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Jul 02 2008Economics
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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
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Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: D
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Jan 13 2008English
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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.

5th Year Male -- Class 2000
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Perceived Campus Safety: A, Useful Schoolwork: F
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May 09 2007Economics
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This is a great university! The staff and administration wants you to excel!
5th Year Male -- Class 2007
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Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B-
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