reapply during first year

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Tosh
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reapply during first year

Postby Tosh » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:16 pm

I am wondering if it's normal to apply during first year grad school, hoping to get into better schools?.. maybe because your paper just got accepted and your GPA is higher after your junior year?..

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Re: reapply during first year

Postby pqortic » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:49 pm

yes you can if you think it's ethical! well some people say it's not good because first university has invested on you and... others say that you can always switch to study in a better place. you might need to take the approval of both schools. read more comments in the these topics(this question is discussed under the current grad students forum):

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2704
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2415

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grae313
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Re: reapply during first year

Postby grae313 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:45 pm

It is not at all normal and actually somewhat frowned upon unless you have some extenuating circumstances or highly compelling reasons. As pqortic said, the university makes a significant investment in you and denied your spot to someone else. Transfers happen, for instance one person in my class at Cornell left after his first year to go to Boulder, but it is not at all typical.




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