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I'm not saying that you won't learn anything

Dec 21 2008Computer Science
I'm not saying that you won't learn anything at UTEP, but the reputation will kill you once you get into the job market. I could not get internships at top companies, as I wanted to go to graduate school in my field. Even though my grades were quite good, 3.80, the schools I wanted to go to placed me at the bottom of the list. Since I'm from the area, I stayed and am working at a job well below that of my supposed educational level. I should have gone to an out of state school of went to UT Austin.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Computer Technition Preparedness: D Reputation: D

UTEP is not so bad but there is better

Jul 02 2008Economics
UTEP is not so bad but there is better. I am consistantly surprised at the fact that many students here could be at UT Austin or another better Texas school. In that regard I'm also very suprised at the amount of people who shouldn't even be at a University to begin with that attend UTEP. I'm not staying for my masters but as a 3rd generation student (and hopefully graduate) I can say it does afford a lot of people new opportunities that may not have that chance.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2010
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: D

Transferred out of Psychology to an out-of-state school

Dec 21 2008Psychology
Transferred out of Psychology to an out-of-state school due to several factors:

1. Professors in Psy are only interested in their own research
2. Professors in Psy only openly accept grad students who work on the Prof's research projects
3. Other students are so poorly prepared that they need reading and writing assistance to complete their projects (and they expect native English speaker cohorts to provide that assistance, or they complain about you). I believe in doing my own work and not another person's.

4. There is a great amount of cheating going on by non native English speakers; whether that is due to the low admission requirements or to poor remedial classes in English, I don't know. I can't count the number of papers that I knew were written for other students by others that charged. I was even approached to write papers for others.

5. Student resources (administration, registration, financial aid, etc) are a joke. They run around like chickens with their heads cut off and it's a wonder they haven't been sued to their negligence.

6. Favoritism towards non-native English speakers seems to purposely exclude native English speakers. Before I left, I heard that they were going to spend money on a parallel Spanish-only infrastructure for the web and online applications. Come on! You have to pass the English Equiv. exams (for fake it) to get in.

7. The athletics area takes up most of the on campus dorm rooms, so it's basically jock central consisting of those who were recruited for their physical prowess.

8. The computing facilities and the Library are very nice, if you can get people off of the machines who are on youtube and facebook or looking at porn.

9. The buildings are very nice, the campus is phenomenal.
10. Parking is a total joke; costs too much and is not enforced by the parking police.
BUT - There are quite a few OTHER faculty and staff that care, are concerned and spend their days trying to make a difference.--This school could stand to tighten the admissions requirements and get those people out of classes who should have stopped at community college level.

1st Year Male -- Class 2008
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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