I didn't think you were complaining. =)... I too made a similar statement somewhere in this thread. I simply regretted not applying to some schools. I applied to UCLA (and UIUC) which might not have been the best fit, but UPenn was and I didn't apply.djh101 wrote:Thank you very much. It certainly is an excellent school (technically, though, almost all of the professors working in the field are part of the electrical engineering department) and I'm quite happy with my acceptances, but I can't help but wonder what other schools are out there that I might have gotten into. I started out browsing primarily in the mountain and west coast states and pretty much stopped looking after that since I already had a decent size list. To be honest, I don't even think MIT was that great of a fit for me and applied mostly because my girlfriend talked me into it.PathIntegrals92 wrote:I shouldn't be complaining because I have two acceptances so far. However, I just wish the schools who are pretty sure they are going to reject me would just do so. I have yet to hear from 5/7.
I remember you mentioned in my post a while back that you were interested in quantum information/quantum computing. USC seems like a fantastic school for that despite it having a low US ranking. Congrats on your acceptances.djh101 wrote:Looking back on things, I probably should have applied to at least one or two in-between schools. I didn't apply anywhere between Washington (U.S. News rank 22) and Oregon (U.S. News rank 54). Still waiting on Boulder and Washington, but so far I've been rejected to all the top-tier schools and accepted to all the bottom-tier.
Really, I'm just curious and don't mean to complain. I am quite thankful for getting into the schools that I did.
I don't think it's a bad thing that they are mostly in EE because you'll pick up a lot of valuable skills applicable to the industry ( if you want that). For the schools I did apply to , I purposefully looked for prof's with students who get good industry offers. Most of profs I am interested in have joint appointments. I definitely do not want to go into academia, but who knows if I'll change my mind.