What to Look for in an Engineering College
A solid, top engineering college emphasizes good teaching, is known for its accomplished faculty members and often conducts important engineering research.
Choosing a school will be one of the most difficult decisions of your academic career. You'll need to consider what type of degree you'll need in order to accomplish your engineering career goals, as well as whether or not the institution you're considering meets your personal needs.
In the end, your choice may boil down to the school's tuition, location and reputation.
Some factors to consider are:
- ABET- accredited: Does the school meet the minimum education standards set by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology?
- School curriculum: Does the focus and philosophy of the program match your interests? Are the clinical facilities up-to-date? Does the school offer dual-degree programs with other majors?
- Internships and co-op programs: Does the school offer programs that will give you industry experience? Does the school offer foreign study programs that will give you an edge in the job market?
- Location: Are you willing to move out of state? Do you prefer an urban environment?
- Size: What is the student-to-instructor ratio? How diverse is the student population?
- Tuition: Will money factor into your decision? Will you qualify for in-state tuition at a state school?
Another huge benefit of school? The connections you'll make, and the job placement services that a good engineering college can provide. Many companies searching for future engineers go directly to engineering colleges to find qualified candidates.