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    Well I know many people are going to think that I am a asshole, but who cares. First, I am just an average student. 1100 on Gre and a 3.47 GPA. Luckily I have gotten a grant and done some research to make me competitive for PhD Programs. I love this forum and have been on here for over a year now and I have found something that really bugs me. It really bugs me when someone makes a topic asking if they have a good chance of getting into grad school. I click on it and they are like.. I have a 1500 on the GRE and a 3.89 and 2 years of research and 5 presentations and 2 publications. Sometimes I think these people just get on here to hear nice things about themselves. If you don't know that you are going to be competitive for grad school, you should not be applying. All these people are asking these questions as I sit here with a 1100 and a 3.47. I should be the one asking people for advice not these people with near perfect grades and research experience. That is just my venting on the forums. I know some of you might jump on my back but i mean if you have a near perfect score on everything, why should i comment on how well you think you will do. Okay, I guess i am done.
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    With only 4 publications? Not likely. You'd need at least a 1591 to make up for that.
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    In this same vein, I get annoyed when advised to focus on fit more than location of the school. The program could be absolutely perfect for me, but if my family and I are miserable in the town we are living in, that is going to affect my chances of success. I was able to find enough programs that address the fit question within the areas I would want to live.
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    I find all of the "What are my chances?" posts confounding. I just want to say, "Dude--almost all of us are applicants, too. How would we know what your chances are?" All we can do is virtually hold a poster's hand, say s/he is special when we've really got no idea, and speculate wildly. At the same time, I get it. Because we're all freaked out (see below). As far as the people with stellar grades: look, they get stressed, too. I know it sucks, because we're all comparing ourselves to one another. But everyone here has something or other to be justifiably anxious about, whether s/he had a 4.0 or a 2.0. I will say that we're all shooting in the dark, and it is nice to know that other people are obsessing as much (or more! ha!) than I am about this. Very few of my friends and none of my family members "get" what this process entails (my sister thinks that applying to PhD programs in English is no different--in any way at all--from applying to business school, and gets pissy when I tell her otherwise). So I appreciate being able to hang around this forum with all of my comrades-in-applications.
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    You didn't say anything about your analytical writing score. Is it under 6? Then you definitely won't get in.
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    People in academia have pretty big egos. This is just the beginning I myself have a 1590 GRE, 3.98 GPA, 9 years research experience, and only 4 first author publications. I'm really worried, especially about my GRE score, do you think I'll get in?
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    I think above a 3.5 is a good GPA in graduate school. Really, anything that keeps you progressing with your research and doesn't jeopardize your funding. Or whatever your advisor says is needed.
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    Honors Program?

    +1 to everything Pamphilia said. I completed two honors programs in my undergrad (one for liberal arts, one for the university in general), and EVERYTHING I did for those programs helped rather than hurt me. The extra research opportunities are a major bonus to any grad school application, and honors undergrads often have opportunities to do things like mock colloquia that really help you get a feel for what grad school/the field is really all about. But more importantly than how the honors program will look on an application, if you really want to do English studies for the rest of your life, you should WANT to take the harder classes, do the extra projects, and whatever else is required for the honors program. Grad school is grueling even when you love your work, and there's no way to succeed in academia if you do what you need to get to the next step, but nothing more. Getting into grad school or getting a job--either way, the adcom/search committees are looking for applicants who did as much work as they possibly could, doing side projects and extra research and all that jazz. It's not a matter of having an "honors" on your diploma or a particular gpa, it's a matter of trying to do as much grad school type stuff before you actually get to grad school. And, of course, there's no reason that doing an honors program means you will get a lower gpa. It just means more work to get the good grades--and what's wrong with that? Like Pamphilia, I'm not trying to be mean (I really hope I don't sound mean), I'm just trying to be honest. Good luck with everything!
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    Not sure how it is for other programs but Neuroscience grad apps are not exactly very difficult or time-consuming. - GRE: alright, study some vocab for a week or two - SoP: write a two page essay, modify a paragraph or two for each school - LoR: send your SoP to three profs and they do the rest... - applications: fill out a few forms online - send your transcripts. Seems pretty simple to me. I started and completed most of my apps within a few hours. The hard part is the waiting, which doesn't exactly require any effort. Sounds like you guys need to chill

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