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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:52 AM
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Engineer grads?

Hey guys, being an Aussie I am forced to google for my research on behalf of my son. I can't help him too much. He wants to study Mechanical Engineering. And has settled on Cornell or Georgia Tech.

Any grads from there that could give a better perspective?
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Would be consider Brown University? If so, pm me
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My old roommate transferred to Georgia tech from the University of Connecticut for mechanical engineering. It was the best decision he ever made.
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Both are good schools but are polar opposites. Have him think about the environment where he would excel. Would he prefer being in a small college that draws from the north east in a small town that can be brutally cold with lake-effect snow? Or a large university that draws from the south east in a huge city that is hot and humid? At least there would be no connections when non-reving home from Ga Tech. ~$20k/yr cheaper too!
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Cornell is straight up Ivy and Georgia Tech is a public school with almost twice as many students.

To me it's a no brainer. If you have admission to Cornell, you'd better have a reallllllllllllly good reason (read: financial) to go to gatech.

Having gone to private schools myself, I would go Cornell, no questions asked.
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yeah I guess I should add - College is paid for at either of them
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Read on. GT is not on the list.
http://www.bestvalueschools.com/top-...on-investment/
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Thanks Lee. I have read this one. GT is #4 Cornell is #11

There are a gozzillion publications out there that rank the colleges...we have read them all. And it is very difficult.

I think Ed is hitting the nail on the head - class size, and student/teacher ratio is a big consideration factor.
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I was skimming and missed GIT, but it's actually #4. Good luck!

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Thanks Lee. I have read this one. GT is #4 Cornell is #11

There are a gozzillion publications out there that rank the colleges...we have read them all. And it is very difficult.

I think Ed is hitting the nail on the head - class size, and student/teacher ratio is a big consideration factor.
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I asked my dad about this (he's a retired engineer for one of the big DOD contractors, he's both an electrical and a chemical engineer). Here's what he said when it came to recruiting out of school:

1. MIT/CalTech: They always hit these places up first, they have the brightest kids and most creative.
2. The Ivy League: They'll always have bright kids. Rankings come and go, but they always have bright kids although not as technically prepared as the MIT/CalTech kids so more on the job training/exp is required
3. Everyone else: You'll always find gems at other schools so they're not totally disregarded, but they don't get as much weight when it's candidate decision time unless the candidate really stands out. They tend not to move up as quickly within the company for whatever reason. There's more senior folks from the first two categories than there are in the third.
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I work with a bunch of education overachievers and this subject comes up often and here is the gist.
Specialty schools like MIT, CalTech, etc are worth the money and automatically open up doors for their grads.
Ivy league undergrad degrees are overpriced pieces of sheepskin in most cases. Ivy league postgrad degrees are worth their weight in gold.
Degrees from other schools are as good as the graduate and their own abilities.

****Disclaimer - I'm a Arizona State University grad. Send your kid here and he will thank you for life.
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Cornell hands down. Fewer grads competing for jobs and a better brand name. Also easier to get high grades. (Not an engineer but most of my family is.)
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The few engineers I know who have recently graduated regardless of school, have all easily found employment in their chosen specialty area. The demand for them is massive.

Last fall I deposited my oldest at a college in Maine. Only going to Maine in Feb for the WR and told him I wont stop on my way back. Dad is embarrassing apparently.

Which one says this is your new home to him. What we as parents should do is give them that choice.

And watch with pride as they walk away to make their mark on the world.
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I know Exxon Mobil takes a lot of grads from LSU. I seem to recall that they even have a scholarship program.

But most often, it means when you graduate, you have to move to Houston which is not really a bad thing.

Geaux Tigers! Geaux SEC! Most prestigious college football conference in the nation.

I also have a friend who is being courted by Stanford with an all expense paid scholarship. I keep telling her she needs to just do it.
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Most of my staff are engineers, many from GT. We can't afford Cornell engineers.
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I got my degree in ME from Auburn. I have several friends working for NASA etc. Georgia Tech is definitely a great Engineering school, but, take a couple things into account:

1. There aren't very many beautiful girls at GA Tech
2. Which school would be better for him if he decides ME or Engineering in general isn't for him.

He will obviously do well with a degree from either school, but where will he be happiest? College is a great time in life.
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Cornell is straight up Ivy and Georgia Tech is a public school with almost twice as many students.

To me it's a no brainer. If you have admission to Cornell, you'd better have a reallllllllllllly good reason (read: financial) to go to gatech.

Having gone to private schools myself, I would go Cornell, no questions asked.
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Cornell it is not ALL THAT JAZZ in every discipline, so I would review the academics and the weight they will have on the field once graduated
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I'm an MIT guy. And teach there. And I hired about 50 engineering majors last year alone. Im hugely biased to MIT. I would say MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley #1. Cornell close 2nd. GT really different. Big school. Difficult to differentiate among grads.
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I'm an MIT guy. And teach there. And I hired about 50 engineering majors last year alone. Im hugely biased to MIT. I would say MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley #1. Cornell close 2nd. GT really different. Big school. Difficult to differentiate among grads.
Got my CE degree at MIT while working for the NRC. Also highly biased.
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