surferblood (surferblood) wrote in compling,

Newcomer needing some advice

 Hi everyone,

I was glad to find this page. I'm having trouble deciding on which school to attend for undergrad. For financial reasons, I'm limited to two universities with less-than-ideal programs. But, of course, I'm planning on earning my Masters in computational linguistics after (probably at UW). Let's call the two options Schools A and B.

At A, I would double major in linguistics and computer science. The school has a good computer science program, and an awesome linguistics program. The issue is that they have very few (~2) courses directly related to computational linguistics, and do virtually no research in the area. 

At B, I would have to major in computer science and minor in linguistics, because they have a somewhat weak linguistics program (no graduate degrees and no more than 12 course offerings for undergrads). However, they have a solid computer science department, in which they offer 5-6 comp ling courses and conduct research in it. 

B has a bit more computer science requirements a bit less linguistics...offerings...than I would like. But the research and courses in comp ling is enticing. I'm sure students enter grad programs for comp ling without specific experience though, right? Not every school offers those sorts of courses at an undergrad level, so would a general linguistics and computer science background (school A) suffice? Which school would I be better off at in terms of preparation for my Masters? Would I be at any sort of disadvantage by going to either?

Also, on a different note...what kind of GPA range is typical for admission to these graduate programs? I'm guessing mid-3s? 

Thank you for any help you can give.
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