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Chances for Carnegie Mellon MCS ED?

FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
edited December 2012 in What Are My Chances?
I'm applying ED to the Mellon College of Science. I want to become a financial engineer, so I plan to study Operations Research or Computational Finance.

I finished my senior year in HS and I'm taking a gap year this year. During my gap year, I'll be pursuing three internships, one in CS (which is wrapping up now), one in economics and one in finance. If you want more details on my plans for the year, I can send them to you by a PM.

I won't post complete stats here, but will post the most important ones.

  • SAT I: 2320
  • ACT: Didn't take
  • SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 (1st science SAT), 780 (2nd science SAT)
  • Unweighted GPA without Freshman Year (out of 4.0): 3.85 (very strong upward trend and extremely rigorous courseload)
  • AP: Got 5's on 14 AP exams, none of which were self-studied (this should give you some idea of my courseload). I took 8 exams in junior year alone. My AP's include AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: E&M, AP Chemistry, AP Calc BC, AP Stat, AP Macro, and AP Macro.
  • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): My school doesn't rank, but I'm in the top 14% at least.
  • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist, US Physics Olympiad Semifinalist, many state-level awards in physics and finance
  • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): business club (president) [1 yr], math team [2 yrs], math honors society [2 yrs], high school theater critics team [1 yr], national honor society [1 yr], orchestra pit [2 yrs], organized a concert that raised over $9000 for charity.
  • Job/Work Experience: I've had three internships so far in computer science and finance, and one of them was paid.
  • Recommendations: One from my BC Calc and Multivar Calc teacher who also coaches math team, one from my econ teacher who sponsored my business club. The econ rec should be pretty good and the math rec is almost as good. Also getting a supplemental rec from my mentor at NIST, where I'm doing a CS internship.
  • Ethnicity: Asian
  • Gender: M
  • High School Type: Public

I'm worried that I'm not a good fit for MCS because: (1) I got a B 1st semester in two science classes in 10th grade, (2) I also haven't done any scientific research or participated in hard-core science EC's. Is it still OK for me to apply for Math at MCS given that I'm interested in financial engineering? Should I just apply for Business or Econ instead because my profile is a better fit there?
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Replies to: Chances for Carnegie Mellon MCS ED?

  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    bump.... (10 char)
  • WhiteCaptainWhiteCaptain - Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I don't see is passion. Sure, you have 3 internships; but anyone could get what you have with a gap year. Nevertheless, honest opinion, you'll get in. Try ivies? Why are you worrying...
    My school sends out weighted gpas. So they send out a 3.94W but they convertt it to a 3.4UW. Which is unfair...Sigh
    Why are you doing ED CMU? I think you're more qualified for ivies. when you apply to cmu, you apply to 3 places. So apply to MCS, Tepper, and blah blah blah. So you' ll get your pick. but i think you're investing wrong in cmu... considering your research. ivies love those.
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    bumping in progress....................
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    Seriously? What's a brother gotta do to get a decent chancing?
  • guyinblueguyinblue Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    Dont worry I'm chancing you man :D
    Your SAT Score is very good for CMU, even your GPA is good enough. I think you make the cut academically. I think, you will get in with little difficulty, since you seem to have many state level awards as you put it. I'd peg your chances at ~75 percent at CMU. (I also like your Internships).
    I hope you did well on the essays since it seems to be a crucial factor for you.
    But, you do seem to lack a "spike" (Sorry). Definitely very competitive even for CMU though. You can try applying to a higher level uni (Ivies or something) but if CMU is what you truly want, go for it and you most prob. will get in!
    All the best!
  • illusoryillusory Registered User Posts: 37 New Member
    CMU - pretty solid match, I think. Physics Olympiad semis is definitely noteworthy, too...
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    @guyinblue My "spike" is my interest in finance, which I've shown through my awards, internships, and EC's. I didn't post this above, but in the summer before 11th grade, I developed a risk analytics platform for the credit division of Citibank India. I think that internship will show my interest in finance and financial engineering. I lived in India for two months during my internship.
  • guyinblueguyinblue Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    Wow thats nice! That really ups your chances a lot. I think you're in! (Maybe im a naive amateur).
    You have ECs that match your choice of major. Right on spot mate !
    Did you like it here? :P
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    I'm actually Indian so I go to India every two years. Interestingly however, I spent those two months in Mumbai, a city I had never been to before. The transportation system took some getting used to (especially those ridiculous trains) but the city was incredible. Not many tourist attractions, but the restaurants are amazing.
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    So worried about ED results. Anyone else in the same boat?
  • aweatherlyaweatherly Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Like the others you probably have a low reach for CMU which is an awesome school. If thats the school you want I would definitely go there! Also I am extremely worried about ED/EA results (MIT here I come!)
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    Where did you apply ED?
  • FateGoneAwry16FateGoneAwry16 Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    bump... (10 char)
  • guyinblueguyinblue Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    HAHA, Mumbai? It is one of the MOST crowded places to be in. I am surprised how you managed to survive the trains there! Come to Delhi sometime and we could hang out haha :p
    Nevertheless, Im sure you had a lot of fun and it was a valuable experience :D
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