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| I attended UTEP mainly because I lived in the surrounding city of El Paso, Texas, and, well, because I kind of set my sights low. Big mistake. UTEP is a university that pretty much ranks just above a community college, and I say this not out of anger, but out of constant interaction with other students and faculty members. UTEP is a very non-competitive school, wherein students do mediocre work and face few challenges. Do not expect to learn much here as a result of this. You'll spend many years and thousands of dollars just to have a piece of paper that doesn't mean much (UTEP is pretty much at the bottom of all college rankings--that is, when it is mentioned at all). The university's main goal seems to be to churn out teachers for the local school districts, and it's main feeder school is El Paso Community College. Its entrance requirements are low, so the school is loaded-down with many students who cannot write basic sentences (I'm not kidding, folks--basic sentences) or who do not know basic math. To remedy this problem, the school has a massive _remedial_ writing, reading, and math program. That's right--remedial! UTEP actually has classes to teach new students how to _read_; that ought to give you an idea as to how low-quality the student base is. Don't expect students who are worldly or well-read. Quite the opposite: most are from El Paso, a dusty, isolated border city.|
The business college is quite run-down and has a very poor reputation--don't expect big-time companies to stop by for recruiting. The engineering department gets the most improvements, but it's still not as highly ranked as other 4th-tier schools. And the liberal arts department is an utter mess--you can get by too easily.
Campus life is nil because of its commuter status (the campus is dead after 5 PM), and as far as student friendliness, it's not too bad, but you'll run into the interesting "fresa phenomenon". Fresas are preppy students from nearby Mexico who look like they came from some cheesy Mexican novela (soap opera), and who happen to be the most arrogant fools you'll ever meet. They often walk around in clusers with cell phones fixed to their heads, wearing the latest IZOD shirts or K-Swiss gym attire.
Look, if you want an academically challenging school with a vibrant campus life, avoid UTEP. You'll be glad you did.
I got my bachelor's and master's degrees at UTEP, and now I'm looking to go to a better college to start all over again. That ought to tell you something.
|Jan 13 2008|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2000 |
| For the most part, UT El Paso is a small and safe campus. The tuition may be rising, but it has yet to reach a point where students are going to cry when they open their student loan bills. |
However, a very common description of the university being labled as "diverse" is a misnomer. "Bi-cultural" is a more fitting term. There is some diversity, but wth the school being predominantly populated with a large number of Hispanic students and Mexican nationals, and Mexican culture combining with American culture (for the most part) UTEP has more of a bi-cultural environment. In fact, the vast majority of students tend to prefer Spanish to English, so being bilingual tends to be a an advantage for communication purposes. Due to the small size of the university, students are able to be treated as such rather than anonymous numbers. From my experience, I have been able to discuss assignments and opportunities with my instructors, and they have all been very helpful and courteous.
|Apr 09 2006|| 5th Year Female --
Class 2007 |