TakeruK wrote: Here's a blog post by an astronomy professor on physics GRE scores at a top astro school: http://mahalonottrash.blogspot.com/2014 ... fails.html
AlexisPrel wrote:TakeruK wrote: Here's a blog post by an astronomy professor on physics GRE scores at a top astro school: http://mahalonottrash.blogspot.com/2014 ... fails.html
This is a quite fascinating article. But I think it has a bias when showing the absence of correlation between PGRE scores and academic results in a simple (x,y) graph.
We are considering a sample of students that were ultimately admitted to Harvard Physics. So you can imagine that the datapoints corresponding to low PGRE scores also correspond to students with other strengths that got them admitted and also explain their academic achievements.
TakeruK wrote:It sounds like you would be an international student, based on your schooling, but please correct me if I'm wrong! For US schools, it is a lot harder for international students (I am one too!) to get into public schools because the difference between an international student's tuition and an American student's tuition is very large. However, at a private school, the cost is usually the same so it's a lot easier. For example, at a University of California school, usually only 10% of graduate students are from outside of the US. At my current private school in California, 45% of the graduate students are international.
In your first list, you have 4 public schools and 1 private school (Cornell). In the second US list, you have 2 private schools (Chicago and Rochester). If you apply to both lists, you will only have 3 out of 11 schools in the US that are private.
My recommendation would be to change the ratio so that at least half of your schools are private schools where you won't be as negatively affected by being an international student. It's also especially important to have good fit in the public schools so I would remove the ones that have the least best fit and add in some other private schools with strong Astronomy programs. For example, if your undergrad research are the topics you are interested in for graduate work, I would recommend: Caltech, Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame. These are just a few suggestions though, you should also check out some other interesting schools that fit your interests.
Note: I'm not saying any of these schools will be "easy" to get in. But for international students, it is common for people to be rejected from lower ranked public schools but accepted into higher ranked private schools.
AlexisPrel wrote:No no I understood your point, and I totally agree. By the way I think you assumed dankmemes and I are the same person.
I was just making a side comment about another point in the article.
varunchaturmutha wrote:I can make amendments to my second list of universities where I can put 4 private and 1 public. Could you suggest me some private universities with good astronomy programs?
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