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

thanks a lot for your help.

So far I have applied to the following universities:

SUNY Stony Brook
UIUC
Purdue
UMCP
U Wisconsin Madison
UMass Amherst
UC San Diego
UT Austin
UC Irvine
NCSU


I know that some of the above universities are way too ambitious for me and none of these is safe.

I am also thinking about applying to UC Davis, UPenn, Gatech, and TAMU.

Can you please suggest some safe universities for me, preferably with low tuition or high chances of getting financial aid?

Please give your inputs.

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Let me be brutally honest here: the universities where you're more likely than not to get funded out the gate, are going to probably be too safe for you, so I'm not sure you might want to attend them. And my personal philosophy is to only apply to schools in the first place that I know I would like, and be ready, to attend with no hesitation. What if you get into a safe school for your profile, say ASU or UNCC or UTD for instance, and you later think after getting admitted that you could've done better and applied to a more competitive school? That's why I recommend thinking carefully about how many schools you really want to apply to, so that you lessen the chances of buyer's remorse later on. Especially in cases like this where the profile is really good, I generally advise not applying to more than 2, or at the most, 3, safe schools, because with your profile, you should crack some of the other ones on your list, and the safe schools are meant to be just that: a last-ditch safety net in case you inexplicably get rejected from everywhere else.

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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I totally agree with you The_Observer. Its just that finances might be a problem for me. If the I20 amount is more than 40 lakhs I will have to take an unsecured loan.
That's the reason why I am applying to so many universities so that I can increase my chances of getting aid from a good institute.

Also, I have an AWA of 3, will it be a big factor for rejection?


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