Purdue vs UIUC: Engineering
Hi, I know I've waited a bit too long to ask for help but I need some fast and was hoping you guys would have some answers. With only 2 weeks left til May 1st I still have no idea where to do. I have it narrowed down to Purdue University in West Lafayette and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
In the application process I applied to the electrical engineering programs at both schools and was accepted, however I am not too confident that electrical engineering is what I am going to stick with. I am planning on staying in Engineering but I may or may not change subsets (I'm not sure).
I am interested in Aerospace engineering however the smallness, for lack of a better word, of the field scares me in terms of job opportunities leaving college.
If I go to UIUC I am considering doing a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Aerospace in a 5 Year program.
The problem occurs where if I go to Purdue because it has a better Aerospace Engineering program I lose the breadth and opportunity that comes with the Bachelors/Masters Program at UIUC.
So here I'll make a pros and con list to help me clarify my thoughts and hopefully you can help me with this; tell me the good and the bad about each school.
Better Aerospace program
ability to change within engineering (however almost all engineering disciplines besides aerospace are worse than their UIUC counterpart)
About $10 grand a year more
almost all engineering disciplines besides aerospace are worse than their UIUC counterpart if I decide to not stick with Aerospace
Highly ranked Electrical Engineering Program
Bachelor/ Master combo in EE/ Aero in 5 years
$10 grand a year cheaper
In-state (although both are about the same distance)
Incredibly difficult to change into certain disciplines within engineering (mechanical, material and biomedical)
A little bit less nice aesthetically than Purdue (but that doesn't matter as much to me being a guy)
Does anyone have any insight or advice for me? Any help is appreciated