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    profile evaluation for industrial

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    aggregate percent- 59.5 (till third year mechanical) from pune university

    which universities m i likely to make it to for fall 2013 and what are their rankings?
    i dont have many extra-curricular activities or social work record during graduation.. only cultural programs and stuff. no internships done.
    should i wait and enhance my profile and apply for spring 2014? m willing to get scholarship/funding.

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    Hi Vidisha,

    Your test scores are very good, and if you can take your college % to over 60%, you can get into the top 25 IE programs. My suggestion is that you apply to 6-7 programs now with your scores, and if you don't see positive result, then you can think of waiting for another 6 months. Most good programs will not take international students for Spring. So, its not worth waiting for another year. For engineering Master's you don't need any extra-curricular activities. You can focus on your Eng. scores, and if possible try to work on a solid undergrad project. It will provide you better opportunities to get funding when you get to US. If you need, I can help suggest some programs you can consider. Let me know your UG college, and full scores. But, don't go to a program beyond the top 25-30 for IE. Good luck!!

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    hey !
    thanx a lot for ur help ! my aggregate will definitely go above 60% in the final year. i am from pune university. i have shortlisted some universities.. they are..
    virginia tech
    north carolina state university
    texas a&m
    ohio state
    arizona state
    SUNY buffalo
    iowa state
    oklaholma state
    u mass amherst
    texas tech
    what do you think about them?? do let me know!

    thanks a lot !

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    Each program caters to different needs - research vs. industry orientation, availability of funding, private vs public school, proximity to job market, etc. So, first try to think of your immediate goals after MS. (i) If you want to go into industry, then you need to pick programs in cities with growing job markets like NC State, Ohio State, etc. (ii)If you prefer to go towards research (PhD), then you need to pick schools that are stronger in your area of research like TAMU, Purdue. TAMU may be a very good research school for OR, but the place is not the best for job opportunities unless you are extremely good in OR. I will assume that you are looking more towards jobs after your MS. Another point to consider is that in fields like IE, international graduate students have to compete local undergrads with internship experience (many Americans take IE), and/or MBAs in Operations/Supply Chain. So, you have to really build your profile (like doing internships in US, extra projects with professors, etc) by the time you graduate to have a shot at the good IE jobs.

    With your profile, the only top 10 school I would recommend trying are Wisc-Madison (very nice school, place, and strong production systems program), and NC State (access to RTP, and you can apply to both their IE and IMSE programs). It will be tough for you to get in, but you should try.

    Then, my picks will be the following (again not guaranteed admissions, but you have a decent chance):
    - USC (access to California job market, and a very good school)
    - Ohio State (access to jobs, bus. school, strong brand name in midwest, and I am from here)
    - Arizona State (another strong program with good job markets)
    - Rutgers (covers NJ/NY job markets, and a v.good school)

    From your list, Virginia Tech is a research (mfg) school and will be tough to get in. Apply to TAMU only if you are into OR research. Iowa State is a very good Eng school, but not the best job market for international students (still keep it in your list). SUNY Buffalo is a decent school in a poor job market. Forget about Oklahoma State and Texas Tech if you want to pursue an IE career.

    Then, these schools form a good pool (they are not big brands, but still recognized schools in good job markets):
    - UMass-Amherst
    - Univ of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    - Univ of Illinois - Chicago

    Decent backup programs:
    - Clemson
    - SUNY Buffalo
    - Univ of Oklahoma
    - Univ of Iowa

    If you have lots of $$$ at your disposal, then these very well known engineering schools can be considered:
    - RPI (will be tough for you to get in, but can try)
    - Pittsburgh
    - Northeastern

    Again, you must prepare a very strong SoP and Reco letter set to stand a good chance in the top 25 schools. The total application package counts towards the admission decisions. Hope this is enough information to make a good list. Good luck!!

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    so should i replace virginia with wisc-madison? and oklaholma and texas tech are the fall back universities!

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    Yes, you can apply to Wisc instead of VTech. As stated in my reply, there are better backup schools than Texas Tech. Make your list based on what you are looking for in the school and what your interests are.

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    so do u think there are better chances of me getting into wisc-madi than virginia with my profile?

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    Yes, Wisc-Madison is easier to get into than Virginia Tech.

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    @8thelement : Can you please be able to evaluate my profile.

    I have posted my profile in MS in IE profile evaluation.

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