What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Any advice on how to research a university before applying?

Hey! I'm a junior looking to create a balanced college list. Which factors should I consider while researching a university? Do you guys have any strategies or resources to share? I'm planning on majoring in mechanical engineering, if that makes a difference. Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great to hear that you're starting to create your college list. Considering your interest in mechanical engineering, you'll want to research universities that have strong engineering programs. Here are some factors you'll want to consider while doing your research:

1. Location: Think about your personal preferences, such as city vs. rural setting, distance from home, and climate.

2. Size: Consider the size of the university and class sizes to determine if you prefer a larger or smaller campus environment.

3. Resources: Look into research opportunities, lab facilities, and internship connections in the mechanical engineering field.

4. Graduation and retention rates: These numbers can give you an idea of the overall success of students in the program.

5. Financial aid and scholarships: Research opportunities for financial aid and scholarships specific to the engineering program.

As for resources, I recommend checking out websites like CollegeVine and US News for rankings and search tools to help you! In addition, visit the university's website and attend virtual college fairs and tours to gather more information. Good luck on creating your list!

9 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.