Engineering: Cooper Union, Webb Institute, Cornell

My friend was recently accepted to Cooper Union, Webb Institute, and Cornell (with some kind of research grant opportunity). He's going for engineering. What do you all think is the best way to go? He's interested much more in CU and Webb than Cornell, for financial reasons and that these two are much smaller (Webb only has around 85 students!). Any replies would be greatly appreciated.</p>

<p>Has he visited CU? i visited last summer, and it's not a regular college, don't know if he's aware of this. But there's no dorms, cafeterias, etc, etc, it's just 1 big building of classrooms in the middle of NYC. I'd say this is <em>definitely</em> not a good choice for most students, but if your friend is not bothered by this, CU has a great reputation in engineering!</p>

<p>CU and Webb are both the top of the top in terms of engineering. I agree CU is not a traditional experience, and Webb is one of the most intensive places out there. Basically you have classes until 3, and then massive, and I mean massive amounts of homework</p>

<p>bump (sorry, gotta help a friend in need)</p>

<p>i don't think this is much of a decision, cornell is so much better.</p>

<p>Webb offers exactly one major. Naval Architecture/Engineering. The entire student body (75 peeps) lives in a mansion on a waterfront estate in Glen Cove, Long Island. Great rep. Very unique experience.</p>

<p>I believe both Cooper and Webb are free, right? Whereas Cornell is around 40,000 total? So it really really depends on what your friend is looking for. If naval engineering is something he's looking for, then Webb is perfect. Cooper is, like mentioned, not a normal college.</p>

<p>I go to Cooper Union now. I visited Cornell and Cooper and was impressed so much more by Cooper than by Cornell. Cooper seems to be a much more hardcore school - there's at least one kid I know of who couldn't deal with Cooper and so went to Cornell. He reports it's much easier there.</p>

<p>To end one bit of misinformation, there is a dorm, which most of the freshmen live in. Sophomore year and later you can live in the dorms if you want, but most people get apartments, a lot of which end up near by. The majority of my friends live within a 15 minute walk of my apartment, and quite a few live within 5 minutes.</p>

<p>And you're in NYC. When I visited Cornell, I left on a bus from NYC and saw the sun rising over Manhattan. When I was getting near to Cornell I saw shacks with tin roofs.</p>