Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its more than 12,000 undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for “a future of talented and smart individuals.” UTD has “one of the best tech schools around” and draws a good deal of students to its STEM programs (one student lovingly calls it “the nerd capital of the UT system”), causing a senior computer engineer to remark: “Engineering and the sciences for the win.” The school is without many sports programs (notably football), but instead “emphasizes academics, which is what we are all here for.”
Administration is responsive and invested in UTD’s growing reputation, and the school “grows and changes year by year, continually getting better and better,” with students acting as “a big part of that process.” Someone is “always willing to help you with any problem you encounter,” and the tutoring available also “really helps in understanding the material.” They are dedicated to their students, this being apparent in “their open office hours and timely replies to e-mails.”
Most of the professors “are very enthused about what they are teaching and genuinely want us to learn,” and bring new topics to light through “very informative” discussion. “Their passion for their subject make it easy to love your classes!” says a student. “I get pushed academically, but I love it,” says another. One of the shining benefits of UTD is the chance to get “actively involved with the faculty in research,” which provides “several opportunities for honors, and ultimately allows you to prepare for a continued education after undergrad.”
A lot of students commute (which makes life “pretty quiet”) and there is no football team to rally around, so “it’s hard to have a lot of school spirit”; however, “the social scene is definitely growing,” and the Student Union acts as the “hub” for the entire school where “students can mingle and find friends.” Computer labs also give many the chance to game and have fun (the video game culture is “strong”), and “there are usually always at least five to ten gamers in the room at once.” The school provides “many things to do,” with campus events like movies happening every week, and people often leave campus to seek more options, such as “movies, bowling, shopping, skating, concert, etc.”
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