Advice from Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

To Parents of Prospective Students,

Welcome to Michigan State University College of Engineering!

Thomas WolffAs your son or daughter begins their college search, you may have many questions and concerns. Your son or daughter will be making a very important and personal decision that will have much impact on their academic, professional, and extracurricular life. While many aspects of that decision will involve you (Can we afford it? Can she afford not to? Are you sure you want to major in.....?), the decision to succeed in college and pursue a future career path ultimately becomes the responsibility of your adult child. At MSU, and in the College of Engineering, we have many resources to help your student and you make these important decisions.

In selecting a college, there may be many considerations -- what programs are offered, ability to change majors, location, cost, and yes, even rankings. My best advice is to:

  • Make a personal visit to all schools that appear to fit your son or daughter's interests.There are many good engineering programs, but each has its own "flavors", things they emphasize and take pride in. Ours include professional advising, over 30 engineering student organizations, many opportunities to study abroad, an emphasis on living-learning programs, undergraduate courses taught by faculty, and for qualified students, opportunities to engage in research.
  • Ask what companies visit campus to recruit graduates.
  • Walk around and speak to students as well as administrators. Ask your son or daughter to imagine living and learning on the MSU campus and eventually becoming a lifelong member of the Spartan family. Does that feel right?
  • Apply early. Most scholarships need no separate application. All applicants are automatically considered, but we need your application and records on file.

When you visit our College of Engineering, you will have the opportunity to meet with our Assistant to the Dean for Recruiting, Scholarships and K-12 Outreach and/or an academic advisor, and speak with a student guide while taking a building tour. Please share your questions and comments with us.

Helping YOU make good choices!

Thomas F. Wolff, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
College of Engineering
Michigan State University
1415 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Tel: 517-355-5128
wolff@egr.msu.edu
http://www.egr.msu.edu/~wolff
MSU Engineering Undergraduate Studies