Colleges, Chances & Confusion

Fields that utilize a lot of statistics tend to want calculus based statistics.

I was thinking social sciences although not necessarily Econ.

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I feel like I’m beating a dead horse, but what type of engineering? If math is a problem, posters might be able to suggest engineering adjacent majors that are related to the type of engineering that interests you.

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Sorry for the late reply, got tied up but I wanted to try computer science programming

My suggestion is to register for Honors Calculus or AP Calculus AB next year, along with AP CS A (=programming). Both demonstrate the kind of skills you need for a degree such as CS (“pure” CS) or HCI or IST (ie., applied CS sort of).
If you’re aiming for Humanities (such as History) or Social Science (such as Psychology or Economics) in college, you’d need AP Gov/Econ and either AP English Lit (OR AP History if your school offers AP Euro) in order to show strength in those areas, and in that case no AP CS A. Taking AP Stats could ensure that if AP Calc proves too much again (and, with one more year under your belt and the end of distance learning, I wouldn’t bet on it, you’re likely to be fine) you have a math class, and if all goes fine in calc (as I think it’ll be) you’ll have 2 math classes offsetting the second semester without math junior year. :slight_smile:
If you’re not sure, you could take the following schedule:

  • Spanish 3
  • English 4 Honors
  • AP Gov/Econ
  • AP Stats
  • Some sort of extra Humanities or Social Science class (honors?) OR AP CS A depending what you realistically want to do after HS
  • AP Calc AB OR Honors Calc
    This covers expectations for any major you may be interested in. In addition, it keeps up with your sophomore and junior year’s rigor rather than merely reflecting problems you encountered with distance learning – your proposed senior year schedule is 2 steps down in rigor compared to the previous years’ but the schedule above wouldn’t be.

Texas’ public universities admit based on rank, so what’s your rank?
There are also admissions based on a GPAxtest score combination at the less-selective public universities such as Texas State or UT-SA.
AND THEN there’s also a selection added in for some majors, including CS, Engineering, and Business.

As a result, if you apply for English or History, your odds are much better than if you apply for CS (currently THE hardest major to get into at any public university).
However at a public university, it’s almost impossible to switch into CS after applying for English or History or anything.

UTDallas is well-known for CS and Engineering, Ok for Business (and really, really not where you want to go for Humanities). Unfortunately, a 3.4 UW isn’t good enough for CS at UTD.

Colleges like Austin College, Southwestern, Trinity, Rhodes… DO NOT restrict major access. So, you can apply for anything (say, History) and switch for something else after one semester or two, based on the classes you took and your grades in them.
In addition, they’ll reward your course rigor and test scores with a scholarship.
If you can look at colleges you can fly to, it adds a lot of possibilities – LOTS of colleges in the Northeast and Midwest. Ever dreamt of snow? :stuck_out_tongue:
Back to the South:
Tulane could be a possible reach for English or History. (NOT for CS).
If you’re a girl, Agnes Scott (in Atlanta) would be a great match if you apply with your test score.

Since money isn’t an issue, you could apply early decision to SMU or TCU.

SMU only restricts admission to the business school and requires auditions for arts programs. They’ll like your 1410 test score which is about average. The 3.4 UW is below average of 3.6 in core subjects. You could apply for CS or Computer Engineering in the Lyle School and they also encourage double majoring in another interest area.

Colleges will look at your grades and application holistically. How tough is your high school? The grade trend works against you and your senior courses are also weaker than the previous ones. Yes, any job this summer would be a plus.

If not early decision to a local private, you’d have a good shot at Austin College. I know quite a few that have attended there and it’s great environment. Check into the CS offerings. It would be even easier to double major because CS isn’t part of an engineering school like at SMU.


This is not really true for “any” public university. Less selective public universities may not need to have capacity limits on the CS major, because they do not have enough students capable of handling the rigor of the CS major to overflow the department capacity.

The capacity limitations typically occur at the more popular and selective state flagship level public universities, where the number of students interested in and capable of doing the CS major exceeds the department’s capacity (which may be limited because the department and university do not have infinite money to expand).

Note that some private schools also have limitations. CMU is well known for being difficult to get into CS. Swarthmore is running into capacity limits and has decided to ration CS courses for CS majors.

OP has a 3.4 GPA so isn’t applying to CMU or Swarthmore.
For Texas Tech, they’re not eligible for CS at all if they’re not top 3rd quarter (they’re not eligible for “personal consideration based on test scores and other factors”).
UTSA: OP meets the minimum for “assured admission” but not necessarily for CS or Cybersecurity that UTSA is known for.

I don’t have meaningful suggestion for specific colleges to add to your list. However, it is imperative that you re-learn the material in calculus thoroughly on your own before college starts, so as to enable your aspiration of majoring in computer science. Community college, Khan academy, or Hopkins’ CTY are good resources for calculus courses; even re-doing all the problems in your AP-calculus textbooks with the goal of understanding why you got the answers incorrectly your first time through is a good start. Your stats will get you into a good college, but you need to have a better mastery of math to succeed in college CS.


UT will be a tough sell, especially for computer science. UT-Dallas is a decent match. Also, UT-Arlington would be a good choice.

A couple of underrated schools to apply to are Texas State and UTSA. Texas State is situated directly in between Austin and San Antonio, giving you access to internships to both cities.

UTSA has a nationally recognized IT security degree, and San Antonio is the fastest growing tech hub in the country.

OP would qualify for UTSA’s Cybersecurity degree on the basis of their SAT score (but would not quality for “assured admission” for CS unless they are top 25%).
Cybersecurity would also be less math-intensive, only requires to be “calculus-ready”, and has excellent job prospects. Great idea for OP.

I’m afraid that UT Dallas is a reach for CS due to the 3.4 GPA (and calculus is expected completed, well, “highly recommended” if an applicant wants to be competitive for admission).

Looking at private universities that will appreciate the test score and curriculum rigor (as long as senior year’s rigor can be improved) and will not factor class rank would likely serve OP best.
It also depends on whether OP wants to study… history… or CS. :wink:

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Already mentioned, but definitely look at Southwestern in Georgetown and Trinity in San Antonio. You should also be able to get into UT Dallas. Also agree that Austin College would be a good option. If you want bigger, see if you like SMU.

Thanks everyone for your responses. I have made a prelim list of colleges that I am looking to apply in Texas.
Regarding LOR’s I have spoken to my teachers and they are willing to write me one. Do people just send the LOR’s to the student or do they send it individually to the colleges? As I will be applying to 15 Plus places, it seems rather difficult to ask them to send it to that many places. what’s the best option? Also I am looking into Law as well as Civil engineering? Not Sure about what I want to do in life and what I can get realistically. thanks

Also I have an opportunity to take an Online summer course at Brandeis for 2 weeks. Cost is 1500 total. Is it worth it? I just want to show on my application that I did something this summer. I am still looking for an actual Job just like some of you have suggested.

For any school that takes Common App and / or Coalition App you do through there. Teachers upload to them and each school you apply to gets a copy. So it’s easiest to apply to schools on that list. Most that have only their own app usually don’t require letters or essays…usually, not always…ie the UC schools and Georgetown to name a couple.

Take the class at CC if you want to. It doesn’t matter that it’s Brandeis.

My son’s a rising senior in Texas and is a summer camp counselor. He doesn’t work throughout the year and is only in one sport so that’s a bit of a detriment but takes a solid course load.

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Your teachers will upload their recommendation on ApplyTexas and on CommonApp (the same one). That’s it. :slight_smile:

Law school is something you apply to after college and, usually, 2-4 years of work.
The best majors are “traditional” subjects where you read and write a lot: English, Philosophy, Political Science, History, Economics… or a combination thereof.
Unfortunately that’s not compatible with Civil Engineering, which has almost no space for electives and not for a double major. However students with Civil Engineering degrees can apply to law school.

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Any input on Brandeis Summer course?

If money is tight, a local college’s course will have the same impact.

Looking over your coursework and SAT score, I think something like Business Info systems or something along those lines may be a place where you would do well without struggling with the math. Check out SMU and TCU .

If you want to keep your options open for CS or engineering,you will need to choose a university where you can easily get into the major directly or be able to change your major into it easily. However it may be a few notches below in overall selectivity.

Regardless, take AP Calc AB in senior year. Calculus in college goes fast and it’s helpful to have seen the stuff before. You can work with a tutor and fill in the math knowledge holes.