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DO I have good safety schools

nvrgonnaGo2ColgenvrgonnaGo2Colge 11 replies4 threads Junior Member
Hi guys,
I have a 3.98UW and 4.45W but my gpa right now is a 4.86 (Senior year). I have a 34 on my ACT with a STEM score of 35, and a 790 on my SAT math subject test. I want to be a computer science major and I was wondering if I needed to add more schools to be safe because I'm really worried.

Extracurriculars:
Varsity Swim
Varsity dance team
Dances shows twice a year
Swim outside of school
Math Club every year
Have a youtube channel where I apply math to dance

My schools:
Purdue
Lehigh
Worcestor Polytechnic Institute
Stevens Institute of Technology
USC
Tufts
UMich
Seattle U
Santa Clara University
RPI
Northwestern
Boston College
UC Davis
UCLA
UC Irvine
Cal Poly SLO
SDSU
SJSU

Thanks!
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  • buckybarnesxbuckybarnesx 96 replies9 threads Junior Member
    What is your home state? About how much can your family pay per year?
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  • nvrgonnaGo2ColgenvrgonnaGo2Colge 11 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @buckybarnesx my home state is CA and my family can pay about 45K
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  • joecollege44joecollege44 179 replies13 threads Junior Member
    you seem to have plenty of safety schools for your scores. I think you are OK. just make sure to visit and show interest so they don't reject you as overqualified and uninterested.
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  • buckybarnesxbuckybarnesx 96 replies9 threads Junior Member
    edited October 13
    You said you want to be a comp sci major. Do you have any other ECs that relate to computer science?

    While your act score puts you above the 75th percentile for most of the colleges you have listed, most of them have an acceptance rate of less than 40%. While I see a handful of safeties based on your test scores and GPA, 18 schools is still a lot imo. I suggest cutting down your list.
    edited October 13
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 28462 replies187 threadsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    What is your UC GPA capped weighted and fully weighted?

    https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/
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  • merc81merc81 10604 replies164 threads Senior Member
    edited October 13
    If your list remains as it appears, you'll be likely to receive at least ten offers of admission. If you'd like to refine your choices, it should be for reasons other than adding safer admits. Based on your indicated preferences, you should definitely keep UCLA, Lehigh, WPI, UMichigan, Seattle U, RPI and Northwestern among your core group of (generally) more challenging admits. To these you could add choices such as UCB, UCR, Northeastern and Boston U. You may also want to add a purely undergraduate-focused college.

    For estimating costs, this resource can be helpful: https://myintuition.org/.
    edited October 13
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 1467 replies20 threads Senior Member
    If your family can afford 45k/year, have you run the NPC at schools like USC and Tufts to see if they will give you enough FA? I would think that a family that can afford 45k would fall out of the range of FA at UMich for OSS. That cost will likely be closer to 65k.
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  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer 1090 replies3 threads Senior Member
    Your data is great. Have confidence that you can do it anywhere that gives you a shot IF you are very motivated by what you experience. Find out what is unique TO YOU about each university and communicate it.

    It is easy to forget that it is not just the data. You might even find out how you can pursue your range of interests at each university. Many students do not even graduate in their originally intended major. How do you select your program after you arrive? Make sure they are up to your standards.

    Continue your active learning in your selection process.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 79025 replies701 threads Senior Member
    1. Run the net price calculator on each college to see if it will be affordable on need-based FA. (Note: some colleges' net price calculators include merit scholarships as well.)

    2. See reply #5 to determine your UC recalculated GPA. Admission rates for UCs for 2018 are shown at https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-california-general/2127392-faq-uc-historical-frosh-admit-rates-by-hs-gpa-2018.html , but you should be aware that computer science or engineering is generally more competitive with lower admission rates.

    3. SJSU's most competitive major was CS: http://www.sjsu.edu/admissions/impaction/impactionresultsfreshmen/index.html . The eligibility index = GPA * 800 + SAT_RW + SAT_M or GPA * 200 + ACT * 10 (where GPA is the same as the UC weighted-capped GPA), although SJSU publishes only its SAT-based thresholds (so you have to guess based on ACT to SAT conversion).
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  • nvrgonnaGo2ColgenvrgonnaGo2Colge 11 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @buckybarnesx I have taken Intro to programming, AP CS, and an online C/C++ course, but that's about it.
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  • hophop 986 replies2 threads Member
    I would say that in your situation, Early Action is your friend.
    Since you have a number of EA schools on the list - RPI, SCU, SeattleU - that will give you some responses and calm some of your fears while you wait for other offers.

    Agreeing with what some of the others have said about paying attention to the NPC, you can complete the applications for those schools that you're not too sure about, then send them in only if you don't get the admission/financial offers you were hoping for on 12/15.
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  • nvrgonnaGo2ColgenvrgonnaGo2Colge 11 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @hop thank you. Will definitely take a look at the NPC
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