How to Find the Best Engineering College for You : Rankings and Research
Last week, I had a parent ask me what the best resource was for determining the best engineering college in the southeastern United States. This is a difficult question to answer. I used to be the person in the admissions office that provided data to the ratings agency, and I distrust ratings in general. I think they are really good at collecting information that you don’t really need and then creating a system that has solid data but doesn’t answer the question that matters to you. Note that there are excellent schools, like Reed College, that don’t participate in the ratings. Does that mean you won’t consider it? When you throw in the fact that places including Claremont McKenna College, Bucknell University, George Washington University, Iona College, and Tulane University’s business school have been charged with cheating the ratings by cooking their books, the picture gets even murkier.
So where does that leave you? Well, I have a freshman in college now and a sophomore in high school who has begun looking at engineering programs, and here are a few ideas that I use to look at schools and universities.