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Software Engineering Out of State Chances?


Replies to: Software Engineering Out of State Chances?

  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    At the risk of beating a dead horse, you'll get a FAR better handle if you compare MCA scores. These boards are littered with parents and students who complain about getting rejected when kids with lesser stats got in. Some even have a conspiracy theory that CP rejects "over qualified" students (this has been debunked). This is for several reasons. First, CP only uses 9-11 CSU calculated GPA. Most schools use pluses and minuses and all sorts of weighting systems. Second, there are very important non-academic bonus points in the MCA. As I've illustrated before, it's easy for a student with a 3.5/1900 SAT to amass a higher MCA score than one with a 4.0/2400 SAT. So, the take home message is compare just GPA and test scores at your own peril. Judging by the APs you've accumulated, you likely will be fine, but the only true way to compare apples to apples is via MCAs.
  • YellowTigerYellowTiger Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    Is it really just that cut and dry? As long as you have the higher MCA score, you get in?
  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    Given all the evidence we've been able to dig up so far, it is. Nothing has come up so far to suggest anything else, including direct confirmation from the head of admissions. They rank candidates based on MCA, form a cutoff where they'll meet their projections based on expected yield, hold a few in reserve on the wait list and they're done. They have no readers. There's no subjectivity that goes into it. Tweaks for helping disadvantaged students, supporting families in the service area, giving a boost to faculty families, etc. are all in the algorithm. If it isn't in the algorithm, it isn't factored into admission. As you read in my other post, like any system, it has strengths and weaknesses. At least everything is on the table at CP. Good luck.
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