Profile of Pakistani PhD Student – Virginia Tech Fall 2013 [Electrical & Computer Engineering]
Virginia Tech had a total graduate engineering enrollment of 1,941 Full time & 337 Part time students for the year 2013. With a total annual tuition fee of $21,000 approximately, it is one of the relatively cheaper graduate schools in the U.S. It is ranked 24th on the top engineering schools in the U.S. and number 19 on the top Electrical & Computer Engineering programs in the U.S.
Recently one of my GRE students from Pakistan got admission to the computer & electrical engineering PhD. program at Virginia tech on graduate research assistantship – which is paying all of his expenses. He has decided to share with us his professional profile so that other students may benefit from it.
Please note that this profile will only help you gauge where you stand but is by no means a confirmation of getting in Virginia Tech.
- Virginia Tech(100% Tuition Waiver + Monthly Stipden)
- University of Buffalo
- University of Pennsylvania
Graduated From MSc. UET Lahore – Computer Engineering, BSc. UET Lahore – Electrical Engineering
Scores GRE Scores: 312 (Quantitative: 161; Verbal: 151 & TOEFL: 102
SEE ALSO: Things to Know About GRE Score!
Projects 3 academic projects with an A grade in each.
Work Experience 4 years of work experience at Mentor Graphics (Embedded Software Division) with some contributions to open source projects like GDB.
Research Papers None
Letter of Recommendation 2 from professors, 1 from senior manager.
Extracurricular activities None
Test Preparation I spent 1.5 months on my GRE preparation.
Personal Statement I spent 1.5 month finalizing my personal. In my essay I emphasized more on my work experience.
Why Virginia Tech? Well, the reason is pretty obvious i.e. Virginia Tech. offered me a teaching assistantship that paid my full tuition fee. I applied to only three universities in fall 2012 so that I could get a better understanding of admission process. My actual plan was to apply for Fulbright scholarship in 2013. By mere luck I got into VT and I decided not to take a chance and went ahead with the available option. I contacted a lot of professors in the U.S. asking them for tuition support and I got it from Virginia Tech.