I am a current senior in high school and am faced with a tough decision between two great schools: the University of Michigan and Notre Dame. I plan on studying mechanical engineering at both these universities, and cost is not a factor. I've been able to visit both campuses and have gotten a feel for both schools, but I am still completely torn between the two, so any opinions about the following questions are greatly appreciated.
1. I've heard from several people + a general consensus online that often times Notre Dame engineering doesn't grant access to the same high quality engineering jobs that a top ranked engineering university like Michigan does. How much truth is there to this statement? Also, even though I plan to major in engineering, I am also interested in a potential business career, so how do jobs in the business fields compare for both these institutions?
2. One of the advantages I hear frequently associated with Notre Dame is that it has smaller class sizes and a more personal approach to learning than a larger University like Michigan. How much larger will classes at Michigan be compared to Notre Dame? I also hear that Notre Dame is extremely undergrad focused and it prides itself on the quality of its undergrad teaching. Is there an appreciable difference in this area between the two universities?
3. Notre Dame has an extremely unique social/ dorm system that is a definite plus for me. I love the sense of community on the Campus. With that said, if I went to Michigan, I would most likely not want to join a frat, but I understand that a lot of the social life on campus is based on Greek life. What is the social scene like for someone not in Greek life at Michigan?
4. Finally, in the future I am considering working for a couple of years and then applying for an MBA. Would an engineering degree from Michigan vs an Engineering degree from Notre Dame make an appreciable difference in getting into a top MBA program.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through a bit of a long post and offer any insights you may have.