More practical decision?

<p>I'm currently a junior in high school and I'm seeking a major in civil engineering. I live in indiana, so I live relatively close to purdue university, my school of preference. With my current gpa and class rank, which are good, but not excellent, I have accepted the fact that I will not be admitted directly into their semi-prestigious school of engineering. Rather, I'm more than likely going to be admitted into their general first year engineering course, where I can specialize in a specific branch the following year accordingly depending on my academic achievements. Finally, my question is whether I should follow that logic, or should i attend a much smaller school that I can easily be admitted to for civil engineering concentration specifically, with all credits transferable to purdue university after receiving an associates degree at the smaller school, Vicennes University?</p>

<p>Go to Purdue. You might find that you like another branch of engineering better anyway.</p>

<p>@ricegal: I appreciate your consideration. I've thought of it from that perspective and I'm still continuously debatable.</p>

<p>I'd leave my options open and opt for an university with more flexible major choices. The difference in colleges isn't as big as many think and I wouldn't let college choice dictate my career.</p>

<p>Purdue sounds really restrictive in the majors you will be permitted to choose and, while you may find civil engineering isn't for you, there's no guarantee you will be able to chose your new first choice either.</p>

<p>@sentimentGX4: Thank you for your consideration. I understand your concept entirely. I may be looking at my options parochially, but I have narrowed it down to both engineering and attending a college in-state. Ergo, my options are limited and I'm trying to make the best out of them. Furthermore, I still have an entire year to decide what course of action I'll take for the foundation of my career.</p>