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Old 12-16-2007, 08:16 PM   #11
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I went to Michigan Technical University. Excellent school, GM picks up interns from there allot. I was one. By the time you graduate, you'll have a full time job lined up.
Right know im a Mechanical Engineer\Designer for Oshkosh Truck Corp.




Only thing is it can be expensive.
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Univeristy of Illinois is one of the tops in the nation. SIUE is a good school, I almost went there for Civil. Instead, I went and got an Associates in Engineering Technology.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:12 PM   #13
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What'* the social life like? I didn't find too much info on the website, but it seems like a close nit community. Is there a lot to do? Do people hang around the dorms or go out around Flint? Also, you said the course load is difficult, how about the core classes? English and social sciences are my weakness, I really can't stand those classes.
There isn't too much to do in Flint, obviously there'* movie theaters and bars and such, but other then that nothing spectacular. So usually its just hanging around the dorms. There are TONS of free clubs to join though, its even really easy to apply to start your own club, and the school pays for everything, so being involved in those is a lot of fun and cheap. Greek life is also really big here, which I didnt expect.

The core classes are actually the engineering ones, and there really isnt much as far as english. A few social science and communication classes. But the english profs know its an engineering school, so they really dont expect amazing book analysis and papers and stuff.
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I have a nephew at Kettering. (He also lives near the Grand Rapids area). All indications point to it being an excellent school that caters to engineering, unlike mainstream universities that want to provide you with a more "rounded" education. Pht. If you want to focus on engineering, who wants take psychology, public health, State history, etc.? There'* nothing worse than having to put off your study of Dynamics because some hoser Literature perfesser wants you to write a 10 page essay on the political thoughts the author of "The Hunger Artist" was trying to get across, and thinks his class is the most important on campus. OK, I'm ranting...

If it were me, I'd take a closer look at Kettering. Especially if you're automotively inclined. Ultimately, however, the choice is yours so take all advice here with a grain of salt.
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I went to Kettering back when it was GMI Engineering & Mgmt. The co-op (back then) was 3 mos school / 3 mos work - not sure if it'* the same now. RIT is also a highly valued school - my son goes there now. When I went for Parent/Student Orientation - it was so cool that I wished I was the one going there. Comparing Rochester NY to Flint, MI...I'd pick Rochester any day of the week. The co-op program is a bit different there, you don't start the co-op part of it until the 3rd or 4th year (not exactly sure).

Tuition at both places will cost about the same $32-35k / year.... State Universities will definitely be cheaper... I would recomend that you visit each school you are considering before making a decision.
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I was at RIT for a week this past June when they hosted the Baja SAE festivities. Great looking school, great looking facilities... they're serious business.
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I went to Kettering back when it was GMI Engineering & Mgmt. The co-op (back then) was 3 mos school / 3 mos work - not sure if it'* the same now.
Yes, its still the same schedule, 3 months at a time. It makes time fly by, thats for sure!
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Pink, is there some kind of summer break, or do you work or go to school all year round?
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The school terms are 11 weeks, and technically you only have to work 10 weeks at work, its up to the student how much you want to work (most have no problem making more money haha). so there is usually a week or two between each term, esp during summer.

For example, last spring I was able to work 13 weeks at my co-op, and then I still had 3 weeks off to go campling with some friends and stuff before classes started.
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As long as there'* some flexibility, I'd still like to make a few meets during school

I'll be calling the school tomorrow for some more information and to schedule a tour. What do you think the best time would be? I'd like to go after the xmas season.
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