Anyone who knows something about the school will probably tell you that UT Dallas is quite "nerdy." For the most part, the University lives up to this reputation by providing a good quality education. While the workload barely gets way out of control, students need to take studying seriously to earn good grades, and most do. The seven schools design major plans for students, mixing in special programs such as the departmental honors programs or career development sessions. While the academics can provide good challenges, they lean more toward vocational and researching purposes rather than a liberal arts education. Therefore, if you come here expecting many rhetoric discussions of poetry and history, or enlightening lectures by extremely articulate professors, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, students with a clearer sense of what to do and where to improve can get invaluable lessons for their future career path. A good indicator of the UTD education can be seen in the strong growth of the engineering and management schools, and the weaker influence of the economics and interdisciplinary studies schools over academics.
One thing most students approve about UTD is the faculty’s quality. Professors are knowledgeable and passionate, and they eagerly get to know students at a personal level. Don’t be surprised to see your favorite professor hitting the gym every morning or monitoring a student club as an adviser. Also, have absolutely no hesitation to seek advice from the professors—they will be happy to help you out. That being said, the professors can sometimes be too easy, letting grade inflation occur, which can hinder a student’s true potential. The advising department isn’t very helpful, mostly because it is always overworked and understaffed, and thus, cannot provide more personal assistance.