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CalPoly SLO vs UW Madison vs Rutgers vs ASU vs SJSU

ekru001ekru001 2 replies1 threads New Member
edited March 26 in Engineering Majors
My son admitted to Engineering major (CE/EE) at CalPoly SLO, UW Madison, Rutgers, ASU and SJSU. He is California resident. Any advice on which University he should choose ?

edited March 26
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80870 replies726 threads Senior Member
    edited March 26
    Net price at each?

    If he may change major, be sure to check the change of major requirements at each school.

    At Wisconsin, be sure to check the progression requirements to stay in the major, since they include college GPA minimums substantially higher than the usual 2.0.
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  • ekru001ekru001 2 replies1 threads New Member
    In state tuition for CalPoly SLO and SJSU

    OOS tuition for UW Madison, Rutgers and ASU

    Sure will check major change requirement at each school and also progression requirements to stay in the major at UW Madison.
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  • HPuck35HPuck35 2061 replies16 threads Senior Member
    Going to be hard to find someone who can compare all these colleges. I would easily pick CalPolySLO over SJSU.

    Is he ready for the weather that UW Madison and Rutgers would have? Snow can be fun to visit but living in it full time is different.

    College costs are more than just the cost of tuition. Board and room, whether dorm or off campus, varies widely. SLO is an expensive area but it is a very pleasant place to live.

    My son went to CalPolySLO a number of years back. He was in the dorm the first year, an on campus apartment the next and shared a house with other students the rest of his time there. The house was a 12 month lease and that length is very typical. His progression in living situations was also quite typical at the time. He worked for a professor doing research those summers where he had the house, so the summer rent wasn't wasted.
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  • ekru001ekru001 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Thanks @HPuck35

    My son lived in California only. So weather is something need to be taken into account. He is inclined towards CalPoly (prefer to stay in State and close to home). But is rejecting UW Madison for these reason justify ?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80870 replies726 threads Senior Member
    edited March 27
    Not sure why you would want to pay more so that he has to compete for GPA to stay in his major (although civil and electrical are the least competitive majors, with 2.8 technical and 2.5 overall GPA needed to stay in the major).

    https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/academic-advising/first-year-undergraduate-students/progression-requirements/

    At CPSLO and the others, keeping a 2.0 GPA and C grades is enough to stay in the major. At CPSLO for students already in the engineering division, changing to civil requires a 2.5 GPA, while changing to electrical requires a 2.0 GPA:

    https://eadvise.calpoly.edu/Changing-Majors/Within-the-College-of-Engineering
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9316 replies83 threads Senior Member
    "But is rejecting UW Madison for these reason justify ?" - I think so, especially if CalPoly SLO is more affordable. If he wants to settle in CA after graduation...even more reason.
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