Hi, I'm an international student from India heading off to Purdue University this fall. I have been accepted into the College of Engineering(major intended : Computer Engg). I was also accepted into UIUC, Texas A&M and UCSD (all CE). But, I chose Purdue by choice and also due to the cheaper tuition fee. It was almost that when I was applying to all these schools, I knew I was going to Purdue if I got accepted there regardless of whatever happens with the other ones. Moreover, all I did while selecting my schools to apply was just check the engineering rankings within the US and even worldwide.
Whenever I have visited this website and searched anything related to Purdue, I was really shocked to see many people talking it down. Then, after continuous reading and comparing all the posts, I see that the only reason they talk the school down is because of its high acceptance rate.
My scores were as follows:
ACT - 30 (36/36 in Math & 33/36 in Eng)
Toefl ibt - 105
SAT II - Math 2-800, Math 1-790, Chem - 750, Physics - 790
Do you really think I don't deserve a good engineering education just because my schools accepts a lot of students? The reason mentioned my Math and Science scores is because I see no point in being a great test-taker in the English language inorder to be a great engineer. I was also rejected by UM-Ann Arbor, UT-Austin and UCLA and UCB(UCB might still be considered). But I really didnt know why those schools that rejected me did so inspite of my great abilities and promise and scores in the core engineering related subjects that I could appear for in standardized testing.
I also would have applied to Georgia Tech but really didnt know that the international deadline was Dec 15th. It was a big blow when I had discovered that. Otherwise, do you think I could have been accpeted into Georgia Tech?
Please don't mind the length of this thread as I really want to find the answers to all the question that I have posted here.