My daughter was accepted to RPI. I am learning and understand the ARCH that has been put in place, is basically mandatory. What I don't understand is who decides fall or spring semester to be off campus to do a co-op? Students or the school? Because if it is Spring, you are basically at college from Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall with very little break.
And is Winter break always 2 weeks? Is that so the summer can be longer for ARCH or has it always been that way? I am just not seeing a lot of time for global education or working to make some money for college, or just some time to destress, in this equation. Even the co-op comes pretty late in the Spring of Junior year to help pay for college. That sophomore year seems super stressful.
Lastly, how does tuition work for payments when you basically go 4 semesters in a row? Are you paying that much in a row too without a bit of a break? How about housing? I read somewhere that you have to pay for housing and meal plan for that summer? I was hoping my daughter would be off campus/off meal plan by sopohmore year to help keep the costs down. Doesn't seem like is possible now.
Really like the reputation of this school and the merit aid given. But very nervous about the extra costs and stress on the student with this ARCH in place.