What about Computer Science safeties for me?

<p>Hi,
I will be applying to colleges this fall and I am an international student. Here is my list of colleges; can you help me finding safeties with prominent computer science programs?</p>

<p>Here are my stats:
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/georgia-institute-technology/961587-what-my-chance-getting-early-action-international.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/georgia-institute-technology/961587-what-my-chance-getting-early-action-international.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>By the way, what do you think about my chances at number 11?</p>

<p>1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (far reach)
2 Carnegie Mellon
3 California Institute of Technology
4 University of Washington
5 Georgia Institute of Technology
6 Virginia Tech
7 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
8 Rochester Institute of Technology
9 University of Rochester
10 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
11 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
12 University of Maryland: College Park
13 University of MA - Amherst
14 University of Michigan
15 Lawrence Tech
16 University of Virginia
17 Pennsylvania State University
18 Illinois Institute of Technology
19 Wentworth Institute of Technology</p>

<p>Thanks.</p>

<p>Why not Wisconsin-Madison? It's better than all, but a few you've listed.</p>

<p>@Stooge
Actually I have no idea why I didn't add Wisconsin--Madison to my list. After reviewing it, I've updated my list and added it.</p>

<p>Any other suggestions?</p>

<p>UMCP is a great Com Sci school, and I'm sure you'd get in.</p>

<p>You have a huge list already, don't think you need more</p>

<p>It's great to hear that I have a good chance of getting acceptance from prominent computer science schools. </p>

<p>For some reason, I always feel the need of adding more safeties to my list because, at the end of the year I don't want to stand there without any acceptance letters. :)</p>

<p>Some schools that can act more like safeties could be Purdue, Drexel, Stony Brook.</p>

<p>Purdue and Drexel exceeds my budget but Stony Brook seems like a good safety.</p>

<p>Any other advices?</p>

<p>I've recieved my new TOEFL score and it is 108/120. </p>

<p>Reading: 28/30
Listening: 29/30
Speaking: 26/30
Writing: 25/30</p>

<p>Purdue and Drexel exceeds my budget</p>

<p>HUH???? What is your budget? And if Purdue is too expensive, then why do you have UMich on your list? UMich costs even more money (and other schools probably cost more or similar.)</p>

<p>I would also put Caltech as a far reach as well</p>

<p>No interest in Rice or UT-Austin?</p>

<p>^^^</p>

<p>If he says that Purdue exceeds his budget, then certainly UT and Rice do.</p>

<p>Hi,
Just to clarify, I was out of city and checking this thread from my cell phone. I also checked the price of Purdue from my cell and somehow I thought that Purdue's non-resident tuition+room+board price was only tuition. :)</p>

<p>Price of Purdue is OK but UT, Rice and Drexel exceeeds my budget. I prefer not paying over 40,000$ anually. But CMU and CalTech are exceptions.</p>

<p>1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 Carnegie Mellon
3 California Institute of Technology
4 University of Washington
5 Georgia Institute of Technology
6 Virginia Tech
7 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
8 Rochester Institute of Technology
9 University of Rochester
10 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
11 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
12 University of Maryland: College Park
13 University of MA - Amherst
14 University of Michigan
15 Lawrence Tech
16 University of Virginia
17 Pennsylvania State University
18 Illinois Institute of Technology
19 Wentworth Institute of Technology
20 George Mason University</p>

<pre><code>University of Wisconsin Madison
Purdue University
SUNY Stony Brook
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<p>My list is currently like this and I will rearrange it. U of Wisconsin Madison, Purdue and stony brook is not in the list because I haven't decided where to place them yet.</p>

<p>Any opinions?</p>

<p>It's a least $20 to apply and then you have the fee to send your SAT scores. You are looking at over $400 in application fees. You might want to shorten your list.</p>

<p>I am aware that application fees will be high but if applying to more schools will increase my chances of getting acceptance from good schools, then I am willing to pay its costs.</p>

<p>you probably will spread too thin on those essays. You cannot write one and just change the school names for top schools like those you choose.</p>

<p>You're right, it will be tough to write so many different essays but the problem is that I don't know which schools to eliminate. Let's say that just to shorten the list, I decided not to apply to CMU and CMU would have accepted me if I were to apply.</p>

<p>Where can I start to narrow down this list? :)</p>

<p>Keep only 2 safeties, 3 matches and 5 or 6 reaches.</p>

<p>for example for VTI, IIT and UIUC, you can choose one. </p>

<p>In the US, kids visit schools to choose subjectively, but it is hard in your case.</p>

<p>As you've said, visiting the schools I am going to apply is unlikely in my case.</p>

<p>I am not completely sure which are safeties, matches and reaches. There are some obvious reaches like MIT, CalTech and CMU but in some cases it's hard to recognize them. What do you think? Which are reaches, safeties and matches for me?</p>