Pratt vs. Trinity

<p>I really have no idea what I want to do in life. I know I am science/math oriented, but I'm torn 50-50 between a career in science (research, professorial, etc.) and a career in engineering ($$). Which should I apply to, Pratt or Trinity? More importantly, is it easy to transfer once you're in and decide to change your mind, or are you stuck in the same college?</p>

<p>bump! What is each school good for?</p>

<p>Saw your stats in another thread, you seem ideal for Pratt. I've heard its pretty easy to transfer from Pratt to Trinity because lots of people find out they don't want to deal with the heavy science load. I'm not sure how easy it is for Trinity to Pratt, anyone know?</p>

<p>I read an article about it online. It's apparently really hard from Trinity to Pratt.</p>

<p>It is a lot more difficult. Pratt is obviously more number-based than Trinity. My lab partner is in trinity and trying to do it and she was just so stressed because she had to take the engineering class with all the Pratt kids and get a pretty good grade to have a decent shot. I hear it's much tougher, so if you have the numbers I'd go for Pratt.</p>

<p>I wouldn't say it is tremendously hard to transfer from Trinity to Pratt - we (I teach in Pratt) are mainly looking to make sure you have demonstrated the ability to do well in Math and Science courses. Getting a D in Calc II, for example, would probably not predict great success in Engineering. On the other hand, B's and above in those courses, an overall good GPA, and a good reason for wanting to come into the light...erm...become an engineer would about do it.</p>

<p>I had the same debate. I ended up applying to Trinity because I'm not certain that I want to go into engineering and I enjoy learning about other things too. I talked to an admissions officer about it and he told me that last year they had something like 20 switch from pratt to trinity and 8 switch from trinity to pratt (that is just from memory so don't count on those numbers, it was about like that). He told me that at Duke in Trinity they have an engineering survey course that i could take to see if it was something i really wanted to do, and with the right classes (math and sciences which i want to do anyways) and AP credits (which i already have for calc and chem and will hopefully for physics and bio by next year) it would be easier to switch than if you have focused on something else. It is easier to switch out of Pratt than Trinity, I thought though, since I wasn't sure, I should stick with Trinity.</p>

<p>I have had the same concerns, however I decided to apply for Engineering. My reasoning is this: if after undergraduate studies you decide to pursure pure research as a Grad, most likely you will be prepared well enough with Math and Science courses, yet the opposite does not work -- if you decide youd rather go into Engineering it would be harder to get into Engineering school as a graduate.</p>