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Some good schools for Chem E

  1. Nov 4, 2004 #1
    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!
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  3. Nov 21, 2004 #2

    hey hey well.. i know u live in the US, but goin abroad is good for your experience as well as curriculum vitae, but i study at the Technical University in Delft in the Netherlands ..also Chem E :smile:

    it was just a suggestion

    but goodluck on finding a school
  4. Nov 21, 2004 #3
    Minnesota-Twin Cities, Wisconsin-Madison have great programs as well.
  5. Nov 21, 2004 #4
    US News 2005 rankings:

    Undergraduate engineering specialties:
    (At schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)

    1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
    2. Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities *
    3. University of California–Berkeley *
    4. Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison *
    5. University of Texas–Austin *
    6. Stanford University (CA)
    7. University of Delaware *
    U. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign *
    9. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor *
    10. California Institute of Technology
    11. Princeton University (NJ)
    12. Georgia Institute of Technology *
    13. Purdue Univ.–West Lafayette (IN)*
    14. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
    15. Cornell University (NY)
    16. Northwestern University (IL)
    17. Univ. of California–Santa Barbara *
    18. Texas A&M Univ.–College Station *
    19. Pennsylvania State U.–University Park *
    University of Pennsylvania
    21. North Carolina State U.–Raleigh *
    Ohio State University–Columbus *
    Rice University (TX)
    University of Florida *

    * denotes a public school.
  6. Nov 23, 2004 #5
    Any advice on a good fit for a master's program? I majored in CS in college (BS in 2001) and will only have two semesters of organic and two semesters of physical chemistry completed by Fall 2005, in addition to the full year of first year chem and 12 semesters of physics completed when I was a regular undergrad . Just got a 800 on quantitative section of the GRE if that counts for anything. I have a couple of state universities in mind but want to know if anyone else has some advice.
  7. Dec 23, 2004 #6
    Well, I was accepted to Rose-Hulman in Indiana. But, the school is EXTREMELY expensive, and seemingly in a remote area. Of course, it seems to be a very good school, at the top of the US News rankings for engineering schools w/o ph.d. Does anyone know how bad it would be out there in Terre Haute, IN? Is it worth it to move to the middle of nowhere freezing cold for a great undergrad program?

    I have also applied to Berkeley, UCSD, UCLA, GIT, and i'm also applying to UT Austin. I am open for suggestions of course. My GPA has gone up to 3.73. I have 76 credits, and by the end of next semester i'll have 86 credits. I am realizing that many schools consider this a bad thing if all credits are "transferrable". I don't know how to determine what is transferrable at Berkeley. Are lower level mathematics courses (Intermediate & college algebra for instance) transferrable? Thanks for all replies!

  8. Dec 23, 2004 #7


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    well expect to spend at least 3 years in a university to get your degree.

    you will start with some kind of an engineering intro class, materials and energy balances for chemical engineering, and that will be in fall. i'm not sure if you thought of public schools, maybe you should give them a shot.

    University at Buffalo in New York will most likely accept you. Total cost for one year is $14000 there - maybe you'll get financial aid, but thats a pretty good deal considering it includes everything (dorm, tuition, food, books, etc)

    If New York isnt for you- you can apply to Georgia Tech - another good school and its in the south so the climate shouldnt be a problem. But personally I'd recommend staying in Florida - you wont need to pay out of state tuition for public schools that way, and the money wont be an issue.
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