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Thread: Fall 2013|MS VLSI or EE|GRE 310(Q 158 V 152 AWA 3.5)|UG 90% ECE|PTU

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    Fall 2013|MS VLSI or EE|GRE 310(Q 158 V 152 AWA 3.5)|UG 90% ECE|PTU

    Hi Everyone.

    I would need you to assist me in the selection of the universities. I'd be giving my Toefl soon and then would start the application process. However I'm a bit confused in getting to list down the universities that I should be applying for based on my scores.

    My Profile

    GRE - 310
    Verbal: 152
    Quant: 157
    AWA: 3.5
    ----------- (In ECE) Percentage:
    High School: 84%
    Class 12th: 87% (do the universities look into these scores?)
    I carry 3 years of work ex in IT (Infosys) and 6 months research experience in Defence Research Development Organization of India (DRDO) in MEMS technology. I had presented my research paper at various college level technical fests and had won accolades.

    Projects include: Research project on MEMS Series switches and their fabrication at RF for radars and antennas used for defence org purposes. Electronic Nose - a gas sensing project as part of Final year. Metro Train prototype done at STEP IIT roorkee, Obstacle sensing robot. Also a number of software projects in Dotnet(not sure how relevant they'd be for applying for MS in EE)

    Have won accolades in co-curricular activities as well throughout the school and college tenure. Associated with NGOs like MAD(make a diff) now as an English Teaching volunteer and Also assist in social work through my organization at various events.

    Universities I'm looking forward to apply for:
    I have sent scores to the following four univs as part of GRE test fee

    • University of Southern California /Viterbi School of Engg
    • Cornell
    • CMU
    • New York Inst Technology - (provided this name in the list of four during my GRE/Not sure how this college is)

    Others I'm interested in:
    • Columbia
    • Texas A&M university
    • North Carolina State University
    • Arizona State University
    • SUNY Buffalo
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • University of California San diego

    I'm not sure on the following universities:-
    • University of Washington
    • University of Florida
    • Ohio State university
    • University of California Irvine
    • Iowa State University
    • University of Wisconsin Maryland

    Can you please classify the above universities as amb/moderate/safe. And also suggest me some other universities that you think can be included because they are safe or good more so for placements after.

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    Please people can you find some time to help me here!!!

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    I'm counting on you, for this one!

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    University of Southern California /Viterbi School of Engg - mod/ambi
    Cornell - v.ambi
    CMU - drop
    New York Inst Technology - mod (not sure about VLSI)
    Columbia - V.ambi
    Texas A&M university - v.ambi
    North Carolina State University - mod/amb(good choice)
    Arizona State University - mod(better for embedded and vlsi)
    SUNY Buffalo - mod/safe
    Pennsylvania State University - v.ambi
    University of California San diego - drop
    University of Washington - no idea
    University of Florida - mod/ambi
    Ohio State university - ambi
    University of California Irvine - mod/amb
    Iowa State University - mod/safe
    University of Wisconsin Maryland - no idea for vlsi

    include some more safer options

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    When you say drop do you mean, I should not go for this one?

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    Should I at all try sending my app to Columbia/Cornell - don't they look into acad scores. Also my AWA is 3.5

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    Well certainly, drop means drop from your list. Still its my opinion, if you are fine with it you may still apply. I have seen vv ambi colleges giving admission to students with average profiles, yet yours is pretty decent one. Nice undergrad score will certainly help you.

    Well Cornell is really tough, Columbia has less international intakes. So its up to you, if you got an extra 200 bucks, go for it, who knows you might strike !!!

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    I have a GRE score 315. ( 145 in verbal and 170 in quant.)
    I had done my B.E. in Electronics and communication, with the C.G.P.A. of 8.52.
    2011 pass out, 1 and half year Work Experience, in embedded systems.

    I wanna pursue MS in US.

    Interest areas: Embedded or VLSI

    Initial list:
    Texas austin
    Georgia tech
    Minnisota minnopolis

    Mod and safe :
    University of cincinnati
    Arizona state university
    north carolina state universities

    Please help me short-list universities.


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