Engineing in US: Courses, SATs & Info for British Students

In summary, the student is a British student considering applying to IV league universities in America, specifically MIT, Stanford, and Princeton. They are interested in the types of courses offered at these universities, as they would normally study electronic and electrical engineering in England. They also have questions about the SATs and their difficulty for engineering students. The person responding provides advice on the specialization within electrical engineering and the difficulty of the program, as well as mentioning the requirements for top Ivy League schools. They also suggest considering public universities and other top engineering schools outside of the Ivy League. They also mention that MIT and Stanford are not part of the Ivy League and that Ivy League schools are not known for their engineering programs.
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:uhh: hey,

im a bristish student, and consider really seriously applying to IV league unis in america (MIT, Stanford, princeton) but please tell me what kind of courses they have, normally in england i would study electronic and electical engineering but i saw that you had so many different courses there, so please tell me about these...
also, i have not taken any SAT's and do not know much about them really, so can anyone tell me which ones you have to take to study engineering and when, and how hard are they?

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, but please this is urgent!
 
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well usually in electrical engineering, they make you specialize. micro electronics, telecommunications, etc. electrical engineering is too broad of a discipline to have every student taking the same courses, so you generally need to take a specialized "track" in EE.

a lot of people i know at my university, where the engineering department is highly regarded and it's not even an Ivy League, it is difficult. i can only imagine an Ivy League. a lot of my buddies spend 5-7 hours on a lab report, projects, etc. a lot of group work is stressed also.

btw, for the SAT, you will most likely need a 800 Math Score, and like a 98% percentile in Verbal and the new section Writing. along with great grades, good reccomendations and good extra cirricular to get into Harvard, MIT, schools like that

i got into Stony Brook Honors College and i also got into Columbia with a 1550 (i took the old version of the SAT) and a 91 average. obviously, Columbia is way too expensive

good luck man, also look at public universities like Stony Brook, Michigan, the UC colleges. its good to be ambitious, but it is also good to have strong choices that are tangible
 
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:uhh: hey,

im a bristish student, and consider really seriously applying to IV league unis in america (MIT, Stanford, princeton

I hate to break this news to you, but MIT and Stanford (2 out of 3 in your list) are NOT part of the Ivy League schools. And not only that, Ivy Leaguers in general are not known for their engineering programs [points to Harvard, Brown, etc.].

Zz.
 
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ZapperZ said:
I hate to break this news to you, but MIT and Stanford (2 out of 3 in your list) are NOT part of the Ivy League schools. And not only that, Ivy Leaguers in general are not known for their engineering programs [points to Harvard, Brown, etc.].

Zz.

yeah good point, they are more for Math, Physics, Law, Medicine

if you are looking for top notch, cream of the crop engineering schools:
Cal Tech
MIT
Fu Foundation at Columbia

but again, also look for good schools that fly under the radar. Do not bother going to NYU to do engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology does their engineering programs, so just apply to Stevens instead of NYU, for example. at Stevens they give good aid, they have good co-op programs and job placement. just using that as an example rather than a suggestion
 

1. What are the top engineering courses offered in the US?

The top engineering courses offered in the US include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer science engineering, and aerospace engineering.

2. How do I apply for engineering courses in the US as a British student?

As a British student, you can apply for engineering courses in the US through the Common Application or directly to the university. You will need to submit your high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores (such as the SAT or ACT).

3. What is the average SAT score required for engineering courses in the US?

The average SAT score required for engineering courses in the US varies depending on the university and program. However, a score of 1300 or above is generally considered competitive for engineering programs.

4. Are there any specific requirements for international students applying to engineering courses in the US?

Yes, international students may be required to provide additional documents such as proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores) and a statement of financial support. It is important to check with each university for their specific requirements.

5. Can I transfer credits from my engineering courses in the UK to the US?

It is possible to transfer credits from your engineering courses in the UK to the US, but it ultimately depends on the university's transfer policies. You will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi for evaluation. It is recommended to discuss credit transfer with your academic advisor before making any decisions.

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