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Clarkson? Mines? Need feedback on Engineering schools.


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  • G&HMomG&HMom 18 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I should also add that she has looked at UVA and VT. Her feeling is that VT is too big.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24753 replies20 threads Senior Member
    I know quite a few female students at Mines. They are engineers, so seem a little more serious than students I know at bigger public colleges but it is not like visiting a no fun zone. When there were only 10% women at mines, the fraternities would invite sororities from CU to weekend parties. All weekend, from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. At noon on Sunday, some kind of bell rang and they went back to studying hard all week. Now that there are 30% women at mines, they don't do that as much.

    It really is a lovely school but it doesn't offer a lot of non-STEM classes. My daughter goes to a STEM school that does offer business, psychology and a few other majors, but she doesn't have time in her schedule to take them anyway.
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  • katliamomkatliamom 13973 replies170 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2017

    Assessing a school "vibe" tends to be individual and obviously one person's experience isn't going to be another's. As a whole, Mines is not known to offer a rich social/off-campus life and that is as much true as the fact that Boulder is known to be a party school. Yet obviously, students at both schools find their niche anyway, even if they are -- or aren't -- partiers. That said, I know 2 male students who transferred from Mines to other schools because they thought the school was too small, too focused on STEM and STEM only and too populated by guys who spend all their free time sitting alone in dark rooms playing computer games. Last year, I met two young recent Mines grads - women - at a function in Denver. They did not enjoy their social life at Mines and said they spent most of their free time with students at Boulder and Denver. Both flat out said there were only two good things about Mines: its thorough technical education and the handsome job offer upon graduation.
    edited August 2017
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  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU 14500 replies106 threads Forum Champion
    Just to add..like mentioned above, the Western Reserve U was a liberal arts college that combined with Case Institute of Technology so you get the best of both worlds.
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  • svcamomsvcamom 218 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Take a look at Vanderbilt . They are a small school that has very good engineering and a cute town.
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