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  1. truediarist added a post in a topic My Chances into Stanford   

    Stanford's MS program is terminal, so it doesn't necessarily lead you directly to a Ph.D, at least at Stanford. I would definitely, definitely, decide whether or not you want to do a Ph.D before going any further with the supposed confirmations.
  2. truediarist added a post in a topic When can candidates know the result of applications?   


    I found out about Georgia Tech on March 18, I found out about Stanford's Ph.D decision on February 12, the MS decision on March 25.

    Best of luck!

  3. truediarist added a post in a topic Stanford MSCS student here, ask your questions!   

    In case anyone is interested, I've posted a recap of this last quarter:


    Cheers and happy holidays!
  4. truediarist added a post in a topic Stanford MSCS student here, ask your questions!   

    An exceedingly late reply here:

    It probably isn't too far from the truth, in that they vehemently assure you that there is absolutely no guarantee for funding. That often turns away a lot of good potential candidates to Stanford, too, which can be a boon for others. That being said, I think if you're stubborn and persuasive enough and you have the right skills, you can get funding. I'm funding my own way through grad school after spending a year working, which means I had just enough saved for about 2.5 quarters with rent, not quite enough to get through an entire year. I was looking to be a little more comfortable financially, so I managed to snag an RA-ship for this upcoming quarter, though not in the CS department. That required a lot of work and some amount of convincing, but it's not impossible.

    I do agree though, the CS department isn't exactly easy to get into, and it's hard to know what a professor or the department is looking for every year.
  5. truediarist added a post in a topic Stanford MSCS student here, ask your questions!   

    Some things I've condensed from queries so far:
    I think the admissions committee is looking for experience, research experience (to a lesser degree) and passion for the topic that can be demonstrated somehow qualitatively (did you do a project that got some reception? a conference publication? where did you do your undergrad?)

    I'm not aware of the average GRE and GPAs of students in the Stanford MSCS program, though I don't doubt it's pretty up there.

    I did a few interesting research projects while at undergrad, and spent a year working in the field I wanted to pursue my MSCS (I was a UI Engineer). I guess it boils down to demonstrable passion (not just going there for the name) and demonstrable quality of work. I'd spend much less time fretting about grades and much more on what you think really is important to you about getting an Master's degree.

    Here's a couple of good questions to ask:
    a - If you knew it gave you a better idea of whether or not this is the school for you, would you visit it, even if it meant buying a $400 plane ticket? (That's what I did)
    b - Would the fact that Stanford is a "big name school" be a big part of why you're applying? (Be honest - I actually seriously was vacillating between Georgia Tech and Stanford, both have really really good HCI programs)
    c - Are you interested in getting a career out of Stanford or do you want to continue to do research, or do you want to get a Master's to find out?
    d - Who are the most prominent professors in your field of interest? Have you read their papers? Their resumes?
  6. truediarist added a post in a topic Profile Eval. Fall 2011 | MS | CS | GRE(1290) | TOEFL(110) | CG(9.34) | IIIT-H | 1 yr google wrkexp   

    Note Stanford's MS program is considered a "terminal" degree program.
  7. truediarist added a topic in Computer Science   

    Stanford MSCS student here, ask your questions!
    Hi all,

    I figured I'd try to come back here as GradCafe's forum was really helpful in my getting feedback and ideas for application (and it helped me also decide between the two schools I had gotten into). I'd rather not answer questions about "would I get in with this profile" because I think that's really up to an admissions counselor and it's really on a personal basis, but any other questions about Stanford's CS program I'd love to answer (from my limited knowledge so far). You can PM me if you'd like not to share personal information, or if you'd like to verify that I am indeed who I say I am.

    Me: first year Master's in Human Computer Interaction
    Undergrad at: Swarthmore College
    Status: International
    Living: off campus
    CS147: Human Computer Interaction with Scott Klemmer
    CS224W: Social and Information Network Analysis with Jure Leskovec
    CS448B: Data Visualization with Jeff Heer

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  8. truediarist added a post in a topic Do I have a shot? [ Stanford and Berkley MS ]   

    Stanford student here. First off, I wouldn't listen to naysayers. My approach is that people who say "no you can't" are people who want to take your place.

    On to the topic - have you looked at Stanford's MS&E program? That may be a little more tailored to your needs and background. There's plenty of CS involved too.
  9. truediarist added a comment on a blog entry Shattered Dream   

    I agree that if you're going to be attending a school just because and you feel you're going to be miserable or losing out because you didn't get into your first choice school, then you should probably not attend. Save your money and travel, work, do something else, because you'll never be able to satisfy your expectations wherever you go. There was a reason why you didn't get in, and though as harsh as that may mean it's important to realize that. It never hurts to dream, but it is never worth destroying reality just because of a dream. If you're really passionate about it, take a year off and reapply next year. That's what I did. I didn't get in the second time around either, but that's that. It's one dream, there are many ways to achieve it.
  10. truediarist added a post in a topic Summer plans before staring school   

    Will be full time working and also taking summer school to have a leg up on pre-reqs for my major.
  11. truediarist added a post in a topic Keep A Word Drop A Word   

    Full stop.
  12. truediarist added a post in a topic How to phrase a declining letter?   

    Great advice. Particularly in a narrow field of study it always is good to maintain contacts.
  13. truediarist added a post in a topic Stanford 2010   

    Just accepted admission to MSCS this fall!
  14. truediarist added a post in a topic GATech HCI/CS   

    Now I'm choosing between Stanford and Georgia Tech for HCI - I hate the fact that Stanford has the name and fame but not much more besides it!
  15. truediarist added a post in a topic Mit Media Lab   

    If it's any indication, I was put on the waitlist last year and was flatly denied this year. Not worth waiting for, definitely.