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RPI vs UMich vs JHU vs CMU vs Northwestern for engineering?


Replies to: RPI vs UMich vs JHU vs CMU vs Northwestern for engineering?

  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,161 Senior Member
    I forgot to add that RPI is very woman-friendly. Female students are strongly supported and encouraged academically.
  • Proteus77Proteus77 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Looks like she's shifting away from biomed to more mechE and design. Carnegie and Northwestern both seem to have great programs here, so sounds like it's the way to go. I really, really wanted her to like RPI (huge merit scholarship), but..very few kids she talked to seemed to be truly happy there. It looks like she could get a good education there, but the Troy/Albany region seems really depressed, and somewhat backwards. Uber finally being allowed to compete with the crappy overpriced cab companies was the big news there. Engineering facilities were ok, but not state of the art like Northwestern. I saw tube TVs in class and some pretty old gear in the EE labs for example. Michigan seems really nice, and has superb ratings, but the size of both the campus, and the large class sizes were rather offputting.
  • kimfuge88kimfuge88 Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    edited April 2017
    @Proteus77 Northwestern sounds like a good fit. The school has a wide variety of options outside of class as well - Evanston, Big 10 football/basketball games, occasional Chicago weekend trips, Arts Circle performances, etc.

    NU also has produced some very accomplished women engineers:
  • insanedreamerinsanedreamer Registered User Posts: 1,536 Senior Member
    If affordable Northwestern is an excellent choice.
  • Proteus77Proteus77 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Northwestern it is. Thanks for the advice!
  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk Registered User Posts: 986 Member
    edited May 2017
    I want to just say that you shouldn't eliminate a school because it's public, of the five schools listed, UM has the best engineering school, it's strong in all engineering fields. JHU is good for bio as is Washington, CMU for EECS, RPI for Aero/Nuclear/Mech and ECSE, but UM is strong overall, and in fact the only schools better than it for undergrad engineering are MIT, Stanford and Cal Tech. Maybe Berkeley but that's a public school as well.
  • Proteus77Proteus77 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    UM is a great school, with a great rep. When we visited though DD thought it was just far too big and somewhat impersonal. For OOS, it's also almost as expensive as the other options.
  • prezbuckyprezbucky Registered User Posts: 3,573 Senior Member
    You had outstanding options and between Michigan, JHU, MU and RPI, you couldn't have gone wrong choosing on fit.

    It sounds like she did. And -- Northwestern is an all-around academic powerhouse. It is better all-around than CMU academically (a wider range of top-notch programs), so if she wanted to change her major, she is almost certainly better off at Northwestern. And -- Chicago. Great city.
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