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Can you help me choose some good engineering schools?

cppkingcppking Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
edited August 2013 in College Search & Selection
White / Male

Intended major: Civil Engineering

Weighted: 4.17
UW: 3.77

I sort of messed up since I didn't take any honors or AP classes my freshman or sophomore year due to home and family problems . I really slacked off my freshman year, but became a lot more serious and became more dedicated to my studies starting my soph year.

So far, I'm applying to Cal Poly SLO, UT Austin, and TAMU.

Schedule last year:

AP Stats
AP Environ Sci
H Physics
H Precal
AP Psych
English 3
US History
Health / Speech

My Schedule next year:

AP Calculus BC
AP Physics C
AP Government
AP Economics
English 4
Agricultural Mechanics
Art 2

ACT: 29 (E24 M30 R27 S35 W8/12)

AP Scores:

Stats: 3
Environmental Science: 4


Football 9th Grade
Computer Science Club: 1 year
Church Youth Group: 4 years
National Honor Society: 3 years
Peer Assistance Learning Program (Student teacher at a elementary school in the morning) : 3 years

Awards :
Algebra 2 Student of the Year
Attended the 2013 Southwest Youth Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio (only 3 students in my class out of 400 were chosen to attend).

Over 100 volunteer hours.

I worked at a restaurant during the summer after my sophomore year.

I have currently been running a successful YouTube channel were I have been making reasonable revenue since 2010 (And yes it is appropriate content :P )

I am a resident of Texas, but OOS tuition is not an issue. Can anyone help suggest any good engineering schools that I would have a good chance of getting in to? It can be public or private, and anywhere in the country (except the south, so no GT, Alabama, ect.)

Thanks in advance!
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Replies to: Can you help me choose some good engineering schools?

  • calla1calla1 Registered User Posts: 1,956 Senior Member
    I think you should consider adding Cal Poly Pomona to your list.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 73,758 Senior Member
    What is your class rank? Texas public universities base admissions on class rank, not GPA.

    They also have auto-admit thresholds (though that may not auto-admit you into your major) -- UT Austin at top 7%, and Texas A&M at top 10%, or top 25% with high enough test scores. Admission can be difficult if you are not an auto-admit, though.

    You may want to check the profiles of Virginia Tech, NCSU, Stony Brook, and Minnesota to see if you have a decent chance of admission.
  • Blah2009Blah2009 Registered User Posts: 1,337 Senior Member
    Do you know what area of civil you might want to go into? Civil encompasses structural engineering, fluid mechanics, construction management, urban planning/design, transportation engineering. Concentrations exist in most engineering disciplines and will likely dictate the actual school's quality (Harvard comp sci is great for theory but is poor from a development standpoint compared to UWashington). Unfortunately, the rankings are garbage from that perspective. MIT is great for fluid mechanics but is poor for structures (yet it's ranked top 3 for "civil engineering").

    UIllinois would be a solid choice (and one of the top structural engineering schools that's not too selective relative to other schools)
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