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The Polytechnic Institute of New York University

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Great school.BrightMechanical Engineering
Great school. You have to work hard here, but that's expected for an engineering major. Campus life is what you make of it. While separate from the Washington Square campus, you can still socialize with people there. Professors are upfront, willing to help those who show that they care about the professor's class. Students are what you would expect from an engineering school. Downtown Brooklyn is nice and safe, you're only a 10 min subway from Washington Square if you want to hang out there. Overall, know what you're getting into and you'll enjoy it.
4th Year Male -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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Curriculum is not up to par compared toChemical Engineering
Curriculum is not up to par compared to that of other schools:

1. General chemistry is condensed into one 4 credit course. Most schools require two full semesters of general chemistry (8 credits total).

2. Orgo lab isn't required.
3. Certain topics were not covered in organic chemistry that I had to teach myself.
4. 4 credit courses at other colleges are 3 credit courses here.
5. Hands-on experience is left for senior year courses whereas other schools take lab courses sophomore or junior year in fluid mechanics, etc.

6. When comparing the syllabus of this school to that of another school (I have friends who are in chemE programs at Binghamton, Carnegie Mellon, Cooper Union, CCNY, etc. In addition to that, I can also google search the syllabus at another school.), there are obvious deficiencies. We don't learn Laplace transforms in our DE course (Binghamton even goes as far as Fourier transforms), our thermo course didn't cover chemical reaction equilibria, separations course covered only 75% of the material compared to Cooper Union, design course we researched case studies and didn't really do much design (no real projects), process controls didn't cover frequency response, kinetics didn't even get up to heat generation/removal and runaway reactions.

Career fair has no opportunities for chemical engineers.
Since hands-on courses are all in senior year, we are at a disadvantage compared to students at other colleges since they can write on their resumes that they had worked on a team, had laboratory experience, etc. and beat us in getting internships sophomore and junior years. Unless you are a minority, getting an internship is difficult. Six month co-ops would set you back a year because chemical engineering courses are only offered once a year whereas in other colleges, some courses are offered both the fall and spring semesters.

There are no seminars that really help the undergrad students. Other colleges have 0 or 1 credit seminars that guide students along their undergrad career, making sure that more than 75% of students have some internship/co-op/research experience.

My friends simply post their resumes online, do very little to no networking and get offers for phone interviews sometimes literally days later. ALL my friends in chemical engineering programs from other colleges are already working and we graduated at the same time. This is even though we have been putting in the same amount of effort in job hunting and my GPA (>3.8) is significantly higher. I also have taken a number of graduate courses. I have been struggling to even get to the phone interview stage.Perhaps it was better to purposefully delay graduation- finish all credits but not apply for graduation and not accept the diploma. By not graduating, I would still be "enrolled" and still have access to internships/co-ops. An entry level position seems impossible.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The advisor blows throughAverageElectrical Engineering
The advisor blows through money. The math classes were only 6 weeks and they were very rushed. The tuition is expensive and scholarships are not that much.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2019
Faculty Accessibility: C, Individual Value: F
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