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Chance Me for SUNY's

TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
edited July 2008 in SUNY - General
I was wondering if you guys can chance me on the following SUNY's
Binghamton,Buffalo,Stony Brook, Albany.

GPA : 87.571
SAT: CR: 550 M: 540 W: 480
Major: Computer Science or Business
Half Black/Half Puerto Rican, Male
Long Island Area
School: Public
E/C:
Language Honor Society(11th grade-going onto 12th)
Science Honor Society(11th Grade- going onto 12th)
Varsity Tennis (10th grade)
Class of 2009 (10th grade)

Thanks, I am feeling kinda uneasy. Binghamton is my top choice, dont even know if I am going to apply to any other SUNY's besides that one. But I would like to see where I will stand on the others too.
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  • nybmcnybmc Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Have you looked over the freshman profile for each of the universities? PR and the actual university website should have freshman academic profiles.


    There's always a bit of variation among the stats, but this will give you a general idea of the averages at each university. Also, I would keep in mind that all of the universities that you've listed are university centers(i.e. sometimes harder to get into)

    Was this the first time taking the SAT? Your results are decent, but definitely on the low side. Your CR score meets the 50% for all of the universities except Bing. That wouldn't be a huge problem, except your math score is a little low as well. I suggest retaking the SAT to try and increase both of your scores. I would mainly focus on math, as that is the lower of the two. Above or near a 600 would definitely give you a bit of leverage. I really wouldn't worry about the CR as much. It's fine overall(just average). University centers tend to pay a bit more attention to scores than smaller universities IMO.

    If you're not confident with the SAT, I suggest trying the ACT. Some students are better suited to the ACT layout. If you decide to take the ACT, anything above a 25 would put you in the middle 50%. For your GPA, I suggest raising it a bit. Maintain it at the very least!

    With that being said, universities look past test scores. Stellar extracurriculars, teacher recommendations, or a good college essay can really boost an average student. Id' say you have a fair chance at getting into one of the colleges you're interested in. Also, I don't think you should just limit yourself to Bing. Apply to the other schools as well!

    Good luck! I know the college process can be pretty unnerving. I'm actually interested in Bing as well. :]
  • TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    Thanks a lot. I know that I have to raise my SAT scores up. But it was my first time, I think I did pretty ok compared to all my friends but thats not whats going to get me into college. I could already tell that if I apply to bing and people like you are applying I will be rejected. I can not organize my thoughts as well as you can, and honestly I dont know if that GPA can get any higher. I remember when I used to think the SUNY's weren't prestigious enough but now I am not even good enough to get into one.

    I will try to take the ACT, but I heard the math is harder and I suck at math. The reason those are all university centers is because I dont think I can handle going to a small college with a small list of majors. I dont really know much about the other SUNY's and I am not even sure if I want to go into a SUNY. Just a nice option to have.

    Sorry for this jumbled post.
  • nybmcnybmc Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    No problem! The SAT can be really brutal. Top students at my school had problems getting a "good" score.

    I can totally relate to your anxiety re:SUNY. I don't think the problem is whether or not a student is qualified. The problem is that there has been a huge increase in college applicants to state schools. The fact of the matter is, many people cannot afford private secondary education. To add to that there was a bit of a population boom in the nineties. Students that would have ignored SUNY are taking an interest in the opportunities available.

    Have you ever considered a community college? Several top ranked(like best in NY and Top 20 nationwide) community colleges are near LI. Nassau Community College(10 overall) and Suffolk Count Community College(14 overall) are pretty amazing. If you were to do well at one of these schools you have a very good chance at getting in as a transfer! SAT scores and high school records aren't counted as must after you have so many credits. I recommend at least looking into it! It can save you a lot of money in the long run. Especially if you're interested in getting a masters. And I wouldn't worry about a small selection. The courses offered at these types of schools are often quite extensive! You also may be interested in Broome Community College as it has an articulation agreement with Bing.

    Community College Week Magazine has information regarding specific discipline rankings as well. Something to keep in mind, I suppose!

    If you're really worried about college admission, why not apply to a community college as an "absolute safety"? It wouldn't hurt anything at all. In fact, I'm seriously considering applying to MCC(fairly ranked cc in my area) as my absolute safety. Basically, I intend to apply to MCC if I don't get accepted into any of my reach schools. Having a degree from SCCC/NCC/MCC would definitely give an advantage to a NY transfer student IMO.

    Re: ACT I agree that the math section can be challenging. I actually didn't score that highly on it. Math certainly isn't my best subject! The science section was also more difficult than I expected. It may be difficult, but it certainly isn't impossible! Just plan on reviewing these sections a bit more. I recommend getting a review book or maybe even a tutor. It certainly would have helped me lol.

    If SUNY turns out not to be your thing, there's also the CUNY system in NYC. If you want to stay in state there are also many fantastic private options. NYS has tons of educational opportunities! Just have confidence!
  • TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    I dont know if I want to go thru the community college route. Are colleges so heard to get into these days that I have no chance? I also definetly do not want to go to a CUNY, I want the traditional college experience.

    Im that screwed eh?
  • nybmcnybmc Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    That's totally fine! I just wanted to mention it as an option in case you hadn't considered it. Community college is not for everyone(nor is the traditional college experience!) I don't think you're as screwed as I may have made it seem. I suppose it's more of a last resort. I think your stats are good enough to get into one of the better SUNY schools. Out of all the university centers, I think you should be able to get into at least one of them. If you want a more serious perspective, you could speak with an admissions counselor at Bing, etc. There's bound to be several universities that fit your needs and qualifications!
  • TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    Thanks, I will keep on looking for universities in the Northeast that have what I am looking for besides Bing, Buff, and Albany. You've been a really great help to me, thanks.
  • sbuadmissionssbuadmissions College Rep Posts: 1,993 Senior Member
    Might as well jump in here. I can't necessarily speak to the others, but you're going to have a hard time getting into Stony Brook's Computer Science or Business programs with what you've posted... they're both among our most selective programs.

    However, you'll find several of the smaller liberal arts SUNY colleges with whom you might have a great fit. Good luck in your search.

    Chris
  • TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    Thats not really good to hear. And I here I thought state schools were ment to be fall backs. I dont think I can handle being in a small LAC type of school. Except for Plattsburgh I heard thats nice. Thanks a lot its good to know from the source.
  • momkaesmomkaes Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    As I recall the SUNY app. has a graph in it telling what majors are offered at each college. You probably will recieve it this summer. Also on the SUNY website it lists each school, stats on admitted students, what division the sports are ect. This was very helpful for a side by side comparison. You should be able to find good safety schools by comparing your stats. I belive the site is NYS edu or something similar. There are many great SUNY schools so make a wise list. The only thing worse than not getting into your top choice is not getting in anywhere. Good luck in your search.
  • sbuadmissionssbuadmissions College Rep Posts: 1,993 Senior Member
    Wow, that's a serious misconception. Some of the finest schools in the country are state schools. Ever hear of Cal Berkeley? UVA? UCLA? All public schools.

    Don't ever, ever assume that just because we're taxpayer-supported, we're easy to get into. It's really quite the contrary... because we're a public school, we get a ton of interest; almost 26,000 applicants this fall for 2,700 spots.

    Chris
  • Muffy333Muffy333 Registered User Posts: 2,108 Senior Member
    Tymel, there are a lot of SUNYs you might get into; you're in the mid-50 percent range for all the SUNY University Colleges except a little bit low for New Paltz and a lot low for Geneseo (but so are most people!) And just a little low for Albany, but being a URM might help. Do more research on the smaller SUNYs. Oneonta? Oswego?
  • TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    @SBU: I see that now and most of the schools that I will be applying to are state schools, I am also researching SUNY's more than ever. Especially Oswego and Buffalo

    @Muffy: Thanks for recommending me Oswego, I have been checking it out and it seems like a nice college. I dont know how good it is for Computer Science tho, but its a nice option.

    My mind isnt as focused on Bing as it was before, now I am researching Oswego, Buffalo, Albany, UMASS, and Rutgers. And some other colleges that just seem to pop out of nowhere,Bryant U,. Thanks for all the help.

    I also decided I need to start practicing my writing because it is horrible, which I dont understand why seeing how I just got mastery on the English regents. But according to my SAT scores and what other people say about my post, some summer courses cant be a bad idea.
  • PerfectedxchaosPerfectedxchaos Registered User Posts: 872 Member
    To be honest, Binghamton is becoming more and more selective. While you may still want to apply, I think your best bet would be to apply Early Action, that way you can know ahead of time, and perhaps it will give you the boost that they know you're really interested.

    But your GPA and SATs are way too low for Binghamton's business school - the school of management. I don't know about their computer science program, though. But keep up the good work, and you'll find a school that suits you best.
  • TymelTymel Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    I am applying to their comp science program. Business was more like if I dont like comp science I would switch into an accountant major or something. Like a backup plan.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    Look into some of the lesser known SUNY's. Stony Brook, Binghamton, Geneseo, are beyond your reach right now. Albany and New Paltz will also be tough for you to get into. Try Oneonta, Purchase, Farmingdale (on Long Island as a safety), Potsdam, and Plattsburgh. You're up against strong competition--kids with numerous AP's, high stats, and more substantial EC's. Don't rule out some of the community colleges. You don't have the stats right now to get into Binghamton. If you have your heart set on Binghamton, start out at a community college and strive for a 4.0. If you work hard and can maintain a high GPA at a good community college, it may be possible to transfer to Binghamton after a year. Keep a realistic approach in your application process.
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