I decided to go to the University of Southern California because USC ranks amongst the top 20 universities for computer science and was one of my dream universities. I had a CGPA of 9.56, a GRE score of 320 and a TOEFL score of 110. I did use the consultancy offered by IDP which was very useful. Prepare well in advance for applying to universities. Get your resume star-studded with hackathons and research papers. Cgpa and GRE scores are not the only factor for admits, SOP and LORs play a huge role, so do give it time for documentation and revisions. Lastly don’t apply to all ambitious universities. Apply to a mix of ambitious, moderate and safe unis based on your profile. All the very best!
Keshika Tank, MS in Computer Science in USA
I finalized to go for Worcester Polytechnic Institute as it is ranked among the top 10 universities for robotics. I had a CGPA of 8.75, a GRE score of 315 and an IELTS band of 7.5. I did not opt for any consultancy. Research about the course before applying. It would be easier if you pick a country first and then apply instead of applying to multiple countries as that’s just going to create more confusion.
Anagha Ramaswamy, MS in Robotics in USA
I decided to go to Darmstadt University. My decision was based on the Course structure. The course has one year of internship included in it, making it a smoother transition to a job. I had a CGPA of 9.25, a GRE score of 319 and an IELTS band of 8. I did everything on my own. No consultancy was required. Always do your research, just don't believe anyone's words and remember Course is the king. If u like the course then finalize it don't compromise bcoz of the Universiy brand.
Jatin Karthik, MS in Automation in Germany
I decided to go to the Vanderbilt University because of curriculum, ranking and batch size. I had a CGPA of 8.76, and a TOEFL score of 101. I did use the consultancy, it was helpful keeping in mind the first time we are applying. Be organized, build ur resume before time, and apply early to the universities. Apply to a mix of ambitious, moderate and safe unis based on your profile. All the very best!
Anubha, MS in Data Science in USA
From the list of my admits, I choose Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. It's one of the top universities for computer sciences as well as robotics. The course structure and the learning opportunities that this university provides are brilliant. My focus is towards ML, data science and CV, which are all covered in the courses provided by the ECE MS program, along with the liberty to choose from courses of other schools as well. When it comes to covering the tuition fees, there are RA/TA opportunities on campus that will help cover up my tuition expenses and more. I was offered admission in the Spring semester. The only disadvantage of a spring admit is a restriction on applying for internships. However, the Ms Ece program offers an internship in the curriculum and makes you eligible to apply for internships. I had a CGPA of 8.95, a GRE score of 318 and a TOEFL score of 108. Cgpa and GRE scores do matter, but not as much as your statement of purpose. SOP is the core of your application. Make sure you present all your achievements with a humble brag. Remember the humble to the brag.
Akshara Khare, MS in ECE in USA
I decided to go to Johns Hopkins University. My decision was based on the Research opportunities, resources, job prospects post-graduation, great faculty, well-established, small class size, counseling, cheapest option. I had a CGPA of 8.6, a GRE score of 327 and a TOEFL score of 116. I did everything on my own. No consultancy was required. Don't rush your applications, plan ahead so you don't stress out at the last minute, get as many people to read and give you input on your SOP, don't lie, be yourself, be passionate/genuine or people who view your application will see right through it, be clear and concise, gpa and test scores aren't everything.
Maanasa, MS in Public Health in USA
I am going to Columbia University as it is one of the top-ranked universities for CS. I had a CGPA of 9.04, a GRE score of 322 and a TOEFL score of 115. I did take the help of yocket consultancy services for my applications. It was really helpful. Start early. Be consistent, and research about your University properly.
Rishav Agarwal, MS in CS in USA
I decided to go to the University of Edinburgh as its world rank is 20 and is one of the best Universities in Europe and the world. I had a CGPA of 8.5, a GRE score of 320 and an IELTS band of 7.5. I did not opt for any consultancy. Just make sure to start early and you can do the process without a consultancy.
Rohit Mandavkar, MSc. Sustainable Energy Systems in United Kingdom
I am going to attend the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The factors I kept in mind while making the decision were Labs, faculty and course structure. I had a CGPA of 8.72, a GRE score of 322 and a TOEFL score of 112. I did not use any consultancy for my applications. My advice would be don't delay and start as early as possible.
Daksh M. Padshala, MS EE VLSI in USA
I am going to University of Southern California. I really liked the coursework available at the university and also it ranks amongst top 20 universities in USA for engineering. The career fairs are amazing and also the faculty there is extremely knowledgeable. I had a CGPA of 9.38, a GRE score of 313 and a TOEFL score of 111. I did take help from Magoosh in university shortlisting and GRE preparation; it helped me to a great extent, but self research matters equally. Do not decide a university based upon just ranking; there are several factors like the coursework for your particular field, job opportunities, location, your study abroad budget. Prioritize the factors affecting your interests. Also the admission criteria depends on several factors like your SOP, Gre and Toefl score, your academics, your extracurriculars etc; so while applying make sure you divide the universities into various categories such as safe, moderate and ambitious and then apply. If help from a consultancy is needed take it; but do your own research as well.
Ankita Ghorui, MS in Computer Engineering in USA
I decided to go to the Northeastern University because I loved its coursework. I had a CGPA of 7.92, a GRE score of 300 and an IELTS band of 7.5. I did take consultancy from GREedge, it was quite useful in my case. My advice to you would be to focus on CGPA and projects. They matter a lott. All the best!
Mukul Rawat, MS in ECE in USA
I got admits from various top universities such as CMU, NYU, UMCP. I am yet to finalize the university. I had a CGPA of 8.5, a GRE score of 318 and an IELTS band of 7.5. I did not use any consultancy for my applications. If you have any queries feel free to contact me personally.