Liberal Arts Engineering

<p>I've been trying to find schools that appeal to me more. Although I am highly interested in an engineering career (chemical in particular), I am drawn to LACs. This leaves me in quite the dillema because these schools often do not have engineering programs, let alone strong ones. Does anyone have an sugestions of schools?</p>

<p>Well, you could look into 3+2 programs. I was for awhile. They basically give you a degree from an LAC, but then a degree from an engineering school (this depends on the program). See if there are any by you.</p>

<p>the university of miami is a great school that has more than just engineering. they are very strong in all of their programs, from political science to engineering. They aren't going to be the top engineering school, but it is easy to switch out of engineering into a variety of other majors instead of being stuck in a math/science related field. I had three engineer friends who decided it wasn't for them. One switched to philosophy/math, one to computer science, and one to spanish. Hope that helps.</p>

<p>i think brown is a perfect choice! engineering concentration in liberal arts atmosphere :)</p>

<p>"the university of miami is a great school"</p>

<p>lol seriously? Thug U?</p>

<p>Take a look at Washington University in St. Louis. They have a very highly rated engineering program and only about 6000 students. Average ACT score is 31-34.</p>

<p>Washington</a> University in St. Louis</p>

<p>Check out Rice. Similar feel to Wash U.</p>

<p>Harvey Mudd is technically a LAC, but it's VERY techy. It's next to the rest of the Claremont Colleges, though, which are basically the quintessential models of liberal arts colleges, and there's a lot of cross-registration for courses between the colleges. Might be worth a look, but you might not like the feel of Mudd.</p>

<p>What about LACs draw you to them? Is it size or academic approach?</p>

<p>Don't know how strong a student your are, but some high-quality possibilities you might want to check out are Dartmouth, Lafayette, Bucknell, U of Rochester, Villanova. These are colleges and small universities that have as much or more similarity to LACs as they do to large universities but are still more comprehensive (obviously) than the typical LAC. For a more technically-dominated school that nonetheless has some LAC aspects to it (small size, plus a commitment to non-technical programs and activities) look at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).</p>

<p>I like both the small size and academic approach. I've looked into Dartmouth and Bucknell, but I realized I'm not looking for a rural atmosphere. I did like the suburban atmosphere of Villanova and Swarthmore, while there also was access to a major city.</p>

<p>Although probably not too helpful, I have a 4.0
(school doesn't weight) and 33 ACT with musicly and environmetally focused extra curriculars. SAT scores weren't too impressive (2050), but I'm going to give them one more shot in the fall.</p>

<p>Does anyone have any experience with the 3-2 engineering programs at some of the LACs?</p>

<p>Brown University has a strong program in engineering. It has a very LAC-feel, and is located in the small city of Providence, RI.</p>

<p>As aibarr said, Rice was the first school that popped into my mind. Wash U was the second one. Perhaps somewhere like Columbia would be something to look into as well.</p>