The University of Dallas
The University of Dallas - Comments and Student Experiences|
The professors tend to have a grudge towards the majority of the students, this causes problems when attempting to get help. Furthermore, this arrogance transfers to the students which makes it impossible to discuss beliefs that are contrary to what the general population believes. In multiple classes I have experienced an overwhelming sense of animosity from both peers and teachers.I originally attended UD because I believed it would help cultivate my understanding and my beliefs. I tried to immerse myself in all the activities possible the first few years. However, this proved to be useless and I ended up wasting my time and a significant amount of money. I would have received a better education at a state school and would have saved thousands of dollars.
The Administration: UD?s offices are manned by some of the most incompetent and unconcerned people I?ve ever had to deal with. Often, they just want to gossip and can?t even be bothered to pretend they care, let alone actually be of assistance. They can be pretty rude. I once spent an entire afternoon being sent from office to office to office, because nobody wanted to help me with a relatively simple form and kept telling me it was someone else?s job in such-and-such building. Also, in an attempt to cut costs the school merely cut corners. Perhaps they?ve changed since I was there, but the parties, dances, and even graduations were done in such a skimpy style that it was downright embarrassing. I heard a visitor commenting on it once, so I know I?m not the only one who noticed. They seemed to get chinsier even while the price of tuition skyrocketed.
The Rest of the Staff: several UD workers were pillars of wonderfulness, but many of them had a HUGE chip-on-the-shoulder towards the students. I thought I was imagining it at first, but soon realized I wasn?t. They made it no secret that they regarded us as a bunch of pampered brats. A girl in one of my classes made a comment at the bookstore about the price of textbooks, to which the worker replied sarcastically ?aww, spending all of Daddy?s money are you?? (She was paying for them herself, but even if it had been with her parent?s help, this is inappropriate.) I had similar experiences, although they weren?t quite so obvious. But since I was taking out a great deal of loans in order to be able to attend UD, this attitude really bothered me. Also, take it with a grain of salt if everyone seems super nice when you visit. When I was a student, I found it positively stomach-turning how completely the staff transformed from bitter grumps to gooey-sweet-and-helpful people during visitor weekends.
The Student Body + Overall Culture: I met many incredible, wise and lovely people here (faculty as well as students) so I don?t wish to caricature them or put them all in the same bucket. But overall, it wasn?t a comfortable atmosphere for me. At the freaking convocation of our class, a member of campus ministry made a speech in which she observed ?many of you are still virgins, but some of you are not.? Why on earth would this fact be considered relevant? Presumably because those who weren't pure needed to get themselves over to campus ministry ASAP? Then, one of my first nights in the dorm, a girl was loudly lamenting having seen a bunch of students dressing up in ?immodest? togas for a toga party. Apparently, the guys didn?t count?it was the women she was angry about, and she actually said that each girl would be making guys lust, and that (I quote), ?it will be HER fault!? One semester I had planned on participating in a ballroom dancing club, but changed my mind after it was stated that ?we allow girls to dance with girls, but be we have a very strictly enforced policy against boys dancing together.? More than once, I felt judged for liking to wear makeup. Also, shortly before I enrolled at UD, the school hosted visiting artwork by students from another college. One of the pieces on display depicted Mary as a stripper, and students anonymously stole and destroyed it. I had a conversation with one of the art professors about this, and he admitted that many of the offended and outraged students who were protesting against the drawing hadn't even bothered to go look at it themselves, they just jumped on the this-is-profane bandwagon. Considering UDers claim to be all about ?independent thinking? and articulating themselves eloquently, I thought this was an extremely immature way of expressing indignation. What made the incident particularly ugly in my eyes was the knowledge that the students responsible thought that by stealing another student?s property and destroying art they were serving God. I was raised in a conservative and religious-minded environment, so I thought I knew what I was getting into with UD, but ultimately these sorts of things started to add up and bother me a lot more than I expected. (To be fair, there?s also a more laid back side of campus culture.) Lastly, I found many of the students eerily complacent about their worldview; I have no problem with UD being a devoutly Catholic school, but in my experience, there?s next to no exploration of other faiths and attitudes, despite what they claim. No one seemed to have the slightest curiosity about my beliefs, once it was established I wasn?t a Catholic. It could be lonely.
This school is a dream-come-true for many people, so it could be exactly what you?re looking for. And I do think it?s fantastic that they value learning for learning?s sake?I wish more colleges thought that way! Just make sure it?s really what you want. I wish I could take back my time at UD.
On the other hand, there is the student population. A great many of the students are hard-core Catholics, but there are those of other denominations, other religions, and even no religion at all. I have found that the ones who garner the most respect are those with convictions. If you want people to respect your position, you must be able to defend it with reason. It is stringent, and it might be too much for someone who puts his beliefs (in whatever) in the backseat.