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The Chemical Engineering Department is broken.Quite BrightChemical Engineering
The Chemical Engineering Department is broken. They have more students advancing through the program than desired. There is a hiring freeze in place so they can't add more professors to teach more classes. The solution is to fail out as many students as possible so the class size remains below 60. While it's normal to have a "weed-out" class or two in Chemical Engineering programs in order to limit the class size, UH Chem Engineering has 1-2 "weed-out" classes EVERY SEMESTER along the degree program. The professors are very open about this policy and adjust the test difficulty and grade curves to achieve the the desired failure rate.

To make matters worse, almost all of the key Chem Eng courses are only offered once per year. So if you make a D in a Chem E class, it will set you back an entire year since the class is not offered the next semester. I would strongly recommend you select another university for Chemical Engineering. My father graduated from the University of Texas in Chem Eng. They had one major weed-out class in the program, Thermodynamics. He made a D in Thermo and had to take it again. However, he was able to do that the next semester and still managed to graduate on time by taking some of the base classes during the summer.

4th Year Male -- Class 2019
Surrounding City: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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I do not like the faculty at thisQuite BrightChemical Engineering
I do not like the faculty at this university. Specially chem e department. Profs are not easy to approach. Some profs DO NOT even respond to emails, sometimes are not even in their office during office hours. No clear cut response what so ever. It is true that faculty does not speak english as their first lang. this creates confusion. classes are not exciting and not interactive. I tried really hard to enjoy it here and study my butt off. I feel more depressed now because of poor interaction with faculty and hardly any help from Chem E profs. Even the dean (Dr. Flescher)of chem e department does not give a damn about how you are doing in class, if the professor is teaching well. He once told me that,"Its not profs fault that more than 50% of the students in his class are failing. Students have to know how to study for the class." We do not have enough profs per subject. hardly any chem e class has an optin of profs to choose from. They all have bad reviews from previous class students.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2019
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Over my three years of being at UH,Quite BrightChemical Engineering
Over my three years of being at UH, I've lived on campus (both in dorms and the apartment housing) and I've also commuted from my home, which gives me a broad list of why no one should go to this school for Chemical Engineering.

First, most of the professors are absolute jerks, I had a professor who would have students stand in a single line, ask for your name, and flip your test over to see your grade before passing it to you. When he looked at my grade he laughed uncontrollably before handing it to me because I did so bad.

Cheating is absolutely rampant, sites such as Chegg, Koofers, and CourseHero tend to have all the course materials for a given class you're in, and also old exams with solutions, which makes it unfair for people who don't have a couple hundred dollars to throw away.

Parking is also abysmal, don't expect parking from M-F in the outside lots after 9 am, if you want guaranteed parking even on football days, you'll have to pay the extra $600 for the welcome garage parking, on top of the rising tuition rates (paid $5500 this semester for 15 hours).

Advising is also incompetent, along with financial aid which all want your money. I was a gullible fool who thought my adviser would help me; I went in because I was emailed saying that it was mandatory for people in UH in 4 to see their advisers but she didn't even think people would show up. I only went to ask about that, but after seeing what classes I took she seemed to believe that I had no idea how to make my own schedule and proceeded to spend an hour and a half making me a schedule and telling me I wouldn't graduate until 2021 (came here in 2014). Advisers and the like are incapable of thinking of students as anything more than dollar signs and ID numbers.

For those who don't want to read all of this:

1.) Incompetent professors
2.) Incompetent advisers and financial aid
3.) Rampant cheating, punishes those who don't cheat
4.) No one cares about you

3rd Year Male -- Class 2018
Surrounding City: B+, Education Quality: F
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