grae313 wrote:I think most of the schools on your list are large reaches, but you might be competitive at places like Merced, Riverside, and Irvine. Schools often have a ratio of domestic/international they are aiming for based on available funding so in that respect international students compete more against other international students for filling the slots for internationals, and domestic students are more in competition with other domestic students for the domestic spots. I don't think the same is said for MS students verses BS students, so ultimately you're competing against all domestic applicants. However, coming with an MS degree, they'll expect to see something for it and will likely hold you to higher standards. The fact that you haven't published is damaging but I can't really say to what extent, and your undergraduate GPA and low PGRE will still hurt you.
I think your chances at Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Santa Barbara, UIUC, and Boulder are very low and I would trade these for more safety schools ranked lower than 30. If you have the money though there's nothing wrong with giving it a shot.
WhoaNonstop wrote:I wouldn't suggest pushing back your applications another year, just apply to enough safety schools. I agree with grae though. I think you need to drop the higher ranked schools like she mentioned and add more safeties. Unfortunately there are things you can not change on your application even if you waited (such as undergraduate GPA). Since you are interested in Condensed Matter I would suggest Iowa State University...
grae313 wrote:Remember that if the money isn't a barrier, there's not penalty for applying this year and seeing how you do. You might get an offer you're excited about, and if not, you can try again next year with a better profile.
badphysicist wrote:I was told pretty much that it would be just as hard to get into Iowa State/Univ of Iowa as Boulder/Rice.
For fall admission, 2009 - 10, 15 students were accepted from 198 applicants.
InquilineKea wrote:Hm, how would the UCs be easier to get into than others? The UCs seem to be hit by larger budget cuts than most others.
WhoaNonstop wrote:badphysicist wrote:I was told pretty much that it would be just as hard to get into Iowa State/Univ of Iowa as Boulder/Rice.
I highly doubt this. I feel Iowa State is a highly underrated school and I do feel it is easier to get into in comparison to anything of it's standing.