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North carolina state university vs Penn state (University Park)

NuclearEngineerNuclearEngineer Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2012 in College Search & Selection
I got accepted into both of them. I want to do Nuclear Engineering.. Which one should I pick?

Prefer list
-Big city
-Warm weather
-Good education to prepare me for grad school
-Finish undergraduate ASAP

That's it!

Thank you so much for your time!
Post edited by NuclearEngineer on

Replies to: North carolina state university vs Penn state (University Park)

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,307Registered User Senior Member
    How much will they cost you, and is the difference important to you?

    Have you looked at the courses and curricula for nuclear engineering at each school to see which has the selection of in-major electives that most interest you?

    For finishing undergraduate at each school, take a look at the course plans for nuclear engineering at each school and map them out according to what you go in with (e.g. AP credit) to see whether either can allow a semester early graduation, or has a higher risk of late graduation (consider whether important in-major courses are offered every semester or just once per year or even once every two years).
  • NuclearEngineerNuclearEngineer Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    I am out-state for both schools. Despite the differences in courses.. Which one would u recommend?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,307Registered User Senior Member
    Hmmm, does $6,600 per year matter to you (the difference in list price cost of attendance between cheaper NCSU and more expensive Penn State for out-of-state at both -- actually, the difference may be greater, since NCSU's estimate of $33,809 includes "personal expenses" and "transportation" that Penn State's estimate of $40,408 does not)?

    If you are concerned about rankings, it appears that NCSU is also ranked slightly higher.
  • NuclearEngineerNuclearEngineer Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    I am not really concered about money.. Which one has a better student life?
  • dudedaddudedad Posts: 1,928Registered User Senior Member
    Do you prefer urban or rural? Visit both. PSU is about 30% OOS. NCSU is limited to 18% OOS, and I think the actual out of state population may be lower.
    Nucs are a very select group - almost like vet school in terms of number of programs.
  • informativeinformative Posts: 1,725Registered User Senior Member
    Neither of these schools offers any of these other than NC State having warm weather:
    -Big city
    -Warm weather
    -Good education to prepare me for grad school
    -Finish undergraduate ASAP
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