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Chances for UCB, UWash CS + other school recommendations?

StressLordStressLord 27 replies3 threads Junior Member
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  • StressLordStressLord 27 replies3 threads Junior Member
    washington resident
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30524 replies418 threads Forum Champion
    Can you afford UCB at full pay $65K/year to attend? UCB like all the California UC’s give little to no financial aid to OOS applicants. If UCB is affordable, then you are definitely a competitive applicant.

    Best of luck.
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 2910 replies8 threads Senior Member
    If you live in Washington, going to CA and paying $65k a year for tuition won't help you, especially when you're going into something as employable as computers. You're better off going to UWash and saving the money. Seattle is the second largest tech hub in the nation, which means a ton of internship opportunities. Also, it's more cost-effective for employers to hire talent locally for entry-level jobs.
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  • StressLordStressLord 27 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Yes my family can afford it. What do you think my chances are at UW? Could you also give me some schools that fit my caliber? Thanks!
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  • StressLordStressLord 27 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Okay, what do you think my chances are?
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 2910 replies8 threads Senior Member
    For UW, your chances are about 85% for getting in. It's pretty much a safety school for you.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83395 replies741 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2019
    However, Washington CS is much more selective than the school overall. You could be admitted to the school but not the CS major; in that case, getting into the CS major later will be very competitive.

    https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/admissions/dtm says that "if you are absolutely certain that you want to major in CS and you did not receive Direct to Major admission, you may want to consider other universities."

    For UCB, you can do CS in either the College of Letters and Science (L&S CS) or as EECS in the College of Engineering. L&S admits students undeclared; getting into the L&S CS major requires a 3.3 GPA in three CS courses. EECS is much more competitive for frosh admission, but is direct admission to the major.
    edited August 2019
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  • StressLordStressLord 27 replies3 threads Junior Member
    coolguy40 wrote: »
    For UW, your chances are about 85% for getting in. It's pretty much a safety school for you.

    Are you talking about the school itself or the direct to CS major?
    I don't plan on attending UW without majoring in CS directly lol
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2019
    For UCB, the EECS entry rate is somewhere between 6-7%. The admission rate to get into L&S is probably around 16%, but around 50% pass the 3.3 gauntlet to get into CS (you get admitted into L&S undeclared). The 50% that get thru are most likely amongst the top people that get into L&S, so you would have somewhat better odds with the L&S CS path of getting in. I think you have at least a 50-50 chance of getting into UCB either way with your stats.
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  • StressLordStressLord 27 replies3 threads Junior Member
    For UCB, the EECS entry rate is somewhere between 6-7%. The admission rate to get into L&S is probably around 16%, but around 50% pass the 3.3 gauntlet to get into CS (you get admitted into L&S undeclared). The 50% that get thru are most likely amongst the top people that get into L&S, so you would have somewhat better odds with the L&S CS path of getting in. I think you have at least a 50-50 chance of getting into UCB either way with your stats.

    Wow thanks! I never expected such a high chance...
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  • GreymeerGreymeer 918 replies16 threads Member
    A 35 puts you in the running at many places. Since you are on the west coast ASU would make sense as a good safety school.

    Typical public schools with respected engineering programs...
    UCB, GT, UIUC, Purdue, Michigan, UCSD, UCLA

    Some CS rankings:
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/subject-ranking/computer-science#!/page/0/length/25/locations/US/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
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  • tgl2023tgl2023 266 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I think you have a good chance at the CS dept at both UW and UCB, because of your good stats and solid ECs demonstrating your interests in CS and serving others. Have you considered the CS program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo? I have heard that some students have chosen its CS program over those at UCB and UCLA. Do spend time in crafting your essays. To stand out (given your accomplishments in both chemistry and computing), perhaps use computational chemistry as a slant. Carnegie Mellon and Lehigh might be of interest to you.
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