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From the Diaries of Engineering Applicants

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Names of Universities are  followed by comments from real applicants.

Arizona State University:

1st Applicant

M.S. Admit. Looks like it wants to keep up the tradition of not giving aid until you land there. Aid sure once you reach ASU. Very difficult to get aid here. I contacted a few professors. One of them replied. He asked me to not pester him. Asked me to contact him only if I was going to do a direct Ph.D. good University. Has gone into top 50 of late. The Univ. has lot of research funding including some defense projects. They have a very good dist. Comp. lab and some really good Profs. Can give a try. Aid sure for Ph.D. from here. For M.S. u will get one after landing.

2nd Applicant

ADMIT: definite admit to guys here. Aid only when you reach there.

3rd Applicant

Easy to get admit with a decent Q+A score and decent CG (at least 7) not possible to get aid unless you are physically present there. Aid is guaranteed as soon as you go there. Excellent place for internships. ASU follows a kind of rolling admission process…so clashes hardly matter!!

Baylor University

a. In their minimum requirements, there was an emphasis on the GRE scores and no mention of GPA. Their app form was different from others’. They asked me to write a few (short) essays…

b. resumes, recos, sop, GRE score

c. low GPA students (provided you can justify your low GPA in the class can apply as safe

Carnegie Mellon University

1st Applicant

This WAS my dream university. This is the Mecca of Computer Science, comparable, if not better to UCB, Stanford and MIT. There were two reasons why I applied here. One, some of us decided to try some great, new universities that have not been cracked yet. CMU ranked very high in that list. Not only does it have a very intimidating ranking but also no senior (past 2 yrs) has ever applied and got in here. Two, this is the best place for computational linguistics. My senior bugs strongly advised my against applying here. The applying fee is also high at 75 dollars. But, I got a fellowship offer from the Language Technologies Center which is THE BEST place for natural language processing and computational linguistics. I chose not to go to this place due to a variety of reasons ranging from a very narrow course stream to a very taxing and demanding coursework (there are nerds there that expect you to study 5 subjects every semester, do original research and submit a thesis every semester and continue the research even during summer). But the toppers in your class, who are ready to slog their butts out can seriously app here, because this is one of the best places you can ever hope to get in during your entire lifetime. CGPA, GRE, SUBGRE crazy university.

2nd Applicant

I applied here as Pittsburgh has a good temple ;-). I need not tell you about this place. But don’t get scared off. Sunder-man got a fellowship here, and Sutra has an RA. So, if you have a 9+, app and I think you can get in. Esp. if you app for Ph.D. Refer to Sunder-man’s apply info, regarding the 10-dollar issue.

Case Western Reserve University:

I really don’t know why I applied to this place. Case western people seem to be dozing. I really doubt if there’s a college called case western, or if they simply have a garage, so gullible people like me app and they run off with the application money. I tried Phone, Email, Snail-mail even homing pigeons, telepathy and prayers. No reply. Guess I got to go and meet them personally to find out what’s happening.

Clemson University

Good in computer engineering. Gave admit to almost everyone who applied. Aid limited. Ranked 42. I’m going there.

Emory University

Senior Gopinath had the same credentials as me and got into Emory. My GRE scores did not reach them! Senior Srividhya said Emory was not a very good place for CS. You may try your luck because 2 of our seniors are on a fellowship. But apply early!

Georgia Tech

1st Applicant

I applied here as a probable university (similar to Purdue). They seem to be following a very irrational method of admission. They bumped me whereas Merle and Lakhs were given TAs. I had similar or better credentials than them in every aspect you might look into. The only reason I can think of is the way in which I wrote my SOP. I was interested in a variety of fields (even though they lacked synergy). So I mentioned every one of them in my SOP and the work I had done in each field. This should have been construed as lack of focus and research aptitude. (I personally feel that nobody (any undergrad student) can actually decide on what he is going to do in his PhD during his final year of undergraduate study. He might have certain inclinations and interests but it is simply too early to decide.) I was true to myself in that I wanted to do research in all the fields I had mentioned. The moral of the story is, even if you don’t have any real idea of what you want to do or even if you like a variety of unrelated fields please don’t mention so in you SOP and stick to a particular field of interest. ‘Coz there are crazy, illogical and irrational fools sitting in admission committees ( akin to our cricket selection committee ) who think that just because you mention so many fields in you SOP, you (in this case me with 9.4, 2320, 88% ) are fit for nothing. The decisions seem to be more rational (i.e. based on the quantifiable results) in top universities. The top three universities I applied to, gave me admits and the last three universities I applied to, bumped me. Please excuse me for the above digression. Apart from that, the college of computing in GTECH is a good a place to be in for a variety of fields. Usually, the credential requirements for GTECH and Purdue are similar.

2nd Applicant

Gives PhD admissions easily and aid is automatically assured with a PhD admit. Also highly ranked univ. S GRE is required here else the app will be incomplete. Though they say they require Sub GRE’s > 90%ile, it is strange that I got an admit here. No aid for Masters.

Anyone with 8.5+, 2100+, 70%ile+ has a good chance of getting a PhD admission. GPA’s with 8+, give a try for PhD here. You may get thro’. Toppers! Leave this for lesser GPA’s who want to do a PhD because you may get thro in better universities like Stanford, CMU, etc. for a Ph.D.

3rd Applicant

Excellent all round place in terms of dept size, ranking, research and overall ranking. Don’t believe Sunder-man. They want focused people like me and not confused ones like him ;-). I think MS doesn’t have aid, full aid guaranteed for all Ph.D. students. Other guy in is Muralikrishna. If you have an 8.6+ with 2200+ GRE and 80+ AGRE, interested in a Ph.D. and think that you can get along with me reasonably well, you should app here. I think that you will have more admits next year, as one of your seniors is going to make a great impression here.

Why I had an Admit = same decent credentials funda. I do think AGRE made an impact. Plus I had strongly indicated in my sop that I was inclined towards research and definitely will be with them to complete my Ph.D. (GTECH people are very anxious about this aspect).

4th Applicant

Nothing much to say, I feel that I was denied admit for PhD because of my AGRE.

Iowa State University

1st Applicant

I applied here only in Jan after meeting Dr.Manimaran of ISU, in the Calcutta Conference (HiPC’99). In the first meeting itself he said he had an asst. free and if I had a GRE score above 22 and Top 10 % grading in RECOS (in RECOS which everyone gets easily in our dept) then he can give an asst. Later I just mailed him once and he said I can apply for both CS dept and CE dept with a single application fee and I just did the same.

In CE dept., he carried my application literally and I got all this TA and PACE because of him. He said that he got me TA, even thou the deadline for it was over when my app reached their dept.

I’m going for M.S (CE) in Diff. Services (pretty scary term, isn’t it?), N/Ws and Dist. Systems.

Regarding the CS department, I do not know how I got admit and aid from here as he said that he was not aware of me applying there though he only asked me to apply for both.

2nd Applicant

BUMP. Good college. Everyone who applied was bumped. Apply only if you have a contact there. I applied because of matching research interests.

3rd Applicant

Bump. Good univ. My low credentials (GRE) probably got me a bump. All those who applied to this university except Swaminathan got a bump. Swami is going to this university. Manimaran who is known to Renuka madam has given him aid. Contact swami for more details as he is going there.

Johns Hopkins University

Applied for PhD.BUMP.Scores sent – All Xerox copies. I asked for an application fee waiver and they accepted it.

Everything was free with this university expect for the postage of course. This was very strong in cluster computing. That is why I chose to do a PhD here. This Univ accepts ONLY 10 students and that to only for PhD.

Kansas State University:

M.S. Admit.

Refused to give aid. Tried to contact some professors, but none of them replied. They have some good professors in distributed computing. Aid not very easy for M.S. and obviously not a very good college to do your Ph.D. Previous applicants specifically mentioned that aid was available only for Ph.D. I decided to defy it. Still could not make aid.

Michigan State University:

1st Applicant

This is one place which, on hindsight, I felt I shouldn’t have applied to. I had been ultra-conservative in choosing this university as a safe place and I request you not to follow a similar course. MSU is one place which has an undisputed and doubtless reputation of determining aid purely based on your AGRE score. So, for those of you with a relatively lesser GPA, but with a capability and confidence of securing a good AGRE score, this is THE place you can try for.

2nd Applicant

This univ looks at your subject GRE. Though not very strong in computer architecture I applied to this univ because I had pretty good chances of getting in. 3 of us (Methuen, Saravanan and me ) got TA from this univ.

3rd Applicant

Very AGRE strong…

New Jersey Inst. of Technology

1st Applicant

NJIT has 50% Indian Students and is ranked!! .GRE score. I don’t recommend this univ as aid chances are almost nil. But a student there said it was possible to pay the fees through campus jobs. Getting an admission is quite easy. If you can’t think of any other univ, apply to this one (just $50).

2nd Applicant

It’s PIG SHIT in capital letters.

New Mexico State University:

BUMP. Ranked college. Not situated in the industrial belts hence problem arises when it comes to finding jobs. They seem to be bothered about academics (GPA). Guys with GPA less than 8.0 need not app to this college

North Carolina State University:

1st Applicant

I shouldn’t have applied to this place. One of my friends in U.S asked me to app to this place. I don’t know very much about this univ. Its neighbors are UNC Chapel Hill and Duke Univ. I thought I could transfer credits to one of those well known Univs (Normally it happens in this place).

2nd Applicant

Very good university. Our senior Balsa is there. This is a part of the research triangle (UNC Chapel hill, Duke, and NCSU). They look at your subject GRE. It was surprising that in spite of a lot of people applying to this univ, none of us got aid first. With Bales’ help, Ramrod got RA later from a professor there.

Northwestern University

I really do not know why I applied here that too for a PhD program

Good place to blow out your money.

Ohio State University:

1st Applicant

This is a reasonably good university, the main attraction being that it is very Anna friendly. Almost ten of us made it to this university, two with fellowships and the rest with TA/RA. I had this as my safe university since over the past 2 years, it has been consistently favorable towards CEG applicants and there is absolutely no reason why this should not continue in greater proportions in the years to come, considering the quality of our students going there. I strongly encourage a good number of you to try this place.

2nd Applicant

They have lots of admits + aid over here. Really have a good impression on Anna Univ, thanks to our seniors. Hope, the record is maintained. Applied because our seniors got lots of admits with aid.

GRE doesn’t matter here. People with 8+, 2000+ can give a try here. Admission with aid is almost assured for 8.5+, 2100+. I was shortlisted for a TA (not offered) and they asked me whether I was interested in their univ (If I was interested, I had a 99% chance of getting aid). By then, I took a decision on the univ to which I was going and hence rejected the offer.

Here also, they are very busy giving admission offers that the Grad-Sec never replies for email queries. But, Profs normally reply. You can contact Dr.P.Sadayappan (saday@cis.ohio-state.edu) if you have any doubts regarding the procedures. He is helpful.

3rd Applicant

A safe place for everybody. Admit and aid sure if you have 8.5+, 2150+. Great for networks and good place to be in. Lots of funding and lots of our people here. 10 of you can apply here especially as they gave us 5 TA and 2 fellowships. I got admit + TA. Decent credentials are enough.

4th Applicant

the 2nd largest university in the US. Lots of Indian grad students. I heard that one can go there even without aid and manage as there is lots of funding (including jobs in other departments). Although the univ catalog says that TSE is needed for TA, they grant TAs even without it, but one has to clear the SPEAK (administered on campus) to get full stipend.

Areas of active research: ATM, Multimedia networking, Parallel & Distributed Computing.

5th Applicant

Applied for MS. Admit + TA. Scores sent – GRE, AGRE, TOEFL

Nice for Distributed Computing. Lots of Indians are here. Quarter system … so you can finish early…but you have to slog.

Oregon State University

1st Applicant

I applied here as a safe university that has a history of giving tons of admits of AU students. Of the 9 people who applied for CS this year (including one senior), two got fellowships, six got TAs, only one got bumped and you guessed right, that fortunate person is me. The reasons for my bump are the same as that of for GTECH. This is a very big university with a lot of students of Indian origin. It is good for networking. Since they give admit with aid to every Tom, Dick and Harry that says he comes from AU computer science, I strongly suggest/advice the toppers ( top 5 ) to desist from applying here.( Anyway, you will get aid from a better university. Even if you get a fellow here it is better to go the better university with TA or RA). Guys with CGPA 8.5-8.9, GRE~2200 can expect aid here. Sub GRE helps even though it is not required.

2nd Applicant

CS dept isn’t all that good here. Aid chances depend on the availability of funds. Last year, one guy with credentials no better than mine (some other college) got aid while this year I didn’t.

Oregon Graduate Institute of Technology:

1st Applicant

M.S. Admit – no aid

My worst choice. Was a last minute replacement. Big mistake. Never apply here as this a purely graduate institution. So there are no TA’s. I came to know of this only after applying. Felt very bad. RA’s very difficult to get. So forget this univ. also this is a private univ. so funding very less.

2nd Applicant

OGI does not have undergraduates. So no chance for TA. Admits easy. Aid chances slim.

Areas of active research: databases, AI

Penn State

I shall give some points about Penn State. The information I am providing below is from the Graduate Brochure of the Computer Science and Engineering Department and can be taken as FACTS, not my opinion.

Penn State requires the GRE and the TOEFL. The TSE is required for eligibility for financial assistance. The AGRE is strongly recommended. It is not possible, except under extenuating circumstances, to break-off from the Ph.D. program and receive a M.S. degree alone.

Purdue University – West Lafayette:

1st Applicant

The chosen one. Ranked 11th in the current US news rankings and has been rising in the rankings in the past. Not the best university for research. Is of the same caliber as that of UIUC in research. But the course work is very intensive here and the standards very high. This is where Douglas Comer (TCP/IP) is. There is a large Indian Student community here. Apart from that Indy car racing, Indiana Grand Prix are the other attractions. I applied here as one of my probable universities, since seniors with similar or slightly lower credentials had secured aid. There was a myth that Purdue does not give aid to M.S. But Marla got TA for MS The reason why I am mentioning this is; do not blindly follow/believe what has been written in this book or something that was told by some senior. Apply your thought, browse extensively through the university web pages, contact the students there, contact some professors there and then decide on the university to apply. People usually have the tendency to match their credentials with some senior in the app info and blindly ape his/her choices. Please don’t do that. CGPA~9, GRE~2200, SUBGRE~75 should do the trick.

2nd Applicant

My destination in U.S: Good university (known for network security), highly ranked (among the top ten), excellent funding. It was a great surprise that I was admitted for M.S with aid because there was no track record of any of our seniors getting aid for Master’s. My senior VP went with aid for Ph.D.

GPA matters very much here. Though S GRE is recommended, they aren’t very particular about it. I didn’t send my S GRE scores here. Applying for M.S leading to PhD helped because if I wasn’t able to make it to M.S, I would have definitely got a PhD admit + aid. This was my PhD safe.

Anyone with 8.5+, 2200+ should definitely give a try here. Students go for internships. Neil Armstrong graduated from this univ :-). The first and the last man to visit the moon graduated from Purdue. It is called the “cradle of astronauts”.

3rd Student

I had a very bad experience here. I chose ECE to CS as Sunder-man and Muralikrishna had applied to CS. (There was a CE program inside CS. I preferred CE in ECE as I didn’t feel like clashing). Professor in ECE I contacted kept telling me that it would be a cakewalk. But I got bumped off. Now I feel that I would have got into CS if I had applied. App here to CS if you have 8.8+ and good GRE. They have lots of money, so aid is not a problem.

Why I got Bumped = ECE too IIT strong and GPA strong. CS gettable though. Avoid ECE here like plague (no matter what the Professors tell you.

4th Applicant

BUMP- (8.5 + only apply) applied because it was a univ whose name I knew from the 1st semester and because that was the name of the only college my brother (elder) recognized.

Other Remarks by those who considered this university:

CS -Gettable

Rutgers- the State University of New Jersey:

This is a considerably high ranked university with a very good reputation. Seems to be a safe choice for anyone with a GPA of above 8.5. Subject GRE is required.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

I really don’t know why I applied to this place. Rensselaer refused aid for me although I got admitted for Ph.D. So you can imagine the state of funding there. Apply to Rensselaer Ph.D. if you have 72,000$ cash and fancy studying in a place half the size of our football ground.

Why I got Bumped = Rensselaer research is supposed to be good. But they sent me a mail home asking me to furnish a document showing 72,000$ (or some other ridiculous figure) in cash as I got an admitted without aid. I mailed them back with a mail that boiled down to this: – “If I had 72,000$ with me I would have opened a jewelry shop in T Nagar”

Southern Methodist University

I had a feeling that SMU had 100% acceptance policy:-, its ranked, heard of univ. they were ready to admit anybody from India! I don’t recommend this Univ. because there is financial aid. Please apply to this univ only if you want to create history by managing to secure aid or if you need an admission.

SUNY- Buffalo :

1st Applicant

Aid is next to impossible for MS. The general trend is that they give no aid for MS and ask students applying for MS to join Ph.D. to get an aid. The trend continued till date and I think it will continue.

2nd Applicant

Please don’t app here. I don’t see any reason to apply here. No aid for MS, aid only for PhD. If you want to do MS without aid then you can as well app in some top 50 college. If you want to do a PhD you might as well apply for better colleges than SUNY – Buffalo.

SUNY – Stony Brook:

1st Applicant

Research oriented university .Getting admission is easy. But in the past few years they haven’t given aid for our college for M.S at all. They promised aid from the 2nd semester for me.

Areas of active research: Graphics, Visualization

2nd Applicant

ADMIT: same case as University of California-Irvine. Only admits. No aid for MS students. Good college.

University of Arizona- Tuscon:

1st Applicant

I thought I had a good chance for a TW, but didn’t get one. It may be because I applied late. (I mailed my apps in the first week of Dec). The grad students I contacted told me that UA has lots of funding and that one can come over with a TW and manage.

Areas of active research: Distributed computing, networks.

2nd Applicant

Good univ, but why waste app fees for a Tuition waiver :-). Lots of projects on Distributed Computing. Almost 6 of us bumped their offer.

GPA’s 7.5 – 8.5 should give a try here. One good thing about this univ is that you needn’t waste money sending official score reports of GRE, TOEFL. They are happy with photocopies. I heard aid is available after going to this place.

3rd Applicant

I was desperate to go to University Arizona when I applied. But later I found out that they are very strong in research. Hence I took VirginiaTech instead of University Arizona. But generally a Anna friendly univ. gives a lot of TW.

4th Applicant

Lots of Indians in this univ. The climate is very much Indian. This univ gives plenty of tuition waivers and no aid. But seniors say that you’ll get aid soon after you go there. I got admission in ECE department. They didn’t give me any aid (not even tuition waiver). CS dept asks for TSE. ECE dept doesn’t.

5th Applicant

Seems Tuition Waivers are available for the taking.

6th Applicant

Applied for MS. Admit. Scores sent – GRE, TOEFL, TSE

I know nothing about this univ except that it gives admits with TA for CSE with GPA around 8.5 plus or minus 0.2. They have a peculiar situation wherein they give aid only when you have a SSN number. But you get an SSN number only when you reach US. Catch 22 situation. That is, they give you aid once you land there. Check whether this is the same for all universities in Arizona.

7th Applicant

It’s similar to ASU in many ways…u need to have a decent GRE or decent CGPA to get admit from here. A lot of on campus jobs are available…so aid wont be a problem at all.ASU is better than UofA in many ways but since this is highly ranked than ASU , I might be prefering UofA.Here too , clashes hardly matter!

University of California – Irvine:

1st Applicant

No chance of aid here. Gives lot of admits. Even a guy with a CGPA of 7.5 can get an admission here. But one of the top ranking schools in US. Top 30. Hence if you are willing to shell out 30K per year, you can choose this univ.

2nd Applicant

Applied for M.S. Good univ I felt. Said he required TSE for an aid. I was giving my TSE so bravely applied??? Unfortunately bumped me. Reason very sure my low GRE scores. A GRE score of 2200 – 2300 would have got me an admit. Also three guys with a good GRE applied to this along with me. One thing very sure about this univ – requirements are high. So apply if you have a decent GPA (8.75), a good GRE (2200) and a surely a good TSE score (50-55). My TSE score became useless since I flunked it. This univ allows u to go for an internship. Plenty in number –its California Result: Bump

3rd Applicant

ADMIT; good college. But bad policy because of no aid to any MS student at all. Only PhD. guys get aid. This was told to me by an admission officer of the Graduate office in Irvine.

University of California –Los Angeles:

Another ‘Dream School’. When I asked my senior Bugs regarding applying to this univ, he strongly advised me against it for, he didn’t want me to waste my app cost. However, I applied because there was a professor (Dr. Ercegovac) whose interest was reconfigurable computing and computer arithmetic – exactly like mine. Moreover, our final yr project was very much in the line of his work. So, my idea was “why not give it a shot, after all there are 5 probable universities and we can surely make it in to at least one of them”. Anyway, they bumped me. I still feel some amount of professor contact would have helped. I committed a serious mistake in not trying well to contact the professor. (a professor contact doesn’t help in all universities. Some even discourage it. However, in most of the universities, it helps a lot.)

University of California – Santa Barbara:

1st Applicant

This was an interesting univ. Initially they gave me admission for Master’s with TA and half Tuition waiver and conveyed this to me by email and asked me to give their acceptance. When I didn’t care to reply, they sent me a bump letter.

Again GPA’s 7.5 – 8.5 can give a try. Nothing much about this univ.

2nd Applicant

I was told that my app was not being processed due to lack of application fee. I furnished evidence of payment of app fee. In spite of that I did not hear from them afterwards. Moreover, they don’t seem to give aid for M.S (from what I have seen over the past few years). Also, Fee waivers are not granted to international applicants (Univ policy). Hence I would advise against applying to this university.

University of Chicago:

It is known for its liberal admits to Indian Students and called rightly as “University for Indians at Chicago” as lot of Madras Univ. guys enter easily here. I just chose this to be a safe and applied. No other specific reason for applying here.

2. University of Cincinnati

1st Applicant

Good university for computer engineering. Lots of research in Reconfigurable computing. Waiver easily available. Many of my friends with less GPA got waiver. I had applied very late like in Feb and my app was declined

2nd Applicant

M.S. Bump

Don’t app here if you have good and decent credentials like me. Gave t/w to Hangnail who had a CGPA of 7.5 and gave me, Rajesh and Sundar (EEE) bumps for higher credentials. Said I was refused admission because of high competition. Surely we guys deserve a much better Univ. than this.

University of Delaware:

1st Applicant

M.S. Admit .Very slow in processing. Processes application in the descending order of GRE score (fool – he said FCFS and betrayed me) did not bother to enquire once I got aid from university of Kansas. Good for n/w and dist. Systems

2nd Applicant

A safe. You will make an admit here. (GRE strong) I was the first to make it because of GRE score. Others here were lower

3rd Applicant

Applied for MS .Admit .Scores sent – GRE, TOEFL .This was a safe univ. It had good funds and was moderately OK for networks.

4th Applicant

It is good for AI and networking. The only info I have about this university is that they process the application in decreasing order of GRE scores.

University of Florida:

1st Applicant

It is believed to be univ with rolling admission. But I applied on Nov 1st to get the admit letter on May. Hence do consider before applying.

2nd Applicant

I got my admit letter when I was preparing for my VISA interview. They exhibited some remarkable pace in processing apps. Finally, they refused aid saying that they didn’t receive my TSE scores which I had sent thru’ ETS, FAX and email.

University of Georgia – Athens:

1st Applicant

ADMIT+TA. UGA though not ranked seems to be a quite decent college. Not much of research work is going here but they do research on distributed information systems. This college is very responsive in their correspondence with students. Heard that graduates of UGA are placed in good companies. This college is not concerned much about GPA. They mainly use GRE score for giving aid. People with GRE of above 2150 have good chance of securing aid.

2nd Applicant

Supposed to be the oldest university in US and has a decent computer science department.

3rd Applicant

ADMIT+TA. UGA though not ranked seems to be a quite decent college. Not much of research work is going here but they do research on distributed information systems. This college is very responsive in their correspondence with students. Heard that graduates of UGA are placed in good companies. This college is not concerned much about GPA. They mainly use GRE score for giving aid. People with GRE of above 2150 have good chance of securing aid.

University of Illinois – Urbana Champagne

1st Applicant

This is a very highly ranked university that has a history of admitting AU students. Though they did not give any aid this year, we secured four admits. The reasons for not securing any aid are as follows.

One, most of them who applied did not write TSE (sandy, Deepak, Merle, Methuen). Two, I wrote TSE but had only 50 which was not good enough in this university. You need 55 to safely get a TA and TA is the major form of aid in UIUC. Around 90% of the students are supported using TAs. Even though AGRE is strongly recommended in this college, it seems to make no impact at all. This university strictly requires a financial document – a proof for your finances and this is a criterion even for admission (Methuen got bumped due to that). Admission for PhD is very very competitive. M.S and M.S/PhD are easier to get in. I applied for PhD and they took aeons to decide on my application. Finally they bumped me for PhD and gave an admit to M.S. Not a very great univ for research (it does not deserve the ranking it has). If you have 9+ CGPA, 2200+ and 55 in TSE, you can treat this college as a safe or a probable college.

2nd Applicant

Highly ranked univ and a good dept. It seems they don’t have email facilities :-) (No replies from graduate secretaries or for that matter any official in this univ). May be, they are very busy having MoU with Indian computer centers like Quantum Institute, etc. Applied to this because they gave lot of admits and aid for my seniors.

If you have a 9+, 2200+, admit is easy. Without TSE, aid is next to impossible. For admit without a TSE score, financial stmt. is needed.

3rd Applicant

Another one in the top schools list. Excellent research in reconfigure is going on in its ECE dept. CS dept has been giving admits to us. However, since comp. arch work is going on in ECE dept, I’d to app there. It has been almost impossible getting into the ECE dept. Our ECE topper (Arum) was bumped! Moreover, it requires TSE for any form of assistantship. I didn’t send my financial statement. So, there was no chance for the univ, even to consider me for admission. Thinking back, I feel foolish to have applied to this univ. Even Methuen (Our topper) who applied to CS dept was bumped. (He didn’t take up his TSE neither did he send his financial statement.) The universities rationale is “a guy doesn’t. Take TSE => No aid. So, to offer admission, he/she should at least be able to support himself/herself during study (financial statement vouches for this). If not, bump him/her”. That’s pretty logical. However not all universities are so strict about financial statement and TSE either.

4th Applicant

The results with this university this year have been very shocking and contrary to expectations. This univ. has had the characteristic of being very Anna friendly in the past (last year around 5 applicants got aid). I do not see a concrete reason for this sudden turnaround. One possible factor contributing to the decline is that most of the applicants this year (except one) did not take the TSE. UIUC is crazy about TSE, since the state of Illinois forbids award of a TA without a passing TSE score. Considering the fact that TA is the predominant form of aid given here, this could be a reason why none of us got an aid here. Another reason is what I had mentioned earlier. A financial statement seems to be absolutely essential even for your application to be considered by this university. (This university has the distinction of being deaf to whatever mail you send. So don’t be very much worried if you don’t hear from the University for a Considerable Length of time.

5th Applicant

Applied for MS/PhD. BUMP

Scores sent – GRE, AGRE, TOEFl and Financial Statement

This univ gave admit to my senior with similar scores, so I applied. This was supposed to be Anna friendly. I did not have a realistic chance over here…. Just an outside chance. Nothing wrong in trying your hand at some high ranked univ. You never know when luck smiles on you.

6th Applicant

It is very very CGPA strong….Not at all recommended for people with <9 CGPA

University of Kansas – Lawrence:

1st Applicant

M.S. Admit + Aid .Very hot for n/w. yearly around $11 million are invested for research in this area. Was pleased to get into it. I am going to this Univ. be careful with the graduate admissions officer (Carmela Sibley) here. She is a lazy woman. Keep reminding her regularly after u have applied else she will doze off or go on leave. Had a bitter experience getting my admission letter and I-20. Gave aid to 2 of us (Muthuvelan and myself). 4 of them in ECE got into it – 3 with aid. Had plenty of money this year – looks like. Contact me for further details. Anyone with a decent GRE and GPA (>8) will be able to get into it with full aid. TSE necessary for TA and recommended for RA.

2nd Applicant

Good for Networking and Distributed Computing. People with 8+ and >2000 can apply here. TSE is required for a TA. They have increased the intake of Anna University students due to good showing by our ECE seniors over there.

University of Maryland- College Park

1st Applicant

(BUMP) applied just for kicks. I was almost sure of a bump. I do not think there is any use of applying here since last year’s topper (samba) also was bumped with no reason

2nd Applicant

Very good university and has one of the heavily funded computer science department. It is particularly good in the field of Artificial Intelligence, databases and distributed computing. Nothing is known about the attitude of this university towards Indians except contempt. They consider IIT as only college in India. I suggest the topper could app here. It requires AGRE and TSE for TA. I wasted $75 as they were doing extensive research in the field of wrappers- my project is also based on wrappers.

University of Maryland – Baltimore County

1st Applicant

It is a fairly new university and has a good computer science department. It is involved in extensive research in the field of agents. People with CGPA 8+ and GRE 2000+ can almost surely get an admit.

2nd Applicant


UMBC researches a lot on agent technology. As my final year project was on mobile agents I applied to this university. Though ranked in the late 90’s for computer science seems to be a good college, located near Washington is an added advantage when it comes to jobs. If you have a GRE >2250 you stand a good chance of getting aid here.

University of Massachusetts – Amherst:

1st Applicant

This is again a very good place for distributed systems, especially with focus on multimedia. It was supposed to be IIT strong, and to some extent, it really is. A considerable proportion of their intake from India is from IITs. Still, this year two of us made it to this univ with aid. I don’t have information to assess the criteria on which they select, except repeating the obvious fact that a good GPA + GRE are what required. AGRE is NOT AT ALL considered by this university, so don’t waste your money sending your score here, however good your score is. TWE score is required here. (I was really impressed by the attractive file that came along with the offer letter from this univ.

2nd Applicant

Applied for MS .BUMP .Scores sent – GRE & TOEFL (no TWE) (Both Xerox copies)

This univ says that TWE is mandatory. But I don’t think so. My reject was purely based on my average academic performance. Supposed to be good in Networks, Dist comp….and so on.

University Minnesota:

1st Applicant-

A decent univ. Aid is very difficult. A very cold place to live (-50 at times). Please do consider before applying.

2nd Applicant

*Applied for MS *BUMP

*Scores sent – GRE, AGRE, and TOEFL I applied here only because it was AGRE strong. They stated it very clearly that aid is dependant only on AGRE score. I got bumped whereas sandy who did not even take AGRE got an admit. Strange policies indeed…..

3rd Applicant

Applied for MS :Bumped

Really good univ. latest CS Engg. ranking is 19 according to US news. I went by my seniors’ app info. 2 years ago 2 of them with a cg of 8.5 and a GRE = 2000 had got into it without aid. So I applied. Thought I could make some RA here. I clashed with sandy since I was taking my AGRE. The univ said AGRE required for aid. Many IITians apply here. All CSE IITians get 99% in AGRE – they cheat u know (we have also decided to do so from this year – check out Kart hick for our AGRE question paper). Back to my story. I sent my free AGRE score to this univ and wrote my AGRE totally without any preparation – I flunked and I was bumped by this univ. never mind. Everyone except sandy got bumped. Even Vijay (90% in AGRE) got bumped. Sandy too got only an admit. App to this only if has a high GPA, GRE and AGRE. Be careful while choosing this univ.

University of Minnesota – Duluth

1st Applicant

I had a feeling that their aid program was good. Nice sop, resume, recos, and GRE score .People with low GPA (7-7.5) so desperate to get into some univ with aid can apply to this univ as a safe. There are many Indian students in this univ. contact them for your queries.

University of Michigan:

1st Applicant

Great school. Ranked in the top 10. Excellent for Computer Architecture. Lakshmi and I applied to this univ. We had the exactly similar credentials – GPA, GRE, AGRE, TOEFL, Recos, and Project Guide! So, we split universities between us avoiding clashes. We also decided to app at least to one univ together (so that it either admits both or bumps both.) The opportunity was awarded to UMich and you know what the result is! This univ hasn’t been cracked by CS guys in the last 3 years. I feel this can definitely be done by the toppers. If some topper is interested in Comp. Arch, this univ is a great choice.

2nd Applicant

THE place to get in, if you are interested in Computer Architecture. Excellent program in Comp Arch with lots of funding / research. Pentium Branch prediction unit was done here. Other fields are also good here. This was the only place I clashed with Kathie. (See his credentials to find out why). We were dreaming of going to the same place and participating in the famous Umich graduation-day bash. Ultimately both of us got bumped off. Apply if you have an 8.8+ and want to do a Ph.D. I feel it is gettable for 8.8+ people. 9+ people who have no interest of doing a Ph.D. here, go ahead, apply and get an admit, so your juniors can make it next time.

Why I got Bumped = although this place is (very) good. I still think it is gettable with my credentials. Umich is very IIT strong, and so is not taking people from Gundy. If one of you with 9.2+ app and get admits and open this place up, I am sure they will start behaving normally.

9. University of New Mexico

Not a great computer science department. But has a decent Electrical Engineering department.

University of South Western Louisiana – Lafayette:

1st Applicant

ADMIT. One with GRE > 2150 will be able to get aid. Though they may not give aid here they will after you go to us. Not a very responsive college. Their whole mail system seems to be nonfunctional as your mails won’t elicit

Any response from them, so it is up to you to app correctly (documents/name formats etc) as far as this college is concerned. Experience speaks.

2nd Applicant

Good for networking. It is a very cheap place. I can’t remember an AU guy who has gone to USL.

University Oregon:

I just wanted to try some untouched college apart from the standard AU favorites. Also, a Prof there said that their dept does some good work in DC and PC. Anyway regd. GTF, They call their TA as GTF (Graduate Teaching Fellowship), which is TA + some other benefits. Really happy that this one clicked thou’ I’m not opting for this. I hope this univ is added to the list of future AU applicants.

University of Utah

This was one place I really wanted to get in. Academically they can’t be termed great, but this place is decent. Since Utah is near California, you get a lot of chance for internship in a good Silicon Valley company. I am a Utah Jazz (Malone and Stockton) fan. Also, Salt Lake City where Utah is situated has many sport stadia that host a variety of high quality sports throughout the year. Two seniors (Balamurugan and E.Vidya) got aid here. So I applied. Every one (boy) who applied here got bumped except Lavonia. I guess they are not an equal opportunity institution and they have a bias (favorable) towards girls. Supposed to be Sub GRE crazy. But, Lavonia had only around 60%. I really don’t know what the criterion for admission here is.

If I am a given a chance now, where would I have applied?

I would not even have considered such low ranked colleges like Utah, OSU and would have stuck to top colleges. The list of universities I would have applied to is CMU, Stanford, Brown, UMass Amherst, University of Southern California and Purdue. CMU, Stanford and Brown are dream universities. UMass is a probable university. USC and Purdue are safes. In this list apart from Purdue, every other university is very strong in Natural Language Processing apart from other fields.

University of Wisconsin – Madison:

1st Student

This is a very good place to be in. A good place for database and distributed systems. Besides, Madison is one of the best places to live in the US (it has reportedly been voted many times as the best living place in US). In my opinion, anybody with a reasonably good GPA (above 9, 9.2) and a decent GRE (above 2200) has a good chance of making it to this university. This seems to one of the Univ., which values a good AGRE score. In fact, it insists on an AGRE score to start processing your application. I personally feel that at least the top 3-5 of you have a bright chance to make it to this university, since your application is going to be processed in the light of their strong opinion that CEG produces top intellectuals (out of their experience with me – I am going to this university :-

2nd Student

These people have a very strong CS program and lots of funding. They are ultimate GPA veterans. Do app only if you have a 9+. Class toppers (1, 2, and 3) will have sure admission and aid. Web-site claims all Indians have aid. In my class only Methuen was applying so I thought I can give it a shot with my high GRE and reasonable grades. While Methuen got a fellowship, I got bumped off. This place has a very early deadline. So beware. Also don’t app to EE as they deal with electricity in the 40000volts range rather than the 5volts we are accustomed to. While admit is easy in EE, funding is almost nil.

Why I got Bumped = Low GPA. Bad Idea to app if you have below 9

University of Texas – Arlington

I still can’t figure out what is their area of specialization is – certainly not networking may be intelligent agents. People with CGPA 7.5+ can app here. If you have taken TSE then you have good chance of getting a TA when you get over there.

University of Texas- Austin:

1st Student

It’s a nice place to do your M.S or Ph.D. You will have a competitive atmosphere (lots of IITians around). Highly ranked univ and admission for M.S easily gettable, but aid is difficult. Austin is also a very cheap place and it’s a developing industrial city. In fact, I applied it as a safe for “admit only” into M.S. My senior Samba had a GPA of 9.8 and S GRE of 89%ile. You won’t believe that she got a bump here for PhD (admitted for M.S though’).

The topper should try this univ. I have a feeling that a GPA of 9+ and a Subject GRE of 95%ile and above will easily get a PhD admission. Teaching Assistance – a possibility. TOEFL Score waiver can be easily got if Verbal Score > 600.

An SVCE guy got an admit for PhD here (normally IITians get an admission for PhD here). He had academic marks around 78% and didn’t take his S GRE. Do you want to know how he got that? His senior (who had presented many papers in Intl Conferences), opened up this univ. and was performing well there. The moral of the story is “Contact your senior and know whether he is performing well. If he isn’t, I don’t think it is really good news for you from that univ.”

M.S decisions are given late (as late as May 1st week). By then you would have made a decision. So if you are very confident of getting a PhD admit, try this. They support PhD students.

2nd Student

ECE here is a bad idea if you have my grades. CS is very much gettable for 8.7+ guys. Texas is very cheap (hot and dusty too) so prefer Texas based places if you don’t get any aid anywhere. Texas Austin ECE is too GPA strong, IIT strong and head strong. (to borrow Ravi Rajan’s words). Impossible place.

Other Remarks by those who considered this university:

They place M.S students in “the bottom link of the food chain”. They said that they simply do not have the funds.

University of Texas, Dallas:

1st Applicant

M.S. Admit

Aid guaranteed if you have either a good GPA or a good GRE. K.S.Balaji was considered for aid. Once he refused then got it by virtue of his better GRE. I did not have one to get one. Industrial area and very cheap to live. Can easily manage without aid for one semester. Second semester – aid assured. Good in systems and s/w engineering. I applied for systems. Jobs easy to get after completing M.S. since it are flooded with s/w industries.

2nd Applicant

ADMIT+AID: Definite admit. Aid is again GRE and GPA strong

3rd Applicant

Easy to get admit with a decent V+Q score…difficult to get aid. But for internships and jobs its one of the best schools.

Texas Tech:

ADMIT. I do not know much information about this college. But gives admits if one has a GPA>7.5. Also gives some 1000$ scholarship pa. Heard that one can get on-campus jobs and support oneself.

University of Toledo:

ADMIT+TUITION WAIVER. Please don’t app to this university. AU students deserve colleges better than this. This college gives tuition waiver to all Desis who apply. Getting visa will be tough as it seems to be in the black listed ones. Students with GPA>7.0 and GRE >2000 will be assured of a tuition waiver. Unranked college.

6. Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville

I heard it was a decent university. I didn’t meet their minimum requirements! Check out if it is good for CS. There are many Asian students in this univ.

University of Virginia:

1st Applicant

The univ I’m going to. A very good school for comp. arch. The dept there is very friendly and is small. Year before last, Isanti Mohan raj from our college went there. The place and the living conditions are great. The univ has lot of funding and gives admits only with aid. 3 of us (Vijay, Deepak and me) got full aid from this univ. This is one of the universities which asked financial statement even for consideration for admission. (Many universities don’t ask financial statement for admission. The ask it only for sending I20. In which case, if you get an aid, the proof of the aid itself is a valid financial document.) I took a risk by not sending one. However, they offered me aid. So, they are not as serious about financial statement as their application says. This univ is a good choice for people with GPA around 8.5 and GRE around 2200.

2nd Applicant

Applied for MS. Admit + TA. Scores sent – GRE, AGRE, TOEFL and Financial Statement

This was the univ which gave me the first Admit. I was surprised to receive an admit with full aid well before their deadline for application was over (Jan End). This univ has a little bit of everything in the field of computer science. A very nice city. It is like a paradise on earth (from what I heard from my seniors and others living there). I had opted for OSU because it had a quarter system. If given another chance I would have grabbed UVa with both hands.

Other Remarks by those who considered this university:

Good Comp-arch

Virginia Tech:

1st Applicant

Aid is said to be very difficult for MS. I am very lucky to get an aid here. If you are looking for a MS degree and then do a job, VTech is one of the schools to which you could apply. Liked by big companies in US.

2nd Applicant

This univ, though not ranked very high for CS, is a top school for EE. Great work is going on in the EE dept. (Comp. Engg. comes under EE dept there). It’s a great place for reconfiguration. I applied for a PhD there (EE Dept) but they gave me an admit for MS. I was really surprised by this for one of the EEE toppers was bumped by this univ. If they’d given me assistantship, I would have gone there. CS dept has given 3 admits (Lype, Jude, Balaji) 2 of which are with full aid. (Lype and Bajaj). This univ has very low application cost! (25 dollars). It is one of those early deadline universities. So apply early for this univ. (November or early December).

3rd Applicant

ADMIT+AID i am going here. Why? Because it is the better of the two colleges I got aid in. it is really good for ECE and EEE. So any computer engineering. Guy should apply here. SK said that reconfiguration. Work here is excellent.

Washington University – St. Louis:

1st Applicant

Although it is mentioned in the webpage that AGRE is a must to be considered for admission, one can request himself/herself to be considered without it.

Areas of active research: middleware for distributed systems – they have a distributed object computing centre (DOC) for research activities.

2nd Applicant

*Applied for MS


*Scores sent – GRE, AGRE, TOEFL

I applied here just because my friend said that this is a good univ for dist. comp… I don’t know for sure. What I know for sure is that this univ gives aid only based on AGRE score. I got 90 and I did not get aid. I don’t know why?

Washington State University- Pullman:

This was my safe. Now, I feel I needn’t have applied to this place. There’s a professor. there who is an alumnus of SCSE. (Dr. Krishnamurthy – krishna@eecs.wsu.edu) He’d come here twice. He’s working on Networks. Umea Maheswari madam will be able to give you more info for, he’s her student. When I mailed him writing about my scores interests etc… He told me that I can easily make it into WSU with aid. He also asked me (In a personal, non-official message!) to consider better universities for my credentials and interests. An MCA student (Haring) is going there. She is in touch with Dr. Krishnamurthy and he’s giving her RA

Random Comments about Science and Art of Applying


1. Select colleges mainly based on your area of Interest. I think there is nothing wrong in choosing a safe university (only for aid) where you have a very good chance of making it with aid. However, the search for the right safe university can be tough to decide.

2. Before deciding to app to any university, just ask them whether they provide any financial aid for your program or not, as generally some universities don’t consider MS students for aid itself. These decisions can change every year due to change in funds position in the dept/professor, change in admission comm. etc… Say, the same Penn State or SUNYSB can give a TA for M.S the next year and don’t blame me if it happened so. I really missed out on this and applied for 3 colleges which refused aid for MS right away.

3. Regarding clashes, I feel every application is viewed separately and one need not have a great sense of paranoid about it. But, this shouldn’t encourage a guy with a very good GPA to apply to a prospective university for lower GPA guys.

Aim high!!! Don’t underestimate yourself. If you plan to apply for 10 colleges then I would suggest the following split up

2 very high ranked Universities where you have a very slim chance of making it.

3 universities where you have an outside chance

3 universities where you have a good chance

2 safes (places where there are a sufficient funds and moderately OK education). You can probably refrain from this applying to ‘safe’ universities because you may not go there even when you get an aid there.

This is the list of colleges that I would apply if given another chance:


2. Purdue

3. U Texas Austin

4. U Maryland College Park

5. U Massachusetts Amherst

6. University of Virginia

7. Ohio State University

8. University of Arizona

9. Michigan State University

10. University of Delaware


Don’t be paranoid about SOPs and Recos. They do matter….but not very much.

1. Apply to colleges with ranks above fifty, without worrying about whatever GPA you’ve got. They will certainly give you admits with aid. If you think low ranked universities will suit you better because you’ve got low GPA/GRE you’re mistaken. Low ranked universities will give admits but not financial aid. So be careful.

2. DON’T be bothered about clashes; it will NOT affect anyone at all. The universities have been giving admits to everyone or bumps to everyone so don’t worry. Don’t worry about clashes and go for lower rank universities.

3. Applying to very few universities (4-5) would do. Choose good universities (not only based on rank but professor contact, seniors; that is what really matters). Save your dad’s money. You’ll need a lot of it when you have to fly. Be choosy in applying. Then be confident and pursue contacting the Profs and seniors. You’ll certainly get an admit and aid.

4. Most universities that gave aid previous year didn’t give this year. NCSU, UTAH most universities that had no history of giving aid gave fellowships. CMU, so the information provided in this app-info may not help this year.

5. Apply meetings don’t help so u needn’t attend at all.

6. Don’t be worried if you get a low verbal score. It will certainly not affect you. Getting a high GRE score may sometime not help at all. Have a look at everyone’s app-info and you’ll find that GRE score has rarely helped so don’t be worried if you have got a low score.

7. Don’t get tensed while doing this applying business. Stay relaxed and don’t care a damn about what others do. Don’t hurry, be careful.

8. After applying is in touch with the Profs and seniors you know in those universities. If you mail a professor and he does not reply, mail him again (you can go up to 10 mails without a reply). They will not get irritated but will appreciate your persistence.

9. If you don’t get financial assistance from the grad school try to get an RA from some professor. you can even try to get some job from some other department.eg. Someone got a job of doing web design for the psychology department. They paid him in an hourly basis amounting to more than what a TA would generally get.

Univs to which I would have applied if given a second chance:

· U Virginia (I had this in my list of selected universities till the last minute – the replacement for this was OGIST- big mistake)

· U of Arizona, Tucson (same as above – chose ASU instead of this)

· Ohio state Univ. ( I had even this – I dropped because of my low GRE – feel now that I would have made it – looks like it became a safe for every guy who applied)

· Purdue University

· U Kansas

· Iowa state

· U Texas, Dallas

· U Minn., TC



· Take your tests as early as possible and app quickly. Take all the tests including TSE and AGRE. You might find it useful. Prepare well for your AGRE. I wrote it with zero prep (I swear) and that is why I flunked.

· Please give a deep thought after a detailed analysis of any univ to decide whether u really want to apply and u going to gain much by applying to that Univ. Competition keeps increasing year by year, so it’s safer applying to 8 or 10 Univ., unless u really feel u will run out of money or very confident of getting into any. Nothing is assured until u get an admit + full aid from the univ. So be very careful in choosing your universities.

· Clashing – very interesting issue. I just feel I made a mistake by thinking too much about it. U guys aren’t the only ones applying to that univ. See it from a global perspective. I feel I dropped all the good universities in the list that I have given just above fearing a clash. You can clash even with your topper as long as your recos don’t say something stupid. (For e.g. your CGPA is 8.5 and your topper’s 9.5, if he gets a top 1% don’t go about getting a top 2% or 5% in your reco. – both of u will blow your top by doing so- not only that it might influence the Univ. decision next year).

· Always app to a Univ. which has no history. One such Univ. this year was university of mass, Amherst – both Methuen and Sandy got TA.

· Start contacting Profs in 2 or 3 universities right from august or September. All Profs Sit together to take a decision on your application. So if a Prof. says he knows u and that u have been having contact with him it will help u.

· Don’t app for a Ph.D. unless you are really sure of doing it. Be firm in your decision.

If given another chance now, complete list of Univ. you would have applied


University of Virginia, Charlottesville + all those above


General Comments or Advise to your juniors.

Do not look at clashes too much. But they do matter when hordes of toppers apply. eg. 3 guys applied to Purdue including me. GPA was 9.5, 9.4 and 8.449(me) got it. I was way behind these guys with no filling gap also. No point applying too low if you will not go there. Use the money instead on a better college. Be early. I applied real late and hence was nervous. I applied only in early Jan.

General Comments

(1) There is often a misconception about the relative importance of CGPA and GRE.

One should remember that for securing an admit, the university considers your CGPA and is satisfied with a decent GRE score. If you are to be awarded assistantship then they want your GRE score to be good. People with low GRE score tend to believe that if they app for a low ranked college they get aid. I believe that this is not true – see my list of applied colleges and the results.

(2) I believe that universities that are low in the rankings are so because they do not have enough funds. Hence not often they do not give more than one TA/RA for guys from same university.

(3) I feel there should be a certain degree of optimism while applying. I was not so optimistic when choosing my universities. I think I should have applied to higher ranked universities.

(4) The app info is only based on the experience of your seniors; it is not a complete guide. When you go through the app info, if you find a guys with little better credentials getting admits to a particular university then you can consider that university as your safe.

(5) Universities attitude towards AU keeps changing based on the performance of the students whom it had taken in the past.


If I were to be given a chance then the following my choices are – University of Arizona, ASU, Ohio State and University of Kansas. I would have tried Indiana University which is giving many admits to SVCE students. I believe that people with 8+ and 2000+ should not apply to colleges like UGA, UNM, USL and UTA.

University of Georgia, Athens


Some General Tips about Applying:

· Don’t just look at the rankings as if they were the only guide, and don’t look at just one ranking. Some rankings that you must look are those published by the NRC, U.S. News and World Report, and the Gourman Report. Each of these rankings is based on a combination of factors. You need to judge which factors are important to you. In this regard, begin your ranking search at www.phds.org. You can customize the rankings to tailor to your needs and expectations.

· After you have a list of universities that may interest you, try and look at the annual reports that are published by the Department. Each university publishes these and they are usually available for public viewing at their respective web-sites. Here, you can find information about how much money the department had (and has), how many students were supported through financial aid, how many research publications were done etc. This information should help you short-list your options.

· Look at the placement statistics for the CS Department from the respective office of the universities. If they are not readily available, the university should provide you this information on demand.

· Look though the students’ web pages (especially those of Indians) to find out information about internships. Students usually put this information in their web pages, as it is a feather in their cap.

· Use the facilities provided by the United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI). They publish some handbooks that contain some tips about applying. E.g. “The International Student Handbook” published by ETS and NAFSA and “The Graduate School Folder” is available at USEFI for about Rs. 100. Also attend the seminars that are conducted there.

· Try and match your research interests with the universities that you are choosing and NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. If you search hard, you will find your PERFECT University!

· Remember that the published rankings are all for the Ph.D. programs in their respective universities.

I have lived in the U.S. for three years, where I did a part of my schooling. I therefore have some unique qualifications. These are reflected in my SOP, Recommendation Letters, etc.

5. I would have applied to Penn state and dropped NJIT.

Since ASU gives a lot of admits, guys with low CGPA can app there. Don’t worry about the aid. It’s a highly funded school and you will get funded as soon as you go there. Toppers- don’t app to UofA…what u can get is TW and nothing more. People who r not finicky about aid can app to UTD, ASU, UofA and NCSU. And one final suggestion-people avoid going thru this app-info…This misguides u in more than one way…I have seen ppl who spent hours going thro this and finally ending up with the wrong set of univs..Have 2 safes. 2 Probable and 2 to blow out your money.

If you have any more questions or need any help, people do not hesitate to mail me at premkr@mailcity.com

If given another chance now, complete list of universities you would have applied

1. UTArlington


3. UGeorgia




General Tips:

1. Take your TOEFL as early as August and for that you have to apply very early. Normally getting TOEFL paper test dates are a problem. Though I didn’t fear of getting a bump in any of the colleges above, I had a fear of getting bumped for the TOEFL exam (I applied for it late). Many of my classmates got a bump for TOEFL date. Without this exam, your app will not be complete and whatever be your credentials, the decision on your app gets late. If u r taking TOEFL, take it in the month when TWE is also offered. Some universities require a TWE score too.

2. Depending on the universities. Chosen, decide whether to take a TSE or not. E.g. universities like UIUC, U Florida, etc. require a TSE for giving aid. But some universities like Purdue, etc. are not very particular about it and normally they ask u to take a speak test when you go over there.

3. If u r taking S GRE, prepare well for it. Don’t just write for the sake of it. A good score will definitely boost your chances. Normally what happens is you get exhausted after applying, doing projects, etc. and take the S GRE easy. If you have a good S GRE score, you may get a fellowship where without that you would have got a TA/RA. Again based on the colleges, decide whether to take S GRE or not. e.g., UT-Austin, MSU, GTECH, etc. insist on your S GRE scores.

4. After deciding on the colleges, immediately send the additional score reports. Don’t wait for the applying to be over. It takes normally a month’s time for ETS to report the ASR’s to the universities.

5. Before deciding on the college, contact your senior (if any) and get to know about the college and your chances. He / She would have more details after 1 or 2 months in that univ, than what he had here in India.

6. Normally, the universities want the recos to state that so and so are in the top 5 – 10% of his class. See to it that you get a reco like that. Recos are as important as any other test.

7. Discuss among yourselves about the colleges u r going to app for and avoid major clashes. E.g. a clash between a 9.6 and 9.4 is ok. But a clash between 9.8 and 8.2 will only result in a bump for 8.2. So, be practical. Also, if the GRE scores difference is below 100-150, don’t fear about clashes.

8. Be open and frank with your friends (on the college’s u r applying to). We had an open discussion on such things and the end result is there for you to see. Around 30 admissions with assistance.

9. I would suggest you restrict the no. of universities to 5 or 6. (Break up: 2 risk, 2 ok, 1 or 2 safe).

10. Write to us (your seniors) on whatever doubts you have and we are always ready to help you in your applying process. We know how difficult the whole procedure is. So, DON’T HESITATE to email your seniors, even IF YOU DON’T KNOW them.

In the app-info given by our super seniors, they said it is very difficult to get into this univ and aid is next to impossible. But my senior got an aid and Ramrod is also well placed. The moral is:” Things written in the app-info are personal views of each person (who doesn’t even know how the grad committee evaluates, but presents it on the basis of his/her experience). You should try to take the essence from the app-info and take independent decisions. The graduate committee changes every year, their criterion changes, there may be special factors, etc.” Many of my classmates suffered by making their decisions based only on app-info comments.

General Comments:

Although these are some of the guidelines, please do not stick only to this. The trends can change in some cases. Regarding the AGRE examination, the trend in our set is that only Michigan State Univ admitted students depending on AGRE scores. NCSU, UT Austin. Do not feel dejected if your scores are not as high as others. All the universities do not see only the scores, only the CGPA. Apply to at least 1/2 high ranked universities. Do not care about the clashes. The Recos you get are equally important as compared to your GRE, TOEFL scores.

I did not contact my seniors when choosing the universities. Do not make the same mistake. Contact me and I am there to help you.

The choice of the nine universities was like this – 3 ‘Dream Schools’ (all bumped me!) 5 good and probable ones (the rest except WSU), 1 safe (WSU). I intend to do my PhD. So, I applied for PhD in real great schools. In others, I applied for MS so that I can get a chance to do my PhD in a better univ.

Now, for a brief look at the universities I applied to:

This is the list of universities I applied. Given another chance, the list of universities I’ll app to will be: Umich, UCLA (more of professor contact), UVirginia, GTECH, Ohio State, (for both GTECH and Ohio, I needn’t have worried about clashes), MSU, UArizona, NCSU and VTech. I would have dropped UIUC and WSU.

So, that’s for the list of universities. Now for some general guidelines:

· Apply early. This helps in case of universities with early deadlines. Moreover, you’ll not be burdened during end-semester exams. I made a mess by not applying early.

· Concentrate well on your SOP. It should be clear and focused and not just flowery. When you write your own recos, don’t be extremely praising. Be realistic. Write to me if you want to look at my SOP and self written recos. I can also get you some of my friends’ docs.

· Do not worry too much about clashes. If it’s clashing with people having similar credentials, there’s no reason to worry at all. Even if it is clashing with people above you, it is OK to an extent. (Say when 3 people are clashing). Classic examples are Ohio (Lots of clashes for Ohio but still they gave 5 TAs and 2 Fellowships.), UVa (I clashed with Deepak and Vijay) and MSU (I clashed with Methuen and Saravanan).

· I applied online to UCLA, UIUC, UVirginia, MSU, NCSU and WSU. The advantage in applying online is you don’t need to get cheques. (Most of the online apps provide Credit card facility.) There’s less of paper work (You don’t need to fill in or send your app form). However, you need to send recos only by post. In paper app, the job gets over in one shot by filling the form, attaching sop, recos, resume and sending it. Some universities provide the credit card option even in paper app. I can’t clearly state which (online applying or paper application) is better. If you have ample time for applying, apply thro’ the paper app form. If you are in a hurry, apply online. Because, the date of submission of application will be early enough though the of date of completion of application may be late (recos should reach there for your app to be complete)

· As for the financial statement, I didn’t send any. Some universities ask F.S even for consideration of admission while others ask for that to send you an I20 (after admission and aid decisions are made and notified). In the later case, you don’t need to bother because if you get aid, the proof of aid itself is a valid financial document. In the former case (e.g. my case with UIUC and UVirginia) some universities are lenient (UVirginia) some are strict (UIUC). It is at your own risk that you can refrain from sending an F.S.

· Finish filling up forms for all universities in one goes. Get recos and transcripts for all the universities together. You can contact a senior in the US who might help you and ask his/her help in dispatching the app material. If he/she agrees, send him/her all the apps (each packed neatly and ‘To’ address written) put into one large pack. The senior can open it, affix required postage and send it. This will work out a lot cheaper. (Costs of courier services are such that speed post is OK for small packets (400 Rs). FedEx (Blue Dart is the Franchisee in India. The office is there near APS Plaza Adair) provides reliable and fast service. There’s online tracking facility too. It is suitable for large packets (like the

Single common packet described above). (1100 Rs for 1000g 1600 Rs for 1.5 Kg.) You can also bargain in the courier services. They’ll give discount for students.)

7 is the decent number of universities you need to app. If you’re confident, app to 6. If you’re doubtful, apply to a max of 10. Anything more is NOT AT ALL necessary. Don’t waste your money.

· Take all the required tests. Not taking TSE will restrict the choice of universities you can app to. Take subject GRE also.

· As for the GRE, practice a lot. By the time this reaches you, most of you would have finished your GRE. So, there’s no point in talking much about it.

· As for the Subject Test, it is easy for any guy/girl with decent fundas to score great. More of practice would have helped. Make sure you look at “ALL” practice q papers.

· TOEFL doesn’t require more than 2 days prep. So, don’t worry much about it.

· For people whose area is comp. arch, you might have confusion as to which dept. (CS or ECE) to app. The admit + aid scenario is much better in CS than in ECE. So, the general rule is “if there’s arch work both in CS and ECE – choose CS (e.g. in my case – UVa, NCSU, MSU, etc.). Else go for ECE/EE/EECS according to what the universities have.”

· It’s OK to app to universities which have history of seniors. That’s playing safe. However, explore some top schools also. After all, you are applying to ‘n’ universities but will go only for one. So, take some risk and apply to some great schools. In case it clicks, that’s a treat for you. It will also open new venues to the juniors.

· Depend on the Apply info to an extent but don’t take its words as if from Bible. Be optimistic and rational in applying.

You know that this apply info has helped you. This is given to you under the serious condition that you should pass this on safely to your juniors along with considerable addition of your year’s data. You can also pass on some more info on GATE and Campus. (We’ll start it by giving you some minimal stuff. Improve upon that).

Kudos to the efforts of Srinivasan and Muralikrishna in compiling this applies info. Their constant scolding when we delayed sending this apply info has definitely helped in bringing regularity.

Most of the questions you have would be answered in the apply info by at least one of us or at least one of the seniors. Anyway, if you have further questions, please contact us.

For the tremendous capability that you people have, you’ll come out in flying colors.


As a rule, admits in ECE departments are more difficult than admits in CS. Moreover ECE does not have as much funding as CS. So apply for ECE only if you feel strongly about say, computer architecture. If the same stuff is offered in CS also (say, like Wisconsin Madison) choose CS instead.


Try to avoid clashes as much as possible. Look at the college’s history and have safe clashes. (Say 4 people applying to place that has given 2-3 admits last year). Avoid reco clashes where a 9.5 guy is marked as top 2% and an 8.5 is marked as top 2.00002%. There will be pre-app, post-app, during-app anxiety during the admit process. But do be considerate and open while sharing colleges among friends. Have frequent app meetings among yourself. You should have observed that the number of people applying is going up. So every one of you should app to at least 1 new place each, so that it gets opened up. Don’t stick to the same old places. This is esp. for the 8.8 + guys. Try applying to places like Cornell, Princeton, Cal-Berkley, Stanford Ph.D. etc. People in 8.3+ ranges please don’t apply to 20 colleges, with some of them ranked as low as 300. Restrict your applying to 7-8 places with 1 new, 2 impossible, 3 gettable, 2 sure places.

My Places: Note that I reported all my scores everywhere.


General Comments or Advise to your juniors.

1. From the information in the app book, you should be reasonably confident that whatever your credentials are, there is at least one senior with the same credentials as you, who has got at least one aid.

2. All you need to do to be successful in anything is:

a. Find out how to do it

b. Do it. (Very simple???)

All you need to know about finding the right schools to app is :

Doing what you are supposed to do will give the appropriate results.

3. Of course here is what you are supposed to do:

1. Give your best shot to the GRE (July-august)

2. Bcc for pre-app, enquire about the schools u have in mind, TOEFL is almost a formality (Sep-Oct)

3. Transcripts, Recos (early Nov), SOP, resume, short listing of schools (late Nov)

4. Revising list of schools, bank checks, applying (early Dec), subject GRE.

5. Of course, you can always comfortably be behind schedule if things do not go as you had planned. Make sure your app forms and other stuff reach the schools at least by January 20. If you missed a financial aid opportunity, it should not be due to late application. Anyway, remember ‘Better late than never’.

6. Even if you don’t have either a decent GPA (like me) or a decent GRE or both, nice recos, sop and resume would still improve your chances of securing AID.

7. This app book doesn’t prevent you from exploring the unexplored universities or applying higher than what your seniors could bargain for. You should be wise to consider applying to the second chance list of universities also after consulting your senior.

8. Get as much info about your univ as possible. Start with these sources: app-info book, petersons.com, your seniors and other students in the universities. Don’t hesitate to ASK.

Funda behind the choice of universities:

Actually I had wanted to app to 8 universities, but eventually got bored during the lengthy, winding, tiresome, irritating applying process and decided to app only to 6 universities. But I think 9 is the ideal number of universities. You can apply to 3 dream universities, 3 universities where you have a chance (probable) to get in, 3 safe universities where you will definitely get in ( all this is based on the seniors experiences, rankings and other information supplied by the university authorities ). In my case I applied to two supposedly safe universities OSU and UTAH. Two dream universities UIUC and CMU. Two probable universities GTECH and Purdue.

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Graduate + Undergraduate Enrollment – USA Schools

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About 26000

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About 27000

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About 28000

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About 29000

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About 30000

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About 31000

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About 32000

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About 33000

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University of Houston, University Park

About 34000

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About 35000

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About 36000

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About 37000

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About 38000

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About 39000

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

About 40000

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About 41000

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About 44000

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About 45000

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Computer Science Admission Requirements of Top USA Schools

This Data was collected in September 2005.

USN Rank 1
Carnegie Mellon University – HCII

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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USN Rank 20
University of California-San Diego


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.)


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

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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.

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%

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


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

Finance Opportunities
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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)”
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
Finance Opportunities

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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.”
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.”
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
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.


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

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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

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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.”


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”
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

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

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
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
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)”
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

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).