FAQ

General Information

1. What does CSE stand for?

▷ Taylor University’s Computer Science and Engineering department.

 

2. Where is CSE located?

▷ We’re on the second floor of the Euler Science Complex at Taylor University. Check out the facilities for more information.

 

3. How is Taylor’s CSE program different from other schools?

▷ The big distinction between Taylor and other schools is not as much about the degree (what students learn) as it is about the program (how students learn).

We believe that when God says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, 9:10), we must BEGIN any process with the fear of the Lord if we want to impart these gifts unto our students. Our faculty does not simply seek to direct the curricular instruction of our students, but to develop healthy relationships with them.

We aim to model Jesus’s approach to teaching. Sure, Jesus taught occasional “lectures” like the Sermon on the Mount, but he taught the real lesson in the context of the relationships with his disciples. We want to know who our students are—their strengths and weaknesses, passions and gifts—so we can come alongside them to help develop and steward those gifts for His glory.

Before Graduation

4. What kind of laptop or software will Engineering students require?

▷ As long as the specs are fairly current, either PC or Mac will work fine.

Our students have a broad mixture of PCs and Macs, with a fairly even split between the two. Most of the engineering-specific software the students need (MATLAB, Mathematica, SolidWorks, Draftsight, EagleCAD, etc.) is licensed by the department and freely available to the students on our departmental computers. Students generally don’t purchase these themselves (and several of the software packages are free as long as they use them on campus).

The only software they will need to provide on their own is Microsoft Office, and even that can be purchased through Taylor once the student has enrolled. Please check out Taylor’s special offers for specific information.

 

5. Does Taylor have general machine shop equipment for Engineering students?

▷ Yes, we have a complete machine shop. There are three designated areas in the shop:

  1. The metal-working area includes a mill, lathe, brake, bandsaw, two CNC machines, and other equipment. Due to liability constraints, this area is primarily operated by our machine Shop Manager or faculty, and students assist us in performing tasks for their various projects.
  2. The wood and plastics area contains a mill, drill press, bandsaw, table saw, and laser cutter, along with other equipment. Machines in this area are available for student use as long as the shop manager or other faculty/staff are available to supervise the work.
  3. The project area includes a variety of hand tools, work areas, our 3D printer, and computer stations with CAD software, and is available for students to use without supervision (though there must be at least two students present at all times) anytime the building is open.

 

6. How much real-world experience do students get?

▷ Besides internships, our students work on projects such as satellites, drones, and translation software.

 

7. Where do your students typically do their internships?

▷ All over the place!

Students often prefer to find an internship close to home so they can maximize their summer income by living with family. Therefore, internship locations vary as much as the homes of our student body. But to give you an idea, here’s a list of companies CSE students have found internships with:

 

8. How well do student-athletes fare in the Engineering program?

▷ It largely depends on the student-athlete’s approach to his or her studies.

One of the things that engineering majors have to realize, whether they are also athletes or not, is that engineering is hard, and therefore requires more work than most other majors. Although it is very doable, success hinges on students’ ability to manage their time well. We’ve had many student-athletes go through our programs and successfully graduate on time.

After Graduation

9. What sets CSE graduates apart?

▷ They don’t just do great work, but tend to develop great character.

Although our graduates are as well-prepared for their engineering work as any of their peers from other institutions, the thing that sets them apart is their ability to contribute meaningfully outside of their engineering skill set.

As much as we are focused on developing our students engineering skills, which represent what our students will do for the next 40+ years, we are even more focused on developing their character, which represents who our students will be for the rest of eternity.

 

10. How successful are your graduates in finding jobs?

▷ We have a 99 percent job placement rate before graduation. Many students find employment at the same places they did their internships.

Employers often consider their summer internship programs to be three-month interviews for potential future employees. However, many others choose to pursue a position with a different employer (whether to gain a broader experience, to work in a different location, etc.). Below is list of companies that have hired CSE graduates:

 

11. How many CSE graduates go to grad school? 

▷ About a quarter of our students choose to continue their education immediately after completing their undergraduate degree.

While this percentage is higher for Physics majors and lower for Engineering majors, there are still a number of Engineers who choose this path. The close, relational, and project-oriented environment of the Taylor Engineering program is not only well-suited to prepare students for their careers, but also to prepare them for graduate education.

If you’re interested in a graduate degree but are concerned about the cost, you should know that the vast majority of engineering students who pursue graduate school will do so at no cost to them and with an additional modest stipend to support their living expenses. Engineering graduate students are generally hired as either Research Assistants or Teaching Assistants, both of which are paid positions that also cover their tuition expenses.

Here is a brief list of graduate programs our recent graduates have attended or received fellowship offers from.

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