Hello Everyone. I am a senior who has just submitted applications to 13 schools and about to finish my last 3. This post will be asking for input about what undergraduate opportunities to look for and take advantage of at mid-tier private schools and top-tier state schools. But first, I’ll give a bit of personal background.
I applied/will apply to the following schools in the following order:
- University of Maryland - College Park (Target Safety and In-State)
- Columbia University (Long Reach, already Rejected)
- UC Berkely (Reach, Out of State)
- Rice University (Reach, Free App)
- Washington University in St Louis (Reach, Free App)
- Fordham (Safety, Free App)
- Cornell (Reach)
- Jonhs Hopkins (Reach)
- Princeton (Long Reach, I did it because I loved the essay prompts)
- Carnegie Mellon (Target Reach)
- Georgia Tech (Target Reach)
- University of San Francisco (Safety)
- Rensselaer PI (Target)
- U Mich (Reach)
I’m majoring in either Architecture, Civil Engineering, or Materials Science.
So, I’m pretty much assuming that I will end up at University of Maryland College Park. It is my most realistic and affordable school. Yes, I could get accepted to Georgia Tech or CMU, but from an affordability standpoint, going to UMCP with 5-10k instate tuition at a #20 nationally ranked engineering program makes the most sense. I’d really only choose Princeton, Johns Hopkins, UMich, Cornell, or potentially GT over UMCP, and it’ll come down to finances.
In order to set myself up for great professional opportunities after a 4 year degree or for great grad school options, I am looking for guidance on what types of opportunities I should seek and take advantage of at schools like UMCP, UMich, or Fordham. If you feel like commenting about any of the other schools I mentioned, feel free to do so, but I’m mainly looking for general advice. Thank you!