Deepak Rai, a junior majoring in Biochemistry, easily came up with several reasons why he decided to attend The University of Texas at Dallas:
"There are smaller class sizes than many of the larger Texas universities, which provides for a better quality of education and allows for more opportunities. UTD is close to home, and there are generous scholarships offered."
Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, before moving to Plano with his parents at age 16, Deepak plans to attend medical school after he graduates.
"Currently I am volunteering at the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital," Deepak said. "I am also working on a research project in the laboratory of Dr. D. Gray and I'm a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-health honors society."
To relax, Deepak said he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports and volunteering.
"My friends and I frequently patronize many of the fine noodle restaurant establishments close to UTD," he said.
He said he commutes to campus from his family's home in Plano.
As for advice to prospective students, Deepak offered this:
"The quality of education at UTD is on par with, if not better than, any other university in Texas. The outstanding faculty, facilities, and small class sizes make the quality of education better at UTD as well. Coupled with this, UTD's generous financial aid and relatively low tuition costs allow UTD to be an economical place to study. I would advise students considering UTD to think critically about these strengths, and how other colleges compare. "
- Updated: January 4, 2006