djh101 wrote:30th percentile as in top 30% (>70%)?
Sats wrote:Well, I did get a C in 2nd Semester EM, which is upper division. That's my only one, and I've gotten A's in QM and Nuc/Particle.
At UA, we rate upper division by anything more than 200 level. Since I'm unsure what you mean, I'll post my 'upper division' by different criteria. Admissionprof, do you know under what circumstances I could get into a 30's school? I appreciate your help!
GPA Upper division:
Level => GPA
(200+) => 3.18
(300+) => 3.27
How much will my C affect my chances?
admissionprof wrote:No, top 70%. Yes, schools in the 40-60 range will take people with those scores. They just don't post on this site very often. Naturally, one needs proportionately higher grades and better letters if the score is near the bottom of the range.
Sats wrote:It seems my fate rests on my GRE/PGRE scores...
All my research has been done on physics programs in general, I'm not really sure of any decent-ish programs in my reach for HE/QFT. Also I hope that them seeing a single physics C will show them that it was a bad professor-student match than a lack of comprehension :/.
I've also been considering Canada. The only ones that come up are Toronto and McGill, but both seem kinda reach for me. What do you guys think?
Sats wrote:Seems they're pretty selective, unless I get straight A's in my physics courses, I'd not get to A- (3.5~). Well, at least I know now. Thanks for the help TakeruK and all.
Seems like Canada's a stretch for me.
Man, finding out what's within reach is really frustrating. Should I even bother contacting Canadian universities or should I just look for less selective programs?
TakeruK wrote:Why not give it a try? Also there are more than just these 3 top schools.
As I said above, Canadian grades are different (well each country seems to have their own grading scale). Another way to look at it is if you think you are in the top 1/4th of your class, then I think it's worth applying to UBC et al.
TakeruK wrote:Universities outside of Quebec mainly use English as their only language of instruction. New Brunswick is the only bilingual province and their schools might offer both? Not sure.
In Quebec, most Universities are francophone, except for McGill, it is an English language institution. Montreal (where McGill is based) is a unique place in Quebec, because while the rest of Quebec is primarily francophone (in fact, French is the only official language of Quebec), Montreal is a diverse mix of English, French and other languages.
I would say that if you are English-only, you'll totally fit in at McGill--as it's an English school, everything is in English and most students come from English speaking places. If you have a spouse that would like to work in Canada though, it might be tough to find work in Montreal and Quebec if he/she does not speak French.
Sats wrote:That's very interesting. I'm semi-fluent in french, so I was just wondering haha.
Does the location of your undergraduate degree make any difference to graduate universities? I'm finishing up at Arizona, so I'm unsure if that's a detriment in any way.
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