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Old 03-27-06, 06:30 PM   #1
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Which college should I go to?

I need a road cycling team, a Mechanical Engineering program, and mountains with paved roads.

A velodrome couldn't hurt either. Well, it could, if I get in a wreck.

I'm thinking University of Colorado, Boulder.

Any other schools I should be looking at?
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None other than the University of California at Berkeley. Top-notch cycling team. Top-notcher M.E. program.

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Check out Cal Poly SLO, I should've gone there for ME. They start you out with labs and hands-on stuff the very first quarter. At UCSB, it's all book-stuff with only hands-on your final year. I suspect that has something to do with our human-powered submarine entry in the ME competition sinking...
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UCF... no mountains, but a great engineering school. Plus, year round riding weather.
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UCSB - Santa Barbara is about the greatest place to ride a bike. Not to mention Solvang. Here's UCSB's team's website:http://ucsbcycling.org/
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I've got photos of Santa Barbara here: http://www.gururacing.net/artwork/SantaBarbara
The campus is pretty much surrounded by the ocean. I wouldn't recommend the ME program though... Communications and CS are actually quite good.
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Univ. of Hawaii. Dunno if it has ME or cycling team, but it's Hawaii so who cares?
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University of Idaho! Go Vandals. Mechanical Engineering program will rock your world. Not sure about the cycling teams but plenty of nearby mountains with great cycling routes. small town life, the campus is about a 3rd of the town, but its one of the best campuses in the northwest. The only one you will find that is similar to harvard.

its pretty much in the middle of no where though, 6 hours from both boise and seattle.

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Here's a nice 58 mile ride in the Santa Barbara area.
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University of Portland is small, but it has a pretty good ME program, a nice campus, and is 3 miles away from Forest Park, which is a great place for doubletrack riding and the site of an annual Cyclocross event. For the roadies, there's a decent amount of hillage around Portland. Plus we have an awesome soccer team.

The bike club is rather small though, and there's no cycling team. Also, UP is rather spendy, although less so than most of the other West Coast Conference schools. And the application deadline is closed for the 06-07 school year.
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University of Idaho! Go Vandals. Mechanical Engineering program will rock your world. Not sure about the cycling teams but plenty of nearby mountains with great cycling routes. small town life, the campus is about a 3rd of the town, but its one of the best campuses in the northwest. The only one you will find that is similar to harvard.

its pretty much in the middle of no where though, 6 hours from both boise and seattle.
The cycling club is small but active. They raise money to get out and ride several college races every year. All the engineering programs are top-notch, no matter what you want to do. Plus, the tuition is relatively cheap and the atmosphere is unparalleled. It's a great little college town filled with people who like to go outside and DO STUFF!! The people are very laid-back and awesome. If you want more reasons to go, the tallest rock wall on a University campus in the U.S., a premier biodiesel research facility and if you don't find exactly what you need, an agreement with Washington State University (only 8 miles away) to provide opportunities of a big school to round out whatever you can't get. Downsides: freaking freezing, icy winters a football team that couldn't win a game if they were alone on the field, and a lot of northern idaho rednecks. But if you can handle that, it's a fun place to go to school. (Can you tell that I bleed gold and silver?? Go Vandals!)
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Lehigh University in Pa. There is (was anyway) a velodrome a few miles away, good ME program, not sure if they have a cycling team.
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I need a road cycling team, a Mechanical Engineering program, and mountains with paved roads.

A velodrome couldn't hurt either. Well, it could, if I get in a wreck.

I'm thinking University of Colorado, Boulder.

Any other schools I should be looking at?

My big bro went to CU back in the 80's. Love Boulder, though it's gotten really pricey. Not sure if Colorado State's got a good engineering program, but Fort Collins is a cool city to live in, as well.

My alma mater has a really good engineering program, Bradley University, but Peoria, Illinois, ain't exactly the Rocky Mountains...
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I really liked UCSB when I visited. The campus is nice, and I love the area. Although UCSD has a much better bike shop than UCSB...
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Lehigh University in Pa. There is (was anyway) a velodrome a few miles away, good ME program, not sure if they have a cycling team.
Yeah, Lehigh was my second pick, they are *only* 4 hours away.

Oh, my SAT score was a 1420 (old test), a 28 on the ACT, and a 92 on the ASVAB, if that means anything.
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Univ. of Hawaii. Dunno if it has ME or cycling team, but it's Hawaii so who cares?
My alma mater ! Univ. of Hawaii-Manoa does have an M.E. program, but I don't think they have a cycling team. And for those of you expecting some kind of tropical paradise, it's rained on Oahu for about 40 days straight. And it's expected to continue for at least another few days. Nothing but floods, broken dams, and mudslides in the news. I wish I were in California.
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I have to put in a plug for Penn State. While the cycling club is not a varsity team, they do race in collegiate events in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (you just need a USA Cycling license). The roads have quite a few potholes (this is Pennsylvania), but they wind along the Appalachians, and are quite nice. We have at least three LBS within two miles, though they are a bit more expensive.

As for the engineering program, all four of my roommates are enrolled in it, three of whom are ME majors (one is aerospace), and they all enjoy it. There is also a Formula One club (composed almost entirely of engineering majors) that builds and races a car every year.
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Old 03-28-06, 11:02 PM   #22
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boulder is prettier than any of the other cities , its school is good , and also has the best liquor store in the nation
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There are a few Universities in San Diego, California. Good cycling, and we have a velodrome.
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I think Lehigh fills your criteria pretty well. The Trexlertown Velodrome is still there.
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Lehigh, I'm a sr. materials science and engineering student on the cycling team, lots and lots of good climbs and great engineering program
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