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Schools Help choosing a university in Arizona

  1. Jul 24, 2012 #1
    Hello everyone! I just signed up and spent the entire morning searching and reading threads on the forum.

    I've been doing research on universities in Arizona that offer degrees in Aerospace Engineering. I'm currently attending Yavapai college and have been for the past few semesters as it is convenient, affordable and the credits transfer easily to the other universities in AZ.

    I was all set to start at Embry Riddle in the fall to finish out my engineering degree but I am having a hard time coping with the cost of tuition. I know it is an excellent school but both ASU and U of A offer aerospace degrees at about $20k less per year. I am a first generation college student and am 27 years old so the cost is all on my shoulders.

    I'm wondering what influence the school you graduate from has on a future career. Does the school influence that much or is it primarily grades? I'd only be looking as far as a four year degree with the possibility of graduate school in the future. Also, does anyone have an opinion of the schools in AZ? I'm looking at Embry Riddle, ASU and U of A. Any input is much appreciated.
     
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  3. Jul 24, 2012 #2
    Has anyone heard anything about these schools' engineering programs in general?
     
  4. Jul 25, 2012 #3
    U of A is the best school in Arizona. It is truly world class.

    Arizona state is a well known, and respected school.

    Embry Riddel may be well known in particular niches I am not conversant in, but it is not generally considered a top-tier school.

    If you're planning to get a job straight out of undergrad, sadly your choice of school does matter. If nothing else, companies recruit more at the better school. It's not really fair, but it is reality.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2012 #4
    So of the three you would recommend U of A? I get conflicting opinions on their engineering school...
     
  6. Jul 25, 2012 #5
    One of the best engineers I know went to U of A (Mechanical). But Arizona State is also quite strong. You really can't go wrong.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2012 #6
    Go to whichever is most financially easy for you. ASU ranks higher than U of A in engineering (both undergraduate and graduate) according to US News, if that matters to you. You'll do fine at whichever school you attend.
     
  8. Jul 25, 2012 #7
    I am currently a student in The University Of Arizona studying chemical engineering. A friend of mine is studying Aerospace Engineering and it seems like he really enjoys studying it here. Raytheon is also in Tucson so they often come here during career fairs and recruit interns for the summer break. What I can tell you is that I really enjoy the UofA and I am very proud to say that I study engineering here. My brother also graduated from the UofA with an electrical engineering degree and he was very pleased with their program. Now he is working for an engineering design firm. Anyways, you can't go wrong with UofA. It is a big school with a lot of diversity, it has a better reputation than ASU and the women are hot.
     
  9. Jul 25, 2012 #8
    I am an ASU student; I would suggest that you go where the money is. ASU is cheaper than U of A, and the social and educational experience will be essentially the same at either.

    Tucson does have nicer hiking though, if you're into that sort of thing...
     
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