pqortic wrote:applying without grades of core courses (E&M, QM ...) in your transcript is just waste of time. besides, with a low grades you will hard time competing with many other applicants with high GPAs. the schools that you are going to apply receive many applications so make sure to add some lower rank schools to your list.
pqortic wrote:applying without grades of core courses (E&M, QM ...) in your transcript is just waste of time.
midwestphysics wrote:I think you can be waiting to finish up at most one or two core classes, but not having really any of them leaves a lot to be desired. Those are the hard classes, so they like to see how you fared. So missing E&M, QM, Thermo, etc is problematic. Do you have at least classical mechanics and modern physics complete? Most schools list their expected preparation, in the AIP reports, as modern physics, classical mechanics, quantum, E&M, and many times thermo. You can usually get away with missing one, well, maybe not at top 10's, but say you didn't get thermo in at all that can be fixed easily in the first grad semester.
So even if I got an excellent grade for pGRE, it would not balance out 2.9 gpa and I would have no chance at all, you say. Probably I will take more than 30 credits for the next two semesters and I'll have 3.0+ gpa already, so do you recommend to wait and hit the 2012 fall applications (after I graduate)? As far as I know, most schools do not accept applicants in the spring season, so this means If I dig the 2012 fall applications and got an acception I have to wait for a whole year 'til I attend the school in fall 2013 (=
Or, I simply take a shot in the next fall. Are you certain that 3.0 gpa is a strong line? Because I've heard of people getting accepted to the schools like Pittsburgh with some strong recommendations, research stuff etc. even though they have below 3.0 gpa..
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