Columbia Engineering Questions (And Chances)
Hey, so after getting back my SAT scores this week, and after some advise, i thought i was selling myself short by not applying to more top schools. After looking around, Columbia's engineering program seemed pretty interesting, particularly the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics programs. I'm really interested in science and research, which is why i prefer these over a more traditional engineering discipline, but i also want the option of having a job out of school in-case i don't want to or can't go to grad school, which is why i prefer this over straight physics.
So, here are some questions:
1)Does anyone from the Applied Physics or Applied Math programs want to shed some light on them?
2)How plentiful are research opportunities for undergrads?
3)Is it common to double major (particularly the two majors above), or grab a minor?
4)Would it be easy to switch into one of the more traditional engineering fields if i find out that research is not for me?
5) I hear all the time that if you want to go into Engineering, don't go to an Ivy, is that true? Columbia's program seemed up to par, thoughts?
6)Is the campus one with the city, or is there a distinction? I haven't visited, but plan on it later in the summer or eventually.
Some of the other schools im looking at are:
Reach- Cornell, Princeton
Matches- University of Rochester, Rensselear, Stevens Institute of Technology
Safety- TCNJ, NJIT
NJ Resident if you couldn't tell
First Generation student
Sat- 2190 Math-790, CR-690, Writing-710
SAT II- Math II- 800, Physics - 800, US History - 760
GPA: 4.0(UW), 4.9something (weighted)
Junior AP - AB Calc (would be surprised if i didn't get a 5), US History (would be surprised if i didn't get a 5), Lang (4 or 5), Self-Study(sorta) Physics B (4 or 5)
Senior APs planned - BC Calc, Lit, , Psych, Chem, Physics C Mech, Physics C EM(self study), Computer Science A (might have to self-study)
Honors everything else possible
Extra Curricular Junk:
Tae-Kwon-Do- since Kindergarten, first minor to get 3rd Degree Black belt in my Schools history
Accepted and going to NJ Governors School for Science
Taking Stats class at Community college over the summer cuz it doesn't fit into my schedule next year
Math League- Since Freshman year, Highest scorer, President
Interact Club- since sophomore year, on executive board, raised/donated $2000-$3000 this year
National Honor Society- Secretary
Science Honor Society
World Language Honor Society
Founded Computer Science Club
Proficient in Java and Python
Volunteering to tutor at the Library every Summer
President of Environmental Club since sophomore year
Attend Student Ocean Advocates since sophomore year, a county wide organization that develops leadership and advocacy skills with a focus on the environment