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Subject: soft eng
i am a female trying to figure out which university to go to for soft eng or comp sci. right now, i am thinking waterloo, mcgill, queens, mcmaster, or ubc..

waterloo seems to be the best option (i like the idea of the money i can earn through coop and its´ reputation, but dont like how it is difficult to meet people since they are always leaving for coop at different terms) plus, i need a NIGHTLIFE and waterloo seems to be lacking (let me know if you disagree).

i really like mcgill, but its tough to get into and im not sure if i could get any scholarships if i went there.

how do queens, mcmaster, and ubc compare for soft eng/comp sci?

any advice?

[15-11-2005,23:51]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
First off, if you are planning to take software Engineering, you probably won?t have time for a night life. Believe me, I just graduated from U of T?s com sci. You are accurate to put Waterloo at the top of your list. You may want to follow the following list of schools:

1. Waterloo,
2. Western, Queens, McGill
3. McMaster, Ryerson, Simon Fraser, U of T, UBC
4. Carleton, Concordia
5. York (Not recommended for Engineering)

Just got hired by a firm in Toronto, where I work with a lot of Ryerson Grads, and some waterloo guys. They know there stuff and are really detailed. I have come to the realization that any school you go to will give you the same type of education, its really up to you to work hard and be discipline.

[16-11-2005,00:31]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
Hi,

I think you have a fairly accurate ranking. However, I would probably put McMaster on the 2nd tier. McMaster´s Software Engineering program is one of the strongest in Canada (well, not that there are many accredited by the CEAB anyway). There´s a huge breadth of talent and research going on. Whether people know about it, who knows. It´s Computer Science, not as good, sadly. They´re trying to change from a pure theoretical CS to a more practical CS so there´s some transitions going on.

If you´re looking for a nightlife, it´s gotta be a big city. I mean, Toronto or Montreal have all the clubs you´d ever want. However, other cities will have places to go because there are university students there. I mean, Waterloo does have clubs like Rev and such. Okay, only Rev, haha.

But yeah, just get as much information as you can and make your own informed decision. There´s always bias (as can be seen by my post. ;) )

[16-11-2005,03:12]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
I heard Mcmaster sucks big time. I would stay away from that one.


[16-11-2005,10:34]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
yikes, no nightlife at all? what about weekends?

thanks for all the advice..

yes, i heard similar about mcmaster.. i was just trying to figure out if it was true or not, i guess there´s mixed opinions

thanks alot!

[16-11-2005,19:02]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
western?

i heard western sucked for any kind of eng

[16-11-2005,19:33]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
I´d like to hear the issues with Software Engineering at McMaster.

I mean honestly, I´d like to hear specific points on why the degree programs offered could be considered inferior to other ones, not just hearsay from a friend of a friend who went through the program and dropped out.

[16-11-2005,20:43]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
Concordia offers phD in engineering and Ryerson does not, but Ryerson ranks higher on your engineering school list?

Does the original poster know Concordia now has the most graduate engineering students in the country?

It´s true Western engineering is too highly ranked on your list.

[16-11-2005,22:35]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
There was a guy on this forum in Mcmaster software engineering and he said he hated it big time. Also, I heard that Mcmaster profs cannot speak english and they really suck. Apparently, the only good thing at Mcmaster is the med school. Furthermore, there is no social scene in Hamilton. So yeah, I do not attend the University, but I read this forum alot and from memory, Mcmaster is not all that popular. Again, this is all hearsay.


[16-11-2005,22:42]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
Well, most of the professors in the Department of Computing and Software are quite capable of speaking English. It is true that many post-secondary institutions have issues with professors not being able to communicate with students. I can´t say that every professor speaks perfect English but that´s just the way it is.

I don´t know, that person had their own experiences and I have mine. I personally think that maybe that person was just not interested in Software Engineering (or maybe found it to difficult?). If you are interested in the theory and application of software design principles, I don´t see a problem with McMaster´s program.

I mean, most programs are pretty much equal in terms of coverage (the CEAB gives some rough guidelines and though SE is a young field, there are still some basic concepts that all schools need to teach).

As for Hamilton´s nightlife, it´s what you make of it. I mean... there are several clubs downtown. The pubs are great and the campus club/bar is... decent. =P It´s certainly no Montreal or Toronto though.

[16-11-2005,22:50]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
Oh and just a note, arguments should be made specifically about Software Engineering.

A university is a large place. People make generalizations but they are way too sweeping and you really miss the specifics. I mean, let´s say UT has a better graduate program (generalization that people accept) but there are better places to go for an MBA, right? So... be wary of these kinds of things.

[16-11-2005,22:54]
Anonymous
(in reply to: soft eng)
UofT is quite easily the top graduate computer science school in Canada. If you do not know this, then you must never have looked in to grad schools.
[17-11-2005,01:59]
Anonymous



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