A Good Problem to Have...

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  1. freeper

    freeper Well-Known Member
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    Fellas, I really could use some opinions here. My son is about to graduate from high school. He is highly intelligent and has been accepted at Penn, Notre Dame, Rice and Georgia Tech. He hopes to become an aerospace engineer one day. We just completed a college tour which pretty much eliminated Penn. It may be Ivy League but the facilities and campus left a lot to be desired. Just waaay too urban for a boy from Nevada.

    In any event, I'm looking for thoughts and opinions on the remaining schools, Georgia Tech, Rice and Notre Dame. Finances are always a consideration and my boy really hates the thought of taking on debt but he also understands that there is a "return on investment" for a marketable degree from a school with a reputation as an elite university.

    Final consideration is that he has a full academic scholarship here at Nevada, and while it is a good engineering school, their specialty is mining, not aerospace. I've been around this board for years and I know that there are a lot of really intelligent folks around here with some great insights on college so I'm hoping to gain some new perspective as we face decision time later this month. Thanks in advance...
     
  2. thedawg27

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    Congrats to your son. I too am just about to graduate high school. Not sure where he should go for aerospace, but I would think Rice would be a good option since NASA is right there. The unfortunate part is that he would probably take on debt at any three of those schools
     
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    cwillfromdatx Well-Known Member
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    Nevada is not a bad school to go to AND it's home. Rice is a great school to attend but it's in the heart of Houston (which is not a bad problem, well to me). Choose wisely as this is a hard decision to make but I you guys are crossing your T's and dotting your I's.
    Personally, I would choose Reno. County life but a small city setting (slow environment).
     
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  4. FlourBluffHorn

    FlourBluffHorn Well-Known Member
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    Rice, not everyone can go to Rice plus all the connections with NASA and other Giants, only smart peeps go to Rice

    Good luck to your son!


    Old Texas cheer for Rice game

    What comes out of a Chinaman ass Rice, Rice!.. lol


    Hook'em
     
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    Georgia Tech or Rice. Rice is probably the only place I would leave my current institution a for.
     
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    cwill...yeah, Nevada is not a bad place to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. Our problem is that Nevada wasn't even a consideration 4 months ago. Even though he had a lot of scholarship money to attend there, he really felt like he wanted to go out of state. Then he got rejected by Stanford, (so did the other 14 students in his class who applied there, even two legacies) and it seemed like he started to get a lot of peer pressure to stay home. Now he has a couple of friends who are going to remain in state, they are very bright and like him, have full rides to Nevada, but they are looking at medicine not engineering. He also has the xbox and pizza friends who are trying to keep him home and those are the one's he is talking about rooming with.

    Long story short, we are juggling with a lot of considerations and I welcome all input and perspectives. One nice thing about Georgia Tech and Rice, they are both in the heart of Atlanta and Houston respectively, but you would never know it while on campus. Both schools have done a great job of making you feel far removed from the big city. Penn did not do that at all. Little to no green spaces and just waaaay too crowded on the pathways. Students at both Rice and Georgia Tech seemed really approachable and friendly.
     
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    Penn..... I get it..... Philly is a bit of a sh!thole.

    Ivy is Ivy. Rice does work with NASA on several project, more than the others, but it is right downtown-- georgia tech is as urban as it gets.

    Notre Dame is arguably the most beautiful campus in America. It just is. People hate on the Irish, but you can't hate on their campus. There's just no comparison. It is a true college town with all four seasons.

    Rice is elite, hot as hell in the summer, traffic sucks balls, rent off campus is astronomical, but damn-- there's tons to do-- great food everywhere, hotties all over the area---

    Rice vs Notre Dame would be my pick. Honestly, you can't go wrong...... except for the poon options. I've never met a hot chick with a ND degree.

    (I know you think that is irrelevant but it isn't. Most ppl meet their wife in college and you don't want your grandkids to be ugly as fvck, do you?)
     
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    Not a bad choice of field for aerospace engineering I can actually give some info on this subject. I to was going into aerospace engineering and The University of Texas has a great engineering school and highly ranked. I decided to stay on the mechanical side of things since I don't think like an engineer. There are many stories of the mechanics and engineers butting heads, but I will not get into that. I still got my bachelor's in aviation but in aviation management with a mechanical emphasis.

    When I was in mechanic school there was a very intelligent guy that had just graduated from UT aerospace engineering school and he decided why not get his airplane mechanic license. So if you break it down he knew how to design an airplane and also get his hands dirty and fix them and work on them as well. Smart decision on his end because many doors have opened for him and while he was in school with me he decided to get his elements for avionics as well. So he could wire, design, and repair or install parts on a whole airplane. He is also not limited on just airplanes either there is much more he could with all that education.

    Georgia Tech is a highly ranked school higher then Texas and Rice. Texas is also higher ranked then Rice in aerospace. If it was me I would choose Georgia Tech being a highly ranked school and the name says it all Georgia Tech. Quick info Georgia is a great state for aerospace if you don't believe me read for yourself.

    http://www.georgia.org/industries/aerospace/
     
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    Sounds like a great problem to have Freeper! Good luck to your son!
     
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    Rice is most definitely NOT "right downtown". You make some good points re: weather, cost of living, etc., but it's a beautiful campus, typical for private residential university
     
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    Understandable. Not everyone wants to sleep with a gun under their pillow for four years.

    I'd vote for GT or Rice. He can always visit the "pizza and xbox friends" during the holidays if he wants.

    Congrats to you and your son!
     
  12. clob94

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    No, you're right it's not "right down town". But that area is as packed as any in houston. West university, main, rice village, the medical center..... its all a cluster fvck.
     
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    Take a look at Embry Riddle as well if he is certain that Aero Eng is what he wants to do. They have a campus in Daytona Beach Fl & Prescott AZ.
    Not exactly the prestige of an Ivy but pretty highly reguarded within the industry. Like Robococks, I started down the Eng path and decided to get my A&P.
     
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    Send him the Naval Academy, they love engineers,allthat workings on Subs, got a friend son and he does Engineering at Conn Sub Base all these new high tech ships and it's a walk into the Private Zone after the Navy and the Gov pays for it


    Hook'em
     
  15. freeper

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    Bluff, I tried for years to convince him that the Naval Academy was the way to go. He just didn't take to the idea. Now that he is seeing the costs of an education, ROTC might appeal a little more.

    Thanks for all the input fellas, keep it coming. @clob94 I know exactly what you meant about the poon factor. Funny thing, our student host at Notre Dame was a pretty blonde. Not drop dead gorgeous but cute. The girls at Rice seemed about the same as the ones at Notre Dame. Lots less women at Georgia Tech but plenty in the metro Atlanta area. If he goes to Rice, we have a pretty good support systems in place of friends in the area. I have some friends in Georgia and Indiana but not at the same level as the Texas connection.
     
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    Go where they are willing to pay for a full ride. Graduating with no debt eases the demand of finding the perfect job and opens up other opportunities.
     
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    Been a long time since I graduated, and the cost of an education was a lot less back then.

    Really don't know what a Rice or Ga. Tech would cost for 4 and quite possibly 5 years of undergrad study.
    I've known some pretty smart people that took 5 years to complete engineering degrees. I don't know how much you will be able to help him financially, but taking on that much debt when you are just starting out is really something to consider.

    If he does well in school he will be able to get a job no matter where he graduates from. After you get your 1st job that's when the networking begins.

    I sure wouldn't rule out the full ride at Nevada.
     
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    I'm paying for everything for my kid and it's very expensive and yes it could take her 5 years to complete her degree. I'm with @2300 Nueces if he has a full ride and can get into Aero Engineering take it and have him apply for internships when he can. My brother in law works for an engineering firm and he said we want college students with experience as well as the paper but experience helps tremendously.
     
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    Of those 4 I'd say ND is the only non urban school. Can't go wrong there. If not for the urban factor I'd say Georgia Tech. Really can't go wrong with any though. Like you said, good problem to have.
     
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    Congratulations Freeper. From a parent's (my oldest is 25) point of view and all other things being equal, I would add a little weight to what is closer to home and ease of visiting. So, a major airport close by and less time zone changes make travel for you or him easier. Especially, the first year where it is the hardest adjustment (even for boys). In addition, the 1st year doesn't make a lot of difference since he is getting basics as long is it is a good school and it isn't where his party friends are going. They mature so much after the 1st year and things begin to be a lot clearer with their direction. My biggest regret was not making more trips to Austin his 1st year. He told me a couple years after how that year was a big adjustment and he wasn't liking it (I took it as "code" for homesick).
     
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