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Old 01-20-2009, 10:25 AM   #21
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All of this talk about our great Texas schools is just further confirmation that:


Sorry. Couldn't help it.

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Old 01-20-2009, 10:56 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Rustic23 View Post
Might ask Nords, as his daughter just took the tour.
Haven't looked at the prices yet since our kid's applying NROTC.

IIRC Rice's list price was more expensive than Notre Dame's list price was the year before. But all the schools we looked at were in the $40K-$45K/year list price... which of course no one pays.

None of the admissions offices seemed very concerned about pricing and certainly weren't positioning themselves as "bargain schools". Finances seems to be handled by a completely different staff with a bewildering array of techniques to bring down the total cost.

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:13 PM   #23
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I imagine the same campus job situation is true for the other private schools in Texas--I believe TCU and SMU in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Trinity in San Antonio also have engineering schools--that's all I know about Texas colleges .
You can get an engineering degree at a lot of different schools. The one absolute I say you need is to get a degree from an "accredited" program. Not all schools have accredited programs. They may have some majors accredited and some not.

The other thing I recommend is to get a degree from one of the "top tier" engineering school. There are about 25 of them. A degree from one of them will help you get a job when the market is slow and you'll get recruited by a higher quality of employers.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:31 PM   #24
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I would consider touring the campuses of the schools under consideration. They all seem to have a different feel according to my kids. My son graduated from A&M with a BSAE in 99. He also attended UT for a time but concluded the A&M way of life just suited him better. Still not sure what he means by that. Lets not forget about Tech which, from what I hear, is a great engineering school also. Texas is lucky to have so many good choices.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:03 AM   #25
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Ran across a friend this morning who was the local disaster preparedness chief and was reminded of this thread.

I remembered that it was true, at one time, that non-Texas residents could get in-state tuition rates at public universities if they were serving in the Texas State Guard. The TSG is not the same thing as the National Guard. It is one of the three branches of the Texas Military Forces, but their role is to augment and supplement the other branches (Army National Guard and Air Force NG) and relief NGOs by providing civil affairs, communications, medical response, and maritime assistance, in times of emergency. They wear military uniforms, but are not part of the federal forces and cannot be deployed overseas. I don't think they even go on active duty for training with federal forces.

Read more at these links: Texas State Guard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Anyway, apparently they still do offer in-state tuition rates at public universities for member of the TSG (along with anyone serving in any branch of the military) regardless of how long they have lived in Texas. See Education Code here: Hazlewood Education Act

But here is the really cool thing - Texas State Guard members get free tuition for up to 12 hours per semester for as long as 5-years. Window on State Government: Education
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:13 AM   #26
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Texas state guard. Nice. She might go for this.
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