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Old 03-11-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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Your thoughts on living in Arlington

And your thoughts on UT Arlington
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Lewisville
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What are you thinking of studying?
I got my BBA in accounting at UTA. They have an excellent accounting program that's consistently ranked in the top 2 in CPA pass rates for the state. My other business classes were good too- especially my economics classes.
I've also heard excellent things about their nursing program and architechture program, but don't have personal experience with either of those.

If you're looking for a "college experience" UTA probrably isn't the place for you. They've been trying to shed the "commuter school" image, but there are plenty of non-traditional students, student groups aren't very visible on campus- including greek life. There's no football team (yet), and I've heard the basketball games aren't well attended (I've never been to one, myself). Althouth these areas may be lacking, I don't think the overall quality of education is. I wasn't unhappy with any of the classes I took there- even those out of my field of study. Even the subject matter I didn't particulary like (World lit and Astronomy-ugh!!! SO not my thing...), the quality of instruction was good. I actually loved my history and government classes, and wasn't expecting to at all.

Arlington is a decent place to live. I lived there for 3 years while going to UTA. Like any city, there are good points and bad points. The proximity to UTA was certainly convenient. I can't speak for the other areas of study, but it seems that the accounting department job recruitment was much more focused on Ft. Worth jobs than Dallas jobs. If you deffinately want to wind up in Dallas, UTD or UNT might get you better opportunities for that side of the metroplex.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Is there a bus shuttle? That you takes you in from other areas or areas of dallas? how is parking?
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Lewisville
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I don't believe there's a bus shuttle. Arlington is one of- if not the- largest cities in the US without public transportation (unless you're old and/or disabled). I think UTA might have it's own shuttle system, but it's only for around campus.
Parking at UTA was pretty bad when I went there- I graduated August 2005. They have large parking lots if you don't mind hoofing it. If you want to park less than a 5 minute walk from the buildings, be prepared to get there 30 minutes early and stake out a place. They also have a covered parking garage, but it's pretty expensive- I think it was around $300 per semester when I was going there.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Dallas: Oak Cliff
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Yes, Arlington is in fact the largest city in the nation without any form of public transportation.

Depending on what you expect from a city you may or may not like living Arlington, but as a graduate of the university I am very biased concerning the quality of education you receive.

I commuted from Dallas during my undergraduate degree, but for my graduate degree I moved out there and absolutely hated it. Others do like it. Any chain that you can think of past, future, or present can be found on Cooper. But, again if you prefer a more urban environment and a city with different eclectic neighborhoods you may want to commute from Fort Worth or Dallas. Or like another poster mentioned look at UNT or UTD. UTD will have even less of a campus feel to it than UTA.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Is arlington predominately a conservative hardcore Christian white area? Why would I not like the area? I am left of center. I like shopping centers, shopping, etc. I know arlington has amusement parks. That is great to know. What is Cooper?


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Yes, Arlington is in fact the largest city in the nation without any form of public transportation.

Depending on what you expect from a city you may or may not like living Arlington, but as a graduate of the university I am very biased concerning the quality of education you receive.

I commuted from Dallas during my undergraduate degree, but for my graduate degree I moved out there and absolutely hated it. Others do like it. Any chain that you can think of past, future, or present can be found on Cooper. But, again if you prefer a more urban environment and a city with different eclectic neighborhoods you may want to commute from Fort Worth or Dallas. Or like another poster mentioned look at UNT or UTD. UTD will have even less of a campus feel to it than UTA.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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Is there a bus shuttle? That you takes you in from other areas or areas of dallas? how is parking?
Did a BSEE, MSEE, and ROTC there. In general, Engineering, Nursing and Business seem the strong parts of the place. And did a stint on the student government as an Engineering rep while in grad school . . . . which is why I am answering your post in particular about transportation.

You have no doubt noticed that UTA is about right in the middle of Arlington . . . and yes transportation in and out sucks, as does parking. Early on, I lived close enough to campus to walk, along with about 4 to 5 roommates in a place we correctly named "the slum." To understand why no real public transportation exists you have to understand the city council and the mindset of the folks they represent.

While year after year, the student government diligently asks the city to cooperate on some sort of public transportation, as many students would be served by it, the city quietly ignores the request. So I dug a little deeper. The belief system that has created Arlington as the largest city in the US without public transportation is this -- They sincerely believe that if they have public transportation they would be more appealing to . . . (omigod!) . . . (ewww, eckk!) . . . poor people.

That is it. Them damn vermin poor folks would be sneaking in. We hates them. So instead, Arlington has a large (non-tax paying) church all through the middle of downtown, complete with huge homeless operation, to atone for their sins, but no public transportation.

But back to the student application level of how to deal with the ambient stupidity. Best advice -- try to take classes during "off" times. Try to miss the masses of asses. The class schedules are another game. Part of the university state funding is based on building use. So the university tries to over-schedule the classes at the same time -- MW 9 to noon -- as that shows a high percentage building use, while in truth many classrooms sit empty much of the rest of the week.

That also creates parking lot overflow during those times. Choosing a class schedule during "off" times will also allow you to miss most of the traffic jams that the city creates by refusing public transportation.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Dallas: Oak Cliff
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Is arlington predominately a conservative hardcore Christian white area? Why would I not like the area? I am left of center. I like shopping centers, shopping, etc. I know arlington has amusement parks. That is great to know. What is Cooper?
Cooper is the main street that runs north and south through Arlington. Politically Arlington is predominantly conservative and like most places in Texas it is predominately Christian in religion. However, there is a very large Asian population (who may or may not be Christian). There is also a large Indian and Pakistan population at least at the University. As far as being left of center that shouldn't give you any problems, although Joe Barton is one of the House reps for parts of Arlington. He is about as conservative/corrupt as they come. Me, I am probably left of Dennis Kucinich, but I have never had any problems because of political views. And no the Christians have not attempted to oppress me.

If you like shopping you will not be disappointed. Expect more to come with Jerry World (Cowboys new home) going up on Collins Street. IMO, Arlington is just bland and has no personality or charm. But if it fits your educational needs then it is worth the sacrifice.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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Honestly if you wish to attend a public university in the area I would recommend UNT or UTD over UTA. Both have stronger academic reputations.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Lewisville
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I'm a non Christian left of center, and didn't feel out of place while I lived in Arlington or went to UTA. Most people are pretty private in their beliefs and have no desire to force anything on anyone. I don't think that's unique to Arlington, though. Pretty much everywhere in the Metroplex I've felt the same way. I'm not "flashy" about my religious or political beliefs (not that I try to hide them), so maybe that helps.
As other's have said there's tons of shopping in the area. The Parks at Arlington was a pretty nice mall last time I was there, and it seems like they're adding new stores and things to the mall area all the time.
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