Texas, United StatesRanked among top 100 universities in US
University of Texas – Dallas is a Tier 1 public research university started in the year 1969. In spite of being relatively ‘young’, UTD has already made a name for itself and is considered, as one of the finest universities for engineering and management. UTD ranks #21 in the world and #1 in US under Times Higher Education Young University rankings. The low fees, excellent research facilities, and exciting job prospects together make it an ideal destination for Indians, which is why they apply in such massive numbers.
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Located in the heart of North Texas’ Silicon Prairie with the highest concentration of high technology work force, UTD campus is located in Richardson. It is 20 km away from downtown Dallas and about 3-4 hour drive from Austin and Houston.
University of Texas at Dallas is built on a lovely 710 acre campus. As a young university, UTD has focused on modern green infrastructure and has created world class research facilities in various areas of engineering, sciences, and management.
While on-campus living is certainly an option (at about $5500 per year), most grad students choose to live outside of campus, so as to get some much needed space, privacy and freedom. The rents in and around Richardson work out to about $7500 per year on an average, but this too gets divided considerably if you live with roommates. The further away from the university you go, the lower the rents fall, so it’s not difficult to find a place to match your wallet.
Dallas experiences extremes of climate across the year. Summers are terribly hot, while winters can get rather cold, though there isn’t any snowfall. Fall (autumn) and spring are quite pleasant compared to the rest of the year, when the weather really is curse-worthy.
UT Dallas has grown rapidly in last ten years and has added many distinguished faculty that include members of National Academy and Fellows of various societies. A large number of new junior faculty have won prestigious awards, and numerous faculty hold endowed chairs in recognition of their contributions to education and research. UTD has had three Nobel Laureates on its faculty.
Being a public university, UTD tends to be generous with scholarships, though you can’t take them for granted, since they’re all performance and/or need based. Of course, you can also always get Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships, especially if you’re Indian.
Some of the topmost fortune 100 companies are regularly hiring from UTD. UTD itself is surrounded by 500 companies and companies like Intel, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Apple, and more are commonly seen hiring in big numbers from Engineering and Computer Science.
While the crowd isn’t exactly multicultural – you’ll just find a crazy number of Indians – it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s bad. You can always find your type of people, it’s said.
Life on campus can become pretty boring. There isn’t much to do in and around the place, and students’ woes are compounded by the fact that there isn’t a bar on campus. However, there are a number of perfectly good restaurants around, with Papa Johns and Subway being crowd-pullers.
It is a rapidly rising university that attained Tier I research status in the heart of one of the largest metroplex areas in US. It is one of top three public universities in the state of Texas.
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