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Looking for suggestions - computer science - small schools

david6kdavid6k Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
I have been reading the "Looking for suggestion - computer science" thread with interest. However, my son is in a different place than that OP's daughter. He's very bright, but not driven to succeed at things that don't interest him. He has several semesters of college math under his belt (including multivariate calculus and linear algebra) and has Ivy-level SAT and ACT scores. He's lead programmer for his HS robotics team and code he's written is out there on GitHub if admissions folks or CS faculty want to take a look. But he also has several low grades in HS humanities courses that will hurt him at the most competitive schools.

He wants to continue to pursue programming but is interested in smaller schools, in contrast to where he's taken college courses so far (flagship state school). Can folks out there suggest small-midsize schools with better-than-average CS programs that we should take a closer look at? We're not focused on prestige, nor are we anxious that he get a fantastic offer from Google right out of college. We're just focused on finding a school that's best for him.
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Replies to: Looking for suggestions - computer science - small schools

  • kiddiekiddie Registered User Posts: 2,588 Senior Member
    Stevens in Hoboken is worth a look.
  • OttermaOtterma Registered User Posts: 1,009 Senior Member
    edited July 13
    What is your budget and does he have location preferences? Also, what is his GPA and how low were those humanities grades -- C low or F low?

    General thoughts:
    Schools like RPI or New Mexico Mines often have terrific CS programs. Silicon Valley firms look very favorably on both of those schools. Santa Clara University is also be a good place to consider.

    Does he have other interests besides CS that he might want to explore in college? If so, then he might prefer LACs with excellent CS programs and flexible curricula.
  • taverngirltaverngirl Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    Clarkson?
  • 123Mom456123Mom456 Registered User Posts: 629 Member
    WPI and Case Western pop into my head but it would be useful to have more information. Budget? Home State?
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,340 Senior Member
    edited July 13
    My brother hires a lot of software engineers from WPI. RPI is also terrific. Caltech is tiny, very selective,, extra quirky (and a lot of engineering schools lean in that direction), and may ding him for the humanities grades. In the midwest Rose Hulman might be a good choice. Nice thread here: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/rose-hulman-institute-technology/1923384-how-does-rose-hulmans-computer-science-stack-up.html
  • ClassicRockerDadClassicRockerDad Registered User Posts: 5,779 Senior Member
    Screams Harvey Mudd.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,340 Senior Member
    Actually, I'd say a kid who hates humanities classes probably shouldn't go to Harvey Mudd.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 61,610 Senior Member
    Yes, Harvey Mudd requires something like 11 humanities, arts, and social studies courses to graduate. That includes a requirement to have breadth within the category, as well as depth in at least one subject.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    I would also say WPI as there are limited humanities that he might even be able to take care of in the summers.
  • CA1543CA1543 Registered User Posts: 1,548 Senior Member
    I echo the suggestions of RPI, WPI & Case. Maybe Rice too.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 61,610 Senior Member
    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/19190340/#Comment_19190340 is a listing of CS offerings at some smaller schools, some of which are not that selective. However, offerings should be checked on college web sites, as they may have changed.
  • david6kdavid6k Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Thank you for the suggestions, Keep them coming! It's not that he hates humanities -- he's very musical, for example, and follows politics closely. He may do well at a liberal arts school where he can actually pick the subjects he likes. GPA is top 25% but not top 10%. No strong locational preference, though we live in the midwest FWIW.. We're not focusing on finances just yet, we're still trying to get to the big list of 20 or so possibles, and then we'll worry about that.

    We've recently been looking at some of the schools already suggested. He had a negative reaction to Rose Hulman because the CS curriculum was too prescribed. And he was hilariously critical of WPI's website, saying that he couldn't imagine doing CS at a supposedly technical school that can't get basic dropdown menus right. He looked more favorably at RPI and Rice. We're also looking at liberal arts colleges. Lots have CS programs, but it would be nice to know about any that are particularly worth looking at.

    Harvey Mudd would be fantastic, but I think he'd be especially fortunate to get in. (And he has to decide he really wants to go for it. He'll have to write a hell of an essay.)
  • 123Mom456123Mom456 Registered User Posts: 629 Member
    I'll echo what was said above finances should definitely be one of the first discussions unless you are truly saying you can be full pay at $70,000 a year.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,340 Senior Member
    That's very funny about WPI's website. Reminds me of this: https://xkcd.com/773/
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