Aiming for a total of ~11 schools at most, but I’m open to more or fewer if needed.
Location matters somewhat to me. I’d prefer the coastal states so Utah isn’t particularly high on my list, but I guess I can’t be so picky about this.
Having a hard time deciding what to look for other than location. Not sure about size or other preferences, but I really need more matches and safeties. AP credit transfer would be nice but not a deal-breaker.
Also interested in merit scholarships, but colleges are higher priority for now. Teachers offered to adapt LORs for scholarships.
I realize this is a bit late so I’m trying to figure everything out ASAP, but I’ve already submitted Stanford REA and started several other applications. I was also a bit vague for privacy so feel free to ask for clarifying details. More interested in matching than chancing, but both are appreciated!
If you want more of a Match or Likely UC’s for CS, then UC Santa Cruz (71% for 2021) and Riverside (36% for 2022). UC Davis is definitely possible also but not a solid Match and unfortunately I have no CS major specific data.
You have excellent credentials and since the UC’s give little to no merit or need-based FA especially to OOS applicants and are test blind, there are plenty of similar schools where your stats will garner decent merit aid.
Thanks for the suggestions. To clarify, I’m not strictly looking for schools near the coasts—coastal state is good enough—and I’d be willing relax that for better matches/safeties. Same goes for the financial side of things.
I would pick the University of Utah over Utah State (and most other west coast safeties), you should also get great merit (~full tuition) with your stats. It’s not coastal though you can see salt water from the dorms But more seriously, if you like the outdoors, it is hard to beat, especially for skiing. You need to apply by Dec 1 for merit.
Commenting on your activities that didn’t make it on the app…I would create a resume with all of your accomplishments, and send that to the schools that allow it.
UIUC EA had a 11/1 deadline, RD will be next to impossible for CS. Same is true for Purdue and UMD as momofboiler mentioned. I would probably not even apply to these, at least leave those last if you choose to still apply.
You also missed WPI and NC State EA deadlines. CS in RD will be unpredictable, but I would still try for these schools.
U Mass Amherst has an EA deadline of 11/5…can you make that? (you should to maximize your chances, again, CS in RD will be tough)
VT EA - 12/1, make that deadline.
I think Oregon State is a great idea, Oregon as well (but you missed the EA and honors deadlines for Oregon).
What about landlocked U Utah (12/1 EA deadline)?
You might also consider UC Boulder but obviously they are landlocked too (11/15 EA deadline)
Looks like the biggest takeaway for me is that ED makes a significant difference in acceptance for some schools. I might’ve applied to some public ones along with Stanford REA if I was aware of that beforehand, but I guess it’s too late now…
Will definitely apply to Oregon State and Virginia Tech, and look into the later EA/ED deadlines for schools that REA doesn’t exclude. UMass Amherst EA is a bit tight—I think I can make it, but one of my recommenders is ill right now so that may be a bit challenging.
I have letters, but the issue is that one of them—the stronger one—has Stanford-specific wording and needs to be tweaked, and the teacher who wrote it is ill. I’ll try to get it figured out ASAP.
I’m also worrying about fit, which is part of why I made this matching thread. I’ll have time to look at other candidates more carefully, but UMass looks good at a glance and I don’t have much time to look into it.
If the Stanford specific teacher’s LoR is what’s holding up some apps (especially if it can’t be fixed until past some EA or merit deadlines), I would encourage you to let that concern go and send it to other schools…colleges see that not uncommonly.
For schools that only require one LoR, you do have a second one, correct? In that case, you could send that one to UMass (if that school looks good to you), because you should apply by 11-5 for the best chance of admission and merit aid.