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  1. This is great! I do want to note though, that for a lot of schools outside the top 5, accepted GPA doesn't necessarily mean enrolled GPA (which is usually lower). Understandably, the strongest candidates (usually with very high GPAs) will be admitted at a lot of programs, but are less likely to commit if it's not a UC Berkeley/Caltech/MIT etc. Thus, even schools in the lower top 10 e.g. UT Austin may see a drop between accepted GPA and enrolled GPA, as candidates who are not as strong and without as much offers are more likely to commit. In their 2017-2018 data, UT Austin's average accepted GPA was a 3.88, but had an enrolled GPA of 3.83. Source: https://gradschool.utexas.edu/admissions/where-to-begin/admissions-and-enrollment-statistics Mind you, they're not big drops to begin with at a top 10 program like UT Austin, but less competitive programs are more likely to see bigger differences between average and enrolled GPAs. What this means is, if you see an average accepted GPA that makes you hesitate to apply to a program, more often than not your chances aren't as bad as you think. Finally, people that post results + stats on Gradcafe also heavily skew towards the most competitive/highest achievers and may not fully represent the applicant pool. Still, there are some exceptions like MIT in the provided link with an average GPA that's pretty much in line with official stats.
  2. I can't help but think places like Columbia/UPenn would be great in terms of tissue engineering research. They both have strong BME programs and their proximity to medical campuses only help (from my understanding a lot of faculty are funded by NIH grants).
  3. I'll start: Undergrad Institution (approx. rank/reputation in STEM): R1 Public, US News Top 100 for National Universities (top 50 for ChemE grad schools) Major(s): Chemical Engineering Minor(s): Biological Engineering GPA in Major: 3.84/4.00 Overall GPA: 3.79/4.00 Demographics/Background: International Male, Asian GRE Scores: haven't taken; practice tests consistently 165Q Q: xxx (xx%) V: xxx (xx%) W: x.x (xx%) LOR: 1x strong (from main PI), 1x good (from summer REU), haven't decided 3rd (probably from instructor I TA'd for) Research Experience: 2.5 years materials science research in undergrad, 1 summer REU in biocatalysis Publications/Abstracts/Presentations: 5x posters (including regional & national conferences), 1x oral presentation Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2x poster prizes, year-long research fellowship & travel award from my home university, engineering scholarship Fellowships/Funding: Ineligible for everything as international 😕 Pertinent Activities or Jobs: ChemE tutor and TA'd a couple classes, Other Miscellaneous Accomplishments: N/A Anything else in your application that might matter (faculty connections, etc.): One of my recommenders did their postdoc at MIT, but I feel this holds true for a lot of recommenders Research Interests: Catalysis (either protein based e.g. biocatalysis or materials-based e.g. zeolites, porous materials) Institutions/Programs: All for PhD in ChemE Loooooong shot (UC Berkeley already discourages internationals from applying to begin with) : UC Berkeley MIT If lucky: UC Santa Barbara UMinnesota UW Madison UT Austin Northwestern Columbia UPenn Johns Hopkins Should have a reasonable shot at: Cornell CU Boulder UWashington UArkansas UVA *How I feel about my chances are based off of discussions with my advisor, as well as having seen admission stats/class profiles at programs that release them Comments:
  4. I agree with @daromi A 3.5GPA seems to be the "cutoff" for the most tippity top schools and even so, upward trajectories are very favorable and the entire application is still likely to be considered holistically. Anecdotally, I know a couple people with <3.6GPAs and no publications still get into CU Boulder's PhD program in ChemE -- your chances for CU Boulder seem to be very solid.
  5. With the looming recession it'll be good to cut down on costs. The ballpark cost difference between your two programs looks to be about $70k (Northeastern total) v.s. $160k (JHU total). Northeastern BME is no Johns Hopkins, but it's still a very well-respected program with strong industrial placement & connections. And if you later decide on pursuing further grad school through a PhD/MD, then you'll be glad you have $90k less in loans than you'd have had otherwise. I don't know what to comment in terms of coursework difficulty, but I would think that doing well at Northeastern in terms of coursework and even research perhaps will set you up very well for getting into top PhD programs in BME or solid jobs in industry.
  6. Curious as well. My uni's department (R1) has a fairly even mix of cancer biology, biofuels, catalysis, computational and modeling, materials, polymers, and even process optimization. The one thing my department does not have is electrochemistry (afaik this field is becoming more and more uncommon amongst ChemE departments). Amongst applicants, I'd wager the most popular research field would be some form of bio-engineering, whether it be in biomaterials, biocatalysis, protein engineering/therapeutics, and synthetic biology.
  7. Stats are Ok but there are much bigger questions. What are your research interests? Are you aiming for masters or PhD programs? You definitely have very reasonable odds at chemical engineering programs ranked 50-100 and I would apply to a few higher ranked ones as well. But most important thing is to figure out what you actually want to work on and that's not something people can easily recommend without you providing more info.
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