Can I still aim for a CS major with an ACT composite score of 28 at a decent University? I'm not aiming for Ivy Leagues.

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Judith Winters Answered 5 months ago

Students should take the ACT 3 times if they have not reached their testing potential. Some colleges superscore the ACT subscores- My second comment is how do you define decent University?Here is a link to top undergraduate computer science programs -https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-computer-science/?type=private&type=publ...Northeastern U and Penn State don't look at standardized testing for international students- some of the schools are test optional!Superscoring the ACT is when you take the best section scores from multiple test dates (i.e the best English, best Math, best Reading and best Science) and recalculate a NEW composite score. While this practice of superscoring is more prevalent on the SAT, many schools superscore the ACT. Colleges that currently superscore ACT's are: Alfred College Amherst College Babson College Bard CollegeBates*Baylor UniversityBeloit....View More

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I'm currently in my junior year and I intend to major in CS. Are there any suggestions for extracurricular that can help me with my college app?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

There are many ways to improve your chances to be directly admitted into a CS major.  One way is to take extra courses during the summer or during your break. There are many free courses online. If you have the resources, it can enhance your application quite a bit by taking an extensive course on a college campus. Excellent courses are available at Carnegie Mellon, Brown University, Columbia, MIT, SUNY Stoneybrook, U Penn, U Mich and others. If you cannot afford this expense, there are many courses online that are more cost effective. Another way to enhance your application is....View More

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I'm in 11th grade now and have opted for Commerce course study in 11th and 12th grades. I'm planning to apply to the Ivy leagues for a Computer Science major. Since I'm not doing any sciences now, will that hurt my application to colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi! Most top US colleges will want you to have a minimum of two, preferably three, years of science. It may not be a problem if you have taken sciences in grades 9 and 10. Have you taken any computer science courses? I recommend to all of my students that they have a well-rounded list that includes schools beyond the Ivies. Make sure that you have schools that are targets and safeties as well. Let me know if you have any further questions! 

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I plan to major in Computer Science but have a passion for writing and theater. Can I double major and if so which schools should I look at?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 5 months ago

Hi there. I love the idea of a double major in these very different pursuits. Before giving you more detailed information, however, I have a few questions. Can you let me know if when you say "writing and theater" you are talking about screenwriting or playwriting, or do you mean one major in CS and one in EITHER writing or theater? Also, if you could give me some idea of your academics - the type of school you attend, your grades, test scores. Also, do you want a direct admit into CS (in other words, how positive are you want....View More

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How can I find out which universities are rated best for a specific academic major?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 6 months ago

My favorite place to look for best schools for a particular major is https://www.collegexpress.com/lists. You can search by major and sub-major. This list is curated by experts and goes beyond the usual Top 20 approach. There is a wealth of information on this site actually.  You will need to register first, but it's worth it! They also have great resources for summer programs, scholarships and articles on different majors and what you can do with them.If you want to buy a book, the best one to evaluate schools with particular majors is The College Finder, by Steven Antonoff. Bear in mind that one of the chief advantages of studying in the US vs. the UK or India is that you have some time to decide on your major, and to even switch your major if desired. We usually do not choose colleges based on major alone, as a result, as the typical student changes majors a few times. Bear this in mind before you choose your college solely based on the strength of a particular major. 

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I'm currently in Grade 12 and want to major in Finance or Economics. Which AP should I take and when?

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Judith Winters Answered 5 months ago

I suggest that you take the AP courses in Calculus AB or BC, AP Micro and Macro Economics, AP Statistics. You should take one or some of these courses before you graduate- The AP exams are offered in May and if you take the exams your senior year the colleges will not get the results until July, after you graduate.

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I am currently in class XII. I have a keen interest Economics and Literature. Can I take these up as a double majors and if yes, which colleges?

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Judith Winters Answered 5 months ago

Virtually every college will permit students to double major in Economics and Literature. 

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Currently I am in +2 doing Commerce with Maths in India. After +2, I would like to study in the USA. What SAT score do I need for a top business school in USA? What are the best schools and the admissions process? What type of financial aid is available? Will I get a job in USA after an MBA?

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 5 months ago

I may let others speak to some of the particulars here, but wanted to clarify a few key points: In the US, there is a marked distinction between undergraduate business programs and MBA programs. While SAT (or ACT) scores will likely be necessary in applying for an undergraduate business program, you would likely need to take either the GRE, or perhaps better, the GMAT, and have completed a four-year undergraduate degree before applying for an MBA program. Although the norms are somewhat fluid, it remains quite standard that applicants for MBA programs at top North American universities would have a....View More

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I am interested in law but I don't want to live in India. I thought of the US but it's really expensive plus I talked to my Counsellor, she doesn't suggest international students going to the US for law. I considered UK but then I'm confused regarding the employment there in the future. What should I do? Where is the best place to do law outside India.

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

Law is one of the courses that is best pursued in the country of your origin because laws are indigenous to each country. I agree with your counselor that if you want to pursue law in India, do it in India. In the US and Canada, you would have to complete an Undergrad degree before you even apply for a law degree. So that is 4 years + 3 years. Laws also vary from State to State, so you would have to take the Bar exam for the state that you want to practice in after that (assuming you get....View More

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Would you suggest applying as Undecided for competitive institutes like the Ivies, HYPMS and NSU for an Economics and PolItical Science double major?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

If you are so sure that you want to pursue these subjects, I am not sure why you would want to apply undecided. On the other hand, if you are still not sure this is the path you want to pursue, you know that you can still change your major AFTER you are in the university. The advantage of declaring your major is that it gives you the opportunity to talk about your love for the subject, how you developed your interest, what have you done so far to foster your interest, what you plan to do with the course....View More

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Is Dartmouth good for engineering/computer science as compared to Upenn?

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

Both of those schools are amazing and if you get into one or both, you'll be just fine at either!  They are quite different, however, in terms of location and culture. Always remember that it's not the school brand or name, but what YOU do at school and in life that matters.

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Hi, I’m a science student from India and opted for PCM stream but want to pursue Business Technology in Canada. I recently received the offer letters from the universities and have 2 months to get prepared for the same. I’m not sure if it would be difficult or easy for me to change the subjects. I wanted to know about the important subjects which I need to prepare for so that I don’t face any problems regarding the same. Thankyou.

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Kim Dixit Answered 4 months ago

Hi, congratulations on your offers. The offers are given keeping in mind the subjects you already have . If the offer mentions a GPA in a certain subject and you don't have that subject in your curriculum, ask the admissions team (via email) whether you can opt for a foundation course in the same when admitted. Good luck!

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I have a 91 in Maths board exam. The cutoff for CSE in University of Waterloo is a 90 in Maths. Should I risk my chance and apply there?

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Kim Dixit Answered 4 months ago

It is not a risk as you are above the required cut-off. However, the University of Waterloo will also take a look at the rest of your application, including any required essays, and only then make a decision.

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What're the best colleges for molecular biology?

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Kim Dixit Answered 4 months ago

The answer would vary from country to country and whether you are interested in a bachelor's degree or a postgraduate one. In general, some of the universities popular for their molecular biology program (including genetics) are MIT in the US, the University of Oxford, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, University of Munich, Germany, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and University of Toronto, Canada, among others.

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I'm an IBDP student in India. I applied to UCLA last year around November and was rejected. However, UCLA is my dream college and I want to study Computer Science undergrad there. I plan to take a gap year and reapply. Do UCs prefer students who're still in high school? Will UCLA accept me if I apply after taking a gap year?

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Tom O'Keefe Answered 4 months ago

Brief answer here, as I have limited time myself at the moment: I would strongly encourage you to focus on what it is you are doing with your gap year. In general, most elite schools – like UCLA – in the US are now very open to students taking gap years, but taking a gap year just to reapply to your dream college is not advisable. You need to be doing something of substance with that time, first and foremost  for yourself, but also so as to be able to tell a compelling story about why it is you decided....View More

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I have a decent CV: 35 in ACT, 90% in 11th, State Level Sports, etc. Can someone please suggest target/safety universities for economics? Most important factor for me is the financial aid.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 4 months ago

Hi there,It sounds as if you have your reach schools already. Please let me know what they are so that I can help you round out the list. Also, check out the related articles on scholarships for international students, listed on the right side of this page. I'm happy to help once I have more information! 

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I took commerce in my +2 level with Math. Can I get an admit to mid-tier Universities in CS or engineering? If yes, will there be any issues in getting visas?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 4 months ago

Yes. there will be some universities that will consider you provided you have at least have Physics and/or computers in Grade 10. However, I am puzzled by this sudden change of heart. Are you sure you are really interested in engineering/computer science? Make sure that you are not jumping into a course that is not really aligned with your talents and interests,

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How will a SAT score of 1320 be reviewed by HKU and HKUST for engineering, from an A Levels student in India, considering it just meets their minimum requirements for US applicants.

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Geetha Swamy Answered 4 months ago

Both HKU and HKUST are highly competitive. A score of 1320 is good but not exceptional. Wait for your A level scores. If they are excellent, you stand a chance of getting in.

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Hi, I chose Business Technology Management at Wilfried Laurier University, Canada. But I ended up getting Arts with Management Program. I’m not sure of it. Please help me know the job aspects, expected freshmen salary, overall program, and some particular subjects in it which would help me conquer the business world too.

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Anupama Singh Answered 4 months ago

Within the Faculty of Arts, there are many fields of study; do not be confused by the word "arts."  For example, within the Faculty of Arts, you can study math, physics, financial mathematics, data science, and much more.  When you get to the point that you're searching for a job, employers do not exclusively look at your field of study. They will also consider what courses you've taken, your drive, your ability to take initiative, your motivation for wanting that position and to work at their company, your ability to solve problems, your ability to work in a group, your....View More

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Other than UC Berkely and UC Los Angeles, what are the good UC schools for Economics and International Affairs? I was looking at a few sites, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus on what the next best UC university is.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 3 months ago

As a graduate of UC Berkeley, I can highly recommend it for both Economics and International Affairs! But I am definitely prejudiced. :-) UCLA is terrific also. You should also look at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz. All have terrific programs. There are other California schools that may fit the bill as well, such as Occidental (one of the best IR department in the nation with a semester in Washington you can do) and Claremont McKenna/Pomona. I hate to recommend Stanford to anyone, as it's near impossible to get into, but their Econ....View More

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Between the Ivy Leagues and HYPMS , which institute would you recommend for an Econ/Pol-Sci Double Major or Major/Minor combination?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 4 months ago

Hi there, these are all excellent institutions, where you will be able to double major. All have terrific departments in both Econ and Poli Sci. Are you trying to decide which institution you should apply to ED or EASC? To give you a truly meaningful answer, I need to know more about you. Feel free to email me at lisabuchwalter@gmail.com and I can answer in more depth once I know your particular strengths and desires.

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Is a double major worth it?

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Kim Dixit Answered 4 months ago

A double major in the United States indicates your academic acumen in two different (or even related) subjects. This is often considered as strong as a single major. The decision to do a single or double major will feature into the plan much later into the degree (2nd or 3rd year) so you can discern whether it is worth it at that point. But in terms of knowledge, it is always a good decision. Good luck!

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Where do I ED to for a psychology major? I’m an Indian female with an Indian citizenship going to high school in India.

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 3 months ago

Hi there, please give us more details. What sort of curriculum are you in, test scores, grade composites, extracurriculars, do you need financial aid? Are you limiting to US or also interested in the UK and Canada? Open to all areas of the country? What sort of environment would you like to be in? Happy to help once we get more details.

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If I'm applying to Uni of Michigan as a CS major then do I apply for preferred admission or not?

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Judith Winters Answered 3 months ago

These are the colleges that have preferred admissions at U Michigan . CS in engineering or LSA is not in one of these colleges.Preferred Admissions ProgramsStephen M. Ross School of Businesshttp://michiganross.umich.edu/programs/bba/application-requirementsSchool of Informationhttps://www.si.umich.edu/programs/bachelor-science-information/how-apply/high-school-studentsSchool of Pharmacy https://pharmacy.umich.edu/pharmd/preferred-admission-programs/u-m-lsaSchool of EducationFirst Year Students: http://soe.umich.edu/teacher-education-preferred-admit/Taubman College of Architecture and Urban PlanningFirst Year Students: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/architecture/admissions/apply/bachelor-science-preferred-admissionhttps://umich.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/163/~/preferred-admission-information-and-deadlines

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Is it true that after getting a major in entrepreneurship from universities abroad there is less chance for you to get a good job as compared to other business majors?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 2 months ago

Hi there, I really do not think this is true. Entrepreneurship is highly valued in corporations as well as in helping you with your own startups and businesses. Corporations like the employee who will go above and beyond what is required and who thinks of the future and what can be accomplished. I would not hesitate to do a major in entrepreneurship. More and more unis are actually creating entrepreneurship majors, which is a testament to their value, and others such as Duke are investing heavily in their entrepreneurship centers connected with the business school.

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Will applying in some less competitive course such as industrial engineering in a reputed university like Georgia Tech or Purdue increase my chances of getting an admit? Or will I be considered as an overall applicant for engineering?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 days ago

There are no shortcuts. Be honest in your application and apply to what you want. You'll likely be considered first for engineering as an overall applicant. If you then get admitted, you could be admitted to a major you don't want and then be stuck there since you tried to take a shortcut just to get in. Just be honest as it'll be better for you in the end.

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Should Math be compulsorily opted in classes 11 and 12 if I want to apply to T20 colleges in the USA? What can I do if I didn’t take Math? Will a high SAT Math 2 subject score help?

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Anupama Singh Answered 2 months ago

Math is important and you should take as much math as possible in school.  You should also have SAT (or ACT) math scores that show your ability.  Before you take SAT math subject test, check to see if the schools you're applying to require it.  Many schools do not require the SAT subject test so it's important to check to see if you really need to take it.  However, having a strong math test score is not going to replace taking math classes in school.  Having math classes in school is the most important.

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What opportunities does an honors program have over a regular one?

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Judith Winters Answered 12 days ago

Honors Colleges or programs offer the following advantages-Class Size: Many of the classes will be specifically part of the honors program. These classes tend to be smaller, and more intensive. This allows more time with professors and other students that may help you truly master the material being presented. This experience gives you some of the benefits of being in a liberal arts school or private college with the lower tuition costs of a university.Class Structure: In college honors programs, often there is more discussion and debate than lecture. This means that you will read assigned material before class. This....View More

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Does it make sense to choose your 2nd Major option as CE if your 1st option is CS? Or is it given that if I don't get CS, I probably won't get CE too?

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Anupama Singh Answered 22 days ago

It depends on the specific school you're applying to, but in general these two fields of study are closely related and are often coupled together.  With that being said, you'd be better off as a general rule applying to something else, but again, it's school specific.

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Can I switch majors after enrolling? Like if the major just didn't suit me?

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Anupama Singh Answered 16 days ago

Generally changing your major in the US is easy, but it can depend on the school you go to and if you were admitted to a major or not.  Universities handle this differently in the US so it's important to check with the schools you're applying to.  Some will admit to a general area, like general engineering, and then you choose your specific branch later.  It can be hard to get into impacted majors like engineering if you weren't admitted from the beginning; but, changing from engineering to a less competitive major is easy.  Thus, it can depend on which....View More

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