Factors in CSE Admission Decisions

Here are some points to keep in mind about the CSE admissions process:

  1. Our goal is to have as complete a picture as we can of your activities, experiences, and academic performance.

  2. In evaluating transcripts, we look not only at your grades, but at how many courses you have taken each quarter; circumstances, such as employment or activities, that may limit the number and types of courses taken, and the difficulty of each quarter as a whole (insofar as we have access to that information). For example, do you take balanced yet challenging course loads? Are you pursuing honors courses? Negative elements might include a pattern of repeating classes, multiple dropped, withdrawn, or S/NS courses, or selecting schedules with overlapping content.

  3. We look for breadth in prerequisite coursework as well as in general education classes. For instance, courses in English and Speech Communication can be important to our majors. Many of our upper-division courses demand presentation skills and an ability to communicate among team members. Also, your choice of courses gives us a glimpse of what interests you.

  4. Your personal statement is an opportunity for the committee to learn more about what is important to you and why computer science/engineering is of interest.