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  1. BabyScientist

    Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    I agree with @eevee. It's something you could mention briefly were you to get to the interview phase (interviewers are also gauging how likely you'd be to attend the school were you to be admitted), but definitely not on the application. Emphasize the academic reasons why you want to and are qualified to go there.
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    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    I suggest looking in neighborhoods like Sawtelle for UCLA housing. You can bike/bus from there, or have a short commute. Anything much further would be hell as far as traffic goes.
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    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    First, research should be the most important thing. If you can see yourself happy at Scripps, it's probably the way to go. Another thing to consider is networking opportunities. Scripps is right by UCSD, and in close proximity to UCLA, USC, and other renowned institutions. The networking/collaboration opportunities between these institutions are limitless.
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    I've finally committed...now what?

    They could be on vacation or something. I would send a follow up email. If you committed in their portal, I'm sure you're fine.
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    Most efficient post-grad

    A pre-med post-bacc program probably.
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    Provisional admission

    This is what I was getting at. Try contacting faculty with interests that align with yours. Tell them you were admitted and are very excited by their work in particular and explain how your experience would contribute to their work.
  7. BabyScientist

    Provisional admission

    Are you supposed to reach out to faculty?
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    I've finally committed...now what?

    I'm going abroad for 2 months. Gotta live life while I can!
  9. BabyScientist

    Provisional admission

    What was the offer conditional on? Often a conditional offer is just because you're still in school and they want to see that your grades don't drop suddenly, or it's conditional on funding/faculty support. The offer is conditional until these needs are met.
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    Retaking the GRE for high-level BioMed

    I have been told in the past that your GRE score won't improve much unless you do something drastically different in your studying. If you didn't study very much the first time, and this time you commit to studying hard, then you might improve. But otherwise it is unlikely to make much difference. That being said, my GRE scores were 162 Verbal, 159 Quant, 4.5 AW with an undergraduate GPA of 3.4, and I was admitted to some schools on that level. Programs don't rely heavily on GRE scores to make decisions. If your undergrad GPA was lower, then a high GRE would help. Your GPA is pretty high, and your GRE scores are well above average. I don't imagine you have anything to worry about. As far as strengthening your application, I think your numbers look good, and now you should focus on things like publications, presentations, conferences, etc. You didn't mention anything about those, so you may already have all that, but I'd advise putting your effort in there. And make sure you get really strong LORs.
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    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Totally possible that they would never respond. Some schools never send out official rejections to the people they didn't interview. If you want to have all the answers, it wouldn't hurt to call, especially considering it's a few days to the 15th. They might tell you there's still hope, or they might tell you it's unlikely. Either way, it'll make it easier to make your choice.
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    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    It's not super common, but I've heard of this happening. I'd say it's pretty unlikely you'd get in at this point though considering we're 5 days from April 15th. Good luck!
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    UCLA/USC/Other LA-area schools

    Won't be too bad if you live close enough to campus. There's a lot in that area as far as stores you may need weekly, so uber a few times a month is probably what you're looking at.
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    Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    I think the only reasons to enroll in courses would be if you didn't do very well in undergrad, or if you've been out of school for a while and need to prove you can still do academics. Not sure how to having completed prereqs comes into play, but research experience is absolutely more valuable.
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    "Let's just TALK about it..." Decision Edition

    If UCLA was your best fit, go there. As someone who's been living in LA for almost 2 years on a PhD-comparable salary, it's doable (roommates, cooking at home, etc), and still possible to have a life and do fun stuff.

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