I've gotten my college picks down to Marquette University or Iowa State University. I can't decide where I want to go, several variables to consider...HELP!!!
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I'm a senior in high school and college is quickly approaching. I want to go into some kind of engineering, most likely electrical or computer engineering, might do something with mechanical, not really sure. But both schools offer programs for all three so I'm not worried about issues with that.
In terms of engineering rankings, Iowa State is higher ranked. I think it’s about 40th, Marquette is somewhere lower. But should I even worry about rankings? Engineers are high in demand, I talked to a friend at ISU and she said that all the seniors in engineering have several job offers at large companies, and I talked to a professor at MU at a college visit thing and said that all the Engineers found jobs in under a 6 months or so. But on the flip side, I've heard from several people that "Marquette is not an engineering school" and that ISU engineers are highly sought after. I'm in FRC robotics and we are mentored by an engineering firm, the owner of the company said that out of his 30 or so engineers, his top 3 engineers are from Iowa State. I've heard so much from both sides...any thoughts? :)
Besides the actual schools, the areas surrounding the schools are VERY different. ISU is in a college town, while MU is in Milwaukee. Here is where my interest in music comes into play...There are several more night clubs in a city then there are in Ames Iowa. I DJ and produce and hitting it big is a dream that I share with many. If things don't work out, I'll use my electrical engineering degree to hopefully work at a company like NI or Pioneer and make stuff, but otherwise, it’s my goal that I'm working towards. To peruse such a goal, I think I’m much better at a school that's in a city where I have an abundance of clubs to DJ at, as well as a place to make connections and stuff. Also, Milwaukee is one and a half hours from Chicago by train, which is nice for the same reasons. I can make more connections in Milwaukee than I can in Ames don't you think? Besides all this, I just generally like the idea of living in a city, compared to a college town.
Money always comes into play at some point. My parents are amazing and paid for my sister’s college, and will do the same for me. We are a middle class household. The annual income is about 100k or so, but my mom is amazing at saving. Every time I bring up the cost of college, my mom immediately says. "Don't worry about the cost, go where you will be the most happy." Iowa State is cheaper. I got the ACE level II scholarship which is $4,500 a year. At Marquette, I got offered a $6500 a year scholarship, and I applied for a $5000 a year scholarship with FIRST robotics. I think I have a good chance to get this scholarship, because I've been involved with it for 7 years, and have quite a resume from it. Including scholarships, Iowa State is around $22,000 a year tuition and housing, while Marquette is $29,000 a year. And this is if I get that FIRST scholarship. But I'm worried about the $6500 a year scholarship getting yanked out from under my feet after the first year. It was just automatically given to me for whatever reason, and aren’t scholarships like this usually only given to freshmen to suck them into a private school? If they lost the scholarship the following year, transferring out is simply not an option, and they are left paying full tuition. At that point, I don't care what my mom said, because I don't want to put her in debt. Should I be worried about this? Or can I take the 4 year scholarship for face value?
Alright, now this last reason has is a personal thing. I'm gay. Iowa, being one of the states that has allowed gay marriage, I’m going to take it that Iowa/ISU is going to have an inflated LGBT community. At a school of about 40,000 students, I don't think I'll have a problem finding...people...or just being accepted for who I am. Compared to Marquette, and its Jesuit status, I think I might have some issues. At my college visit, I took note on two things. One, I talked to some undergrads about the whole Jesuit thing and they said don't let it get in the way. One of the undergrads was Hindu, so I take it this was a very valid statement. :) Also, I saw a list of interests groups at Marquette, and one of them was an LGBT group. But even with this in mind, I still just have a feeling that some religious freaks will still be present that want to make my life miserable. Any insight on this? Is Milwaukee a gay friendly place? Or is Ames even better?
So I have four variables that I’m trying to compare and contrast, and I can’t sort through them by myself. That’s why I come to mefi. Thanks for reading my lengthy post. :D I love this place. :D