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Purdue vs. Georgia Tech?

zorkzat100zorkzat100 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
edited January 2010 in College Search & Selection
Hi everyone, i am currently a senior in high school. i have a GPA of 4.3(weighted) and almost all the extracurricular offered at my school (not sports) such as: NHS, MUN, Habitat, Earth club, Student govt., etc, etc.

i recently got into purdue and georgia tech for mechanical engineering. But i can't decide which one i should pick. I have heard georgia i really hard to maintain a good gpa, which eventually affects the choice of masters.

So help me out! Purdue? or Georgia? for mechanical engineering and why?
thanks a bunch people
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Replies to: Purdue vs. Georgia Tech?

  • Soccer102592Soccer102592 Posts: 1,205Registered User Senior Member
    GTech is better academic wise but if you don't want to be in a city then go to Purdue.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,682Registered User Senior Member
    Are you in-state for either school?

    Can you afford the costs of either school?

    Out of state - Cost of Attendance (COA)....

    GT...........$38,200 per year

    Purdue.....$37,500 per year


    Did either school give you any scholarships?

    If money is no object, then....GT has a higher ranking...

    But what else do you want in a school? Do you want more of a 50/50 male/female split?
  • melin720melin720 Posts: 696Registered User Member
    Purdue. Definitely. GTech -- girls suck (if you care, but I assume you don't) and their professors try to screw you over and mess you up.
  • zorkzat100zorkzat100 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    No i am out of state for both. But their cost is pretty much the same, so thats not an issue

    But like which school will be a better experience? As mentioned: "GT professors try to screw you over and mess you up." i've heard that from a lot of students. is that really true?

    I want a good Gpa in college and better overall experience. A college that will make me a better engineer.
  • zorkzat100zorkzat100 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    My goal was to get into top ones: MIT, Caltech, Stanford- but my SATs srcewed me over. 3 people got into stanford from my school, whom i beat in every course.....the only thing they have is better SAT and a few sports......but unfortunately i did poorly on SAT

    So plan as of now is to go to GT or Purdue for first 2 years and then transfer to one of those schools. How feasible is that? Can i retake SAT by the end of this year (i'll be in college then?

    WHat do they look for in transfer? So which one GT or purdue will help be get into those schools?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,682Registered User Senior Member
    Top elite schools are hard to transfer into - some don't take ANY transfers.

    You mention that since GT and Purdue are about the same price ($38k) and that that is ok. But, those elite schools are going to be $60k per year when you transfer. They aren't likely going to give you good aid as a transfer, so can your family afford that price, too? If not, you'll likely have to stay at your school for 4 years and consider an elite school for grad school.


    If you want a more fuller campus experience and more girls, choose Purdue. If you're not interested in that, then choose GT. Either school will provide an excellent education.
  • HannaHanna Posts: 11,222Registered User Senior Member
    I would far rather attend GaTech, mostly because of location. West Lafayette is not my idea of an ideal college town. And GT still has athletics, a Greek system, etc. -- it's not like there's nothing to do on campus but study. Re: girls, an advantage of GT's location is that there are a lot of other colleges nearby with lots more girls. Ga State is practically next door.
  • zorkzat100zorkzat100 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Well as for transfer to the elite school....Yes, it is quite difficult. Its around 30-40 students every year- which is very difficult to make....but i'm still considering to apply, i mean there's no harm and i've always wanted to.

    If i'm lucky and get in, yes it a way above the family's budget so i'll have to take student loan or some scholarships or do co-op...haven't thought about it yet.

    thanks a lot though
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,682Registered User Senior Member
    Are you an American or green card resident?
  • melin720melin720 Posts: 696Registered User Member
    Well, since you like prestige, then go to Georgia Tech. If you like it then why not?
  • zorkzat100zorkzat100 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    No i'm neither american or a green card holder. I am an international student. Is that going to make any difference?
  • BuglesBugles Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I'd say Purdue. Purdue has a beautiful environment and excellent dining and housing! Georgia Tech and Purdue are the same academically, so that shouldn't be a problem. Plus, Georgia's environment is bad! A lot of rude people there, and the campus isn't very safe for students. And the GIRLS-SUCK! Purdue is way better than Georgia. If i were you, i would go to Purdue. It would be better to go to Purdue if you want to transfer. I've heard it's easier. GO PURDUE!
  • JimgotkpJimgotkp Posts: 2,854Registered User Senior Member
    Purdue has a more laid back environment. More girls. 2nd largest Greek Life system in the US. Huge Athletics program. Collegetown. Friendly people. It's a win-win situation.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,682Registered User Senior Member
    yes it a way above the family's budget so i'll have to take student loan

    No i'm neither american or a green card holder. I am an international student. Is that going to make any difference?


    Yes, for two reasons....

    1) It is harder for int'ls to get accepted.

    2) Student loans are for citizens and green card residents. You'll probably have a harder time getting a private loan, and you'll need a co-signer.

    Did you apply for financial aid?


    BTW....You may already know this, but.....no matter where you go, do not tell your classmates/roommates that you're only staying for 2 years and then transferring to a more elite school. That will not go over well.
  • gthopefulgthopeful Posts: 1,828Registered User Senior Member
    Plus, Georgia's environment is bad! A lot of rude people there, and the campus isn't very safe for students

    You haven't even been to Georgia, much less Georgia Tech, have you?

    To the OP: Have fun at Purdue
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