UMich vs UT (electrical engineering) & other

<p>Hello,
I have been admitted to TAMU, UMich, UT Austin, Illinois IT, and I have applied to Georgia Tech, Cornell, Vanderbilt. All for Electrical Engineering except Cornell.
I also live in Texas.</p>

<p>The first question is, would UMIch or UT Austin be better and why?
And the second is, if I got accepted to any of the other schools, should I go there instead?
Thanks.</p>

<p>There is no reason to consider any of those other schools when you have been admitted to UT-Austin and would be paying in-state tuition. FYI, I'm an EE at Michigan.</p>

<p>I would take a look at TAMU seriously as well as UT Austin. Talk to students at both. From my experience UT Austin EE students generally have a very rough time as UT has set up some serious weeder courses.</p>

<p>UT, unless you get into Cornell.</p>

<p>I just graduated from UT EE this past December. I am obviously biased, but I don't think any of the other schools on the list can compete with in-state tuition and the visibility of UT EE grads at top companies (except maybe A&M grads at TI :-P).</p>

<p>The following appear to be highly ranked in EE:</p>

<p>Cornell
Georgia Tech
Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Texas (Austin)</p>

<p>Unless there is a specific subarea that you are likely to do that is particularly stronger at one over the others, the strongest consideration is likely to be net cost after financial aid / scholarships. If you are in-state in Texas, then it is likely that Texas (Austin) will be the top choice on that criterion unless one of the others is much more generous with financial aid / scholarships.</p>

<p>My parents are saying that money isn't an issue..
Since UT is instate and a lot of like.. kids who slack off and are able to be in top 8% at mediocre schools are able to get in, my parents don't like that.
They want me to choose where I want to go the most, and I feel like I want UT but I feel like I want Michigan too..</p>

<p>It would not be surprising if some relative "slackers" in Michigan, Georgia, etc. got into their large in-state state universities. You just may not see them as much as you see the ones in your home state. However, the common data set for Michigan (Ann Arbor) indicates somewhat higher SAT scores than for Texas (Austin).</p>

<p>Texas (Austin) may have one slight advantage when seeking a job after graduation, since it is local to a cluster of electronics and computer company offices in Austin. Michigan may be well known enough that companies are willing to travel there to recruit, but traveling to recruit is still less convenient for the companies than stopping by the career center at the university in town.</p>

<p>Lets add Cornell and Georgia Tech to UT and UMich</p>

<p>Cornell, UT and UMich are all top 10 engineering schools, however, Georgia Tech seems to be a top 5.</p>

<p>In Electrical engineering, all 4 schools seem to have good programs and at the about the same level.</p>

<p>However, when looking academically at the undergraduate overall university, it appears that Cornell has the edge on the other 3.</p>

<p>In terms of size, although they are all large, two of the universities seem to have a more manageable level of undergraduates.</p>

<p>total undergraduates
13,750 - Georgia Tech
13,935 - Cornell
27,027 - Univ. of Michigan
38,420 - Univ. of Texas</p>

<p>There also tends to be a significant difference in class sizes and student/faculty ratios</p>

<p>Student/Faculty Ratio
11:1 - Cornell
15:1 - Uof Michigan
17:1 - Texas
20:1 - Georgia Tech</p>

<p>Classes with fewer than 20 students
56% - Cornell
46% - Michigan
38% - GT
36% - Texas</p>

<p>If you decide to changes majors away from engineering, then Cornell, Texas and Michigan have enough opportunities in other high quality departments to give you plenty of choice. GT does not.</p>

<p>Overall, this is how USNWR ranks these Universities for Undergraduate
15. Cornell
29. Michigan
35. GT
45. Texas</p>

<p>Ok. This is the 21st century. When you go to a school you should be comparing it to other schools across the planet. Things are becoming more global, especially engineers. USNWS ranks these Universities in terms of WORLD university rankings (which is what counts).</p>

<p>World's</a> Best Universities; Top 400 Universities in the World | US News</p>

<p>As you can see, Michigan ranks at the top of the list better than Cornell, Berkeley, and Texas. Michigan is the 14th best University on the Planet. If money isn't an issue GO TO MICHIGAN!</p>

<p>I'm not sure why everyone here thinks UT is better than Michigan. I mean if money is an issue go to UT, but if it isn't why go there? UT isn't a top 10 engineering program in the US: Cornell, Michigan, Gtech, and Purdue(why didn't you apply here?) are.</p>

<p>When you look at the facts things become quite clear.</p>

<p>If you are looking to work in e-n-g-i-n-e-e-r-i-n-g, then there will not be much difference in going to Michigan over U-Texas. That is what the other postings are saying. To STRICTLY look at some magazine's rankings to make the decision would be short-sighted.</p>

<p>texas
Why? I got into cornell and goto umich. Parents might say money does not matter, but in honesty in many cases it does. Paying cheaper allows you more flexibility in many areas. Maybe you can get that nicer apartment nearer campus. If you do bad, u feel slightly less worse if your paying low tuition.<br>
I chose the cheaper option and i think it was the right decision. texas is a very good school should not stop you from doing anything unless you do bad.</p>

<p>I don't really think Michigan is a better choice than UT for engineering, they are basically the same. And the rankings in those magazines don't matter that much since to real people and real employers, graduates from either school (in engineering) are viewed as equivalent.</p>

<p>And I also agree: save money.
Maybe you'll want to double major. Maybe you'll want to go to grad-school. Or you can do a co-op or two and would find it easier to graduate in 5 years.</p>