on-campus engineering degree for student with dyslexia

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  1. Michelle

    Michelle Member

    I'm posting this in the off-topic area because the question is about finding an on-campus program rather than distance learning.

    Is anyone familiar with a 4 year engineering school (I'm thinking polytechnic but definitely open to other suggestions) that would be a good choice for someone with dyslexia who struggles with foreign languages and higher level writing skills but is brilliant at understanding how mechanical things work and coming up with creative solutions to problems? If not, do you have any suggestions of other sites I could search?
  2. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    In California, the schools most like this might be the two "Cal Poly" schools, in full the "California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo" and the "California State Polytechnic University, Pomona". They are both proud of their "learn by doing" approach to education, with a particular focus on engineering and agriculture.

    Another type of state school that you might want to look at are "mines" schools, which also have a reputation for practical, hands-on technical education. Many western states established a "school of mines" during the 19th Century. Mining is no longer as economically important, but the schools still exist; they now cover a broad range of engineering/technology fields. Examples:

    - Colorado School of Mines
    - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ("New Mexico Tech")
    - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    - Montana Tech (formerly "Montana School of Mines")
    - Michigan Technological University (formerly "Michigan School of Mines")
    - Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly "Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy" and "University of Missouri - Rolla")

    These schools tend to be smaller, undergraduate-focused state universities, with relatively low tuition and high employment rates. Downsides may include isolated locations and unusually low female enrollment.

    Some of these schools, like Cal Poly SLO or Colorado School of Mines, have relatively competitive admissions. The ones in smaller states are generally easier to get into.
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  3. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Also, if you are in Oregon (as your "location" suggests), then the Oregon Institute of Technology seems like a distinct possibility.
  4. Michelle

    Michelle Member

    Thanks, CalDog! I had never heard of "mines" schools and will definitely have to check them out.

    I own a home in the Atlanta area. We used to have a cabin in Oregon that came with my husband's old job, but he's been in temporary housing for almost a year now. I was asking for my youngest son. It is very likely he will graduate from the private high school he attends in the Atlanta area in two years, although sometimes he jokes about moving to Oregon right before he graduates so that he won't have to meet the foreign language requirement. Since the high school graduation requirements are so much easier to meet in Oregon, I wonder if the colleges might be easier too. He doesn't really need easier though - just a school that focuses more on science and math than language skills.

    We have a polytechnic university here (http://www.spsu.edu), but I am concerned about the foreign language requirement. Also, it was recently taken over by a large liberal arts university that has a horrible reputation for not giving disabled students the accommodations they need. I don't know how that will affect the engineering school over the next two years, but it seems likely that it won't be a positive influence.
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

  6. Michelle

    Michelle Member

    Thanks, Kizmet!
  7. OITMaples

    OITMaples New Member

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