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RPI vs UMich vs JHU vs CMU vs Northwestern for engineering?
D has got it narrowed down to the above schools, after eliminating UWash WashU Case, GT and Purdue, and getting rejected from Stanford and MIT (her top choices, which would have made this easy).
Unfortunately those were all the lower cost options (UW was in state). No need aid and merit aid only from Case and RPI, so we'll be eating ramen or doing loans most likely. We're visiting the schools in title next week (except UMich), but its still a huge decision.
Some background. She used to love engineering design, but took bio this year and now thinks she wants biomed engineering (dabbling with the idea of premed, but she loves engineering). She was fortunate enough to get direct admit to Hopkins and GT for biomed (although not at UW which is a problem), but she's not 100% sure she wants to go this route. She tends to be a quiet, somewhat introverted kid but gets along well with others. Would be nice if the school she went to provided something more than just studying to death. She's also interested in a sorority as a way to meet kids/socialize
Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated!
- UMich - toured and loved the campus and options, about $10k cheaper. It is a state school though, and she's worried about getting lost in the crowd. Seems to have a ton of options and good first year eng program. Dorms seemed meh, and paying $60k for a state school is questionable...
- RPI - got a half tuition scholarship here, but the ratio worries her, and the school appears to have questionable mgmt. Ranking is fairly low as well, vs the others. Supposedly much stronger than the rankings though?
- JHU - Seems superb...if she's doing biomed. Not sure about other engineering options like EE or Mech?
- CMU - biomed program is double major only, and she didn't get into EE/CPE so she'd have to double in mech or chem. Great rep as a general engineering school though and the double major in biomed would be useful
- Northwestern - Seems to have a great first year engineering program, with a design twist that she'd like? Not sure of rep for biomed though, or flexibility to double major.