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| 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. |
| Starting Job: Computer Technition, Preparedness: D, Reputation: D |
|Dec 21 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
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.
|Dec 21 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| I will do my best to ignore the negative things posted here, especially when someone complains about other students not knowing how to "wright" essays, etc. Please, if you want to be critical, make sure you can do so intelligently yourself! I am very pleased with the education I received while attending UTEP which, of course, had a bad reputation even when I was young. Everyone I knew who "had anything going on at all" had to go away to a "known" Texas school like UT Austin or even somewhere like Texas State University which itself had a reputation of being a party school. Needless to say, that is where I started and ended up transferring back to EP to straighten some things out. I have to say that by getting involved with peers through a campus organization (the BSU) and pursuing my educational goals, I grew leaps and bounds as a person and as a future professional. I immediately entered my chosen field of Social Work and was COMPLETELY prepared to excel in that field (as much as anyone is prepared without being versed in the situational things that come up, of course). I worked in Santa Theresa and then EP (Providence, where I was born) and then moved to Central Texas. I went on to get my graduate degree in a similar field and am pleased to say that my undergraduate degree was viewed as comparable to a degree from any other school. I have worked along-side graduates from schools like UT and OU and am well-respected for my knowledge and abilities, many of which I credit, yes, here it comes, UTEP! I do believe you get what you put into things so I think if you are deteremined to PREPARE YOURSELF by studying hard and gaining as much knowledge that you can and being gracious about it, you can be successful. I also have to say God helped the most. I did have one professor who challenged my values and might have kept me from attending the graduate school that was offered through UTEP. Bitter? Nah, everything works out. As said before, I moved to Central Texas and got my Masters there. Stand your ground and work your tail off, be persistent and never, never give up and you too can be successful, even graduating from the "oh-so-low" University of Texas at El Paso. I imagine it has even improved since I was there. Unless you have a chip on your shoulder, and have to have something impressive to display to be "someone", a degree is a degree and it will be the chip that will keep you from getting that job! Be proud if you grew up in El Paso. I've come across so many colleagues who can't spell or WRITE worth a beans who graduated from big, bad universities. I've learned to assess intelligence and respect-worthiness by observing other things and not being so dang judgmental. Personality, and character go much further than where you graduated from. However, UTEP did contribute to who I am today and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do a lot of my "growing" there. I have very little negative to say but I WANTED a good education and only I could be responsible to get one, and I did. Oh, one more thing, being biligual is golden. Keep up with the Espanol. In summary (tee, hee) here is a big thanks to UTEP for preparing me for my field and the world. |
| Starting Job: Psychiatric Social Worker-Santa Theresa, NM, Preparedness: A, Reputation: B |
|Jul 08 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |