Engineering at a Liberal Arts School...

<p>I am going to be attending Allegheny College in the fall to major in Computer Engineering...the only problem I have with this is the fact that it is a liberal arts school and not a big science/engineering-oriented school...Is it bad that I am going to a liberal arts school for engineering???? My mom keeps reminding me that Bucknell is also liberal arts but it's engineering program is top rated which is I don't know. I just really did not want to go to this school but the way my college and financial decisions panned just ended up that I had to go here. Mainly was my parents choice, and if I did not go there then getting any help in the summer trying to get ready for college, I was going to get none from them unless I went to Allegheny. It sucks...I want to transfer after freshman year badly but I don't even know where I would go nor do I know of anywhere that accepts a lot of transfers because most good colleges don't.</p>

<p>Harvey Mudd = Engineering LAC</p>

<p>Allegheny is actually a good small college; not a big name but comparable in selectivity to many large public universities, like Penn State for example. And they appear to be more serious about computer science than most liberal arts colleges. They have majors in Computer Science, Applied Computing/Software Development, and Applied Computing/Management and Entrepreneurship; there is also an active ACM chapter. The faculty may be small, but they will work harder at undergraduate teaching than the faculty at a big research university. I'd definitely give Allegheny a chance.</p>

<p>Now if you really want to do "Computer Engineering", as opposed to "Computer Science", Allegheny may not be ideal, because Allegheny (like most LACs) doesn't have an engineering program. However, Allegheny offers 3/2</a> engineering programs with several highly-regarded engineering schools: Columbia, Duke, Case Western, Pitt, and WUSTL. If you do well in your first three years at Allegheny, you can transfer to one of these schools for two more years. After five years, you would get two bachelor's degrees: a liberal arts degree from Allegheny plus an engineering degree from the engineering school.</p>

<p>Does anyone have a link to Duke's 3/2 program (from the duke website)?</p>

<p>One thing about 3/2 programs - after 3 years, will you really want to leave your school + all your friends, especially just one year before graduation? if you think you will, then it may be a good idea, but if you feel that you won't be able to...</p>

<p>naah .. im prepared to sacrifice that for my future.
Btw, could anyone tell me how Trinity College (conn.) is for engineering. I really like the school but its egineering is so low ranked. Is it really tht bad?</p>

<p>Trinity is a small liberal arts college, one of the few that offers a legitimate engineering BS. The engineering program is probably very small, and it probably rates very low in terms of research impact. On the other hand, it may rate very high in terms of undergraduate teaching quality, with personal attention from the faculty and no grad student TAs.</p>

<p>Trinity seems to have a 4/1 BS/MS dual-degree program with RPI, which apparently has a graduate program right there in Hartford. Sounds like that might beat the usual 3/2 dual-bachelor's programs that most LACs have.</p>