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How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeA
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Aug 25 2003
Major: Mechanical Engineering (This Major's Salary over time)
The Engineering college at UA is not given the credit it deserves. I can only speak of the Mechanical Engineering department, but I get very offended when people call my school a sham. This is no second rate school. Most of the students I know here are indeed interested in pursuing a profession in engineering and have done as I have and worked in that profession while in school. The co op program at UA is wonderful. It costs more than some other schools, but it is well run and the job placement rate is fairly high. I have talked to students at other engineering schools in the state and they didn't know anything about their co op programs. Being a co op is possibly the most important part of one's education. I say this because it allows one to see what the actual working engineer does. One may find that he or she likes the profession chosen, or may find that working as an engineer is not for him or her. Also it may be that one wished to go into research and development, but found construction, or management more fulfilling. Our co op prgram here is highly advertised and I believe all engineering students know about it. Our professors here are second to none also. In the ME department we have professors from all over the country. We have a professor who got his undergrad at Yale, not to mention all the professors who have their doctorate degrees. Our ME professors have also been widely published. The quality of education here is wonderful and I reccomend this school to anyone. Don't put any stake in the claims of a "Party School" from Princeton's review. If you interview the percentage outside engineering who do party all the time and get away with no studying, then you will get that image. However, I know from personal experience and from viewing my peers, in the engineering school, you will study, or you will not pass.
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