Lets face it Austin is a rising city and Dallas is...well "self important." Sure, the big D is BIG, but Dallas is in the middle of a wide open plain, next to the Trinity River. Compare the Colorado River that goes through Austin and consider Edward's Plateau to the West, it's stunning and it provides a myriad of recreational opportunities for students and families. Austin is an extremely diverse city, it's one of the most environmental conscious cities in the world, the architecture is fantastic, and its the live music capital of the world. I'll grant that SMU's location is prestigious, but you feel out of place when you're not white, rich, and protestant. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being that person, but its not everyone. UT and Austin offer so many more worthwhile opportunities than Dallas does and Austin is a much better place to be for biomedical research or Computer Science. UT is the powerhouse of the south when it comes to CS, no other school within a 1000 mile radius touches UT. UT is easily the best choice.
Last edited by schismmanifesto; 05-08-2009 at 01:38 AM.