Until just recently I had wanted to pursue math/physics/maybe engineering; however, I recently really reflected on what I wanted out of my career and decided a path like game/software development is where I will likely be happiest. Since I am applying this upcoming fall, I could use some recommendations on where to apply given my profile – I know that CS is super competitive so I know what I’m in for.
I really would love to attend UT Austin, but I also don’t wanna throw away my first-choice major for automatic admission there. Do I stand a chance at getting admission for CS as an in-state applicant?
- Gender: male
- Race/Ethnicity: white
- Residence: texas
- Income Bracket: upper-middle class (~200k per year maybe?)
- Type of School: suburban public
- Hooks (Recruited Athlete, URM, First-Gen, Geographic, Legacy, etc.): no
Intended Major(s): cs/math (double major if possible)
- GPA (UW/W): 4.0/6.4 (very strange gpa system but my average grade is ~97-98, I plugged into UC GPA calculator and it says 4.7)
- Rank (or percentile): 5/654
- Number of Honors/AP/IB/Dual Enrollment/etc.: just finished my 10th AP, 15 including senior year
- Senior Year Course Load: AP gov, AP physics C (both mech and e&m), AP macro econ, AP eng lit, AP research, cs advanced algos and data structures (Java class after CSA), DE calc 3, and another DE math class but likely diff equations
List the highest scores earned and all scores that were reported.
- SAT I: 1540 (740EBRW, 800M)
- AP/IB: Physics II, US History, Eng. Lang, Seminar, BC Calc (5), CSA (5), Physics 1 (5), Human Geo. (5), European History (4), CSP (5)
List all extracurricular involvements, including leadership roles, time commitments, major achievements, etc.
principal of cello section in school orchestra and cello representative (involves “managing” the section and being in charge of communications with the director)
1b. cello soloist (kinda tags in with part 1) awarded as a top-scorer at the state-level
math/physics tutoring (mostly in school and online, starting the process to work on schoolhouse.world to teach precalculus and calculus ab/bc)
run a website that provides a ton of resources for students learning calculus 1 and 2 (videos, openstax, other websites, my own notes and practice problems), this takes a lot of my time and still working on it since it covers so much content
school ai club vice president (learn and teach other students how to create algorithms that incorporate ai to solve practical problems and help to host seminars with professionals in the field to teach students about future careers in the field)
independent cs work(top 1% in project euler, starting to advance in hackerrank, plan on developing a game with friends over the summer/other cs project to tide me over until school starts)
science national honor society secretary (plan on hosting lecture sessions next year as a one contribution to the club on different facets of physics whether it be classical newtonian physics or quantum mechanics)
card game enthusiast (once top 1000 player in a certain online card game and consistently highly-ranked now) – I mention this because card games helped me open up as a person and I genuinely believe that interaction at the card shop throughout high school made me who I am
honor society member, community service (nhs, mu alpha theta, and snhs)
work at a very doxxable job (mostly summer, but some weekends during the school year) long shifts with few work days during the week
independent learning (did some classes for credit to accelerate through math/science courses and some through MIT OCW to improve my programming skills and advance in cs), i dont really know if i should list this, there is some proof in my transcript that I did in fact learn on my own to skip courses but no proof for my other ones
List all awards and honors submitted on your application.
- national merit scholar (?) (222 index)
- ap scholar with honor
- 2x time cello all-state area qualifier
- received a top score at UIL state solo contest
- first chair cello of region orchestra 2019-2020 and member of top orchestra the next 2 years
- honor roll
- 3x orchestra local award
- top 1% award in project euler (global award)
So, do I stand a chance for UT CS in-state even though I have little tangible accomplishments as of yet? I am thinking of applying to the following schools but I am totally open to any recommendations knowing the state of CS undergrad admissions.
UT, UTD, Texas A&M, Purdue (EA), UMich (EA), GT (EA), Northeastern (EA), Northwestern, USC, MIT (EA, know I have about a 0% chance here but applying for ■■■■■ and giggles), Caltech (EA, yeah same here), Cornell, Princeton, Brown