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.
->It has one of the lowest tuitions in the state of Texas, despite a recent increase (of 20% to 28%).
->The academics are good.
->Professors are friendly and approachable.
->There is a (very) high number of international students because of its proximity to the border.
->Students are unapproachable and "clicky".
->Be prepared to have conflicts with the staff (student services, financial aid, cashiers, etc.)
->Terrible (sorry) football team.
->Not a lot of student organizations to join.
->Beautiful architecture on the campus building but no trees (its practically the middle of the desert.)
->A lot of military people.
->A lot of older students.
->(Maybe its bad to mention this) Being so close to the border, a 10 minute drive form campus will take you into Mexico where you can party at the clubs where the legal drinking age is 18.
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