I would like to apply to a graduate school with a strong department in Electrical Engineering, but my GPA isn't very high, around 3.5. From the statistics and forums I've browsed online, the average GPA for an application into somewhere like MIT/Stanford (which I'd like to apply) is around a 3.9
This is disheartening, but I am wondering if the undergraduate institution is taken into account. I currently am attending a top 30 university, so most likely (although I have no outside university experience) the curriculum is more rigorous. Is my low GPA not that low?