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Old 05-09-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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Default University of New Haven OR University of Hartford

I am interested in Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program in CT. I limited my choice to private schools, but could someone pleeeeeeeese help me in more inside information about the best choice between UNH or UofH.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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Both are very good schools but I believe University of Hartford is thought of better than University of New Haven. May I ask why you are limiting your choices to private schools? I believe the engineering programs at the state schools (UConn and CCSC) have just as good programs for less money. In the case of UConn, it is probably better. But then again getting into UConn is very difficult these days. I think that they have forgotten that they are suppose to be a public school for the residents of the State of Connecticut. Jay
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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I would go with the one that gives you the best financial aid package!

I agree with JayCT about state schools - more bang for your buck. However, my daughter applied to state schools and 1 private, "reach" school. We could never afford this school but weren't concerned about her applying because we didn't think she'd ever get accepted. She was all set to go to a state school when she received an acceptance letter. The aid package was very good, still more than the state school would have cost though. This school is a perfect fit for her and we'll come up with the money somehow. What a missed opportunity it would have been if she hadn't gone ahead and applied.

I imagine you are down to the wire now. I would walk both campuses again and see which one feels "right". I believe their Engineering progams are comparable. Go with your gut.
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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Thank you JayCT and usmcfamily for the quick response. To answer your questions, I am an international student, so, the cost will be high in both private or public. Private schools in general provide merit award to international students ranges from $2000 to $10,000, therefore, chances to get awards are higher in private schools when compared with public schools. Another important factor is the admission requirements is easier in private schools over public. For example, SAT Reasoning or Subject are not required from International students in many private schools. Most of them ask for TOEFL scores. Also, the admission in private schools is rolling, in other words, there is no speicifc deadline.

If I may ask you JayCT why University of Hartford would be better? Thanks for your help.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Both are very good schools but I believe University of Hartford is thought of better than University of New Haven. May I ask why you are limiting your choices to private schools? I believe the engineering programs at the state schools (UConn and CCSC) have just as good programs for less money. In the case of UConn, it is probably better. But then again getting into UConn is very difficult these days. I think that they have forgotten that they are suppose to be a public school for the residents of the State of Connecticut. Jay
I completely agree with all points.

UNH is great for Criminal Justice work. University of Hartford is probably a little more difficult to get accepted to, and I believe may be more expensive, but I don't think it is significantly better. It depends on what you are looking to get out of your education, and what major you declare.

Have you considered Western New England College in Springfield? Another great, private school. You also might want to check out Worcester Polytech Institute (WPI) in MA or Rensselear upstate NY.

What country are you moving from?
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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I completely agree with all points.

UNH is great for Criminal Justice work. University of Hartford is probably a little more difficult to get accepted to, and I believe may be more expensive, but I don't think it is significantly better. It depends on what you are looking to get out of your education, and what major you declare.

Have you considered Western New England College in Springfield? Another great, private school. You also might want to check out Worcester Polytech Institute (WPI) in MA or Rensselear upstate NY.

What country are you moving from?
Thank you for your help. I am from Bahrain, a small state in the middle east. I got an admission from WNEC, but someone told me the city is small and boring. You know, our mission as international student not only to study, but also to mix up with culture and transfer this knoweldge to our country when we get back home. I will check WPI is difficult for us to get accepted, the admission percentage is about 25%, so our chances is limited.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Thank you for your help. I am from Bahrain, a small state in the middle east. I got an admission from WNEC, but someone told me the city is small and boring. You know, our mission as international student not only to study, but also to mix up with culture and transfer this knoweldge to our country when we get back home. I will check WPI is difficult for us to get accepted, the admission percentage is about 25%, so our chances is limited.
Best of luck to you. WPI is very selective but if you can get accepted, has great aid packages. Springfield is no NYC, LA or Boston. It is a small city - but CT cities are small as well (Hartford, New Haven...).
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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Well, my job relates to the engineering profession and I believe academically the University of Hartford rates higher than University of New Haven. Also Hartford has a nicer campus in general. As Kidyankee noted, UNH is noted more for its criminal justice program, though it does offer engineering. Jay
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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I believe academically the University of Hartford rates higher than University of New Haven.
I'm not sure how you come to this conclusion, unless you're looking solely at admission rates (57% for UHart, 68% for UNH). Otherwise, both schools have virtually the same average SAT score (1040 v 1020 respectively out of the 1600 score) and are similarly priced (within a few hundred dollars per school year).

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Old 05-11-2009, 07:16 AM
 
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I am talking about in engineering not overall. Jay
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