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Georgia Tech vs. Northwestern

ccspizza88ccspizza88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I'm going to major in engineering, but isn't 100% sure that's what I really want. I'm looking to go into med school in the future. In engineering, I'm looking at industrial, biomedical, or environmental (if they offer it).
It would be amazing if you could help me choose between the two schools with your comments!
I'm getting similar financial aid from both and location doesn't matter to me much. I'm looking at the overall benefit of the college and academics.

Thanks much!
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Replies to: Georgia Tech vs. Northwestern

  • elsijfdlelsijfdl Registered User Posts: 2,369 Senior Member
    i mean, this really should be a no-brainer, where are you from?
  • ccspizza88ccspizza88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Why so?

    I'm from Florida
  • Sheed30Sheed30 Registered User Posts: 12,425 Senior Member
    Northwestern.....
  • ryan2288ryan2288 Registered User Posts: 2,501 Senior Member
    It's not that easy... Georgia Tech has an amazing program in nearly every type of engineering. They also have a ridiculous amount of funding devoted to those programs. I would say if you are considering any type of liberal arts education then choose Northwestern but its a tough choice if you just enjoy premed/engineering.
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    GTech is top-notched in engineering. On the other hand, NU is well-ranked in industrial engineering and biomedical--6th and 12th. Since you are not 100% sure about engineering, I'd pick NU as it's not shabby in what you want to major in and is definitely better in most other non-engineering fields.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,573 Senior Member
    Unless you are 100% sure you want to study Engineering and then, become an Engineer, I recommend Northwestern over GT.
  • ccspizza88ccspizza88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    so if ultimately I want to go on to a med school, do Northwestern?
    I have some more subsequent questions...
    I know that Northwestern is strong in the field of journalism and management. Is it known for anything else in particular?
    What is the general consensus in which people view Northwestern?
    and How is the international studies program at Northwestern?
    If you can answer any of these questions for me, I would be very grateful :)
  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,573 Senior Member
    I know Northwestern is very strong in Economics and Chemistry.
  • RabbanRabban Registered User Posts: 734 Member
    What is the general consensus in which people view Northwestern?

    You got that right-NW is primarily known for journalism & its business school. Other than that, it’s basically Chicago-lite. OBTW, you should know GT has slightly more nerdy studious types, and NW is consisted of slightly more preppy happy student body.

    GT is known as one of powerhouse engineering schools. In particular, GT’s AE is one of three Centers of Excellence in Rotorcraft Research & Education designated by the U.S. Army; other two being UMCP & Penn State.

    Basically Lex got it right. Go to GT if youre into engineering. Otherwise, go to NW.
  • JuJuJuJu Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    Oh, Rabban...
  • JuJuJuJu Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    I wouldn't listen to Rabban on matters re: Northwestern. He has a history of putting it down. E.g. anecdotal put-downs, ("Chicago-lite,") anecdotal UChicago worship, (anyone remember Rabban's uncle?) Also, when faced with statistics that refute his opinions, he continues to cling doggedly to them.

    In this post, he states that NU is "known primarily for business and journalism." This truth is: NU features dozens of top ten programs, (i.e. theater, art history, etc.) It's not Chicago-lite--despite Rabban's desire to portray it as such... It's like calling Yale 'Harvard-lite.' Just B.s.
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    ccspizza88,

    NU's art history, econ, and chemistry are ranked in the top-10. It's material science is #1 or #2 in the country. Many humanities and social sciences depts are in the top-20. It's theater/film/performing arts/education are in the top-10. So it's definitely much more than just journalism & management. It's one of the most targeted schools by elite firms.
  • ccspizza88ccspizza88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Oh, I just wanted to add that I got finalist in the presidential scholars program at GT--so lots of benefits... but, still not sure.
    Opinions?
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    Well, you'd have to answer that yourself. I personally don't think those "other benefits" are that special. But the money award is the one that makes the most difference. That's between you and your family.
  • ccspizza88ccspizza88 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thanks for that Sam. If there are any other inputs about gtech and nu, they will be much appreciated.
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