I've searched through the forums for situations similar to mine, but I haven't stumbled across any. I know we each have a unique situation and I was hoping some of you could give me some advice (confidence) on mine.
I haven't taken a traditional route for my B.S. degree. I attend two different universities: one for my core curriculum/major curriculum and the other for my minor curriculum. I am majoring in Applied CS with a minor in Mathematics. I work full-time (plus my 20 hour/semester course load) and am doing research in computational geometry with the chief scientist at my company. I have not had a chance to get to know any of professors and unfortunately, the ones that I have attempted to get to know do not seem interested in doing research and/or getting to know me.
My graduating GPA will be 3.6-3.7 overall/3.8-3.9 major with a 4.0 in my minor. I know that graduate schools look at references from professors, but I am afraid that I won't have any by the time I graduate. I will have one from my research adviser, but I am unsure where the others will come from.
Will the fact that I work full-time and go to school full-time+ look bad on my grad school application? Will having 'generic' references except for my research adviser hurt my chances? Will my non-traditional route and the fact that I have G.E.D. instead of a high school diploma hurt my chances? Should I not bother with top schools (the ones with the best CS departments)? I plan on taking the CS GRE but should I also add in the Mathematics GRE because of my minor? How prevalent is a portfolio showing the work that I have done?
I hope this isn't too much for my first post here. Thank you to anyone who can give me a bit of advice here.