The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler, TX, USA

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The University of Texas at Tyler
3.67 Average Rating

amy

accepted here and planning to attend soon
22 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
The University of Texas at Tyler is not only known for being a branch off of the University of Texas at Austin, but because of its professors. The University of Texas at Tyler has some of the greatest professors that have received their degrees from different parts of world, therefore gives us, the students, a major advantage against non-UT Tyler students! Another advantage that we UT Tyler students have is that the teacher:student ratio is 1:20; this making it easier for the students to concentrate in class and build a strong relationship with the professors.
Will enjoy being here
Tyler, Texas may be a small town, but that's why it is great attending a university such as the University of Texas at Tyler. I may have only visited the university 4 maybe 5 times, but I am really excited to transfer this fall because I have already made a lot of friends. One gets to know people very well due to the fact that about only 5,000 students attend. We are a big family!
Great for these types of students
UT Tyler is a great school for Enginnering and Education, but a big one for Nursing students. After doing research myself and talking to advisors at UT Tyler, UT Tyler is second in the nation for the highest percentage passing rate in the nursing exam tests. As a nursing major student myself, I feel more confident in myself knowing that if in the past years 99% of students have become nurses, I can get through it too!... especially with the great professors I hear students brag about so much!
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Travis from Colleyville, TX

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have only taken a semester of school at the University of Texas at Tyler, and the classes are all basics, but despite that, I have learned a lot since I started in the Fall. The classes are small enough to where the teachers can learn about the students and work with them if they need assistance. The smaller class size also allows for class discussion.
Am enjoying being here
The campus itself is beautiful, especially in the late summer months and early fall. The campus housing is close to wherever you need to go, and is quite convenient. Personally, I enjoy the classes, and campus itself. The staff members around the school are friendly and helpful as well, creating a more enjoyable environment.
Bang for the buck
As the school itself says, it is like a private school education with the price of a public school.
Great for these types of students
Nursing Majors
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Misty from Diana, TX

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at UT Tyler are great and they do their best to work with the students on a personal basis. They break the material down so that it is easier for the students to understand and SI sessions help a lot as well.
Am enjoying being here
The atmosphere at UT Tyler is good and I've made a lot of friends so far. Living on campus has its advantages in that I'm within walking distance from all my classes and I can meet new people.
Tips for prospective students
If you're considering attending UT Tyler, talk to a counselor, attend orientation, and sign up early for classes. When you arrive explore the campus and find your classes so you won't be lost the first day. Also look for any on campus activities that you can attend so you can meet new people. Oh and most importantly, have fun!
Great for these types of students
There are groups, clubs, and activities that interest all students in all areas whether academic, religious, personal, or whatever else you are looking for.
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Brandi from whitehouse, TX

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
When I decided to attend UT Tyler, I thought I was doing it because it was close to home, inexpensive, and my only college option. What I discovered during my freshman year was something completely different.

One of the biggest lessons I walked away with at the end of this year was this: Size and prestige in a university does not determine the level of education you will receive, and it does not determine the amount of knowledge you will walk away with. Yes, good professors are important in the learning process, and yes, it is good for your pride to say you study at a popular university, but what will really determine your education in the end is your ability to believe in yourself, to make your goals and dreams possible, and to do what it takes to be the best you can be.

At UT Tyler, I had a great support group. My professors all knew me by name and were not only willing, but more than eager to help with any problems I had and wanted more than anything for me to understand everything that they told me. Homework assignments were only designed to help us learn the material and to prepare us for major exams, and they were not meant to give us busy work or make college difficult and time-consuming. I knew all of my fellow students within my major and related majors because of the size of the school, and we had regular study sessions, helped each other with homework, and encouraged each other when it was time for exams.

Overall, I am very happy that I decided to stay in my hometown and attend UT Tyler. Being there has taught me more than what can be learned in a textbook. It has been a life changing experience.
Am enjoying being here
One great thing about UT Tyler is its beautiful campus. All of the buildings are centered around several small lakes with walkways that weave in and out, and there is nothing like walking to class in the morning and looking out over the shimmering water and seeing a turtle basking in the sun.
During the fall, the treas are beautiful, and there is the smell of pine in the air everywhere you go. I've found myself many times taking a stroll between classes or on my lunch break just for the view and to breathe in the fresh air after being cooped up in classrooms for a few hours. The environment seems to absorb all of the stress and tension of the week right out of your bones and give you the feeling of waking up fresh and excited for what the day has in store.
Bang for the buck
The main reason I chose UT Tyler was because it was affordable. What I did not know before I attended was that affordable does not equal unsatisfactory. I have been more than satisfied with many of the features that UT Tyler is strong in. I believe the level of education and the comfort of the campus is well worth every dime spent on tuition.
Tips for prospective students
Do not go to UT Tyler expecting the worst as I did. It will take you too long to come around and enjoy the many things UT Tyler has to offer. Instead, step onto the campus with an open mind. Be ready to make changes, meet new people, and experience the unexpected. It will change your view, and it will change your life.
Great for these types of students
I believe UT Tyler has something to offer for everyone, but if you need to narrow it down, here is how I would do it:

#1: Students who care about knowing a lot of people and having close friendships - Because of the size of the campus, students who have decided on their majors will take classes and attend events with many of the same students. They will form lasting friendships and have a great support group as they juggle homework assignments and study for exams.

#2: Students who want their professors to teach them; not just lecture them. I've had both kinds of professors; the ones who lecture, but never lift a finger to help you, and the ones who teach, and will even walk around the room to make sure each individual person has heard what they needed to personally in order to understand what was being taught. If you want to be close to your professors and to have the kind of relationship with them where no question is dumb, and your learning experience is worth their time, then UT Tyler is the school for you.
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Danielle from Mesquite, TX

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UT Tyler to me is a very home-feeling school where I can go pretty much anywhere in the school and the people/staff/faculty here are so nice and helpful with whatever you may need help with. Their goal is to never let you down and to provide you with unlimited resources.
Tips for prospective students
Here, there are plenty opportunities for you to study abroad and even get into some honors classes for all those extremely smart people. They also have a website that hires UT Tyler kids only so it helps you find a job in your field and most people look at the website because they know that only the best are coming from UT Tyler. The main two majors that I hear are GREAT here is the Accounting Program and the Nursing program as #1. There are hundreds of kids here for the nursing program because they know that they will get the best out of the best here at UT Tyler. I am an Accounting student and UT Tyler has not disappointed me yet.
Academic Rigor
This is by far the best part. The professors are always on point and they know exactly what they are doing. They are always available with anything that you may need help with and they are literally always there.
Dorm Life
DORM LIFE!!
The dorms here are really nice compared to most schools. They have double-occupancy dorms and triple-occupancy dorms. With the double ( which is what I stayed in) is you and another person ion one room with two beds on different sides on the room. You both share a sink, toilet, and shower and you have your own closet. With the triple, you have your own room where you can close your door if you would like and you share a sink, toilet, and shower with two other people. Either one is a great choice or you could choose to live in the apartments on/off campus; University Pines, Varsity Place, or Patriot Village. But I suggest to live in
Food and Dining
The food here is okay but they are good. The only thing that I don't quite like about it is that they tend to have the same choices every week and they'll change it up a little but whenever it was dinner time, i was always in there because they'll serve ribs or fried chicken or sometimes Mexican or Chinese food which are all my favs so they hit it home for me.
What to do for fun
At UT Tyler, there are plenty of things to do for fun if you're bored or if you just want to get out of your room. When I used to live in the dorms, I would go down to the Media Room to watch a movie, play ping pong with some friends, or even play board games. In the town, there are also some fun things to do like go bowling or even go to the mall, hang out at Chipotle, and sometimes I shop too much at places like Marshall's, Shoe Carnival, Walmart, Ross, etc. The list goes on from this point! Great town and school.
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Aubrey from Ontario, CA

a past student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I loved it! Small, good size campus with a small student to teacher ratio and professors that are willing to help. It was a wonderful experience.
Tips for prospective students
Do not sit back and slack off. The professors are nice, do not take advantage of them. Do your work and turn it in on time. Professors are happy to help if you don't understand.
Academic Rigor
I was taking general ed classes so in my opinion they were not very difficult. If you do have trouble, the best thing to do is ask the professor. Go into their office and ask them to help you. They know the material best. After all, they are teaching it.
Dorm Life
There are three on campus housing complexes. One of them is directly on campus right next to the cafeteria, their dorms do not have kitchens. The other two dorm complexes had kitchens in them. Just make sure you share a dorm with friends and work out cleaning schedules.
Food and Dining
The met, the cafeteria, is okay but not that great to have every day. Food there was good just not what I would like every day. I found my self eating at the Chick-fil-A, Subway, and Grilled Works that are upstairs a lot. All of which are good.
What to do for fun
All the dorms have recreational hang outs and there is on on campus to. There are swimming pools, pool tables, as well as a gym to run or work out in. There is the Broadway Square Mall to hang at and other things to do in the city. It's a lot of fun being at UT Tyler.
Bang for the buck
As far as dorms go, U Pines is the cheapest dorm. And i suggest one of the cheaper meal plans. One that has the fewest visits to the met and a lot of dining dollars. Eat breakfast in the dorm, lunch on campus, and make dinner if you can. You can also do work study.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Harvy lake on campus is beautiful. It gets really low in the summer but in the winter, it fills up and is really pretty to look at. Heads up, the ducks love to be fed. You will see cross country run around the campus wearing dippers. Don't worry it only happens once.
Great for these types of students
Smith County is a dry county, and the city of Tyler is a small quiet city. It's a city for college students and retired people. It's perfect for students who are serious about their studies. Tyler doesn't offer much distraction and it's a two and a half hour drive to any place that will.
Clubs and Activities
Each semester there is a club rush kind of thing. Where all the clubs have a table and recruit new members. There are a lot of clubs and actives to join and it's easy to start one to. The gym offers activities like zumba and mountain biking.
Greek Life
I know there is greek life at UT, because they were at the club rush to, but I don't know much about them. I was not in a sorority.
Campus Safety
very safe campus. There is campus police that patrol the campus regularly and the campus police station is right next door to the school campus.
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Breanna from Bullard, TX

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Classes can be challenging. But not too difficult.
Am enjoying being here
I love it!
Bang for the buck
Great Price!
Tips for prospective students
Don't procrastinate.
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Denise from Arlington, TX

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Graduate College of Nursing On-line was everything I needed to complete my MSN: Administration and Educator Certificate. Direct access to professors was a benefit that I did not know in my previous on-line BSN courses with another college.
Tips for prospective students
Anything you can do at the local community college that transfers in will be beneficial. Choose a topic you feel strongly about and plan to alter assignments each semester around that topic specific to that class. Your papers will be unique but strengthen with each class.
Academic Rigor
I worked hard at my classes and maintained a 4.0. It was up to me to contact the professor as I needed clarification and insight. The assignments were structured so that I could think for myself to make them unique for my needs but still meet the criteria of the CON.
Bang for the buck
UT Tyler makes scholarships available through a variety of mechanisms which made completing my MSN possible.
Great for these types of students
On-line with busy life!
Clubs and Activities
I was invited to several clubs but did not choose to participate due to distance.
Campus Safety
On-line security was good - I did not receive unwanted email!
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Nora from Tyler, TX

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Wonderful teachers and advisers.
Great college experience.
Clean and awesome class rooms.
Dorm Life
Very cozy
Food and Dining
Very good on campus food!
What to do for fun
Watch any sports home games!
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Willie from Athens, TX

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UT Tyler is a fantastic institution all around. The professors and staff have been nothing but helpful. The campus is beautiful, the city offers much for entertainment, and the school of music is stellar.
Tips for prospective students
Take advantage of all the amenities and resources that your tuition covers. Do not be afraid to ask for help: there are tutors and psychiatrists on campus ready to help you. Also, do not wait until the last minute to take care of financial matters when it comes to your education.
Dorm Life
This does not pertain to me, but I've heard good things about it.
What to do for fun
Tyler, TX, has multiple movie theaters, with on of them being a studio grill. The amount of restaurants here is almost a sin. The city offers many recreational things you can do, like bowling, sports, and even state parks.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There are two lakes on campus. A great place to go and relax or study.
Clubs and Activities
They exist. Get involved.
Greek Life
It's there.
Campus Safety
I haven't been shot or stabbed yet so I think we're doing alright.
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