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Rice vs. Northeastern Scholars with full tuition scholarship for Computer Science?

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Replies to: Rice vs. Northeastern Scholars with full tuition scholarship for Computer Science?

  • Malm59Malm59 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    My son is a sophomore. He went to northeastern for computer science, is not a university scholar but did get a full tuition scholarship. He turned down an offer from Penn and we would have needed to pay full tuition at Penn. It was a great decision to go to northeastern. His grades are great, coop is great, friends are great. he wanted to go to northeastern over penn, because ccis is its own school. He didn't want to be part of an engineering program and take a lot of classes which would not be relevant for his major. It's a lot of money and it is great to not be spending that money on tuition.
  • apccpaapccpa Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Thanks @malm59. Seems like a very similar situation to us as my son also prefers a pure CS program and not one that is in engineering or Arts and Science. It does seem like NEU manages to steal a lot of kids from more prestigious schools with their scholarships.
  • Malm59Malm59 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    We have no regrets that he chose northeastern. You can only get a scholarship like that when you start out. It is not hard to transfer out if you are unhappy, but that full tuition deal is just fantastic. All his cs friends have great coops as far as I can tell. The dorms are beautiful. The scholarship goes right on the top of your resume. It's a great deal. And because there are not that many graduate students at northeastern, the ccis kids have plenty of research and other opportunities to work with professors.
  • apccpaapccpa Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    edited April 2015
    I've been wondering about how easy or difficult it is to transfer to a school that you've been previously admitted to @Malm59, as if it is easy then nothing to lose taking the NEU opportunity.

    I assume that your son is in Honors? Any difficulty in getting classes and does he find classes too easy?

    My son did competive programming in high school but NEU does not have an ACM competitive programming team. I was wondering if that is something your son or others at NEU may be interested in doing if my son wanted to form a team?
  • Malm59Malm59 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    My son is in honors. No difficulty getting classes. He has even taken a graduate class already. He said it is a nice mix of challenge without feeling overwhelmed. He has time for his other interests. He also had a guaranteed transfer as a sophomore into Cornell, but he had no interest in pursuing it. The free tuition really makes it a no-brainer to choose northeastern. Honestly, I don't think any of his friends have transferred out. I am sure there are kids who transfer out of northeastern, but it is not something I have heard him mention at all. Just when you start getting sick of classes, it is time for co-op, so there is some excitement when you would otherwise be tired of the environment.
  • apccpaapccpa Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Cornell is a very highly ranked CS school @Malm59. How did the guaranteed transfer come about?

    NEU did mention the ability to take graduate level classes for subjects if you are already advanced in an area and that is a nice option.

    What you mentioned about doing a coop when sick of classes is something that I was thinking boys may find particularly attractive about NEU as I don't think they find school and studying to be particularly fun.
  • Malm59Malm59 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Believe it or not, it is a legacy thing. Kind of ridiculous in our opinion.
  • nanotechnologynanotechnology Registered User Posts: 2,526 Senior Member
    Northeastern is actually in the process of starting an ACM team this semester. I know some of the kids organizing it. They also have other competitive options, like cybersecurity competitions and a very active hackathon group.
  • apccpaapccpa Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    I agree with you about the legacy thing @Malm59. I wonder how many slots the Ivy Leagues really have left for overqualified students after they allocate to friends, family and legacy. You didn't apply to Cornell out high school?

    We had heard something about the formation of an ACM competive programming team when we were there a couple weeks ago @nanotechnology‌. Would the team be fully sponsored by NEU where travel costs would be covered by the school? Will they also have a professor working with them on algorithms and other problem solving techniques like at the top ACM competition schools?
  • Malm59Malm59 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    He applied in high school and they offered him sophomore transfer if he met certain criteria. He wasn't interested tho because he was happy at neu.
  • nanotechnologynanotechnology Registered User Posts: 2,526 Senior Member
    @apccpa - Unfortunately, I don't really know many details about the setup. Historically, however, the university and CCIS have been very supportive of such ventures. Like any club, they'll also be able to apply for funding from Student Activities if they have additional costs they want to cover.
  • apccpaapccpa Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    And the winner after careful consideration is...

    Northeastern University Scholars program
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,302 Senior Member
    @apcca Welcome! Good choice.
  • apccpaapccpa Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Thanks @TomSrOfBoston will be making several trips to Boston this year with my son.
  • nanotechnologynanotechnology Registered User Posts: 2,526 Senior Member
    Tough choice, but I really think he'll enjoy it!
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