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State of the art premed program. UTD is the place to go whether you want to be an engineer, scientist, or a doctor. It's like the MIT of Texas. UTD also has a nice, liberal atmosphere which combines the size of a private college with a science-driven focus. Lots of smart, nerdy students as well. Furthermore, the city of Richardson is very wealthy, and there are so many restaurants to eat within a bike ride or a 4-10 minute driving distance. Only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, where the nightlife is AMAZING.
One of the big reasons many students drop out after the first year is their primary desire to attend UT Austin. There is also a perceived lack of social life as well, especially because the campus police take their jobs VERY SERIOUSLY (which can be a positive, depending on how you think of cops). Furthermore, it is the most expensive public university in Texas, so don't come to UTD unless you had a scholarship, or really want to get into medical school. I think the courses can be too demanding, even though I have a 4.00 GPA. The grading system is designed to ruin you (A-minuses do NOT count as a 4.0). The atmosphere can be unnecessarily competitive, and there is too much pressure to study, since that's what everybody here likes to do anyway.
|Apr 20 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| i have gone here for one semester. this school has absolutely NO social life, it is sad. i have made great efforts to meet people and i know many people, but only have around 6 to 7 good friends. for a smaller school you wouldnt think there is such an emphasis on greek life, but there is here. many of the students pay for there friends through greek life, and dont try to meet others, in fact they use there platform as a frat guy or sorority girl to treat others badly, and act as an elitist highschool clique. spending the first semester here looking for parties and girls to socialize with has been a big failure, coming from austin i have had no problems with this, yet at utdallas, there are NO parties, the few are terrible attempts by the frats and are mostly guys. the few girls here that arent nerdy, foreign (not speaking english), or commuter students are completely engulfed in hanging out with the frat guys... consisting of drinking in someones apartment with 80 guys, many of the girls have come off stuck up and immature. there is no college football team, or any place for students to go and meet each other. the school is set up for commuters, not students trying to have a good college experience. also almost the entire school leaves on the weekends, returning home, which results in an entirely DEAD campus, this makes the school suck more. next semester i am looking optimistically at venturing to SMU and other schools to find parties and girls, but i am also prepared to try and transfer to utaustin if this fails.|
on a good note, the guys i have become close friends with are really great people, we just all want that interraction with girls that isnt surprising. the housing is great, and the city is alright (i am planning on exploring that as well). the curriculum is good, but i feel many classes that arent math and science (history and english related) are not emphasized, and result in bad proffessors (francis flaven for history for example).
in conclusion, i am hoping next semester is better because i really want utd to work for me, but this first semester was really not what i was looking for. although i have already made great friends that i wouldnt replace, we all just want a place to party at with girls....so, if you want a school that has good academics and is GROWING in student size (and hopefully in social life), and you dont mind the lack of girls and large amounts of guys than come here..... im still working on making this school a place for me.
|Dec 09 2003|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2007 |
| The Univsersity of Texas at Dallas in convienent because of its location. It a good place to get your undergraduate degree while sustaining yourself with a job. But if you really want to go on with your education and learn something truly valuable, I don't recommend UTD. The atmosphere here is oriented to reflect the city of Dallas, where people still subscribe to the 9-5 idea of the American Dream. Work, a mortgage, a couple of kids, and a large vehicle. If you want more than this out of life set your sights beyond UTD. |
|Nov 29 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |