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Graduate school:Princeton Engineering vs.Carnegie Mellon Engineering,which has a better reputation?

TybaseballTybaseball Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Hello. I am an international student who was recently accepted to both these schools for M.E. According to U.S. News, Princeton is number 8 (above #11 ranking for CMU), and of course Princeton has the "elite" ivy status, BUT I keep hearing from people that CMU is pretty much along with MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and CalTech as being "THE" elite engineering schools (#5 on USNews). Some of my close friends even think a Princeton engineering degree looks "weird" because it seems like I didn't get into a school like CMU

I think if I were in the U.S. (and staying in the U.S.) , I might go with CMU, but it is very important the international prestige of the school. Often the international employers will exclusively look at the "prestige" of the overall school and some HR departments might not even know what C.M.U. is. Moreover, I would like to leave open the possibility of branching out after engineering long down the road into business.

Does a Carnegie Mellon engineering degree have a higher prestige factor than a Princeton one for international engineering firms? Or does it not matter it is in engineering, and I should just take the best school name overall (Princeton)?

thank you!

Replies to: Graduate school:Princeton Engineering vs.Carnegie Mellon Engineering,which has a better reputation?

  • CantigerCantiger Registered User Posts: 932 Member
    My son is a Princeton BSE who chose to do his grad studies at a different school. From what he hears, Princeton is not considered a particularly strong choice for engineering grad studies, particularly for Masters candidates, as far as firms go in the US. This is because Princeton is more theoretical vs some of the other schools that would have more technical focus. It will depend on what the international firms are looking for, and what kind of engineering you are looking at, and whether you are ultimately considering a terminal degree.
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