4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2013 12:48 PM by Ruth Spragins RSS

Pro's and Con's of MSOE?

Taylor Carman

Any advice for soon to be freshmen looking into this college from out of state?

  • Re: Pro's and Con's of MSOE?
    Brian Janus

    Hey Taylor,

     

    Glad to here you'll be coming to MSOE this upcoming Fall. My biggest advice would be to get involved early. We have plenty of student interest groups, professional organizations relating to each major and athletics. I am currently a Junior Civil Engineering student here and being on the Track and Cross Country teams made it easy to get to know people the first few days when everything was new. Also, being involved only makes your resume look better when employers are seeking you out. It proves you have an interest in your education and are able to manage your time effectively.

     

    If you have any other questions or concerns I don't have a problem helping out. Hope the rest of your school year goes well!

  • Re: Pro's and Con's of MSOE?
    Brian Janus

    In case I didn't really answer your question, my bad

     

    Pros - great education and job placement, plenty to do in the city (campus centered downtown but feels more homey), easy to get involved, professors truly invested in your education and want to help

     

    Cons - smaller student body (however Marquette and UWM are within 2 miles), you have to work hard for your education but you come out knowing the material (we have the highest return on investment in WI, well above Madison and other competing schools) http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/wisconsin/#Ranking-the-Highest-ROI-Colleges-in-Wisconsin

  • Re: Pro's and Con's of MSOE?
    Nancy Tanaka

    I really enjoyed having smaller classes because that way you get to know your classmates pretty well. As a Computer Engineer, I had many classes with the same people. Therefore, making friends my freshman year wasn't very difficult. Also, by having smaller classes you are able to get a lot of help from the professors. If you don't understand something in class, you can just head to the professor's office hours and not have to worry about competing with lots of other students for some help. Brian's got a lot of the pros down is his reply. I also encourage getting involved in organizations. It can be VERY beneficial to be involved in at least one. You not only get to meet lots of other people from various majors, but you also get to have some fun and most of the time get some free stuff as well (food, prizes, ect...).

    One of the cons for me is the fact that we are on a tri-mester system. Our breaks don't line up with other universities; so many times friends will be on break and we'll be in school & vice versa. Also, every few years we don't have a spring break so that our academic calendar stays on track. I believe that this year is the "no spring break" year, so for the next few years you'll have one.

  • Re: Pro's and Con's of MSOE?
    Ruth Spragins

    Hey Taylor,

    My name is Ruth Spragins and I am a sophomore Architectural Engineering Student from Rochester NY. As advice for freshman, out-of-state or not, would be to get involved. You probably have heard that a lot, but you would be surprised on how many people will just sit in their rooms and avoid people. Get involved! We have a lot of clubs here on campus that cover a lot of different interests (we have clubs that range from Unicycle Club, X-treme Club, MAGE [our gaming club] to professional clubs like Society of Women Engineers, Architectural Engineering Institute, and other engineering societies), so get involved! Also, be willing to try new things and go on adventures! This is mainly for out-of-state freshman. Going on adventures around Milwaukee and just exploring the area allows you to, first of all, learn the area (which helps when someone is trying to explain a specific store or location) and you find really cool places to hang out (like the Milwaukee Public Library or small thrift stores).

     

    As for Pros of coming to MSOE, The biggest thing for me are the small classrooms settings. I don't know how you like to learn, but I learn a lot better when the classrooms are small and I am able to actually interact with the professors on a personal level. Here at MSOE, you're not just another number. The biggest class I have had was probably 30 students and that was for one of my Calculus classes. In my major specific classes, I usually don't have over 25 students. Many professors I have had will actually stop in the hallway to talk to me and ask how I am doing, how classes are going, etc. Which I love.

     

    A con for me is the work load. Don't get me wrong, the work load is completely doable, however when I was in High School I didn't have to do a lot of work or studying to get good grades. So when I came here, I was not prepared to actually do work to get good grades. Luckily I was able to catch myself before I started struggling, but I have heard of people thinking they don't have to do a lot of work to get good grades then get upset that their grades aren't where they want them to be. However, you come out of MSOE, knowing the material {which I guess could be considered a pro)

     

    Hope this helps. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

    Ruth