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3+2 engineering programs

So I heard about these 3+2 engineering programs where you spend 3 years at one college and then 2 years at another to get two degrees. Can someone give me more information on this and maybe a list of schools that offer this?

7 months ago

A 3+2 engineering program is indeed a combined educational curriculum, where you spend 3 years at one college, usually in a liberal arts or science program, and then 2 years at another institution focusing on engineering coursework. Upon successful completion, you receive two degrees: one from the first college (usually a BA or BS) and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the second institution. This program allows students to have a broader educational experience while still obtaining an engineering degree.

Advantages of a 3+2 engineering program include:

1. An interdisciplinary, diverse educational experience that may give you a more comprehensive skill set.

2. The opportunity to study at two different institutions, which may lead to networking opportunities and access to different resources.

3. Smaller class sizes, closer connections with professors, and more individualized attention during your initial 3 years at a liberal arts college.

Some disadvantages to consider:

1. They typically take 5 years instead of the traditional 4 years to complete.

2. The transition between two institutions can be challenging for some students, both academically and socially.

3. Admission into the engineering institution for the last 2 years isn't always guaranteed and might depend on factors like GPA and available spots in the program.

Here are a few examples of colleges and universities that offer 3+2 engineering programs:

1. Columbia University's Combined Plan Program - Partnering with liberal arts colleges across the U.S., including Claremont McKenna in southern Califorrnia.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology - Partnering with multiple liberal arts colleges like Agnes Scott College and Morehouse College.

3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - In collaboration with various liberal arts colleges including Skidmore College and Hartwick College.

4. Case Western Reserve University - Partnering with Oberlin College and others.

5. Washington University in St. Louis - Partnering with numerous liberal arts colleges like Grinnell College and Knox College.

Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, as many other institutions offer 3+2 engineering programs, but hopefully it gives you a solid starting point. To find the best fit for you, research each school and its partner institutions, and look at the specifics of each program before making a decision. Good luck!

7 months ago

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