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Milwaukee School of Engineering Reviews

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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 1 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Generally, If you like math and science, there is a good chance you would like MSOE. Although Engineering is in its name, MSOE also offers nursing, business, and more for students who do not want to major in engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending MSOE, be prepared for working hard on homework and studying. Also, you should plan on having fun at your 4 or 5 years at MSOE. (MSOE offers 5 year dual degree program).

    Bang for the buck

    MSOE has everything to offer for students. MSOE offers a general scholarship to almost every student that plans on attending the school, ranging up to $12,000 a year. If students still need financial aid, there are many more scholarship opportunities and other forms of financial aid to every student. Students who attend MSOE obtain a top notch education while experiencing some of the best years of their lives. MSOE’s small class sizes help students learn better than in large halls. The students experience more lab time than many of the other top universities. MSOE offers a guarantee for on track students to graduate on time and have every class available when need. Apart from the excellent education, the students can get involved with activities and many student organizations.

    Am enjoying being here

    At MSOE, students are able to meet other people from all over the world. The study abroad program brings in students from the Czech Republic, Germany, and India. There is always something to do at MSOE. The school lets students create and run organizations or clubs, so there is something for everyone to do. While there are many academic related organizations at MSOE, there are also others which deal with community service, intramural sports, anime, gaming, music, and much more. When living in the City of Milwaukee, there is always something to do. Students can take a walk down to the lake, Ice skate at all times of the year at MSOE’s Kern Center, explore the city’s shops, paintball, go to the movie theatre, etc. The possibilities are endless.

    Am learning a lot

    The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a much smaller school than many of the other top engineering universities in the Midwest. The size of the class is a major factor for getting a better education. Because of the smaller number of students, there are fewer students in each class. The largest lectures range from 26 to 30 students. With the class sizes this small, the students and professors get to know each other easily. (There are no teacher’s aides at MSOE, only professors). At MSOE, the time in the labs play a large role in getting the students involved with their major. The students who attend MSOE experience more than four times the amount of time spent in labs than students who attend other schools throughout the country. The academic track at MSOE has students taking core classes dealing with their major since the beginning of their freshman year. If a student is having trouble with a class, the student will be able to get help from the free tutoring in the learning resource center or from talking directly to their professor in person, on the phone, or even by email. Everyone is willing to help. The professors actually care and want to help you pass the class.

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like math and science in a smaller college atmosphere, this is the place for you. It is a great school and they will do anything and everything they can to get you a job. Just be ready to work long and hard for the years you are here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a challenge, this is the place for you. Don't come here expecting parties every night or to find your next girlfriend. This school is very down to earth when it comes to their curriculum but keep students busy their entire scholarly career.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is not a cheap one. Although they aren't, they offer a great academic scholarship to almost every student. They invest a lot into the school between high quality teachers and lab equipment. They also provide state-of-the-art laptops to every student that are renewed every 2 years (that you get to keep when you graduate). This is great so no one is at a disadvantage when it comes to the computer they can afford.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really do enjoy the classes. The teachers are great for the most part, and the rigor keeps you challenged at every turn of every quarter of class. Sometimes, school keeps you so busy you cannot have an outside life like a job which can be a problem for some. Also, MSOE is not much for partying. The male to female ratio holds steady around 4 to 1.

    Am learning a lot

    MSOE is a tough school, there is no doubt there. Although the teachers are enjoyable, they are very rigorous and know their stuff. Occasionally you run into a teacher that hasn't been around as long and you will end up teaching yourself as much as you learn from the teacher. In general, the rigor of the classes allows for vast understanding and understanding of how to apply what you learn.

  • 08/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    MSOE is perfect for students who want a city feel without having to live in a huge metropolis. The school itself is really small, but both outgoing and shy students feel very comfortable with the class sizes and student population.

    Tips for prospective students

    MSOE is tough. A lot of time and hard work is essential to getting your degree here, so be prepared to work!

    Bang for the buck

    As far as colleges go, MSOE is pretty expensive. However, the Financial Aid department is usually able to give you what you need, and the acceptance scholarships are great!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love MSOE. I joined the rowing team, and it's a lot of fun. It's really easy to get involved here, and Milwaukee is a great town.

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn SO much here. You jump right in to major-specific courses and labs your first term, which is definitely an advantage MSOE has over other engineering and tech schools. The professors are great and the class sizes are small, so you get a lot of personal instruction.

  • 01/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    MSOE is perfect for students looking for a great education with surrounding friendly attitudes which guide you to succeed in life. It is also for students who are looking to complete a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a very fast, hard, beneficial education. Make sure you plan your future according to your class schedules, because if you fall behind in school it will be difficult to catch up.

    Bang for the buck

    Though an expensive school, every moment your in class is worth more than the tuition. The school provides each and every student with a computer to use throughout their schooling at MSOE; a definite help. There are many opportunities for students to get free stuff such as tickets for upcoming events, and even merchandise.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school, classes, students, and faculty are great. It is apparent the professors want you to succeed by making the classes difficult so that you may better understand why you need the course in your curriculum for your major. The professors interact with the students to insure their time at MSOE is not a waste. The school teaches you the skills you will need to better compete against other future employees in the career of your choice.

    Am learning a lot

    Being a MSOE freshman, I am able to see how the school is already providing me with skills for life outside of college. MSOE makes you get involved with your major, putting you in an environment with fellow students who also strive to succeed in the engineering world. Hands on learning is great for basic skills preparing you to be affective when entering a career straight out of college.

  • 08/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're a gamer, and you know your memes... you'll fit in very well. To me, it seems as if MSOE is filled with quirky students. We're all a little weird. It's not as jock crazy as UWM is, and I love that. Although, we have a VERY popular hockey team.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and do home work for at least two hours for every hour you spend in class. I know that sounds like a lot, but you need to, in order to keep up. Don't be afraid to join an org, it's amazing fun. Trust me, I would laugh if someone told me in high school that I was gonna join a sorority.

    Bang for the buck

    For this, all I have to say is Oh my god. The laptops and tech support are well worth the technology fee. All throughout the year, they have free stuff going on, and not to mention the things that the school pays for when your in a sorority/fraternity (It encourages bonding.).

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in the dorms, which, for me, is amazing. At home, things are horribly stressful. This way, my parents really miss me when I come home, and things are a lot calmer. There's so much to do on campus, and without spending any money either!

    Am learning a lot

    While I took some basic engineering classes in High school, I'm only finished with my first year and my brain wants to burst. Don't be afraid to talk to your teachers, they are very willing to help you understand.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Rent as many books as you can.

    What to do for fun

    There's a game room on the campus and fraternity parties are available.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has all you can eat selections.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, but it can be hard because you are away from your family.

    Academic Rigor

    Their academics can be challenging to anybody who doesn't know the proper studying technique. Don't study with distraction and take notes in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time well and make sure you study enough to know the material.

    In three sentences

    The education is challenging, but the classes help with resume building experience. Being on campus helps me realize the stresses of living on your own. The campus is very accommodating for the events that are created and the location of where the campus is located on in Milwaukee with events in Milwaukee.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's in it's own bubble.

    Greek Life

    Not very much greek life. I think it's 5% of students are in greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of sports and clubs. There is not a football team though. The hockey team is kind of the replacement for that.

    Great for these types of students

    studious students

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The lake front is a few blocks down from campus. This is fun to go to with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is small, and the food does not taste good. There is a cafe that has good food. It is locate in the CC.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old school. It has small rooms. There is only one common room.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that this college isn't like a normal college where you can party whenever you want. MSOE will challenge you academically.

    In three sentences

    MSOE is a very educational school. They pride themselves on being academically challenging. MSOE is a wonderful learning opportunity and career building school.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    MSOE is located in one of the safest places in Milwaukee and has a full team of Public Safety officers. These officers perform such duties as monitoring the entrances of both dorms, patrolling campus in cars, and responding to emergencies. In addition, there are safety poles throughout campus (which is quite small) to aid Public Safety in its duties.

    Greek Life

    I have not participated in Greek life, but there are several fraternities and sororities that maintain an active social atmosphere around campus with both each other and the general student population.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities at MSOE. These include intramural sports, professional associations relating to the majors offered, international associations, and much more.

    Great for these types of students

    MSOE is good for students who can learn fundamentals and theory during lecture and put it into practice during labs. If you are interested in learning about your major from the start, this is a good place for you. It should also be noted that MSOE requires dedication and hard work towards academics not seen at most schools, so students need to be driven and organized to do well in classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The science building is a Frankenstein of architecture. Originally two separate buildings, the school decided to combine them in to one. However, the varying heights of ceilings and floors at different elevations along the slight incline of the block the building is on causes the building to resemble a maze of sorts, with the common joke being that after four years you'll still be lucky to find a classroom without getting lost once or twice.

    Bang for the buck

    I would give MSOE a five star rating, since academically, the payoff (95% placement rate, average starting salary of $56,000 a year, in and out in 4 years) is worth the tuition, but the requirement to stay in the dorms with a meal plan when living off campus is much cheaper lowers the value greatly.

    What to do for fun

    The Kern Center is a state of the art athletic facility that is free for students and $5 for guests. In addition, many of the students have hobbies to fill their free time. Since campus is located in downtown Milwaukee, many great venues (museums, theaters, etc.) are just a short walk away.

    Food and Dining

    A meal plan is required for students living in the residence halls. The food isn't great, but the cafeteria is all you can eat. In addition, there are two campus restaurants that use the meal plan which offer good food. You should plan on making your own meals in a microwave to have variety from the cafeteria food as well as bringing your own snacks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not set up very well to provide much opportunity for social interaction, but laying out your room effectively can. There are no common rooms on the floors (which is why using your room effectively is important) so there isn't a good large place to meet with floor mates nearby. However, there is cleaning staff for the hallways and bathrooms, as well as a study floor in one of the buildings. It should also be noted that these areas can be found in many of the other campus building, all within a block from the residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    MSOE is by far one of the most challenging schools out there. With many students dropping out or transferring by their sophomore year, it requires a great deal of effort from the students to stay on task in order to succeed. However, the teachers are usually quite fair about deadlines and have many office hours if you need additional help.

    Tips for prospective students

    MSOE's social atmosphere seems nonexistent if you don't look for things to do and people to hang out with. If you want to talk to people or do things, pay attention to your email, as many social events are posted through this medium. In addition, learn to be organized, setting aside times to study and do homework, as MSOE has a very tough course load. At the same time, don't expect to get a 4.0 throughout your time here, as only 7 people in school history have.

    In three sentences

    MSOE is a top tier engineering school that will get you an excellent job after only 4 years of college. Some of the social aspects are lacking compared to some schools, but they still exist. It is a very small campus with even smaller class sizes.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe at all times

    Great for these types of students

    Focused

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none yet

    Bang for the buck

    Its a little pricey, Im searching for scholarships

    What to do for fun

    Plenty, it's like living in a mini Chicago

    Food and Dining

    Similar to high school food :(

    Dorm Life

    Quiet but good

    Academic Rigor

    It's much harder than high school

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard

    In three sentences

    This school is awesome. The city and people are great. And I have plenty of homework!

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus itself is quiet. Campus security Officers patrol the area and check the I.D's of every student who enters. Even the city is mostly peaceful, but police sirens do go speeding down the road occasionally. I have no qualms about walking on campus anytime of day, but I wouldn't venture out into Milwaukee past 8 pm without a group of friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer all sorts of sports including Frisbee, Hockey volleyball, soccer, basketball, and martial arts clubs for the athletically inclined. The Kern Center is not only the campus ice rink (Available for Free Skate nights weekly) but a gym, providing a track for running even through the winter and various types of exercise equipment. Aside from physical fitness, MSOE is stocked with clubs of all colors, including photography, theatre, robotics, and vehicle design. If the club doesn't exist yet, it can be created too!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have an aptitude for mathematics and chemistry and wish to exercise these aptitudes are encouraged to come to MSOE for Engineering. They also offer Nursing degrees for those interested in the Healthcare field and Business Degrees for the industrious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Painted Rock is a rock painted weekly by the local Sororities and Fraternities. It's covered in decades of accumulated layers of paint, likely several inches thick.

    Bang for the buck

    The initial price for the College is staggering to consider, but MSOE does everything in their power to ensure that the average person can attend. They offer a stupendous financial aid package of 12,000$ per year, amounting to almost half the average student's total tuition. They offer work to students in need of an income, and provide services of all types to ensure the experience is a good one. They provide every student with a computer and provide any and all tech support necessary for it's upkeep. They also hold group tutoring sessions and offer priate tutoring as well to any student, whether those students are currently earning B's or F's. For the serious student, they give us ervery opportunity possible to succeed.

    What to do for fun

    I go on walks frequently around town to get to know the area. The lakefront is simply breathtaking and the musuem is quite a sight to see. There is almost always a group or greek event going on during the week, often without chargning admission and at the same time offering free food and drink. Who doesn't like free stuff?

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite varied from day to day and it is almost always satisfactory. It's provided very cheaply, 3$ per meal, in buffet style dining so students can eat to their content. They offer fruits, salad, and veggies every meal. As far as nutrition goes, they give students every opportunity to maintain a healthy diet. For those who are looking for a little more flavor, several restaurants nearby are available to cater to the hungry college student, sometimes with discounted prices too.

    Dorm Life

    Education is important, but dorm life provides an invaluable opportunity to meet new people. Too many students hide in their rooms, only going out to attend their classes or our to eat. In MSOE they set aside an entire week after moving in to socialize and meet new people through activities set by our Residential Advisors, Academic Advisors, and Fraternities to end the summer with a bang. I've met more people that I respect and admire in MSOE than I ever knew in high school!

    Academic Rigor

    Very few class days feel drawn-out or useless, so every class is important in understanding the concepts that follow after. That being said, a missed day is truly impairing in the long run. Academic integrity and discipline is important for success at MSOE. The classes are small enough that professors will notice a student's absence, and they take note of those students as well. The teachers are easy to contact, however, and a simple email can inform the professor of a student's predicament if they overslept or cannot make it to class. The instructors are more tahn willing to respond to the email with all the relevant lesson material and inform the student of the content of a lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Studying is an essential tool for academic success, no matter your previous high school background. Make good choices in friends and use your friends to help review materials if you have the same instructor.

    In three sentences

    The classes proceed through assigned material at a steady and comfortable pace and teachers are demanding yet accomodating. The majority of the students are intrinsically motivated for success as well, reinforcing much of what is learned outside of class. The Mikwaukee School of Engineering is a challenging but rewarding experience, in all respects.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The greek orgs are very different from stereotypical frats and sororities. They do drink, but definitely not as much as TV portrays them out to be. They do actually care about their members' education and helping them succeed into becoming well-rounded people.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around and experience the city! The lake is close by so it's nice when the weather is sunny and warm. Hang out with friends and just live it up :)

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food isn't the best. Roscoe's is good for awhile, but gets tiring eventually. Skylight food is delicious, but limited options. Ramen tastes pretty good, though. It actually tastes better in college than ever before, especially after experiencing caf food. Also, Panera, Noodles, Qdoba, and Buffalo Wild Wings are within walking distance. A grocery store is a block away as well.

    Dorm Life

    Best part of college. I love having friends just a few doors down from me. While it takes some getting used to and a lot of prioritizing, friends make the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The grading scale is very intimidating. Also, unlike Ivy schools who curve and make everyone's GPA's higher than they should be, MSOE has only had about 14 alums graduate with 4.0s since it was established. It takes a lot of hard work, but the 94% job placement rate means future employers know graduates are cream of the crop.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leave your dorm room during welcome week. What you do during welcome week can make or break your experience. If I hadn't stepped out of my comfort zone and introduced myself to so many people, my life now would be so dull. Make friends. Branch out. You will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    It is not as difficult as I expected, but I hear it gets tougher after freshman year. Unlike the myth that says attendance doesn't matter, it does; some teachers make attendance/participation a part of the grade. While the courses can be rigorous, it's easy to find friends and have a good time.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's so safe that I as a student am bared from even going in the dorms unless a friend signs me in and out. You can't get into most buildings after 6pm or on weekends without a student id to scan. Public safety cars are everywhere. In other words, this place is good if you're scared of the big cities because they have muggings and homeless people. As a person who's been mugged and been homeless, I find the length to which the school goes to create a safe atmosphere also blocks off the students' real vision of the world and places them in a nice bubble. A lot of the students are in for a real shock when they realize that public safety isn't always there.

    Greek Life

    A couple fraternities and sororities. You won't be looked down on if you're not a part of one and most students aren't. They can be a source of fun and motivation for those who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unknown. Don't hear about any except the Student Council.

    Great for these types of students

    Introverted, gaming, technology-based, students passionate about engineering who want to immerse their whole life in it, students who want to make a lot of money in their future jobs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    St. Patrick's Day is considered a big holiday. As St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers, an entire week of competitions, a parade, and school dance is planned. On the Friday at the end of the week, teachers can choose to have their classes cancelled after 2pm by having a couple of students dressed in costume come into the class, cut the teacher's tie in half, and excuse classes. Any class after 4pm that Friday is cancelled.

    Bang for the buck

    Your tuition money will go to a lot of things you most likely will not use such as the new athletic field, Kern Center (gym), club activities, advertising, etc. However, if you know how to live frugally on campus, you can get your money's worth through being provided shelter and the extensiveness of classes pertaining to your major. Just make sure you sign up for financial aid and get as many scholarships as possible!

    What to do for fun

    Drink. That's all Milwaukee is good for. The campus is located within walking distance from Water Street and Brady. Otherwise, enjoy playing Minecraft in your room.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plan is required in the dorms and the food is usually bland, especially Friday through Sunday. Normal buffet would be some form of broccoli, some form of chicken, pizza, burgers, pasta, and fries. Sometimes they do theme days where all the food will be from a different region such as Brazilian or Mexican. Very rarely though.

    Dorm Life

    Some floors come together and group up forming strong friendships. Other floors you won't see a soul outside of their room as they play Minecraft. Depends who you're roomed with.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes that are exclusively for your area of study such as engineering can't be beat. However, other courses are simple and teach very little making it feel like a waste of money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here unless you like talking in nothing but facts! Small talk is almost unheard of and people seem to think they need to reference citations for everything they say. Also, this school may seem great to women due to the high percentage of men, but after a quarter you will be begging for female intervention.

    In three sentences

    The rules and guidelines in this school are very conservative and require many general courses that are nothing but filler and a waste of time. However, the engineering and mathematics courses move very quickly and a lot of outside classwork must be done to get average grades.

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few clubs, so odds are you'll find something.

    Great for these types of students

    Introverts, suck-ups, 4.0 types, and nerds.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get one hell of an education, but it is also very expensive. So I guess you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Not much unless you're into the stupid card game known as Magic.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe food is okay, but it's nothing special. There are also two other places to get food that are a bit better, but again, nothing special.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't too bad overall. They are a bit old being that they were built in the 60's, but the only real issue is the elevators when they stop working.

    Academic Rigor

    MSOE is exceedingly difficult so be prepared to work your hardest! You will be tested at every turn and being that it is one the quarter system, the classes go by fast, so you can't miss a day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here to find yourself. It's much too expensive if you are not 100% certain of what you want to do. Be prepared for a 60 hour school week between in class and out of class studying if you want to do well.

    In three sentences

    MSOE is a great college if you are a hard worker and truly know what you want to do. The professors are tough, but as long as you are respectful you'll be fine. There's also a lot to do if you are 21 or older, if not, there isn't too much.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    14 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    general cafeteria food, there are a couple of cafes but nothing out of the ordinary.

    Dorm Life

    like every thing else in life it's what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    everything is at a faster pace, plus our grading scale is higher. for example for lets say a c any where else that would be a d here.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for as many scholarships as you can before you start classes, and don't stop once you're in college. there is tutors available for a lot of the courses, don't be ashamed to use them, plus there is no charge for it.

    In three sentences

    msoe has small class sizes, so you get all the attention you need. everyone goes out of their way to help you out. you're on a quarter system so don't leave anything left for later time flies by quicker than you think. the experience you gain is far better quality than you can expect anywhere else.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The zip code MSOE is located in is the safest in Milwaukee area. Furthermore, we have a campus safety program where buildings are locked early and ID's are needed to get in. Also, there is public safety personnel present 24/7 in the dorms to ensure safety of the residents.

    Greek Life

    Being in a sorority, greek life is very popular on campus. The greeks take part in many volunteer services as well as host events with each other for the students of MSOE.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many varsity sports on campus, however we have tons of intramural sports. If you can't find a sport on campus that you like, you are more than welcome to start one up yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a spirit rock in which students, mostly greeks, paint their colors or paint designs to show school spirit. It also makes a great way to take a break from homework.

    Bang for the buck

    The MSOE education is like any other and although the tuition is quite steep, it will pay off in the future. You are guaranteed to graduate in 4 years if you stay on track and have a high starting salary upon graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Because MSOE is in downtown Milwaukee, there are a million things to do! You can walk down to the lakefront and sit on the beach or walk to Cathedral Square and listen to music play and go to the markets in the summertime. Also, there are many restaurants and coffee shops to visit.

    Food and Dining

    Although there are a few places to eat on campus, we have the ability to use our cards off campus as well. These places include Chipotle, AJ Bombers, Sobleman's, and various other restaurants. The food on campus however is good, you just have to find which place you like best.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a lot of fun and an excellent way to meet new people. Getting to know people on campus is important so that you have friends to help you when you get stuck. At MSOE, we have the privilege of wonderful Resident Assistants that make life that much better.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic work at MSOE is mildly difficult and fast paced. In order to stay in a school like this, homework must be completed on time otherwise you will fall behind quickly. In having trimesters, we attempt to complete close to a semesters worth of work in 10 weeks.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to MSOE you will have to work hard and stay focused. The education one receives from MSOE is above most others and is noticed through employers. Also, don't forget to make time for yourself and to hang out with friends. Finally, try something new; you never know what you will be good at.

    In three sentences

    The Milwaukee School of Engineering has superb staff and faculty that make the school incredible. It's hands on learning style allow me to get valuable experience that most others will not have in the engineering field. Also, MSOE has a terrific student body that add to the uniqueness of the campus.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our public safety officers are constantly driving around campus. You have to show your ID with a resident sticker on it to get into the dorms.

    Greek Life

    There are 3 fraternities and 3 sororities on campus. As a member of the Greek community you will participate in a ton of philanthropic events as well as social and educational. 2 of the fraternities have houses but it definitely isn't an Animal House type of atmosphere. Go Greek if you are interested in making friends and connections that last a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 70 student organization of all types.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like to work hard and play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    St. Patrick's Week is our big tradition. Join a student organization with a team and compete against the rest of the school.

    Bang for the buck

    The placement rates say it all.

    What to do for fun

    Milwaukee has a ton of festivals, museums, bars, and houses with basements to party in. Whatever you are into, there is something for you.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food isn't great for the price you pay for a meal plan. You will survive though!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are older, but the RA's make sure everyone knows each other. It is fun if you get to know your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not a place to slack off. Many of your classmates freshman year you won't see again after a few quarters. Be ready to do a lot of work and get a lot in return.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard! Get a calendar/to do list system together early and follow through with it.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are several different sororities and fraternities on campus to choose from and everyone is really very nice.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is really great for, well, nerds. It is primarily an engineering school, and most people who go into that field can be kind of nerdy.

    Food and Dining

    There are a couple of dining options on campus, though some are better than others. The cafeteria has hours that might not work for everyone and the food is only okay there at best.

    Dorm Life

    Girls and boys have their own floors, though the female population is MUCH smaller than the male population. People can be sort of antisocial, but that's because they are all doing their own things.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to do a lot of work. Don't be at all disappointed if you don't do as well as you did in high school, because it is very hard to do extremely well in all of your classes.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The public safety is kind of a joke at MSOE. More annoying than helping most of the time. They do a pretty good job most of the time though with keeping the area safe, which is good.

    Greek Life

    It is present. Two big fraternities (DSP and Triangle). There are actually more sororities, but the sororities I think are more local and they are not allowed to have a house, which stinks. It is not terrible for being an engineering school though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a decent amount of clubs and activities. If what the school provides isn't enough, it is located in Milwaukee, so there should be something to do.

    Great for these types of students

    White males make up most of the school. It is a fact. There are international students, and most of the girls that attend the school are in the nursing program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fraternities and sororities, and some times other clubs will paint a big rock by the science building. There is a credulous amount of paint on that rock.

    Bang for the buck

    If you don't have a scholarship or financial aid, you will be hurting financially. MSOE is pretty good though with trying to help out financially. Personally with the financial aid and scholarships it isn;t a bad deal.

    What to do for fun

    There are actually a lot of things you can do for fun, like join a club or do sports. Uni-cycling club, gaming club, society of automotive engineers, supermileage, fraternities, sororities, baseball, basketball, ice skating, hockey, christian stuff, etc. Or just hang out with friends in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    The one dining hasl is buffet style. It is OK. Food quality depends on the time you go. Overall the food is pretty unhealthy. The food outside the cafeteria is better, but more expensive and more limited. I really wish healthy food like skim milk and baked chips were included as a meal. Oh well.

    Dorm Life

    Floors are separated to guy/girl floors. There is an RA per floor, and the floors are not particularly big. The dorms are conveniently close to buildings with classes. You don;t need a car, just walk. The overall maintenance in the dorms can often be lacking though (cleanliness, elevators, printers, etc).

    Academic Rigor

    MSOE will challenge you. It is based on a ten week system, so the classes move extremely fast. If you do not stay on top of the material, you will quickly find yourself in a hole. Teachers generally do care though, so get help. If you use all the resources provided at MSOE, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to have a good work ethic to succeed at this school. Join some clubs and get involved. If you are happy and motivated to stay at the school, most likely you will try harder.

    In three sentences

    The school is small, expensive, difficult, but will most likely get you a good paying job if you stick through it. With only 2,500 students you won't get lost in a sea of students. It is an abet accreditted school that isn't perfect but I like it.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is at every dorms. After hours access to all building can only be achieved with an ID. Security is available 24 hours daily.

    Greek Life

    Would have to contact school. I do not remember the name...But it is there

    Clubs and Activities

    Sororities alpha delta lambda Fraternities knitting Others are there, but cannot remember them

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work extremely hard and do not give up easily. Students who knows that college is sacrifice and will understand that they have to give up some of the fun to gain an education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unusual locations: There is stairs in one of the building that leads to no ware...really..it goes to a wall.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, I will not lie. But it prepares you for life. I am a nursing major and business management minor that was going to a previous nursing school and had to transfer because of family illness and I had to drop a class at the previous school . I can only drop a class twice w/o being kicked out, but I chose to leave because I had to take care of home. I transferred to this school and I do not regret it. The other school do not come close to preparing me for the real world has this school is doing. When you leave here as a new nurse you are ready to practice and have gained far more experience than some students get at other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Campus will have activities that are held by sororities and fraternities if that is a interest. There is a knitting club. Around the school there are events that go on outside campus. I spent most of the time studying. Fun was not a major plan that I used, but the fliers and advertisement in the bulletin will give the latest occurrences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study....do not anticipate and easy ride....some teachers might be lenient, but others might be harder. But all of the professors want to see you succeed. Apply for financial aid and as many scholarships as you can find. It will be a blessing with the expenses of boarding, books and school fee. Read ahead and ask questions. Use tutoring and extra help if offered by professors. Make it your job to learn. Get your money's worth. Do not procrastinate it is your worst enemy here. You will not like the results if you do. Be patient with yourself, if you are not making the As you want in the first year, let it be the year of learning how you learn and what ca be changed to increase your grades. Take time for yourself, breathe, and welcome to MSOE

    In three sentences

    Awesome. Great Faculty they actually cares...yes they care about each student. Every student is given the chance to practice what they learn in their major. Here Experience and teaching meets life. I love it here. It requires hard work, harder than the average, but it is worth it if you do not want just an ordinary education that you go into the world not having experience. But, if you want to be challenged and step into the working world confidently . Come Here. They make you dream and think at the same time. Here you have teachers that teach you how to learn and how to become your own teacher.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is always staffed in the dorms and around campus, I feel completely safe whenever I am on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is one of my favorite things about campus. I guarantee there is a group you will absolutely love on campus. Go out and get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    The price tag may scare you, but MSOE provides awesome financial aid, and with some work finding scholarships and grants, you can make it work for you!

    What to do for fun

    Tons of stuff! DIII Sports teams, ultimate frisbee, unicycle club, Theatre Troupe, professional societies, Student Government, religious groups, not to mention the hundreds of free events that Student Life sponsors throughout the year or the AMAZING city of Milwaukee.

    Food and Dining

    To be honest, the food isn't the very best on campus, but there are some amazing restaurants and fast food joints right within walking distance of campus. There are also a good amount of healthy options available in the dining facilities if that is a concern.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are relatively nice. Everything you need to survive is right in the dorms. Cafeteria is right downstairs, there is a game room too. If you loft your beds there is plenty of space in the rooms to make it your own, and admissions matches you up with a roommate who you should be able to get along with great, very few problems in that respect.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult at times. However, professors are there to help you succeed and legitimately care for your concerns. Most classes are small, providing time for one-on-one interaction and a great learning experience.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my first year at MSOE as much as I could have ever hoped to. It is by no means an easy experience, you are presented with rigorous coursework, but faculty members and fellow students are fantastic resources to help in your success. Student Life at MSOE is amazing, there are so many things to do on campus and in Milwaukee, staying involved is a big part of life at MSOE.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 29

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are literally hundreds of clubs on campus, enough for everybody to get involved and meet students of all majors and classes. Aside from the many clubs, there are a plenty of popular places surrounding the campus that let students eat and just hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually not too bad, most days include a lot of good food and various options. However, every now and again the food just isn't what you want it to be. Long story short, better than high school cafeteria food, but it can't beat a home cook meal.

    Dorm Life

    Not much can be said, most dorm rooms are very similar and nothing all too special. But there is some leeway, allowing students to personalize their room in order to make it a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    As stated above, the comes fast, so it is important not to fall behind. Various study skills should be adopted in order to complete the work in the given time.

    Tips for prospective students

    For anyone looking to attend MSOE, the most important piece of advice I can offer is to stay on top of your work. Because of the schools trimester system, you will go through an extra semester a year, meaning that even though some of the work may not be that difficult, it's coming at you very quickly. As long as your able to keep up and manage your work, your time at MSOE should be a great experience.

    In three sentences

    A fantastic University that allows its students to push themselves to further their knowledge. All professors are ready and willing to aid those who need a little more help to understand various topics. And above all, it is a place full of character, allowing anybody to meet new friends and have an all around good college experience.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 29

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are always fun this planed

    Food and Dining

    It kind of the same thing most days

    Dorm Life

    Every one here awfully friendly

    Academic Rigor

    Its going to be tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Stick to the books and you'll breeze right through

    In three sentences

    This School is going to be a lot of hard work. They possibilities after you graduate out weight the cost.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 29

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    If you enjoy math and science then this school will be good for you as long as you aren't afraid of a little work.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    24 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The access you have to downtown Milwaukee opens up a broad spectrum of dining abilities.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little small, but what do ya want out of a college dorm? Its nice being with students and staff whenever needed.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenging school when it comes to rigor, but it trains you for the real world better than anyone.

    In three sentences

    This school is perfect sized and is in a great part of the city. You have access to some of Milwaukee's best attractions while studying at a great school.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    25 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition is high, there are many scholarships available and know that you will be fully prepared to begin your career once you graduate.

    Food and Dining

    MSOE's cafeteria serves buffet style. The food I had was decent.

    Dorm Life

    I spent a week living in the dorms over the summer. The rooms are a bit small, but they are well equipped and close to the classrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have heard, the quarter (trimester) schedule adds quite a challenge to the school, but the workload is manageable and well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If at all possible, attend one of the Summer Programs. https://admissions.msoe.edu/academic-experience/summer-programs/

    In three sentences

    MSOE is great for students that know what field they want to enter. As a future software engineering student, my schedule at MSOE will be focused on software engineering from Day 1. I have spent a week in the dorms during a summer program, and the atmosphere was awesome.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    26 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I think there is one buffet style cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seemed pretty standard.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard it is very difficult.

    In three sentences

    Seems like a really nice campus. Everyone talked about the 95% of people getting a job after graduating. Really small though

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very concerned about safety. Public Safety constantly drives along campus, and to get in the dorms, an id card must be shown. After hours, the same id card must be used to enter any of the buildings.

    Great for these types of students

    Passionate students who want to learn will thrive here.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll get a good education out of the $45,000 you pay. However, the school gives out $10,000 to $12,000 to each student, among other scholarship opportunities. Also, the cost of the school also includes the price of a computer, which will be pre-loaded with all the programs you will need, some which cost over $1,400.

    What to do for fun

    The school has an excellent Men's Basketball team, as well as a hockey games. During the warmer months, Lake Michigan is only about four blocks from campus. Water Street is one block West of the campus, and has a lot of bars and restaurants along it. There are quite a few food and study options all within a few blocks surrounding the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are three main food places on campus. The cafeteria should be avoided. Some food there is great, while the rest might not necessarily be food. There have been real horror stories as far as the cafeteria goes. Roscoe's, which is located in the RWJ dorm, is open from 6 to 11 at night, serving fried food, sandwiches, and ice cream. Roscoe's is a great late night snack place. The Sky, located in the Student Center, is a great option for breakfast and lunch. They have a great breakfast sandwich, as well as other eggs and hash-brown options. For lunch, the fries are good, as well as the paninis, which are delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great, depending on your roommate. If you already have a good friend who is going to come here, don't take a chance, and get them as a roommate. There are some really bad roommates here, as in screaming matches can occur. However, others have had fairy tales as dorm lives.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is hard, but definitely worth it. Since it also uses a quarter system, rather than semesters, you will get 45 credits per year, rather than 36. The classes will be hard, but there are people willing to help. Also, with the classes being harder, a 2.0 GPA must be maintained to remain at MSOE. The grading scale is also harder than most public schools. Anything below a 70 is failing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. It can be overwhelming, but it is a good school. While the professors may not necessarily all be the best, all of them are willing to help, and all have previous experience in the field they are teaching. Also, while the food is not the best, just avoid the cafeteria and eat in the Sky, which is in the Student Center.

    In three sentences

    The Milwaukee School of Engineering is a great school for prospective engineers, nurses, and business students, as it has a rigorous program. The curriculum is really good and the athletic facility is top notch. However, the food can be questionable, the professors could be better, and the dorm life is interesting.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    St. Patrick's week at MSOE is unlike any other week here, and involves a lot of fun things to do.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of nearby things to do from campus. Milwaukee has plenty of fun things to do on the weekends, such as concerts, movies, or almost anything else you could imagine.

    Food and Dining

    The options on campus are limited to three eating areas, which all have different times. The Skylight in the Campus Center is highly recommended over the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is really great. As long as you make great friends on your floor and in the building you will have plenty of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    MSOE is very rigorous and is unlike a lot of schools because of the fact that the school runs on quarters. Therefore course material is covered in 10 weeks instead of a whole semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students are to know how to study well before you come to MSOE. The professors give an ample amount of work that, if you manage your time effectively, is conceivable to finish. Also, join a club or organization on campus because doing homework all the time is very draining.

    In three sentences

    MSOE is a very rigorous college that requires a lot of your time and effort. The people you meet here will stay with you for life, and they are all a great set of people. The professors know there material well, and they will go the extra mile to help students when asked.

  • 04/15/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    29 of 29

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's the safest campus in Milwaukee by a country mile

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like feeling like crap. If you feel like you are more than moderately socially awkward, you'll have plenty of other students to identify with.

    Bang for the buck

    With the economy the way it is, I would try a less expensive option. I do have a B.S. in Business from MSOE, so theoretically I should know what I'm talking about. My personal opinion would be to go to a community college or try to get an apprenticeship and decide what to do from there.

    What to do for fun

    Sorry everyone under 21: Close to Bar/Nightlife. Take bets with friends on what incoming Freshmen will last the year or graduate.

    Food and Dining

    Meh. Roscoes has improved I hear, but I'd cook my own food and go with the minimum food plan if given the chance to do it again.

    Dorm Life

    Meh. Pretty standard. Small rooms with community bathrooms shared with nearly 40 other students

    Academic Rigor

    I honestly didn't find the work to be too difficult at times, but don't let that fool you. I would NEVER recommend anyone to go to MSOE for a business degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on a career in business DO NOT go to MSOE, especially if you plan to work outside of the Midwest. I graduated in Winter 2013 and haven't found a job yet in my International Business field of study.

    In three sentences

    If you aren't 100% sure you want to be an engineer, don't go to MSOE!!! (I created an account for the sole purpose of letting potential students know they more often than not should NOT go to MSOE)