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Old 04-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If you're going into ME, you're not going to keep above a 3.0 very easily taking too much time away from studying. At least that's my experience so far. I have a 31 ACT. 28 in math & 30 in science. My study habits aren't the best and my grades reflect that. Granted it's easier at some schools than others. But you're going to be taking approx 16 hrs a semester for a 4 year plan. The way I've been going it'll take me 4 1/2 years.

My dream job: cableway (aka chairlift) engineer. Planning on moving to mountains ASAP after school. Doubt I'll settle down in the Rocky's, but I want to live there for a while.
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the exact line of thinking that brought me to University of Montana, Missoula...Snowbowl is only 20 mins away...not sure how they rate for engineering though
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Add U of Nevada, Reno to your list.The engineering program here is ranked pretty high among public institutions and Tahoe is only 40 minutes away.

I'm a mech engineer student and have gotten around 40 days this season. Tahoe was the final reason for why I decided on UNR
Thats awesome! Living near Tahoe would be sweet. 40 days a year sounds perfect, Ill look into it!
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Oregon State --> Bend, OR --> Mt. Bachelor
Lewis and Clark --> Portland, OR --> Mt. Hood
Western Washington University --> Bellingham, WA --> Mt. Baker
University of Puget Sound (I went here, expensive though) --> Tacoma, WA --> Crystal and Stephens Pass
University of Washington --> Seattle, WA --> Same as above

East coast: University of Vermont --> Burlington, VT --> Jay peak and some others
University of Maine at Farmington, ME --> Farmington, ME (kinda nowhere) --> Sugarloaf

Choosing a place based on where you can ride is not a bad idea, as long as the school has a good program that you are interested in. I chose the University of Puget Sound, because it has an amazing science program and it 1:45 from Crystal and 2ish to Stephens Pass. And for a long weekend, Baker or Hood are only 3 to 4 hours away. You have a great GPA, so getting scholarships is totally possible. Keep that in mind. I had deans list and one for science, so for a few years I had 10 grand off my $40,000/year education. Then I realized how much better the ganja was on the west coast and lost my Dean's list scholarship... but hey, I was having a GREAT time!
Thanks for the list man, appreciate it. A lot of those schools seem interesting. I've been looking at all the schools out-of-state only scholorships and some of them are pretty big. At Boise I can get instate tuition automatically, which would be nice, and my parents would love me. I too, would like to see how great the ganja is out west
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If you're going into ME, you're not going to keep above a 3.0 very easily taking too much time away from studying. At least that's my experience so far. I have a 31 ACT. 28 in math & 30 in science. My study habits aren't the best and my grades reflect that. Granted it's easier at some schools than others. But you're going to be taking approx 16 hrs a semester for a 4 year plan. The way I've been going it'll take me 4 1/2 years.

My dream job: cableway (aka chairlift) engineer. Planning on moving to mountains ASAP after school. Doubt I'll settle down in the Rocky's, but I want to live there for a while.
Dang.... sounds rough. I'm trying to get some of my freshman college classes out of the way in HS. Ill have 5 AP classes by senior year, which hopefully will lighten the load a bit. Thanks for the advice.

Also, I've thought about becoming a chairlift engineer also. It would be such a sweet job. Plus it's working on what we love. It seems sort of random though, do you know how many chairlift engineers there actually are?
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Good call on the AP classes. I took a few, but was kinda slacking and the only thing I tested out of was a chemistry class. I really wished I could have tested out of Biology, Physics and French. I was a molecular bio major, but Physics and that damn language requirement haunted me until Junior/Senior year.
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Hey all, Im getting to that point where i'm starting to look at colleges and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. I really want to snowboard in college, hopefully 2+ days a week. I've been looking all around and have found some good schools with relatively low Out-of-state tuition.

Major: Engineering (mechanical, electrical, or computer, not sure yet)
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Boise State
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as much as it pains me to say this...because I go to BSU, if you are going for a ME degree I have heard the U of I school is better known for that. And schweitzer is pretty close.

Hopefully the weather pattern improves next winter because the last 2 years the snowfall and winter weather has been absolute shit!
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Dang.... sounds rough. I'm trying to get some of my freshman college classes out of the way in HS. Ill have 5 AP classes by senior year, which hopefully will lighten the load a bit. Thanks for the advice.

Also, I've thought about becoming a chairlift engineer also. It would be such a sweet job. Plus it's working on what we love. It seems sort of random though, do you know how many chairlift engineers there actually are?
I have no idea how many. I just think it would be fun. "hmm, not sure if I like the way this new lift is running, better ride the lift line again to make sure it's ok..."

If you're dedicated enough you'll get through it. Physics is the class to master, Calc is harder for me than Physics though.
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I have no idea how many. I just think it would be fun. "hmm, not sure if I like the way this new lift is running, better ride the lift line again to make sure it's ok..."

If you're dedicated enough you'll get through it. Physics is the class to master, Calc is harder for me than Physics though.
I actually liked physics... until they started using calculus in it...
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Cal (Berkeley)? The out-of-state tuition is a little higher than what you want to spend but it's a world-class engineering program and you're not very far from all the Tahoe resorts. You might not be as close as Reno, but it's a trade-off I think. I had plenty of friends that went to school there that spent plenty of days in the Tahoe area, and if you get an Epic Local pass you'll be set.
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How is the university of Utah's business school? Good reputation?
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East coast: University of Vermont --> Burlington, VT --> Jay peak and some others
University of Maine at Farmington, ME --> Farmington, ME (kinda nowhere) --> Sugarloaf

Choosing a place based on where you can ride is not a bad idea, as long as the school has a good program that you are interested in. I chose the University of Puget Sound, because it has an amazing science program and it 1:45 from Crystal and 2ish to Stephens Pass. And for a long weekend, Baker or Hood are only 3 to 4 hours away. You have a great GPA, so getting scholarships is totally possible. Keep that in mind. I had deans list and one for science, so for a few years I had 10 grand off my $40,000/year education. Then I realized how much better the ganja was on the west coast and lost my Dean's list scholarship... but hey, I was having a GREAT time!
He kinda stole my answer. I'm currently at work....bored as f*** so I looked this up.

For engineering programs Univ of Vermont ranks #126 in colleges but like#4 or #5 (I may have miscounted) in schools nearby popular resorts. Its about 45-50 minutes away from Stowe (considered by many one of if not the BEST in the East), Sugarbush And Smugglers Notch. And about an hour and a half from Jay Peak (best glades in the East).

But you can review this list of engineering programs, rankings, locations and tuitions

Best Engineering School Rankings | Engineering Program Rankings | US News
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I did undergrad at UVM and later graduate school at Washington (neither in engineering though).

I think the latter is a really good option to balance educational (and later job) opportunities with being able to get your shred on regularly. It's super easy to head up to Alpental/Snoqualmie on off days or for night missions during the week and as previously mentioned, Crystal, Stevens and Baker are all within reasonable distances on the weekends.

Heading further afield you've also got Whistler up in BC and then Hood down in Oregon.
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