University of Dallas Has the "Least Beautiful" Campus in the Country, Princeton Review Says

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The Princeton Review on Monday released its annual package of mostly arbitrary lists about colleges that are fun to talk about but don't really mean anything. The rankings feature categories such as "Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians," "Stone-Cold-Sober Schools" and "Is It Food."

So, when local schools show up on the lists, it's probably best not to take things too seriously. That being said, they did pop up quite a few times, in some pretty interesting spots.

In addition to being deemed "least beautiful," University of Dallas, the Irving-based Catholic private school, was deemed to have the fifth-most politically conservative student body in the country, the sixth-most "Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution," seventh-most religious students, eighth-most popular study abroad program, ninth-most "This a Library?" -- which we assume means the Princeton Review finds U of D's library aesthetically unpleasing -- and the 20th-most "Stone-Cold-Sober" school. Civic-minded, teetotaling and ugly? Unfair Park knows where we're telling our least favorite younger relative to head for college.

Besides being ranked as the No. 15 school for "Little Race/Class" interaction, Southern Methodist University actually comes out of the rankings looking pretty good. It's No. 3 for "Lots of Greek Life" (duh), No. 6 for "College City Gets High Marks," and No. 7 for "Most Beautiful Campus," "Best Quality of Life" and "Best Athletic Facilites." The school also has the country's 12th-best career services, according to the rankings.

Rounding out the local contingent in the annual report were the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Christian University. UTD was, like the University of Dallas, lauded for its temperance, finishing as the No. 15 "Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch" school and homely nature, coming in as the No. 17 "Least Beautiful Campus." TCU failed to make any of the fun lists, but does have the No. 22 "Top Entrepreneurial Program: Undergraduate."

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Mike
Mike

A current student at UD, the campus's ugliness is a running joke, though the Mall is fairly pleasant when the flowers are in bloom. It matters very little, to be honest. We still love our school.

lolotehe
lolotehe

I like that you made it through the whole story without mentioning the Phallus of Dallas (the Penis of Los Colinas!)

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Forbes lists it as #212 overall in Best Colleges & Universities, which is quite good. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

As institutionally drab as possible is UD.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

People are crazy if the think U Dallas is ugly. The architecture is quite good and varied in a small space. locally UNT is uglier by far.

Daniel
Daniel

It really is exceptionally ugly -- and a wasted opportunity since it's actually situated on an honest-to-God hill. For the exact same amount of money, building-by-building, they could have had a modestly attractive campus, even pretty-ish, albeit choked by freeways. 

However, I must say that A&M Commerce takes the cake for butt-ugly...looks like a minimum-security prison.

MeanGreen
MeanGreen

Took a CFA review course there this past spring, pretty consistent with my feelings towards that place and its student body.

MeanGreen
MeanGreen

@JohnSmallBerries


You're crazy. I realize I'm biased, but I failed to find any part of UD that was nice. UNT is hideous if you're on the fringes out by 35. In the heart of campus near the admin building is very nice and has lots of large trees. Thew new business building, union and bio/chem buildings take issue with your statement. Let's just agree that SMU is prettier than both.

Daniel
Daniel

@JohnSmallBerries I think it was designed by some famous architect or another, but it's ugly and horribly dated-looking to my eye. I went to UNT -- they have three, maybe four nice buildings and the rest range from plain to ugly to downright grotesque a la the "Brutalist" school of architecture. Plus too much concrete and not enough grass or mature trees. I disagree that it's "uglier by far" -- in fact, I disagree that it's uglier -- but it's still pretty damn ugly and that's good enough. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Sotiredofitall

Coming soon: The top ten most loved top-ten lists ever.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@MeanGreen @JohnSmallBerries Well I am neither a UD or UNT graduate. SMU is "pretty" I suppose in a pedestrian kind of way. It is certainly not "ugly" but it resembles a campus that wants to imitate other campuses and it reflects the outer suburban ideals of its customers.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@Daniel @JohnSmallBerries " some famous architect or another..."  Oh well then. such a learned opinion. As far as looking dated, I'm trying to figure out how some Neo-Georgian or classical revivalist stuff in the Ivy league isn't as dated as something possibly can be.

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