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UT versus GA Tech for Comp Sci

cone23cone23 Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2009 in College Search & Selection
Major: Computer Science, potentially double majoring with physics, electrical engineering, or math

I'm trying to decide what school to go to, and have it narrowed down to these two.

UT - Got in to the Turing Scholars and Dean's Scholars Honors Programs, which are making UT stand a large step above GA Tech at the moment, but I absolutely hate the state of Texas, its weather, and the climate here.
GA Tech - It's not Texas. It has a wonderful comp sci program and has an unusual but interesting degree program in CS.

With the programs at UT and the feel of GA Tech, both of them would provide a stimulating academic environment.

UT would run me about 18k a year, and I haven't heard back from GA Tech on scholarships/financial aid, but that stuff was mailed out today (April 1st), so we'll see soon.

Anyone have any suggestions or know anything I should consider about these two schools?

Thank you for any help!
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Replies to: UT versus GA Tech for Comp Sci

  • gthopefulgthopeful Posts: 1,828Registered User Senior Member
    It sounds like UT is going to be a good 30% cheaper than Tech per year (assuming no financial aid). 30% isn't huge considering the plethora of opportunities Tech has to get you co-ops, internships and lab positions. Is money an issue?

    You mentioned you were considering a double major. CS and EE classes are quite complementary, and I know that minoring in CS is very common in our ECE department. As far as Physics goes, I know in the Physics department they recently started teaching Fortran again because it's so prevalent in the sciences. That's about all I can see so far as overlap between Physics and CS, though.

    Not that it probably matters to you but GT's CS buildings are slick. If you plan on visiting campus, you'll know what I mean between Klaus and TSRB (both are only a few years old).
  • cone23cone23 Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the response!

    I don't really see a difference in the ability to get internships coming out of / during my time at UT versus GT. Both of them are very strong in that area, especially with being in Dean's Scholars and Turing Scholars at UT.
  • gthopefulgthopeful Posts: 1,828Registered User Senior Member
    Internships you're right, I doubt it would make much of a difference, but Tech's co-op program is annually ranked by US News as a top program ( Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report ). Tons of kids get jobs this way.

    Also, not that I believe UT Austin caused this in any way (probably more like the local economy), but Google did recently close their office in Austin. The one in Atlanta is, by contrast, still live and well right next to Tech.
  • gthopefulgthopeful Posts: 1,828Registered User Senior Member
    Hey cone, on second thought I just saw your thread in the Tech forums and how you're from Texas. I would definitely consider UT unless Tech can come up with some money.
  • cone23cone23 Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for your input, I hadn't really heard much about the co-op program at GT before now, which is kinda surprising.
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