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Ex-Engsci, Current Indy, 2nd year, ask me anything

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Did Engsci first year, switched to industrial engineering this year. Currently working on my own company and will be working at the Silicon Valley this summer. Cumulative 2.0 GPA. I've been through just about every brick wall there is in University, so feel free to ask me whatever the hell you want, high school or University.

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How easy is it to switch betwEen engineering programs? What program could I take in first year that will let me switch into elec comp or software engineering? Also, how is the res life at u of t for engineering?
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@plaidboy wrote
How easy is it to switch betwEen engineering programs? What program could I take in first year that will let me switch into elec comp or software engineering? Also, how is the res life at u of t for engineering?




If you're in EngSci, a 55%+ will let you switch into anything. If you're in anything else, you'll need 80%+ at least. If you go into trackone of course, you can go into any core 8 program in the 2nd year. Also there's no software engineering at the University of Toronto.

Res life is nice. I was at Innis, super nerdy res, so not much partying. I'd recommend res for everyone in first year.
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you said res life was good, but then you said it was nerdy? I'm confused :S And someone told me you can switch if it's within the same department or something with a lower average
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Did you go into EngSci expecting to switch out? Do you feel like you were tricked into going into EngSci only to switch out after first year?
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@plaidboy wrote
you said res life was good, but then you said it was nerdy? I'm confused :S And someone told me you can switch if it's within the same department or something with a lower average



My res specifically sucked, but I was invited to a lot of parties and social stuff at others residences. You just have to be social and make friends to make the most out of your residence experience.

That may be true. I have a friend that switched to Indy from ECE, and it took him an 80+ average. ECE is considered the toughest core8, while Indy is arguably the easiest, so I assume its the same with other programs.
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Did you go into EngSci expecting to switch out? Do you feel like you were tricked into going into EngSci only to switch out after first year?



There's a lot of marketing and gimmickry that goes on with EngSci. The program is completely different from what people expect. I didn't expect to switch out. That said, if I went back, I'd do it again.
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@casper9 wrote

@plaidboy wrote
How easy is it to switch betwEen engineering programs? What program could I take in first year that will let me switch into elec comp or software engineering? Also, how is the res life at u of t for engineering?




[...] Also there's no software engineering at the University of Toronto.



Not true. If you do Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), you can specialize in software. The Department of Computer Science (within the Faculty of Arts and Science) also offers a software engineering stream.

If you're picking between electrical, computer, or software-specific engineering, I would recommend ECE. Plus, it's much easier to switch from Engineering to Arts&Science than the other way around.
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