VT (XT - Explore Technology-Non ENG) vs. UVA Engineering for student wishing to major ENG (ME/EE?)
My son got in UVA Engineering but did not get in VT Engineering first choice major (General ENG)- instead, he was admitted to their new program "XT" - Explore Technology. Students in XT can choose major from 39 non-Engineering majors after 1-2 years. ( http://www.universitystudies.vt.edu/images/pdfs/XT.pdf
) From I read about this new program, this XT program is not a part of ENG or doesn't lead to ENG majors somehow.
According to VT, "Access to required engineering change of major courses is also limited for many students outside the College of Engineering. Thus, most students who change majors into engineering can expect one additional year of enrollment to complete the degree. As a result, you should not enter the university expecting to move into the College of Engineering. If you accept your offer of admission into your second choice major, you are indicating that at this point in time you are planning to graduate from Virginia Tech with a degree in that major."
So - Is it better to still go for VT/XT major 'hoping' to transfer to ENG department or should he take UVA Engineering and see if he likes/probably try transferring to VT ? He doesn't seem to be interested in any non-ENG majors at UVA and if he cannot major Engineering, there is no point for him to choose VT ;however, it's my impression that ME/EE is not strong in UVA and career doesn't seem so tech-focused.
Any advice would be appreciated...!