What are your thoughts on my overall situation?

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What are your thoughts on my overall situation?

Postby dnbaker » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:37 am

I turned 18 this September, and I'm a senior at Ball State University, graduating in May.

This past year, I maintained a 3.96 GPA over 43 hours of classes, along with a Honors Research Fellowship (Molecular Electronics) last year, a chemistry research program, and a Senior Honors Project. I presented my Fellowship Research at a research conference in Indianapolis.

I will graduate with an honors diploma wth Majors in Physics and Pre-Med with minors in French and Mathematics, and maybe Chemistry, if I can fit in Biochemistry independent study.

GRE General: 640 or 650 Verbal (Can't remember), 800 Quantitative. Took computerized so don't know Analytical yet, but I felt very good about it.

I'm an eagle scout, graduated from High School at age 15 and will graduate from College 3 years after that time, and I am an excellent pianist.

I just got my physics GRE score, 750, 68%. How good/bad is that?

The other thing is that I didn't really shape up until a year ago, and my cumulative GPA is 3.58 now and will be able to be brought up to 3.66 before I graduate.

How will this all look?

The Schools I've applied to are:

HST MEMP through Harvard SEAS
UPenn Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Stanford Bioengineering
Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Biophysics and Computational Biology)
Boston University

I turned in all applications last Monday- 11/26/07, which was 3-7 weeks early for all programs. I hear that it's better for you to be early.

I have some safe schools with later deadlines if I am rejected from all of the above.

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Postby twistor » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:38 pm

Ball state has a physics program I am interested in. How would you rate your school, dnbaker? I'm curious if it's worth applying to, even as a safety...

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Postby quizivex » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:43 pm

why were you in college so early? it may look good for you that you've done all this at such a young age, and that'd be a plus to grad schools... however, since your GPA and GRE are far below perfect, it may look like you've rushed things.

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