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BU vs. Northeastern Engineering

RatedPGRatedPG Posts: 1,079Registered User Member
edited September 2006 in Boston University
Okay I know that BU ranks higher in "THE rankings" than NEU, but what about engineering? NEU has a great history of engineering and coop and placement. What does everyone think of BU's engineering school? I also notice that BU doesn't offer ChemE, anyone have a comment on that? If someone were looking to go to school in Boston for engineering what would you recommend (given that MIT is extremely tough to get into and too intense for what my DD is looking for). Thanks everyone.
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Replies to: BU vs. Northeastern Engineering

  • scansmomscansmom Posts: 1,552Registered User Senior Member
    Northeastern has been on the rise and this year rose by 17 points so at that rate, it may pass BU in the not too distant future... Also, I believe the two schools are basically neck to neck as far as engineering rankings go, so it really comes down to preference... NEU obviously has the edge over BU when it comes to co-op and gaining practical work experience during undergrad years.
  • RatedPGRatedPG Posts: 1,079Registered User Member
    How about selectivity? I think BU is considered to be more selective, but is it really? Anyone else?
  • CrazedChimpCrazedChimp Posts: 105Registered User Junior Member
    I'm a freshman Eng student at BU and I applied and got accepted to both BU and NEU. In my case, BU was an obvious choice because NEU's biomed program (or their equivalent) is much weaker than BU's which are ranked 7th and 8th for graduate and undergraduate respectively.

    It's very hard to find the stats for individual colleges within a university, but I do know that Engineering (along with COM and one other school) are regarded as the most selective and challenging school at BU. I can't remember the specifics, but at one of the first engineering meetings we had a few weeks ago they rattled of all the stats for the freshman engineering students, all of which were a good amount higher than the school average, though that could be because of CGS.

    Anyways, as a freshman I'm really enjoying the engineering program. The facilities and the resources for the engineering students specifically are really excellent, and the school seems to care about its students more than others do. Engineering students meet for 1 hour a week to either all together to listen to a speaker (last week 3 BU ENG graduates came and told us about what they did and are doing let us ask questions) or in smaller groups with a student advisor of your same major and a faculty advisor. CAS kids don't really have anything similar to this.

    Also, all the engineering buildings are really nice and really new, which is always a plus. Oh, and there's a special Engineering study lounge area only for engineering students as well as a special tutoring program, also only for engineering students.

    None of my friends ended up going to NEU, so I can't really compare the two for you very well, but I can answer any other questions you have about engineering at BU. Feel free to ask.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Posts: 6,992Registered User Senior Member
    And in your opinion, what makes Northeastern engineering weak? Specifics please.
  • CrazedChimpCrazedChimp Posts: 105Registered User Junior Member
    "NEU's biomed program (or their equivalent) is much weaker..." I said their BME program is weaker, not the entire engineering school. I said that first of all because they don't offer a full BME program to begin with and as far I know the only way to get close to one would be to go for Chem Eng and swap around some classes and such. This is Vs. BU where the BME department is bigger than any other engineering discipline by far and also receives very significant amounts of funding for its research (http://www.bu.edu/eng/facts/).

    I would also like to add that I have no problem with NEU, and I would probably be there right now if I had not gotten in to BU. It's a good school and has both its advantages and disadvantages. I chose BU because I felt the program was stronger from what I saw of the two schools and I am happy with my decision.
  • jPoDjPoD Posts: 2,524- Senior Member
    I can't remember the specifics, but at one of the first engineering meetings we had a few weeks ago they rattled of all the stats for the freshman engineering students, all of which were a good amount higher than the school average, though that could be because of CGS.

    Well thanks. Just put a retard label on all of us why dont you? XD
  • CrazedChimpCrazedChimp Posts: 105Registered User Junior Member
    If your comment was serious, I'm sorry. My roomate's sister was in CGS and from what I hear it's not all that easy or fun. None the less, people coming into CGS (and they are the second biggest school from freshman and sophmore years) average around a 3.3 which brings down the average GPA of BU as a whole.

    I wouldn't call someone with a 3.3 GPA a retard anyways...
  • jPoDjPoD Posts: 2,524- Senior Member
    Yes, it was serious. Yes, I know we bring down the average, but it doesnt affect anything or anyone. It's just for those who want to boost their egos. Good to know i'm at the average. I have a 3.33.
    What dorm are you in btw?
  • CrazedChimpCrazedChimp Posts: 105Registered User Junior Member
    Floor 11A in Warren, you?
  • jPoDjPoD Posts: 2,524- Senior Member
    I'm a senior in HS. I'm applying ED to BU and to CGS. My friend is a frosh at BU. He's in Warren too. :)
  • PikachusbuttPikachusbutt Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    BU has great biomed program, but there's just too many of the freshman engineers that are BME major... I think the manufacture Engineering is definitely underrated, so if you wanna look at BU engineeering program, manufacture Engineering is definitely an option you should check out.

    I'm an incoming freshman and i live in a engineering specialty floor. Most the sophemores on my floor that I know got in "better" ranked schools but chose to come to BU. So, BU's ENG program definitely has a good competition level.

    I guess BU's ENG is one of the most selective colleges in the university, too.
  • dogsdogs Posts: 1,092Registered User Senior Member
    While BU may ber considered "better", whatever that means, than NE both are great schools so the more important question is what feels like the better fit for her. Does she have the stats to get in to both? Is merit or financial aid a consideration? NE has the co op program going for it but BU offers internships and all that and is in a more desirable neighborhhood. I'd suggest she apply to both and then compare via "accepted students day" visit in April.
  • dogsdogs Posts: 1,092Registered User Senior Member
    Another consideration is if she ended up not wanting ENG. It does happen, kids switch majors or choose to major in a non-science field. In a science or business only school there would be limitations. I think an eclectic social mix is important too.
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