The University of Texas at Arlington Reviews
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I'm only attending because there are no closer undergrad programs with my field. The school invests in parking police to assign citations up the wazoo, however I have yet to see an abundance of campus security (any, for that matter) and it shows with the regular theft and assaults on campus... But about their parking police, you CAN appeal, but they will "review" it and then still make you pay (my citation was for improper parking.... My car was in front of the Fine Arts Building, doors open and yield blinkers on, and my car was "parked" because I was returning a lot of expensive film equipment to the school....) About the film program: Understaffed. ~All the money goes to the engineering department. ~They accept ANYONE into the program, so there are people attending who really shouldn't have passed general ed courses (or high school). ~Some instructors will strongly suggest their personal film preferences on you (one instructor's go-to suggestion is making all the characters female, all the characters gay/lesbian, or have a character closet gay/lesbian... and there is nothing wrong with these themes in a film, however, it's telling when you give those suggestions to over half of the student scripts).
Why is this school so awful you ask? (Been attending this school over 2 years) 1. Location is near bad neighborhoods, many of my friends had their cars broken into at night 2. Many teachers have to teach 3+ classes since we don't have many teachers. Most professors don't care about each class. Dr. Layman is the only passionate one I've encountered. 3. They are raising the tuition, also the cost of parking. This is all because of a research building that has been in construction, which most of us won't use. The building literally is on the free parking spots we USED to have, now we have to walk a much further distance. WEAR RUNNING SHOES to walk everywhere. 4. There is not much to do, this is more of a school where you get your degree and go home. They have been trying to do social events, go to UNT or TCU if you want more of a "party" school nearby. We also don't have a football team is you were wondering. 5. Many of my friends have transferred to other schools, (like UT Austin, Lubbock, UNT, TCU etc. ANYWHERE else and enjoy it more) Overall: If you just want your degree and to be focused, come to this school. If you are looking for social activity, a fun campus life, if you HAVE to dorm with someone your best bets might be somewhere else. Pros: (We have squirrels everywhere! lmao) 1. You get your degree without much distraction. There are not many attractive girls / guys everywhere, places to go have drinks, parties, etc. all the time. It's more of a school that has A LOT of foreigners, so if you are Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, you will fit in. There are more African Americans, and Whites are a minority if any of that mattered to you. Everyone for the most part is very laid back and chill, we all get along pretty well. 2. This school is not as political as UNT, or other colleges. What I mean is there are not crazy feminists protesting and screaming throughout the campus or libraries. Most protests here are just a handful of students who are actually nice. We had one Black Lives Matter protest that walked throughout the campus that was somewhat annoying when studying for exams outside, but it's definitely not anything violent at least. Even if you disagree with liberal protestors at this school, they are at least nicer compared to being cussed out at when I approached others like at UNT.
THE WORST SCHOOL YOU COULD POSSIBLY EVER GET IN TO. Professors are rude, no one wants to see your success. EVERY DEPARTMENT is trash!!! Do not go to this school, it's a scam.They gave me a scholarship when i first got accepted just for them to take it away a semester after because i didn't do well on one of my NONE ENGINEERING class and they later kicked me out of the department because not my Major gpa but my science gpa was a little lower. They don't know second chances or nothing. JUST THE WORST UNIVERSITY IS ALL I CAN SAY!!!
While I enjoyed my time at UT-Arlington, their focus is on traditional students and science based degrees. It was easy for students from the area to attend as they had family and friends, but for transfer students it was difficult. Plus, at the time I began, they were building their engineering building and all the money was going to that department. My professors had their phones, trash cans, and staplers removed from their classrooms and offices. Minor inconveniences, I know, but it showed that we were not a priority. It is a beautiful campus with amazing dorm rooms and amenities. If you are in math or science based programs, there are a myriad of opportunities for you, but not necessarily for Liberal Arts.
This school is the most disorganized institution. No one knows what is going on between the student accounts office to the advisors, the IT department, or even the professors. I really enjoyed what i was learning, however often professors were assigned the class within days of it beginning, leaving everyone in disarray for the rest of the semester. There is way too much crime, in a crappy area, and this is mostly a commuter school so community is difficult to achieve. The professors seem to have similar issues with the school although none would directly share. Save your money for a school that cares about their students. Too often i was met with resistance an a cold attitude from staff, i was misinformed on more than one occasion setting me back in my degree as well.
I am not sure about the undergraduate program. But I would not recommend UTA graduate program to anybody. They have a horrible curriculum to set you up for failure, the faculty and leadership is never supportive. To conclude, they do not care for you at all. I feel bad for the students left, they felt that they they're stuck because they invested so much time and money into the program. I withdrew from the program because of inconsistencies. The professors teaching the graduate program is not currently up to date with research. Their assistant director last published almost 30 years ago so when she gives feedback to papers, she herself is outdated. Do not go to this school for graduate studies. You will be wasting your money without learning anything. It all makes sense to me now how easy it is to get into the program. They do not require recommendation letters, etc. which is asked from majority of the graduate schools.
UTA was a great university to attend because it not only offered faculty and resources I needed for challenge in my field of study, but made a huge impact on my personal and professional perspectives as well. The campus has a healthy and diverse culture with it's influx of international students and scholarship based students. As UTA is a state university, transferring credits from community college is simple and fair. Furthermore, UTA is a Tier 1 research institution with an MIT Maker Space located inside the library. Overall, this isn't like other universities where the liberal arts students keep to one side of the commons and the engineers stay to the other. UTA is an environment where collaboration is encouraged and innovative problem solving is held to as a high a standard as academic performance. That said, For those students looking to simply "get the piece of paper," you'll be challenged for sure. But it is my belief that the staff and faculty at UTA make a point to understand each students end goals so long as the student makes a point to pursue open communication with the staff and faculty. This is very much a university that has something for offer everyone, and if you want to go far in academia and your career, the staff and faculty will help you do that.
Welcome to the worst University in the universe. I am doing online master program and I had two courses at the same time, I did not know that. This is online master program and students cannot take two courses at the same time. But I did it. I failed the one course because I did not know that. Either my professor or AP coach or my advisory informed me about it. As a result, I failed the course and I have to pay the course fee to get the course. Last year, me and my friend asked our advisory to take two or three course during summer. But the advisory said no because this program is accelerated program. Overall, the system cannot allowed to students to take two courses but I did it and I failed it. No one made a contact with me. I send the email my advisory and I did not get the final answer about the course fee. If I cannot pay the fee until this month end,June 30, I cannot get the course. I mean I have to wait one more month. That's why, the worst university in the Texas. Advisory, she is very busy. Professor and AP coach are very busy to send an email to student when they forget or do not turn in assignment. It was my last course to complete my master program which is Curriculum and Instruction in Math Education.
UTA offered an exceptional program that allowed me to advance my Associate's nursing degree to my Bachelors. The instructors were responsive in a timely manner and very helpful. The IT personnel responded to any issues that I had in a timely manner. Everyone was easily accessible. I appreciated the complete online program. It really allowed me to continue working at my job, while in school.
The degree I received as well as the education was pretty solid. The classes I took were very interesting and for the most part inactive. I learned a lot about our government, society, and America's true history. I would recommend this school to anyone seeking a political science degree...however, you'll have to find your own internships.