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    Kindly evaluate my profile and suggest

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    GPA (Comp. Science) : 3.64/4.00 (well-known US univ/ not main campus/ sister campus)
    GPA (Mech; 4 Terms) : 2.66/4.00 (well-known university in India)

    Work Exp Industrial (US): Software (will be ~1 Yr; starting May'08)
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    Recommenders' eduBG: Penn State(1), UC-Davis (1), and IIT (1)
    Publication* : IEEE (2), Springer LNCS (1), IASTED (1), ASEE (1)
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    Where I should apply for good program + fin_pack?
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    Definitely apply to GA Tech. I would think you have great chances there. I don't know about UIUC or UT Austin, but I would recommend applying there, too, along with at least 7-8 other schools depending on your research interests.

    It seems CMU, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford would be unlikely unless what you published was really brilliant.

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    I am curious but which college did you attend in India and which college do you attend now ... that is unless you want to keep it mum.

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    CalmLogic: Thnx, research interest and my papers are primiraly from info. retrieval areas.

    Ancalagon: I was in one of the IITs (but had 'negative' in interest in Mech.)


    Any advice on GRE target scores?

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    And which US school would you be in now? The IIT will certainly help a lot !!

    GRE quant should be around 800ish and verbal around 500ish is fine with AWA of 4ish !!

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    Ancalagon: Thnx! ...hmm verbal 500ish

    well somewhere in midwest snowfield .... (ssshhhhhh!!!)

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    aha. ok, I have some ideas where you are !!

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    GRE quant should be around 800ish and verbal around 500ish is fine with AWA of 4ish !!
    I couldn't agree more. That's exactly what I would have thought.

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    CalmLogic:

    Lets post an alternative question here. Since CS is primarily a quant field, we know that the quant score is given greater weightage. However, lets pause and consider this.

    Applicant A: Q800, V550, AWA:4.5
    Applicant B: Q790, V730, AWA: 6.0

    Do you think applicant B will be looked upon with greater favor all other things remaining equal?

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    Yes, definitely applicant "B" because the combined score is so much greater. So Ancalagon is making a good point, e.g. there are diminishing returns studying almost exclusively for the math section, especially since a number of departments like UNC are really pushing the importance of the verbal score, too:

    In recent years, most entering students have averaged in the 90th percentile or higher on each of the three sections. Allowances are made in interpreting the verbal test scores of applicants whose native language is not English. Although GRE Advanced Test scores are not required, applicants are encouraged to take the advanced test in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics, as appropriate.

    Graduate Admissions Requirements (UNC-CH Computer Science)

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