View Full Version : Looking for recommendations of colleges to apply to

08-28-2017, 03:20 PM
Nicholas doesn't know where he wants to go. He wants to study electrical engineering and he visited MIT this summer and loved it. But it's not cheap. I know there is NO cheap college, but I'm looking for not in the stratosphere. :D

Anyone have recommendations for other places for him to apply? A local friend recommended Baylor as his son has this degree from that school and it doing well at Texas Instruments. That's $10k less, but still high. Maybe I am too cheap?

Joy in Alabama
08-28-2017, 04:02 PM
Auburn University in Alabama has a great engineering school, I understand. My best friend's whole family went there and her son is now making an engineer.

Kelly K
08-28-2017, 05:27 PM
With two in college right now, I can honestly say that the close state university is sufficient. Mine are getting a good education, at an affordable rate, and they live at home. Our local secular school has a vibrant Christian ministry on campus. Even though I would have wished to send them to a Christian school, they are still plugged in to a good community and it seems to be going well. Is there a state school close by where you live? Look there.

Hollie in SC
08-28-2017, 06:33 PM
Clemson is very good. ;) Georgia Tech, Auburn


08-30-2017, 08:48 AM
Thank you! I will be looking at these and discussing with him!

Kelly, have no issue with state schools. We have one 20 minutes away, but that is not one I want my kids to go to! It's not bad, but it's not great, the campus environment is not ideal and it definitely isn't science oriented. We do have a state school that is science-oriented, but my kids all want to go out of state. As much as I love Maine, they realize the job market is not strong here. So while the hometown crowd would appreciate our state schools, not sure they would be as competitive in other markets.

Hollie, do you know how often i have googled that and not come up with that site! I found other sites, but that list is different. Going off to check them all!

Heather W
08-30-2017, 11:38 AM
Engineering schools off the top of my head: (my husband is a third generation engineer working on the fourth :lol:)

Cornell ;) - my husband is a graduate school alum and an engineering administrator
Virginia Tech- my husband is an alum and that's awfully close to Liberty!
UMBC- my alma mater, a heavily science oriented school in the University of Maryland system
Purdue- competitive engineering school and our son is headed there next fall (I have first hand knowledge of out of state tuition and packages)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)- lots of kids we know go here
Georgia Tech - we have a nephew who goes here
University of Maryland- my sil is an engineering alum

I can think of more, but they are big ticket schools like University of Michigan, University of Rochester, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, etc. Ok, Cornell is on the list, but they do give competitive financial packages.

I would also suggest using the Common App to find your schools. You can open an account and list your interests and they'll make suggestions. What's nice about that is once you choose schools you are interested in, it will populate your student's account with all the requirements for applying to that school. You don't have to apply to all the ones you choose initially. Then when it's time to apply, your information is only entered once for all the schools- plus whatever else extra the school might ask for and the essays are individualized.

08-30-2017, 07:21 PM
Grove City College in Grove City, PA. Great value, excellent school and a top notch Engineering program. Forbes rated it as one of their top schools for Engineering.

Just an fyi, that link Hollie provided, while a good place to start doesn't show a complete picture. For example, Grove City doesn't take Federal funding, so it's excluded from any of the "best rankings" lists. (it's also why they are able to keep their costs lower than other private schools) I'm really not sure how Forbes ranked it, but they did. :lol: Just keep that in mind and don't discount a school just because it's not on the list.

My nephew graduated w/ his degree in ME last spring from GCC. He's employed back here in AZ w/ the company he interned with last Summer (between Jr and Sr years) Emily started in EE last year there, but switched to Computer Programming at the end of freshman year. She loved the program and the teachers, she just liked coding more. :)

09-04-2017, 03:47 PM
Missouri S&T is excellent for engineering. It's the only school in the country, I believe, where you can get a PhD in Explosives Engineering. It's chosen over many private schools here for engineering -- over Wash U, SLU, etc. It's where the smart STEM kids like to go.

Leslie Nelsen
09-19-2017, 09:37 PM
Another vote for Clemson :D (Like Hollie, I'm a grad)

Virginia Tech
NC State - My son attended here and there is a huge and vibrant Christian community on campus. (And its close to me if you want to come visit!)