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NYU Poly vs RPI

BehlV10BehlV10 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
edited May 2011 in Engineering Majors
This is my last question, sorry but like I couldn't sleep because I kept thinking about it.

How does NYU Poly compare to RPI? I live in Yonkers and my dad lives in uptown Manhattan so I think NYU Poly is a safe distance away, and I'm having second thoughts about going all the way to RPI.

How does NYU Poly and RPI stand against each other engineering-wise? I wanted to do Computer/Electrical Engineering and possibly Comp Sci or IT.

Thank you a ton for any feedback, I'm really concerned about it all.
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Replies to: NYU Poly vs RPI

  • SharpTechSharpTech Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    RPI is supposed to be a much better ranked school. If they both cost the same or RPI costs you less, then I would opt for RPI.

    From my experience, it does not really matter where you get your degree if you intend to pursue a technical career. The only places where it does makes a difference are the degrees from the very top schools like MIT, Standford, Purdue, Caltech, GATech, etc.

    If NYU-Poly offers you a better financial aid package, then I would opt for NYU-Poly. You will save some money. Plus you get to stay closer to NYC, which led to more networking opportunities. I hope that helps.
  • BehlV10BehlV10 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Well RPI is supposedly much better, is it normal to not want to go too far from home? I'm assuming it is right? The financial packages are pretty much even for both of them though.
  • BehlV10BehlV10 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Um anyone else?
  • SharpTechSharpTech Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    Then go to RPI. It sounds like you are leaning for RPI anyway.
  • rico2rico2 Registered User Posts: 299 Junior Member
    I did EE at RPI. Texas Instruments made the 1,500 mile trip to go up there and recruit my senior year. I was hired within a few weeks. A few days before the TI interview I spoke with JPL (Caltech) who made the 3,000 mile trip. RPI is a powerful engineering school with national reach. I'm not sure that NYU Poly is at that level.
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    Go RPI. I think that it has a better campus (i.e, outside of the city). Of course if you want to be in the city that changes things.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Registered User Posts: 7,032 Senior Member
    RPI is definitely the more well known school, and therefore gets some better companies recruiting there. I honestly haven't even heard of NYU-Poly outside of this forum, but I have heard lots about the great stuff that goes on at RPI.

    That alone should tell you that RPI's reach is greater. Then again, if you want to work in the NYC area when you are done, it may not make a difference, because I am sure that NYU-Poly is much better known around there than St. Louis where I am from.
  • greenvisongreenvison Registered User Posts: 491 Member
    town ain't big enough for the both of us..
    I go to NYU-Poly, you go to RPI.

    Really, RPI is a good school.
  • JoeyBayJoeyBay Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    RPI is a good school and everything is correct as stated above.I would visit RPI so you can see what it is like. I revisited them recently and hated it. It felt weird to me and i knew i could never go there. Go where you would feel more comfortable, as you will be there for your next 4 years.
  • BehlV10BehlV10 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Oh, I do want to work in NYC when I grow up, would that make a big difference?
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Registered User Posts: 7,032 Senior Member
    I am saying that NYU-Poly wouldn't be a terrible idea if you wanted to work in NYC, but that doesn't mean it is a better choice than RPI. The point was, if you wanted to get out of the immediate area, RPI would be hands-down better. Since you do want to work in NYC though, the difference probably isn't as drastic. RPI is still the better school, though... significantly.
  • al6200al6200 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    They're probably both targets for engineering firms, so it might make sense to choose the lower cost option from the standpoint of any sort of financial calculus. Quality of life wise, however, things might work out differently.
  • greenvisongreenvison Registered User Posts: 491 Member
    civil and Cs ( finance minor helps) are heavily recruited from our school because of the firms in the area. Other majors have to fish in deeper waters.
  • BehlV10BehlV10 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    They're both the same cost, except NYU Poly is cheaper if I live at home but I'm probably not going to. Is it a good idea to go to RPI and transfer to NYU Poly if I don't like it? I'm doing Computer/Electrical Engineering/possible Computer Science if I go. Which one would have a better quality of life? I visited NYU Poly today and loved it locationwise, and the lady in the undergrad admissions department told me jobs and classes are about the same, if not better (jobwise) in NYU Poly, but she's probably biased to talk well about the school right?

    Also, thanks a ton for the feedback you've given me so far, it has been very helpful.
  • dkodko Registered User Posts: 391 Member
    Obviously, RPI is better than NYU-Poly. However, I would not say "much" better because it all depends on what you want and what your plans are. RPI is nationally recognized, true. On the other hand, tons of kids graduate from NYU-Poly and go on to work in great firms too. Again, it all depends on what you want. If your dream is to work in NYC, then NYU-Poly might be a relatively better choice. It has a great reputation in the city.
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