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Schools similar to University of Maryland?


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  • STF4717STF4717 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    We did check out Loyola since it's so close to us - I really loved it, but son hated it. Too small, too white, not even close to being diverse enough for him...70% Catholic? Yep, dealbreaker.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,192 Senior Member
    edited May 21
    Looking for: big school that is social/athletic, diverse student body, busy campus, Comp Sci major, no more than 4-5 hrs from DC metro area.
    Lehigh hits all these points, except "big" (total enrollment of about 7200). My impression is that they weigh test scores more heavily than GPA in admissions.

    Lehigh has strong CS, but with an unusual orientation: most of their CS students choose the "Computer Science & Business" program, which is jointly sponsored by the Engineering and Business Schools. This path leads to an unique 4-year BS degree that is fully accredited in both CS (by ABET) and business (by AACSB).

    The CSB degree is extremely marketable, so it's worth considering if your son has any interest in business. If not, then Lehigh also offers a plain-vanilla CS degree (without business), but this is a less popular option.
  • STF4717STF4717 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @Corbett ...thank you! Lehigh was on our initial lists...but for some reason it dropped off my radar. I think because their stats and GPA look so high. I had no idea they had that joint program...that sounds very interesting.

    I think 7,000 still qualifies as big (or maybe big enough).

    We also have a connection to Lehigh...so that can't hurt! Thank you!
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