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Pitt Engineering or Penn State Engineering

billy14billy14 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited March 2011 in University of Pittsburgh
I was wondering what people's opinions were about Pitt engineering vs. Penn State engineering. I almost made my mind up about going to Pitt, but I've been having second thoughts because I've heard good things about Penn State's Engineering program. Its also ranked higher (not that that means everything). Is Penn State's engineering program so much better than Pitt's that it should factor greatly into my decision, or are the two programs fairly comparable? I just don't want to go to Pitt and wonder why I didn't go to Penn State if it has such a great engineering program.

I would have to transfer in to the college of engineering from the college of science (I applied as a biology major) at psu if I decide on psu.
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Replies to: Pitt Engineering or Penn State Engineering

  • lkf725lkf725 Registered User Posts: 4,781 Senior Member
    I really can't say for sure, but I have several people in my family who have attended one or the other, or both. Some have completed graduate school and everyone is working in the field of their choice. Maybe you should inspect the specific departments of interest to understand if one is better than the other.
  • lowermorelandmomlowermorelandmom Registered User Posts: 266 Junior Member
    Penn State has a great engineering program. My s and I went to the engineering open house last year at Penn State. He was considering engineering at one time, but has switched to pharmacy. My feeling is Penn State for engineering, Pitt for biology. But it also depends what type of campus you are looking for, urban or suburban... Both are great schools.
  • PlayaX01PlayaX01 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    they're both really good programs...its just the pitt environment is different than that of penn state....and penn state has tons of kids while pitt doesnt have as much kids....also consider and know how easy or hard is it to change majors/schools at psu
  • lkf725lkf725 Registered User Posts: 4,781 Senior Member
    You might want to compare things such as class size, opportunities for undergraduate research and placement into co-ops, internships, jobs and grad school.

    I can't speak about Penn State, but just about all of Pitt students have either co-ops or summer internships, most do some undergrad research and everybody seems able to secure jobs or graduate positions. I'm thinking that both are pretty good engineering schools and the main differences are the size, the environment and perhaps the quality of the specific engineering departments. Visits and tours may clear things up for you. :)
  • JimmyC045JimmyC045 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Being in the city, the opportunities you will have at Pitt are endless. Plus, they're working on a $100 million dollar renovation of the engineering school. Construction right now is crazy, but it should be awesome! Forget rankings, unless you go to a top 10 or 15 school, it really doesn't matter where you're ranked.
  • surftb15surftb15 Registered User Posts: 270 Junior Member
    penn state sucks.
  • lilpele22lilpele22 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    that comment by surftb15 was such good advice. yeah.. I like his reasoning too.
  • helimomterhelimomter Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    billy, where did you end up choosing? My son is in the same boat right now.
  • golilbillgolilbill Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    So am I but I would start out at Penn State Behrend, not main. This is a very hard choice.
  • aglagesaglages Registered User Posts: 2,633 Senior Member
    billy14 hasn't posted since 10/21/2008.
    Seems as though he ended up at Pitt.
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pittsburgh/582691-changing-schools-after-acceptance.html
  • helimomterhelimomter Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Thanks, aglages.
    golilbill...good luck! My son is between PSU main, Pitt, and Drexel.
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