The University of Texas - El Paso
The University of Texas - El Paso - Comments and Student Experiences|
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.
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.