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hysteriahysteria Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
edited June 2006 in Engineering Majors
So I was just wondering what is up with their stats? After looking into possible schools for doing either electrical or mechanical/aerospace engineering Purdue showed up on all three lists(and most other engineering lists) from US News but when I checked their admission stats on The Princeton Review they were shockingly low. Are they just really not that selective or do the non-engineering students drag down the average?
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  • boomer01boomer01 Registered User Posts: 891 Member
    I am a current Purdue student. The thing is that they take in a lot of people into engineering and then weed them out. I believe about 50% of the people drop-out of engineering after the 1st year.
  • dr_reynoldsdr_reynolds Registered User Posts: 536 Member
    I went to Purdue for my Masters and PhD. Yes, the non-engineering students definately drag down their selectivity. Getting into engineering is harder than just general admission. And they do weed a number of people out. Since you can only be accepted into freshman engineering you must do ok (at least 2.5 for most majors) in order to actually get into the engineering major that you want.
  • momininmominin Registered User Posts: 240 Junior Member
    My son is currently at Purdue for Mech E...loves it. I agree with Boomer and dr reynolds, I htink they do weed a huge amount out. For the honors engineering I know you needed a 2.8 first semester and a 3.5 second semester. Kids dropped like crazy. It's a great school for Aero and Mech. Sorry, don't know a thing about the EE but I'm sure it's up there as well.
  • deb922deb922 Registered User Posts: 4,689 Senior Member
    The one thing that concerned my S when he looked at Purdue was their co-op programs. How the admissions office stated it, the top half of the class would have the universitys help in procuring a co-op. The bottom half would have to find a co-op on their own. It was also troubling that of the students that we met, most were not doing a co-op. The guide told us that he wouldn't dream of co-oping because he didn't want to miss the football season.

    My S really wanted a program with an established co-op or internship program for all of it's students. From what we have heard, if you don't co-op or intern, your job propects are not as great.
  • hysteriahysteria Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    Is the co-op that bad? Because I also would like to have an established co-op program considering most aerospace companies hire straight from their co-op programs.
  • weenieweenie Registered User Posts: 5,793 Senior Member
    Wow. That's worrisome. This whole post is worrisome! Purdue is a school my son wants to look at. But I just detest the whole "weed out" mentality. Why admit kids only to get rid of them?
  • boomer01boomer01 Registered User Posts: 891 Member
    Purdue actually provides a lot of support for first-year engineering students. They have a supplemental instruction sessions, women in engineering tutoring, minority engineering program tutoring. All free of charge. A lot of student, though don't take advantage of these programs. Many of them are unprepared for engineering and are lured in only because of the high salary, those are the ones that drop out.
  • hikerhiker Registered User Posts: 340 Member
    Non-engineering person here with a possible engineering son. Um...what's a co-op?
  • weenieweenie Registered User Posts: 5,793 Senior Member
    "They have a supplemental instruction sessions, women in engineering tutoring, minority engineering program tutoring."

    But do they have white boy tutoring? ;)
  • momininmominin Registered User Posts: 240 Junior Member
    Yes, they have tons of tutoring, you just reach out and ask. There are always study sessions, free tutoring, tutoring you can pay for, an unbelievable amount of help, we are all impressed. Yes, weenie, lol..."white boy tutoring" too ;)

    Also, I don't think Purdue admits students just to weed them out or get rid of them. School is what you make of it, ANY school. Being a huge school there is a huge amount of freshmen students that arrive to "party" "pick up chicks" whatever. If you don't get caught in the party rut? there is still a lot to do, a lot of HELP and you won't get "weeded" out :) Many kids arrive on campus with the party mentality and quickly realize you can't get good grades (or they are difficult to get) if you are drunk every night, lol. This can happen anywhere with any school with any rating.

    Co-op? You go to school one semester, then work one semester, then school and on and on. You get done in 5 years instead of 4 but have a strong work history. I know a kid that loves it. He would have graduated this may but will next May. His co-op is in Colorado and he's been doing it since the very beginning. The co-op program is indeed well-established.

    There are also a TON of internships, most of them paid and some overseas. Many overseas programs will put scholarships and aid toward the cost of attendance and the credits will transfer as well. Again, I really feel everything is there if you want it to be. Sit in your dorm or get high all the time? the opportunities might not be there.

    Deb922, I seriously have never heard about the bottom half needing to find a co-op on their own, that's a new one. Could be true and I've never heard it? Now to pass up a co-op because of football season? That must be a truly huge fan. Son went to two football games, said they were so-so and never went to another. BTW, he has fun on campus but doesn't enjoy the football games. Your tour guide must be really into them. Besides, every other year, even with a co-op you would see the games.
  • deb922deb922 Registered User Posts: 4,689 Senior Member
    mominin, I heard about the top 50% of Purdue students qualifing for an engineering co-op from the admissions office. Here is the link for that http://coop.www.ecn.purdue.edu/Coop/Schools_Majors/Engineering/eligibility The first sentence states "The Co-Op Program is a voluntary plan for students who finish their first year at Purdue in the upper half of their class. It is offered in all ten Engineering Schools:"

    Maybe it was a bad day or maybe we had a different guide but he did state that he didn't want to do a co-op because he wanted to be at Purdue for the football season. It's good to hear that is not the case with all Purdue students.

    I do want to say that I have a friend whose S went to Purdue and loved it. He was able to enter their Constuction Management Program and had summer internships that he was very happy with. He is graduating this year and has employment, always a good thing.
  • workingforblueworkingforblue Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    hysteria: Purdue is both a state school and offers rolling admission. I think these two facts cause the low stats for entry as well as the non-engineering students. Also, Purdue has a first year engineering program that all freshman enter. You must meet GPA standard listed on webpage below to enter professional schools.
    deb922: I don't know of any published coop rankings available but I believe that the program at Purdue is at least above average. ALL coop programs my D looked at had minimum GPA to participate. She just assumed that "upper half of the class" was a GPA cutoff. Her college has a 2.5 cutoff and you need a 2.8-3 to get an interview for the better coop positions which probably is the "upper half". If this is a concern, you should also be aware that there is also a mimimum GPA to advance from First Year Engineering into the Professional Eng. schools. Cutoffs is 2.0 for some schools, but ME is 2.7, AE, EE & CPE 2.5. Bio and CME have special admission listed on webpage:
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