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Any advice appreciated (Asian female going into CS, looking at top schools)

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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 1364 replies35 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The option to do the extremely-well-regarded CS major at Harvey Mudd without having to do the full, intense HMC core curriculum can be an appealing one.
    A great suggestion.
    Harvey Mudd definitely isn't for everyone, but if you're not looking for that level of intensity then I would question having Caltech on the list. I see Caltech as being at least as intense as Mudd, *without* the moderating influence of the other consortium schools. (But if your EFC looks better at Caltech than at Mudd than that could certainly account for including one and not the other.)
    Caltech is more intense but its incoming students are slightly better prepared so the overall stress level may be slightly lower than Mudd's. With regard to financial aid, Caltech is definitely the more generous of the two.
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  • CorinthianCorinthian 1788 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OP does your school have Naviance? For example, when I look at WashU for students from our school with 35-36 ACT and a 4.0, I don't see rejections but I do see a LOT of waitlists. With Pomona, our Naviance has less data but what's there shows comparable high stats applications either WL'd or rejected unless they were recruited athletes or applied ED.
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2220 replies36 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Rivet2000 CMU stopped considering demonstrated interest this past spring. Unfortunately they do not give generous aid, so it is important for OP to run the EFC calculator.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34107 replies377 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    "The higher up you go, the less predictive test scores alone are" <This.
    Because the higher the tier, it's not all about stats. All the rest matters. The key I advocate is the better matching to all the rest a top college wants in you. Plenty of kids will get rejected by a Wellesley, despite their score match.
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  • celestialkairoscelestialkairos 68 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Corinthian When I look at my school's Naviance, I do see that there are people with high scores who get waitlisted at WashU (they are known within my school to yield protect and waitlist very qualified kids who end up going to HYP instead), but with Vanderbilt, I see quite a lot more acceptances than rejections/waitlists in my GPA and score range. Pomona and Wellesley don't have enough applicants to create a scatterplot it looks like because I can't get one to show up for me.
    @Groundwork2022 I ran CMU's NPC and even did their online form where the people at the FA office estimate aid and they both came out to a reasonable amount, so I think I might be able to manage the cost of CMU should I get in
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9229 replies495 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I haven't read all the posts. Your list of colleges includes all reaches and one safety. As long as you are okay with the possiblity that your only choice might be Ohio, your list is fine. I suggest you add another college to your list that has an acceptance rate in the 30-40th percentile.
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