Recently-released surveys from The Princeton Review reveal that engineering students aren’t always pleased with their professors. In a category titled “Professors Get Low Marks,” seven of the worst ten schools had high percentages of engineering students. The United States Merchant Marine Academy, Stevens Institute of Technology, Cal Tech, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology were the worst four. Others in the bottom ten include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Georgia Tech, and Illinois Institute of Technology. The results were part of a multiple-choice survey administered to more than 120,000 college students. In the “Professors Get Low Marks” category, students were asked, “Are your instructors good teachers?”
Students responding to the same question put only one engineering school – Harvey Mudd College – in the best 20.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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