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Old February 12th, 2015, 04:00 PM
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I hear Stanford has a good program.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 04:17 PM
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I have a MS in mechanical engineering from GT.

My take of their undergrad program is that it is very competitive with some classes designed to "thin the herd" (i.e., very difficult and designed to encourage a few to quit/transfer, etc). I imagine most top tier engineering schools would have something similar (especially larger public schools).

Someone mentioned that GT has few attractive women. This is well known and absolutely true. However, the campus is in the middle of Atlanta with numerous other colleges/universities in the area. I don't think there is a problem there. Atlanta can be a fun town.

Assuming he wants to stay in the US, I would absolutely go to an Ivy league school. Personally, Cornell would be my last choice among the Ivy league schools. I did 7 years in Connecticut - no way in hell I would move to f'ing Ithaca for 4 years.

As others said, an engineering degree from any school is valuable these days, especially if it comes from a top-tier/reputable school (Ivy, MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, GT, etc).

Ultimately, the answer is anywhere but Clemson.
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This is well know and absolutely true.
Spoken like a true engineer....
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Ultimately, the answer is anywhere but Clemson.
Hey now. I see that Gamecock avatar. I will concede that Clemson's engineering program has slipped compared to GT's. Now down to #31 (it was 14-16 back in my day), but overall, Clemson remains a top 20 public university today. Nothing to sneeze at: http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediare...ic-university/
And for the coeds, we have them in SPADES. It was hard to find time to study...
http://www.popcrunch.com/hottest-stu...on-university/
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Congrats on two great options. Having spent a great deal of time at Cornell (engineering under grad and post grad) I have no regrets and think it was a wonderful experience. Beautiful campus, good size student population (large than other ivys), and so many options academically, socially, and otherwise. Engineering is one of 7 colleges, so there are ample opportunities to pursue side interests/other disciplines. The engineering school is brutally competitive, so there could be some "I'm now only average" shock. I regularly had exams where the average grade was below 60 (becomes B-). Career services works with kids early and makes sure that they find great jobs. Most classmates had jobs lines up by November, and in all areas: Manufacturing, tech, consulting, finance, etc.

Ithaca can be brutally cold but also tremendously beautiful in the spring summer and fall.
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Your answer is Cornell. The rest of this is noise.

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Thanks fellas...he is changing over to Cornell, but has to go waitlist.

As an aside - he is off to serve our country in one way or another. He managed to get a Navy ROTC 4yr scholarship and had listed GT first, with Cornell second. They gave him GT. So now he is applying to be waitlisted to Cornell.

We are waiting to hear from the Naval Academy (April) and truly/dearly hopes he makes the cut for that instead.
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We are waiting to hear from the Naval Academy (April) and truly/dearly hopes he makes the cut for that instead.
Just saw this thread and wondered why USNA/USAFA('00) hadn't been mentioned! Interviewing high school seniors for senatorial nominations in December reminded me there are a whole bunch of great kids we don't often hear about in the news these days. Anyways... none of his options are bad- it's just a matter of where he'll thrive. Cheers Jay
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Yeah Jay he got a nomination, but as you well know it takes a while to receive the appointment, if you get it at all. Personally, I would love to see him go through the American college experience and enjoy things as much as possible before going off to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Academy life rather tough, but he did Summer Session and absolutely excels in a disciplined environment.
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If he is going to do ROTC anyway, a MechEng degree from the Academy is no small thing.

I am biased to UC and CSU schools, UC Berkeley is a more common undergrad degree in the military than you might think.
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Is he going to apply for the Naval Nuclear Power Program?
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Colorado School of Mines!! Is no one a grad from there on the forum?? Currently working on my masters here. Not the most fun college, its nerdy to say the least, but you'll come out with a dang good job. My good friend graduate last year from Cornell with an Masters in Structural Eng, he enjoyed it there and spoke well of it.
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Is he going to apply for the Naval Nuclear Power Program?
That was his thought a while ago...funny enough they were excited because most go to Nuke Subs. But Matt said he wanted surface...they seemed excited about that.
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He'll have his summer cruises to go on both platforms. I've been in submarines for 22 years if he has any questions.

I have a Junior Officer that works for me right now that I talked to this morning about this topic. He has both an undergrad degree and a masters from MIT. He's getting out of the Navy after 8 years. His career so far:

-5 years at MIT (5 year undergrad plus graduate program)
-Signed up for NUPOC at his 29 months from graduation point (Paid E-6 pay, all active duty privileges, no drill)
-Nuclear power school, Prototype, Submarine School, for approx. 18 months
-Stationed on an SSN out of Hawaii for 3 years
-2 years shore duty in Connecticut

Lots of operational experience while on the boat. Lots of DoD experience with contractors while on shore duty. He said that during his interview process during his transition to civilian life he would tell the interviewers about his Navy experience. Then they would say, "You have a degree from MIT?" This did not match my gut feel on whether or not where he got his degree from would matter if he would be coming out of the Naval Nuclear Power Program. Bottom line - get the best schooling available, and if he hasn't been rejected by a school yet, he's not applying to enough schools.
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Most of the engineers I know went to Oregon State University and they all make very good money. But getting rich shouldn't be anyone's motivation when choosing a college. It's a great school located in beautiful wine country. It's seriously paradise. He won't want to leave.

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Most of the engineers I know went to Oregon State University and they all make very good money. But getting rich shouldn't be anyone's motivation when choosing a college. It's a great school located in beautiful wine country. It's seriously paradise. He won't want to leave.
My dad works at OSU so I wouldn't mind if you spent some coin there either... Go Beavs!
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3rd Gen. Beaver myself! HP and CH2MHill in town as well. One of only a few full grant schools in the country with all three; Land, Sea, and Space! Did I mention we have our own nuclear reactor? Make friends with a nuclear engineer, and if you see them running... Try to keep up! ;-)
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3rd Gen. Beaver myself! HP and CH2MHill in town as well. One of only a few full grant schools with all three; Land, Sea, and Space! Did I mention we have our own nuclear reactor?
CH2MHill was a great company to work for while I was there. My aunt worked for them as well.
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