Which graduate school should I go to for Aerospace Engineering?

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Hello! I am having trouble deciding which graduate school to go to. I want to work for NASA and I would like to go to the best school possible. Does anyone know the main differences between Purdue and Georgia Tech. I am primarily interested in spacecraft design and space systems. Thanks! What would you recommend?
 

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NC State is a good choice...

http://www.mae.ncsu.edu/grad/overview.html [Broken]
 
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Both Purdue and GA Tech have very well known programs. You wouldn't go wrong with either. Honestly, any accredited school you go to is a good choice. People put too much emphasis on the name on the sign out front rather than where it needs to be, which is in your performance and course of studies taken.
 
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The answer might also depend on which section/location of NASA you want to work at. Often, different sectors or sites choose different 'feeder' schools based on their location or how many graduates already work there.
 
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Take a look at MIT, Cornell, UM (College Park), etc. But, before you even consider to work for Nasa, you have to realize that you have to focus on one, and only one particular engineering program. No matter what school you go to, put all the effort into your strengh and make it happen, but if you consider going to work for Nasa, i would say studying Dynamics as much as posssible. Good luck
 
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Don't forget University of Texas. Location, location, location.
 
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Don't forget University of Texas. Location, location, location.
Or Texas A&M, even closer to Johnson Space Center than UT.

Beware: Should you choose A&M, you will be the brunt of Aggie joke for the rest of your life.

Jus to rattle off a few more names: University of Colorado, University of Michigan, and MIT (perennially the top-ranked aerospace school).

I work for a tiny aerospace company specializing in guidance, navigation, and control. The majority of our employees are from UT, A&M, Colorado, Michigan, and Cornell.
 
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Thank you all soo much for your help, I really appreciate it!
 

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