Engineering/Architecture/C Student/Good ECs

<p>Here we go again with kid #2 - kid #1 picked 4 engineering schools and got into his first choice. Case closed. </p>

<p>Kid #2 is heading into junior year and I know we will have to cast a wider net. Engineering/architecture/design, such as industrial or environmental, need to be at the school. He is a C student at this time which has been due partly to his belief in the concept that homework should be optional. We're working on it, we're working on it! Standardized tests have been high average. Extra-curriculars are consistent - camp counselor, consistent athletics although not a career athlete, school newspaper, community service. Not a lot of jumping around, he knows what he likes and he sticks with it. </p>

<p>We want to focus on schools that will provide some movement in the above potential career areas as we don't expect him to know his future the minute he sets foot at school, and would prefer, as would he, not to switch - to find a great environment with room for exploration. He has definitely exhibited passion and capabilities in these areas, although science and math are challenging and not sure if it's because he is not a great test taker/studier, or if the deeper ends of those areas are not just his field. He LOVES design - of anything - rollercoasters, building things, and is taking architecture next year. </p>

<p>A school that looks at the whole kid and not just the grades would benefit him. However, the name of the school, unfortunately, still goes a long way, and that is the reality of our society. To that end, we do have money saved for a private school provided he gets a grant and the stock market doesn't kill us all again. The idea of a school where the classes within the majors are not 400 in number will definitely help with focus and choices (as it is with kid #1).</p>

<p>We would most definitely prefer that he remain in the northeast - it cuts down on travel costs and time, but will look at other areas if they have good options. Any environment is an option - he's quite adaptable and social. But as a camper and counselor - that sense of a great boarding community is important to who he is and his experience.</p>

<p>I'm a little intimidated right now because of all the challenges not being an A++++ AP student brings to the search. So I would really appreciate some suggested schools to start with at the beginning of our search. RPI is probably out although we will try as there is a legacy there, WPI - not sure, Roger Williams, worried about the culture, RIT, probably can't get in...I have a list but haven't fully vetted it. No PSATs yet. A fairly diverse academic program, so there are lots of different kinds of people, is the best. </p>

<p>Any suggestions would help the start of this search. </p>

<p>Thank you to everyone in advance!</p>

<p>I got this from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) website:</p>

<p>Search Criteria
Region: Northeast
Degree Level: Bachelor's
Minimum GPA: 2.5 - 3.0 </p>

<p>School State Degrees Offered Minimum GPA<br>
Philadelphia University Pennsylvania Bachelor's 3<br>
Temple University Pennsylvania Bachelor's 2.75<br>
University At Buffalo, SUNY New York Bachelor's & Master's 2.5</p>

<p>Search that site for this data? I'm in their advanced search but don't see the GPA option. Thank you for this great start, I am looking forward to additional info and responses! Temple would be terrific for him!</p>

<p>^^^^^It's one of the options under the "Degree" section.</p>

<p>Good Luck! By the way, one significant way to offset a low GPA would be an outstanding portfolio, at least for the design schools. I think that Temple does require a portfolio for architecture.</p>

<p>Helimom - it's not in the Northeast, but what about SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design)?
They have a wide, wide variety of architectural and industrial design-type majors, and academically your son is a fit.
The avg GPA of incoming freshman is 3.2, but 27% had below 3.0
Avg Sat is 1080, ACT is 22.
They have excellent name recognition within the industry. Plus, Savannah is just a cool city, and would be a great college experience for someone interested in architecture and/or design.</p>

<p>Savannah is a really interesting suggestion. Another one I'm adding to the list (only if Jet Blue or Southwest fly directly there!). You're right, awesome city.</p>

<p>Thank you - more please!!</p>

<p>Not sure about the airlines, but AmTrak does go to Savannah!</p>

<p>our dd was focused on arch/engineering, with a 3.7 wgpa (but from a tippy top HS) and great SATs (only 4 APs though) </p>

<p>We had Temple under consideration as her safety (she got in somewhere else before their app was due).</p>