Why a Top MBA?

Posted by | Posted in MBA | Posted on 18-03-2010

Unlike graduates of medical schools and law schools, there is no licensing exam required to practice business in the United States. In addition, the quality of accredited schools offering MBA degrees varies tremendously. This is a degree you can obtain part-time in 4 years, in an executive program in 1 year, via correspondence courses, and from schools with near 100% acceptance rates.

As a result, the value of your MBA degree is directly related to the prestige of the university and business school which grants it. A recent study of the value of MBA programs concluded that "if you don’t get into a leading business school, the economic value of the degree is really quite limited." The study examined consultants at McKinsey & Company and investment bankers at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and found that those without MBA’s performed as well, or better, than business school graduates. The fallacy of the study was that it did not recognize that it is much harder to get such a job without an MBA degree. Intellectual horsepower and potential – rather than business knowledge – is the primary criterion top consulting firms and investment banks look for. If someone possesses a Ph.D. in economics from MIT or a JD from Harvard – quite common at such firms – then that obviously serves as a more than adequate intellectual proxy for even a top two-year MBA.

The required curriculum at most business schools consists of courses such as finance, accounting, statistics, organizational behavior, strategy, economics, communications and technology. Schools may have a larger or smaller set of "core" courses, and many give these subjects different names. But overall, MBA programs have more similarities with one another than they do differences, and most of the same subjects are taught from the same textbooks, using many of the same cases.

Thus, the academic content of a business school education – much like a law school or medical school education – does not vary greatly between programs. But due to the tremendous variation in the standards of institutions conferring the degree, an MBA has the most value in the marketplace when it is from a school that is highly respected. In addition, the lifelong professional network which comes from going to business school is more valuable when it is from a school where graduates typically go on to the most successful careers.

Ranking the Rankings

There is no other academic degree which is ranked and analyzed by so many publications and organizations as the MBA. While the general public and the business world have intuitive ideas of which the most famous and prestigious programs are, many of these rankings have highlighted improvements in other programs and presented them as viable competitors. Nonetheless, the traditional top schools perform the best across the best-regarded rankings.

US News and BusinessWeek

US News & World Report and BusinessWeek are the most well-known and respected MBA rankings, and have each been published for more than 10 years. New rankings from the Financial Times, Forbes, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal have come out in the last few years. Each ranking has strengths and weaknesses.

US News is generally considered the best ranking for prospective MBA applicants, as their system is the most transparent, and their rankings always come closest to peoples’ common sense perception of relative prestige. This is no accident, since their ranking heavily favors "peer assessment", which is essentially "prestige", as one of their key factors. There are three schools which have been ranked #1 by US News in the past ten years – the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

BusinessWeek is considered the next most useful ranking for applicants, since they collect a great deal of data and weight their ranking toward student feedback. Yet, none of Harvard, Stanford or MIT has ever been ranked #1 by BusinessWeek. Instead, the only schools to achieve the top position in their ranking are the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Business School

Highest Ranking in US News

Highest Ranking in BusinessWeek

Harvard Business School

1

3

Stanford Graduate School of Business

1

4

MIT Sloan School of Management

1

4

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2

1

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

3

1

Outside of these five schools, no other school has ever been ranked #1 in either of these rankings. BusinessWeek displays some variation, but has generally had each of these schools in or near the top 5. In US News, they have consistently been the top five schools every year the ranking has been published.

Other Rankings

The newer rankings, The Financial Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal, are essentially specialty rankings which weight specifically chosen criteria very heavily to produce different results. The end results have some similarities with US News and BusinessWeek, but also produce many curious outcomes for individual schools and are more useful for the data they collect than the rankings they produce. A summary of the methodology issues with these rankings:

Ranking

Methodology

Problems

Financial Times

Focuses on self-reported salary data several years post-graduation

Unreliable and incomplete data: self-reporting bias

Forbes

Focuses on self-reported salary data several years post-graduation; focuses on ROI

Unreliable and incomplete data: self-reporting bias; penalizes schools with high entering salaries (inversely correlates program quality and applicant salary)

Wall Street Journal

Based entirely on recruiter satisfaction

Recruiters who tend to be unsuccessful at attracting interest from students at top schools tend to give those schools poor marks (inversely correlates program quality and graduate choices)

These methodology problems produce some questionable results, such as the Wall Street Journal ranking Stanford outside of the top 40, Forbes ranking MIT Sloan outside the top 15, and the Financial Times ranking Yale and NYU ahead of Kellogg. As such, the top business schools don’t pay as much attention to these rankings. Stanford’s dean even commented, quite justifiably, that doing poorly in the Wall Street Journal ranking was probably a better indicator of the quality of a program than doing well!

The Top Programs

Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Kellogg and Wharton stand out consistently amongst their peers, and have historically been considered the most prestigious MBA programs. They are also considered the best programs today. Two other notable programs are the University of Chicago and Columbia Business School. In fact, the deans of Harvard, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia and Chicago, meet regularly to share benchmarking information, and generally consider each other to be peer schools.

The reason that Columbia and Chicago are generally considered just below the other five is because they carry somewhat less prestige, as reflected in a couple of key statistics. Columbia used to have a 46% acceptance rate as recently as 10 years ago, far higher than any other top school, admitting nearly half of all applicants. Meanwhile, Chicago consistently has a much higher acceptance rate than any other top school (above 25-30%) and through much of the last 10 years maintained a 50% yield – in other words, nearly half of the people offered admission to Chicago choose not to attend. Nonetheless, these two schools are considered among the most prestigious after the top 5, and are even ranked in the top 5 in some finance-heavy rankings. Siebel’s "Siebel Scholars" program recognizes the top MBA students in the United States by awarding $25000 scholarships to the top five students at each of Harvard, Stanford, Sloan, Wharton, Kellogg and Chicago.

After these seven schools, other well known and highly regarded programs include:

  • Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley
  • Yale School of Management
  • NYU Stern School of Business
  • Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
  • Anderson School of Business, UCLA
  • Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Collectively, there are about 15 schools in the United States with a claim to "top 10 status" in one area or another.

Additional Statistics

Top MBA programs by subject area – one of the best ways to think about the top five MBA programs is to consider that they are all excellent in nearly every discipline, but are #1 in different specific subject areas:

Business School

US News #1 in 2006 for…

BusinessWeek "top-rated" in 2005 for…

Harvard Business School

- Management

- Finance
- Management
- Entrepreneurship

Stanford Graduate School of Business

- N/A

- Management
- Entrepreneurship

MIT Sloan School of Management

- Information Systems
- Production/Operations
- Supply Chain/Logistics

- Finance
- Management
- Marketing
- Entrepreneurship

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

- Finance
- Accounting

- Finance
- Management
- Marketing
- Entrepreneurship

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

- Marketing

- Management
- Marketing

Yield – that is, the % of students who accept offers of admission. While some less prestigious programs may have high yields because of a highly targeted audience, the top programs are certainly competing with one another for many of the same students. In other words, the typical explanation for someone turning down an offer of admission at one top business school is because they accepted the offer of a school they would rather attend. Since top candidates receive more offers of admission, their choice of program is a factor which can be used to gauge the quality of each program. The yields of the top schools (2004 figures) are:

 

School Name

Yield

Acceptance Rate

1

Harvard

85%

12%

2

Stanford

83%

9%

3

MIT Sloan

75%

18%

3

Wharton

75%

15%

5

Columbia

71%

13%

6

Kellogg

66%

16%

7

Chicago

58%

28%

Endowment – this is kind of like the market capitalization of a business school, in a somewhat silly way. If a school has many graduates who have gone on to become very wealthy, it should have a lot of money in its endowment fund. If the school is well-managed, that fund should grow and help it attract more successful students. These are the top 10 schools by endowment (BusinessWeek, 2001):

 

School Name

Endowment ($ millions)

Endowment per student ($ 000)

1

Harvard

1100

628

2

MIT Sloan

402

560

3

Stanford

387

530

4

Kellogg

380

152

5

Wharton

338

216

6

Michigan

267

138

7

Darden

255

523

7

Yale

255

607

9

Chicago

207

87

10

Tuck

167

420

The reason the per-capita endowment figures for schools like Chicago and Kellogg are so low is because they spread their resources amongst a large number of full-time and part-time students. Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Wharton do not have part-time programs.

Famous Alumni – so who goes on to fame and fortune with an MBA degree? Besides George WE. Bush, the nation’s first MBA president (Harvard ‘75), the most prominent MBA’s are CEO’s of the world’s largest companies. MBA Jungle analyzed the Fortune 200 to see where their CEO’s went to school. The list, once again, has the top schools well-represented, and shows Harvard’s strength historically:

 

School Name

# of Fortune 200 CEO’s

1

Harvard

20

2

MIT Sloan

5

3

Stanford

4

3

Columbia

4

3

Chicago

4

6

NYU Stern

3

7

Kellogg

2

7

Darden

2

7

Goizueta

2

7

Indiana

2

7

Texas

2

In the past 100 years, Harvard has been the most popular destination for those interested in an MBA. Of course, the MBA was a completely different animal just 20 years ago. Back then, most students went directly out of college, and the competition and prestige were nothing like it is today. It is worth noting that only 79 CEO’s in the Fortune 200 had MBA degrees at all – but the MBA accounted for more than two-thirds of all graduate degrees held by these CEO’s. Although Wharton only had 1 CEO in the Fortune 200, they have historically had more, and this particular ranking is always in a state of flux.

The rest of this document will focus on the top 5 programs, but the same principles apply to the admissions process at most top 10 or top 20 programs.

Keys to Admission

Your GMAT score, undergraduate GPA, and the number of years of work experience you possess are the primary quantitative indicators used by business school admissions committees. Here is how the top 5 schools stack up on those measures:

 

Business School

Median GMAT

Median GPA

Mean Work Experience (Years)

 

Stanford

710

3.5

4.0

 

MIT Sloan

700

3.4

5.3

 

Harvard

700

3.6

4.4

 

Wharton

710

3.5

5.8

 

Kellogg

700

3.4

5.2

As of this writing, this means that more than half of all students attending these schools scored in the top 5% of all GMAT test takers worldwide. It also means that somewhat less than half did not. The GMAT is the primary indicator of raw intellectual ability considered by admissions committees, since it is standardized, and offers an objective – albeit incomplete – measure of ability between students from different colleges and majors. If you are lower than your target school’s average on any of these measures, it should be compensated by all of the other areas. In other words, if you expect to get in to Wharton with only 2 years of full-time work experience, you should have a very high GMAT score and GPA amongst other things.

Retaking the GMAT – this is only useful if your highest score is below your target school’s median. Retaking the GMAT to get a 730 when you already have a 710 is reasonably meaningless and shows you to be focused on the wrong things. Of course, getting a 720 after previously scoring a 670 may greatly help your candidacy. While most schools say you can take the GMAT as many times as you want, you should never take the test without proper preparation, as the entire process can be quite arduous. Prepare by taking practice tests – particularly CAT simulations – and if you find that you are not scoring 700+ with regularity, you should consider taking a course to prepare.

Although admissions committees at top schools say that a low GMAT score won’t keep you out, those who get in with scores in the low 600’s are almost certainly exceptional cases. If you are the average candidate without any internationally impressive accomplishments, a low GMAT score almost guarantees you a dreaded "ding" letter. On the other hand, for the candidate who is average in all other respects, a 790 isn’t much different from a 740 from the school’s point of view. Most schools will admit two otherwise similar candidates with disparate but high GMAT scores based on characteristics other than the GMAT. As for the people who get in with scores from 650 to 700, admissions can be frustratingly random – even more so than for everyone else.

While the overall GMAT score is what will be counted most heavily, the quantitative score is more important for applicants with non-technical backgrounds while the verbal score is examined more closely for applicants from foreign countries and those with science or engineering degrees. Schools are merely looking for the assurance that a candidate will be able to both crunch numbers and communicate well. Assuming that the overall GMAT score is alright, only a seriously low score on the section that will be examined most closely for a given candidate would be a liability. For example, if you are a native english speaker and have good grades from an Ivy League college in Literature, they probably won’t be too concerned about a low score on the verbal section, and just consider it an aberration. However, a low score on the quantitative section – regardless of how strong your combined GMAT score is – could be a major liability. The AWA score is not important for most applicants, and is not factored into the overall GMAT score anyway. In some cases, the actual text of the AWA section might be compared to an applicant’s essays if the schools are skeptical about either’s authenticity.

How the GPA is evaluated – top business schools are not as focused on undergraduate grades as other professional programs. If you have a 99th percentile LSAT score, and a 4.0 GPA in Political Science from Princeton, you will almost definitely get into Yale Law School. If you score 9.2 on the MCAT and graduate with a 3.4 in music, you will almost definitely not get into Johns Hopkins Medical School. On the other hand, if you graduate first in your class in finance at NYU, get a 780 on the GMAT, and work at Boston Consulting Group for three years, the admissions committee at Stanford Business School could decide they’ve already let in enough people like you, and the spot could go to someone with a 3.2 GPA in English who worked in a NGO in Africa. The bottom line is that if you are still in school, you should try to get the very best grades you can, but afterwards you just have to live with them. If you did poorly in undergraduate, good graduate degree grades help offset the impression that you’re incapable of getting good grades, but they don’t undo the damage your GPA does to the school’s average. Thus, letting you in becomes a very context and timing-driven judgment call.

Essays – there are typically two to seven essay questions in each application, with between 2000 and 3000 words required in total. While the first application will take you the longest, and you can cut-and-paste many paragraphs into subsequent essays, overall the differing nature of school’s questions will require you to spend many days on each package to create a satisfactory product. The essays are your primary opportunity to convince the school to let you in. They will evaluate you on two dimensions: what you will bring to the school as an MBA student, and what you will bring to the school as an alumnus. The second criterion is obviously the most important. Schools are trying to select the applicants they believe will be the most successful in their careers based on their backgrounds and accomplishments to date. Put another way, the 10-20% of applicants who get into a top business school are the ones who least needed the top MBA degree to succeed in their careers. Ironic, but true.

Of course, most of the applicants to top schools are reasonably successful in their careers already, so your essays need to distinguish you from others in your peer group. Your peer group – those applicants who are most like you – is who you are competing against primarily. For example, any top school could fill up their entire class with analysts from consulting firms with high GMAT scores and GPA’s. But they won’t. Instead, they will have a certain number of spots for such applicants, and someone who was a sculptor would not be competing for one of those spaces. This makes some peer groups more competitive than others in any given year. Most schools will say that every candidate competes against every other candidate, and from a certain point of view this is true. Someone could be a consultant, and even though they have already let in more consultants than they would like, he could bring something so special to the class from other experiences that they decide to let him in too. But in such a situation, the candidate likely won’t get in on strong numbers alone.

Your essays also give the school a sense of your personality. They want to see how you work your argument and the reasons they should admit you into your writing – while still answering their questions directly. They want you to be able to list and explain your accomplishments without being boastful or off-topic. These are, of course, the same skills you will need to be successful in your career after graduation.

Many people have taken to using admissions and essay consultants, and most schools will tell you that they discourage this. It is our opinion that the vast majority of successful candidates do not use paid essay editing services, and the majority of those who do use such services do not get in. This makes sense, of course – the people that need those services the most are the weakest candidates, and they’re on their own when it comes to a final interview. But beyond that, admissions consultants are invariably not the kind of people that a candidate to a top school wants advice from. Most did not ever attend a top business school themselves, and those few that did were essentially not successful enough to find reasonable jobs afterwards – and thus got into the essay editing business. We encourage you to get someone else to look at your essays and make suggestions, but pick someone who isn’t being paid on the basis of how much of your time they take, or how many changes they suggest you make. Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with your essays at all!

On the other hand, you should collect as much information and advice on the admissions process as you can, but always take it with a grain of salt. An unsuccessful applicant may not always be right about why they didn’t get in, but alumni of a given school can usually give you a pretty accurate picture of what it takes to get in. Written information sources are also essential, and this guide assumes that you’ve probably already picked up Richard Montauk’s excellent book, "How to Get Into The Top MBA Programs". Although his advice is more generic – and thus applicable to any MBA program, but not customized for the truly best programs – you need to learn everything about the process. You should use that book with this guide to tune your application for top 5 schools.

Recommendations – these are most certainly the least important part of your application, but you shouldn’t discount them. They should reinforce what their rest of your package says, and provide the opinion of a real person who knows you very well and can answer the school’s questions directly and honestly. Every school will tell you this, and you should listen. The truth is that school’s know that many applicants write their own recommendations and just get their recommenders to sign and send them.

When to apply – the earlier the better, in general. Schools have either 2 or 3 application deadlines (rounds) and round 3 is almost always incredibly difficult to get in. This is just because statistically, there are very few spots left open by the third round. While some people believe that round 2 can be best for candidates without extremely strong backgrounds, it’s our belief that the first round is the best if you can get your application up to a desirable standard of quality in time.

The Interview – Harvard, Sloan, Stanford and Wharton all interview candidates by invitation only. This means that if you receive an interview – and at Harvard and Sloan, nearly all accepted candidates are required to interview – then this is your last and best opportunity to convince the admissions committee that you are someone they would like to have at their school. At Kellogg, all applicants are required to interview, so this changes the dynamic of the session significantly. Instead of the interview being an opportunity for you to address any weaknesses and convince them to let you in, it is merely another data point taken with the rest of your application. Put another way, a strong interview at Kellogg can’t get you in – but a weak interview can, and will, keep you out.

Conclusion

Attending one of the top business schools in the United States is really an amazing experience that we would recommend to anyone. Our classmates from business school are some of our closest friends, and the value of the network after graduation is immeasurable. We believe that you will be best served by attending the very best school you can get into, so never set your sights too low for reasons of expense, geography or other hassles.

Take a risk, and apply to some great programs – you won’t regret it.

Good luck!

Harvard Business School

Harvard University

Boston, Massachusetts

http://www.hbs.edu

HINTS

Harvard is obsessed with leadership, and they are looking for indications of leadership ability in each of their candidates. This can be in the form of managerial work experience, extracurricular activities, or initiative taken in other forms. What is more important than demonstrated leadership is to convince them that you have the capability for taking on great responsibility and taking charge of a situation in the future. Harvard is considered the #1 general management school by US News (and most of the world), so personal well-roundedness is key.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

George W. Bush, President, United States of America

Louis Gerstner, former Chairman, IBM Corporation

Rajat Gupta, former Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Jeffrey Immelt, CEO, General Electric Company

Jeff Skilling, former CEO, Enron Corporation

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 910

Applicants: 8,893

Waitlist Size: NOT RELEASED

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: NOT RELEASED

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $54,800

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/harvard.htm

Harvard MBA Admissions

http://www.hbs.edu/mba/index.html

Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu

HINTS

Kellogg believes that teamwork is what builds great organizations, and the ability to work with, and co-exist with others in the business school environment is their primary screening criterion. Kellogg is ranked as the #1 school for marketing, so communications ability and softer skills are more valued here – and expected – than at other top programs. As was mentioned earlier, the interview has a different nature at Kellogg than at other schools, and they want to see if you are the Kellogg "type", and excited about their program specifically.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Michael Borman, President, Blue Martini Software

Leland Brendsel, CEO, Freddie Mac

John Hoeven, Governor, State of North Dakota

James Keyes, CEO, Johnson Controls

Locke Burt, Senator, State of Florida

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 625

Applicants: 6,039

Waitlist Size: NOT RELEASED

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: NOT RELEASED

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $52,533

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/kellogg.htm

Kellogg MBA Admissions

http://www.kellogg.nwu.edu/admissions/index.htm

MIT Sloan School of Management

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

http://mitsloan.mit.edu

HINTS

Sloan wants to admit a class of innovators. What is most important is to convince the admissions committee that your career will involve having a great impact on your organization or industry, and that you have the creativity and courage to take it on great challenges. Sloan is ranked the #1 school for technology, operations management and quantitative analysis, so strong business analytical skills are expected, but communications ability is what distinguishes successful applicants.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations

Carly Fiorina, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard Corporation

William Clay Ford, CEO, Ford Motor Company

Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Minister, Israel

John Reed, Chairman, New York Stock Exchange

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 2

Class Size: 319

Applicants: 2,940

Waitlist Size: 208

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: 15%

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $55,310

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/sloan.htm

Sloan MBA Admissions

http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford University

Stanford, California

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu

HINTS

With the highest average GMAT score in the world and the lowest acceptance rate, Stanford is the most difficult business school to gain admission into on the basis of numbers alone. That being said, they have a very diverse class mix and a balance curriculum that emphasizes both hard and soft skills. The key to admission is convincing the committee that you are bringing something unique to the class. While Stanford is not ranked #1 in any sub-specialty, it is strong in many areas.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation (dropped out after 1 year)

John Donahoe, former Worldwide Managing Director, Bain & Company

Philip Knight, CEO, Nike Corporation

Scott McNealy, CEO, Sun Microsystems

Charles Schwab, Chairman, Charles Schwab Corporation

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 378

Applicants: 5,253

Waitlist Size: 243

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: 9%

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $48,012

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/stanford.htm

Stanford MBA Admissions

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/

Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu

HINTS

The Wharton School is ranked as the #1 school in finance and accounting, and their emphasis is definitely on business fundamentals. Although the class has the same number of years of work experience as at other top programs, the average age skews a little higher, and thus maturity is definitely valued by the admissions committee. The admissions committee at Wharton is looking for talented, hard-working individuals that have achieved a great deal but are not arrogant about it.

FAMOUS ALUMNI SAMPLE

Reginald Jones, former CEO, General Electric Company

Shaun O’Malley, former Chairman, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Louis Platt, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard Corporation

Donald Trump, CEO, Trump Organization

Gary Wilson, Chairman, Northwest Airlines

ADMISSIONS STATISTICS

Application Rounds: 3

Class Size: 771

Applicants: 7,274

Waitlist Size: 371

Waitlist Acceptance Rate: 23%

FINANCIAL AID

Annual budget: $59,728

Guaranteed loans available for all students.

FURTHER INFORMATION

BusinessWeek Profile

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/full_time_profiles/wharton.htm

Wharton MBA Admissions

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba

Low GPA Stories

Posted by | Posted in GPA | Posted on 18-03-2010

Here is a compilation of low GPA stores from Business Week Forum.

Brewskind – 2/15/06

Hey, my GPA was considerably less than yours (around a 3.0) and I still was accepted to Kellogg.I had a high GMAT score and I broached the subject during my optional essay. About me — I was also a math major and took graduate level classes as an UG. I also had steady extracurricular while participating in ROTC training all four years of school. I only had one bad academic year and my GPA for the other three was around a 3.3. Still, I am not “proud” of my GPA and was honest about the issue in my essay — specifically I stated that I just don\’t identify with the person who performed to that level anymore. I used my subsequent GMAT score, quant background, and work experience to show that I have the brains and the discipline to excel in any future academic endeavors. I also pointed out that following graduation from UG I was recognized as an honor grad during army officer training, etc. Hope this helps. FYI, I would be happy as a pig in sh*t if I had a 3.2 — it’s all relative

teladan – 2/15/06

I have 2.6 in engineering and I will attend Wharton in August. I did not build alternative transcript, but I did write an optional essay explaining why my UG record is not a representative of my potential and intellectual ability. mid 700 GMAT, 3.5 WE in 2 countries, speaking 4 languages, almost non existent EC

Itcolt1 – 2/15/06

I wasn’t even close to a 3.0, and I got in several top-10 schools. You’ll need to show that you’ve done a lot of other significant activities, have a good leadership history, and that you can bring a unique background to the school. A high GMAT can also compensate for a low GPA, assuming your undergrad was at a really good school. Personally I feel like the GMAT is more important to most schools than GPA, but in my case, they definitely looked at my complete application. Just recognize that your GPA is a weakness, and focus your essays on your strengths.

Whartonite07 – 2/15/06

Got a 3.3 GPA. Lousy transcript. C- in Intro to Calc. The only Math or Econ Class I took. 720 GMATs. At Wharton now as a 1st year. Got a summer job offers at MckBain in San Francisco office, two multi-billion $ hedge funds, and 1 large PE shop. Incredible recruiting year with all my friends with multiple offers. The Wharton name carries tremendous clout to recruiters. Mck and Bain asked for my GPA and still gave me offers. Go figure! They really don’t care about GPA, once you get in.

cdubya- 3/7/06

I had a 2.8 (and 1 failing grade) and I just got into Ross. Here is what I did to mitigate the negative effects of my GPA;
1. got a high GMAT (710)
2. Developed an alternate transcript (took 3 business classes and got A’s)
3. Addressed in the additional info essay (explained that my GPA is nobody’s fault, but my own, and said that XYZ proves that it will be better this time)
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to an application, but I think these above points (among other things) serve to mititgate a low GPA. I had a 2.8 and a failing grade and I just got into a top 10. It can be done.

mjd903 – 3/7/07

Hi, I have a 2.8 GPA 690 GMAT and got accepted in Columbia.

natashaMBA – 3/7/06

I got into Wharton with a less than stellar GPA. And have a job at Goldman for the summer so it can be done (I did have a high GMAT and took 4 extra classes and got As to build an alternate transcript)…

Westernkhan- 3/8/06

I had a 2.8 undergrad GPA. I balanced this out with a high GMAT and high MS GPA. I am in at Kellogg and Chicago.

3/8/06 KeithHScott

Currently in at Darden, interviewing at Yale, waiting from Tuck and Haas. Due to failing not one but two (!) classes freshman year, I sport a very odd 3.2 from a good but not great small college. I stressed in the optional essays that I learned from my failures, and put up an increasing GPA each year after that. (Had something like a 3.6 the last two years.) I also scored solidly on the GMAT (ever so slightly above median top-10 scores), and, I believe, most importantly, completed a four-course certificate program at Columbia while working full-time last year. Hopefully the 3.8 I racked up there makes a convincing case that I\’m no longer a volatile undergraduate hippie who can\’t be bothered to attend class.

110th st- 3/9/06

Not really a success story, but I think I’m a pretty strong applicant despite a 3.04 GPA in CS at a good engineering school. First 2.5 years I had a 2.7, then for the last year and a half I had a 3.5. Had 740 GMAT. Also some really cool work experience, as I crewed on a yacht that crossed the Pacific after college. My dings stem more from the 2 yrs W/E in corporate america rather than gpa.

hekmatyar – 3/21/06

Another low GPA success story….I got into Kellogg with a GPA of 2.7 (Ivy league school). GMAT was around the average for Kellogg.

akanelo-3/21/06

2.9 gpa. downward grade trend. major gpa something like a 2.3 (obviously did not highlight) econ (which apparently for everyone else was an easy major) no alt transcript. 730 gmat (gave up a few months of life to study for it) Accepted at Wharton. is it just me? seems like Wharton’s the way to go if you have low gpa but story to back it up. all I can say is… there’s hope! at the end of the day, you want them to look at who you are, not what your stats are. I was really discouraged when i started out, specially from reading all these forums. but at the end of the day it’s really letting what you’re all about shine through, not about contorting yourself to fit what you think they want. of course you do that strategically, but really, the process is not as fake and superficial as people on these boards make it out to be. they really do want to get to know you!

ScoobySteph -3/22/06

Hi everyone, I fit in this category, I had just below a 3.0 from a solid undergrad school. I have almost 4 years of work experience and I took courses at a nearby community college to make up for my transcript. My quant score on the GMAT was good too. I am in at Darden and currently waitlisted at Chicago. I was waitlisted at Cornell but I’m going to take myself off. I think that it is definitely something you can overcome, but you need to act on it outside of the workplace in my opinion. My biggest piece of advice is that you can make up for weaknesses in the past, but you cannot make up for sloppy essays. Do not take the writing aspects of the application lightly, it will hurt you more than poor stats.

I haven’t finished my quest yet, but I have had some success thus far, so figured I\’d share… 2.46 ugrad Ivy CompSci, 710 GMAT (77% Q)
My work experience has been really strong (I’ll have 7 yrs upon enrollment) with 2+ years of management experience. Been doing volunteer work for last 2 years and have been an electronic music DJ as a hobby for last 6. Start picking up extracurriculars ASAP if you don’t have any. They make great essay topics, too, IMHO. Interviewed at Wharton, Columbia, and MIT in R1. Was really hoping for the MIT one, but got the ding. I took 3 classes (calc, accting, stat) and got A’s and A+’s in them prior to applying. I think this was what prevented me from being “dead meat” (gotta love Sandy). I HIGHLY recommend you do this if you had a poor GPA. Also spent a ton of time on my essays and really tailored them to the specific schools. You really need to show you are extremely interested and knowledgable about the school, but its even more important if you’re not one of those 800 GMAT / 4.0 braniacs who work at McKinsey and climb volcanos in their spare time. Just found out I was waitlisted at Yale (with no interview….weird) and so now I am enrolling in another class (econ) at UCLA Extension (online) to show that I’m still committed and that I am still going to do well in my classes. And who knows, I might get some love from HBS (although it hasnt happened yet), this whole process is such a black box I don’t know what to expect any more! Hope this helps someone out there. And don’t give up hope w/a low GPA. You absolutely should apply, but plan on working twice as hard as aforementioned brainiacs :) The way I look at it, they worked harder than me as a ugrad, and now I am paying for it. As a side note, having to bust my butt also made me constantly confirm that I really wanted to do this.

Grade Point Average and Admissions

Posted by | Posted in GPA | Posted on 18-03-2010

The most commonly-used criterion for admission to graduate school is undergraduate grade point average (GPA).

The thinking behind the use of GPA is that past performance is a reliable predictor of future achievement.

Some other topics dealt in an article from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.are:

How Does A Graduate School Use My GPA?What Happens If My Undergraduate GPA Low.

 

To read full article go here

Top Schools Business Management PhD Requirements

Posted by | Posted in America - Engineering | Posted on 17-03-2010

School Deadline Mean GMAT GMAT Range Aid
Available
1. Stanford Jan 718 680-760 Yes 3 %
2. Harvard Dec 92% Q & V Yes
3. MIT (Sloan) Jan 703 570-740 Yes 2 %
4. Kellogg Dec 700 99% Q Yes 4 %
5. Duke (Fuqua) Dec 688 735 Yes 6 %
6. Columbia Jan 740 Yes 3 %
7. U of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Jan 676 610-730 Yes 5 %
8. NYU (Stern) Jan 720 640-740 Yes 2 %
9. UCLA (Anderson) Jan 691 630-730 Yes 7 %
10. Cornell (Johnson) Jan 669 599-730 Yes
11. UNC (Kenan Flagler) Dec 674 600-740 Yes
12. Carnegie (Tepper) Feb 660 Yes
13. UTexas Austin (McCombs) Feb 680 620-740 Yes 7 %
14. USC ( Marshall) Dec 676 620-730 Yes 2 %
15. IndianaBloomington Kelley Dec 651 580 – 720 Yes
16 U Rochester (Simon) 637 570- 690
17. Michigan State (Broad) March 641 580-720 Yes 10 %
18. Ohio State (Fisher) 645 590-710 Yes
19. U Minnesota (Carlson) Jan 645 640-710 Yes
20. Purdue (Krannert) Feb 642 560-720 Yes
21. Arizona State Jan 645 580-710 Yes
22. Washington St Louis Olin Jan 647 590 -710 Yes
23. U Arizona (Eller) Dec Yes
24 U of Georgia (Terry) April 658 620-710
25. U of Iowa (Tippie) March 631 560-690
26 GTECH Jan 644 570-730 Yes
27 Tulane (Freeman)
28 Penn State (Smeal) Feb 624 550- 690 Yes
29. U of Florida (Warrington) Feb 680 Yes
30. U of Maryland (Smith) Feb 710 600-710 Yes 5 %
31. U of Illinois Urbana 621 550 -700 Yes
32 U of Wisconsin Madison 523 560-700 Yes
33. U of Washington Feb 5 %
34. INSEAD (France) Jan 694 650-750 Yes
35. London Business School Feb 690 650-720 Yes

Admission to Stanford,Harvard, MIT or other Top of the line Universities

Posted by | Posted in America - Engineering | Posted on 17-03-2010

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According to my experience :
1.All require GRE subject Test. Some claim that it is not needed but in order that your application stands out I recommend you take GRE subject Test. This will facilitate a decision in your favor.
2.They need some research work. Preferably published individually or jointly with a professor. You may even have some peer reviews. People plan this well in advance and somehow wriggle through and get their name inserted along with a professor.
3.Your field of interest should match with a professor willing to accept you as a graduate scholar.
4.Excellent Recommendations written by Professors / Superiors knowing you well and willing to write specifically about your reseach interest and scholarship. These should not be vague or general.
5.Outstanding Essays. Each School should be provided an essay specifically written for it and should not be a ‘copy-paste’ exercise.
6.Excellent GPA
7.Good GRE and TOEFL scores
8. Apply early.
9. Above all plan early about the steps required to be taken. Succesful people start taking the initial steps from Junior year. Do not wait till the Senior year.
All or some of these come to play to decide on your application.

If you are admitted by these institutes than financing your education will not be a problem.

An important observation
Admission in PhD is difficult as compared to admits to MS degree.
Universities generally require good academics and/or good research experience. If you have these you can get into a very high rank university. It is believed that good research experience can lead you to a top 1-20 ranked university.But this does not imply that academics and subject test is not given due weightage.
As you go to low rank universities (21-40) they concentrate more on academics and subject tests.Universities Ranked 41 and below concentrate on academics and experience but not subject test.
But once you get admits 80-90% of the times you get assistantships.
Academics play an important role if you don’t have experience.

A more Important Note

I am well aware that every applicant will not meet each of the criteria listed above.However if you cover about 80-90% of these you have a fair chance of admission and you must try. You may be lucky.

GOOD LUCK
NBS

Rankings of Different Graduate Programs

Posted by | Posted in America - Engineering | Posted on 17-03-2010

(To properly view the table click the header)

* NRC, * US News, * Gourman

Name of University Physics Chemistry Economics General Psychology General English Language & Literature
MIT 4, *, 5 5, *, 4 3, *, 2 *, *, * *, *, *
Stanford 9, *, 7 4, *, 6 4, *, 5 *, *, 1 6, *, 7
Univ of CA-Berkeley 4, *, 6 1, *, 2 7, *, 7 *, *, 7 2, *, 2
UIUC 8, *, 9 8, *, 7 28, *, 28 *, *, 8 28, *, 27
GTECH 62, *, * 64, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of MI- Ann Arbor 19, *, 14 35, *, 36 13, *, 13 *, *, 4 16, *, 16
CALTECH 5, *, 2 2, *, 3 19, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
USC 50, *, * 40, *, * 40, *, 40 *, *, 37 25, *, *
Purdue-West Lafayette 31, *, 30 24, *, 22 51, *, * *, *, 28 57, *,
Austin 11, *, 16 13, *, 15 31, *, 31 *, *, 19 21, *, 21
Carnegie Mellon Univ 28, *, 29 74, *, * *, *, * *, *, 12 52, *, *
Cornell Univ 6, *, 3 6, *, 10 18, *, 17 *, *, 21 7, *, 6
Univ of CA-San Diego 16, *, 18 19, *, 19 16, *, 19 *, *, 11 37, *, 36
TAMU 48, *, * 15, *, 18 34, *, 33 *, *, * 56, *, *
Univ of WI- Madison 21, *, 22 10, *, 11 15, *, 16 *, *, 16 22, *, 22
Univ of MD- College Park 18, *, 19 53, *, * 20, *, 20 *, *, * 41, *, *
Harvard 1, *, 1 4, *, 1 2, *, 3 *, *, 6 2, *, 3
Princeton 2, *, 4 20, *, 13 5, *, 4 *, *, 15 13, *, 12
Northwestern 37, *, 35 14, *, 12 9, *, 9 *, *, 25 29, *, 28
UCLA 15, *, 15 10, *, 8 11, *, 11 *, *, 9 12, *, 13
Penn State 55, *, * 19, *, 21 45, *, * *, *, 24 42, *, *
JHU 29, *, 27 27, *, * 32, *, 32 *, *, 26 11, *, 11
Univ of MN- Twin Cities 23, *, 24 21, *, 23 10, *, * *, *, 5 36, *, 35
Ohio State 24, *, 28 22, *, 17 34, *, 35 *, *, 27 33, *, 33
Univ of CA- Santa Barbara 10, *, 12 33, *, 35 49, *, * *, *, * 35, *, 34
Columbia Univ (Fu Foundation) 12, *, 10 7, *, 5 12, *, 12 *, *, 14 9, *, 8
Univ of Fl *, *, 38 30, *, 29 41, *, 39 *, *, 40 39, *, *
VTech 71, *, * 67, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Pennsylvania 17, *, 13 25, *, 25 8, *, 8 *, *, 3 9, *, 9
Univ of Washington 14, *, 17 29, *, 30 26, *, 27 *, *, 20 23, *, 23
Rice 43, *, 41 29, *, 28 *, *, * *, *, * 53, *, *
NCSU 51, *, * 81, *, * 42, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Duke 43, *, 39 44, *, * 22, *, 22 *, *, 29 6, *, 4
Rensselaer Polytehnic 69, *, * 82, *, * 103, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Washington Univ in St. Louis 52, *, * 55, *, * 29, *, 29 *, *, * 50, *, *
Univ of CA- Davis 67, *, * 48, *, * 38, *, 37 *, *, * 48, *, *
Univ of CO- Boulder 38, *, 33 42, *, * 55, *, * *, *, 22 52, *, *
Case Western Reserve 65, *, * 71, *, * *, *, * *, *, * 91, *, *
Iowa State 50, *, * 26, *, 16 37, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Virginia 46, *, * 43, *, * 24, *, 25 *, *, 18 4, *, 5
Lehigh 98, *, * 84, *, * 89, *, * *, *, * 114, *, *
Yale 13, *, 11 12, *, 14 6, *, 6 *, *, 2 1, *, 1
Rutgers 20, *, 23 60, *, * 52, *, * *, *, 32 17, *, 17
Dartmouth 84, *, * 54, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Delaware 74, *, * 73, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Rochester 25, *, 25 32, *, 34 14, *, 15 *, *, 30 46, *, *
Brown 27, *, 26 56, *, * 23, *, 23 *, *, 23 14, *, 15
Univ of CA- Irvine 34, *, 32 36, *, 37 *, *, * *, *, 38 15, *, 14
Univ of MA- Amherst 64, *, * 58, *, * 51, *, * *, *, 39 41, *, *
Boston 39, *, 37 89, *, * 21, *, 21 *, *, * 38, *, 37
Univ of AZ 46, *, * *, *, * 37, *, 36 *, *, * 58, *, *
Univ of Iowa 73, *, * 76, *, * 30, *, 30 *, *, 33 45, *, *
Univ of Notre Dame 56, *, * 62, *, 38 82, *, * *, *, * 63, *, 29
Univ of Pittsburgh 40, *, 40 34, *, 32 34, *, 34 *, *, * 27, *, 25
Vanderbilt 58, *, * 86, *, * 48, *, * *, *, 25 31, *, 30
ASU 70, *, * 69, *, * 67, *, * *, *, * 79, *, *
CO State 105, *, * 37, *, * 100, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
MI State 32, *, 31 39, *, 39 27, *, 26 *, *, * 60, *, *
Drexel 81, *, * 118, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Ill Institute of Tech. 88, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ at Buffalo 108, *, * 57, *, * 58, *, * *, *, * 27, *, 26
Univ of Illinois, Chicago 88, *, * 63, *, * 71, *, * *, *, * 64, *, *
Northeastern 66, *, * 105, *, * 107, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
SUNY -Stony Brook 23, *, 21 46, *, * 39, *, 38 *, *, 31 49, *, *
Syracuse 58, *, * 60, *, * 56, *, * *, *, * 76, *, *
Univ of Utah 58, *, * 32, *, 31 90, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
CO School of Mines 107, *, * 159, *, * 104, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Cincinnati 102, *, * 72, *, * 97, *, * *, *, * 109, *, *
University of NM *, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Oklahoma State 121, *, * 100, *, * 86, *, * *, *, * 122, *, *
Univ of CT 102, *, * 85, *, * 84, *, * *, *, * 82, *, *
Univ of NC- Chapel Hill 54, *, * 17, *, 16 25, *, 24 *, *, 24 24, *, 24
MI Tech 139, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Missouri, Rolla 124, *, * 111, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Clemson *, *, * 94, *, * 75, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Mississippi State *, *, * 159, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Polytechnic Univ 126, *, * 109, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of Central Fl *, *, * *, *, * 36, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Auburn 128, *, * 123, *, * 74, *, * *, *, * 93, *, *
NJIT *, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Univ of CA- Riverside 70, *, * 70, *, * 71, *, * *, *, * 35, *, *
Univ of Houston 62, *, * 50, *, * 57, *, * *, *, * 88, *, *
Oregon State 76, *, * 61, *, 40 *, *, * *, *, * *, *, *
Tufts 77, *, * 137, *, * *, *, * *, *, * 70, *, *

Law School GPA-LSAT Grid

Posted by | Posted in America - Engineering | Posted on 17-03-2010

GPA 165+   LSAT 160-164 155-159 150-154 < 150
           
3.6+ U Chicago        
  Columbia        
  Cornell        
  Georgetown        
  Harvard        
  U  Michigan        
  New York U        
  Stanford        
  U Virginia        
  Yale        
    BYU      
    Berkeley      
    UCLA      
    U Colorado      
    U Minnesota      
    U Texas      
    Vanderbilt      
    U Washington      
  Duke U Arizona      
  Northwestern Boston College      
  U of Penn UC Davis      
    CA Hastings      
    Cardezo      
    U Connecticut      
    Emory      
    Fordham      
    George Mason      
    G. Washington      
    U Georgia      
    U. N. Carolina      
    Notre Dame      
    USC      
    Temple      
    Wake Forest      
    W. & Lee      
    Wa. St Louis      
    William & Mary      
3.20-3.39   Boston U   Albany  
    Brooklyn   U AR Little Rock  
    U Illinois   U AR Fayetteville  
    Rutgers   Cambell  
    U San Diego   Capital U  
        Chapman U  
        Creighton U  
        Duquesne U  
        Gonzaga  
        Hamline U  
        Loyola New Orleans  
        U Maine  
        U Memphis  
        Mercer U  
        Michigan State  
        MO Kansas City  
        U Montana  
        U Nevada  
        NY Law School  
        Northern Ill U  
        Northern Kentucky  
        Pace U  
        Penn State  
        Regent U  
        Saint Louis U  
        U Seattle  
        Southern Illinois U  
        Stetson College  
        Suffolk U  
        Syracuse U  
        Valparaiso U  
        Wayne State  
        West Virginia U  
        Williamette U  
        U Wyoming  
3.40-3.59     American Drake U U Puerto Rico
      Baylor U Idaho  
      U Cincinnati Louisiana State  
      DePaul U Mississippi  
      U FL U North Dakota  
      FL State Texas Tech  
      U Houston    
      U Iowa    
      Kansas U    
      U Kentucky    
      Lewis & Clark    
      U Maryland    
      U Nebraska    
      Ohio State    
      U Oklahoma    
      Pepperdine    
      U S. Carolina    
      SMU    
      U Tennessee    
      Tulane    
      U Utah    
3.20-3.29     U Akron   Inter American
      U Alabama   Pontifical Cat U
      ASU   Washburn U
      Ave Maria    
      U Buffalo    
      Case Western    
      Catholic U    
      Chicago Kent    
      Georgia State    
      U Hawaii    
      IN Bloomington    
      IN Indianapolis    
      U Louisville    
      Loyola LA    
      Loyola Chicago    
      Marquette U    
      Miami U    
      U Missouri    
      U New Mexico    
      Northeastern    
      U Oregon    
      U Pittsburgh    
      Rutgers    
      Saint John’s U    
      U San Francisco    
      Santa Clara U    
      Southwestern U    
      Villanova    
      William Mitchell    
      U Wisconsin    
3.00-3.19     U Denver U Baltimore City U Queens
      Seton Hall California Western U Detroit Mercy
      U Toledo Cleveland State DC Law
        Cumberland Mississippi Coll.
        Dayton U New England
        Franklin Pierce NC Central
        Golden Gate U Nova U
        Hofstra  U Ohio Northern
        Howard U Oklahoma City U
        U Pacific U Tulsa
        Roger Williams Whittier College
        U South Dakota Widener U
        South Texas Law  
        Texas Wesleyan  
        Vermont Law  
        W  New England  
        Widener U  
< 3.00       Fl Costal School Appalachian
        John Marshall Barry U
        Quinnipiac College Saint Thomas U
        U. San Antonio Southern U
        Thomas Jefferson TX Southern U
          Touro College
          Western State
          Thomas M. Cooley

Computer Science Admission Requirements of Top USA Schools

Posted by | Posted in America - Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science, Study Programs Available | Posted on 03-03-2010

This was first published in July 2007  in www.admissionsource.com


USN Rank 1
Carnegie Mellon University – HCII

Degrees
Masters and Ph.D.
GRE and other admission requirements

“the average GRE score (which includes analytical, verbal and quantitative) of those admitted students last year was 2008″

The GRE subject test is optional for those applicants to the PhD programs in Computer Science, Computational and Statistical Learning, Computation Organizations and Society, Robotics, and Neural Basis of Cognition. Recommendations for programs are as follows:

Applicants to HCI with an emphasis in human science must take a subject test from the area that best matches their background. (For example, HCI applicants with a psychology background should take the psychology subject test.) HCI applicants with a design emphasis are not required to submit a subject test.
The Language and Information Technologies program recommends that applicants submit a subject test.
The Software Engineering program highly recommends, but does not require, a subject test.
The Computation, Organizations and Society program allows students in the management area to substitute the GMAT scores for the GRE scores.

Deadline

There is no spring admission.

The doctoral deadline is December 15 for entry in the following fall semester. The recommendations are due by January 3. The application and recommendation deadline for the Masters programs in the Robotics Institute and the Language and Technologies Institute is January 3.

Finance Opportunities

There are no additional financial aid forms.

PhD students will receive financial support (tuition, fees, monthly stipend) from a variety of sources, including CMU research assistantships, outside fellowships, and government grants.

Professor Contact or Research at CMU

You should feel free to contact professors with very specific questions about their research. However, we do request that you not ask to be accepted by a particular faculty member as a student, since under our admissions system individual faculty members do not make admissions decisions

USN Rank 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Degrees

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

We expect an applicant to have earned a Bachelor’s degree by the time he/she registers in EECS, and possess a very strong background in math, physics, computer science, or engineering. Admission is extremely competitive.

Application Deadline

The EECS department accepts applications for September only, and the deadline for applying is December 15.

Financial Opportunities

Most EECS graduate students are supported by RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS or TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS. An application for an assistantship is included in the application package.

Professor Contact or Research at MIT

USN Rank 1
Stanford University – CS

Degrees

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

“While there is no minimum requirement for GRE scores, a strong application
would include percentiles in the high 90s for the Ph.D. program and scores
in the 90th percentile for the MS program”

Application Deadline

No Spring Admission.

Fall deadline December 1


Finance Opportunities

The Computer Science Department DOES NOT offer financial support for MS students so you should not plan on attending Stanford if such support is essential to you
All incoming Ph.D. students are supported by teaching and/or research assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for outside fellowships as well

Professor Contact or ResearchatStanford

USN Rank 1
University of California –Berkeley

Degrees

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

”Most successful applicants last year had GPAs above 3.7 and GRE quantitative scores above 90%. Most successful Computer Science applicants took the GRE Computer Science Subject test and scored above 90%. For Fall 2005 we had 2500 applications for 100 slots.”

Application Deadline

No spring intake.

Fall – December 15. Supporting data, such as transcripts, recommendation letters, and GRE and TOEFL scores, should arrive no later than January 9.

Finance Opportunities

We provide financial support for virtually all of our graduate students for the duration of their studies. During the most recent academic year, approximately one-quarter were supported by fellowships, slightly more than half were supported by research assistantships, and roughly one-quarter were supported by teaching assistantships.

Professor Contact or Research at Berkeley

USN Rank 5
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign – CS

Degrees

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

“The median grade point average (GPA) is 3.6/4.0 and the average general GRE
score is 1400/1600 (verbal and quantitative sections) and 5.5/6.0
(analytical writing section) for those recommended for admission.”

Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit a score for the GRE (Subject/Advanced) Computer Science Test.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TSE, regardless of US citizenship or permanent residency, for financial aid consideration. A passing score of 50/60 is required to be awarded a Teaching Assistantship (TA)

Application Deadline

Summer Session or Fall Semester: December 1
Spring Semester: September 1


Finance Opportunities

Professor Contact or Research@Uiuc

USN Rank 6
Cornell University

Degrees

M.Eng. and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements for Ph.D.

The department requires that all applicants to the doctoral program take the GRE general test and the GRE subject test. It is preferred that applicants take the GRE subject test in the area of Computer Science, but we will also consider scores in Mathematics or Engineering. If your scores are more than three years old, you should retake the GREs

Application Deadline

Ph.D. Fall -January 1.Spring –October 1

M.Eng. Fall – February 1.Spring – October 1
International students are encouraged to apply early

Finance Opportunities

Most M.Eng. students are self-funded or have obtained their own corporate support. Cornell does not offer any tuition waivers. Applicants who submit a complete application by the above deadlines will be considered for fellowships. Applicants should consider submitting extra letters of recommendation to improve fellowship chances. The Department also awards a few part time (paid) teaching assistantships in which students perform various duties that aid faculty in the teaching of Cornell CS courses. Students are not guaranteed TA positions, nor are they required to work as a TA. If you wish to be considered for a TA position, please indicate so in your application, as well as any pertinent experience you have.

All Ph.D. students in Computer Science are fully supported as long as they remain in good academic standing. Support from Cornell includes tuition and stipend. Support is available in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.

Professor Contact or Research at Cornell

USN Rank 7
University of Texas, Austin – CS

Degrees

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

For the Ph.D. program, the average scores of recent successful applicants have been: GRE: 650 verbal, 790 quantitative, 5.0 analytical. TOEFL: 655 paper/283 computer version. CS Subject Test (AGRE): 820.

For the Masters program, the average scores of recent successful applicants to this program have been: GRE: 615 verbal, 780 quantitative. 5.0 analytical. TOEFL: 644 paper/273 computer version. CS Subject Test (AGRE): 780. The average undergraduate GPA has been 3.76 (on a 4.0 scale).

Admission to the graduate program is very competitive. For example, for fall 2004, 460 students applied to the Ph.D. program and 75 were accepted; 197 students applied to the Masters program and 48 were accepted.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters only

Fall January 2 and Spring September 1

Finance Opportunities

Successful applicants to the Ph.D. program for fall semesters will be considered for doctoral fellowships. The doctoral fellowship provides four years of support, contingent on satisfactory progress. This support consists of a fellowship the first year, followed by a commitment to provide either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship the second, third and fourth years. Most students find a research supervisor during the second or third year and may be supported as research assistants. However, teaching assistantships are always available for doctoral fellowship students.

Research assistantships normally are appointed on a semester basis. Research assistantships are under the purview of the individual professors and are generally made after the student has been enrolled for at least 1-2 semesters.

Teaching Assistantships Appointments to teaching assistantships are normally for 2 semesters: September-May. Offers of teaching assistantships are generally made at the time of admission by the admissions committee. New International TAs must satisfy an oral English Assessment conducted by the University. The Test of Spoken English cannot substitute for this assessment.

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USN Rank 7
University of Washington – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
“The average GPA for the incoming students in Autumn 2003 was 3.68. The
average GRE scores for incoming students in Autumn 2002 were: Verbal
(including foreign students): 641 (85%), Quantitative: 776 (88%). The
average Subject Test score in Computer Science for Autumn 2003 incoming
students was 797 (76%).”

We offer admission to between 10% and 15% of those who apply to our full-time graduate program.

All International students must submit TOEFL and TSE scores.

Application Deadline

No Spring Admission
Deadline to apply for admission each

Autumn Quarter is December 15 for U.S. applicants.

For international applications it is November 1.

All applications materials must be received by this date.

Finance Opportunities

All students who are admitted to our program are awarded an assistantship (teaching or research). Under the assistantship, in exchange for 20 hours of work per week, the student receives:

Tuition waiver (except for $140.00 per quarter in fees, which the student pays)
Monthly stipend of approximately $1800.00
Health Insurance (100% of premium for student, 50% of premium for dependents)
Currently, this funding is guaranteed for 3 years. Funding after the initial 3 years is available, and is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds.

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USN Rank 9
Princeton University – CS

Degrees offered

M.Eng. and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

We strongly recommend that the GRE subject test be taken if possible. The test should be taken in the field of your undergraduate major. If no subject GRE is given in your field, you will not be expected to submit a score.

Application Deadline
Admission to Princeton is for the fall semester only
December 1, 2005 for applicants living outside North America; and December 31, 2005 for applicants within North America. All materials should reach the University by the deadline dates.

Finance Opportunities

We do not provide any financial aid for students enrolling in the Master of Engineering program.Financial support for Ph.D. candidates consists of University and corporate fellowships, Assistantships in Research (ARs) and in Teaching (AIs).

Professor Contact or Research at Princeton

USN Rank 10
California Institute of Technology
Degrees offered

Students are admitted only with the Ph.D. as the degree objective

GRE and other admission requirements

GRE scores are required, with a subject test of the student’s choice strongly recommended

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted once a year. The deadline is January 1st.

Finance Opportunities

In general, students offered admission to graduate study at Caltech are simultaneously offered a package of financial support that pays all tuition charges and provides them with a stipend. Financial support for graduate students comes in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantship, or some combination of fellowship and assistantship support


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USN Rank 10
University of Wisconsin, Madison – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

“most of the students we admit are in the 85th percentile or higher on each
of the sections of the GRE General Test (Analytical Writing, Quantitative,
and Verbal), and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).”

We require the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing tests. We do not require a Subject test

Application Deadline
Applications for graduate study in the Department, whether for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree, are evaluated only once per year, for admission starting in the Fall semester each year.

December 31 is Fall application deadline.

Finance Opportunities

Approximately 200 students are enrolled in our graduate program. Approximately 90% of these students are financially supported within the Department as either Fellows, Research Assistants, or Teaching Assistants

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USN Rank 12
Georgia Institute of Technology – CC

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
“Accepted applicant scores have averaged 80% on the quantitative and
analytical sections for the M.S. program. The desirable minimum GPA is
3.0/4.0. “

The CS GRE test is required for all applications to graduate programs in the College of Computing unless the specific program rules list exceptions

Application Deadline

Admittance Terms – Fall only.
Application Deadlines
MSCS: March 1
Ph.D.: December 15

Finance Opportunities

The College is unable to offer financial aid to all graduate students. A small number of Master’s students do have the chance to act as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs).
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USN Rank 12
University of Maryland – College Park – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
“The minimum acceptable score for the General GRE is 1850 for international
students and 1950 for U.S. students.”

Undergraduate grade point averages are generally 3.5/4.0 or above.

Both GPA and GRE scores of students admitted in recent years have been much higher than the minimum required.

Application Deadline

Deadline for applications and all supporting material due at Graduate School and Computer Science Department December 15. Spring admissions only for University of Maryland students.

Finance Opportunities

Both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered, and almost all full-time students receive financial aid in the form of assistantships, fellowships, and grants

Professor Contact or Research at Umd

USN Rank 14
Brown University

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

“The GPA is not the only criterion. Grades in computer science and related disciplines (e.g., math) count more than grades in other areas. Also, we take into account the fact that at some very competitive schools it is very difficult to achieve a high GPA.
While we do not require General and Subject GRE test scores, however the tests provide an additional objective form of evaluation that is often helpful in determining an applicant’s abilities.

Recommendation letters must give a detailed, factual, and candid evaluation of the applicant’s capabilities. Rankings and comparisons with other students are very useful. Ask your recommender to follow these guidelines.

Research experience, although not required, can boost your chances of admission considerably. If you have worked on a research project, please tell us about it and ask at least one of your recommenders to comment on it. If your work is part of a joint project, the recommender should indicate your specific contribution to the project. Include abstracts or reprints of any papers you have published in journals or presented at conferences.

Application Deadline

To maximize flexibility, we have a rolling deadline. This means we accept students until we have filled the available slots. We will begin reviewing applications in the middle of January and stop on July 15. Because the number of spaces is small

Finance Opportunities

We do not offer funding to ScM students. You will need to apply to external sources of support
We admit all PhD students (including international students) with financial support.

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USN Rank 14
University of California-Los Angeles

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D

GRE and other admission requirements
”We expect at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the junior and senior years, and at least 3.5 in any graduate study. These averages are considered the minimum requirements; the actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants, and is generally much higher—GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.”

Application Deadline

Fall only. Deadline – December 15th

Finance Opportunities

Support based on merit is available in the form of fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and graduate student researcher positions. These awards are open to all students–U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students–who have demonstrated high academic achievement.

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USN Rank 14
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor – CSE

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
A GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 for the undergraduate degree.
A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General total score of at least 2000 (out of a possible 2400); new test scoring of at least 1300 and 4.5 (analytical).

Application Deadline

We admit students for the Fall Term only.

Applications received and complete with all supporting documents from international students by December 15 and domestic students by January 5 will be considered for departmental financial assistance.

Applications received and complete with all supporting documents from both international and domestic students by March 1 will be considered for admission only.

Finance Opportunities

We have a very strong applicant pool and normally students who receive funding have very high GPAs and strong GRE scores. We prefer applicants with at least a 3.7 GPA and GREs over 2000. However, we do not make a decision based purely on numbers but do evaluate each student on individual merit. Careful attention is paid to student background, experiences, statement of purpose and letters or recommendation in reaching funding decisions.

Professor Contact or Research at umich
USN Rank 17
Rice University – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
“Typical GRE scores for admitted applicants are in the 90-99th percentile on
the quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE for those applying to
the Ph.D. program and in the 80-89th percentile for the MCS program. CGPA
scores range from 3.5-4.0 based on a 4.0 scale… The minimum score required
on the general GRE is 70 percent in the analytical and quantitative
sections. However, this is a minimum requirement, and applicants who are
offered admission generally have much higher scores.”
Although the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is not required of non-native English speakers, it is strongly recommended. Special consideration is given to applicants providing this score

Application Deadline

Program Deadlines
Ph.D. Program Early Application December 1.Regular Application December 15.
MCS Program
Regular Application February 3. Spring Application October 15

Spring admissions into this program are not guaranteed.

Finance Opportunities

All doctoral students at Rice are fully supported by graduate fellowships or research assistantships. Students who gain external support receive an additional internal supplement.

Professor Contact or Research at rice

USN Rank 17
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

“High scores on all three parts of the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate
Record Examination are also recommended: a minimum of 80th percentile on the
verbal section, 90th percentile on the quantitative section, and 90th
percentile on the analytical section or a minimum of 5 on the analytical
writing section… The median credentials for the 35 first-year students who
began our program in fall 2003: are Quantitative GRE: 90th percentile,
Verbal GRE: 83rd percentile, (86th with non-native speakers excluded),
Analytical GRE: 90th percentile, GPA (undergraduate): 3.6/4.0″

Application Deadline

Applications for fall admission, complete with a personal statement, all transcripts, and recommendations, should be received by the Graduate School no later than January 1. To ensure meeting that deadline, applicants are encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) no later than December 1. Early submission of applications is encouraged. International applicants should consider completing their applications earlier to allow time for processing financial and visa documents.

Finance Opportunities

Most of our students are supported by assistantships and fellowships. Applicants for assistantships are automatically considered for all available fellowships.

Full-time summer employment on a research project is normally available to students who would like to receive support

Professor Contact or Research at unc

USN Rank 17
University of Pennsylvania – CIS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

“Fall 2004 MSE admissions statistics … Candidates admitted to the MSE
program: Average GRE: V 560 / Q 770 / A 720 / AW 5.0″

Application Deadline

There is no Spring Admission

Deadline for Ph.D. students – December 15.

For domestic students applying to the MSE & MCIT programs – June 1
For candidates overseas applying to the MSE & MCIT programs – May 1

For all domestic and foreign students applying to the CGGT program – July 1

Finance Opportunities

Departmental financial aid is available only for doctoral students; generally, funded doctoral students receive payment of tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and payment of University of Pennsylvania Student Health Insurance.
There is no departmental funding available for MSE, MCIT, or CGGT students. There are no RA positions available in the department; only research fellow positions for doctoral students. Teaching assistant duties are generally met by doctoral students participating in a Teaching Practicum.

Professor Contact or Research at upenn

USN Rank 20
Columbia University – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
” GPA of at least 3.3 is required. Most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Most students admitted have earned scores in excess of 650 for the Analytical and Quantitative parts.”

For Ph.D.-As a reference, however, the average GRE scores for the entering class of Fall 2003 were Verbal: 598, Quantitative: 774, and Analytical: 748, while the average TOEFL score was 277.

GRE Computer Science Subject Test is not required but taking it may strengthen your application. We advise that you take the test where it is available.

Application Deadline
Masters- October 1 for Spring admission & March 15 for Fall admission.

Ph.D. October 15 for spring admissions and January 15 for fall admissions.

Finance Opportunities

The department offers both Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Teaching Assistantships (TA). All applicants who indicate in the online application that they would like to apply for financial aid will automatically be considered for all these types of funding. It is not necessary to do anything else in order to apply for this funding.

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USN Rank 20
Duke University

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

Application Deadline
Fall entry (all applications) Postmark of December 31
Spring entry (M.S. only) November 1

Finance Opportunities

Professor Contact or Research at Duke

USN Rank 20
Harvard University

Degrees offered

Masters and PH.D.

GRE and other admission requirements
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.7
Average GRE Verbal Score 583
Average GRE Quantitative Score 783
Average GRE Analytical Score 785

Application Deadline
Full time students begin graduate study in the fall term.

Our application deadlines for full time students entering in September 2006 are:

Preferred: December 15
Final: January 2

Finance Opportunities

All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend ($2,150 per month before taxes in 2005-06). Support is independent of need provided a student remains in good academic standing and is making satisfactory progress towards his/her Ph.D. degree.

There is no financial support available to students in our master’s programs. Applicants to our master’s programs should complete the Statement of Financial Resources for Graduate Study as part of their application.

Professor Contact or Research at Harvard

USN Rank 20
Purdue University – West Lafayette

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

”Most of the successful applicants had GPAs above 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. We also take research exposure and the quality of the institution into consideration.

GRE scores are not required but recommended. For Fall 2005 we had over 620 applications for 37 slots.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for fall admission is 15 December

Finance Opportunities

We try to provide financial support for almost all of our graduate students for the duration of their studies. Of the incoming class for 2005, approximately 29% are supported by fellowships, 13% are supported by research assistantships, 48% are supported by teaching assistantships

If admitted, you will automatically be considered for financial support in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships

Professor Contact or Research at purdue

USN Rank 20
University of California-San Diego

Degrees

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission Requirements

The evaluation process for applications is extremely complex, taking into account all the materials submitted with the application. Grade point average (GPA), GRE scores, GRE subject test (optional, but recommended), TOEFL (for international students), letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose all play a role. First, the UCSD Graduate Admissions Office evaluates each application to determine whether or not their minimum standards for admission have been met. Then the CSE Department does a more thorough evaluation in a committee consisting of several faculty. Sometimes the committee must draw on the experience of the faculty at-large to make an informed decision.

Our department receives around 1,300 applications annually, and offers admission to fewer than 10%.

The university requires that domestic graduate applicants have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (International applicants do NOT have a minimum-GPA requirement.)

CSE Admissions Committee examines every component of the application and supplemental materials when considering an applicant for admission. (Standardized test scores and grade point averages (GPA) are an integral part of the evaluation process, but admissions decisions are NOT made based on these components alone.)

Deadline

The 2006 deadline is January 5 for admission the following fall.

The preferred application deadline for fall 2006 admission to the Ph.D. program is December 1, 2005. The deadline for receiving supporting documents is January 20.

Financial Opportunities
Generally all of our PhD students are offered support for at least the first year, and can expect to have support through their degree if they continue to make adequate progress. Financial Support comes in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships (TA), or research assistantships (RA). Assistantships are 20-hour/week positions that pay a stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance. Typically a PhD student will have a fellowship the first year and then be offered a research assistantship in subsequent years by their advisor.

Masters students may also be offered a teaching assistantship upon admission to the program. Research assistantships may also be forthcoming once faculty members become more familiar with a student’s work, but the individual student is responsible for pursuing these positions.

Many of our Masters students choose to work in local industry (or already do). San Diego is one of the fastest growing high technology areas in the country, and has been named the “Wireless Capital of the World,” and the “#1 place to do business in America,” by Forbes magazine.

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USN Rank 25

University of Massachusetts, Amherst – CS
“Average test scores of students who have been accepted are: Verbal: 84th
percentile, Quantitative: 93rd percentile, Analytical: 93rd percentile,
Analytical Writing Measure score: 4.93″ |
USN Rank 25

Yale University – CS
“Most students we admit are above the 90th percentile in quantitative,
analytical and verbal scores.”

Special Admissions Requirements

GRE General and Subject Test required; strong preparation in mathematics, engineering, or science; competence in programming.

Ph.D. Admissions Data – Fall 2004 Entering Class
Number of applicants187
Number of students enrolled15

USN Rank 27
University of Southern California

When the PhD admissions committee reads your application, they are primarily interested in your research potential.

Your potential for research will be assessed using a combination of 1. your past research accomplishments (if any), 2. grades (including the reputation of your school and department), 3. the contents of your recommendation letters, 4. your statement of purpose and 5. your GRE scores. In addition, if there is something special in your application that makes you stand out, it will also be considered. Note that there is no fixed formula which combines these factors into a score.

The typical successful applicant to our program (if there is such a person!) has done some research already (as an undergraduate, or a MS student). Often this research has appeared in print as a paper in the proceedings of a conference or a journal. Successful applicants also typically have GRE analytical and quantitative scores around the 95th percentile, and are in the top 10% of their graduating class with GPAs well above 3.5/4.0

The application deadline for admission to Ph.D. program is January 15, 2005

Masters Application Deadline:
Application deadline for admission in Spring 2005 is Oct 01, 2004.
Application deadline for admission in Fall 2005 is June 15, 2005.

USN Rank 27

University of Virginia – CS
“nominal minimum GPA for a successful applicant is about 3.2 (out of 4.0).
Nominal scores for successful applicants … 750 for the quantitative part
and 550 for the verbal”
USN Rank 29

Johns Hopkins University
First we look at the school. For better or for worse, it makes a large difference whether you are from a top school or a second-tier school. Your grades are also important, primarily your grades in CS courses during the last two years of undergraduate study.

The PhD deadline for

Fall is January 15th

Spring is October 15th
The MSE deadline Fall – June 1st for US citizens and March 1st for international applicants

USN Rank 29
New York University – CS

“Successful applicants to the MS program in Computer Science will generally
have the following minimum qualifications: Strong GRE Quantitative and
Analytical scores. (Typical acceptable scores are near 700 for each
section.) Or 4.0 or better on the new Analytical Writing section. …”

MSCS Spring December1st; Summer April15th; Fall June1st

MSIS Spring November1st; Summer March 1st; Fall March 1st
PhD Fall January 4th

USN Rank 29

Rutgers University – CS
“mean GPA … 3.62. A high score on all the GRE examinations required …
mean GRE scores for a recent entering class of students were: Verbal 580,
Quantitative 782″
USN Rank 29
Suny -Stony Brook

To be considered for admission, you must be a high achiever in the undergraduate program and have high grade-point average (GPA).

We do not have a priori lower limit for GRE scores — it is decided on a year by year basis. However, it is typically very high, as our admission process is very competitive

Subject GREs are not required, but are strongly encouraged for Ph.D. applicants.
USN Rank 29

University of California – Irvine

Fill out an online application accepted from October 1 to January 15. ICS only accepts applications for the Fall quarter.


USN Rank 29

University of Utah

Neither of the graduate programs (M.S. or Ph.D) is an entry-level degree

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate work is required. Most students accepted into the graduate program have GPAs well above that level.

Applicants who demonstrate greater depth of knowledge through GRE Subject exam will be given favorable consideration. The School of Computing prefers the GRE Computer Science Subject exam, but will consider GRE Subject exams in other technical specialties.

We are looking for applicants with strong academic backgrounds who have demonstrated a potential to perform creative and innovative research in the research areas represented by the School of Computing

USN Rank 35

Ohio State University – CSE
“GPA 3.0+, Verbal+ Quantitative+ Analytical>=1900 (old format) or Verbal: 500,
Quantitative: 700 and Analytical: 4 (new format).”

USN Rank 35
Penn State University- University Park

Students with a minimum 3.0 junior/senior grade-point average and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department

How to apply

Preliminary application required for International Students

OR Check

Applicants for fall admission who wish to be considered for financial aid should have completed applications on file before February 1. Applicants who want to be considered for a fellowship must file all materials before January 1. Assistantship applications are provided by the department; you can download the postscript version, or the PDF file, or the PDF fill in and print form, or request a copy by sending email to vicki@cse.psu.edu.

All applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely aligned field. Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Aptitude Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). A subject test in the GRE is not required, but the subject test in computer science is recommended. For score reporting our institution code is 2660, and our department code is 0402.
FOR SPRING 2007 : AUGUST 31. LAST DATE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT COMPLETE APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR ADMISSION (WITHOUT ASSISTANTSHIP)

USN Rank 35

University of Arizona – CS
“Ordinarily, an applicant for the Master’s program is expected to have a
minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 out of 4.0 and scores above
the 50th percentile (verbal), and the 85th percentile (quantitative), and
the 75th percentile (analytical) on the GRE General Test.”
USN Rank 35

University of Chicago – CS
“What are the typical GRE scores for incoming students? Our students’ scores
in the Quantitative and Analytical sections of the GRE are in the top-25%
percentile”

USN Rank 35
University of Colorado – Boulder

Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0). However, acceptance is not solely based on GPA. We look at the entire application to evaluate the candidate. For the Masters degree, the General GRE is only required if your GPA is lower than a 3.0. If you come from a lesser known university, it is recommended that you submit General GRE scores. The General GRE is required for all PhD applicants, but there is no set limit for a minimum score. We encourage you to do your best. If you would like to be considered for financial aid, then it is required that you take the General GRE.

For international students applying to both the ME/MS and PhD programs, the deadline for Fall admission is December 1 and for Spring admission is September 1.

Domestic: Applications for the MS or ME programs should be received by February 28 for Fall admission and by October 15 for Spring admission
USN Rank 35
University of Minnesota -Twin Cities

The Computer Science Graduate Program admits students for the Fall term only of each year. The Application Deadlines are as follows:
December 15: PhD in Computer Science (to be considered for Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships)
January 15: PhD and MS in Computer Science (to be considered for additional Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships)
April 1: Admission without financial assistantships (All MCS students are ineligible for departmental support.)

If your GPA is below 2.8, your chance of getting accepted is very small. If your GPA is below 3.25 but above 2.8, you have a small chance of admission but you must have a very strong record from your supporting material such as letters of recommendation, significant career achievements, unusual circumstances and GRE scores. If your poor GPA was years ago, we would expect to see more recent successful Computer Science course work. Therefore, we will review your transcript to judge if you have demonstrated the ability to achieve at least the minimum GPA for the degree for which you are applying (3.25 out of 4 for the MS degree and 3.45 out of 4 for the Ph.D. and 3.0 out of 4.0 for the MCS degree). In addition to reviewing your transcript, we consider academic institutions you have attended

USN Rank 35
Washington University – St. Louis
USN Rank 42
Indiana University – Bloomington

USN Rank 42
Northwestern University – CS
“Statistics: Incoming 2002-2003 Graduates: GRE Q 731, GRE A 773, GRE V 567,
GRE W 5.1, Undergrad GPA 3.58 “
USN Rank 42
University of California – Davis
University of California, Davis – CS
“GRE for Fall 2003 admits … Averages: Verbal 596, Quantitative 753,
Analytical 724, Written Analytical 5.0″
USN Rank 42
University of Rochester – CS
“(V+Q+A) GRE score over 2100″
USN Rank 42
Virginia Tech

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

Factors affecting the admissions process: Our primary admissions criterion is our expectation regarding the applicant’s ability to have a productive career as a research-track graduate student. We base this assessment on the academic record (amount of Computer Science background, where previous degrees were obtained, class rank and grade point average, and scores on standard exams such as the GRE and TOEFL), proficiency in English speaking and writing, letters of recommendation, and prior research or work experience. We do not declare any official ‘minimum’ GRE scores; performance on the GRE is just one factor taken into account.

For Spring Semester 2004 applicants to Blacksburg Campus, we processed 76 applications, admitted 16, and 9 new students came. For Fall 2004, we processed 588 applications, admitted 147

Deadline

Fall Semester: January 15

Spring Semester: October 15

Due to the high volume of applications received, it is strongly recommended that you apply well in advance. This is particularly true for international applicants and any applicant who desires financial assistance.

Finance Opportunities

When making decisions on offers of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, we do not take financial need or ability of students to support themselves into account. However, international students who are not given a Graduate Teaching Assistantship will not normally be offered admission unless they have completed a financial certification form indicating sufficient resources available to complete their degree requirements.

MS Coursework-only students will normally be given assistantships if funding is available after all qualified Thesis and PhD students have been funded.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA): We typically award about 50 of these each semester. Usually one-quarter to one-third are offered to new students. In 2002/03, stipends were approximately $1500/month for nine months. Students on assistantships are exempt from tuition.

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA): Many faculty have active research programs that include funds for research assistants. Our current active grants total approximately $5 million, and we typically fund 20-30 GRAs. Note that GRAs are almost never awarded to students who have not been in the Department for at least one semester. GRAs receive the same stipends and tuition exemption as the teaching assistants.

Computer Science Scholars: a limited number of exceptional applicants are admitted as CS Scholars, which guarantees them multiple years of support.

Cunningham Fellowships: We currently award three Cunningham Fellowships, which provide (in addition to a GTA position and tuition) support at the GRA level during the summer months for research work. These are only available to US citizens and permanent residents.
Minority Scholarships: Virginia Tech provides a number of scholarships for minority students who are US citizens. Contact the CS Department at gradprog@cs.vt.edu for further information about applying to these programs.

Other departments and local companies: Our graduate students are in demand to fill positions in other departments doing software development and system administration. There are also a number of software development companies in the Corporate Research Center (CRC) who have a history of hiring our students.

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USN Rank 47
Dartmouth College

Degrees offered

GRE and other admission requirements

Deadline
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USN Rank 47
University of Florida – CISE

Degrees offered

GRE and other admission requirements

“minimum: GRE: 1100 (math and verbal, with math>600, verbal>400). The
averages are: 560 verbal, 760 quantitative, 680 analytical, and 1320 total
(verbal + quant)”
Deadline
Finance Opportunities

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USN Rank 49
Michigan State University – CSE

Degrees offered

GRE and other admission requirements
“GPA at least 3.2 … Applicants should have a total (verbal, quantitative,
analytical) score of at least 2000. For the ‘new’ GRE, the total of Verbal
and Quantitative scores should be at least 1360, and the Analytical Writing
score should be at least 4.5. The scores mentioned above are generally
considered as minimum requirements, and they do not guarantee admission if
met.”
Deadline
Finance Opportunities

Professor Contact
USN Rank 49
North Carolina State University – CS

Degrees offered

GRE and other admission requirements
“Guideline scores are: Verbal Reasoning 65%, Quantitative Reasoning 85%,
Analytical Writing 70%. In recent years, admission has become more
competitive. For international students, the average percentile for the
Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing parts have
exceeded 70% for most students gaining admission. GPA of 3.2 or better”
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USN Rank 49
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – CS

“The average GRE scores of admitted applicants for Fall 2003 were Verbal
562, Quantitative 756, and Analytical 724. However, applicants should not
place too much importance on these numbers”
USN Rank 49
Texas A&M – College Station

USN Rank 49
University of California – Santa Barbara

USN Rank 49
University of Pittsburg

USN Rank 55
Arizona State University – CSE

“The minimum scores we accept for the GRE is 1750: 400 Verbal, 700
Quantitative, and 650 Analytical.”
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USN Rank 55
Suny – Buffalo

USN Rank 55
Syracuse University

USN Rank 55
University of California – Santa Cruz

USN Rank 55

University of Illinois, Chicago – CS
“a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and a
total score of 1200 or above on the GRE General Exam is acceptable (500+ on
verbal, 700+ on quantitative, and 4.5+/6.0 on analytical).”
USN Rank 60
Boston University

USN Rank 60
Iowa State University – CS
“3.30 out of a possible 4.00. And ranking in top quartile of the graduating
class. Successful candidates place in the 90th percentile in quantitative and
analytical sections when percentiles are reported by ETS.”
USN Rank 60
Oregon Health and Sciences University – OGI CSE
“Desirable GPA is 3.5/4.0. Recently admitted master’s students have
averaged 82nd percentile on the quantitative section and 70th percentile on
the analytical. Students not taking the TOEFL averaged 79th percentile on
the Verbal section”
USN Rank 60
University of Delaware – CIS

“Minimum scores of 550, 600 and 3.5 on the verbal, quantitative, and
analytical writing sections, respectively, of the Graduate Record
Examination Aptitude Test.”

USN Rank 60
University of Iowa

“A minimum 3.00 undergraduate grade point average…
strong GRE scores typically average >= 1800 (V+Q+130*W, where V=verbal,
Q=quantitative, and W=analytic writing); “

USN Rank 60

University of Oregon – CS
“Acceptable GRE score on the general test. Minimum scores which are
considered to be favorable are a verbal score of 500 or better and
quantitative score of 650 or better and an analytical score of at least
4.5. “

USN Rank 60
Vanderbilt University

USN Rank 67
Case Western Reserve University – EECS
“The combined GRE score for the analytical, verbal and quantitative exams
should be over 1700. Students not fitting within the guidelines but
demonstrating they would be excellent students may also be admitted.”
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USN Rank 67
Northeastern University

USN Rank 67
Oregon State University – EECS
“minimum … GPA 3.00 … GRE … The minimum requirement is a combined
score of 1200 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections … EECS does not have
the capacity to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission
requirements”
USN Rank 67
University of Tennessee, Knoxville – CS

Degrees offered

Masters and Ph.D.

GRE and other admission requirements

GPA:International applicants with a degree from a US school need a minimum GPA of 2.7. Students with degrees outside the US must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

We can request an exception to this rule, but for us to do so, an applicant will need strong compensating evidence of ability–such as high GRE scores.

GREs: We require the general GRE test for regular admission and almost never waive this requirement. However, we do not require up-to-date GREs and occasionally use GREs that were taken 10 to 20 years ago. In the MS program, we currently average about 2000 on the verbal + quantitative + analytical total for those we admit. In the Ph.D. program, we tend to expect a GRE verbal score of 600 or greater, a quantitative score of 700 or greater (750 or greater for international applicants), and an analytical score of 5.0 or greater.

We do admit people directly into the PhD program from bachelors’ degrees; such students must also complete the MS coursework, and must in their applications show strong evidence of ability to complete a PhD.

Deadline

We have rolling admissions, with no fixed quotas on the number of students admitted. We do admit students for Spring Semester in January: (perhaps 25-30% of our students enter at this time and a number of GTA positions are usually available then).

International / Domestic Students – MS Program or Ph.D.
Fall Admission & Assistantship Feb 1

Spring Admission & Assistantship June 15

Finance Opportunities
Research Assistantships
These are usually awarded by faculty who have grant money to students who have taken courses from them. The Computer Science Department does not choose/hire GRAs, but rather the individual faculty decide on who they want, and consequently funds do not often go to incoming graduate students.

Teaching Assistantships
We like to receive applications by March 1st for Fall Semester, but we are receptive to applications from good US students after that time (international students, due to visa and other requirements, do not have the luxury of late applications for GTA positions). We strive for flexibility, and while the bulk of the GTA offers are made in March, we usually continue to make offers while positions are still available throughout the spring and summer. Positions are competitive; we only support students pursuing CS degrees. We currently expect GTAs to be able to teach labs that use the C programming language and the UNIX operating system; a lack of C and UNIX skills may adversely affect an applicant’s chances of obtaining a GTA position.
System and Network Administrator
We have a sizable support staff of people managing our labs and handling the UNIX system administration and other matters. We usually have four to six graduate assistants doing sysadmin work. Students who have good UNIX sysadmin/network admin skills can inquire about the availability of such GA positions. Interviews are usually necessary for these positions. The Division of Information Infrastructure (DII), formerly called the University of Tennessee Computing Center, has a variety of systems and network groups, many of which have some GA positions. Obtaining a position with DII requires interviews and cannot be done remotely. Students interested in CS System and Network Administration and DII positions can contact Dr. David Straight: straight@cs.utk.edu

Professor Contact or Research at UTK

Some other Good Universities

Auburn University – CSSE
“In general, only students who have at least a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate grade
point average will be considered for graduate admission. All applicants must
submit a satisfactory score for the general test of the Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) before being considered.”

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Brigham Young University – CS

“realistic minimums are: GPA of at least 3.3 (last 60 hours). Above the 50th
percentile on all three sections of the GRE. At least a score of 4.0 on the
new Writing section of the GRE. Actual averages of students admitted to the
MS program for the Fall 2004 Semester: GRE percentiles: 69% (V), 82% (Q),
4.57 (Writing Score) GPA: 3.69 “

College of William and Mary – CS
“Historically, the average scores for incoming (fall) students over several
years has been … Verbal 518-541, Quantitative 684-749, Analytical 643-695,
Average GPA: 3.29-3.4″
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Florida State University – CS
“All students admitted to the program significantly exceed these criteria in
at least some areas. The minimum GRE score required for admission to the
Department of Computer Science is 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative combined)
with a minimum of 650 on the Quantitative. “
Illinois Institute of Technology – CS
“overall GPA of 3.0/4.0. For the old, pre-October 2002 GRE exam, the minimum
required combined general GRE scores (verbal + analytical + quantitative
scores) is 1200. For the new exam, the requirements are 900 (verbal +
quantitative scores) and 2.5 (analytical writing) … satisfying the minimum
requirements for admission does not automatically imply admission”
Kansas State University
“For M.S. and Ph.D. applicants; minimum GRE scores of 400/700 Verbal,
650/700 Quantitative, and 4.0/4.5 Analytical Writing”

Lehigh University – CSE
“We prefer students with at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, in their major and
overall. The average score for successful applicants has been over 2000 in
the old GREs (with three parts). We will prefer high scores (over 4.0) on
the new written component.”
Michigan Technological University – CS
“Minimum scores of 75% quantitative, 75% analytical and 50% verbal are
required”

New Jersey Institute of Technology – CS
“3.0 GPA. If an applicant has less than 350 in the Verbal test, the
application will be rejected. If an applicant has less than 650 in the
quantitative test, the application will be rejected. If an applicant has
less than 4.0 in the analytical writing test, the application will be
rejected. Other than that, the higher the overall score is the better. “
New Mexico State University – CS
“For success in graduate-level Computer Science, a Verbal score in the high
400’s is OK but not good, and 500’s are better (native English speakers
should score MUCH higher); the Quantitative and Analytical scores ought to
be at least mid-high 600’s, with 700’s being better. “

Ohio University – CS
“most successful applicants score in the top 25th percentile on the
quantitative and analytical writing portions. “
Temple University – CIS
“An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 system or 3.0 during the last two
years. The GRE examination is required. A minimum score of 1000 (verbal plus
quantitative) and a minimum 25th percentile verbal score is expected”

University of Alabama, Birmingham – CIS
“1100 or better on the quantitative plus verbal (Q+V) Graduate Record
Examination … grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale),
overall or for the last 60 hours (preferably higher in computer science
courses)”

University of Alabama, Huntsville – CS
“A combined score of at least 1500 is required on the GRE basic test.”
University of Arkansas – CSCE
“On the other hand, we usually don’t admit into our graduate studies program
if any of the scores are below the 60th percentile. If the Verbal test score
is below the 60th percentile, but the other test scores are above that mark,
then we might admit …”

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – SWE
“An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0;
awarded within the past five years) or minimum 1800 GRE (verbal +
quantitative + analytic)” |

University of Connecticut – CSE
“minimum scores for admission into the Master’s program is 500 for the
verbal, 750 (or 85th percentile) for the quantitative and 4 for the written”

University of Houston – CS
“Applicants with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0)
are encouraged to apply. Average scores of successful applicants to this
program for Fall 2004: GRE: 534 verbal, 755 quantitative.” |
University of Idaho – CS
“an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. 1200 cumulative for verbal and
quantitative and 4.5 for analytical”

University of Kansas – EECS

“Successful applicants to our graduate programs
have strong undergraduate grades (above 3.0 / 4.0 USA, 70% India, or 80%
China) and GRE scores above 1900 (500 verbal, 700 quantitative, 700
analytical).”
University of Memphis – CS
“It is recommended that applicants have a verbal score of at least 400 and a
quantitative score of at least 400 on the GRE. Applicants with lower test
scores may be considered in exceptional cases. minimum GPA of 2.5″ |

University of Missouri, Columbia – CS
“A GPA of at least 3.0 (A= 4.0) for the last half of the undergraduate
curriculum. The minimum acceptable scores are the 25th percentile on the
verbal (GRE-V) part, the 80th percentile on the quantitative (GRE-Q) part,
and 4 on the analytical writing part.”
University of Missouri, Rolla – CS
“A minimum GRE verbal score of 370. A minimum combined GRE quantitative and
analytic score of 1200 or GRE Quantitative >=600 and AW score >=3.5. An
undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better over the last 2 years.”
University of New Mexico – CS
“The department has established criteria for the GRE scores of 570
(verbal-native English speakers), 670 (quantitative) and 620 (analytical).
These are not hard and fast cutoffs …”
University of North Texas – CS
“GPA 3.00 in prior work, Verbal – 400, Quantitative – 700, Analytical 600,
Analytical Writing 4.0″
University of Notre Dame – CSE
“It is our experience that students with a GRE total exceeding 2000, in the
upper 10% of their class … will do the best”
University of South Carolina – CSE
“at least a 3.00 GPA. The average GRE scores of the accepted applicants for
Fall 2002 were: Verbal 539, Quantitative 720 and Analytical 668″
University of South Florida – CSE
“A minimum total score of 1200 in the verbal and quantitative portions of
the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (must make at least 500 verbal,) and a
minimum grade point average of 3.3 out of 4.0 for all course work completed
during the last two years”
University of Texas, Arlington – CSE
“An overall GPA of 3.0. A GPA of 3.2 or higher on CS/CSE related course work
in the last two years. A sum of verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at
least 1150 for MS. GRE quantitative 700 and GRE verbal 400.”
University of Texas, Dallas – CS
“Minimum requirements are: GPA of at least 3.0 (last 60 hours). GPA in
quantitative courses of at least 3.3. GRE scores of at least 1200 (verbal +
quantitative) or 1800 (verbal + quantitative + analytical) is advisable”
University of Toledo – EECS
“GRE Verbal score of 500, Quantitative score of 700 and Analytical writing
score of 4.5. For students from the old GRE system, the cut-off score is
1800″
University of Wyoming – CS
“A minimum combined score (verbal and quantitative) of 900 for master’s
applicants and 1000 for doctoral applicants is required. To be considered
for admission to graduate study in the department, applicants must achieve a
high score on the quantitative portion of the general examination, in
addition to meeting the combined score requirements.”
Wayne State University – CS
“at least – verbal 450, quantitative 750, analytical writing 4.5 (Old exam
format requirement is analytical score of 650)”
CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES
Simon Fraser University – CS
“For M.Sc. and Ph.D. applicants, the minimum GRE requirement is Verbal 560,
Quantitative 740, and Analytical 700. “
University of Saskatchewan – CS
“What is the Department’s minimum GRE requirement? The minimum overall score
that is required is 2000,”
University of New Brunswick – CS
“normally require a minimum score of 600 for Quantitative Section and a
minimum score of 3.5 for the Analytical Writing. … necessary but not
sufficient.”

University of Alberta – CS

“Applicants who have previous degrees from outside Canada must take the GRE
(general). Our successful applicants obtain a minimum score of 700 each on
the quantitative and analytical components (or a comparable score on the
analytical writing section.

Safe Universities for low scores

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Safe Schools

Posted on August 5, 2006 by admissionsource

The following Universities have a good chance of admit for a Profile of around GRE >1000 and Bachelors score of >60 %.

If you have better scores you will be well advised to apply to a higher ranked university.
Arkansas Tech University
Northwest Missouri State University

Arkansas State University

Nova Southeastern University

Ball State University

Oklahoma City University

Bradley University

Old Dominion University

South West Missouri State University

California State University Group

Southern Mississippi University

Chapman University

Southern New Hampshire University

Clark Atlanta University

Southwest Missouri state University

Clarkson University

St University Of West Georgia

Columbus State University

St. Cloud University

Delaware State University

St. John’s University

DePaul University

Stevens Institute Of Technology

Duquesne University

Strayer University

East Michigan University

Tennessee state University

East Tennessee State University

Texas A&M International University, Laredo

Farleigh Dickinson University

Troy State University

Ferris State University

University of Missouri Kansas City

Florida Institute of Technology

University Of Louisiana, Monroe

Florida State University

International Technological University

Georgia College & State University

University Of Bridgeport

Georgia Southern University

University of Findlay

Georgia State University

University Of Hartford

Golden Gate University

University Of New Haven

Governors State University

University Of North Florida

Idaho State University

University Of San Francisco

Illinois State University

University Of Wyoming

Jackson State University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Kennesaw State University

Wayne State University

Lamar University

Western Kentucky University

Long Island University

Western Michigan University

Loyola University, Chicago

Wichita State University

Marquette University

Wright State University

Michigan Tech University

University Of Northern Iowa

Milwaukee School Of Engineering

University Of Dayton

Minnesota State University, Mankato

University of Idaho

Mississippi State University

University Of Montana, Missoula

Montana State University, Bozeman

University Of Texas, El Paso

Morehead State University

University Of Texas, Tyler

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University Of South Alabama

New York Institute Of Technology

North Dakota State University

Northern Kentucky University

Computer Engineering Programs

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