The University of Texas El Paso
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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.
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.
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