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What universities or colleges should I look into/research as someone looking to go software engineering/AI?

I know that I want to have a career as a software engineer or a career that has something to do with AI (although I'm not sure what). Are there any colleges that specialize in this that aren't as well known? Or colleges that you all recommend?

Saying this because I recently discovered RIT which seems to have great programs, but I've never heard about them until now. I'm wondering if there are any other colleges like RIT.

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Bhavna’s Answer

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Carnegie Mellon University
3. Stanford University
4. University of California, Berkeley
5. Georgia Institute of Technology
6. University of Washington
7. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
8. University of Texas at Austin
9. Cornell University
10. Purdue University
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Xiaojun’s Answer

Melinda,
As far as I know these colleges still have strong computer science/engineering programs.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, etc.
You may go to college web site and look into the curriculum being offered in engineering schools, which could be an indication if it will offer good training for your needs or not. If you do like to enter into AI area, you may check some applied math course as well.

Good luck!
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Melinda. Thanks so much for this great question!

Soooo AI...yep...it is a great field to research. As someone who has an engineering degree (not a software engineering degree) and also writes code, what I have learned from peers who do code development in AI is that many of them earned engineering and/or math degrees. I share this because as you are trying to decide what universities or colleges to research and possibly attend, you may want to start with schools that offer strong engineering and/or math curriculums. From there you could possibly dig into those curriculums to see how many classes there are/could be around programming in languages like Python and others that are used to develop AI solutions.

I also share that software engineers, who chose to remain strong in the software engineering field, are constantly learning new programming languages and do their best to improve their knowledge on programming languages that they have learned in the past. The good news is that as new languages become available, oftentimes those new languages have a relationship to existing programming languages so the learning curve can begin to ease over time.

One last piece of info that I hope you find helpful...do yourself a favor and give yourself as much time as you can for your research. There are many, many, many great engineering and mathematics curriculums out there from many, many great schools. By giving yourself time to research, you get to focus on the curriculum, costs, location, application/admittance process and some other very important factors from different schools. I found that the environment in which I was able to study and graduate was just as important as the school from which I was able to get my degree.

Hope you find this information helpful. Best of luck to you!
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Vamshee’s Answer


The following schools in CA offer good programs in AI/Software engineering and cheaper if you are CA resident.

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles

This website provides rankings and tools to compare the universities by major.

find the top 10 schools for AI, Software Engineering below.

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/computer-science/artificial-intelligence

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/computer-science/software-engineering?_sort=rank&_sortDirection=asc

Doing software engineering in under grad and choosing AI or any specialization as per interest in master is also good option .

Good Luck.
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