Survey of 4 year colleges


Below is the generic version of the survey letter I sent to about 240 colleges in between Nov-1993 and Feb-1994 (back when Mosaic was often The web browser) in an overkill effort to choose the 4 year college to finish my BS in Comp Sci at.

Dear <person in Admissions>,

I am a returning older undergraduate student attending
a community college fulltime, and I am looking for a school
with a four year undergraduate Computer Science degree.

Under my present Computer Science curriculum, I am in a
four year transfer oriented program. While I know that I
want to continue in the field of Computers Science, I have
not yet decided which particular track I should pursue
(Computer Science, Computer Engineering, etc). I am
interested in a four year degree program that allows my
vision of where I want to be in the industry to evolve, and
teaches me to direct that evolution.

I have noted that <school-name> offers several options
with this in mind. If you could please send me the
following items, it would greatly help me in effectively
considering my options.

The Undergraduate Course Catalog or the requirements
to obtain a Bachelors and descriptions of the
undergraduate computer courses offered by the
college.

The Graduate Course Catalog or the requirements to
obtain a Masters and descriptions of the graduate
computer courses offered by the college.

Copies of the Schedule-of-Classes that were offered
for Fall '93 and for Spring '94.

An application.


I have also enclosed those questions that I use to
review colleges. The questions in the first half refer to
the college as a whole. The questions in the second half
refer to the Computer Science Department in particular, and
and you might want to forward those questions to them.


Please direct your information to me at the following
address:
then address redacted

Or send me e-mail via the Internet at boots@ACM.org

Thank-You


Sincerely

Arthur W. Coleman


(2nd page)

<school-name>
then address redacted

QUESTIONS (in no significant order)

Total number of undergraduates ______
Total number of graduates ______
Total number of instructors ______

In regrades to undergraduate classes:
average class size ______
largest class size ______
smallest class size ______
courses taught by grads ______

Is the school on [ ] Semesters or [ ] Quarters.

Maximum number of credit hours that can be transferred by student
with an A.A. degree from a junior college? _____
Maximum number of credit hours that can be transferred by student
from a 4 year college? _____

Can a student that did not live in-state when they applied,
become eligible for in-state tuition rates? _____
If yes, under what conditions? _______________________________


Does the college have a M.S. program for Computer Science? ____
Does the college have a combined B.S and M.S. program? ____
If not, then can a undergraduate take graduate courses that will
count towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees? ____
If so, How many credit hours can count towards both the B.S. and
M.S. degrees? ____

Which computer language(s) are used as the primary course
language(s)? ____________________________________

Are there courses in Compiler design? ____
Are there courses in Operating Systems? _____
Are there courses in Object Oriented Languages? _____
Are there courses in Computer Communications Networks? _____

Besides terminals and assorted PCs, what other computer hardware
exist on the campus for students to use? _______________
____________________________________________

Does the college have direct access to the internet? _____
Do students have e-mail accounts which can access the internet? ____
Do students have access to all services of the internet? _____
Does the college have any on-going projects that involve the use
of the internet? _______________________________

Please direct your information to me at the address above
Or send me e-mail via the Internet at boots@ACM.org

Again, Thank-you Arthur W. Coleman