My son is applying to UofM for MechE for admission Fall 2022. We toured the campus, but did not get a tour of the engineering buildings on the North Campus due to COVID. I have a few questions about what everyday life is like for an engineering student at UofM:
- Is it a logistical nightmare bouncing between the main campus and the North campus to take classes, or is it not a big deal?
- Are there good research opportunities for undergraduate engineering students?
- Is it a collaborative or competitive academic environment?
- Are the professors interested in their undergraduate classes, or would they rather be doing research?
- Are there good coop opportunities?
UofM is a slight reach for my son, but so far, it is not his first choice. He was not enamored with the campus, and the prospect of traveling between the main and North campuses was a concern. Also, as a large state school, he will be in large intro classes and there likely not be as much attention from professors as at smaller schools to which he is applying (RHIT, CWRU, and CMU). On first blush, UofM would be a great choice - it is 1.5 hours from us, their undergrad MechE program is ranked #6, and we would pay in-state tuition. Fit, however, will drive his decision (assuming he is accepted).
Any guidance from current students or recent grads would be appreciated.