Hello every one! It may be a little bit too early to begin talking about PhD application but I am pretty anxious and stressed about it already.
I am an international applicant applying in the coming application cycle and my GRE score is for sure my biggest weakness.
School: Top public R1 with top political science program
Subfield: American (mainly on behavior, but also a little on institution, public opinion and political psychology)
GRE: 155 V, 159 Q, AW (not yet received)
GPA: 3.71 overall with distinction and 3.86 in political science with honors
Letters of rec: 1 well-known prof who supervised my thesis and write good letters, 1 associate prof and 1 assistant prof (hopefully their letters would be good)
Research experience: RA on political communication (specifically in American politics), RA on sociology (inequality)
Other experience: One think tank internship where I had two nonacademic publications, one government internship (research on social policy), one NGO internship (policy research) and two other internships in NGOs
Probably it doesn't matter much, but I am also a "half" student athlete who have represented the school and won some awards from regional and national tournaments.
My target is to get into any of the top 25 programs but I am very concern about my below-average-GRE score, especially the verbal part, even though I am an international applicant. However, due to some time conflicts, I will not be able to retake my GRE again. Do you think that I would be competitive enough for the top 25 programs?
Does anyone know how competitive is the Stanford GSB PhD program compared to Stanford's political science program?
Thanks a lot!