My S has been accepted into the School of Engineering and honors program. We have sent the deposit. He applied to Tulane because of the free application and was awarded the presidential scholarship, so we went to visit April 26th-29th (nothing like a May 1st deadine looming) He really liked the school but is having second thoughts because the Engineering programs were so scaled back after Katrina. They are only offering Chemical, Biomed & a relatively new one, Engineering Physics. He is concerned that there are no Computer Science or Mechanical engineering programs, which are somewhat standard for an engineering school. He's not really sure which type of engineer he wants to be at this point Does anyone have any input/opinion about the engineering programs at Tulane. To further complicate things, he has a real passion for politics and political science with a plan to go to law school after his undergraduate degree. Part of me wonders since this is the case, does it really matter what kind of engineering he studies?
He was accepted to Wash U also, but didn't get any merit money there. They have a comprehensive engineering school, and its a great school altogether but the difference in tuition because of the Tulane scholarship is 26K per year. It's hard to justify spending that much more money (especially with law school tuition down the path), but I know he would have picked WashU if money weren't the issue. Can people help to reassure him that Tulane is a great pick (it's a fantastic fit in every other way besides the limited options in engineering.) or let us know if we're making a mistake? We are aware of the 3/2 program where he could do 3 yrs at Tulane and switch to another school (i.e. Johns Hopkins) to get a different engineering degree. This is an option I suppose, but the 4th year of his scholarship money would not travel with him.
Okay - that was my first post on CC - hope I didn't ramble for too long. Thanks for any and all insight