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8 months ago
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Extracurriculars to get into Elite universities?

I am planning on majoring in computer science and engineering and minoring in programming but I am going to grade ten and I am getting worried about what to put at extracurriculars mainly because most of the competitions I have done aren’t technologically based. I have been creating a lot of websites and want to know if I can put that under extracurricular. Apart from that I only have computer club to put there. All other awards and activities are language and writing based. I want to find out if I should get into more programs and competitions on STEM or if it is okay to apply to elite universities such as MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Georgia Tech and Cornell with the activities I am doing currently in the future.


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8 months ago

CS is all about Math. You probably want to focus on Math competitions and extra-hard Math courses (Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra) as part of your academics. For CS itself, there are competitions such as USACO, which could be beneficial. If you do exceptionally well, then you could be invited to the International Olympiad (just like USAMO to the IMO). Also shoot for the AMC, AIME, USAMO, IMO route. A good AIME score goes a long way at MIT, Stanford, etc.


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