Drexel vs Temple Engineering

<p>My situation is as stated:</p>

Got into the bio engineering program and got $5000 a year in scholarships(bio engineering started at temple in fall 2013), have my housing and meal planned pick, and etc( can still opt out from the best of my knowledge)</p>

Got into undeclared engineering and got $25000 a year in scholarships. My academic adviser says that I only need a 2.5 GPA first semester to transfer start spring to the bio engineering school. My concerns are whether this be true.</p>

<p>From my understands, I know Drexel has the co-ops going for it, but I'm not guaranteed one, the cost is still more than Temples(not much of a factor in my decision), and there is still a risk of not getting into the bio engineering school start spring semester.</p>

<p>At temple, the area aside, I know the engineering school isn't as renowned as Drexel, but from my understanding I would think the bio engineering curriculum at temple would be easier as it's a very new program there.</p>

<p>Can anyone help with my decision, I don't want a "Go here, screw that school and etc" just some more info to help me better understand my options. I have till Wednesday to get back to Drexel.</p>

<p>And i understand that its "my decision", but all I am asking is for some advise essentially. </p>


<p>Also, my understand is that drexels engineering program would be a lot harder than temples?</p>

<p>Drexel is well established for engineering and the Coop is essentially guaranteed (if you do not get a paid coop you can do unpaid). Temple is a great school but there is something to be said for going to an established, well renowned bio engineering school like Drexel with considerable contacts and a ton of money. </p>

<p>very very true. see my only setbacks are whether I take the risk of not getting into the program there…they say 2.5, but I feel like that’s extremly low for switching to a major that requires higher highschool admission GPA than the traditional engineerings. If that makes sense.</p>

<p>And would my assumptions be true that Temples program be a lot easier due to it’s relative newness?</p>

<p>Temple’s program is unpredictable because of its newness, so I don’t think you can make any definitive assumptions yet. 2.5 is not that low in engineering actually because engineering GPA tends to be on the low end of the collegiate spectrum. Drexel is not known for being the most rigorous and they let you in because they believe you can do the work necessary. IN terms of name recognition, quality of engineering, and placement opportunities, I have to say Drexel seems to be the school However, Temple is great and if that is the fit than you are not doing your self an extreme disservice. </p>

<p>I understand what your saying, one thing to add is that a majority of temples bioengineering staff is actually from
Drexel and by comparing the course work(the classes) are essentially the same, however the actual classes would be different. My concern regarding rigor is that I keep getting soooo many differnt opinion, some people say it’s easy don’t worry about it and some people are like don’t do it, it’s wayyy to hard. Do you know anything at all about the temple program tho it’s relatively new?</p>

<p>yeah i’m extremely familiar with temple but not their engineering. In other fields especially film and their hospital, professors and staff are at the top of their field. Temple will certainly be able to provide a great name in Philly area and a great education, but I know little about the Bio engineering. Based on Temple’s past success I can only imagine that the bio engineering will be strong but you need to ask yourself if you are willing to jump into the program that has little proven success. Your call for sure. </p>

<p>yeah defiently a tough call as I keep getting conflicting info about Drexel, but i kinda get it would be a little better for engineering purposes. Also how would temple’s name stand if I wanted to move out to the west coast as that’s where bioengineering is rather “hot” and that’s where I’d like to live as well.</p>

<p>I’m not sure about either’s national reputation. In Philly, Penn and Villanova probably have the best national names but people have probably heard of Temple and Drexel. Definitely am not sure how much weight those degrees have out there. </p>

<p>I’m sure at least Temple if you think about it’s sports teams being D1(football) and prolly more well known nationally. But honestly on my mind a undergrad degree is the same anywhere unless ofc it’s from an Ivy League. I feel like where I go for my masters or a JD(patent law) will really matter in the end. </p>

<p>Neither school is well-known on the west coast and folks there routinely conflate Penn and Penn State, so don’t make your decision based on that. Go to the school that’s the best overall value and will require the least long-term debt. Engineers from Temple and Drexel both do very well in the marketplace. What will your annual net cost be for each school? Drexel’s co-op program is a tremendous opportunity, but at what price? </p>

<p>Re rigor, nobody here can tell you how “hard” either program is. ABET-accredited engineering is hard everywhere. Top students at both schools get BIG merit dollars (as in full tuition) offered to them, so I’m guessing you’re not quite in that tier. So do try to be realistic in assessing your own skills because many kids flame out in the first year of engineering and opt for other majors. If you think that’s a possibility, minimizing debt is even more important. And law school is VERY expensive!!!</p>

<p>I’m an engineering manager with a 20+ year career in NJ. I’m not aware of having ever met a Temple engineering grad. However, I’ve worked with (and hired) a number of Drexel grads. How big is the cost differential? I would lean towards Drexel, unless the cost difference is big. </p>

<p>The cost difference for me would be 10-12 grand a year depending housing and co-ops etc. and from what I’m hearing Temples engineering program is smaller but becoming better recruiting many professors from the more reputable engineering universities(person who started drexels bioengineering program started the Temple one fall 2013). And idk…my only issue is switching into my interesting major at Drexel, where at Temple I have no worries about majori changes or anythig like that. And regarding work experience ik many engineerings(family, family friends, etc) in many differnt disciplines who can help me with a summer internship/co-op.</p>

<p>My intended plan is go to Temple and get my bioengineering degree and rather stop at a BS like more student go for my Masters at a more reputable engineering school. And if I still choose too, get a JD and go into patent law. Idk if my intended Plan is a good one(I think it is), but maybe someone can offer insight on this as well?</p>

<p>And as for cost my parents intend on paying for my undergrad but still putting a much larger cost burden on them under a risk of getting into the program I want at drexel doesn’t settle too too well with me. </p>

<p>The field of Bioengineering is still relatively new and with broad definition, so does it make a huge difference where one earns an undergraduate degree in the field? Some Bioengineering departments are not certified by the ABET.</p>

<p>I think Temple is certified</p>

<p>Or will be soon </p>

<p>Looks like Temple’s Bioengineering program is not yet ABET accredited. When I was an undergrad, I recall a new engineering program at the U that I attended was just getting started, and hearing that the accreditation process required them looking at how new graduates of the program fared in the workplace. So, it is a slow process, given that it has to wait until some students graduate from the program first.
<a href=“http://engineering.temple.edu/about-college/accreditation”>http://engineering.temple.edu/about-college/accreditation</a></p>

<p>I don’t know why you think this:

[quote/I would think the bio engineering curriculum at temple would be easier as it’s a very new program there.

I don’t know if this relevant for entire programs, but I’ve frequently found classes taught by new teachers to be more difficult than those taught by experienced teachers, both because the new teachers don’t have a good sense of what is reasonable to expect from students, and because they are less effective at teaching.</p>

<p>I would think that job prospects would be worse out of a new program. Drexel is clearly the stronger program, and would provide greater career opportunities. However, the cost difference should be considered. If you are uncertain if moving to your desired program, I suggest that you ask people in the department. </p>