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University of Delaware or Drexel for Computer Science

Smith2018Smith2018 2 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4 New Member
My son is a HS senior. He was accepted into the Honors Program at University of Delaware for Computer Science and Drexel for Computer Science(not accepted to Honors Program). Major benefit of Drexel is The Co-op Program. Price of admission is same for the two colleges for my son. I am looking for comments from those knowledgeable about these two schools and the respective CS Programs.
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  • Hokie_gl32Hokie_gl32 186 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    I've always felt the co-op program at Drexel (for engineering at least) is kind of overhyped. If you go to any decent engineering college / have the know-how then getting internships and co-ops in something like compsci or engineering isn't really that difficult.
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  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils 3970 replies28 discussionsForum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Posts: 3,998 Forum Champion
    @Hokie_gl32

    If you're doing internships, you get less time at each job (typically 3 vs 6 months so double the time, which is even more when you consider how long it takes to really know what you're doing at a job). If you do co-op's at a school where it is uncommon, it can have social effects in many cases, where it's a part of life at schools with full (for all majors) co-op programs which usually have more resources and support for co-op students.

    For engineering and CS it is easier to get the jobs, but the programs still help on top of that in my experience (Northeastern CS).

    I'd probably lean Drexel in this aspect for the co-op program, but neither school is particularly known for CS, so I wouldn't let that drown out other fit factors.
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  • happy1happy1 22408 replies2184 discussionsForum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,592 Forum Champion
    I'd choose UDelaware. It will provide a more traditional college experience and with a CS major your son should be able to find summer internships to get some experience.
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  • Smith2018Smith2018 2 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanks everyone for your responses.
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  • polandamberpolandamber 11 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11 New Member
    edited April 2018
    I would also choose University of Delaware. Getting into the honors program is a huge plus. Also their CS and engineering program is really well known. They won't have an issue getting a job. UD has a 5 week winter session that can be used towards taking classes and finishing credits earlier so Spring Sessions can be used for internships right before graduating when it actually matters. Additionally, the campus is awesome, and your son will enjoy his experience there much more than Drexel.
    edited April 2018
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