Profile of Pakistani Student – UCLA Fall 2014 [Electrical Engineering]
University of California at Los Angeles had a total graduate engineering enrollment of 1,776 students for the year 2013. With a total annual tuition fee of $28,000 approximately, it is one of the expensive graduate schools in the U.S. It is ranked 16th on the top engineering schools in the U.S. and number 13 on the top Electrical Engineering programs in the U.S.
Recently one applicant from Pakistan got admission to the electrical engineering Masters program at UCLA 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 UCLA.
- UCLA (100% Tuition Waiver)
- University of Wisconsin at Madison (Full Tuition Waiver)
- UT Austin (50% waiver)
- UPenn (50% expenses covered)
- Stanford University
- Carnegie Mellon
- UC Berkeley
Graduated From UET Lahore in Electrical Engineering
Scores GRE Scores: 329 (Quantitative: 170; Verbal: 159; Analytical Writing Assessment: 5) & TOEFL: 119
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Projects 3 academic projects with an A grade in each.
Work Experience 5 years of work experience at a Multinational EDA technology leader.
Research Papers 3 international publications at renowned conferences. These publications were the main reason I got the Graduate Research Assistantship.
Letter of Recommendation 3 from professors (all PhD’s from U.S.), 1 from senior manager. My reference letters were all written by myself as my professors did not had much time. They then reviewed them and sent them to the universities.
Extracurricular activities None
Test Preparation I spent 2 months on my GRE preparation. I only used the GRE official guide by ETS and learned 800 new words from the Manhattan flash cards and Word smart.
Personal Statement I prepared the personal statement on my own and focused on my experiences and academics and connected them to my future aspirations.
Any Advice for future Pakistani applicatns? You must start the application process early – at least 5 months before the deadlines. Work on getting a few publications since they are very important for graduate studies (and financial aid) for a research based program.