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The University of Texas at Dallas
October 2015
Campus Growth and Change Enrich the Student Experience
Hobson Wildenthal
By Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, president ad interim
There has never been a better time to be a student at UT Dallas. Based on more than 20 years serving this institution at the executive level and now as president ad interim, I can say that the University today bears little semblance to the University of even a decade prior.

We are at a remarkable moment in our history. Actions taken over the last decade to scale up in some critical areas — part of the strategic effort to join the ranks of the nation's best public research universities — are yielding results that make a difference to students.

Underpinning the University's transformation since 2005 has been the investment of $1 billion to renovate or create 3 million square feet of space for teaching, research, living and learning, leading to an imaginative reframing of a once nondescript campus.

To see and feel the impact of those investments, one only needs to walk from the Visitor Center and University Bookstore by way of the beautifully landscaped central mall, past the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building and around to the nearly completed Bioengineering and Sciences Building. On the western edge of campus, five residence halls, which have opened over the last few years, ushered in a new era for living and learning on campus. Even more housing and retail options will open next year in the Northside development underway on Synergy Park Boulevard.

Student move in day
Incoming freshmen, like those shown here at orientation, benefit from the University's investments in campus improvements, academic offerings and student services.
Some of the most important changes since 2005, though, revolve around your student's academic journey. Some examples include:
  • New undergraduate degree programs created in response to growth in fields such as supply chain management and healthcare studies.
  • Extensive research opportunities available in a variety of disciplines, many of which are chronicled in The Exley, the undergraduate research journal.
  • The Honors College established to gather exceptional undergraduates from our eight schools for special events and seminars.
  • A campus chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
In our daily work at the University, we are proud of the fruits of our labors and how our efforts are translating into a dynamic campus environment for our students. We provide an array of services and activities that support your student's academic goals, as well as cultural and social enrichment. Among the extracurricular options now available for your student are diverse campus life activities such as artistic and cultural events, recreational sports, health and wellness programs, NCAA athletic events, more than 300 student organizations, and volunteer opportunities that allow students to help others while developing leadership skills. Among the most exciting developments, according to our returning students, are the expanded dining options with menus that range from comfort food to healthy alternatives.

For all of these reasons and many more, it truly is the best time to be a student here. Whether through the focused study of a challenging new interest or the collaborative work conducted in a laboratory or a spirited game played in the residence hall, your student has an array of new opportunities to make the most of the life-changing experience that accompanies a college education.

This is the revivified UT Dallas, one of the fastest-growing and most highly respected universities in the state. We welcome you and your student to our ranks.
UT Dallas
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