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  1. Hi I'm looking at applying to Georgetown next year in the Poli Sci department, my GPA is a 3.47 and i'm taking the GRE later in the year, anyone thats been accepted, with a similar GPA, please let me know what your GRE score was. Or if anyone has any advice for me. I'm kind of freaking out, i only just found out that my GPA was that low =(
  2. Hey guys! So I am graduating from my undergraduate in a couple of months and am starting to apply to schools for a MSW. My major in undergrad is marketing but I have taken more liberal arts courses for electives than anything else. I've always known that I wanted to help people, I just didn't necessarily know how I wanted to until I took multiple psychology courses. Now, I don't have much social work experience other than some psychology, sociology, philosophy, and government classes. I also have only had an internship with Veterans Affairs and I am still a year-round intern for medical social work (started as paid but went to volunteer after a certain date). I have been active in the past (high school) in Best Buddies and have mentored freshmen as a senior in high school. I don't have much volunteer experience throughout my college years. I have transferred two times -- I started at one school, I was pretty much bullied out of it, and went to just any school to get away. From that new school, I transferred again to the school I am graduating from. The first 2 schools I didn't have amazing GPA's... first was a 3.2-3.3 and the second was a 2.5. I am going into my final term with a 3.72 GPA with a major GPA of a 3.8. Do I have a chance of getting into an MSW program? I am looking to go to either New York University, Columbia University, or Hunter College. EDIT: I would like to add that my ultimate career goal is to work at the VA Hospital as an LICSW while also having my own clinical practice (my business degree wouldn't go to waste).
  3. Hi! I'm going to be a senior undergrad and was wondering how competitive of an applicant I am to get into a (behavioral) Neuroscience PhD program. I was also wondering what I should do to improve my application. Some stats: Major: Dual- Psychology (honors) and Neuroscience Minor: Fine Arts Overall GPA: 3.6 (will rise to about 3.65 by graduation) In-Majors GPA: 3.75 Research: 3.5 years Grants: URA (undergraduate research award) GRE (not taken yet...assuming I score average) Extra Curricular Activities: Biology Tutor (1 semester), Resident Assistant (RA) (1 year) Presented at a URC (undergraduate research conference) Will also have a Senior Honors Thesis in which I will have conducted my own experiment I would really appreciate constructive criticism; anything to improve my application will help!
  4. When I was a young man I was stupid and a knucklehead, and eventually got administratively separated from the U.S. Marine Corps for insubordination. After much therapy and growing up, I've now gotten older and wiser, regret my previous stupidity, and am now in college slated to graduate with a 3.6 GPA and a Philosophy degree. I spent a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain learning Spanish to a conversational level and have several years of officer experience working in activist groups and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people of color and poor folks. And if it is of any relevance; I am a biracial, bisexual man who grew up in poverty and in a family of veterans where I saw firsthand the wonderful and lifesaving work done by social workers, therapists, and other advocates. I really want to become a social worker and help out others the way other people have helped me and my family, but I am afraid that something my stupid 19 year old self did might harm this. Would my OTH harm me in any meaningful way? I've read that social workers with their own personal histories of struggles are actually liked more in fields like substance abuse or prison work and I am wondering if this would be a negative or even a positive for me. Should I even put my Marine Corps experience in my application and work history if it is a negative? I was thinking that maybe me being a veteran would be one more thing I could have in common with our clients when I work with veterans for instance, but I want to hear from you folks first. Thank you very much for the advice in advance and have a blessed day! EDIT: And for what it's worth, I have a disabled veteran father and live in California so that means I can be the recipient of the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver program, which gives me free tuition at all California State sponsored universities. So I have much more financial freedom in trying to apply to schools like UC Berkeley or UCLA.
  5. I've decided I want to go back to school after working in the political and nonprofit sectors since 2008. I'm not looking to go to school to switch career paths, but rather to allow me to do even more in the field and expand my focus to international issues. I'm interested in MPA or MPP programs that have a global focus. Some of the programs I've looked into that I've been most drawn to are Columbia SIPA, Harvard Kennedy, and NYU Wagner. Are there other programs folks would recommend I look into? I also have no point of reference for whether those three schools are unrealistic or "reach" choices. My undergrad GPA is only a 3.3 from Portland State, and I have yet to take the GRE, but will be taking that this fall. My work experience is mostly in political campaigns. I've worked on several campaigns, ranging from local to federal races, candidate and ballot measures, and have held positions from organizer on a presidential campaign to field director on a mayoral race to finance director on a US senate campaign and campaign manager on several local races. For the past two and a half years, I was running an environmental program for a national nonprofit. I also have experience in state government and political consulting. If anyone has programs they think I should look into or thoughts on whether I'd be a good candidate for grad school, I'd appreciate any insight! It's been a stressful decision to head in this direction, but I feel I'll be able to expand my knowledge and skill set and ultimately do more good with grad school.
  6. I'm currently doing my Bachelor's (BTech. - Final year) in Biotechnology in Manipal Institute of Technology, India. I'm quite keen on applying for graduate programs later this year, colleges like UCB, UPenn, Columbia, UCSD, Cornell and also considering Yale, MIT, Stanford and the works. I will be giving my GRE exam shortly and also have completed a 2 month internships in a pharmaceutical company and a premier university (Indian Institute of Tech) in India. I will also be interning from January 2017 at the Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB, Hyderabad), another renowned lab. I had previously briefly worked on a project in college to devise a diagnostic kit and am currently working on another (in collaboration with the Department of Virus Research, Manipal). I am hopeful of publishing a paper on the latter, sometime later this year. Being from India, I'm severely lost with regards to the requirements expected from top universities as mentioned above in terms of GRE scores, GPA requirements and lab experience & LoRs in general. Given my lab experience and a 8.5 CGPA (Indian standard) without publications, am I being realistic in considering these colleges for my master's? Would working in few more well-established labs and applying next year improve my chances?
  7. I'm applying to a UCLA graduate program and am trying to figure out how to answer their GPA question. The online application for the university asks only for the last 90 units because they are only really interested in our Junior and Senior year GPAs. I just finished Junior year at my UC where I am getting my undergrad and was a transfer student from a CC. While I have been at the UC I have taken 3 classes per quarter instead of 4, for my Junior year. The reason I didn't take more is that I was also full time at a community college finishing a second AS degree in addiction studies for certification as a counselor, and this took up a lot of time because it included internships and basically every quarter I was enrolled in 3 or more classes at the community college at the same time. So if they want the last 90 units, do I need to include grades from my community college? If I am going to include grades from my community college should I just send them grades from all these addiction counseling classes I took that is separate from my major at the UC I am at, or should I send them grades from classes related to my major at the UC that are older. I have an AA in psychology and my major is psychology at the UC, if that makes sense? I don't want them to look at my record and think that I only am a part time student, I'm more than full time when you consider the concurrent enrollment. My GPA would not change if I am considering the past 90 / 60 units so I'm not worried about that, they just have this chart they want me to fill out that lists the classes. Thank you!
  8. I graduated from a top IR program in 2015, and before that was an anxiety-ridden gradcafe poster under another handle (trying to retain a little anonymity here). Scrolling through these anxious posts on a lazy Saturday morning, I want to assure that it's not as hard to get into these programs as many gradcafe posters seem to think. I had a solid GRE, mediocre GPA, decent but not exceptional work experience. I worked hard on my essays and two of my professional recommendation letter writers definitely liked me a lot (although I never saw their letters), but I was a number of years out of undergrad and the academic reference I got was from a professor in a totally unrelated field who probably barely remembered who I was. I had never had a proper IR job, had never lived in DC. It was a mixed application. But it got me into Johns Hopkins SAIS with a hefty scholarship, and a number of other top programs most of which gave me money. This is not Yale Law. You don't need a 3.96 GPA from an elite undergrad and a 98th percentile GRE/LSAT. One of my good friends at SAIS once casually referenced being happy about having cracked the 50th percentile on the math portion of the GRE. I have a number of friends that came from no-name undergrads (and of course some from Princeton, Vanderbilt, Middlebury, Boston College, Brown, etc.). If you're looking for $$$, then you probably want to pump up your GRE scores and write the best letters you possibly can. ETA: Most gradcafe-ers are probably some of the top applicants to these schools. That's why when results season comes around, you'll see lots of posts like "I can't believe I got into X school with Y dollars!"
  9. Hello everyone, I'm new to the Grad Cafe. I'm an international 3rd year undergraduate student from another country who is seeking a funded phd program in electrical/computer engineering in the US (I cannot afford colleges in the US). In my first year of college, due to some health problems my GPA ended up very poorly (1.2/4 gpa in the 1st year). However, I have fixed it later on, and raised it to 3.3 / 4 by the end of my 3rd year. And I can say that my average GPA in the last two years is 3.5+. In my school it is usually very hard to get high grades, so I am right now the best student in my class. I am going to take the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests next month. I have no research experience since I am an undergraduate student. This summer I am going to do an internship at a major and well-known electronics company. I can probably get great recommendation letters. I am worried about my GPA being low for a funded phd program and I am wondering what are my chances to get accepted. Which engineering schools could match with my profile? Is there anyone who got admitted to a phd program with a low grade, and which schools? I would be very glad to hear your own experience. Thanks in advance for taking your time and recommendations.
  10. Hi every one. I have a question and it's kinda emergency. Can you please help? I got the admission for Mcmaster university for fall 2017 master program and I accepted the offer, but the problem is that the offer is a conditional one. It states that (here is the exact sentences from the offer): This offer is conditional upon the receipt of an official transcript confirming that your Bachelor's degree has been conferred with at least a B- average in the final year (in the discipline you are entering) I assume B- is equal to 2.7/4. I understand that B- is not a high GPA but the problem is that last semester, I did not do well at all. Currently, I am studying for my final exams (for the last semester) but I'm afraid I cannot meet this condition. My professor is very interested to have me in his research group and my overall GPA is still above the minimum required to be accepted in McMaster, but I predict my final year GPA will not be so good. I am really worried about the situation. Will my offer really be rescinded if I don't meet the condition or I can do something about it? Thank you
  11. I need some advice on names of Graduate schools in the UK that offer Masters in International Development. My GPA isn't the greatest, I graduated with a 3.1 from an American university, but I've had about two years of experience in the Development field so far. Is there any chance I can get into schools in the UK with the GPA I have? If so any ideas about schools I should be aiming for? Thanks!
  12. Hi everyone, Long story short: I was extremely ill and was put in a treatment center a couple times during my undergraduate. My UC GPA is a 2.965 :'(. After graduation, I took three science classes with lab at a community college (I got 1 A+ and two B's). I want to apply to graduate school but most of them require a 3.0 GPA. My question: Am I even qualified (will the cc classes boost my GPA for the school's requirement?) Will the admission board weigh in my post-undergrad community college classes? I already have all my letter of recommendations. I was also very involved with the community and volunteering. I also worked most of my time in school (to fund for my treatment co-pay). Thank you for your help.
  13. Hey! I'm a Canadian student looking at applying to American graduate programs for school psychology. In Canada, pretty much all grad schools calculate your GPA based on your last 60 credits. I was wondering if American grad schools were that way as well? Only a few websites specify and all the ones I've seen say that they do but I guess I was wondering if that was the standard. Thanks in advance!
  14. Hi, I'm interested in applying this December for a PhD Clinical Psychology program for Fall 2018. I have a few questions regarding how to know what schools to apply to and determining what schools are schools I would be able to get into. My background: Behavioral Neuroscience major and computer science minor at Northeastern University graduating in May 2018, 3.5 overall GPA, 3.67 behavioral neuroscience GPA, and 3.75 Psychology GPA. I have 4 publications (first author of 2, one pertaining to autism research). I have done 2 six month coops working 40 hr/week in a Newborn Medicine Lab at Boston Children's Hospital and in a Pharmacology and Physiology Lab at The George Washington University, researching autism at both labs. I will be doing another six month coop at the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University, doing research on with kids with autism. I am specifically interested in autism (as seen by my background), yet at a lot of schools there aren't professors in the clinical psychology program doing autism research. I'm wondering if its absolutely necessary that I do my PhD with a professor doing autism research? Or should I only be applying to programs with professors doing autism research? Also based on my research background/gpa, how can I figure out what schools to apply to? A lot of schools don't put gpa info on their websites it seems (and I understand because its a holistic process), but how can I know where I am in the range of applying to? Thanks!
  15. Hi all I'm new to these types of forums and realize I may be skirting the "AM I COMPETITIVE" thread, but thought I'd get a feel for how things work around here. Sorry if this is the case! I'm currently beginning my MPP/MPA application process, now just browsing through programs and such. The responses by all of you to many a thread have been hugely helpful in wrapping my brain around which schools I may apply to, and which program suit me best. In short I have a few questions I would love to get some insight on (I hope this helps others out as well)... I was the classic victim of fun during undergrad, resulting in a lower than ideal GPA (2.95 or so). This has me quite worried when seeking out various programs of interest to me. Because of my GPA I feel I will overlooked more often than not...even though it is not illustrative of my as an individual post college. Following Undergrad (at a top 30 liberal arts school) I went to work on the Hill for a congressional office doing legislative work (working first as an SA as many do). Following about 2 years of work on the Hill I went into the Peace Corps, with whom I currently serving as an English Teacher in a State Department Critical Language country. I anticipate I will be work-proficient in my service country's language upon COS - I must note I did not join PC for grad. school, it was a decision I have long wanted and find to be the most rewarding experience of my life thus far. I am currently in the midst of taking both a macro and micro online course for credit through UT in order to get credit and prove my quantitative skills. I anticipate an A or A- in each of these. I will most likely be receiving letters of recommendations from a Member of Congress, as well as my Country Director for the Peace Corps. I have not taken the GRE's yet but have devoted much time to studying and feel confident going into them...hope to be in the ball park of most schools median scores. In short, I wonder if anyone has any advice or thoughts on the presence of my undergrad GPA in relation to the credible post-grad experience I have acquired in relation to MPP/MPA admittance? I seek to find out peoples honest opinions regarding my chances with top-tier programs (I do have specific thoughts on programs but would rather a more broad perspective). Any thought on schools like HKS, SIPA, McCourt, Harris, Price, Fels, Ford, Sanford, Heinz, WWS (I know that's probably gone, but no worries!), etc....I will not be applying to all of course, just painting with a wide brush the threads sake? I realize there are no yes or no answers regarding my inquiry, and it is very dependent on circumstance, but I would love to hear peoples thoughts with the little information I have provided! Thank you so much for anything you can provide, you all have been so much help already.
  16. So I will be going into my senior year this fall. I go to a state school in pa. I have yet to take my GRE but I have an embarrassing low GPA. I have a 3.135. I am going to be retaking a course in the summer time that I got a C in and I will be retaking another course I got a C in next semester. During my second year of school, I got really ill. I had/have serve health issues. In addition to having really bad personal issues. I want to get into grad school more than anything. I have a nine year old brother who uses an AAC device and is totally nonverbal. I've been involved with speech therapy since he was two. I also work at my local YMCA, I work with children who are pretty at risk and I love my job. It is my passion. I am a member of NISHLA, sign language and braill club and was in a sorority for two years. Any advice?
  17. If you ever considered going to graduate school (since you are on this forum, obviously, you did) you probably know that GPA and GRE scores are very important determinants of your chances of being accepted. However, not many universities provide data on scores of the accepted applicants. Moreover, this data is not easy to find even on aggregator-websites. The data available is either outdated or difficult to process. My project, www.FindMeAGradSchool.com is supposed to help future graduate students to assess their chances of being admitted. The database is updated in real time (actually, the moment you hit "FindMeAGradSchool!" button on the website) so you can get your probabilities of getting into graduate school based on the latest data. If you do not have your GRE scores yet you can leave the default values and assess your chances based on your GPA only. Please, let me know if you can think of ways to improve the web-site. PM me or leave a comment here. It is still under development process, but the core functionality is working. Looking forward to receive feedback from you, thegradcafe community. Daniyar.
  18. Hi to all, Having graduated from one of Turkey's reputable universities in 2010 ( BS Engineering, gpa 2.01), I began to work in sales and marketing departments of corporate companies. Now having worked 5 years full time, I decided to add an mba vision both for myself and my career. I want to ask you which way I should follow? I need your advices. -Can I apply for a grad school such a low gpa? Does it sound logical for admittance? -Should I just prefer only my country Turkey for Mba or does having an Mba from USA or UK get more to my career? -Should I decide the grad school location after the application? As you see I am really confused, I am not sure on which step I should start? Thanks for your advices,
  19. So the programs I'm applying to have the main CSU Mentor application and a separate application for the school I just need help with a few things 1) On the grad school application on CSU Mentor on page A7, section H and again on page B2 it asks for me to list all courses I am in, and all courses I plan to take. It only gives like 5 spaces to do this and says please attach additional pages if needed. This is an online application, I don't want to have to mail it in just because I need extra space. Is there a common solution to this? 2) I'm applying to grad school as a senior with a year to go, do they want me to list my courses that I'm taking for the next year? 3) For GPA on the CSU Mentor application on B 2, it asks for "estimated overall GPA" for various institutions you attended. Well does that mean your CSU transferable only GPA, or is that all classes even if they don't transfer? 4) I am a transfer student, some of the applications ask for the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter. At the time of application I will be half way through my second set of 90 units, my upper division. If I just go back exactly 90 units that puts me at half way through community college, so that is where I start counting from, really? 5) What about academic renewal, do I count classes that I applied academic renewal to? 6) Finally, on the separate application for the school, it asks for my cumulative GPA from all institutions. It gives no further direction. I emailed them and they basically restated that it's for all institutions and gave nothing further. Does that mean CSU transferable courses only, does it mean all courses ever, does it include the classes I used academic renewal for? Thank you, your help is greatly appreciated, and I wish these applications were more specific. Attached are the pages I was talking about from CSU Mentor A7 and B2, and the cumulative GPA question from one of the applications to the school itself.
  20. Hey guys, So I am a fourth year at UofT. I am thinking of applying to OISE's Masters of Higher Education (M.A. Stream), for the 2017/2018 academic year. But am not sure if I will be accepted / chances of being accepted. I will be leaving University with a 3.3-3.4CGPA (my GPA wasn't great in my second year :/) and hopefully my GPA for the last two years will be roughly 3.75-3.80. My extracurriculars include, 3 summers of E-mentoring first years for Woodsworth College 1 year of First in the family mentoring 1 year of on the hygiene education team at Toronto East General 3 years of working with UofT's accessibility service I am planning to use one professor who supervised my final year research project, and another professor whose class I did really well in. Could some of you give me advice and opinions on my chances of gaining acceptance? And maybe other activities that would strengthen my application? Thanks so much ^.^
  21. I am currently a student at a top 3 US public uni and am working toward a STEM degree and an IR degree. My IR GPA is very good (somewhere around 3.7-3.8-ish), but as you can imagine, my STEM GPA is rubbish. My overall GPA is around a 3.4. I really want to go to graduate school in Europe to study IR and international security, focusing on cybersecurity and internet governance, preferably at a place like Sciences Po or King's. My issue is that I know European schools are very strict about GPA cutoffs. I do have some classes from community college and other universities through summer programs that can back me up but I'm not completely sure if it's enough to push me over the line without doing some wonky math I'm not entirely confident in. I've had research experience and have had my work published in a journal. I've had a variety of extracurriculars related to my field and in public policy (well as far as a college student can get into public policy anyway). I did have some really insane life issues that lead to uneveness in my grades (particularly in the last 18 months, big family problems affected me deeply and pushed me into therapy for depression). But I wonder if any of this can make up for the fact that my cumulative GPA might not be over the magic 3.5 cutoff line.
  22. Hello! I feel depressed.... I'm just so worried about my application. Please help! I already applied some late-deadline (around April 1st) grad school for this fall (2017), for M.S. Here is my basic profile: Undergraduate: GPA3.076, B.S. in biology (from U of Arizona) GRE: V 141, Q 170, AW 3.0 Experience: 1 year lab tech, some related volunteer experience References: Two professors (Animal Science & Biostatistics), and my supervisor (from the lab I'm working) I applied U of Wyoming (M.S. Animal Science), U of Louisville (M.S. Biology), New Jersey Institute of Technology (M.S. Biology), Colorado State U (M.S. Animal Science), and U of Minnesota-Twin Cities (M.S. Animal Science). No papers, 2.8 major GPA, Not looking for funding... just want to get a higher education... Do you think I have a chance to get in any of those schools? Any evaluation... Any comments... Any advice will be nice!!!!! Thank you!
  23. Hi all, I have posted here before on other issues (thank you so much for all of your comments, by the way!) so some may remember me–I'm an undergrad junior in the middle of a leap from medicine to English literature. One of my chief concerns is my GPA... I'm majoring in the sciences, as it had been drilled into me by my parents–since middle school, if not earlier–that I must become a doctor. Now, however, I'm realizing all too late that medicine is not at all where my passions lie, and I would rather pursue a graduate degree in English lit. Here's the thing, though: I performed decently well in my first year, but in my second year of undergrad I got involved in a lot of extracurriculars, my science classes suddenly became much more challenging, and I suffered from my time management issues quite terribly (GPA was 2.62 in the first semester and 3.08 in the second). This was due entirely to my poor performance in courses like Calculus or Orgo or Neuroscience. Since that year, I've gotten over my time management failures and improved drastically (3.84 GPA last semester, looking to be similar this semester as well). I've spoken to some of my advisors but keep getting different input – some say since the low GPA is due to my science courses and thus won't be weighed as heavily by admission committees, others say it looks too bad nevertheless, and my chances at a top PhD program are slim. I had some hope in the beginning, for I have always done well in my English courses and rationalized the low GPA as, to some degree, irrelevant to these subjects... and I planned to also pursue an MA first, to give me more experience (since I wasn't an English major) and dilute my poor undergrad performance with my grad experience... but now after following several threads here and seeing the admission statistics, I'm losing hope completely... Students are applying with GPAs in the 3.90s and being rejected... I guess I'm just looking for some input. Would the MA really not be enough to give me a little push upward? To help counter that one awful year of undergrad? Should I just give up hope for any shot at one of the top PhD programs? I can't even express how much I regret that one year... I know this sounds incredibly melodramatic, but it truly feels like it's beginning to ruin my life (apologies for the extra long post)
  24. I‘ve got a ’W' on my transcripts (which means that I quitted the course in the mid-term), will WES convert this mark into F? I am a little bit nervous since I haven't found any official statement on WES's website.
  25. Hey all, I am looking to see how likely I am to get into the following schools with the following criteria. I feel like I am fitting in somewhere around the average requirements of most applicants at these schools, with maybe a slightly lower GPA. GPA: 3.3 from a small liberal arts school in Ohio GRE: 161 V and 159 Q with 5.0 Analytical Writing Experience: 3 campaign cycles as an intern/volunteer (since '08), 3 campaign cycles as a paid staff in field management and data analytics; 1 year in nonprofit fundraising; 3 months interning with a lobbying firm in D.C.; Only 2 years of work experience after completing my undergrad (I took a semester off to work on the 2012 Presidential campaign) and volunteered/interned throughout college on various local, state, and national races in digital and organizing related work. I am applying/have applied to the following schools: Duke Sanford (MPP), Chicago Harris (MPP), Syracuse Maxwell (MPP), UT-Austin (MPA), Georgetown McCourt (MPP), NYU Wagner (MPA), OSU John Glenn (MPA), USC Price (MPA), IU SPEA (MPA). Thanks!
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