

    Dallas is an awesome city and UTD is located just north in Richardson. The atmosphere here is great, you will feel right at home. Pretty much any field of study here is academically rigorous and rewarding. Great school overall.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are constantly patrolling the campus. They won't pull you over every time you go two miles over the speed limit, but they're there to stop people from running through all the crosswalks at 50. I walked around wearing a ski mask during the winter, and none of the cops really cared. We also have these police poles; 10-foot-tall, illuminated metal spires that can pressed to instantly call 911. There are like 20 around campus, and can summon an officer within three minutes. I saw one used once, but it was just a guy locked out of the dorms and they helped him in. They're not there to shove every little dress code violation down your throat, but they keep theft and violence in check.

    Greek Life

    We have several sororities, but I didn't see any reason to pay for friends when plenty are running around for free.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a LOT of groups. One that stood out to me was our Game Development Alliance. I participated in a weekend event where you team up with a few people and make a game for the Game Jam in 48 hours. It was very fun and I'm planning to participate again.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're a geek, love video games, want to learn more than the content of your classes, or want to get away from small-minded people, UTD is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have what's called the Lovejack, which is a giant red Jack sitting in between some buildings. I'm not saying it's the coolest thing ever, but it's definitely better to have things like that lying around than large expanses of concrete.

    Bang for the buck

    Spending my Freshman year on-campus at UTD is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I wouldn't have spent the money any other way.

    What to do for fun

    I had a lot of fun renting out the Multi-Purpose Room and watching movies on a massive projector, playing soccer on one of our full-size fields, playing racquetball, and attending group events with friends to get free food. If you walk around long enough you'll find plenty of fun things to do, and no shortage of people to enjoy them with.

    Food and Dining

    As a freshman you'll be required to have a meal plan with the dining hall, which is huge buffet. A lot of my friends complained about the quality, but the secret is to learn when the staff lunch times are, because they're sure to make it good when they have to eat it. Most meal plans come with Dining Dollars, which you can spend at The Pub, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Papa Johns, or this Asian-style eatery. They're all right next to each other, and are all excellent except for Subway's usual lack of supplies.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Computer Science Living Learning Community my Freshman year, where there are like 41 guys and 6 girls that all share similar interests and degrees. By the second week we were all gaming together and going out to eat, and the rest of the year was a non-stop party with the exception of studying together.

    Academic Rigor

    I failed my first Calculus class here because I didn't spend enough time studying, but took advantage of all the on-campus resources for tutoring the second semester and aced all the tests. All of my courses were challenging enough to make me think about and reorganize my studying routine, but only to the degree that if you fail it's your own fault.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can get automatically accepted if your ACT or SAT scores are high enough, which made it a no-brainer for me to apply. If you're going to live on-campus you'll be in the Res Halls, and be sure to hang out in common areas as much as possible to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    UTD is a very culturally diverse campus, and the campus atmosphere is exactly what I was looking for. Most students are very politically and technologically informed, and I can't think of a single conversation over the past year that wasn't worth having. Overall, this is the place to go if you want to advance your learning well beyond the classroom.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police is always on duty, patrolling the streets and keeping us out of trouble. emergency phones are vastly spread around campus and anytime you feel unsafe late at night, they are only a call away.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life on campus isn't huge but its very close. All councils have no problems with each other and always host event together. The greeks are very motivated and every organization is always surpassing everyones expectations in all categories, whether it be academics, social events, volunteering or leadership opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over a 100 student groups on campus so take your pick! Most groups don't have a high membership fee and meet up every so often. Whether you are looking to get more devoted in your religion or God, or looking to join an intramural sports team, they are all readily available.

    Great for these types of students

    Bio programs and ATEC programs are highly values on campus

    Bang for the buck

    The Scholarship programs on campus are the best in town! It seems like every other person as some kind of scholarship!

    What to do for fun

    The Student Union Activities and Advisory Board or SUAAB for short is always hosting wonderful events throughout the year which are always fun. Dollar theaters aren't too far from campus and every Friday, Meteor Theater shows a lock buster movie.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Hall is constantly improving and their hours are also great for any cravings you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    !. Welcome Week and Comet camps are great! Do not miss them! 2. Professors are really easy to talk to and will always help you out as much as they can. 3. The writing lab is awesome for any writing projects so please use them!

    In three sentences

    1. It is high on scholarships. 2. It is rising up the ranks really quickly for a relatively new school. 3. The teachers are self motivated and some of the best in the University Of Texas system.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Blue Light Boxes all over campus that connect you directly to campus PD. Also, they have a 24 hour escort service so you don't have to walk anywhere by yourself.

    Greek Life

    To be honest, I didn't pay any attention at all to it. It exists on campus, but it's not really the focus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do, and it's really easy to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are more focused on academics and preparing themselves for the future. It's not really a party school, and rather than supporting the non-existent football team, everyone rallies around the chess team.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Rocks: You can spray paint whatever you want on them Love Jack: People propose there a lot Welcome Week: Involves a water park being set up on some of the athletic fields

    Bang for the buck

    Instate Tuition + Full Academic Scholarship + Cash Stipend = Super Affordable

    What to do for fun

    Splatter Dance, Welcome Week, discounted movie tickets, DART bus that will take you places. Options are infinite.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Hall is pretty good, and the Pub is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Their dorms are INCREDIBLE. Suite-style with three bedrooms that lock. So you don't have to worry about anyone going into your room.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've heard, you have to work hard. But it's also an enjoyable academic experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the school, attend Scholar's Day, talk to advisers and current students.

    In three sentences

    It's basically a school for nerds and geeks. The campus is absolutely beautiful. The administration is very friendly and helpful.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I was never one to participate in sporting events in high school, but they are so much fun here! There are also a ton of great clubs and a reasonable Greek life! Downtown Dallas is always there if campus gets too boring.

    Food and Dining

    The dining situation is adequate. The actual dining hall is quite pretty, but there is only one dining hall. And there are very few other restaurants on campus. If you even count fast food as a place to dine. However, the food is good enough and they try to keep a nice variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are absolutely brilliant. I was always so terrified about having to share a room with a stranger, but UTD doesn't have that problem! The three bedroom suites are wonderful. There is plenty of room and privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    My courses are very rigorous. I am challenged every single day. Luckily, my professors are fantastically helpful. Even when I am having a hard time, I know they are there to help me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Comet Camp. You absolutely must. It is a great way to make friends, because honestly a lot of the students are rather socially awkward and shy at first. Comet Camp is a great way to break the ice and meet some truly amazing people.

    In three sentences

    This is an excellent University. It feels like home every time I step on campus. I absolutely love it here.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whether you like to play video or board games or you like sports or exercise, there is plenty to do. Both the activity center and student union offer many activities, so it's usually easy to find something that interests you.

    Food and Dining

    The university is limited in itself of what it offers when i comes to food, but there is an incredible selection of places to eat off campus. No matter what you're in the mood for, you'll be able to find a place that's both affordable at fills your stomach.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life on campus, to be honest, isn't that great. Most of the students live somewhere off campus and commute to the school.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak for my major (Biochemistry) but the learning curve is very steep and at times the classes are taught at a blistering pace. In order to comprehend the material and keep up, a lo of outside studying and work will have to be done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect this university to be a challenging experience. While the core classes will not prove to be that difficult. The classes in most of the majors offered at the university will push to your limits.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is a great school with a broad spectrum of students. Going to this university will allow you to learn so much, both inside and out of the classroom. The experience is one in a million.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even a student walking back to their dorm in the middle of the night wouldn't have to worry about being mugged or raped on campus. Security strictness and response are carried out diligently and effectively, and escort services along with emergency phones all around campus are options that are easily available. Crimes on campus are on a minimum scale and consequences for crimes are not liberal. A student should think twice before committing a crime or doing something completely stupid. For small transactions warnings will be issued instead of punishments, however, in general, the consequences for crimes are severe and fines are definitely not pleasurable to look at. The overall service of police and security working on campus is highly satisfying and a student should have no worries regarding campus safety.

    Greek Life

    Although I personally have never entered into the Greek life, a student should at least give it some thought. A common quality of UTD's Greek life is its openness to newcomers and the friendliness of the people. Students are encouraged to join sororities and fraternities, and the student will never be subject to hazing techniques or unusual traditions. The Greek life on campus in general is very pleasing and makes for a positive experience at the university.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university offers a huge variety of clubs and organizations that almost every student on campus can join in. The friendliness of the upperclassmen and the openness of the clubs themselves allows prospective students to have free reign in the clubs of their choosing. Students who join clubs or participate in university events enjoy the overall experience of college life much more than those who try to find entertainment on their own.

    Bang for the buck

    There are places such as university stores and food centers that are overpriced for the average college student. In terms of service, bookstores, tech stores, and general consumer good store prices are generally fair for the quality of the service or product. In terms of food, such as in pubs or the dining hall, costs are a bit over-priced if you don't have a meal plan or have a small budget. The quality of food is average compared to the price they offer for it. The experience of food based on price is different for every student, but one shouldn't be discouraged in buying things from the university, as the bang for the buck is in no way unsatisfactory. It must might be a little disappointing to your wallet.

    What to do for fun

    There are some things to do in the university, such as recreational sports, hanging out, watching TV, or simply finding things to do in the courtyards (most entertainment areas are always crowded). However, the average student wouldn't have much to do if they weren't part of any club or organization. UTD offers a huge variety of clubs that students can sign up for, and participation with the people in the clubs are usually the entertainment for the weekends. Although there is an average amount of things to occupy oneself on campus, one quickly becomes bored. That brings up the option of going off campus and taking the 10 - 20 minute trip to Dallas and enjoying the occasional mall, movie, museum, park, club, bar, and the general nightlife. Dallas has many entertainment choices to offer to university students and options are endless if a student is willing to take a 20 minute trip to the city.

    Food and Dining

    There are mixed feelings about food and dining in the university. In general terms, the food is good and the various types of food to choose from are immense. However, since there is only one dining hall in the whole university, eating in the hall might be an inconvenience for some students who have classes far away. To compensate, there are pubs and restaurants around the university, but depending on your budget, these might be overpriced for the quality of the food. The overall satisfaction on food is excellent, but there are complaints here and there about the quality and the boring repetitiveness of the choices. However, the university recently started offering a take-out choice, where a student can take leftovers or meals out of the dining hall and have food on the go if they are far away, which has been a real improvement in the matter of food and dining at the university.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm suites are actually very substantial: fully furnished, with three bedroom suites connected to a common area with spaces for a refrigerator and microwave, and a full bathroom with three separate sinks. A student would be able to keep their privacy while still being able to enjoy the company of friends in the same dorm or floor. The overall residence hall for freshman is very spacious and fresh. People are friendly and the PA's make friends with almost everybody. Everybody is involved and the courtyards are always packed with people playing sports, studying, or just hanging out. Since the university is still new with only over 20,000 students, the close-knit feeling of the community that live in dorms is very comfortable and pleasing.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is known for being a highly academic school, not particularly known for its athletics (mostly because it lacks a football team). Although the academics are demanding and may present challenges, there are several professors around campus that are happy to provide assistance and reviews over anything a student has trouble with. Professors are very helpful on campus and as long as a struggling student regularly consults with a professor of a subject he/she is finding difficulty in, the coursework will seem lighter than it actually is. As a research university, it has outstanding research facilities and since it is fairly new, the teacher-student ratio is not so far apart that an individual will find it difficult to obtain help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although students should be encouraged to take advantage of the free Dart bus passes and shuttles, they shouldn't say no to having their own car on campus. Times of travel on buses don't fit every student's schedule. Bicycles would be a nice form of transportation inside the university as the distance between classes requires long walks. Students wouldn't have to worry about safety or crime since the security and overall safety precautions on campus are strict, easily available, and effective. Remember to always keep extra cash or credit because food and things can get a bit more pricey than they need to be at university stores and food joints.

    In three sentences

    The university is the perfect place for people who like to enjoy a nightlife in the center of Dallas and still crave the homely feel of a small community. People will never feel left out since the racial diversity is off the charts and the general kindness of the community is astounding. Although the athletics department may be lacking, the freshness of the university can't be missed, and the food isn't bad either.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are really focused on academics and higher education.

    What to do for fun

    Various on-campus events thrown by the school, fraternities and sororities. Concerts at the Student Union. Basketball games, soccer, rock climbing and girls volleyball!

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a huge focus on success and higher education so be prepared to work and be pushed to your best. Enjoy the programs offered in campus and get involved with your school!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is very focused on academics and scholastic achievement. For the past couple of years, the school has also dedicated itself into developing it's own culture. It is not only a leader in research, business education and scientific development but also is a great institution for building relationships and lifelong friendships.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE. you can call a police escort number and they will pretty much guide you and watch you till your safely inside the dorms or apartments.

    Greek Life

    many sororities and frats are available even though the school is a bit small.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and organizations, so no one will feel left out.

    Great for these types of students

    Living and Learning is offered at this school which is very handy. You can go on trips, and be part of an internship. Great way to receive and make connections.

    What to do for fun

    Theres tennis courts, volleyball courts, and basketball courts.

    Food and Dining

    amazing food. If the food doesn't meet your taste buds, there's also a chick fil a and other fast food restaurants inside the school.

    Dorm Life

    very spacious, and convenient. You get individual rooms, and no community restrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are very helpful. Their teaching methods work well in my opinion, and they are there to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions. Be active. Join clubs and organizations.

    In three sentences

    The faculty is very friendly and encouraging. The building and facilities are almost brand new. The upper classman's help the lower classman's a lot.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police everywhere and emergency buttons if you get lost or is threaten all around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is wonderful, there's all kinds of food made for vegetarians, meat-eaters, and omnivores. It's delicious and if you like home cook meals, you can cook them at the kitchens in the resident hall where you live at. :)

    Dorm Life

    People are very mindful and won't blast loud music in ungodly hours. Your room is just your's, no sharing including. You share a dorm with two other people of the same gender. You can rent a fridge and a microwave.

    Academic Rigor

    Wonderful, it's challenging yet there's many things here for free that's there to help you pass your classes and improve yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a bike, the campus is huge and is still growing. Buy used books to save and rent books for the science classes. Another is to never forget or lose your id card, it gets you in your apartment and many places around UTDallas.

    In three sentences

    UTDallas is beautiful and very colorful. It's filled with kind and understanding people, both the students and professors. It's always active and buzzing with all kinds of activity, clubs, and organizations to join and help with.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It was not a good idea to go on a tour near lunchtime. UTD has quite a bit of food options. From quick meals (like Chik-fil-A and Subway) to a whole elaborate set-up (including homestyle-type food). I've been on quite a few other campuses and have yet to see food options that match UTD's.

    Dorm Life

    From the looks of it, dorm life is pretty great. During the tour, we saw model rooms and were able to talk to residents (and previous-residents). I find it nifty that freshman dormers can choose to be in proximity to others of similar majors.

    Academic Rigor

    I come from an IB school, so academic rigor is somewhat difficult to range for me. UTD, from what I have seen and experienced so far, has an adequate level of rigor and challenging nature. I look forward to seeing more of this school.

    In three sentences

    While visiting the Dallas area, I signed up for a tour at UTD. The campus was gorgeous and both faculty and students were helpful and friendly. It was difficult to become lost as the buildings were quite self-evident (or pedestrians would quickly help).

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs that you are able to join. UTD is well known for it's famous chess club. There are honor societies and many other recreational activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is cheap and good, there is a large selection to choose from and there is even a buffet. The Student Union provides a lot of different options, ranging from Asian food to your typical Texas dinner. Relatively cheap and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are excellent. It is a suite between three people and you have your own room. Although it is far from the dining hall, the walk is worth the wait. The dorms are safe and people are very observant to those they have not seen before.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends what major you are in, everything is different. There is an honors college which is difficult to get into, as well as a McDermott Scholars program which is incredibly hard as well. You will see people who work hard and people who do not, just like every other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you did not get into the CV program at UTD, it's okay! If you work hard your first freshman semester you will be able to apply mid December. It's important never to give up. The teachers are helpful.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere within the community, there is a lot of trust between students and teachers. Everyone in the faculty is there to help you, you can often go to them for guidance or assistance. You will never feel like you are missing something. Great selection of classes too.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue Emergency Poles everywhere that you can head to if you have an emergency. There are many officers roaming the school grounds every hour.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are religious, academic, professional, and recreational clubs you can join. There's pretty much a club for everything you can think of!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for nerdy students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For good luck on test days, go rub the head of the sculpture of Cecil Green, one of the founders of UT Dallas. If you walk under the giant Love Jack with your significant other, you are destined to marry that person.

    What to do for fun

    Join one of the hundreds of organizations on campus. Many restaurants are also in the surrounding area off campus. Collin Creek Mall is fifteen minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall doesn't have the best food, but it sustains you. The Comet Cafe has a Subway, Chik-Fil-A, and Papa John's! The Pub has a great restaurant atmosphere to it and serves good food.

    Dorm Life

    In the dorms, you get your own private bedroom and sink! When you become a sophomore, you can get an on-campus apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    There are lots of good professors here who expect students to do their best. The coursework is not easy but by no means is impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come take the campus tour! During orientation, browse the Organization Fair for clubs you will want to join. Study hard for the SAT. It will help you receive higher merit scholarships.

    In three sentences

    UT Dallas is a great place to go to college! The student body is the perfect size--small enough not to feel crowded out, but big enough to be lively with activities. There's lots of organizations to join and the professors are awesome!

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety here is pretty much amazing. There are always cops around, so you feel as safe as possible.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely growing on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! Put yourself out there and get to know other people :)

    Food and Dining

    Food is food? It's either mediocre or subpar.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say because I've never experienced it, but I've heard an overall positive review on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Kids here are intense. We play hard, but study harder. We aren't kidding about our future.

    Tips for prospective students

    - If you're a road warrior, better get up early to beat the crowd! Otherwise, parking becomes a vicious game. - You can generally get from one end of the campus to another in 15-20 minutes, but bikes are always welcomed especially if you're living in the dorm. - We have the magical NSERL building aka Mermaid Building. It's pretty much a mystery~ Definitely go see it once you're on campus.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy the diversity of UTD -- from cultural to interests. UTD has a really unique persona. It definitely has a culture of its own.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Great places to eat!

    Dorm Life

    Not good for me, as I like calmness

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused!

    In three sentences

    I love their new tech building and I plan to attend this college soon!

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Lot of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    It's good!

    Academic Rigor

    You will surely be very busy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to scholarships early and check all the deadlines. Campus housing is competitive to too!

    In three sentences

    I am into MS in CS. Though it is a little expensive compared to others colleges with similar ranking, it is surrounded by wide variety of IT companies to offer you fairly competitive pay packages. Curriculum and Professors in UTD are simply good.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can always see cops so you know you're safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is lacking.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations, and most of them operate within their schools (ex: American Marketing Association in the Jindal School of Management)

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for ethnic minorities, students who like small campuses, students looking for financial aid, students who like the relaxed suburb life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Confucius room at school that's funded by the Chinese government.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is widely-known for the number of scholarships it gets. Apply and it'll probably offer you an amount you absolutely can not turn down. It's definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Social life is lacking on campus since it is a commuter school. There are very few activities happening, but there are a lot of organizations on campus to join to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many accommodations nearby for food; it's basically an endless suburb. On campus, UTD has a dining hall with variety foods, a Subway, a Chick-fil-A, and a Papa John's.

    Dorm Life

    UTD has a suite system with 3 bedrooms in a suite and a common area. Unless you actively seek to get to know your roommates, there is a great chance you won't know them. The university also has apartment style housing on campus so there's another option. Lastly, UTD is primarily a commuter school so most students live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Davidson Management Honors Program so the classes have a lot of content but they're not difficult at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love diversity, scholarships, and opportunity, attend UTD.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the more diverse campuses I've ever encountered. The faculty is exceptionally nice and helpful and the resources in each school are endless. The atmosphere is very relaxed and enjoyable.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. We have our own little police force on campus.

    Greek Life

    Good amount of Greek sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of interesting clubs to join

    What to do for fun

    All sorts of things that the schools multicultural center provides

    Food and Dining

    Have good restaurants on campus and the dining hall is big

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging. The programs at utd are some of the best and are rigorous and challenging but wiorth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to study. There are many amazing academic and volunteer opportunities.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with an awesome learning environment.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, the university itself has its own police system instead of a security system. There are also plenty of emergency polls that you can use to call an escort if you ever feel that your safety is threatened. For the most part there really isn't much danger on campus, and the subdivisions near the campus are safe as well.

    Greek Life

    Don't worry there is greek life here at UTD, so if you're into that kind of thing you can join in on it and you'll find that you'll be busy with all the activities that the greek life groups partake in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of clubs offered at the university, and if you really get out there and join them all you'll actually find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the amount that UTD has.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're more concerned with getting an undergraduate degree and not a big fan of the typical american college experience then UTD is definitely a good place to be. It doesn't have many distractions if you really need to get down to business, but still gives you an opportunity to explore downtown Dallas. It's a quiet school, but the biggest plus is the small class size. If you're definitely intimidated by the idea of a 400+ lecture hall do not fret! For my average class size here as a freshman has been about 40 students per class!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is still a lot of tradition that needs to be built at UTD, but in a few years there's bound to be a bunch!

    Bang for the buck

    UTD is the most expensive school in the all of the schools in the UT system, therefore without scholarship it may seem as a turn off. But the school is very generous when it comes to scholarship opportunities so if you get in automatically you shouldn't fret about money too much. And if you don't fall under this category there is always the financial aid office on campus that can help you when it comes to paying for school.

    What to do for fun

    UTD is just a few minutes away from downtown, but it is a bit out of the way to get off of campus to get to the city. The school offers you free bus passes that can take you almost anywhere in the Dallas area and they are an all right way for getting off campus.

    Food and Dining

    In all honesty, the food in college is as good as it gets at any public college. It's a step up from typical high school cafeteria food but it does get old fast and you'll be finding yourself wishing you could eat somewhere else.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very clean and well maintained! The dorms are apartment style suites with 3 rooms and a private bathroom and shower. The only drawback is the fact that the residence halls are all very close together, but very far away from many of the schools on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As the dean says, If you're smart enough to get in, you're smart enough to stay in. As long as you do what you're supposed to and spread out your studies and work you should be fine at UTD. The math department seems to be a bit harsh sometimes, but that only means you need to work harder! Also, the class sizes at UTD are definitely smaller than the ones you would typically find at larger public universities. If you're afraid of getting into a lecture hall with 400+ students don't worry the average class size here is about 30-50. This also helps because when you need to approach a professor or TA you won't feel that it is as scary, or as much of a hassle.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're really looking into getting into UTD, I suggest you take care of your grades and standardized test scores. If you're in the top 15% of your class in Texas you'll probably get automatic acceptance into the school. If your SATs range from 1800 and up you're set and the same goes for ACTs 27 and up. If you're lacking in any of the numeric fields then I suggest you amp up your essay writing skills!

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is a very generous institution when it comes to financial aid. The school itself is very new and small and willing to bring in lots of bright individuals. The downsides to the new campus and the great scholarship packages is the youthfulness of the school, if you're looking for a college with a big sense of college life and community this isn't the place to be, but if you're not a fan of any of that then it's a nice place to go and not worry about financial issues!

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    They offer scholarships to defer cost so it isn't that bad.

    What to do for fun

    I play pool or go eat out with friends often.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out what major you want to do before you get to far ahead.

    In three sentences

    Can be pretty rigorous academically. Not as big of a social scene. Faculty are excellent and very knowledgeable in their fields.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Safe!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club!

    Food and Dining

    Homemande gourmet meals.

    Dorm Life

    Fun, just follow the rules

    Academic Rigor

    Very difficult, but will set you up to be successful in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply! They will give you lots of scholarships.

    In three sentences

    A diverse University striving for excellence, with incredible research opportunity. A large state college, driven by a small community feel. A place to call home, even if you live many states away as myself.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is horrible.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on which dorm you live in, but because you get your own room, you get more privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know about other majors, but I think the classes for my major are pretty hard.

    In three sentences

    UTD gives you a lot of scholarships and financial aid, so the tuition won't be too expensive. However, as everyone knows, no football team and not very social.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus escorts for the night. Apparently laptops are stolen ofen, but mine was never taken all four years.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anime, Game Design/Development, Human Figure Drawing

    Great for these types of students

    Nerdy game enthusiasts, math geeks, computer science freaks, and over-imaginative artists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The music hall is small but it's a good place to study while listening to classical music being performed. The art barn is spectacular to explore and is empty for most of the afternoon during the lunch hours.

    Bang for the buck

    Decent location, friendly and willing professors, and programs that cover everything you want to learn.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. Cool art and game developing clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets repetitive as the cheapest and healthiest option is Subway. Bottled water is expensive

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes definitely are well organized and are challenging. However, sometimes classes end up being too laid back or basic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program to cater to those interested in game programming/scripting. ATEC only provide entry level computer science education. You might as well pursue a double major that includes computer science.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas provides a diverse education no matter what degree you pursue and encourages self-discovery and improvement. The university is what you make out of it with each excellent program it provides. The Art and Technology program has a bunch of friendly nerdy and creative students that set high bars for themselves in digital media creation.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is amazing. I lived on campus my first semester and loved it because you actually get your own room. The people who work in the residence halls are very friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study, a lot. If you never had to study in high school, you should start learning now. It will make it much easier on you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Texas at Dallas is a great school to attend. It is a smaller university, so it is much easier to get closer to your professor. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, lots of lighting, emergency phone poles spread throughout the campus, lots of weather shelters in every building.

    Greek Life

    Im not too sure for i have not really check that out.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of sorority's and fraternity's that do fun things, one i know plays paintball occasionally.

    Great for these types of students

    Programmers, their school for programmers is very large.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Stones which you can graffiti on.

    Bang for the buck

    Many services are free but are actually included in your school fees, such as, the gym, printing.

    What to do for fun

    I tend to surf the web on their numerous computer labs and work on making objects using structure programs such as Solidworks for 3D printing. As well as just walking around with my friends and playing Magic.

    Food and Dining

    They have lots of different foods available, from general foods to specific restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, panda express, and others.

    Dorm Life

    There are the residence halls which are for freshmen these have nice lounges to pass the time and then there are apartments which are for the more experienced students.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tough but if your willing to put in the effort then you should be fine. The school has multiple places where you can get help from tutors and students in many different subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to your classes on time, do your homework, and research your professors as to get to know them better because some f them have interesting pasts.

    In three sentences

    The University is beautiful, along with more beautification projects coming that include more trees and more wonderful structures. Teachers are friendly and willing to take time out of their schedules to help you learn. The school regular hosts events that are free to students such as dances, poetry sessions, movie nights, and they usually have lots of free pizza.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, as I have not heard of any major incidents recently. Police escorts are also available 24/7.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life on campus is not bad for the setting. Obviously you won't be getting the same experience as the universities who have houses, but overall it is an enjoyable experience. Many of the campus leaders are involved in greek life, and this is an extremely easy way to meet many new people.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for those looking to focus solely on their grades, but it also offers many opportunities for others who are more socially inclined.

    Bang for the buck

    They hand out a lot of scholarship money it seems, and this helps offset tuition and housing costs. In terms of academics, the school is one of the top public universities in the state.

    What to do for fun

    You are going to have to go out and search for social events. If you are looking to party, your best bet is to join a fraternity or sorority. The gym is kind of small, but it has everything you need. There are four basketball courts inside, and tennis courts and more basketball courts outside. Student organizations are also another good way to get involved and stay busy. This is probably one of the easiest ways to meet other people on campus. There are a lot of good places to eat in the area though, so that is definitely a plus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall seems to be good at the beginning of the semester, and slowly gets worse over time. The food after a while tastes the same, but I guess that is to be expected of cafeteria food. The Comet Cafe has a Papa Johns, Subway, Chick-fil-a. There is also a spot where you can get sushi and other types of salads in between the cafe and dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The actual residence halls are new and up to date. Three room dorms are usually what freshmen stay in, and these are usually big enough for anyone. Not much goes on that can get you in trouble, which can be a good thing. If you are looking for a crazy dorm room experience, this is definitely not what you are looking for. Ping pong tables and pool tables are in the res hall common areas, and are usually a good spot to hang out. There are no stoves or ovens in the dorm rooms, so you will have to use the ones in the res hall common areas.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are obviously going to be more difficult than others. I am a business major, but I have heard the engineering and science courses can be extremely difficult. The business classes aren't too bad, and usually do not require an extreme amount of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect to study more than you did in high school, as I found this out first semester. Once you get used to things, the university feels smaller than it really is. One thing I would highly recommend is making sure you get to know the people who live in the hall around you, as they can be a big help once exams come up.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school to come to if you really want to focus on your academics. There is not much of a night life, which can be a good thing if you get distracted too easily. The classes are well taught, and the students around you are generally pretty smart.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus, even at night. The university is still largely populated at night so you're not alone. Also at any time you can call a security officer to escort you to your car in the parking lot.

    Bang for the buck

    Apparently UTDallas is one of the more expensive universities in the Texas system, and I do not understand why. Nothing was over the top or impressive in any real way.

    Food and Dining

    The union food is mediocre. Only Subway, Chickfila, and Papa Johns. Never ate in the dining hall, however The Pub has good food AND Starbucks!

    Dorm Life

    I did not personally live in the dorms, but they were building so many more, which would cause me to believe they were a desirable place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Some very difficult courses, and not the most helpful professors can create a stressful school situation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a Gold parking sticker, regardless of the price. It will be more convenient for parking because there is never parking! Get involved in something, otherwise you will not make friends.

    In three sentences

    Diverse student population. Professors are passionate, but not incredibly helpful outside of class. Courses offered are broad and interesting.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The Comet Cafe has options like Chick-fil-A, Subway, and Papa John's. There's also sushi and California rolls at Outtakes Grab n' Go. You can eat in the Dining Hall with a meal plan, but if you don't have one it's around $9. The Pub is a pretty nice place to eat on campus and occasionally has live music.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are in great condition. Dorms are fully furnished three-bedroom suites with a small living area and bathroom. Students have the opportunity to be part of a Living Learning Community, where they live with students that have the same major. In the residence halls, there's a community kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV lounges, music practice rooms, pool tables, ping-pong, and study rooms. The washing machines text you when your laundry is done.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging, but it varies depending on your major and how much time you're willing to put in outside of class. Reading assignments and quizzes are meant to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to register for classes as soon as you can. Consider pursuing a minor through your free electives. Use myedu.com and ratemyprofessor.com when selecting courses. Take advantage of the student services, after all you are paying for them. Make use of office hours, professors are happy to help and it shows them you care about your grade.

    In three sentences

    UT Dallas is a great school that embraces its unique qualities. The student body is fairly diverse and really down-to-earth. Professors at UTD are friendly and very approachable.

  • 05/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police security patrolling around, late at night if you need an escort an officer will come to your location and walk you to your car. If your car battery dies you can call the UTD police and they will give you jump start, and self defense classes are also held for women (no charge on anything).

    What to do for fun

    The Student Union (SU) is the a pace were students go to relax, there are ping-pong tables, pool tables, board games, a TV Lounge, card games (13 most common at the moment, magic the gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc.). The Activity Center there's a gym, rock climbing, Jujitsu, swimming pool, basketball court, and outdoors there is tennis, soccer, golf, track, bowling, laser tag, paintball, eating and other events held by fraternities, sororities and other clubs. Sometimes free food or free stuff is given away, art shows, and concerts are also held (jazz, classical, opera music, etc).

    Food and Dining

    Limited amount of options, they will be adding new foods but so far, subway, chick-fil-A, papa johns, chef's corner (5 options varies on the day). Containers of Teriyaki chicken with rice, sandwiches, salads, sushi, and other small things. The Dining Hall is were most of the students with meal plans go or those who want buffet style. The food there is OK they have variety different types of foods, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, etc. Though the prices have increase and the food there is decent some days they have good food others you wish you had your money's worth. Off campus the food there is good so it makes up for on campus food

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter but as a commuter I can say living on campus seems easier than driving back and forth everyday even on late nights. Since the campus is small it is easier to get around but the dorms from what I have heard are terrible. All Freshmen live in the dorms (Res Halls), I have been there once the rooms are small and the place is small. The apartments though are much better and bigger with an actual living room and kitchen (Res Halls have no kitchen). They will though build a Dinning Hall in the Res Halls soon so buffet food will be provided closer than the other Dinning Hall located in the center of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes there are challenging, but there are a lot of help around, tutors, teacher assistants, professors, and friends you can talk to to help you. Some classes will require you to read more and invest more time on them than others. For instance, Organic Chemistry is a challenge for me at the moment but it can be over come with dedication. The level of difficulty in the classes depend on the student, every type of help is provided it all depend on the student if they seek to take the help. The courses are challenging if the student makes them challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    The people there are nice and easy to talk to so do not be afraid to approach people since they are diverse not only ethnically but with their hobbies (there is a nerd in every student on campus). Do not be afraid to ask them for help or your professors, read the material and always GO TO CLASS!!. Do not procrastinate, it is OK to take a day off or two for important reasons but try not a whole week. It is common for people to fail a course but once you do pick yourself up and learn from your mistake do not give up so easily!

    In three sentences

    The campus is academic based, there is no football team or stadium, and the school is smaller than other universities. The school is constantly growing and renovations and new buildings are being constructed (new A-Tech building looks really nice). The people there are friendly, there are a lot of help both financially and academically that are offered for students and the school it self wants each student to succeed rather than compete.

  • 06/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this campus. It's clean, it's modern, it's has THE aesthetic appeal of what you'd want your university to look like.

  • 07/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not the best-lit campus, and some of the parking lots are fairly dark and remote. However, they've got police emergency boxes, so if the response time is good...

    Greek Life

    Decent Greek life system, but no Greek Row/Greek housing. Not really a ton of options, and the administration seems hell-bent on keeping Greek Life from becoming a large part of the college like it is at other universities. However, they really crack down on hazing, so that's a plus I guess.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty middle of the road here. About what you'd expect, nothing great.

    Great for these types of students

    People who don't want the typical college experience. There's no football team, so don't expect the tailgating, school spirit, campus unity, etc that you'd get from UT or A&M. But you'll get a good education, which is the point, right?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not much in the way of traditions. It's a young school, so nothing has caught hold yet.

    Bang for the buck

    On the one hand, you get a good education. On the other hand, you spend 6 grand a semester on tuition and you will be disappointed if you were expecting it to be like UT or A&M.

    What to do for fun

    Dallas has a lot to do for fun. Unfortunately, there's not much right around the university so be prepared to drive. Most of the interesting places are at least 15 minutes away. However, as long as you don't mind driving or riding the bus, Dallas has pretty much everything you could ask for - sporting events, concerts, parks, bars, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The school didn't have a dining hall when I lived on campus, so I don't know.

    Dorm Life

    When I lived on campus, campus life consisted of a bunch of recluses that didn't leave their apartments. Now they have built dorms and it seems that campus life has improved immensely, but I can't say since I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as the Natural Science/Math department goes, it's pretty rough. In most of my physics classes, a grade of 45-50 on an exam would constitute a C to a B. Then the final grade gets curved even more. However, you will definitely learn a lot. Just don't expect many professors to be very enthusiastic about having to teach you. Also, many professors gloss over math expecting you to just 'get' it, so expect to have to go back after class and work out the steps that they failed to show during lecture. Lectures are usually fast-paced, so practice your short hand and learn to read your messiest handwriting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to spend more than 4 years here, because the people who schedule classes don't do a very good job and are not willing to accommodate any scheduling conflicts, which will undoubtedly arise. Register early, because again, the people who schedule classes are incompetent and still create schedules as if the school only had 5000 students while the student population grows exponentially. Over all, a giant pain, but probably worth it if you manage to graduate in a reasonable amount of time.

    In three sentences

    Administration is rarely helpful, but if you bug them enough, they will take action. Not what you'd call a typical college atmosphere with no 'strip' or 'drag' near campus. Very expensive school, but a good education.