What college should I go to if I want to go into engineering (maybe aerospace)?
I want to be an engineer but, I am not sure what type of engineer...maybe aerospace engineering. The only college I have in mind is Cal-Poly but, I want back-up options in case Cal-Poly does not work out. #college #engineer
One question for you first: do you plan to go on for an advanced degree (master's or even doctorate) after college, or enter the workforce straight away? A fair number of positions require an MS or "N years of equivalent experience," and a smaller number actually require a Ph.D.
If grad school is in your future, your undergrad institution is not as critical; a decent state school such as Cal Poly or San Jose State is a fine stepping stone. Even a junior college like De Anza, followed by a transfer to a UC, for example, is a reasonable way to go. Of course, the more you can narrow down your interests, the better you can tune your choice of college/university; a school's reputation in one department need not carry over to a neighboring department. Schools that are strong in most or all science and engineering fields (e.g., UC Berkeley) also tend to be harder to get into.
I'm afraid I can't offer specific recommendations for the terminal-bachelor's case since my own background is in the sciences, and rankings have almost certainly changed since I went to school anyway.
The college you want to go to really depends on what you're looking for in a college. Some things to look for in a college include location, price, programs offered, student life, etc. Good luck!
I'm unfamiliar with the universities in California, so I can't point you towards anything specific, but I would recommend you search for a school with a similar program.
You can fill your first year with common requirements, easily, and by then you'll have a better idea of what you want to pursue. Most people don't declare a major until after their first year anyway; many schools don't let you.
By the end of your second year, you'll probably have taken 3-5 courses specific to your major. If you change to a different major then, you'll be looking at maybe one extra semester (and possibly a minor in whatever your initial choice was), but more than likely you can just fit it in to the next couple years. Even those major-specific courses are probably not actually specific to your major, but apply to a family of related fields (aerospace, mechanical, civil, and chemical engineers probably all take a statics course, and a basic mechanics course that goes beyond intro to physics, and an intro fluid dynamics course). A lot of closely related majors (computer science vs. computer engineering, civil vs architectural engineering, mechanical vs aerospace) differ by just a few courses over the four years.
Great to see you're thinking about a career in STEM! Regarding your question
1). Cal poly SLO (and Pomona) are very great schools; fingers crossed either one offers you an acceptance. There are MANY great engineering schools and colleges with great engineering programs in the US, so it really depends on your budget. For example:
a). if out of state public schools are an option, Purdue, VA Tech, Georgia Tech, Illinois Champagne-Urbana have great engineering programs but may be costly as an out of state student
b). if private schools are an option, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Cal Tech are great. A lesser known gem is Harvey Mudd (within the Claremont McKenna college system). But, like most private schools, they can be expensive if you don't get sufficient FinAid
c). San Jose State is a great engineering school for CS and EE (a lot of engineers in Silicon Valley come from SJSU).
Any of the UCs would be great for engineering as well. If you want to do Aeronautics, UCB has a more developed Aeronautical engineering program relative to the other UCs