Location
Prairie View, TX
Undergrads
6,283
Tuition (in-state)
$14,828 ($6,404)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1320 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty average.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid for anyone can be a hassle but I eventually talked to my counselors and got the financial aid that I needed

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people are fairly friendly and respectful

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many restaurants in the area and the ones around are often packed.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of focus on athletics at my school, the majority of the school's money is going towards building a new athletic complex. There is a good sense of school spirit, fan support, and team performance.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: On Wednesdays which we call "Hump Day" because the weekend is near is when the Greeks come out to a courtyard in the middle of campus to perform their line dances in front of everyone. It gives an air of excitement and curiosity for Greek life. How Greek students are viewed by non-Greeks varies, if a student really wants to be a part then they will speak positively, if they don't they are indifferent, and if they did but didn't make it their reviews usually become negative. Everyone always raves about a Greek parties (Greeks do their line dances at parties and any social event) and when a sorority or fraternity is walking into a place they are usually noticeable by their clothes or the air that they give.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: During my freshmen year I lived in a dorm area created specifically for freshmen. The dorms were small in size but decent enough. It was clean and the social atmosphere was pleasant. The cost and housing process isn't too bad as long as you take care of everything on time.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have off-campus housing so I do not know much about the selections-I live on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls are very stylish and care a lot about brand names. A lot of the girls wear clothing that is either too tight, too loose, or too revealing. Some guys and girls are tacky. Most of the guys sag their pants and most wear basketball/sporty shorts. Some guys and girls can be found to dress nicely/professional while others are very hippy looking. Most of the student's interest include hard partying, drinking, drugs, and promiscuity. Plenty of romantic relationships can be found but not all are substantial. I keep a close circle that is away from all the drugs, hard partiers, promiscuity, and drinkers. My focus is mainly on my major, minors, scholarships, and organizations that I am a part of. It's all about finding the right people because if you look you'll see that there are some who Do have their priorities in order.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are student discounts to be had at certain areas but it's the same few places, there isn't a variety of places to choose from.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't much racial diversity because it is an HBCU (Historically Black College University) but there's plenty when it comes to acceptance/sexual orientation, economic background, political beliefs, and religion.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite experience was our annual Spring Fest carnival and what makes my school unique would have to be the people you encounter there. Everyone is different, with their own perspectives, values, and beliefs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel the security is too concerned with students who roam around the campus past curfew than they are with students who do not follow the school rules. For example there are plenty of security cars late at night when only a handful of students are still up and about but not one car can be seen when students are lined up for a special event and a bunch of students think they can line jump or start pushing people and starting fights. The school does however have these tall blue poles with red buttons on them all around campus that is to be pushed if one feels unsafe, is being assaulted, or needs medical help right away. I do feel a good sense of personal safety.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I didn't encounter much difficulty getting into my program. I had the grades and ACT scores necessary and since my major is Theatre Arts I had to audition to get into the program. The audition was not to see whether I would make it into the program but to see where I was so they would know what I needed to work on. My tip for admission is to apply EARLY, EARLY, EARLY ! ACT scores and grades are important but so are the extra curricular activities you list on your application as well as your essay...especially your essay!

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy it because it is personable. For the most part my professors work on getting to know me as an individual. The workload varies on how many credit hours you take on, it's all about balance and time management. You have to really search out internship and job opportunities, they are available in the counselor's offices and posted around the school but it is up to you to take the information and apply yourself.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had to make sure I was on time for every deadline and by being "on time" I mean applying EARLY. If you wait until the last minute it's possible that the scholarship money will run out-that happened to me at the beginning...I applied at the last minute and they told me that there wasn't any more money left even though I qualified. It was discouraging and right now I am dealing with re-attaining my current Regent scholarship because I missed one credit hour that I needed in order to keep it. My counselors did not inform me that in order to keep my Regent scholarship I would need the 30 credit hours for my freshmen year...they only emphasized on keeping my GPA up so that is what I put my focus on. I finished the year with a 3.5 GPA but they took my scholarship away for having only 29 credit hours. I was devastated when I found out. It was my first year of college and I wish the counselors would have helped more so now I'm looking for other ways to support myself through college.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Blue Poles everywhere (poles that are connected to authority including your location) police that ride around campus and the health center is awesome. there when you need them, pharmacy on site and reasonable costs.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Maybe a little more cleaner, a bit more of different varities

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in the engineering program and I really enjoy it. We have great facilities and there's plenty of opportunities to get a job or an internship. My program is unique in that it allows you to personalize your degree plan to fit your needs and pushes for you to graduate as soon as possible with a high starting salary.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Prairie View is basically in the middle of nowhere so in order to get to off-campus dining, you're going to have to travel on the highway until you get to Cypress or Hempstead. There are places like McDonald's. Sonic, and Jack-In-Box that stay open pretty late and they also aren't that expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: For most students, the first year of college at Prairie View requires getting your prerequisites out of the way so you can enter your program when you return as a sophomore. The most important criteria for admissions is your test scores. They determine whether or not you will be exempt from certain test and what mathematics classes you will need to be placed in.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the engineering program at Prairie View, and I enjoy it very much. Everyone is very supportive and wants to see you succeed. The workload is somewhat difficult , but if your time is managed correctly, it's not that bad. There's a high demand on African-Americans in the engineering field so internships and job opportunities are very easy to come by. Each person gets a standard degree plan for their field which is then re-arranged to fit that person's needs. You can choose how many years you want to stay in school, and which classes you want to take during each year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at the Memorial Student Center (MSC) is ok. I usually eat a burger everyday though because I don't feel like the other food is seasoned enough. On Monday's we have the fried chicken special and on Friday's we have the catfish special. Panther bucks come in handy when you don't have time to sit down and eat. You can quickly grab something from the Panther Grill, Chick-fil-a, the Panther Mart, or Jazzmin's. The variety of food you can get on campus is pretty good. If you want to eat healthy, you can have lunch at The Zone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In my opinion, we pay too much for the rooms we stay in on campus. The freshmen dorms that I stayed in this past semester, were extremely small and far away from all of my classes on campus. Sometimes me and my roommate experienced brown water coming from our sink and tub (or no water at all). We also did not have people to watch over us at all times which allowed for anyone to come up in our building at any time. The freshmen dorms allow you to be close with other people in your major which is a plus, however, the social atmosphere can become heated at times when there is a disagreement in the building. These arguments can disrupt your studying and make you find someplace else to work.

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