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Non-Tech schools for son..........

pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
edited September 2009 in Engineering Majors
Looking for suggestions for son who is interested in CS/Math type Major (maybe applied Math) in colleges that are known for other Majors as well but may have good CS/Math departments.

We have Gtech on list as a Techy school but having lived abroad for 12 years, I think son will be happier hanging out with other majors as well.

In his HS now he is probably the only kid who is so into programming and stuff, when he hangs out with his friends he does not like to talk about it since it is his hobby/passion. Takes him out of his zone which is good. He is not geeky, just tech loving kid, who is now writing iPhone apps. Weather is an issue, does not like winters.

Medium GPA, Decent Stats, Good Math/Physics AP's.

Thanks all!
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Replies to: Non-Tech schools for son..........

  • JapherJapher Registered User Posts: 1,349 Senior Member
    Check out the University of California system, especially San Diego, Irvine, Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Barbra.
  • osdadosdad Registered User Posts: 521 Member
    I'd think that almost any of the flagship schools in the southern states would fit the bill.

    NMSU: Department of Mathematical Sciences

    Home | Department of Mathematics

  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member

    On another posts someone was talking about UCSB, they have good Physics too. Website has very good info and CS looks great. I hear it is a big party school?
  • sstorysstory Registered User Posts: 567 Member
    SB sounds like a great fit, your son won't get into any more trouble there than he could at any other big public school.
  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
    Yes, thats true. He is a grounded kid so should be fine. Need to research a bit more on SB.
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    Have you looked at UIUC, UMD, Michigan or UT-Austin?

    To find good CS/Math programs in the same university as reasonably sized liberal arts programs, you'll want to look at very large schools. Smaller schools either tend to focus or be a hodgepodge of majors that all rank low because of a lack of resources or a coherent direction from the administration (with some obvious exceptions, like Harvard).
  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
    UIUC(match) and UT (not sure coz of the 10% and coming in as int'l) are on the list.

    He is leaning towards UT because of the program/weather, but I feel that it may be just too big for a kid like him who is not competitive and a bit too laid back. But yes, if he gets in there he is going!

    He would also love to be in California and he is trying to figure out 2 matches and 2 safeties where he can get a good education and not be too far from any major city. UCSB looks like a high match from our school Naviance and the others like UCLA, UCSD, UCB are reaches. He will be taking long flights and hence int'l travel is imp.

    I am wondering about UCSC and UCLB?
  • IndianPwnerDudeIndianPwnerDude Registered User Posts: 628 Member
    I am not sure about UCLB (do you mean CSULB); CSULB is a small state school that is decent at what it does but isn't especially great for CS.

    UCSC on the other hand seems to be a fine option. It has a good undergrad and grad program and provides the rigorous theory of a UC education. It has a good CS program, especially in areas like NLP; UCSC has interdisciplinary programs in linguistics an other fields as well. It doesn't have the top name researchers as UCB or UCSD nor the top students but the education there is solid and I think some professors at my school went there. I don't know much about the atmosphere there but it sounds decent.
  • JapherJapher Registered User Posts: 1,349 Senior Member
    What country is he coming from?
  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
    US citizen applying from south east asia. He goes to the American school here. Grading is hard and he has taken tough courses.

    He is a self made iPhone App designer now, his third product got released in a span of 3 weeks. He is extremely good at what he does and what he is interested in. He was an avid reader and always good at math when younger. Now its just technology. He is taking AP Lit senior year and is liking it so far. He used to sketch very well too. Now that passion has turned into web design.

    Even if he does not get into his reaches, I would still pray for him to go to a school where he will thrive and be happy.
  • JapherJapher Registered User Posts: 1,349 Senior Member
    UC system should be a good fit then. Berkeley and UCLA, as well as Irvine, have a good representation of Asian-Americans as well as Asians here on student visa, though they all probably do by now. I like the SF bay area (vote for Berkeley), high concentration of Asians with easy public transportation and very inclusive communities. I'm not trying to be racist, just trying to find a place that would ease him into the American culture so that he can still focus on studies. UC Santa Clara in San Jose isn't bad either, good Asian population in that area, I used to live there and loved it (I'm white though).
  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
    Japher, we are not from this region, although son will be and orm! I will let you guess where from!! Husband and I were 1st gen immigrants to the US, I was first to go to college in my family. Son was born and raised in NY and then we moved with husbands job all over the place actually. World has gotten smaller for everyone which is nice.

    Would love for him to get into UCLA or UCB, but his GPA will not cut it. Our school Naviance clearly shows that. Should he still apply? Harvey Mudd/Pomona?
  • JapherJapher Registered User Posts: 1,349 Senior Member
    Harvey Mudd is more selective than the UCs, so if you don't think he'll get in than I wouldn't bother. UC is one app, I think, I would apply to any I had interest in. Also, there are other schools in California that are good engineering schools, but are less selective (as I noted in another thread). Cal Poly (which is more a mechanical or EE school) or Sac State are acceptable alternatives. Santa Clara University might also fit, though it is a Jesuit school and will have Theology courses required.
  • pixeljigpixeljig Registered User Posts: 1,428 Senior Member
    I keep hearing about Santa Clara U, it is on our list. Not sure about Cal Poly Slo. Need a few safeties in CA.
  • hoonosehoonose Registered User Posts: 637 Member
    Cornell is possible for a reach. There's all types here.
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