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Chance Me for Computer Science

childfaliure72childfaliure72 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
Are ivies good for compsci? I don't know which ivies to apply for. I am only a junior in orange county california. Here's my stats;
UW gpa: 3.92, B's in calculus, french 3, AP human geo and AP chem
fully W: 4.49
UC W: 4.15
SAT: 1530 (790 reading/writing and 740 math)
SAT 2: math- 710, physics- 750, writing- 780
AP- calc AB- 3, AP physics- 5, ap chem- 5, lang-5, french- 3, aphug- 4, ap CS A- 4, ap CS principles- 5
taking AP LIt, AP calc BC, AP pyshcology this year
ECs: CSF, NHS, Red Cross, Interact, Rotary club, key club, computer science club (treasurer), speech and debate (president), FBLA (vice prez), writing club (vice prezident)
started program near my area to help poor students code- YouthCodeAmerica (YCA- founder and leader in my area)
summer program- YCA, local volunteering, NYLF- engineering, UCSD triton stem academy
awards- ap scholar, national merit commended (1460), Ap physics student of year (highest grade), highest score in my school for physics olympiad (not next level tho), speech and debate- state 3rd place for impromptu, many certificates and trophies in impromptu, congress, parli debate, won district wide Essay competition, as well as one for poetry
Income- 75k
schools to apply to:
MIT
Ga Tech
Ca Tech
CMU
Cornell
Harvard
UPenn
Columbia
UC Berkeley
UCLA
UCSD
UCSC
UCSB
UCI
UCD
Cal Poly SLO
St. Olaf's College
Rutgers
Alabama
Northwestern
Northeastern
Johns Hopkins
DUKE
WUSTL
Harvey Mudd
Pomona
Tufts
Swarthmore
Occidental
UMiami
UT Austin
Rice
Stanford
USC
U Chicago
UIUC
UNC- chapel hill
UVA
UPitt

all for compsci
i definetly need to narrow my list
what are my reaches/safeties/matches
thx

Replies to: Chance Me for Computer Science

  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 16,429 Senior Member
    To narrow your list, start by finding out how much your parents can pay/year and if you are going to need financial aid either need-based if applicable or merit based. Run the Net price calculators for all the schools and I am sure you can probably drop about 1/2 of your list.

    You look competitive for USC and the UC's, but CS is ultra competitive so there are no guarantees not even with the Mid-tier UC's so make sure you have at least 1-2 safeties: UCR/UCSC/SDSU/CSULB or CPP?

    Best of luck.
  • collegeboundprogrammercollegeboundprogrammer Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    All Ivy leagues schools are good for CS, as they are in the top 25. Cornell is the best for computer science though.
  • childfaliure72childfaliure72 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    i narrowed my list

    MIT
    Ga Tech
    Ca Tech
    CMU
    Cornell
    Columbia
    UC Berkeley
    UCLA
    Cal Poly SLO
    Northeastern
    Johns Hopkins
    DUKE
    Harvey Mudd
    Stanford
    USC


    is this fine
    my safety is Cal Ploy Slo cuz is cheap

  • childfaliure72childfaliure72 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    i dont care about cost
  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 16,429 Senior Member
    edited April 20
    Cal Poly SLO has about a 7% acceptance rate for Computer Science. Definitely not a safety school even with competitive stats. I would add UCSC as a possible safety school instead.
    You may not care about costs, but what about your parents? They do not care either??

    Safety school criteria:
    Affordable
    High chance for an acceptance
    Willing to attend no matter what
  • kjake2000kjake2000 Registered User Posts: 440 Member
    the top schools might rule you out bc of B's in math class, along with a 740 in Math and 710 in Math II

    Unless you are hooked, you should retake your math tests to show proficiency in math. Aim for an 800, its almost necessary for some of your schools.
  • trexation72trexation72 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    fine safety is UCSC
    but thats like16 skools?
  • beepybeetlebeepybeetle Registered User Posts: 343 Member
    @trexation72 ...skools?

    Just because you have sent a large number applications to competitive schools doesn't mean you'll get into a single one lol
  • ALAL Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I'm doing computer science at Cornell. Stats-wise, I would say you are just about middle of the pack. Then again, Ivies are a crap shoot for anyone, so who knows. BTW, will you be applying as an Arts and Sciences CS or an Engineering CS?

    That said, Ivies and their equivalents take up an extremely large portion of your list. Cutting it down to only a few would definitely boost the quality of your applications, which matters a lot.
  • kjake2000kjake2000 Registered User Posts: 440 Member
    @AL are chances for schools in general for CS if you apply to Arts and Science vs engineering school? Why do they even offer the same major in different schools?
  • ALAL Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Well, the reason why CS is split between two colleges at Cornell is because CS is a very diverse field. The core classes for the major are the same between the two, but specializations and other requirements are different. You should see which one suits you best and then apply to it.

    Overall, if you have more engineering/applied science experience, your application will do better at the Engineering school. If you demonstrate interest in humanities or interdisciplinary exploration, Arts and Sciences would be better for you.
  • belmombelmom Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    Just an anecdote, but on a visit to CMU, the CS department said that a minimum level of math qualification was a 5 on the AP Calc BC test; they were very clear that that was a definite application screen. After that, they go by AIME scores. You will need your junior year results to decide what reaches to include. Focus for now on finding 2-3 good matches or safeties.
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