UTD campus buildings are, undisputedly, not beautiful. They are not so ugly that they can hurt your eyes; there’s just nothing fancy or novel about them. This is understandable, provided that the school was only built in the late '60s, with a main focus on research functionalities, not aesthetics. That being said, the buildings are new—many of them just a couple of years old—clean, and harmonious with each other to promote a sense of modernity and freshness. Unfortunately, when it comes to campus facilities, quantity is still so far behind quality. On a macro view, one four-floor library, one dining complex, one student center, and one activity center are not an ideal combination to serve 20,000 students. When one zooms in, it’s not uncommon to see three students and a TA sharing a 100-square-foot “TA Lab.” The situation will improve soon, though, as yet newer buildings are being constructed or designed. Here’s a list of known projects: two freshman dorms, a sporting center, a dining hall, a state-of-the-art ATEC (art and technology) building, and construction of new parking spaces.
Students, however, are crying out for cheap and accessible options for entertainment on campus. The small student union building is always crowded, and there’s not much there anyway, except for some pingpong and pool tables. A campus movie theater will help a lot, and so will a nice restaurant with more culinary exotics. For now, the library is merely adequate; the computer labs and research facilities, however, are great in both number and quality. By and large, students know their University is still in its early growing period and thus accept most of the school’s shortcomings and expect better days to come in a few years.