Decent PGRE, mediocre grades, average research

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walczyk
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Decent PGRE, mediocre grades, average research

Postby walczyk » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:52 am

I've posted a lot recently here regarding my SoP, but now that I sent them away, I am worried about my chances getting into to most schools. A lot of them are top 20, and I don't know if I will interest them to get an offer. My numbers: 3.31 gpa, 3.5 in major, 960 pgre, similar for regular gre. I took two graduate classes at UConn last year and got a 3.5gpa. I did research for two years under my advisor, but I never published anything. My name was on an abstract for a presentation he and grad students went and did for the APS, but that really isn't a publication. The schools I applied to are Columbia, UMaryland, Penn State, Stony Brook, Brown, Dartmouth, and UConn. I might apply to Drexel if my chances aren't really good for most of these other schools. What do you guys think?

photonic
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Re: Decent PGRE, mediocre grades, average research

Postby photonic » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:41 am

The drexel deadline was January 1st for physics. There might be some other schools you can still apply to but I imagine most of the deadlines have passed. I would use gradschoolshopper.com to double check for deadlines.

walczyk
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Re: Decent PGRE, mediocre grades, average research

Postby walczyk » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:47 am

Ah well, last year they let me apply really late (I chose not to finish the application), so I could ask but I am not that interested in it. I wish I knew my chances overall.

photonic
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Re: Decent PGRE, mediocre grades, average research

Postby photonic » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:37 am

Ah well, last year they let me apply really late (I chose not to finish the application), so I could ask but I am not that interested in it. I wish I knew my chances overall.


No one really knows their chances. Look up some statistics and whats been posted here (or on gradcafe.com). Best advice I can give is sit tight and maybe throw out another application if you still can to calm your nerves. Also, start meeting the deadlines, that helps in making a good impression.

walczyk
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Re: Decent PGRE, mediocre grades, average research

Postby walczyk » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:05 am

It's hard, being an oddball case.




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