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Better Engineering School

sjonesd3sjonesd3 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
edited November 2011 in Engineering Majors
I'm looking to go to school for engineering (most likely civil & structural or mechanical) and I'm tryin to figure out who has a better program overall. I am going to attend a community college first as well. The choices are either Ohio State Univ. or Univ. of Florida. Any info would be helpful.
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  • DreburdenDreburden Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    The one that is in your state is the better school. There is not enough difference between the two schools, or most state universities, for that matter, to warrant paying OOS tuition for your undergrad.
  • sjonesd3sjonesd3 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    The out of state tuition doesn't matter because I am a resident of ohio while my parent is florida
  • hesdjjimhesdjjim Registered User Posts: 561 Member
    Both are great engineering schools, both have great football teams -- I would give Florida an edge over Ohio State as it would have slightly more favorable weather during the winter months than Ohio State. I'd say, apply to both, and if you get into both, choose the school that you would be happier at. Don't worry about the rankings.
  • sjonesd3sjonesd3 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Also if I start out at a community college will the transition be too hard
  • Burgsoccer09Burgsoccer09 Registered User Posts: 324 Member
    I don't want to brag, but I am probably a good person to answer this question.

    I am attending the University of Florida. However, I was also accepted into Ohio State. After doing a little research, UF became the clear choice for me, and I am so glad that I am attending UF.

    First, the engineering down here is amazing- there are amazing professors that will work with you for hours on end to help you with coursework, research, internships, resume development, etc. The list goes on. When I saw Ohio State, I saw an unorganized program that is motivated by their pocketbooks and their football team. Whereas UF accepts the best of the best (most national merit scholars of any university), Ohio State accepted my peers from High School that were extremely unqualified in terms of GPA and extracurriculars.

    Second, UF's graduate school and research program is hands down better than Ohio State. In addition, I hear that UF favors its undergrads in the grad school process. The common notion down here is that UF loves its gators. It is one of the top 20 grad schools in the nation as well.

    Third, and probably the biggest advantage UF has over OSU, is the employment opportunities. UF has a bi-annual career fair in which almost 100 companies for engineering attend to give internships and co-ops. I went to the one in the fall, and it was amazing. Well structured, well planned, AND even though you graduated you can still attend the career fairs at UF. Many of the top 15 engineering companies recruit solely from UF out of any of the states in Florida. Ohio State on the other hand, I heard has a much smaller career fair. Idk if you know this or not, but the Ohio region is a dying region. Companies are moving out, and this has severely affected OSU's company employment

    Fourth, UF has a great social scene and even though the campus is large, it is not cumbersome to get around. Whereas when I visited Ohio State, the campus was just too big and you would literally need buses to get between classes, which is not the case down here. And the weather down here is great.

    UF has a much better engineering program, I can assure you that. I have done my research into both Ohio State and Florida, visited both schools and their professors, got accepted into both, and decided UF. Best decision I have ever made, hands down.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,862 Senior Member
    sjonesd3 wrote:
    Also if I start out at a community college will the transition be too hard

    Check the articulation agreements between the university and the community college. If the freshman and sophomore courses needed for your major are all or nearly all available at the community college, then the transfer should be easier than if you need to do a lot of "catch up" after transfer. Sometimes, you may need to go to more than one community college to cover as many of the freshman and sophomore courses as possible.

    Typically, two years of math, introductory physics for scientists and engineers, English writing, and introductory humanities and social studies breadth courses are available at community colleges. But check for other courses that may be needed, such as:

    * Computer science (more for computer science and computer engineering majors)
    * Electronics
    * Statics (civil and mechanical engineering)
    * Materials
    * Organic chemistry (chemical engineering)
  • sjonesd3sjonesd3 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Burgsoccer09 what type of engineering are you majoring in. Is that burg as in miamisburg
  • sjonesd3sjonesd3 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Also does anyone how UF civil engineering program is
  • noleguy33noleguy33 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    UF has a great engineering program. Keep in mind, this is undergrad so where you attend school isn't that important... especially for a public school, anything outside of Berkeley(and probably GTech) isn't going to be that different in terms of prestige.
  • sjonesd3sjonesd3 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Sorry for all the questions but would a better pick than florida state in regards to the same major.
  • Burgsoccer09Burgsoccer09 Registered User Posts: 324 Member
    No, Florida State engineering sucks. And UF does have a great civil/coastal engineering program. ANd nah man, the "burg" is perrysburg
  • noleguy33noleguy33 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    I would go to FSU for a lot of different majors, but I wouldn't go there for engineering.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 69,862 Senior Member
    noleguy33 wrote:
    especially for a public school, anything outside of Berkeley(and probably GTech) isn't going to be that different in terms of prestige.
    noleguy33 wrote:
    I would go to FSU for a lot of different majors, but I wouldn't go there for engineering.

    Huh? FSU is ABET-accredited for civil engineering, so among the realm of non-top schools in the subject, shouldn't it still be a reasonable choice? (Though UF or OSU may be better.)
  • noleguy33noleguy33 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    Sure it is a reasonable choice, but I still wouldn't go there. The school is shared with FAMU and it is probably ~3 miles from campus. I also have several friends that graduated from there and they felt like it was a bit rundown and a forgotten aspect of FSU.

    I'm not saying I wouldn't go there because of anything to do with prestige, I just wouldn't want to go to a school that shares a college of engineering with another school.... especially when I could go to UF.
  • SportsMamaSportsMama Registered User Posts: 776 Member
    Both OSU and UF are probably good choices, especially if you qualify for in-state tuition. I think it would just depend on where you feel most comfortable.

    "Whereas UF accepts the best of the best (most national merit scholars of any university), Ohio State accepted my peers from High School that were extremely unqualified in terms of GPA and extracurriculars."

    Looking at the data, ACT/SAT scores are almost identical. I know of many bright in-state students,with great scores, grades and extracurriculars, who did not make it into OSU. Maybe OSU was looking for geographical diversity. ;)

    "Third, and probably the biggest advantage UF has over OSU, is the employment opportunities. UF has a bi-annual career fair in which almost 100 companies for engineering attend to give internships and co-ops."

    OSU has two big engineering expos. The biggest was just held in October, with over 200 companies attending. My daughter received internship offers both years she went to the Expo. This year she didn't go because she already received a full time offer from her internship.

    I think UF's biggest advantage is weather. I would love to not have to deal with the cold! Other than that, I think they are probably pretty close in what they offer; you should check them out and see what you think while you are there.

    Good luck!
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