Questions and Answers
Q. What is UDM's reputation?
A. Employers seek our graduates because they know that the students have gotten exceptional experience through our coop program. Other universities recruit our students to seek master's degrees with them because the universities know we provide a solid foundation. The faculty at UDM are involved in research that benefits the community. Although UDM is relatively small, we are well-known among a wide group of people.
Q. Can I get a Master's degree at UDM after the Bachelor's?
A. Yes, we offer a combined Bachelor's-Master's degree program that lets the students continue their undergraduate financial aid while in grad school. Students in the program finish more quickly than if they went somewhere else because some courses can count for both degrees.
Q. How will I get a coop job?
A. Beginning in the sophomore year there is a course that you take to prepare you for your first coop. The instructor will help you write your resume, and practice interviews. A coop job is required in our program, so we know that we need to help you get it. Our coop office develops long-term relationships with employers and has a list.
Q. Do all of the UDM graduates get jobs?
A. For 2007 and 2008, all CE's had a job offer the day of graduation or went to grad school. In 2009 a larger number of students went to grad school to build credentials in the poor economy.
Q. What scholarships are available?
A. The UDM Admission's office handles freshman scholarships. In the sophomore year we have more scholarships that we award based on student GPA, involvement, need, and interests. Additionally, any student who gets a Federal Work-Study award should talk to their advisor about using it to get paid for doing research.
Q. If I have a question about an assignment while I am working on it, do I have to wait until class?
A. No, Walk right into your teacher's office. He or she is probably there and available to help.
Q. How well does UDM do compared to other universities at bringing state-of-the-art to the classroom?
A. Since UDM is smaller, it is more flexible and can react quickly to technological trends. Larger universities get caught in red tape. Also, we are constantly inventing new and exciting ways to teach.
Q. How big are classes at UDM?
A. There are only a couple big freshman classes. Most other classes are rarely above 25 or 30 students, and usually well under the limit. Professors will sometimes offer an independent study course which can be created for a single student who wants to work on a specific research concept.
Q. Is it possible to transfer into Civil & Environmental Engineering or Architectural Engineering?
A. Many students transfer in from other schools and other engineering programs. We have arrangements with several schools so that most of your related coursework will transfer.