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Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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Hi Seniors,

Please help me to reduce my bucket of Universities. I want to apply in 4 Ambi, 3 Mod and 2 Safe. Please feel free to suggest universities other than my list.

Also I have few questios:

1. I have an AWA of 3, will it be a big problem to get admit from ambitious universities or will 111 in TOEFL (27 Writing) cover that? Should I mention this in SOP?

2. I have a publication in International Conference but the topic of research was related to Electronics and not CS, should I mention that in the SOP or not?
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My profile (Updated UniSearch also but mentioning here as well)-

GRE- 326 ( 170 Q 156 V) AWA - 3
TOEFL - 111 (writing 27)
BE in IT - 80% degree from DAVV University ( NAAC A grade university ) {Topper's 85%} I was among top 3 in my class.
Work Experience - 24 Months till April 18, working as JAVA developer in Accenture
Projects - 1 Major: End to End Website development for university's sports department. ( Mainly using PHP and Bootstrap)
2 Minor projects during college ( Both using JAVA )

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My University Bucket ( Please tell which ones to drop or which one to add):

UIUC,
CMU,
GATECH,
TAMU,
UCB,
UTA,
UMASS,
UCSD,
UCLA,
U of maryland college park
UCSB,
NCSU,
UPENN,
Purdue west lafayate
Virginia Tech
SUNY Stony Brook,
UC Irvine,
UC davis


Thanks a lot

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10-12-2017 06:04 PM
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RE: Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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RE: Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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Excellent profile. I love seeing someone nailing Q!

Recommended list.....

Ambitious/Ranked
UCB,
CMU,
GATECH,
UCSD or UCLA,
UPENN or Purdue West lafayate

Moderate
Virginia Tech
UCSB,
NCSU
U of maryland college park
UCI or UC Davis (pick one)
Amherst

Safe
SUNY Stony Brook
UTA (Seriously?? For Q = 170??)
Do UCI (kind of safe)
Buffalo

get started with this and tweak it a bit....

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RE: Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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That's a great profile, well done!
I really hope you meant UCB = Berkeley and UTA = Austin because the other two are really not the colleges you should be looking at with this profile; Boulder maybe worth the consideration but Arlington, NO!

Ambitious -CMU, UIUC, GaTech, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, UC San Diego, UCLA

UPenn - Ambi/Mod [The trick is to apply before Nov 15, their early deadline]

Moderate - UCSB, NCSU, TAMU, Purdue [ Maybe a bit ambitious], UC Davis, UMass Amherst, UMCP, UCI [Erratic decisions last time, would exclude it since you have many (better!) options]

Safe - USC, Stony Brook

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10-18-2017 03:03 AM
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RE: Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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Thanks a lot, guys.

After much deliberation, I have finalized the below colleges:

Ranked:
UIUC
UT Austin
GATECH

Moderately Ambi:
TAMU
UMASS
UC Irvine

Safe:
SUNY Stony Brook
UC Davis


Now I need 4 more colleges and I still can not decide which ones to drop from the below list:

UCB (Is this extremely Ambi ?)
CMU ( too costly, can I hope for financial aid here? )
UCSD
UCLA ( again too costly + afraid of living costs at LA)
UMCP
UCSB
NCSU
UPenn
Purdue West Lafayette


Please suggest which ones can I drop, preferably the ones which have fewer chances of providing financial aid. Should I drop some from my final list to make room for the ones which will provide financial aid easily?

Also, please suggest a couple of Canadian Universities.

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RE: Fall 2018 | MS | CS | GRE 326 (Q-170/V-156) | BE in IT 80% | TOEFL 111 | DAVV, Indore
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shubhamastu I apologize for the delayed reply.

Congrats on your wonderful scores Smile

My pick is to go with the following colleges - Purdue WL, NCSU,UMCP,UCB . I arranged them in the order where you are most likely to get fin aid/TA/RA etc.

All the best, my friend Smile

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I'd drop UT Austin and UIUC (unless applying for MCS) from the list.

1) Please mention as many details as possible about your academics, research and work-ex, in terms of projects worked on, technologies used, roles/responsibilities handled, papers published/presented, awards/honors obtained, etc. All those have to be put in the misc details section of your UniSearch profile if you expect any help on Edulix. Also, before requesting for profile evaluations, please go through this excellent post.

2) Please take some time out to read these three threads in their entirety. PLEASE do that before asking questions about universities from a comparison perspective, or jobs, or coursework, or H-1B visas, or "placements", irrespective of which univ/department/program/major you're applying to.

I love to read, and then I regurgitate. I write - a lot - as my posts here and on other outlets would show. I do not make apologies for what I write (and how long it is). I do not sugarcoat things either. I don't tolerate vague questions, for any reasons - ignorance arising out of an inability to locate information when the necessary tools to do so (i.e. the internet, libraries, university websites, other forums/bulletin boards, etc.) are readily available, is not any kind of an acceptable excuse.

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