So I'm going into my senior year in high school and really am set on engineering. Specifically aerospace because I love planes and space :P
So anyways I'm trying to find good colleges for aerospace engineering since I can probably get in (33 ACT, GPA is a 10.4 on a 12 scale that's somewhere between a 3.8-4.2 on a 4.0 scale depending on how it gets weighted and what not).
Anyways I know I can't get into MIT/Cal tech so don't say those.
I've visited Georgia tech and liked the program but hated the campus for some reason (I mean it was nice, but I didn't like the feel nor thought I could survive four years there). Hopefully I'll like purdue more since their program is supposedly top notch.
So any recommendations? I've seen St. Louis U which talked about their program a fair amount yet I didn't see it ranked highly anywhere, A&M is to large for me, and then so many places simply don't offer it :( (Oh and I would love a place that is hands on/has a wind tunnel/research I can get involved in via internship.)
On another scale, I've read up on what pays the most (much later after thinking I wanted to do aerospace) and aerospace seems to pay the most (besides petroleum)... is this accurate? If so, how far behind are ME and CE? Also if I like Aerospace because I like the idea of designing and creating something that flies or goes to space which of the former would be better for me if I opt to go to a college without aerospace engineering? (say Vanderbilt, which I liked except for the fact it didn't have aerospace)
Any help is appreciated! I'm so not ready to be planning the rest of my life :P
Edit: Oh and the idea of the USAF Academy has come to mind. However while a military career may appeal to me later in life (post-school) since it might lead to me working on some awesome planes and what not, the very constraining/pre-set schedule doesn't really appeal to me. How hard would it be to go into the air force or navy after getting a degree to work on military planes? Or would it be smarter to stay with private companies which presumably pay more...?