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UIUC or Georgia tech?

sarthaksarthak Posts: 3Registered User New Member
I am an international student accepted in UIUC for computer engineering and in georgia tech for aerospace. i am not sure of which field to major in and both aerospace and computers interest me. Although uiuc and gatech are ranked the same overall in US News, i would like to know which is better by ur perspective. also, college is more lenient towards switching between majors?

Thanks in advance
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  • perry753perry753 Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    I got into both. I don't live in either states. I'm picking UIUC without a doubt. GT has a poor male/female ratio and is in Georgia, but going to GT is $10k less.

    Also GT lets you freely change majors before you start school and you can change later on if you have a certain required, but low gpa.
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell Posts: 2,294User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Although uiuc and gatech are ranked the same overall in US News, i would like to know which is better by ur perspective.

    Well, you're looking at different programs, so it's hard to directly compare. But in general, UIUC and GT are very comparable academically for engineering. In fact, the schools use each other as benchmarks when comparing engineering academics.

    Some people will tell you that Tech's #2 in AE is "much better" than UIUC's #7, etc, but realistically, when they're that close, it won't make any difference at all. The same recruiters come to campus and graduate schools treat the schools the same.
    GT has a poor male/female ratio

    GT's male/female is reasonable now. The incoming freshman class is around 60/40. Also, keep in mind that GT is literally down the street from Georgia State (more female than male), is inside of a major metropolitan area, and is a 20 minute subway ride from an all girl's college (and those girls come to Tech on the weekends).
    Also GT lets you freely change majors before you start school and you can change later on if you have a certain required, but low gpa.

    GT allows you to change freely before arriving (only takes a phone call) and you get one free switch in your first two years after arriving (no approvals needed at all - one page form with like 6 things to fill out).

    After that one free change (or after your first two years), you can transfer between majors with an approval from the new department. If your GPA is reasonable (usually 2.5 or above), it's not a problem. If your GPA is lower than that, you might have to have a meeting with someone in the department, but it is still possible to transfer.
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell Posts: 2,294User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    And I'll add, GT has no quotas or department size restrictions. If you want to switch to ME, you switch to ME. They can't tell you the department is full.
  • idic5idic5 Posts: 693Registered User Member
    my son was not interested in an extra warm climate and so he is thinking uiuc over gt. maybe you're different and
    the climate is not a factor or you like it warmer?
  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Posts: 5,403Registered User Senior Member
    UIUC is by far a better school than GTech
  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Posts: 5,403Registered User Senior Member
    UIUC is by far a better school than GTech.
  • cookie1cookie1 Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    I think Coolbreeze is employed by UIUC admissions.
  • ZobasityZobasity Posts: 206Registered User Junior Member
    hahaha ^^^^^ I wonder the same too!
  • bailulantianbailulantian Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    GT is cheaper than UIUC, no doubt, with nearly the same edu quality.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,442Registered User Senior Member
    If I am not mistaken, Coolbreeze is a student at UIUC... drusba is the admissions employee that posts on here.

    However, despite the fact that I very much love UIUC, it is pretty ridiculous to say that it is "by far" the better school. UIUC and GT are, for all intents and purposes, equivalent schools when it comes to overall quality of the engineering programs. Individual programs will vary a little bit, but overall they very, very comparable.
  • BalthezarBalthezar Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    I don't believe Coolbreeze is a UIUC student, Bone. If you look over his posts, it looks like he's an entering 2010 freshman.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,442Registered User Senior Member
    An entering 2010 freshman is close enough, haha. I thought he was a current freshman, but that is likely because I have lost all sense of the time frame of some things around here. I think the fact that I have so much stuff going on is just making time fly so I assumed he had started already. We all know what happens when you assume...
  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Posts: 5,403Registered User Senior Member
    I'm a senior and will be in attending college this fall ( not exactly sure where). Base off my research, most I know etc... UIUC is by far a better school than GTech. In engineering UIUC would also be a much better choice than GTech although GTech is a respected engineering school as much as other good schools such as: University of Kentucky, Arizona State University, LSU etc...
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,442Registered User Senior Member
    Georgia Tech >>>>>>>>>>> UK, ASU, LSU

    Georgia Tech ~ UIUC

    The two are ranked (subjectively) by USNWR as being nearly the same quality, the faculty collaborate quite a bit between the two universities, the schools use each other as measuring sticks since they consider each other to be peer institutions, and most importantly, the engineers that each school graduates are equally competent.
  • BalthezarBalthezar Posts: 1,491Registered User Senior Member
    Bone, did you ever think that sometimes logic is lost on some people, and you're whistling in the wind tunnels that you work with now?
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