The University of Texas Medical Branch Reviews

  • 26 Reviews
  • Galveston (TX)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,653
100% of 26 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 26 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Mandy Bell
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"From the years of 1996-1998 I attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and graduated with a bachelors in nursing. I lived and studied in Galveston for both years. The city this school is in makes it possible for you to find affordable housing off campus. I lived in some apartments about 10 miles from campus and spent my time de-stressing by rollerblading on the seawall. I lived in a two bedroom apartment and shared rent with another female student that I found by placing an ad in the school newspaper. She was not in nursing school but it would have been pretty beneficial to seek out a fellow nursing student to study with. I spoke of de-stressing earlier and wanted to mention that UTMB has a great gym on campus that is free for students should you release stress in this way. Another wonderful thing about the nursing program at UTMB is that they have free peer tutoring. I not only sought out this resource for my own benefit but also was a pharmacology tutor for my classmates. Being a tutor looks great on a resume. I also remember seeking out free guidance on test taking. I was able to sit one on one with someone who specialized in test taking and she was able to bring my grades up. I graduated with a 3.5 and was enlisted with Sigma Theta Tau because of my high GPA. There is also a hospital on campus that hires students. So I was able to do a work-study program while attending school. It allowed me to gain experience in my field of study before graduation so I was able to build my resume. I highly and proudly recommend UTMB for your medical studies for the reasons mentioned above."
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"UTMB is a great medical school to attend in Texas. The classes are set up for the first two years in a way that allows for a lot of study time on your own instead of dependent on the classroom setting. We also have a dedicated block to studying for the Step 1 exam after the second year."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"I loved it. Grad school was tough with long hours but the town is awesome if you take the time to explore and having the beach so close by. You can walk to campus too!"
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I enjoyed going to UTMB and got a well rounded education."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"It was a great college. It is on a small island, lots to do with a small town feel. Campus is close to the beach and the weather is great."
Female graduate, age 28
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Very educational. Most classes were hands on and made for a better learning experience. Teachers were easy to speak with and always available through email"
Milinda Davila
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"UTMB is a school that from the first day of school started to prepare their students for passing the NCLEX and being a safe and knowledgeable registered nurse. I feel very pleased with my education and felt more than ready to start working as a nurse when I graduated."
Blaine J. Eubank
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2016
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"My commendation of not only The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), but especially the physician assistant program is founded on the smaller class sizes, faculty involvement, Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass rates and student life. Furthermore, UTMB’s prestigious reputation and hands on learning experiences are unparalleled by any other programs within Texas. This school and program have exceeded my expectations and prepared me for a successful future within the field of medicine. Most notably, UTMB is an exceptional and economically friendly school to obtain diverse science and medical based graduate degrees."
Kaylee Davis
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I am pursuing a M.D. at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. This program is highly competitive among other Texas medical schools, while having a laid back vibe and friendly support! Though some may thing Galveston is not the best place, the island provides cheap living and the medical school provides a helpful support network."
Harris Weisz
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2015
  • Degree: Neuropsychology
"Nurturing environment with mentors that are intimately involved in the learning process."
LiUnka Holmes
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2015
  • Degree: Nutrition
"Great resources and great support staff. We are the first class of the dual master's and dietetic internship so things can be a little disorganized."
Avalynn Ly
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2015
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"UTMB gives you the best bang for your buck as the oldest medical school in the entire state of Texas and historically offering the lowest tuition rates in the state."
Rachel Lange
  • Reviewed: 12/22/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The best part of my graduate program is how close knit everyone involved in the program is. We are all there to support one another and not to compete. The thing that I like least about my graduate program is that the scenery is not the best. There is a lot of construction that has been going on on campus and it is not the prettiest of sights."
Andrea Dimet
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Advantages to the program include that you get the opportunity to work alongside medical school students, take medical school courses, and get a good feel of the clinical side of research. Disadvantages to the program include that it is new and they are still working out a lot of the kinks, it's hard to get to know people because you switch from classes with med students to classes with grad students mid-way through the year, and that students in other programs are able to start rotations before you are."
Diana Dang
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2014
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The pros of my program is that it is a two year program. It is ranked as the best school in Texas and #14 across the nation. The cost of the program is low compared to a lot of competitive programs. The living costs are also reasonable for being right next to the beach. The environment is extremely friendly and the staff and student make you feel included in the entire community. I have no come across a con for this program."
Leah Hulsey
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2014
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"Parking is a problem but doable. Buildings are hard to navigate and easy to get lost in. Faculty, level of education and technology are excellent. Clinical and career opportunities are supported and community service is imperative."
Jessica Winston
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2014
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"This program is an incredible experience and will have me well prepared for a career as a Physician Assistant by the time that I finish."
Elisabeth Wideman
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2013
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"I am actually in the Physician Assistant program at UTMB. The program is a great program, the faculty are nice and prepare you well for your future."
Allison Attal
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Very competitive program- top in Texas, 14th nationally. Accelerated, which means heavy workload and very fast paced. Great school."
Jeffrey Jones
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"There are many pros of the program at The University of Texas Medical Branch. These include location, faculty, and the ease of research availability. I love living on Galveston island. I enjoy fishing and swimming in the ocean. The faculty are very helpful and are open to hear the student's ideas and opinions. There are many research opportunities available at UTMB. If a student is interested in a certain area of research, they can definitely find it at UTMB. However, there are a couple of cons. These are IT and the location of the school on the island. I have had several problems with the school's internet and webmail systems and I haven't received much help. The school seems to be located on a bad side of town and there are areas around the school that have a high amount of criminal activity. Overall, I love UTMB!"