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  1. Hello, I am sorry to be yet another annoying newbie on this site pestering members about chances. However, I've been out of school for a few years and I am wondering if I am being unrealistic about my prospects. For personal and financial reasons I do not plan to apply to any programs not in the top 10-15, and I am wondering if it is worth to spend the money for the cycle if my chances are completely slim. If anyone in comparative has experience with the last cycle or two, please share your opinion. If you can suggest ways to improve for next year please let me know. I feel that my main issue with working full time and travelling a lot is not having direct constant exposure to research in the field. I am not sure how to fix that. Programs of Interest: Comparative Programs (with Eurasia regional focus/research faculty) Type of Undergrad Institution: Large Private East Coast Research University Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics/IR double major —Undergraduate Thesis Undergrad GPA: 3.6 (cum laude) MA: Ivy League Regional Studies MA (2 years)/No GPA calculated but decent grades – Graduate Thesis GRE: V: 160, Q: 160, W: 5.5 (have been studying to improve, will retake in a month) Any Special Courses: · Math (2 semesters of Calculus, statistics, econometrics)—planning to take linear algebra in the fall (was not mandatory in undergrad). Will try to take game theory too. · Advanced Comparative Politics and History Courses both from undergrad (4) and grad (8). Languages: 2 Regionally relevant languages (at full fluency) Teaching: Teaching fellow for 4 semesters as MA student. Was a TA for courses in Political Science (comparative) and Economic History. (excellent reviews from proffs and students) Letters of Recommendation: I think should be good? BA thesis Advisor ( Tenured History/IR proff), one MA Poli Sci Proff (tenured at top 5 department), MA thesis advisor (who is no longer in academia). Research Experience: · Besides BA and MA thesis mostly archival research from undergraduate. Unfortunately no published papers in field of interest. · One summer research experience after graduate school cleaning and organizing data for a university political research lab. · Political Think tank research experience. · Couple of book reviews in academic journals. Other: Currently work in international development non-profit (3 years), same regional focus as research interest. SoP: Struggling to articulate a single focus, but am drawing on international development experience and MA research. Thank you in advance for any insight.
  2. I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelor's neuroscience. I've been doing social science research for think tanks since then, and I'd like to make a transition into a sociology PhD program. I have a good GPA (3.9) and GREs (166V, 167Q) and lots of sociological research experience. However, I don't have any letters of recommendation from sociologists (I work mostly with psychologists and economists) and didn't take any sociology courses in undergrad. I'm wondering if there are any full-time jobs I could work at (or maybe a Master's, but those are expensive) that would improve my chances of getting into a top-tier sociology PhD program for entry in Fall 2020 or Fall 2021. I know there are a lot of Research Assistant, Lab Manager, and even Predoctoral Fellow positions in psychology, economics, and other disciplines. But I haven't been able to find many for sociology per se. Any ideas?
  3. Early for 2020 applications, but I have time on my hands right now and want to get a sense of where I could apply. Have a double bachelors in Economics and Statistics from a top 50 school in the U.S. My GPA is a 3.36 overall, with major GPA's being 3.491 and 3.367 respectively for my Economics and Statistics degrees. GRE scores are 165V/167Q/5 AWA. Have been given an award for outstanding work from my stats department for developing a minor at my school, and founding a career club/organization where I created state-wide conferences. Additionally, along with years of community service in board positions, I've got 3 years of work experience at a top tier private finance firm and a senior position at a start-up doing analytics. I'd like to apply to some top tier schools for a masters program in a statistics / biostats degree (LSE, Berkley, Oxford etc.), but given my GPA and lack of research experience - I'm weary. Would taking online courses or doing outside research projects help this?
  4. Can someone tell me my chances of getting into a master's counseling program? I know it isn't crazy competitive but I'd like a current, rejected, accepted, or former counseling student to let me know the likelihood of getting in. LMK if you want school names to better help determine my fate, lol. Cumulative GPA: 3.2 Major (psychology) GPA: 3.6 GRE: (not great) Writing - 3.5 Quantitative - 146 Verbal - 150 Strong recommendation letters (3) Research Experience: Mentor at high schools and conduct research based on youth development with my various mentoring results Thanks
  5. Hi all-- first time posting here so if something is off please be patient with me :) I'm currently in the process of applying to neuroscience Ph.D. programs (hopefully with a computational neuroscience focus). I'm applying straight out of my undergrad and am absolutely terrified... I was convinced by my parents (mistake no 1) to apply to all the top tier schools in my field. Ie: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton, NYU, Cornell, MIT. I'm also applying to Boston U, Mt Sinai (aka Icahn School of Medicine) as kind-of backup schools. (Realistically I think they're the only ones I have any shot at MAYBE getting an interview.) I know everyone asks this here, but: do I actually have a realistic chance of getting in? GRE: first attempt, 169V/162Q/5.0AW. second attempt, 164V/164Q/5.0AW. GPA: 3.69 cum, 3.6 (biochem) and 3.7 (math) major GPAs at my current school, but they don't count my (two years of) transferred credits from community college. With transfer credits, 3.84 cum GPA, 3.73 (biochem) and 3.84 (math) major GPAs. Math, biochem double major. I've been doing math research for ~1.5years, in a field that has neuro applications, but haven't actually done any neuroscience research. (1 publication as 2nd author; lots of poster/conference presentations.) My college is a mid-level public university, with no neuroscience program or coursework. However, I've tried to choose my electives so that they would help a grad degree/career in neuroscience. I'm active in academic clubs on campus and have some leadership experience. I also have quite a lot of community service, if that helps. Without revealing personal details I am very "well-rounded" both on paper and irl. I have 4 solid letters of rec, and am fairly confident with my statement of purpose. I interview well, but of course I have to get invited back for an interview first... I've been in contact with some faculty from most schools. At the very least, an email back from them saying "you look like a great fit, email me again if you get an interview". I'm sorry if this is a stupid thing to ask, but I'm nervous that I'll send out 11 apps and get 11 rejections. Please let me know what you guys think! Do I need more low-level schools? Are these all too much "reach"? Or would I be better off taking some time off to work as a lab tech or RA, and then applying in a few years from now? Thanks in advance~ ~coffeeveins
  6. Hey y'all. Worried about my chances of acceptance into philosophy MA programs. As of right now, I know I am for sure applying to San Francisco State, California State Los Angeles, London School of Economics (MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy/Philosophy of the Social Sciences), Wayne State University (I'm already accepted into the AGRADE program there, so this is my backup), and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Possibly also applying to Georgia State University and Northern Illinois University (depending on if I can take the GRE in time). Here are my stats: GPA: 3.75 Philosophy GPA: 3.73 Treasurer of a political activist group on campus. Also involved in a volunteer group dedicated to teaching elementary students philosophy. No papers in conferences. Two letters of recommendation very familiar with my work and enthusiastic about writing the letters. One of the professors has friends in the faculty of a couple programs I'm applying to. Hoping that will help. No GRE scores. This may theoretically be a problem for University of Missouri St. Louis (recommended but not required), but for SFSU, Cal State LA, LSE, and WSU, they do not ask for GRE scores at all. Doing my writing sample on how to legally classify trans folk to ensure that insurance companies cannot deny them access to resources such as hormones, gender therapy, and surgical procedures without resorting to the medicalization of trans bodies. My interests are primarily in political philosophy, legal philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics. What do you think are my chances of acceptance? The dream would be to eventually work on a PhD at LSE or CUNY Graduate Center. I'm also very interested in the PhD programs at Michigan State, Penn State, University of Oregon, and DePaul. For schools like MSU, Penn State, and Oregon, is it really necessary for me to stress where I'm getting my masters at?
  7. Hey y'all. Worried about my chances of acceptance into philosophy MA programs. As of right now, I know I am for sure applying to San Francisco State, California State Los Angeles, London School of Economics (MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy/Philosophy of the Social Sciences), Wayne State University (I'm already accepted into the AGRADE program there, so this is my backup), and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Possibly also applying to Georgia State University and Northern Illinois University (depending on if I can take the GRE in time). Here are my stats: GPA: 3.75 Philosophy GPA: 3.73 Treasurer of a political activist group on campus. Also involved in a volunteer group dedicated to teaching elementary students philosophy. No papers in conferences. Two letters of recommendation very familiar with my work and enthusiastic about writing the letters. One of the professors has friends in the faculty of a couple programs I'm applying to. Hoping that will help. No GRE scores. This may theoretically be a problem for University of Missouri St. Louis (recommended but not required), but for SFSU, Cal State LA, LSE, and WSU, they do not ask for GRE scores at all. Doing my writing sample on how to legally classify trans folk to ensure that insurance companies cannot deny them access to resources such as hormones, gender therapy, and surgical procedures, without resorting to the medicalization of trans bodies. My interests are primarily in political philosophy, legal philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics. What do you think are my chances of acceptance? The dream would be to eventually work on a PhD at LSE or CUNY Graduate Center. I'm also very interested in the PhD programs at Michigan State, Penn State, University of Oregon, and DePaul. For schools like MSU, Penn State, and Oregon, is it really necessary for me to stress where I'm getting my masters at?
  8. Hi! I'm a junior at a competitive (top 10) US university studying chemistry and computer science. I'm starting to look at options in education to become a middle or high school science teacher, applying to masters programs next fall for a start term of Fall / summer 2020. I have no idea where to even start figuring out my chances at some programs (I've fallen in love with Stanford STEP program) and have no idea what makes an applicant competitive. This is where I'm at statistically: GPA 3.70 (higher in my chemistry classes, which is what I'd look for certification in) 3+ semesters of chemistry research, with results presented at international conference, looking for a publication soon Working on an independent study evaluating training of undergrads in tutoring programs and designing stronger training (looking to present results at poster sessions on campus) 3 summers of a teaching fellowship (science) at Breakthrough Collaborative. Likely to receive a very positive letter of recommendation from there. Teaching Assistant for chemistry and computer science class I'm a varsity athlete on a nationally ranked team too Haven't taken the GRE yet, but I am hopeful I can test well. I am most concerned right now with writing a meaningful and strong statement of purpose / application essays, as my writing experience is limited haha... I'm looking for a strong program with a strong alumni network to get me into science education, maybe setting my sights on a PhD eventually but definitely want to teach first. Looking for a program with strong field experience components and a solid community among the cohort / class. I have no idea where to start looking, or what the acceptance rates are like, or how many programs I should be looking at applying to next fall?
  9. I'm applying to grad schools next year and I'm going to be the first in my family to pursue a PhD so this is honestly kind of nerve wracking. The reason why I am posting here is because I have good academics but mediocre research and recs. Here's my stats: Major: ChemE (top 4 of ~25 students) GPA: 4.1/4.3 Rank: Top ~12 out of ~240 students GRE: 167V/170Q/4.5W Research No peer-reviewed publications in refereed journals. Freshman year research published in school journal Sophomore year research in new lab wasn't very good or productive Junior year research in same lab presented at an AIChE conference Working towards a publication in same lab (but I don't know whether I will be done by grad school applications) Did work study in a psychology lab sophomore year as a work-study student, nothing really came of it Recs Probably will not be great. Not sure what to do about this. Freshman year research adviser expects us to write our own recs, it usually never works out for undergrads because we don't know how to write recs Sophomore + Junior research adviser barely knows me, other than the research I've produced (which only recently started working out) Most profs only know me from class Awards Large institutional scholarships (financial aid) Two summer research grants at university Speaking prize at AIChE conference Orgs AIChE Tau Beta Pi Teaching Teaching assistant for two undergrad courses and one grad level course
  10. Hello, I would like some input on my chances for Stanford's mscs program (honors co-op). GRE: 167Q, 164V. 5.0W (low-mid nintieth percentile). Overall UGrad GPA: 3.8, degree in Math and Economics at UPenn. Lots of coursework in math and statistics. Took several master's level math classes instead of the undergrad versions. I don't have any publications, but was a research assistant for my Statistics professor for one semester. My background is predominantly pre-professional. I currently work as a trader at a large propriety trading firm. I didn't realize just how useful a computer science background could be in this industry, which is why I am applying now. My interests are in building tools to augment my trading skills. Further down the line I would like to work as a developer in order to systematize my trading strategies. Something worth mentioning: I only took one computer science class in college, got a B. I was taking a pretty big course load that semester, and my job-hunt held a higher priority in my schedule. Another thing worth mentioning: took our advanced calculus class that very semester, ended up having to withdraw. It's the only W on my transcript, but I took the same class the following semester and aced it. I appreciate your thoughts, thanks.
  11. Undergrad Institution: Top 5 Undergrad Institution, Top 5 for Statistics - USNWR Major: Statistics GPA: 3.1/4.0 cumulative, 2.97/4.0 major (No excuses, I wish I had worked harder. The students here are very smart and talented) Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male Undergrad Courses: Calculus I-II-III (B, A-, B+), Introduction to Computer Science I-II (C+, B-), Computer Systems (B-), Regression (B+), Probability (B), Time Series Data (B+), Statistical Theory I-II (B, C+), Linear Algebra (B-), Discrete Math (B), Algorithms (B) Graduate Courses: Machine Learning (B+) GRE: Q: 170V: 163 W: 4 Mathematics GRE: N/A Programs Applying: Statistics MS Research Experience: Spent both summers as a Research Assistant. Built a large scale data visualization application first summer in a CS institute. Working at a Data Science Institute for this summer. Both are a part of my university. Recommendation Letter: Two with senior researchers that I RA'd for; one from a well-known CS professor that I've taken two classes with. One from a Stat professor that I got along with and may do research with this summer. Coding Experience: R, Python, C/C++ Other experience: Software Engineering Intern for a large consulting company. Worked in their IT Department. Awards/Honors: N/A I have no clue which schools to aim for. Would love MS program recommendations.
  12. Hello Everyone, I'll be applying for the Fall 2019 admission cycle for a Masters in US for the streams of Public Policy/Public Administration/International Development/Migration Policy. Can any kind soul assess my chances of getting admission and FUNDING. Here are my details: GPA: 3.2, Honours in Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Work Experience : - 1 year in Innovations for Poverty Actions (a US based research organization) working in a project to assess the rate of financial inclusion of garments workers in the suburbs of Bangladesh. - 2 years in a up and coming internationally ranked think tank as a Senior Research Associate. - Wrote a journal article with a professor from Duke University on SDG 13. -Co-authored two G20 Policy Briefs on Forced Migration. -Currently co-authoring a paper on SDG-Fourth Industrial Revolution to be presented at SDG Conference by Columbia University. - Have organized numerous expert and academic panel discussions and written reports. Supervised interns and juniors. - Have written funding proposals with UNDP which was submitted to UAE government. GRE - not given. Core Strengths - excellent writing skills and capability Core Weakness - not a math person Whoever assesses this, thanks in advance.
  13. Hi guys! I’m applying to grad school this fall for next year (Fall 2019). Any advice is appreciated. I realize that no one can tell my chances, but I am curious about my chances based on some things. My major is currently English Literature, Language, and Criticism and my concentration is Linguistics. My school isn't heavily linguistics based and the field falls under the English department. I did discover my passion for linguistics a little late in my college career. I'm currently ending my junior year this spring and I discovered my love of linguistics in the second semester of my sophomore year. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and just received an undergraduate research fellowship for my senior year (2018-2019). Unfortunately, I won't be finished with my research project for the fellowship until Spring 2019 so I wouldn't be able to submit that as a sample. I am thinking of doing an Independent Tutorial this fall and perhaps using whatever comes of that. My top schools for a PhD in Linguistics (particularly sociolinguistics) are the University of Chicago, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, U of WA, and U of Rochester. However, I don’t think I’ve written an amazing research paper for any of my Linguistics courses that would be good enough to submit as part of an application. I also haven’t taken the GRE yet but I plan to this summer. Any thoughts on how a mediocre paper would look with a (so-far) perfect GPA for these schools?
  14. Hello! I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I've been feeling extremely anxious about my application due to my less than stellar undergrad GPA. I went to a decent public university for my undergrad and graduated with a GPA of 3.05 in... , I had a very personal, traumatic experience occur to me in college which affected my ability to perform to the best of my capacity. I also was majoring in Economics, but was not interested in the topic at all. I took a few courses in the computer/information sciences, which I ended up enjoying a lot more. Eventually I became involved with research at the Information Science School at my university during undergrad, got an internship working as a user experience research intern for a student learning mobile app, and had my independent project during my senior year published in a relatively well known journal for Human-Computer Interaction as an extended abstract. All these factors, a relatively strong GRE, and a sensitively handled personal statement that disclosed the personal issue that I was confronted with, allowed me a chance to pursue a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction at a pretty great school in the field. With a fresh start, I ultimately graduated from my master's program with a 3.89 GPA. I worked as a research assistant for the full two years, was a co-author in a publication produced by the lab I was assisting with, as well as a successful master's thesis which was also published in a respectable journal. I also interned as user experience researcher at a major social media company in the summer during my master's. Since graduating, I accepted a full-time offer as a UX researcher at a reputable video games company (think EA Games) and plan on working full time for two years. This means I'll be applying for my PhD next application cycle (Fall 2018). I retook my GRE and got a 163 V 163 Q and 4.5 AWA. Given this list, will my low UG GPA keep me from getting into a PhD program at a top tier school? (Indiana-Purdue University, Indiana University, UT Austin, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of California-Irvine, University of Washington, Northwestern University, Cornell University)
  15. Hey all, I was just looking for some candid feedback regarding my application. I am about to apply for the Environmental Health MPH program at Harvard School of Public Health. I will have almost 5 years of international work experience by the time I would enroll next fall. I worked for the Peace Corps in Africa, taught in Asia and have been doing Agriculture research in Latin America. I graduated from small liberal arts college with a degree in Political Science I received a 3.29 GPA. I took the GRE and got a 161V/ 158M/ 3 AW I know that the writing is egregious but the other two scores should be ok. I do not have a ton of full-time experience doing health-related work. I work in the agriculture sector in Peace Corps and did some health education. I did a lot of nutrition based planning regarding farm preparation. With the exception of teaching my work experience has been tangential to health which makes me somewhat nervous about admissions but I think that I pull together my Ag work nicely with Health in my personal statement. My LORs are very strong and I have advanced proficiency in two foreign languages. What are my chances at admissions for Harvard's MPH program? What do you think that I should do to increase my chances if I would reapply next year? Recap: GPA: 3.29 small lib arts GRE: 161V/158M/3AW 5 years work experience; peace corps (agriculture, Africa), teaching private school (English, Asia), research (agriculture, Latin America) program: Harvard MPH Environmental Health Thank you in advance!
  16. Hi All! I am a recent graduate (c/o 2016) interested in pursuing a Masters and/or PhD in Urban Planning in Fall 2018 (Interested in merging Public Health and Analytics - Using City/Regional data to create healthier spaces) Undergrad Major: Global Health and Environment, 3.39 GPA (3.76 major GPA) GRE: Haven't taken it yet, but I'm a decent test taker and will probably score in the upper 70s or mid/lower 80 percentile) Programs: Columbia GSAPP's MSUP (Urban Analytics), UC Berkeley, I have spent the past few months interning at public health organizations (domestic & internationally) Here are my questions: (1) Do I have a chance at getting into Columbia and/or Berkeley? Are there other graduate programs that focus on data? (2) Considering more competitive applicants with higher marks, is it possible to receive a scholarship or RA-ship funding for a graduate program with my grades? How can I become more competitive? I don't know anyone in real life who is in UP, which is why I'm here. Anything is better than nothing, so please please impart some knowledge! Thank you! **Also please do the poll above to help me be more competitive,
  17. Hello all, So, I have a tough decision to make. I have struggled to find out what I want to do as a career then I came across SLP. I researched it and learned about it from my sister, who just passed her PRAXIS for SLP. I knew this would be something I would enjoy doing. I love the idea of it, it is very interesting to me, I love working with kids, and I would like to work in a hospital or school. However, I do not have a very good GPA and I am nervous about being screwed in life if I don't end up getting into a masters program for SLP even if I reapply and don't get in because I don't want to be reapplying for years and years. My GPA is 3.04 right now entering my spring semester as a junior, it is low due to me starting out in biology and figuring out that is not for me, I also didn't have good study habits and didn't try as hard as i could have. My first semester of this junior year I did get a 3.8 GPA and took a language development and communicative disorders class and got an A in that. My current university does not offer CSD major, so I am trying to decide if i should transfer to university of Minnesota Twin-cities and further pursue this or find something else like Athletic training which I am also considering as my other choice if I choose not to go the SLP route. Also, if I did transfer it would be 4 semesters of work to graduate with a Speech language hearing sciences degree which is the same as CSD. Is it possible for me to get into a program? I am a male by the way, so I don't know how much of an advantage that gives me in the selection process because I see there are few males in the profession. I have read posts like mine where people have gotten in with low GPA's with bolstering other things like GRE and experience but I am just nervous because I feel like that is only a couple people and that doesn't mean it would happen for me. Any help or suggestions would be great!
  18. I'm trying to narrow down a list of schools to apply for but I'm having a hard time figuring out which schools are reaches and which I have a decent chance of getting into. My stats break down into SLP GPA: 3.65, Cumulative GPA 3.75, GRE I haven't taken yet but I'm assuming based on my test taking ability that I would score somewhere around 150 on both sections and around a 4 on the writing. I will have completed my undergrad program in communication sciences and disorders in 3 years and am adding another year to work on 2 minors (health promotion and adapted physical activity), I have done some observations and done a lot of volunteering, but no research. I will be applying in the Fall of 2018. I'd love some advice of schools I can realistically get into.
  19. I'm entering my second year of my MPH at a top 5 program and I’m planning to apply for PhD admission for fall 2018. My biggest worry is that my lack of research experience is going to be a glaring problem with my application. If there’s anyone out there who wouldn’t mind looking at my stats and weighing in on whether or not I have any shot at all, it’d be much appreciated! Ideally, I’d like to aim for a top 20 school and have chosen several that closely match my research interests (health communications and substance misuse) UGPA (Honours): 3.00 Post-bacc GPA (at a top 5 school): 4.00 MPH GPA (at a top 5 school): 3.84 GRE: 165 V / 155 Q / 5 AW (I'm taking this again in September in order to raise my quant score) Experience: I’ve done several internships in the areas of health communications and community health. I also spent a year working with drug users as a harm reduction worker. Starting in September, I’ll be TAing for 3 classes in the area of public health interventions and communications. Research: I completed an UG research thesis, which involved independent qualitative research and I completed a short research internship at a pharma company. I’m also starting a year long GRA position - directly related to my own research interests - in September, which will involve a lot of independent work. Do I have any shot at being accepted? Or is it worth waiting until next year and finding a full time research job after I graduate from my MPH program next May? Thanks in advance for any help!
  20. This is my profile: GPA = 3.1 (at top 5 Chem E undergrad school) GRE = 168Q/158V/5W Research = Did ~ 1 years worth research in pollution control and sustainable biofuel production LOR = 2 should be very solid (did research and took classes with professors) and 1 should be above avg SOP = showed to all 3 professors and they said it was solid will apply for unfunded thesis based MS at the following programs: GTech, U michigan, USC, (env eng) U washington, UIUC, UCLA, UCSD, U delaware (chem eng) cornell - cheme/env eng w/ focus in earth and energy systems thanks
  21. Hello world! I guess this will be relatively long, but I'm interested in getting my masters/PhD in history! Currently, I'm a sophomore student at Penn State University in the Schreyer Honors College. My goal is to get into a relatively top tier university for my master's. Specifically, I have been looking at Harvard, Columbia, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Virginia, and a few others. I decided to come here first because I don't know, really, where to start. I know, being a sophomore, I still have some time, but I'd like some input from others. Currently, I have a 3.58 GPA with a 3.825 GPA in the history major. I am also majoring in Public Relations/Advertising and minoring in English Literature. I have already completed a 30-page research paper for a 400-level course during my freshman year and received an A for the course. This upcoming semester, I will be continuing this with another 400-level course and plan to take at least 7 senior-level courses before graduation. Between my freshman and sophomore year, I worked for a hotel. However, this year, I am trying to explore more options into history-based internships. I will complete both a thesis for history and a thesis for my public relations major. At this time, I have not participated in research. I do hold a prestigious leadership position within the Honors College and will be joining my schools History Honors Society later this semester and am in two other clubs on campus. I've also gotten to know two professors extremely well and am sure, in the future, they would write me letters of recommendation. So, that's a little bit about me. I was wondering if anybody out there had any suggestions as to how I should move forward, what I should focus on, and what I can expect when starting the grad school process. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much!!
  22. Hey all, Thank you in advance for the advice. I am asking a question for my girlfriend. She is applying to MPH programs with a low GPA 3.2 and ok gre scores. 152Q and 159V. She has 5 years of international work experience peace corps, ESL teaching, research in health. What are her chances of getting into Harvard, Columbia, Hopkins, or Yale for their MPH programs??? Also, I am having trouble finding a thread for this year's MPH applicant statistics so feel free to post your stats in the comments: GPA 3.2 GRE: 152Q 159V other relevant factors:
  23. Hello, I have been awarded the Fulbright Student Award (up to $35k for first year of Master's in the US) and at the end of the week I have to send the list of universities I prefer applying to. My problem is that I don't know how competitive I am and thus how high I should aim in selecting universities. Qualifications I have obtained a BS in Computer Science from one of (if not the) best universities in my country (Romania): University of Bucharest. I have about 1.5 of work experience as a Data Scientist (at Adobe Romania, then at Bitdefender). Unfortunately I have no pure research experience, let alone publications. My stats: GPA: 3.85 (converted from 9.6/10) undergrad GRE*: ~160Q, 167+V, 5.0A (estimated from latest practice tests) TOEFL: ~110 (estimated from latest practice tests) Personal Statement Study Objectives CV / Resume Letters of Recommendation: I can provide them if someone is really interested in reading them *I haven't taken the GRE yet because at the end, I should provide the list of schools I want to my scores sent to and that is precisely why I am here — I haven't settled on the schools yet. School Selection I want to pursue a research-oriented Master's of Science program in Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Data Science. I do not have a requirement for a sub-field (NLP / CV / DM / IR). Interdisciplinary opportunities (HCI / Data Visualization / Social Computing) would be a great bonus. University preferences, in this order: CMU UW Stanford Cornell Georgia Tech These preferences are based almost exclusively on the high university rankings (taken mostly from here) and the presence of strong ML faculty. I do not want to fool myself into thinking I can get into even one of these top schools. I would be very grateful if I could get some advice / evaluation on where I stand, what my chances are and what is the approximate range of schools I am competitive for — what I should realistically aim for. Also any advice on what I am lacking / I can improve is greatly appreciated. Notes: because my application process will be partly handled by the Institute of International Education, I cannot customize my essays for each university. Also I am limited to five schools to send my application to. The scholarship is offered for pursuing a Master's Degree only. Thank you!
  24. Hi! I am someone who is reapplying to schools after not getting in the first time. Its been 2 years since I last applied. I'm wondering if I should expect to get in this time with my scores. (they have improved quite a bit in verbal) I want to start grad school more than anything right now but I really think that my scores on the GRE/ my GPA will hold me back. Tell me what you think ! GRE: (V: 152 - 56th percentile) (Q- 149) (W: 3.0) GPA: 3.67 Thanks for your help! Dani
  25. Hi all, This year I am applying for some top universities AeroAstro graduate programs : MIT, Stanford, Caltech, ... but I don't really know if I have a competitive profile. Could you guys tell me what you think? I am currently in third Bachelor year of polytechnic engineering at the Belgian Royal Military Academy. My score average for the last two years is 15/20 (last year 15.7/20) but there's only one guy in the school who's got more than 16/20, so I am very good. I am also formed in military fields : command, management, combat, sports, etc. I skipped three grades in elementary school. Haven't taken the GRE yet : assume AW 4-5, QR 165+, but not very good VR (maybe 160). TOEFL 110. Three good letters of recommendation. However, as I am only 19 and still in Bachelor, I have never done any research, internships or publications. Do you think this is going to penalize me? My Bachelor's thesis is about the WTW efficiency of electrical cars. Thank you all for your answers, Arthur
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