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Have a few questions about engineering programs.Please help.

collegeaspirecollegeaspire Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
edited July 2008 in Engineering Majors
I am currently a rising senior in HS and want to study engineering in college. I am interested in studying EE or possibly ME/ChemE and am looking at my college options. I have a few quick questions. Please advise.

1 Is Cal Poly Pomona better or UC Riverside in engineering?
2 How hard is it to get into Cal Poly SLO as an in state applicant?
3 Is there a significant difference between Cal Poly SLO and Pomona, or is it just that SLO is more selective? Are the programs equivalent in terms of quality of education/research opportunities?
4. How hard is it to transfer into engineering at Cal Poly SLO or UCLA/UCB/other UC campuses from a California Community College? What GPA do you need to be a competitive applicant?
5. How hard is it to get into Purdue/RPI/WPI/Rice? Will a 3.3 UW GPA/2100/32 from an OOS applicant be competitive?

Thank you all for the help. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
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Replies to: Have a few questions about engineering programs.Please help.

  • aibarraibarr Registered User Posts: 4,249 Senior Member
    Rice will be hard to get into with your GPA, but non-Texans have a better acceptance rate than Texans. Still, Rice admissions is getting more competitive every year. Definitely apply, but consider it to be a reach.
  • jessiehljessiehl Registered User Posts: 3,328 Senior Member
    How hard is it to get into Purdue/RPI/WPI/Rice?

    I would expect WPI to be the easiest of these four, no contest.

    Your SAT and ACT are fantastic for them, but your GPA is somewhat below their average.
  • ExplorerCYExplorerCY Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    you are in Purdue.
  • boston_man_2009boston_man_2009 Registered User Posts: 315 Member
    WPI is SAT-optional.
    WPI looks more at the person then the numbers (if you believe it).
  • collegeaspirecollegeaspire Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Thanks for the advice

    keep it coming. lol.
  • jjsoa1jjsoa1 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    1. By reputation CP Pomona is probably better for engineering, though even then I would suggest UC Riverside.
    2. Not too bad. If you can get into RPI I'm sure you can get into CP. I know that a single example is hardly the best but I got into RPI and Cal Poly SLO with a lower GPA and a slightly lower SAT score.
    3. SLO has the better rep and looking at graduate reports tends to do slightly better (Grad school and Industry), but Cal Poly Pomona is also a solid school.
  • nshah9617nshah9617 Registered User Posts: 1,005 Senior Member
    5.

    Not sure about the other schools but historically Rice is a selective school.
  • collegeaspirecollegeaspire Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Thanks.
    bump 10
  • lilblewskydragonlilblewskydragon Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    I had similar stats to you...
    In for RPI, not for SLO
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