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What do u think about this colleges for Computer Science:

bherdanbherdan Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
Hey.. im looking for 7 good colleges to send aplications on Computer Science... so far i chose this ones:
1- New York University. New York, NY

2- Stanford University. Stanford, CA

3- University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA

4- Carnegie Mellon University

5- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6- University of Illinois

7- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tell me what you guys think about this.. any good/bad experience, and whatever youd like to add.. thanks a lot!...

bherdan
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Replies to: What do u think about this colleges for Computer Science:

  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Registered User Posts: 226 Junior Member
    NYU is certainly the oddball in that group, as I haven't heard that considered a top CS program (I could be wrong, of course). Also, if you are going to reach for an Ivy, Cornell or Princeton would probably fit the bill better for CS. A few safer options with strong programs would include U of Washington and Wisconsin.
  • fuzzylogicfuzzylogic Registered User Posts: 1,505 Senior Member
    Yeah, NYU is not well known for CS. Take a look at Berkeley, Caltech, Cornell, Princeton, GeorgiaTech, Purdue and UT-Austin.
  • bherdanbherdan Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    i just picked it b/c of its location.. but i guess ill get it off the list.. any further recomendations?
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,107 Super Moderator
    That's a good list. Also look at:

    Cornell University
    Princeton University
    University of California-Berkeley
    University of Texas-Austin
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • bigmrpigbigmrpig Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    Harvey Mudd as well
  • bherdanbherdan Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    thanks.. all of those are great but i think that they are all to hard... look at my stats:

    international student with a 17.5 over 20 gpa... top 25% of class, around 1600 on SAT... i have to pick 7 colleges like this.

    2 hard ones (like the ones on the list before)
    3 regular ones
    2 safeties

    well.. thanks alot to whoever reads this... and please make suggestions, talk good, crap, or whatever you like about the colleges...
  • apathyapathy Registered User Posts: 590 Member
    you might want to look at Case Western for a regular one or a safety, their CS program is pretty good, and they're still a really good school
  • bherdanbherdan Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    thanks.. i saw it but didnt like it.. anything else?...
  • bherdanbherdan Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    hey.. i just took the sat... i think i did really well on math, decent grade on critical and bad in verbal.. around 9 on essay.. im an international student from south america, so i would be a diversity on a college. Considering that i would like to study Computer Science, i need some college suggestions and some "safe" colleges.. i would like around 2 safe, 3 regular, and 2 hard... does anyone have some advice they can give me?
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Tips:

    -Stanford is very difficult to get into as well, especially if you say you want to do CompSci, which is one of Stanford's most competitive and popular majors.

    - I would definitely swap out UPenn for Cornell in your case, unless you have location concerns, in which I would drop Cornell and put UPenn back.

    - If you are shooting for Stanford or MIT, you should definitely shoot for Princeton.

    - NYU is not known for CompSci, and it has no campus (if you don't mind that then its OK).

    - CMU is an excellent choice. Its a smaller school, located right next to a very nice urban area with lots of college students (University of Pittsburgh is right up Forbes Avenue). The campus is compact and has lots of new facilities. It is also in walking distance of a golf course, Schenley Park (which has a pool and an ice-skating rink if you want to take a special someone skating), and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History (not affiliated). Believe me, I've lived five blocks from CMU for the much of my life (12 years). Not to mention CompSci, Robotics, and other Technology related fields there are top notch.

    - If you're in-state for UIUC, definitely apply. If not, its up to you.

    - If you get into MIT, you can cross-register at Harvard. A major plus, if you can get in. Very tough.

    - I have not heard much about Michigan being a top school for CompSci.

    - Harvey Mudd is also a good suggestion, but the location (Claremont, CA) is quite bad. In fact, I would say its even worse than Cornell's. Claremont is not a town, it is a small enclave of the Los Angeles Metro Area...and its really really far from everything. In fact, it took us almost 40 minutes w/o traffic (more in traffic), to get there from Redondo Beach. You can not easily get to anywhere else in LA from Claremont, as LA public transportation is atrocious, and driving is a nightmare. The only plus is that Ontario airport is really close.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Oh, you're an international...forget what I said about UIUC. Its a typical large state university with a great engineering program. I know nothing of its CompSci program. Urbana-Champaign leaves nothing to be desired, just a typical college town.
  • rocketDArocketDA Registered User Posts: 1,565 Senior Member
    "Harvey Mudd is also a good suggestion, but the location (Claremont, CA) is quite bad. In fact, I would say its even worse than Cornell's. Claremont is not a town, it is a small enclave of the Los Angeles Metro Area...and its really really far from everything. In fact, it took us almost 40 minutes w/o traffic (more in traffic), to get there from Redondo Beach. You can not easily get to anywhere else in LA from Claremont, as LA public transportation is atrocious, and driving is a nightmare. The only plus is that Ontario airport is really close."

    Albeit the Claremont Colleges are not in a city, they are definitely not as remote as you describe. You must not be familiar with Southern California and what "proximity" really means around here.

    20 minutes from snow capped mountains.
    5 minute walk to "the villiage", which is actually quite neat.
    20 minutes to pasadena (just don't go when there is traffic)
    40 minutes to beach, like you say.

    Considering how affluent Claremont really is (mean income $93k) I'd say it is a little nicer than you describe.

    This is coming from somone who grew up in Mission Viejo...in Orange County, CA. I know what nice is when I see it.

    And just FYI, everything in Southern California is just in the "Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area". I believe it is about 22 million people strong.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Sorry Mr. Posterboy for The Governator, but I didn't see it that way. I've been there twice now. The stuff about LA public transportation is what students who go there told me.
  • tiyusufalytiyusufaly Registered User Posts: 609 Member
    Don't assume things about RocketDA or his political leanings.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    I did not, he is a California resident, and he is desperately trying to promote his State, which is run by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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