DS accepted into engineering at Purdue, Clemson, Pitt and Miami U. Waiting for decisions from Virginia Tech, Colorado Boulder and UConn, but hopeful for acceptances. Stats: 1480 SAT, rank 1 of 300, 4.6 WGPA, 9 AP classes, good ECs, from NJ.
His dream school is Colorado Boulder for aerospace engineering (loves the outdoors), but we are doubtful that they will give enough scholarship money to make it worthwhile. Pitt gave no scholarship money, so we are moving on. We are expecting Purdue, Clemson, VA Tech, UConn and Miami U to be within our budget. Based on strength of program alone, Purdue would be the clear winner, but not sure if the large size and location are a good fit. We haven’t visited UConn yet, but the size, rural location and peer opinions (not a popular choice at his high school) will likely sink it. We visited Clemson and VT, and DS loved their size, campus feel, school spirit, big-time athletics, weather, availability of outdoor activities and engineering program quality. If I had to guess, it would be a toss-up between Clemson and VT.
We are not sure what to make of Miami U. We visited a couple of years ago with an older sibling, and the size, campus feel, students, town and ice skating rinks were big draws. DS accepted into mechanical engineering, UASP and Honors with a $23K scholarship. We are estimating that Miami would be roughly $12.5k less per year ($50K over four years). Based on stats on their website, the COE graduated 353 in 2018 with 113 from ME (unclear if that includes graduate programs). Ranked 30th among engineering programs without a PhD and an emphasis on undergraduate teaching and research. ABET accredited. Highly-rated career services, but not clear how strong campus recruiting is for engineering (I suspect that the business school is the big draw). There is a parent on this board who shared positive outcomes for two children who graduated from the ME program. It’s definitely worth another visit for us, because it may very well click for him.
The financial case for Miami is compelling, but not definitive. There probably is a price point where the case would be a slam dunk, but I’m not sure we’ve reached it yet. We expect our kids to take out the standard $5500 in Federal loans to have some skin in the game. DS raised the possibility of borrowing additional money to finance CU Boulder. While Boulder is highly ranked in engineering, especially aerospace engineering, we are discouraging excessive borrowing.