NYU-Poly vs. CMU

<p>I am admitted into Carnegie Mellon's Mellon College of Science, and NYU-Poly's honors program. I am planning to study computer science (unfortunately CMU's School of Computer Science did not accept me). </p>

<p>Should I go to CMU and attempt to transfer to SCS, or play it safe and go to NYU-Poly? There are aspects I love for each schools, but the uncertainty of transferring into SCS and the low ranking of NYU-Poly is my biggest concern.</p>

<p>CMU will cost $30K a year while NYU-Poly is giving me a full ride, if that matters.</p>


<p>Please help me decide :/</p>

<p>At CMU you don't have to actually transfer into SCS...you can pick up CS as a second major, or as a minor.</p>

<p>Can your family afford 30K per year? Does NYU-Poly include room and board or just tuition?</p>

<p>Are you going to be stuck with paying the $30k per year at CMU? That would set you back $120k, which is a LOT of money, regardless of the school you go to. IMO, graduating with $120k in debt hanging over your head would feel terrible. If you plan on going to graduate school, you could always go to CMU for that and just settle with NYU Poly for undergrad. A full ride is tough to turn down.</p>

<p>Is double majoring math and CS common in CMU? I'm a bit worried whether I can handle the workload.</p>

<p>If I do go to CMU, my family will be able to afford it. Just that my parents think it might not worth the money if I can't major in CS(what I really like), but rather graduating with chemistry or math(I originally applied MCS for those but was no longer interested.)</p>

<p>Strictly speaking it's only <em>almost</em> a full ride, Poly covered a few thousand dollars shy of full COA.</p>

<p>Is transferring externally into SCS in sophomore year possible?</p>

<p>Hey, so I'm you. I got into CMU's SCS three years ago, but I'm attending Poly now.</p>

<p>The $120k of debt would've been too overbearing for me. I wasn't done with NYC, and people seemed less sad at CMU. </p>

<p>I'm sure you'll go far wherever you go. What'd you decide though? I'm super curious</p>

<p>...less sad at Poly.* </p>

<p>Wow, bad typo.</p>

<p>Anyways... good choice :P</p>

<p>The choice is very obvious. Go to Poly. You have your major of choice. They will pay you big bucks. You will go to school in a large metro area with lot's of job prospects and potential internships, etc.</p>

<p>Also, I am a big fan of the polytechnic approach to learning and teaching. I think that all around you will be very well off at Poly. Pull the trigger and never look back. You'll love it.</p>

<p>I do not know about CMU specifically but, math and CS go hand in hand especially at research institutions. However, with regards to double majoring -- unless you are a glutton for punishment don't do it in a STEM major until you are settled in at school and know you can handle the work. My kid goes to a polytechnic program for engineering in CA and graduated as a valedictory scholar in HS. He figured that if anyone could handle a large workload as a freshman he could. Big mistake. He is doing well, but he nearly pushed himself into complete exhaustion. Give yourself some breathing room and enjoy your college experience. HS and college are very, very different. You are now in the big leagues and you should approach it with a healthy amount of respect. There are kid's that study with my son that were 4.00 GPA students in HS that are struggling to stay off academic probation now. Same smart kids, it is just a different game altogether. Start slow, keep your workload manageable and monitor yourself well for stress. Put your emphasis on knowledge acquisition rather than perfection and hold off on a double major until you prove to yourself that you can handle even one hard one like CS.</p>

<p>Hey how did you get a full ride at poly? Did poly give it to you or was it poly and FAFSA combined? Please reply, because I really want to go their and cant affor the 46k right now.
And if you did get it through poly;
you think i wll be able to get it with this grades:
GPA: 100 weighted, 98 unweighed
SAT: 2050
Community service: 200hrs
Work: Web Programmer for Half a Year
6 AP Classes total
780 and 760 SAT II math 1 and Chemistry, respectively</p>


Is double majoring math and CS common in CMU? I'm a bit worried whether I can handle the workload.


<p>I'm not sure, but I believe it is more common to major in CS and minor in math. CS majors at CMU btw are required to add a minor to their degree.</p>

<p>Nevertheless, I'd say that double majoring in math and CS is perfectly doable as there is a lot of overlap between the 2 majors.</p>

<p>NYU Poly!! Congrats on the fantastic opportunity to attend almost debt free! Is there a cooler place to be these days than Brooklyn? </p>

<p>No matter where people go to school, they are always seeking to come to NYC for their dream job/opportunity. You will already be there and well positioned for great internships and jobs.</p>