That makes sense! I agree that those are my best options. I’m planning on applying normal CS for both with a game programming minor at USC and Game design electives at UCI because they ,sadly, took down their Computer Game Science major.
@Gumbymom Is that a wise idea to get a CS major instead of paying for a game design major? Especially if I end up at Irvine?
I am not expert on Game Design career paths vs. General CS but you do not have to major in Game Design to get a job in that field. I think Game Design can be too specialized and you might find out you have other areas of interest. Like I stated above, my son originally went into CS to specialize in Game Design and ended up in Cybersecurity instead which he really enjoys. Interests can change so getting a broader CS education might be an advantage. I do know a couple of students that went into Game Design (one graduated from UCI) specifically and both are doing well post grad so it really is up to you and your preference.
USC has a half-tuition scholarship for National Merit Finalists for which you are competitive (though it evidently is not automatic). Most NMSFs advance to NMF, and you already have a confirming score and good grades, so you can assume that, so long as you don’t get a D, engage in academic misconduct, and remember to apply, that you will advance to Finalist.
Ok, Thanks! Can a NMF still get Trustee?
That makes sense! I was thinking that I don’t wan’t to waste money on a highly specialized degree and not go into game design and that’s why a cs degree with game electives or a minor would be the best option for me.
3,536 was what I got. Does that make it a safety?
I’m not sure, but I think that every applicant is considered for Trustee, whether they are NMFs or not.
Ok, that makes sense. I’m trying to stride for that full tuition scholarship. I could still afford it if I end up with a Presidential Scholarship. Thanks for the advice!
Because SJSU’s admission thresholds are determined competitively every year, it is probably not a good idea to rely on it as a safety with a relatively small margin over the previous year threshold. Your recalculated HS GPA of 4.42 is close to the highest possible, though, so SJSU is probably more like a low match, or a likely if you will graduate high school in Santa Clara County (+200 points), since it looks like you did not include that bonus in the 3536.
Ah ok. So then it would be a 3736 then?