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OT College Admissions
« on: April 23, 2020, 01:40:31 PM »
My youngest got wait listed at Michigan. He wants to study engineering so that, being out of state, Y chromosome, and privileged whiteness pretty much hosed his chances.  His SAT score and grades, including numerous AP course As and college credit in Calculus 1 and 2 (both As) at an Ivy league school, made his application stronger than the average Michigan student.  He’s big on the Big Ten experience so we sent his deposit to Wisconsin.  I always thought Madison was a great college town, second only to Ann Arbor in the B1G.
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Re: OT College Admissions
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2020, 02:32:11 PM »
He could have been Asian and been worse off.

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2020, 02:44:36 PM »
Excellent choice. Couldn't go wrong either way. What kind of engineering?
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2020, 02:45:51 PM »
not civil
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2020, 02:46:37 PM »
Biological Systems would be fine too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2020, 02:48:13 PM »
Can't spell geek without EE

Can't spell lame without ME

That's all I've got.


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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2020, 02:54:44 PM »
you've got more than that
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2020, 02:55:21 PM »
Excellent choice. Couldn't go wrong either way. What kind of engineering?
I think he’s leaning to EE but that’s not set in stone.
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2020, 02:56:48 PM »
Isn't Purdue considered to be a top flight engineering school?

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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2020, 03:20:17 PM »
I have a similar socioeconomic background and got into Michigan, as well as Wisconsin and Penn State. I was at Michigan from 2006 to 2010, but selectivity has definitely continued to rise, and the Engineering school was already difficult to get into (I was in LS&A), even though my understanding is that enrollment has actually grown somewhat over the past decade while the population of college-aged students has fallen.

That said, Michigan actually seems to favor out-of-state students somewhat because they have to pay full tuition and aren't eligible for the need-based aid program that allows instate students to get free tuition from families making <$60K with some discount up to ~$150K (I forgot the exact numbers so I may be a little off on that).

Given that classes could be online this fall anyway, he could wait until Michigan makes a final decision and start college there or Wisconsin in January, instead....

Regardless, there's a lot of opportunities in electrical engineers throughout the electricity sector, especially, of course, and that's only going to increase with more renewables and energy storage systems, advanced energy management systems, along with electric vehicles. I do mostly analytical non-engineering work, though I did my graduate degree in Engineering Management and work with engineers.

Does he have any idea what he wants to do for his career? To be sure, I got into the clean energy space somewhat by accident, and didn't really know what I wanted to until I got into it.
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2020, 03:47:45 PM »
Isn't Purdue considered to be a top flight engineering school?
I'd say Purdue, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin are all considered in the top of the B1G. Not necessarily in that order.

Northwestern, PSU, and Minnesota are probably very close behind those three. All quite solid schools too. 

Note to Maryland and Rutgers folks--I'm not excluding you because you shouldn't be in the list; I've just never really looked at the engineering programs from either school. 

Regardless, there's a lot of opportunities in electrical engineers throughout the electricity sector, especially, of course, and that's only going to increase with more renewables and energy storage systems, advanced energy management systems, along with electric vehicles. I do mostly analytical non-engineering work, though I did my graduate degree in Engineering Management and work with engineers.

Does he have any idea what he wants to do for his career? To be sure, I got into the clean energy space somewhat by accident, and didn't really know what I wanted to until I got into it.
IMHO electrical is one of the top options these days, because there is SO much opportunity--particularly if you take a more computer engineering emphasis. Not even related to the electricity sector, but just in general everything is becoming much more electrically complex and computerized, and I don't see that trend changing. 

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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2020, 04:05:59 PM »



That said, Michigan actually seems to favor out-of-state students somewhat because they have to pay full tuition and aren't eligible for the need-based aid program that allows instate students to get free tuition from families making <$60K with some discount up to ~$150K (I forgot the exact numbers so I may be a little off on that).

I fully believe this helped me into Wisconsin. Not that I wasn't going to get in, but turning around the app in 2-3 weeks was a surprise. 

Anyway, Temp, if your child ends up in Madison, I'm happy he'll be able to dispel that better college town poppycock. We can always learn at any age. 

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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2020, 04:51:28 PM »
There is no Terrace with live music serving great beers and food in Ann Arbor.
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2020, 04:57:44 PM »
Electrical engineers are the smartest, best looking, most socially agreeable, and most humble, of all engineering disciplines.  It is known.

 

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