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b_brew

Fall 2017 Applicant Profile and Admission Results

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I know some folks have received admission decisions in Computer Science, so I think it will be nice for everyone to share their profile, schools applied to, GRE score, TOEFL score(if applicable), accepts, awaiting decision and/or rejects.

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I am still awaiting decisions from all the schools I applied to but here is my profile

Profile: International, 2 years research experience, 1 conference publication, 1 publication under review

GPA: BS 3.29 MS 3.30

GRE: Q160 V153 A4.0

TOEFL: 106

SCHOOLS: UIUC, U Pitts, Kansas State, Georgia State, Ohio University

 

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I have not heard back from the schools I applied for. 

Profile: International / 1.5 year of research experience in Computer Vision Lab. of my undergraduate institution (Research Intern + Undergraduate Researcher) / 1 term teaching experience

Publication: 1 IEEE national conference paper (Awarded Best Student Paper)

GPA: 3.77 (CGPA) / 3.75 (CS GPA)

IELTS: 6.5

GRE: 167Q / 150V / 3.0A

LORs / SOP: 3 Strong (2 from the professors I worked with, 1 from head of department) / Strong LOR (I think)

Schools: Brown (PhD), Princeton (PhD), ASU (PhD), UBC (MSc Thesis), McGill (MSc Thesis), UWO (MSc Thesis), Polimi (MSc), EPFL (MSc Thesis) 

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Profile: American female / 2nd year med student / Worked in the industry as web dev for three years / 1 year TA / About nine months total research experience between undergrad, REU, and this past summer

Publications: 1 IEEE conference publication. 1 presentation at a big medical conference. 3rd in an AMIA data mining competition (should get paper out of this). 

GPA: 3.6 (CGPA) / 3.6 (CS GPA)

GRE: 166Q / 166V / 5A

LORs / SOP: Three strong letters. PhD research advisor in the CS department here, an MD research advisor at the med school here, and my favorite undergrad CS prof. No big names or fancy school, but they should be very strong in terms of content. My SOP is very strong, have a clear research goal and plan. All of the labs I applied to are machine learning + medicine. I am a med student. Seems like it would be a big plus.

Schools:  
Stanford
Berkeley
U Washington
UCLA - had an interview with advisor two weeks ago
Johns Hopkins
UCSD 
MIT
UW Madison
Tufts
Unranked home university, will no doubt get in here

*** NOTE: I'm doing an interdisciplinary MD-PhD, with the PhD portion in computer science.

This list seems very top heavy. I haven't gotten any interviews except for the UCLA one. I really have no idea how competitive I am. GPA is so-so, GRE should be above the threshold. No famous people writing letters, no big name schools.

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Hi! I applied to five Canadian universities and haven't heard back from any of those. 

Profile: International / 3 years of research experience during my undergraduate (Research Intern positions + One major research project under a faculty from USA which lasted for 2 years + Undergraduate Researcher). 9 Months of relevant industry experience (will be 1.5 years by the time I join the program).

Publications: 1 IEEE International conference paper, 1 IEEE National conference paper, 1 in review, 1 in preparation. 

GPA: 78.25% / 100% 

TOEFL: 114

GRE: 161Q / 155V / 5.5A

LORs / SOP: 3 Strong / Strong SOP (I believe)

Course:  MSc CS (Thesis)

Schools: UBC, McGill, UofT, SFU, UWaterloo

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If we haven't received anything from Berkeley yet, is it safe to assume we've been rejected? :unsure:

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2 hours ago, oolong_pmt said:

If we haven't received anything from Berkeley yet, is it safe to assume we've been rejected? :unsure:

Berkeley might be a little busy right now. Though check previous years of admissions and see if they only had 1 batch of acceptances or if they accepted people over time.

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I applied for Berkeley CS and got an interview. But I haven't received anything yet. Just a little depressed now.

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11 hours ago, RhodesZhang said:

I applied for Berkeley CS and got an interview. But I haven't received anything yet. Just a little depressed now.

When did you have your interview and how was it?

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12 hours ago, b_brew said:

When did you have your interview and how was it?

About 2~3 weeks age. I don't know how was it. I mean, we had a great talk, the professor is friendly and that's it.

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On 2/4/2017 at 4:31 AM, RhodesZhang said:

About 2~3 weeks age. I don't know how was it. I mean, we had a great talk, the professor is friendly and that's it.

Would you share us your profile?

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I applied for CUNY, NYU, Maryland, Michigan, University of Illinois and University of Colorado Boulder. Haven't heard back from anyone else, who applied get any news from them?

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Profile: poor undergrad grades at UIUC, transferred and finished BS in Computer Science at sister school with 3.5GPA, 2 year software developer experience for USPS, 9 credits @ 3.89GPA of 400 level CS coursework done online thru UIUC (non-degree student)

GRE: Q168/V158 

 

Focus is limited to top tier online Masters CS programs with no thesis/research portion

Awaiting results for:

UIUC MCS - applied January 14th

Georgia Tech MS CS - waiting for UIUC decision before submission

 

 

Edited by mynamjef

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I got into UW-Madison PhD yesterday and got an email from the UCLA POI that his lab remains interested in my application and should be wrapping up their evaluations in the next few weeks.

Rejects from U Washington and Stanford (no huge surprise there).

EDIT: Just got an interview request from faculty member at Tufts.

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3 hours ago, medstudent said:

I got into UW-Madison PhD yesterday and got an email from the UCLA POI that his lab remains interested in my application and should be wrapping up their evaluations in the next few weeks.

Rejects from U Washington and Stanford (no huge surprise there).

EDIT: Just got an interview request from faculty member at Tufts.

Grats! UW-Madison is a huge admit for CS

now if only the rest of us were this lucky :) 

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3 hours ago, mynamjef said:

Grats! UW-Madison is a huge admit for CS

now if only the rest of us were this lucky :) 

I know right..but I'm sure decisions will keep rolling in especially this month and the next.

Fingers crossed guys^_^^_^^_^

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Profile: International, 1.5 years research experience, 2 publications under review. Software dev internships at Google and Microsoft

GPA: 90% (university medal)

GRE: Q170 V166 A4.5

Course:  Ph.D. CS

SCHOOLS: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, CMU, U Washington, Cambridge

Accepted
Rejected
Nothing

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Profile: International with US undergrad, 3 years research experience. 3 conference publication, 1 publication in press, all first-author. Applying for PhD.

GPA: 3.98

GRE: Q170 V165 A4.0

SCHOOLS: Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, MIT, U Washington, Cornell, UVA, UCSD, Caltech, Gatech, Dartmouth, UIUC.

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I applied at 12 schools total. Mostly because several waived my application fee. I'll keep this updated as decisions come in. 

Profile: American with US undergrad at smaller, not well known institution. It's a satellite campus for a a state flagship institution. 1 year research experience (no pubs). 10 months industry experience in analytics group at Fortune 50 company. 

GPA: 3.94

GRE:  161Q 163V 4.0AW

Schools and Decisions: 

  • Purdue      N/A
  • University of Colorado - Boulder      N/A
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute     Reject on 01/24/2017
  • Indiana University       N/A
  • University of Notre Dame       N/A
  • Vanderbilt University      N/A
  • University of Oregon      N/A
  • University of Tennessee - Knoxville        Admitted on 02/06/2017 
  • Kansas State University         Admitted on 02/14/2017
  • University of Central Florida         Admitted on 02/17/2017
  • University of Kentucky       N/A
  • Washington State University        N/A

 

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On 2/18/2017 at 7:20 PM, kurfew007 said:

I applied at 12 schools total. Mostly because several waived my application fee. I'll keep this updated as decisions come in. 

Profile: American with US undergrad at smaller, not well known institution. It's a satellite campus for a a state flagship institution. 1 year research experience (no

  • Kansas State University         Admitted on 02/14/2017

 

I also got accepted to Kansas state University, are you planning to attend?

 

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7 hours ago, b_brew said:

I also got accepted to Kansas state University, are you planning to attend?

 

I haven't decided for sure yet. It's the only school I've been admitted to where I have any information on funding, so it's looking like a good choice right now. I was told they'd be having an open house on the weekend of April 1st so I'm hoping to attend that before I make any decision. I'm not sure at the moment if they'll be paying for travel expenses and such for it. Waiting on a response to that inquiry.

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Academic profile: American male with a BS in CS from a comprehensive, state/regional university that is not well known. One, roughly 6 month REU experience (not to toot my own horn, but I received an extension to the award for my apparently excellent work) which resulted in a poster presentation at the NSF REU Symposium. Additionally, high marks in senior level CS electives (4 or 5, I'll have to take a look at my transcript) and high marks in a research oriented CS class (3 research projects + 1 lecture on a topic of our choosing).

Experience: 4 years IT experience, currently employed as an information security analyst, 2 years tutoring in a dynamic, laboratory environment.

Publications: 1 poster presentation at a national level conference/symposium (see above).

GPA: 3.50 cumulative, 3.58 major.

GRE: 158Q, 164V, 4.5W

LORs: 3 strong LORs. One from my (former) advisor (former because I redeclared in a different catalog year which for some reason assigned me a new advisor), one from a professor who has continually encouraged me to attend graduate school (who also taught the research oriented CS class), and one from my REU advisor/mentor.

SOP:  Learned from my mistakes the first time round and definitely improved.

Program(s):  PhD, MS (thesis option)

Schools: BSU (MS, where I did my REU), EWU (MS, my home institution), WSU (PhD)

Areas of interest: Cyber/information security, logic/metalogic, computability logic, theory (particularly applications of category and object theory to computability theory), formal methods in SE (what I did my research in at the REU), social network analysis with memetics

Decisions: None (?) so far, either good or bad. Around this time last year is when I received my rejections, but I have yet to hear anything back. That said, I noticed something curious when I went to audit my degree. Way at the bottom was a little blurb that said "Graduate Level GPA (GGPA): 3.00" with a date of 17 JAN 2017. This is for my home institution, and to my knowledge I haven't taken any graduate level classes, and if I did I certainly didn't receive the bare minimum 3.0 to pass. I was a little perplexed by this because I hadn't seen that entry prior to this morning. Searching around didn't yield any answers either. So this may be an unintentional indication of admission to the MS in CS program at my home institution, only the adcom would know.

Reasons for applying where I did: WSU has a research center dedicated to researching the smart grid and IoT devices, and part of that research includes evaluating the security of such things. Also, WSU has a research center for network science which is related to social network analysis. I applied at my home institution as a safety school and because I currently work in the area (and there are rumors of a promotion in the works). Knowing all the faculty and being on good terms with them is also good. And BSU of course because I did my REU there and my former advisor there has already extended an invitation to continue work on the project I started should I be admitted. Furthermore, knowing that my academic profile is somewhat less-than spectacular, I applied at schools that were within reach (and I only applied at 3 because of funds and timing).

Anything else: I'm just incredibly nervous right now because this time of year is when I received those oh-so-painful rejection letters. I'm always nervous when I check my email because I'm afraid of that, "Mr. X, We regret to inform you that...." This year feels different though. Even if I end up not being admitted anywhere, I have a kick ass job to fall back on (literally the only job I have really enjoyed). Anyways, good luck to y'all!

 

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Hi all,

Anyone applied to university of Ottawa, Phd program in computer science for fall 2017?

If yes, when did you apply? Have you heard any news from them?

 

Thank you.

 

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Profile: US Small private catholic school. 2.5 years work experience at fortune 100 company. EE major

GPA: 3.6/4

GRE: 167Q / 166V / 4.5A

Accepted:

Carnegie Mellon CMDS

University of Utah MS

Rejected:

University of Wisconsin MS

Princeton MS

TBD:

Stanford MS

Maryland MS

Virginia MS

UC Berkeley Meng

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