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Colby vs. Kenyon for dual degree engineering

HopeImAcceptedHopeImAccepted Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
edited March 2010 in Colby College
I really love math and physics, and I'm really looking into engineering. Kenyon has a 3-2 program with Case Western Reserve, Rensselaer Polytechnic, and Washington U. Colby has a 3-2 program with Dartmouth, and its a selective program. Kenyon's seems to be guaranteed with minimum requirements.

I'd be paying about 4k to go to Kenyon, and either 9k or 5k to go to Colby(I think they messed up my f.a. letter, they havent responded to my email yet).

What do you think? I looked up engineering schools by ranking and dartmouth is actually pretty low, rensselaer is pretty high up there. are the rankings accurate for good engineering schools??
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Replies to: Colby vs. Kenyon for dual degree engineering

  • charlie135charlie135 Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    Colby's program is selective and I have talked with professor Long about it. She said dartmouth has a total of 25 spots for all students from all dual degree schools. And Colby students must have an A- math/sci average to be considered. Also Colby is not 3-2 it is 2-1-1-1.
  • graybeegraybee Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    At Colby or Kenyon, you will already have gotten the Lib Arts education, so choose the hard-core engineering school to finish up at. Dartmouth is not a "real" engineering school, not a great choice if you are doing a 3-2 program. RPI or Case would be a better choice.
  • charlie135charlie135 Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    It was quite real when I visited. They focus more on engineering management and planning while giving you depth in all fields. But you can specialize, you will just get a degree in Engineering.
  • worried_momworried_mom Registered User Posts: 2,205 Senior Member
    Yes, Dartmouth's engineering program is indeed "real" and its B.E. degree is ABET-accredited. However, Dartmouth does NOT give you "depth in all fields." The program there is much broader than it is deep.

    "Depth" is found at hard-core engineering schools (to use graybee's terminology) like RPI and Case, where the curricula is heavily weighted towards technical subjects with very little time left for liberal arts subjects. Just compare the course catalogs from these schools vs. Dartmouth's, and you will quickly see the difference.

    Also consider that tech schools like RPI and Case will have much more extensive engineering facilities and more research opportunities in engineering fields than Dartmouth, because that is their main focus and where they spend their money.

    I'm not saying that Dartmouth isn't a good school; on the contrary, I think it's an excellent school. But Dartmouth's strength is its liberal arts focus, and NOT its engineering program. I have to agree with graybee. If you're really interested in engineering + liberal arts, going to a tech school like RPI or Case after a liberal arts school like Kenyon would give you the best of both worlds.
  • robreisrobreis Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Let me respond from personal experience. I am a parent of recent Colby/Dartmouth graduate and a a parent of a current Vassar/Dartmouth student. Both are engineers. I am also a 30 year engineer having gone to Stanford and UC.

    The Dartmouth Engineering program is wonderful! The other comments on this thread are just incorrect. The Dartmouth Thayer dual-degree is all about a hands-on project-based experience which doesn't exist at any other engineering school. This means that virtually every engineering class is half lecture and half build something substantial and then make it work. It is a very rigorous program and you come out with great skills and confidence.

    This is the way engineering should be taught. Dartmouth is in many ways ahead of the curve.

    Furthermore, the dual-degree program give you five years so that you get an appropriate mix of breadth classes and hard-core engineering. This combination is important to becoming a well-rounded engineer.

    I hope you get into Colby. It is a wonderful college. And I hope you get into the Dartmouth Dual Degree program. It is a very special experience.
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