jgilme1 Posted October 29, 2011 Share Posted October 29, 2011 (edited) Please review my profile and tell me if it is worth my time and money (do I have a chance?) to apply for PhD at UC Berkeley. I received my bachelor's in Computer Science from a low-ranked state university. Their program is modestly ranked on the NRC scale (S-Rank High - Low = 13- 49). USNews ranks the program at 99. I believe that this is the least appealing aspect of my profile. Does anyone know how much attention admission committees pay to this aspect of an application? I would guess that it is quite important, judging by the fact that virtually all of the current graduate students at UCB attended prestigious undergraduate universities. General Stats : GPA: 3.95 GRE : Q:790 V:650 AW:4.5 No Subject GRE 1 Published Paper in a mid-level International Conference 1 Industrial Internship (ExxonMobil) Wrote Undergraduate Honors Thesis Extra Information: -Area of Interest: Natural Language Processing -Currently studying Russian in Saint Petersburg, Russia for year after receiving Bachelor's degree -Changed my major from geography to computer science in my sophomore year so I didn't have much time to build an impressive resume -2 Letters of Recommendation will be good-excellent and will concern my research potential. 1 professor received his PhD in Mathematics at UCB (Will this have any benefit or is that a stupid idea?) . The other letter will also be good-excellent but will not have as much information on research, only some honors credit project that I did for the professor. Is anyone else in a similar position coming from an unknown undergraduate university? Do I have a chance at UC Berkeley or should I save my 80 dollars? P.S. I am of course applying to other schools where I know I will be admitted Edited October 29, 2011 by jgilme1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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