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Does the school matter?

KoruptifiedKoruptified Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited December 2011 in Engineering Majors
I know that for engineering degrees, the school location doesn't matter but what about CS? Does that matter? Is someone doomed if they get a degree from a lower ranked school?

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  • googOrMsoftgoogOrMsoft Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Nope, not that much.
  • noimaginationnoimagination Registered User Posts: 7,054 Senior Member
    The use of "location" as a substitute for ranking is kind of strange. I'd say that geographical location makes a very big difference.
  • KoruptifiedKoruptified Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I meant ranking. Not sure why I didn't notice that I put location. Does taking matter when it comes to landing good computer science jobs? In ME for example, ranking doesn't matter as long as the program is ABET accredited.

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  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Registered User Posts: 2,889 Senior Member
    Do you mean CS like Cookie Shortbread ice-cream?

    Cookie Shortbread ice-cream tastes great!!
  • KoruptifiedKoruptified Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I understand the ice cream comments when asking about what degree is better. But when I'm asking a legit question, don't pollute my thread with that crap.

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  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Registered User Posts: 2,889 Senior Member
    There is CS like Caramel Strawberry ice-cream.

    Here is a better one....

    CS like Coconut "SEARCH" ice-cream
  • LongPrimeLongPrime - Posts: 5,208 Senior Member
    some say no,
    Some say yes. I say yes because son went to ranked school. But he didn't major in CS. However he works in CS. Therefore, this is a no.

    Never liked cookie ice cream. Coconut ic disrupts my digestion.
    Son learned to make excellent homemake ice cream.
  • LongPrimeLongPrime - Posts: 5,208 Senior Member
    The school only matters in that the cohort perform in a like manner.

    A private college will attract more recruiters because the students are more likely to be from other states and have proven that are willing to locate in different places.
  • davidthefatdavidthefat Registered User Posts: 1,521 Senior Member
    I would like to say yes. Schools range from a 1 Professor in the department to having dozens and dozens of professors. The school with more professors probably has more money for research and a wider range of research topics.
  • ClassicRockerDadClassicRockerDad Registered User Posts: 5,978 Senior Member
    At the end of the day, your value is based on your capabilities.

    The strongest programs will move fast, cover more material in greater depth, have higher expectations, be the most difficult and the sustain the highest standards of excellence. They will weed out the weaker students by natural selection.

    At the end of four years, who do you think is most likely to have the greatest capabilities?

    However, if you would get weeded out, you'd be better off in a lesser program. Many organizations need both superstars and people to play supporting roles. Of course, the superstars get more money, but the supporting role players often do just fine.

    It's also possible to become a superstar from a lesser program just by sheer determination. It happens, I've seen it.
  • MomfromKCMomfromKC Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    The school always matters, but the "list" for different types of engineering as well as comp sci are different than the list everybody thinks of (Ivies). There are several fine state universities with top rankings. Places people outside of engineering (I'm including comp sci) may have never heard of but are well known either for the breadth of engineering research in multiple categories or for the depth of research in a few catgories. If school X is known for their ME program but their chem E department is just an after thought - people know - recruiters know. If a school like MIT is known for rigorous research and also for demanding that their students are well rounded and capable of accurate communication because they not only take the science seriously, but they also take their humanities classes seriously and tend not to graduate geeks in bow ties who get nervous around girls, well guess what, that gets noticed in the business world too! I wouldn't recommend that anybody go to a school with an engineering department of 5 professors. I wouldn't recommend a school that only offers a general engineering degree. I would be espeically careful if you don't plan to go on the grad school. I am all in favor of community colleges for the first year or too or for summer catch up time. But I'm also in favor a large universities where you can take a variety of tech electives or a second major or minor for something that sets you apart from the pack. Nobody is doomed, but if you can do better, why not?
  • KoruptifiedKoruptified Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    My state school is Ohio State. The school I would like to go to is Wright State. Wright State is more convenient with location because I live in Dayton now. I have a family, so it's a little harder for me to just uproot myself. If I go to Ohio State, it will be a 1 - 1.5 hour commute each way every day that I have classes. Ohio State, according to USNews, is ranked in the top 30 at like 28. Wright State is ranked 121. That's why I was asking how important the rankings were. I don't want to land a helpdesk job if I decided to major in Computer Science. I would definitely want to be able to work my way into a better job as well as further my education in graduate school.

    EDIT: That was for grad school rankings. Undergraduate had Ohio State ranked at 55 and Wright State unranked... I think the list ranked schools up until 200.
  • ClassicRockerDadClassicRockerDad Registered User Posts: 5,978 Senior Member
    I don't think these rankings are relevant for you. I think what opportunities the respective departments offer is more important.

    Just took a quick look, so I'm not sure, but I wonder if Miami might have more course offerings and a higher caliber student body to work with. Is that any closer for you?

    You can probably do fine with Wright State. Maybe it's worth asking someone in the department how many go on to grad school, and where they typically go.

    I think as long as you work your butt off, view school as only part of your education, and maintain a healthy curiosity and an interest in lifelong learning, you should be fine.

    I think if you can excel, you'll have good opportunities.

    Good luck.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 64,277 Senior Member
    Wright State is ABET accredited in CS, so it should have a reasonable selection of CS courses.

    You may have to be more aggressive at applying to non-local employers than you would have to be if you were at a more well known school that attracted more non-local employers to its career center.
  • pvi400pvi400 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Based on what I've read, everyone agrees that where you go isn't nearly as important as what you do when you get there, regardless of the major.
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