5 months ago
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Last minute improving myself for applying to good cs schools

I'm a rising senior that is trying to apply to some rather good CS schools, like UT Austin, UIUC, GTech, Carnegie Mellon, UW, U Wisconsin, UC San Diego, but I honestly don't think I'll get in with my current stats.

I wonder if there is a way, in these last few months, to improve my profile to have a chance of getting into these schools (particularly in extracurriculars)?

I have a 1510 SAT, 3.9 unweighted GPA (4.5 weighed). But based on what I seen at these cs schools, these stats are just average, if not below average. I will have 11 APs at the end of my senior year (currently have 6)

Current ECs: President of Computer Club, Founder of Competitive Coding Club, Officer in Science national honor society, President of an unofficial student run digital newspaper club. USACO silver, ACSL top 20% regional, NHD writing winner regional, made a website for a company, and I'm co-teaching the A.I. mini course my school will offer next year.

I'm really betting on my ECs on exceeding my grades and stats, so I want to push a bit more before I apply, what is a good idea for ecs to boost my application?

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@amar5 months ago

no no noooo, ur so good, i would even go higher such as it, cal state etc. ur golden

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5 months ago

You have really great ECs. Not sure what you can do in 2 months better than what you already have. Now just focus on writing essays and make them stand out.

5 months ago

It sounds like you have a classic case of not believing enough in yourself. This usually happens to highly qualified applicants who focus too much on "stats" and comparing yourself with others. With an SAT >1500 and a 3.9 UW GPA, plus your strong EC's, you would be competitive at even the very top CS schools (CMU, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, etc.)

Don't count yourself out before you even apply. The best thing you can do to distinguish yourself now is to write essays that show you are an interesting and relatable human being, not just a robot with lots of achievements.

5 months ago

Hi there! Though I'm only a sophomore in High School, I myself have been preparing for college and have some very valuable knowledge I would like to share with you!

I've also considered UT Austin. Nor at the moment, I don't have many EC's like you do. Other than coding and graphic design, there's not much.

From your EC's and GPA and test scores, you seem average like you've said. You seem above average to me! Though the average isn't bad, it's always nice to be a bit "extra."

Being in coding really better's your chances for a coding major. I recommend you try getting some certifications. You can Coursera, and find some fit for you. For example, there's Google, Microsoft, IBM, and many more! If you're not at age level yet, you can always try The Google Cloud Exam.

Another thing is scholarships. You can use RaiseMe and earn micro-scholarships for many different colleges from EC's. You can also use Bold.org and log in EC's and earn scholarships at the same time.

There's also time for sports or jobs. If you can't do both, that's okay!

I hope this helps! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help or anything to clarify!


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