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UIUC vs San Diego Engineering School

  1. Mar 8, 2008 #1
    How would you rate the engineering graduate school of UIUC and UC San Diego?
    Do you think they are in the same tier in the US?
    I am not a resident in the US so I am not really sure how these two schools are like.
    Can someone give some comments?
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2008
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  3. Mar 8, 2008 #2
    I would rate UIUC higher overall. What field of engineering are you in?
  4. Mar 8, 2008 #3
    There's no question that UIUC is a top-ranked engineering school, but, as Manchot notes, check the specific department. Look for well-known (in their field) professors, research activities, and peer ranking (if you can find that).
  5. Mar 9, 2008 #4
    I am in mechanical engineering.
    UIUC shall be higher-ranked one, but do you think there is a huge gap between UIUC and UCSD?
    I mean are they classified as the same tier?
  6. Mar 9, 2008 #5
    They're both good schools. UIUC is in the top 20 in almost any rating and that might make a difference if you want to get a PhD and have an academic career. If you want to be a practicing engineer, any of the top 100 or so schools is fine. UCSD is certainly in that category and apparently has a wonderful physical setting (engineering students are permitted some social time).
  7. Mar 9, 2008 #6
    i would hope to go to the academic field. Would UCSD and UIUC make a BIG difference? or just a mild one?
  8. Mar 10, 2008 #7
    You're gonna have to look at the specific program at UCSD to see who's on the faculty, what kinds of research they do, their post-doc success, etc. But, if you like University of California, why just San Diego?
  9. Mar 10, 2008 #8
    I have received offer from these two universities, so I am considering which to go.
    The fact is that I like the research of a professor in UCSD...
    How can I check the post-doc success for particular grad school?
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