Melisa Estrada

Melisa Estrada

Admission Counselor

Fall travel schedule coming soon!


Hometown: Dallas, TX

Alma Mater: St. Mary's University, 2014 

Degree: B.A. Psychology, B.A. Spanish.

Why I love UD/Why I Recruit for UD: The University of Dallas is definitely one of Dallas' hidden gems. It is truly a place where students can combine their love of learning with their pursuit of spiritual growth while becoming a part of a great community. UD focuses on creating well-rounded individuals with an uncanny curiosity, which will benefit them in establishing their careers.

Favorite Spot on Campus: The University of Dallas has a beautiful campus. My favorite spot would have to be the Church of the Incarnation. It is definitely a quiet spot to stop and reflect in the middle of a busy day. 

Where Do You Hang Out in Dallas? One of the main things I love about Dallas are the endless opportunities that it provides for entertainment. I love going to concerts, when possible, as well as dance halls around town. I also love shopping in Dallas, whether it is indoors at North Park Mall or outdoors at one of the many outdoor shopping centers around town.

Favorite Book: Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Favorite Place to Eat in DFW: There are so many yummy places to eat in Dallas and I am constantly discovering new ones. My absolute favorite, however, would definitely be CafĂ© Brazil.

Favorite UD Event: Groundhog.

Favorite/Coolest Place I have Visited: Rome aside, Lisbon, Portugal, definitely stands out as one of my favorite places that I have visited. It was never one of my "dream cities to visit," but after taking a spontaneous trip during my semester abroad, I completely fell in love. It is rich in culture, home to truly kind and energetic people, has amazing food and has some of the most beautiful sights to see. It definitely taught me to reach out from the norm. You never know what amazing places you might discover.

Advice to Prospective Students: Definitely take the time to think about the type of education and experience you are looking for. Where you spend the next four years can impact how you see the world later and how you choose to take it on personally and professionally. Be fearless in your search and be open to new possibilities. Visit as many of the campuses you are considering as you can and make sure that it is a place where you can truly see yourself thriving.


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