My chance at UCB? Or CMU/MIT

FDneo

Member
C++
May I know how many people are waitlisted last year?
You can check the record of their information session on August 3. They said there were 15 people on the waitlist last year. As for this year, more students (probably doubled) are given WL without guarantee so I guess the it's more like a buffer after WL with guarantee holders.
 

JoeYang

Member
You can check the record of their information session on August 3. They said there were 15 people on the waitlist last year. As for this year, more students (probably doubled) are given WL without guarantee so I guess the it's more like a buffer after WL with guarantee holders.
Does it mean that there has to be someone to drop the offer then people from the waitlist can have the chance? It is very close to the start of the program so I doubt if anyone would do so..
 

FDneo

Member
C++
Does it mean that there has to be someone to drop the offer then people from the waitlist can have the chance? It is very close to the start of the program so I doubt if anyone would do so..
Yes I think the cohort size is fixed according to some earlier postings.
 

Onegin

Well-Known Member
C++
Not really. Based on the UCB feedback, you have some gaps.

Believe me - it's way worse to get accepted if you're not ready. You start on a path, a very expensive path, where you get smoked interviews, barely keep up with classes, and don't really get the value of the experience. This isn't stuff you can cram for - there's too much material and not enough time.

I took an extra year to prepare after getting rejected by my top choice (and some life stuff came up, too). I wouldn't trade that for anything, even though I'm mid-career and gave up a lot to do that.

You want to be the one coming into August (or March - sup UCB?) crushing hackerrank challenges, laughing about how easy probability and sto-cal are, and overloading on extra deep learning classes because you can finish the homework challenges. In the top programs, there are a lot of students in this category. I'm definitely not, but man I would be in deep trouble had I not built even the shaky foundation I have.
 

noether-skolem

Well-Known Member
C++
To be fair, UCB does seem to require contents that other programs don't (macro, audit, corp finance - I have none of these). But I agree that it's very important to have solid foundation in programming and maths.
 

binomial-torrent

Well-Known Member
Believe me - it's way worse to get accepted if you're not ready.
This applies doubly to starting the job. The top places everyone wants to get into will not hesitate to cut you in under 6 months if you don't perform. Which is why I also recommend not over-optimizing for the interviews and instead spending some time getting used to doing things you'd do on the job. There is obviously quite some overlap but still
 

JoeYang

Member
Not really. Based on the UCB feedback, you have some gaps.

Believe me - it's way worse to get accepted if you're not ready. You start on a path, a very expensive path, where you get smoked interviews, barely keep up with classes, and don't really get the value of the experience. This isn't stuff you can cram for - there's too much material and not enough time.

I took an extra year to prepare after getting rejected by my top choice (and some life stuff came up, too). I wouldn't trade that for anything, even though I'm mid-career and gave up a lot to do that.

You want to be the one coming into August (or March - sup UCB?) crushing hackerrank challenges, laughing about how easy probability and sto-cal are, and overloading on extra deep learning classes because you can finish the homework challenges. In the top programs, there are a lot of students in this category. I'm definitely not, but man I would be in deep trouble had I not built even the shaky foundation I have.
Thank you very much for your advice. One thing I'd mention is that in my preparation list, there are no requirements for programming and machine learning. For corporate finance, I have just finished the Coursera introduction to corporate finance course. My preparation list seems quite short and I think it takes about 1 month or 2 to finish it. I am wondering what does UCB wanna see from me for an extra year, considering I am already doing full-time work for 2 years.? Or is it simply because they think I am not academically competitive enough based on my undergraduate GPA?
 

m_s

Well-Known Member
Python
Not really. Based on the UCB feedback, you have some gaps.

Believe me - it's way worse to get accepted if you're not ready. You start on a path, a very expensive path, where you get smoked interviews, barely keep up with classes, and don't really get the value of the experience. This isn't stuff you can cram for - there's too much material and not enough time.

I took an extra year to prepare after getting rejected by my top choice (and some life stuff came up, too). I wouldn't trade that for anything, even though I'm mid-career and gave up a lot to do that.

You want to be the one coming into August (or March - sup UCB?) crushing hackerrank challenges, laughing about how easy probability and sto-cal are, and overloading on extra deep learning classes because you can finish the homework challenges. In the top programs, there are a lot of students in this category. I'm definitely not, but man I would be in deep trouble had I not built even the shaky foundation I have.
always on point
 
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