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Okay, I would like to preface this reviewSuper BrilliantAerospace Engineering
Okay, I would like to preface this review by acknowledging my own responsibility in the decision to attend UTA. I went there because of the financial aspects. I had many other options, but in the end I got cheap. I choose to go there, I paid nothing for it, and had great internships at nearby companies. The saying "you get what you pay for" does apply here absolutely. The place is a cesspool. Of course there are some great departments, like Aerospace for example.

With that out of the way I have to emphasize just how bad most things are. Most of your core classes are filled to the brim with people who will attend briefly and drop. Signing up for classes is a downright rat race. Ironically the race to register is really unnecessary since most students won't survive to take mid terms. The professors/lecturers for most core classes absolutely do not want to be there with some exceptions. I would've taken these classes at a nearby community college if they weren't already paid for. These classes seem vindictive in nature. I remember taking an intro to History class that required 4 textbooks. The amount of reading was out of sync with reality. These intro classes seemed overall a way to eliminate students while siphoning their funds. I did not fall victim, but it was a significant waste of time that detracted from my major studies.

As far as the students go, well..... Do not come here expecting to live the college lifestyle, because it is simply not possible. Sure there are some attractive students, but they are jaded. I don't blame them either, I became jaded myself. I dated a biology major briefly, and she was so upset over her classes that she actually went into a full blown depression. Cute girl, but the establishment ruined her. Really the reason I am taking the time to write this is to stop people from making the mistakes I did. I became complacent, and did things the easy way. In the end I was deprived a college experience.

Also the counselors and administrative faculty, I can't stress this enough. The mass majority of them are unprofessional. They even hassled me about CLEP tests. They behaved as if I was doing something dishonest by trying to achieve college credit via testing. I eventually found a nice adviser and stuck with her, but without her I might have simply given up. Though I personally didn't have any transfer credits, I've heard second hand that it's an absolute nightmare.

Parking; Yes, what you've read is true. It's a total mess, and your car will likely be dinged to hell. I even purchased myself a beater for the sole purpose of commuting here.

Positives: I have to give credit where credit is due. The speaker series is great. You get free admission as a student, or at least you used to if things have changed. I took full advantage of this, and it was definitely worth my while. Bottom line is, if you can afford to go somewhere else do so. I'm attending a Masters program elsewhere and it's a night and day difference. Also I by no means want this to be a blanket statement about UTA. There are quality people there, but they are vastly outnumbered by less than mediocre employees who appear to be simply cashing a check.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A-, Faculty Accessibility: F
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UTA is a commuter school with a highAverageChemistry
UTA is a commuter school with a high attrition rate. The school itself reflects this highly. Non-major specific classes are crowded and usually taught by indifferent professors. Trudging in through the parking lots every morning with hordes of other students gets to be a depressing experience. Many professors teach in a manner that reflects their absolute indifference to being physically present. They teach because they are there, not because they want to be. Many lectures feel directed towards the walls of the room in spite of students being present, they are doing this because they have too and it shows.

The math department is unbearable. Professors come in and out like a revolving door. Never plan on taking math courses with a professor more than once. I cannot emphasize how bad this department and many of the people they hire are. Passable English or teaching experience are not requirements, sifting through departmental bureaucracy is astonishingly even harder then the typical bureaucratic mess. Avoid this department at all cost. Transfer credit from anywhere as an alternative, be it community college or another university.

Chemistry department (my major) is good as a whole. Research is pretty much a requirement in order to retain interest. I don't see how anyone could get through otherwise as the classes would kill anyone's interest in the subject. Many professors are relatively helpful and flexible, some are even really good actually. Advising for this department is also very clear and flexible.

The school is in OK shape, but as a whole everything feels very disinterested and detached. Everyone is there to achieve an end ie: a degree. The process is sterile and uncomfortable, which is unfortunate because getting an education is about the process, not the diploma at the end.

In summation, you get what you pay for. This school isn't 30k a semester so one shouldn't expect the type of experience that would be expected of a high end private university. What you get here depends on what you can salvage from it. You can get a decent education, although maybe not as rewarding as you would like. People going here should temper their expectations with a very healthy dose of reality. It's a university, but a lower end one.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Friendliness: A+, Social Life: F
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I signed up online for a BSN inBrightNursing
I signed up online for a BSN in Nursing and was provided a Blackboard and assignments. Instructions were sketchy at best and very difficult to work. There are many ways that are easier to get the work completed and submitted on line. I spent my entire first week trying to upload the correct information with only email help which was poor at best. Now trying to drop class and informed no money back. I would not recommend this university to anyone.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
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