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Old 09-09-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Hi,

I am from Tempe, AZ and am looking to transfer to a universtiy to finish my bachelors degree. I got into UTSA, UNLV and UofA but am having a hard time deciding which to attend.

How is the UTSA campus? Is it a commuter campus or do many students live in the apartments within walking distance? I went to school online for my associates and worked full time so by moving away for school I am looking to get the "full college experience"...

Any comments you have would be great! thanks!!


Also.... If anyone else is going to be attending in the spring semester and is looking to share an apartment... Send me a direct message. I have 2 dogs - so you must like dogs!

Last edited by bebe_bum; 09-09-2010 at 05:49 PM.. Reason: add details
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I went to the UofA for my bachelors and really enjoyed it there. Mainly, I would really focus on what you're going to study and pick the school that has the best program.

I don't have that much experience with UTSA, but I can answer quite a few questions about the UofA, especially if you want to major in a degree in the business school.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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if UofA is Arkansas it will far and away give you the best "college experience" of those on the list

IF UofA is Arizona then it will have a better "college experience" over UTSA and UNLV as well

UTSA is slowly changing to become more residential, but it still has a lot of commuters and not a lot of "college activities and life" right around campus since it is not that old in terms of university age and it is in the suburbs

Unless you are going to major in hotel restaurant management (where UNLV has one of the top programs in the USA) I would say Arkansas or Arizona (whichever A) has the better academics across the board VS UNLV and UTSA and either of the A's will have a better college experience for sure than UTSA or UNLV....plus the economy of Vegas is HORRIBLE right now
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:55 AM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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UTSA is slowly changing to become more residential, but it still has a lot of commuters and not a lot of "college activities and life" right around campus since it is not that old in terms of university age and it is in the suburbs
I was going to go into some spiel about the vibrant campus life and the vast array of housing options both on and off campus and all of the activities and organizations, but instead I will just say this:

Get a clue.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I was going to go into some spiel about the vibrant campus life and the vast array of housing options both on and off campus and all of the activities and organizations, but instead I will just say this:

Get a clue.
So i am assuming that you have a different opinion??

Can you please elaborate?
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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UTSA is slowly changing to become more residential, but it still has a lot of commuters and not a lot of "college activities and life" right around campus since it is not that old in terms of university age and it is in the suburbs

Do you attend UTSA?
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Can you please elaborate?
Sure. On a daily basis I witness thousands of happy students who are busy with their campus friends, studying, participating in activities and getting involved in causes.

There is plenty of housing both on and directly off campus.

Here's a link:

Campus Life | UTSA | The University of Texas at San Antonio
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Thanks! I've been all over the website!

I actually already picked an off campus apartment on UTSA Blvd (no dorms for me since I have dogs).

It's just that actually being there compared to reading online off a school website, are 2 different things. The website can say that UTSA has tons of kids on campus, tons of activities and great places to make friends, but then when you go there you can find out that they may offer those things but none of the students take advantage... you know what i mean?

I just wanted a local student opinion about whether or not the student life was great there! I really want to have a great college experience!

Thanks for the response!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Hi,

I am from Tempe, AZ and am looking to transfer to a universtiy to finish my bachelors degree. I got into UTSA, UNLV and UofA but am having a hard time deciding which to attend.

How is the UTSA campus? Is it a commuter campus or do many students live in the apartments within walking distance? I went to school online for my associates and worked full time so by moving away for school I am looking to get the "full college experience"...

Any comments you have would be great! thanks!!


Also.... If anyone else is going to be attending in the spring semester and is looking to share an apartment... Send me a direct message. I have 2 dogs - so you must like dogs!
Based on what I read out of your post, you'd be better off staying away from San Antonio, and UTSA (Yes, I did live in SA). I'll send you a DM regarding San Antonio living if you so desire, just let me know.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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I was going to go into some spiel about the vibrant campus life and the vast array of housing options both on and off campus and all of the activities and organizations, but instead I will just say this:

Get a clue.
if you think that UTSA will come close to offering the same "college life" as Arizona you are the one that needs a huge clue

I would not even put UTSA in the top 10 of "college life" universities in Texas much less comparing it to Arizona with about 10K more students

if the OP had ask "does UTSA have students and places for students to live around it" your answer might be valid.....instead they ask to compare UTSA to UNLV which is a relatively new (for a university in the USA) and (was) fast growing school that still has a lot of part timers and non-traditional students because of the 24X7 schedule of Vegas and the youth and growth of Vegas and also ask to compare UTSA to Arizona with about 10K more students and a campus life to go with them along with the full compliment of sports that tends to help build campus life

UT, TxState, TAMU, unT, SFA, Texas Tech, UH, UTA, Sam Houston, UTEP and a number of others can easily match any student life over UTSA in Texas alone and several of those are really not known for their "college life"

because they are older, larger, are in a town that has the students more "captive", they house freshman on campus the first year, they appeal to traditional students, or they have just done a good job building tradition and student life

UTSA paid little or no attention to that for much of the time it has been open......anyone with an ounce of common sense and knowledge of UTSA would know this

A bunch of apartments in the area with mostly students is not "college life" in any way shape or form neither is a bunch of people with backpacks walking around campus

if you want to compare the college life of UTD to UTSA then UTSA wins hands down......compare it to UTA or UTEP I would give the slight edge to UTA and UTEP......unT a bigger edge over UTSA......TxState blows UTSA out of the water for college life......Sam and SFA are smaller, but the towns are smaller, few students are commuters, the cost of living there is dramatically cheaper in both those towns, and the students find each other and find campus activities because that is one of "the things to do" in a small university town.....TAMU and UT both would spank UTSA in college life and would be much more comparable to Arizona

UH slightly better than UTSA in college life, but only because it is larger, has been a bigger 4 year school for longer, and because they woke up to what having a "college life" means for a school several years before UTSA did

not trying to bag on UTSA at all, but the OP ask a specific question about comparing three specific universities and out of the three only one is going to come close to what most consider a "college life" and that is Arizona......and it happens that unless one is going to study Hotel Restaurant Management, or Casino/Gaming Finance Accounting and Operations then Arizona will have the better academics of the three pretty much across the board as well though UTSA and UNLV may have a few other niche programs where they excel over Arizona

Pride in a city or in the main university of a particular city is one thing, but letting that pride cloud the facts (especially when those that discuss universities should be able to discuss them using knowledge, facts, truth, and reason) is just misleading someone with false pride and half truths and lack of reality
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