I just received an offer from University of Waterloo for CS (Co-op) but I had already accepted the offer from UofT as its deadline was 1st May, 2018. What can I do now if I wish to join the former?

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    Kim Dixit
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Kim Dixit Answered 7 months ago

You can still accept the offer at Waterloo. Though it is not ideal, colleges understand that this happens - they even have a word for it: summer melt. Simply write a polite letter to UofT explaining that you have decided to attend another university. You do not need to name the other university, but some explanation will help them understand. E.g. it works better financially, you were recently released from a waiting list, etc. Good luck at Waterloo!

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Is there any major advantage(worth paying 10k more a year) for choosing UCSD over UWisconsin Madison for Electrical Engineering? I have another option: UIUC for Engineering Physics, problem is if I end up wanting to transfer to EE which I believe is quite tough.

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Kim Dixit Answered 7 months ago

All of these are great options. Assess your own priorities and decide (e.g. $10k/yr, weather, course content, etc.) I always tell students that nothing is good or bad, everything is what YOU make of it. I have seen many students waste opportunities at top universities because they expected the college's name to do all the work. It's up to you in the end to create value out of your education, no matter where you end up. 

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I need advice deciding between BITS, Pilani campus(Electrical and Electronics Engineering 15k USD per annum) Vs UT Austin (Electrical Engineering 50k USD per annum). considering equal weightage to cost, infrastructure and research opportunities..

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    Tom O'Keefe
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Tom O'Keefe Answered 6 months ago

Short answer: Both are great schools. Congrats on having a tough choice to make!Longer answer: This is a very personal decision, and much of it – I imagine – will depend on your family's financial position, your long-term goals, and your own personal preferences. If, for example, your family is able to provide you significant financial support (and/or, you are willing to take on significant college loan debt, which I don't necessarily advise) and you are heart-set on coming to the US to study, then Texas probably makes sense. On the other hand, if attending UT would present a significant....View More

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I'm a US citizen currently studying in India. Would the US citizenship help my chances of getting admitted into a top US university in any way or would I fall under the same category as other Indian applicants? Moreover, is there any way I could qualify for in-state tuition?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

Hi there,As a US citizen, you will be considered a domestic and not an international student for admissions purposes. The fact that you have studied in India will put you in an interesting category, as you have an interesting perspective and background. Make sure that you think deeply about this and include it in some way in your application. If your parents maintain a residence in the U.S., you may be considered in-state for tuition purposes. But if your family previously lived in the U.S. and is now overseas, you will not be considered an in-state student for tuition purposes.....View More

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Can I accept offer of admission from two different universities on OUAC ? Since I'm not sure if I would be able to meet the conditions of one of them, will this affect my status in the two colleges in any way ?

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    Geetha Swamy
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Geetha Swamy Answered 6 months ago

No! it is not considered appropriate to accept more than one offer of admission as it means you are blocking the admission of another student. What you could do, though, is write to the more selective one and express your apprehensions and also, let them know you have an offer from another university (without naming which one). Ask them what they think you should do. Admissions officer are usually understanding and will give you a response. Take it from there and my advise would be to do this asap.

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Considering the subjectivity of the holistic US admission process, how many universities should a student ideally apply to, and is there any criteria that could help assess how well a student fits into a particular college (i.e. is likelier to be liked by admissions officers and get admitted)?

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    Anupama Singh
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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

It's generally recommended that students apply to about 8-12 schools: 2-3 reach where you are unlikely to get admitted as the average gpa, test scores, etc. are above yours; 4-6 target schools where your stats fall in the range of admitted students; 2-3 safety schools where your stats are above or well above the admitted student profile.  It's important to research the admitted student profile to see what an admitted student looks like.

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