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Selecting a university or college is an important decision which must factor in career goals, flexibility, and financial considerations. Be sure to visit campuses if possible, and discuss the school with students already attending.  Look to see whether people graduating from the university are getting jobs in the field you are interested in.  Network with existing professionals for advice and recommendations. When exploring engineering, engineering technology, medicine and other programs, be sure the program is accredited

Where Can I Earn a Degree?
The Career Cornerstone Center has compiled and continually updates the following list of accredited degree granting organizations for many degree fields.  There is also a longer A to Z list of all fields. These files may not be all inclusive, so be sure to explore other sources as well.

Actuarial Science


 Atmospheric Science


Dental Hygienist

 Physical Therapist
 Physical Therapist
 Physician Assistant
 Respiratory Therapist
 Veterinary Technology

Aerospace Engineering

 Agricultural Engineering
 Architectural Engineering
 Chemical Engineering
 Civil Engineering
 Computer Engineering
 Electrical and Electronics

 Environmental Engineering
 Industrial Engineering
 Manufacturing Engineering
 Materials Science and Engineering
 Mechanical Engineering
 Mining Engineering
 Nuclear Engineering
 Petroleum Engineering
 Software Engineering
 Other Engineering Fields

Engineering Technology

Computer Science

 Information Systems

College Fairs
Local and national college fairs provide a good opportunity to compare a wide range of college and university options in one setting.  They can be a bit overwhelming, so if you plan to attend a large college fair such as those sponsored by the National Association of College Admission Counselors that are held in large convention centers, download a map of the event ahead of time and plan out a route through the booths that will let you explore the schools you are most interested in. Plan out your questions in advance.  For example, if you want to know what type of co-op program the engineering department sponsors, be sure to ask that of each school.  You'll also end up with load of brochures and catalogs, so be selective in what you take because you'll end up carrying it throughout the day.  Consider pre-printing mailing labels with your name, address, and the year you'll begin college and providing these to the university reps so they can mail you appropriate materials.

School Size
Some individuals are interested in selecting schools based on the size of the undergraduate body. 

A recent study by ABET, inc. provides the data below on undergraduate student body size for schools with accredited programs.

Engineering Undergraduate Enrollment by School:
1. Georgia Institute of Technology 6,576
2. Purdue University 5,990
3. Texas A&M University 5,975
4. Pennsylvania State University 5,433
5. Virginia Tech 5,366
6. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 5,313
7. Ohio State University 5,059
8. North Carolina State University 5,020
9. California Polytechnic State Univ. 4,806
10. University of Michigan 4,712
11. University of Texas, Austin 4,536
12. University of Florida 4,529
13. Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez 4,521
14. Iowa State University 4,420
15. University of California, San Diego 4,035
16. Polytechnic Univ. of Puerto Rico 3,806
17. California State Polytech., Pomona 3,737
18. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 3,737
19. Arizona State University 3,402
20. Drexel University 3,123
21. Colorado School of Mines 3,100
22. Michigan Technological University 3,094
23. University of Central Florida 3,058
24. Michigan State University 3,044
25. University of Wisconsin, Madison 2,937
26. Missouri University of Science and Technology 2,928
27. Clemson University 2,923
28. Cornell University 2,911
29. Oregon State University 2,908
30. University of California, Davis 2,889
31. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2,846
32. University of Colorado, Boulder 2,739
33. University of Arizona 2,694
34. Kansas State University 2,585
35. Auburn University 2,533
36. Louisiana State University 2,520
37. Univ. of Maryland, College Park 2,488
38. Texas Tech University 2,412
39. Rutgers University  2,285
40. Univ. of California, Los Angeles 2,269
41. Rochester Inst. of Technology 2,247
42. Kettering University  2,209
43. University of California, Irvine 2,133
44. SUNY, Buffalo 2,101
45. Oklahoma State University 2,030
46. FAMU-FSU College of Eng. 2,000
47. University of Virginia 1,975
48. West Virginia University 1,955
49. Brigham Young University 1,944
50. Stanford University 1,943

Source: ABET  (326 schools reported) 

University Costs

According to the College Board's "Trends in College Pricing":

  • Published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions average $7,605 in 2010-11, $555 (7.9%) higher than in 2009-10. Average total charges, including tuition and fees and room and board, are $16,140, up 6.1%.
  • Published out-of-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities average $19,595, $1,111 (6.0%) higher than in 2009-10. Average total charges are $28,130, up 5.6%.
  • Published tuition and fees at public two-year colleges average $2,713, $155 (6.0%) higher than in 2009-10.
  • Published tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities average $27,293 in 2010-11, $1,164 (4.5%) higher than in 2009-10. Average total charges, including tuition and fees and room and board, are $36,993, up 4.3%.
  • Estimated published tuition and fees at private for-profit institutions average $13,935, $679 (5.1%) higher than in 2009-10.

Additional Online Resources

University/College Career Centers
Many colleges and universities have good online career centers that can help you not only explore the resources of the school, but also find out about school-based support for career research and job hunting. Click here to sample some online university career center sites.

Career Cornerstone Center Profile Excerpts
The following excerpts from Cornerstone profiles offer insight into a variety of university experiences, and how they shaped career paths:

Beth Lemen

Site Operations Manager, P&G Pharmaceuticals
Procter & Gamble
Cincinnati, OH

"When I first started college, I actually went for chemical engineering. I took two semesters of chemical engineering, and decided it wasn't really what I wanted. I thought I wanted it because I was good at chemistry. I then took a semester of a mixture of courses. I took some electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and one civil engineering course, to try to feel for what I liked. And the courses I tended to excel in, understood, could reapply, were mechanical-engineering courses. And, so, I switched my major, my sophomore year. Went to school, over the summer, to catch up with my classes. And I've continued on from there."
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Franklyn Hall

Chemical Engineer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

"I guess some of the courses that I found very helpful were Unit Operations-that probably was my favorite course-and Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Management. Actually, a lot of the modeling and things that we do for the Occupational Exposure uses a lot of mass transfer principles. I think also that some of the liberal arts classes helped out a great deal as far as writing reports and communication in general. Technical writing helped out a lot-we have to take technical information and then either explain it or summarize it in a non-technical way, so that helps out a great deal. Although we may be able to write very good reports, the engineers sometimes need a little bit more work in being able to communicate that information to other people who may not be trained in the same areas that we are."
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Craig Redding

Project Manager
H.O. Mohr Research & Engineering
Houston, TX

"Through high school and college, you gain a solid background of course work, which prepares you for an engineering career. The fundamental courses that all engineers must take are things that you use throughout the rest of your education, and then you lead on into your job, and they provide a basic foundation which you'll use every day. Then you develop into the career development and your personal development. In college they don't teach you how to act in an office environment, or even how to act when you're offshore on a platform. They don't teach you how to communicate effectively with people, and so that's some of the things that you learn every day. But, most importantly, from college, it's not just learning the course work, but learning how to learn. If you learn how to learn you can go every day pick up on just about anything. You'll know where to look for the answers, and when you pick up on the communications skills that you need, just talking on the phone, writing the basic correspondence and letters to people, that is more important, I think, so you can know where to look for things. If you can communicate and you know how to learn, you'll do well."
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