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Small schools(Kettering, rose-hulman) vs larger state schools

GoOaklandGoOakland Posts: 345Registered User Member
edited November 2009 in Engineering Majors
OK US News ranks them in completely different categories. I know some of you think these rankings are a croc and completely false but I don't care. So how does a top tier small school compare to larger state schools? I guess its safe to assume they're FAR from equivalent to the top tier state schools(like MIT, Berekeley). Are they compatible to something like Virgina Tech, which is in the teens of the large schools? Or something more in the 30s-40s? Or something more like University of Utah in the 70s?
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Replies to: Small schools(Kettering, rose-hulman) vs larger state schools

  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,621Registered User Senior Member
    Are you kidding me? Harvey Mudd (#1 in the small schools list) is an amazing school and definitely should be on pace with a school like Caltech. University of Utah in the same sentence as Harvey Mudd? that just shouldn't be happening.
  • demozdemoz Posts: 1,177Registered User Senior Member
    ^ I think the OP is comparing Kettering and Rose, not Harvey Mudd.

    However, Harvey Mudd can probably compete with larger state schools such as MIT and Berkeley. I don't want to say that they are equivalent because there is a big debate about this and I will probably be torched.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,621Registered User Senior Member
    "So how does a top tier small school compare to larger state schools?"

    Harvey Mudd and Rose-Hulman are tied for 1st in the US News small schools engineering ranking. I think I answered his question pretty well :)
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,498Registered User Senior Member
    As has been discussed ad nauseum, on these boards, those small schools are very good, but offer a very different experience and focus than the larger, Ph.D.-granting schools do. It all depends on your personality and goals.

    Also, you should probably know that MIT is not a state school. It is private.
  • drusbadrusba Posts: 7,935Registered User Senior Member
    Don't know much about Kettering. Rose-Hulman is considered a premier engineering school in the engineering community, i.e., by those who hire engineers out of college.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,621Registered User Senior Member
    I've heard about Kettering's emphasis on co-op. Hopefully it has many connections out of state because Michigan's been hit hard recently
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,498Registered User Senior Member
    Kettering is a good school, but not of the same caliber as Rose-Hulman. Kettering is a much more regional school, and has a huge tie-in with the automotive industry (it did used to be General Motors Institute, after all). I would definitely look into their job placement information before going there given the recent trends in automobiles.
  • GoOaklandGoOakland Posts: 345Registered User Member
    OK so places like harvey mudd and rose-hulman are EXCEPTIONAL. They would compare educationally to places such as MIT (and MIT is private, my bad. But u got the point)and the like... the top tiers. But due to the fact that they are smaller schools the experience itself is different. Is that the main differance? Not education but experience?

    I only used Kettering because they are ranked #2 in Mechanical. But if these schools are still top notch then Embry-Riddle, for another example, in Aeorspace is something to be proud of correct?

    And I'm sorry if this topic has been run into the ground multiple times but I have never read a thread about it... I don't think. So this is all news to me. If there is another thread with significant detail then please link me to it.
  • CalcozzoCalcozzo Posts: 165Registered User Junior Member
    Kettering is in Flint, MI...not the nicest place...
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