Location
Richardson, TX
Undergrads
9,136
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1070 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't necessarily non-existent at UTD, but it's certainly not a compelling factor that would encourage someone to attend the University. Most people at UTD actually commute anyways, so clubs and social activities are not held to a high standard. UTD is just simply not known for it's Greek Life

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food chains, but you get a few restaurants that are worth it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They are very convenient in proximity to housing and other shopping centers.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are great, especially our renowned chess team! School spirit is a big deal on campus, especially during homecoming weeks for basketball.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Definitely fill out FAFSA as soon as you can so you'll be guaranteed the best financial aid. My experience was not the best because I was declined a scholarship and I have absolutely no money, but I did get grants from the school to cover most if not all of my classes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms have VERY thin wall, and depending on your room mates, this could be a good or bad. The social atmosphere was great though, there are plenty of places to study and meet up with your friends. Cost is a little high, but the process is super easy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are good about not letting things get out of hand, but rather than that students can do as they please.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The people on campus are very friendly and the academic programs are very challenging. Campus life is growing extremely fast and there are people who want to help you, but be aware of the people whose job it is to help you because sometimes they arent the best help.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The gym is spacey and everyone is extremely nice. the student center and the library are very convenient, it's nice to relax there and get away from the crowd every once in a while. Our traditions are growing since UTD is under 50 years on age.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: We have a plethora of clubs and organizations to literally fit everyone's needs. UTD's clubs range from Cat Club to Women's Rugby and even Chess to MMA. Along with the diverse clubs at UTD, the diverse electives make learning fun and east to do.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is quite impressive, especially with the LGBT community and the religious community. There are little to no challenges when it comes to being accepted into a club, activity, or community. Everyone who participates in these clubs are very open minded.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of the dining options off campus that I've gone to are great. One of the sushi restaurants across the street became my favorite restaurant and there is a lot of variety from sushi to indian to subway to BBQ.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone dresses quite moderately and people's social lives vary depending on the students major.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: As a transfer student from a 2-year college to a 4-year university, the transfer process is always hectic and a little bit crazy to say the least. One thing I really appreciated in the midst of all the chaos is that UTD has a very active and attentive Transfer Student Services. I don't think I would have enjoyed my past year without my transfer student family. There are not only previous transfer students available to help you and tell you those minute details about the university that they don't necessarily tell you in the welcome packages (like which building has the strongest Wi-Fi connection and where to go if you want to take a nap comfortably on campus), but there are new transfer students like yourself to work through all the obstacles and new experiences together. If I could do it all over again I would definitely choose UTD again. In fact, I am volunteering at this year's incoming transfer student orientation! I am so excited because I know how much of an invaluable service the office has paid to me over this past year and I would like to share the love and keep on giving back!!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I live in the on-campus apartments available for upper class-men. They are pretty good (nothing too fancy). The value is pretty good, but I know for a fact if I combine what my roommate and I pay for rent we could find a nicer two bedroom apartment that's way more spacious. I lucked out an got a really good roommate. I remember filling out a housing application and answering some questions about my personality. Quite frankly, I don't think the leasing office looks at that much. They pretty much offer you a space on a first come first serve basis and you either take it or leave it. Its pretty much a game of chance if you leave the matching up to them. The good news is that if you already know who you want to be your roommate(s) then you can list them on your application and they will put you guys together! So it all depends.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I feel like you really have to be proactive with getting financial aid at UTD. You can't just say you filled out the FAFSA and there I'm done. You have to go in and speak to a financial aid advisor (most times more than once) before the financial aid process i totally complete. Nothing seems to ever be resolved the first time around which can be a little bit frustrating but patience is the key. Sometimes setting up and appointment with your assigned advisor is more beneficial than seeing the general ones that you can just walk in and talk to. Always start the process early because you don't want to get stuck taking out a short term loan and waiting for the process and your money to come through.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There's a huge variety of off-campus eating options available from fast food for late nights to upscale steak houses for date night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Some days it seems a little stale, but overall, the options are plentiful and the food is pretty damn good.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: UTD is generally pretty strict, especially concerning parking and academic dishonesty.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't do a lot except fill FAFSA out and then accept the rewards I was given. I didn't get a full ride, so loans were necessary, which sucks.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but the people I know who are love it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The only thing missing is a beach or some mountains. All the shopping and entertainment is here otherwise!

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are phones you can pick up and use if you're scared and want to be walked out at the end of the night, campus cops are usually all around. I've never felt unsafe.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are always going to be jerks when it comes to acceptance. No matter what. I would say that UTD has an overall open-minded campus, and supports those who are both religious and not, LGBT and not, etc.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I know a lot of people who complained about on campus housing, but I found it to be affordable and comfortable for its convenient location and amenities. Some of the apartments are not as nice on the inside, but overall, there are little to no problems with things working or getting someone out to fix the things that don't seem to be working. The social atmosphere living on campus is great. There are pools everywhere and a sand volleyball court where lots of friends are often made.

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Fourth floor library at UTD
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Fourth floor library at UTD Fourth floor library at UTD This is the fourth floor of the library at UTD. There are a multitude of tables for quiet study, which are surrounded by a plethora of bookshelves for your study convenience.
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Tue Tran
Hometown
Hanoi, Vietnam
Major
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
2015
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UT Dallas isn't all about academics: Its coursework isn't the heaviest of the region; professors are lenient on students at times; and there are few reasons to pull more than three all-nighters a semester. Neither is it a party school where the frats rule campus, nor an athlete's school of big games or a cultural center of arts and literature. It is a little bit of everything. In fact, UTD is so hard to define that many students struggle at first to identify with it. They once dreamed of the Ivies, Rice, or UT Austin, then either failed or could not afford the education, and "ended up" at UTD. And yet, a vast majority of students say they would still choose UTD were they to do it again—more than 80 percent returns every year. Strange as it seems, the mysterious appeal that is UT Dallas eventually touches students' hearts and souls.

If one takes some time to think about it, UT Dallas has always been amazing, if not extraordinary, throughout its history. The face of the campus changes constantly, with new buildings, renovations, and expansions, many of which are fueled by student activities. After all, the hidden connection that begins to bond UTD students and faculty together probably isn't academic rigor, financial aid, or aesthetic qualities, but a burning aspiration for and determined will to change—for the better, that is. How this journey will end—or whether it will end at all—no one can tell. Nevertheless, at this moment, the belief is strong that UTD, as well as its members, will succeed in its mission to shatter the status quo.

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