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Seeking input on some engineering programs

taverngirltaverngirl 1216 replies36 threads Senior Member
edited January 14 in Engineering Majors
Though S is still awaiting to hear from two schools, they are both reaches, so he will most likely be attending one of the following schools. Would love any input/information (especially from current/past students and parents) on them, specifically with regards to civil engineering. Want to hear about quality of classes and professors, class size (especially intro classes) support services, career services, internship and job placement, as well as any pros/cons of the schools in general. All are affordable to us, though they vary in cost from about $20-$40k. Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!

Central CT State Uni
Univ of Hartford
Univ of Maine
Manhattan College
UMass Dartmouth
Wentworth Institute

edited January 14
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  • eyemgheyemgh 5618 replies122 threads Senior Member
    If you don't get any feedback, don't take it personally. None of those schools have widely known engineering programs, so it's just unlikely you'll run across anyone out here with any direct knowledge of them. That's not to say that a student couldn't get a suitable education at one of them.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9131 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I don't know much about any of those schools. But often engineering at schools (esp if ABET accredited - important) have similar curriculum.

    One tip is to check the job placement info on each college website, to try compare typical recruiters / job types.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1216 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Updating to add that UMaine acceptance is to the Honors Program, if that makes a difference.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9131 replies79 threads Senior Member
    That's great - Honors Programs can add some extra perks. Has your S visited any of the schools yet ? Engineering studies are a tough gig anywhere, so I feel like having a good "fit" with the campus / peers is especially important,
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1216 replies36 threads Senior Member
    He has visited all of them and kind of had a front runner but was denied admission there. There are pluses and minuses to each, so he's having a hard time culling it down, which is why he was hoping to get more information.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9131 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I have the general impression that a "directional" state school (ie Central CT ) would not have a strong a program as a state flagship university. But I see it is ABET accredited, so that is helpful.

    Although this is not relevant to your original question, I'll point out that there are a variety of sites (which possibly you've already used) to compare things like typical stats of attending students. Note that most are just a sampling, self-reported data. Example -

    The sites will be of limited value, but sometimes it can be fun to slice/dice things in different ways to keep busy waiting on April 1 accept/reject info.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 79687 replies712 threads Senior Member
    For class sizes, you can see if the colleges' on-line class schedules have them.
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  • Gator88NEGator88NE 6490 replies204 threads Senior Member
    Some of these school's engineering programs have online profiles listed on ASEE.org's website.


    For example, here's the link to the University of Maine.


    You can find what degree's are offered (Mechanical, Electrical, etc.), how large is the program, does it have a graduate program, how large is the engineering facility, etc.

    For example, the University of Maine awards about 240 BS degrees in engineering, each year, with 2/3 of them being in Civil or Mechanical engineering.
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