Which one of these schools would be best to attend and pursue a Degree in Engineering?

  • Baylor University -Bucknell University -Case Western Reserve University -Lehigh University -Norwich University -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -Seton Hall University -Temple University -Texas Lutheran University -Tufts University -University of Pennsylvania(Sort of a reach School) -Virginia Tech -Pennsylvania State University -University of Memphis

Please give me some feedback on which University you feel would be great to get an Engineering degree from, preferably Electrical/Computer Engineering based on the rankings of the program and the atmosphere of where the college is located. Thank you!, I appreciate all replies.

Were you accepted to all of these? What about cost? You have listed a huge range of universities with very different demographics.

This is a huge range of schools in every respect – size, location, reputation, competitiveness to get in etc. I would start off by getting your hands on some good college guide books (ex. Fiske, Insiders Guide, Princeton Review) and try to narrow down what you want in your college experiencing.

And I think some of the schools don’t have engineering ex. Seton Hall, TX Lutheran – they may have joint programs but that opens another can of worms such as what % of those who start in the join program actually finish it. My opinion is that if you want engineering go to a college that has engineering.

Any ABET acredited program is fine. Engineering is a flatter world than many outside it know. With ABET acreditation you take the same classes no matter where you go. There are elites like MIT and Caltech, but most schools fall into a broad middle group and employers view the grads as essentially equivalent. Engineering is not Wall Street where a pedigree works wonders. New hires from anywhere get the same starting salary. Hiring at many companies is dependent on convenience (eg. within a few hours drive from the employer).

To be honest more important than the name on the diploma is what the kid has done in college. Taking part in engineering projects in college where teams build something is a plus. Internships are a key; usually an auto job offer from the employer if the kid does ok since they know that kid better than someone off the street they interviewed for a few hours.

Hopefully you applied to these schools because you thought they’d be a fit, not because they were on some ranking list. So wait until you get accepted, then pick from those schools the one you like best.

I have been accepted to Temple University, Norwich University, Texas Lutheran University, University of Memphis, and Seton Hall University. I will hear back from the rest of the schools in March and April. The cost of the schools is no issue at all. Any Feedback is great Thank You!

Penn Engineering is challenging, but if you get accepted, I recommend strongly considering it. Average starting salaries for computer engineers from Penn are ~$94,000. Related Computer Science and NETS majors are over $100,000. http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/files/2016_Senior_Survey.pdf Classes are challenging and students have amazing opportunities.

D2 was interested in Lehigh, Tufts and Case Western for engineering. She is attending Lehigh. Lehigh has a strong engineering program. I think engineers are about 1/3 of undergrads. It is a sociable school like Penn, but slightly less competitive/rigorous. In fact, there are a ton of siblings like my two daughters where one is at Penn and the other is at Lehigh.

Unweighted GPA- 3.71 Weighted- 4.0 SAT- 1110 ACT-22(23superscored) <<<<<


Your stats are really relevant here, are these your stats as per another thread? You have been accepted for engineering, or accepted to the uni? I wonder if I am missing something?

@Sybylla yes those are my stats and the colleges I have been accepted to are all for engineering

@CliffShablom I think most would agree that getting admitted to Penn would be the best-case scenario out of this list of schools. Penn is a reach for everyone though (not sort of a each, more like a high reach, as are the rest of the ivies, Stanford, MIT, Caltech). It is significantly more selective than all the school on your list. It also is the strongest in overall undergraduate quality and specifically in engineering. Unless there are differences in financial aid, or some other extenuating circumstances, I do not see why one would turn down Penn for any of the other schools on the list.

Btw keep in mind that when looking for college, it is important to look at overall quality in addition to specific department quality, as opposed to grad school when specific department quality is the number one (and pretty much only) consideration.

Well, I for one do not agree.

At Ivies many of the engineering students have no intention of becoming actual engineers. Instead they use the math background as a springboard for a job on Wall Street (or, these days, at a hedge fund).

Nor is there any reason to believe the engineering education at Penn is any better than most other schools. The elite engineering schools are MIT and Caltech, maybe Stanford. Penn no doubt has a solid program, but there is no reason to believe its grads are preferred by non-financial employers.

@mikemac if you look at the career statistics for Penn you will see that a big number ends up in silicon valley working for the companies in engineering, data science, non-finance roles. Not every Penn engineer goes into wall street (many do though). Of course Penn and the other ivies are nowhere near Stanford, MIT when it comes to engineering. However this does not mean that is Stanford/MIT and then everyone else is the same below that. Does Penn have a stronger engineering program than the schools in the above list? Do its engineering alums have on average better career outcomes? I would say without a doubt yes. This is because Penn has more resources than the schools above, more top professors, stronger research output, it attracts higher quality students to begin with, and also has a stronger reputation with employers.

This is a very broad range of very different places - This is a wait and see situation then choose
Frankly that ACT/SAT score will likely keep you from getting into many of the listed schools unless there is some huge hook

OP, to get a better idea of fit, what math and sciences classes have you taken and what are your grades like in them?

Penn / RPI / Case in that order.

I do not see MIT or WashU in your list.