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What are my chances?

gxbee1gxbee1 4 replies7 threads New Member
edited July 2019 in What Are My Chances?
I am currently a Senior and planning to apply to these colleges:

Rutgers University-New Brunswick (In-state)
Stevens Institute of Technology (In-state)
Penn State (Out-of-State)
Arizona State University (Out-of-State)

With my stats listed below, what are my chances?

Weighted: 3.91
Unweighted: 3.79

New SAT:

National Technical Honor Society - 2 years (President)
History Club - 2 years
Science Club - 2 years
Teens Against Homeless Club - 1 year
Mock Trial - 1 year
DECA - 1 year

Freshman: All regular classes

Sophomore: All regular classes except for Honors Biology

Junior: Honors Algebra II, Honors Chemistry, Honors English III, Honors U.S. History II, Spanish 2, Computer Science Principles

Senior: Honors English IV, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Physics, AP Government & Politics, AP Computer Science
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  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer 1259 replies3 threads Senior Member
    What is your intended major?
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  • gxbee1gxbee1 4 replies7 threads New Member
    Computer Science
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 5366 replies91 threads Senior Member
    edited July 2019
    What is your math SAT?
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  • gxbee1gxbee1 4 replies7 threads New Member
    Math: 600
    Reading: 580
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  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer 1259 replies3 threads Senior Member
    edited July 2019
    As you may already know, CS is one of those majors where applicants pile on. You need to:
    1. NOT loose confidence in your ability to do well at most Universities if given the chance as your SAT scores are OK, but not competitive in a CS major at many schools;
    2. Your motivation and academic interests need to show through. Project activity,, teacher recommendations are important. Quality is more important than quantity, don't just pile on activities so you can put them on the application;
    3. Why CS? What else actually interests you?;
    4. Why a particular University? What variables are you looking for aside from possible admission.. what happens after you get there?

    When looking at competitiveness, unweighted GPA is often the primary concern if your test scores are high enough to demonstrate you can do the stuff. Weighted GPA systems vary very widely from secondary school to secondary school and are not so useful when comparing applicants from different schools. In many respects there is not a huge difference between 700 and 800 SAT scores, but it can be used as an excuse to say no as very competitive Universities grasp for some excuse to limit class size.

    Going by average unweighted GPA of the latest matriculating class can be helpful:
    Rutgers: 3.73, Stevens: 3.8, Penn State 3.59, Arizona 3.00. As you are not a resident and as your major is very popular, these GPA's don't tell the whole story, but you are probably into Arizona and a strong applicant at Pen State. Rutgers is a likely match.

    You might want to take a closer look at Rowan where the average University wide GPA is 3.54. CS is probably higher. See https://csm.rowan.edu/departments/cs/index.html

    Stevens, RPI and WPI are all well known in CS, but the university wide GPA's are 3.8, 3.91 and 3.9 respectively. Once again, these are University wide averages. A bit of a reach, but not unrealistic if you have strong personal reasons for going there.

    If you were not a CS major, what would you study?
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  • HamurtleHamurtle 2740 replies36 threads Senior Member
    A 600 on SAT 1 Math might make a potential Computer Science major a reach. You will be taking Calculus up to possibly Multivariable, Discrete Math/Abstract Algebra, and likely Linear Algebra. None of those classes are going to be a cakewalk. The math is going to be difficult. Also include Data Structures which is probably as much mathematical concepts as is it is Computer Science.
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