@durban, I’m certainly not an expert, I’m just a parent that’s gathered a good amount of info on university admissions. I would agree that Gumbymom probably knows as much as all of us combined when it comes to UC admissions.
I’m a Michigan grad (and Minnesota MBA) so my daughter is looking at Michigan. I would say her chances are about 50/50 of getting in to my alma mater with a W GPA 4.2 from a very good HS, 7 APs, 33 ACT (about equal to a 1490) is Hispanic, a varsity athlete starter on a championship team, and a legacy. And this for liberal arts, not CS. I’m also not confident she will automatically get into U of Washington, UCSB, or other schools she likes.
CS is one of the more difficult majors to be admitted in. You need to be realistic that even with a 1500, there is a lot of competition out there.
I can vouch for the University of Minnesota. It’s a very good school in a great city, Minneapolis.
As someone who works for a very big Silicon Valley company involved with major IT projects, just go to a good school and get your CS degree. College should be a good and enjoyable experience. Too many kids get hung up on the rankings when in the end, it doesn’t matter a ton where you go.
You will most assuredly get hired into a good job and it won’t matter a few months in to your first job where you went to school.