Michigan vs Georgia Tech for BME

<p>I’m deciding between Michigan and Georgia Tech for BME. </p>

<p>I’m OOS for both schools, so money is really not a factor and both schools are about the same distance away. I liked the campus of both schools so I’m primarily interested in which one might have a better program, the USNWR ranking are very close. Right now not certain if I would like to go on to research or go to medical school.</p>

<p>Posted also in the Tech threads</p>


<p>They are very close in quality. Most people would prefer Michigan to GT because it is a more balanced university. In Engineering, those two universities are highly regarded, but not in other academic disciplines. Michigan also provides a more traditional college experience. If you are male, GT’s 2:1 male to female ratio alone should seal the deal…for Michigan!</p>

<p>If all else is equal, I suppose I would choose Georgia Tech since it has the stronger BME program. I say this because it doesn’t sound like you have a preference between the campus environments.</p>

<p>Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott, Bruce Dalyrmple, Dwayne Farrell and Starbury aren’t walking through that door.</p>

<p>Geez, how did I forget John Salley for you Pistons fans :)</p>

<p>goldenboy, Michigan’s BME department is ranked #6 in the US. I doubt GT (#2 ) is any better, particularly at the undergraduate level.</p>

<p>It appears that Michigan’s program is also on an upward trend. From 10th last year to
6th this year.</p>

<p>Georgia Tech is a one trick pony. 57% of its students are engineers (71% in STEM). Personally, I don’t like going to a college where everyone around is just like me.</p>

<p>In this case, since the OP has indicated that cost is not a concern, I would go for overall quality of life and college experience. I think Michigan offers a great deal more. Academically, GT and Michigan are peers in Engineering, while Michigan has the edge overall. I would recommend considering other criteria, such as campus life, surrounding community etc…</p>


So MIT and CalTech wouldn’t be your cup of tea eh? ;)</p>

<p>goldenboy, how is MIT a one trick pony? On top of being #1 in Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Physics, MIT is also #1 in Econ, #2 in Business and #8 in Political Science, #7 Philosophy, #9 Psychology and #6 Linguistics. MIT also has an endowment of $10 billion. Georgia Tech does not come close in any of those fields except for Engineering.</p>

<p>Like MIT, CMU also has considerable depth, including top departments of Business, Economics, Music, Architecture and Drama. However, CMU is not nearly as versatile as MIT.</p>

<p>I know a one trick pony in engineering…</p>


<p>^ Haha! Good one, RJK. :)</p>

<p>ZOMG!! BME!!!</p>

<p>But, I believe Goldenboy’s point was the larger population of students in STEM. Isn’t that true for MIT and Caltech?</p>


Alexandre, I am not referring to graduate academic strength but rather the choice of majors among undergraduates. There will be a very small critical mass of MIT undergraduates that will major in Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, or Linguistics compared to the STEM fields. Obviously individuals like GoBlue81 will detest this aspect of MIT but others who are math/science nerds want to attend an institution that surrounds them entirely with that sort of student. In this sense, MIT is a “one trick pony”.</p>

<p>Also, it doesn’t matter if Georgia Tech is renowned in the Liberal Arts or not if the OP’s primary focus is Engineering which it is. I suggest the OP visit both of these campuses to see which one he prefers.</p>

<p>Also rjk, Duke’s Pratt School is top 20 in Environmental Engineering and is top 30 in almost every other field it offers. Its probably the 2nd best Engineering school in the South tied with Virginia Tech after Georgia Tech with regards to faculty quality. Its class sizes are far smaller then VaTech or GaTech though and its students are much, much stronger on average (almost on par with MIT). Recruiters from traditional engineering firms, management consultancies, and investment banks flock to the school in hordes. I’m guessing it will be a top 10 Engineering school in a couple of decades with the resources that Duke has financially.</p>

<p>Anyhow, this topic is GaTech vs. U of M so lets stay on topic.</p>

<p>“Also rjk, Duke’s Pratt School is top 20 in Environmental Engineering and is top 30 in almost every other field it offers.”</p>

<p>How unimpressive for a supposedly top ten school. Well, at least Duke finally has something in common with Harvard.</p>

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<p>Michigan: 26
Georgia Tech: 25
Harvard: 19
Virginia Tech: 11</p>

<p>Duke: 5</p>

<p>Let us not drag Duke into this discussion. The OP’s choices are GT and Michigan. In Engineering, they are peers, but in most other ways, Michigan is a better option. Unless cost is a concern, Michigan over GT generally makes better sense. Michigan is more well rounded, has a more pleasant campus environment, has a stronger overall reputation, has a balanced male to female ratio etc…</p>

<p>If you have absolutely no preference between the two universities socially/campus-wise, I would go with Georgia because it is ranked slightly higher. However, I would visit both and see which you prefer.</p>

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<p>Michigan: 26
Georgia Tech: 25
Harvard: 19
Virginia Tech: 11</p>

<p>Duke: 5"</p>

<p>Oops. I guess I gave Duke too much credit.</p>

<p>“If you have absolutely no preference between the two universities socially/campus-wise, I would go with Georgia because it is ranked slightly higher.”</p>

<p>It is hard to believe that anyone would attend college without taking social or campus factors into account. The OP should go with fit period. The differences in academic quality are minimal.</p>