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| If you come from a private school this is the place for your. I attended my undergrad (public) school out of state. I came here mainly because friends gushed on how great the academics were. First off, let me say point blank...these guys are amazing academics. But let me now add to that by saying few are good teachers. Most students here live on campus and many don't work. The graduate courses are mixed with undergrad's so you have to spend time with their youthful exuberance. The teachers assign entire books weekly to read; many of which are primary sources. If you aren't catholic not only will you not fit in, but you'll be humiliated at the begining of class when you can't recite the Lords Prayer as quickly as everyone else. I've been in classes where undergrads actually speak negatively about other teachers because "They didn't really get a Phd" or "They got their phd from a public school...not one of the good ones" We had a peace activist lecture at the school and students derailed her because she "didn't have a phd, and therefore had no credit to speak here." They are extremely self absorbed. If it exisits outside of their doctrine or UD...they know very little about it. Ironically I managed to also find one my favorite instructors ever here. It's hit or miss...6 bad instructors and 1 wonderful one. |
|Jan 26 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Students deciding to attend the University of Dallas should be careful to fully investigate their possible major. If you are looking into a Fine Art Degree, it is a good school to an extent. We have a core education that is the same for all degree plans, because of this stress can pile up for art majors. For an art major has a large work load outside of the core classes. Another part to be thought about revolves around the actual content of classes, they may seem like busy work in the beginning, but they are taught well and for a purpose. Many students who desire just to create art will find a more enjoyable education at an art academy. Yet, students who travel through the University of Dallas program will be able to create a far more eloquent background to their art work. |
|Feb 06 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| I really wish someone had told me that when they said it was the "Catholic University for Independent Thinkers" what they really meant was "The Super, Super Conservative School where everyone thinks the same". Forewarned is forearmed as they say, and so just be aware that the most visible groups on campus are the "Pro-Life" group (Campus Crusaders for Life) and the Young Republicans. Socially it ranges from people who pray the rosary everyday who wear long denim skirts, to people who go and party with the upperclassmen. The West Side of Campus holds the athletic people who party, while the East Side of Campus holds everyone else. Lots and lots of people drink, and because of the school's big party traditions throughout the year it's always easy to. They used to give you community service if caught, but now they'll just fine you. |
Oh, and if someone is not Catholic then there is a church that you need a car to get to - or just be aware that you'll need a member from that church to drive you there. Also, be prepared to be a silent minority - they'll still invite you though to go and pray outside of the abortion clinics with them.
As far as the classes go, they're good. People find that the CORE hasn't been adequately explained to them once they get here, and so be sure to understand you will take a lot of classes in English, History, Philosophy and Theology. Science majors (especially pre-med) and business majors are the people who complain about this the most. The business program is coming into full stride, but if you're not planning to stay in the Dallas area or in Texas, I would look at other schools with business programs that actually rank nationally.
It's a quiet campus, but it is not beautiful. There are nice people everywhere, and it really helps if you are a conservative Catholic.(Liberals are only found on the "commie" newspaper - oh and the Republicans may call you a "Liberal Hippie Douche".)
|Feb 06 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |