I am looking to get into Chem Engineering or Materials Science. I will be transferring as a Junior from Community College. I would like to know what schools have good programs with good hands-on training opportunities as well offering a good understanding of theory. I live in Florida currently, but it seems that no great schools are in my area and i'm looking more out of state (if i'm going to move from S. Fla, I might as well leave the state because there isn't much in N. Fla). I just applied to UC Berkely, UCLA, UCSD & UCI. I am considering applying to Rose-Hullman in Indiana, UIUC (If I have a chance w/o a good high school bkgrd), and USC. I did not do well in high school and dropped out, never took act, sat, etc, but I have over 60 community college credits, and have completed or will complete prior to transfer requirements for transferring into engineering (physics, math, chem, etc with all A's in the important stuff) with a 3.69gpa currently. What are good schools that I have a chance at transferring into? Also, my boyfriend works in IT and it is important that he be able to find a job nearby, so moving to podunk,usa might not work. Thanks for any help! Angela.