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Biomedical Engineering

wallflowerswallflowers Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2005 in Engineering Majors
I'm considering applying to colleges next year with Biomedical Engineering as my degree. I'm curious what fellow College Confidential users think/know of the following schools for Biomedical Engineering:

1. Johns Hopkins University
2. Duke University
3. University of Pennsylvania
4. Northwestern University
5. Boston University

Thanks for any input in advance.
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  • Marines920Marines920 Posts: 269Registered User Junior Member
    1. Johns Hopkins University - Terrific school and supposedly offers a top-notch biomedical engineering program
    2. Duke University - I'd strongly recommend Duke for biomedical engineering as well
    3. University of Pennsylvania - Eh... not an engineering school
    4. Northwestern University - Decent program probably, I'm not sure.
    5. Boston University - No.
  • wallflowerswallflowers Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    Marines920: Thanks for your reply. I'm curious though why you would say "no" to Boston University - anything in specific that you dislike about BU's program?
  • Marines920Marines920 Posts: 269Registered User Junior Member
    I'm only a high school senior, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

    I've done a lot of research on colleges, and I just don't like Boston University (at least not as an engineering school). I'm sure their biomedical engineering program is good, but Boston doesn't offer the strength of other schools in the field. I could be wrong, but in my opinion, Boston University doesn't compare to Duke and Johns Hopkins.
  • wallflowerswallflowers Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the clarification Marines920.

    While Boston University may not have the best Biomedical Engineering program, Boston University's program still is no joke as you pointed out - it's ranked #10 according to most recent US News and World Report College Guide.

    So, Marines920, are there any other university programs you would recommend, that I did not list?
  • hopkinslaxhopkinslax Posts: 893Registered User Member
    wallflowers... whatever you do DON'T TRUST THE RANKINGS as they are a bunch of bs... The rankings are merely just a survey of how many people mention a specific school's program and has nothing to do with how good the actual program is. I forgot which college it is but they just established a program last year and it's not even accreditted and it got into the top 25
  • feifei Posts: 688. Member
    I agree with hopkinslax, you should choose the school YOU want to go to by researching it. Don't just pick a school at the top in a ranking.
  • im_blueim_blue Posts: 2,142Registered User Senior Member
    Hopkinslax, the program you're thinking of is UIUC, which started their program this school year. It probably got high survey scores because of its reputation in Engineering.
  • hopkinslaxhopkinslax Posts: 893Registered User Member
    For example I will be a BME major at the University of Rochester next year. The University of Rochester is like 40th something for engineering and is not even on the BME undergraduate rankings even though it has a much longer established program than that one university I mentioned in my first post.
    The reasons why I chose UR?
    -Campus... Beautiful campus and you can't even tell you are only 2 or so miles to downtown
    -Cirriculum... Or the lack of it I should say. My first ever college visit was Bucknell. I honestly had never heard of a type of cirriculum in which you are free to choose because every single solitary other school you had to take X years of language, X years of a fine art, etc.
    -University Hospital next to it.... As I went through my research I learned that I liked colleges with their hospital right next door. As I want to be a doctor, I want to be able to have access to what I am going into.
    -Premed Program... Has a very strong premed program that is highly respected by its peers
    -Size... I wanted a small college (as seen in the fact that the highest population college I applied to was Rutgers and that was for a safety (30+k). The next highest was RIT (10K) and as a safety as well. But after that my top choice schools had the largest population of 6K with some going down to 3K. I felt that I wanted a school where I am not a number but a name and could have access to professors and not have to go to lecture halls all the time where I am one of a few hundred people and the professor doesn't care who I am
    -Research of the program... I learned that although UR's program is not ranked, it is a great program that is pretty well respected among the industry. Over half of the time in the major is spent out of the classroom and in Strong Memorial Hospital. Also I looked through the professor's credits and I saw that they did pretty good research.
  • wallflowerswallflowers Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for all of your input so far. I agree with all of you that - and I won't be choosing a college solely on its placement in the ranking list. That being said, which universities (5-10) do you CCers feel offer the finest BME programs (academically speaking)?
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Posts: 9,449Registered User Senior Member
    JHU and Duke's are the best for BME.

    For some reason, I thought I read that UPenn has bioengineering not really biomedical engineering (they are not neccessarily the same). You may wanna double-check.

    I went to Northwestern and actually considered BME before. I know their program is one of the oldest, largest, and broadest in the country. Good thing about Northwestern is it's strong in other engineering disciplines (all in top 20) as well in case you switch/pursue something interdisciplinary. It's also one of the leading institutes (my friend told me yesterday it's in top-3 in fed funding) for nanotechnology.

    Haven't heard much about BU.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 1 New Member
    top 5 for BME for me: Hopkins, Duke, MIT, Berkeley, Michigan.
  • scorpscorp Posts: 994Registered User Member
    How about UCSD? Even USNews considers it better than UCB for BME.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 1 New Member
    ya, it is ranked higher. but i would goto berkeley over ucsd if i had a choice. berkeley is one of the best in everything in the nation. ucsd is second to berk and maybe even LA in the cal system.
  • wallflowerswallflowers Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    jeffl: It's undeniable that Berkeley offers some of the finest programs in the country. However, still, this does not mean that Berkeley is in the top 5 for every one of its programs. Considering this, why would you still argue that it's preferrable to go to UC Berkeley as opposed to UCSD? Your opinions and thoughts are appreciated because I've been considering whether to apply to UCSD or to UC Berkeley for Biomedical Engineering next year. Thanks.
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