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The University of California - Irvine

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Date: Feb 08 2005
Major: Electrical Engineering (This Major's Salary over time)
I was an electrical engineering student at UC Irvine, and if you have any thoughts about going there for the ECE department (now known as the CS department), you're better off going to a school like Cal Poly.

UC Irvine prides itself on the teaching philosophy of "teaching students how to think." That may be fine for the sociology department in which the education is mostly analytical, but it simply doesn't work for technical majors. The courses focus way too much on theoretical concepts and the professors do a lousy job "teaching."

Since UCI is a research institution, a good number of the professors do research and as a result, they can be half-assed about actually teaching.

The teaching assistants are nearly all foreign and their communications skills are inadequate.

The academic counselors are useless. They're all arrogant women, none of whom have engineering degrees, and one of whom is verbally abusive (yes Robin Alward, I'm talking about you).

The worst part of UCI engineering department, like I said before, is the focus on theory. When I graduated from college and interviewed for jobs, interviewers only cared about what projects I had worked on, aka hands-on stuff. Unless you actually had time to squeeze in extra design courses into your already hectic engineering courseload, then you probably won't have had done projects at all.

The worst part of UCI is that it doesn't help students in job placement, WHATSOEVER. UCI pretty much leaves its students to educate themselves and to fend for themselves after gradaution.

To put it simply, I felt like I was part of business as opposed to an institution of higher learning at this school.

Don't waste your time here. Go somewhere else.

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