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Is UW worth the risk?

JazzRideJazzRide Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2012 in University of Washington
I really like the UW. It would be my first choice but the only thing that bothers me is the admission to majors. I want to major in Computer Science or in Business and I know they are very compeitive. Looking at my stats(4.1 gpa, 1840 sat) i doubt I can directly get in. At the same time, I'll be paying OOS tution 40k. I go to a rigious school but I still do not know whether I should even think about attending. Is applying to majors as bad as people make it sound?
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Replies to: Is UW worth the risk?

  • mitchwashingtonmitchwashington Posts: 42Registered User Junior Member
    It sucks if you don't do anything while at UW. yes, the competition for engineering and comp sci is quite competitive, but if you stay involed in clubs/research related to comp sci as well as maintaining a high gpa, you should be ok. Also, the porgram just got 40 more seats added to the undergraduate class each year UW computer sciences focuses expansions on key fields | The Daily
  • travelgirltravelgirl Posts: 747Registered User Member
    What is your unweighted gpa? UW only looks at your unweighted...
  • AmicaMomAmicaMom Posts: 149Registered User Junior Member
    Apply for direct admit, and reconsider if you don't get in?

    The U of W is a great school, but I don't understand going to an out of state flagship unless the major you're set on is very esoteric and only available at that U. I am a UW alum(MBA) and one of my daughters just graduated from there, but I don't see that what the U has to offer is worth out of state tuition for a mainstream major like business or computer science, especially since getting into the major may be problematic.

    A younger daughter is currently applying to colleges, and she is looking at a couple of out-of-state publics. We have told her that we won't pay oos tuition for a comparable program to something that is offered here in Washington. That's like paying 4 times more for the same car just to get it in green (U of Oregon) instead of purple (U of W).
  • JazzRideJazzRide Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    my unweighted is 3.86
  • JazzRideJazzRide Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    im from CA and the UCs are super impacted also
  • MSNDISMSNDIS Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
    I attended a UW CS info. session and they only take 20-30 freshmen and they said to be competitive the student has to have over a 3.8 GPA and first said over 700 on all sections of the SAT but then lowered it to 650 but said the math section should be higher.

    In addition, they only accept about 40% of the applicants who apply as UW students. They said that even though they now accept more students each year, there are more students applying so their acceptance rate has not changed.
  • speedsolverspeedsolver Posts: 1,886Registered User Senior Member
    Hi guys, I'm a cs direct admit from a few years ago.

    UW is has an amazingly awesome computer science program with tons of industry connections and research opportunities. We also have an array of upperdivision courses with different topics, such as graphics, AI, human computer interaction, etc.

    That being said, yes, it is very competitive to get in. You won't lose anything except the application fee if you try to apply to UW with direct admit in mind. Yes, they take about 30 freshman a year. However, you don't have to have programming experience to get direct admit. They're looking for strong physics and calculus grades, as well as a diverse pool of students - people who they think can bring different things to the department.

    If you have more specific questions, feel free to PM me or something!
  • mommelehmommeleh Posts: 303Registered User Junior Member
    Jazzride, which UCs are impacted for CS? We're from WA and looking at the UCs because of how competitive UW CSE is!
  • JazzRideJazzRide Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    i believe all of them are except UC Davis Merced Riverside and maybe Santa cruz.
  • alexzzalexzz Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    You're going to find the exact same problems at the UW as you find in the UC system. If you gained direct admit to one of these programs you might want to attend, but paying oos you probably don't want to take that chance. I know students who attended UW and got 4.0s in the intro cse classes, but didn't get in because of a B in chemistry or slightly low scores in calculus (A-, B+ range).

    The business program is tough, but I know quite a few people who get in. I think it's doable if you work hard. You just want to think hard about being in the same situation you'd be in at a UC, which are also very good schools, getting a degree in a major you don't want, just paying over 30,000 in tuition alone. At that price, I'd recommend going to a private school that at least guarantees you your program of choice.
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