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  • Re: Tufts , WashU vs Staying in State UF

    Let's see, $200,000+ for Tufts or WashU verses $0 for the in-state flagship. Save the money for grad school or other expenses and go to UF. Note that Biomedical Engineering is a very difficult field to get a job in with just a bachelors. Many companies in the field prefer EE at the bachelors level, and many people who pursue the field with a BME plan to go to graduate school.

    Many people are attracted to the field because it sounds cutting edge, but do the research before you commit as there are some pitfalls. The son of a friend graduated with a BME from a top 40 school, and it took him 12 months to find a job in the field.
  • Re: Liberal arts colleges and majors can lead to good futures

    The Economist had a graphic that illustrates the differences in rates of return between Engineering/Computer Science/Math graduates and Humanities/Arts graduates compared to selectivity of school.


    The E/CS/M grads mostly had higher rates of return than the H/A graduates, and the selectivity of the school did not impact the rate of return much. On the other hand, the rates of return by H/A graduates
    varied significantly based on the selectivity of the school, which supports my hypothesis that strong students can be successful in the humanities and arts at strong institutions, but that weak students attending weak institutions should avoid those fields.
  • Re: Liberal arts colleges and majors can lead to good futures

    A couple thoughts:

    1 – This issue the OP brings up has been discussed ad-nauseum on CC. Here is a thread that directly touched of the OP’s concerns.


    2 – The viability of developing a career with a humanities degree likely varies directly with the caliber of the school and the student. Humanity grads from the Harvard/Stanford/Chicago class of schools will have no problem finding employment or developing satisfying careers if that is what they want. On the other hand, unless they go into education, humanity graduates from double direction state schools will face stiff challenges with the same task, so kids attending schools on the lower end of the selectivity scale would probably be better off in a pre-professional or technical training program, or no college at all. Parents can decide where their kids and educational institutions fit on the bell curve.

    Recent figures show that more than 30 percent of college graduates are employed in jobs that do not require a college degree, so this miss-allocation of resources is a major societal problem. Personally, I know too many recent graduates who have experienced “failure to launch” or older adults who never used their humanities degrees in the course of their careers (lots of actors).

    3 - The market for college graduates has changed significantly since the 1980’s when less than 20 percent of young adults had college degrees. If you graduated from college back then, career opportunities were readily available. Now about 34 percent of the population aged 25 to 29 have college degrees, so the market is somewhat saturated. Many adults do not realize that yet.
  • Re: "Audit Blast Penn State on Out of State Students"

    The connection is that if the Sandusky/Paterno scandal had never been uncovered(which led to the audit), we would had never known that OOS students were given preferential treatment.

    Which is why schools do anything to avoid discovery.
  • Re: Are top LACs considered Equal to Top Universities

    I notice you left out the info systems guy/gal. What category were they?

    Displaced. First it was in-house, then internally out-sourced to India, then internally outsourced to Eastern Europe, then, after firing all the IT people, externally outsourced to an American company who maintained offices locally and in India and Eastern Europe.