Collegefilter: Well-Rounded Schools
October 11, 2013 11:04 AM Subscribe
My scientifically-inclined little brother is looking for a college where he can be an engineer if he wants to be, but won't be forced to.
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We have a cousin who is a total gearhead with skills in a bunch of different technical fields who ended up going to RIT and didn't like it as much as he expected. This was surprising to him and even more shocking to the rest of the family. He said that the main problem was that a lot of the other kids he interacted with didn't have much going on outside of class other than TV/anime, internet humor, and the occasional engineering-themed competition (not to mention the bizarre culture that comes from a school where there might be more computers than women).
I didn't have the best luck choosing a school either. I went to a place that I hated for two years before transferring to the school I should have attended all along.
He's interested in science right now but I want to save him the anguish of feeling like a fish in the wrong pond if he changes his mind. I'd like to find a place where he can build robots just as easily as he could go to really great literature class or play in an orchestra. The liberal arts school I transferred to offered some of this, but its science faculty was predictably small and there weren't that many research opportunities. I know massive state schools can offer the whole experience, but we'd like to cap the population around 10,000.
Additional important details:
We live squarely in the Northeast and we're willing to send him about 300 miles in any direction. It could be further if the place is perfect.
His grades are stellar with both AP and IB credits coming after graduation. SATs aren't a hinderance.
We're kind-of sort-of looking at Brown and Penn but Ivies seem like they can be a gamble even for kids at the top of their class. We're looking for both private and state school suggestions.