classicrockerdad: I did come across this page along the way. Maybe I got sucked into how GT CS was “marketed” vs. GT CS. I have to say that I have been heavily influenced by how PU presented their information on my visit. What they gave me in their information packet (no detail about the tracks at all) and how it was presented (again, they hardly talked about track choices) did not represent the quality I expected from a school who I thought had a top notch reputation. I had to find this and most other information about their program on their web site. When I did find it, it just seemed to me to be more of a grouping of courses vs. a thought out plan of study.
On the other hand, GT blew me away when I visited. They gave me a detailed explanation of how their threads work together in what I thought was a very logical fashion to create 28 possible degrees. Their information packet actually shows it much better than their web site (see this: BS Computer Science ? The Eight Threads | College of Computing
and then this: Current Undergraduates ? Undergraduate Study Plans | College of Computing
). The tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. In addition to speaking in detail about the undergraduate program she discussed GT’s CS graduate program (not discussed at all at PU). Can I assume that GT undergrads have a better chance than non GT undergrads of getting into such a program (all performance factors being equal)? That would seem to be a big advantage. Also, there seems to be more research opportunities for undergrads because of such a strong program.
Am I a victim of good marketing? I have to admit that GT did such a good job on my visit that it immediately became my #1 choice (money matters aside) and started to get used to the idea of going there (at the expense of doing more research about PU). I didn’t find out about the Purdue Scholarship until mid January. At that time I was a semi-finalist for the GT President’s Scholar Program and felt very hopeful. I just recently found out that I finished as an alternate to that program.
What really matters is results. How do GT CS graduates compare to PU CS graduates? Remember I’m talking about Computer Science (my preference)….not Electrical/Computer Engineering in both cases.
Thanks again for all of your help and advice!