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Need help finding target schools to apply to (engineering)

ashley17ashley17 5 replies5 threads New Member
I am a rising senior with a 3.98 UW, 34 ACT, and by graduation will have taken 12 APs (only offered for juniors and seniors at my school). I would prefer not to attend my state public school (UMN) but am struggling to find some private schools that are good for engineering and that I can likely get into. So, i'd just like some suggestions. If it helps, the schools I have liked the best so far are WUSTL and NU. I am not interested in liberal arts colleges.
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  • Tigerwife92Tigerwife92 208 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @ashley17 Budget? Why only private schools?
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  • LAS1228LAS1228 11 replies0 threads New Member
    Any particular region? There is Worcester Polytech in MA, Rensallaer (spelling) in NY, Michigan Tech in the UP in MI - a friend's very bright son just graduated with a Master's in robotics. These are just starters - your grades are only one indicator.

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  • evergreen5evergreen5 2130 replies38 threads Senior Member
    edited August 6
    CMU, Tufts, U Rochester, Case Western, BU, Northeastern, Villanova, Lehigh, Santa Clara, RPI. If you need a financial aid estimate, use each of their Net Price Calculators.

    Public: Cal Poly (out of state cost of attendance in the mid-40s), CO Mines (out of state cost of attendance 58k)
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 84683 replies753 threads Senior Member
    Cost constraints?

    What is it that you do not like about UMN?
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  • SybyllaSybylla 5117 replies61 threads Senior Member
    edited August 6
    Really, CSE at Uminn is a top eng school. Make sure you get your best application in there unless you have a trust fund and your parents are untouchable by covid implications. If your FAFSA EFC is 50K it is hard to imagine you have no cost constraints. You have reciprocity also, use that. This is the third thread you have on the same thing, what is wrong with the suggestions already? Have you actually sat down and had the money talk? What is your actual budget?
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2835 replies48 threads Senior Member
    Why only private schools? Purdue and Virginia Tech, just to pick two, are excellent engineering schools that would be solid targets.
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  • NJCityNJCity 147 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Stevens Institute of Technology
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  • hsgal83846hsgal83846 17 replies5 threads Junior Member
    If you are open to public schools I recommend looking into Virginia Tech. Many people from my high school have gone there and love it.
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  • BrianBoilerBrianBoiler 797 replies16 threads Member
    As a public school educated engineering professional and father of a state school educated Software Engineer (UMD) and father of a current student of a top private (UChicago) who is not in engineering, I think I'd advise to reconsider "not a state school." BTW @LAS1228 , Mich Tech is also a state school.

    My experience with state school engineering schools is that they are larger and have larger resources for clubs and organizations and therefore there are many more options. If you look at the top 10 engineering schools listed by USNWR (please don't turn this into a rankings discussion, just a data point), it is really the only discipline that most of the top 10 schools (graduate, but there is a connection) are public schools.

    I consistently post on CC when Indiana residents who want to be engineers ask where they should apply. Unless you hate gold and black, then Purdue is the obvious answer. I know that UofMN is a good engineering school. $ for $, there is really no argument one can make to not go there for engineering. They will have larger career fairs, more engineering organizations, a bigger diverse group of students to expose you to different ideas.
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  • bremcclareybremcclarey 40 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Not sure if the NU mentioned in your post is Northwestern or Northeastern, but I'd definitely recommend looking at Northeastern! We have a really strong engineering program
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  • boudersbouders 2776 replies194 threads Senior Member
    If you don't want to go to UMN, apply to University of Wisconsin. Due to tuition reciprocity, you will get in state tuition.

    Without answers to the questions asked in replies #1 and #4, we're just shooting in the dark here.
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