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  1. Honest Opinions

    So, I am looking for honest opinions from people who may have been accepted/rejected/wait listed in the past. My stats are as follows: 3.82 overall, 3.6 major. 152 V 149 Q 4.0 AW. I have some unique circumstances as well, I entered the program as a true college freshman, so I am only 1.5 yrs out of high school (class of 2016). I will be graduating in the spring from a well known University, and plan on applying to the following schools: Auburn, Missouri State, Memphis, Texas Tech, Lamar, and Nebraska-Lincoln. Can anyone tell me if, based on my stats, I have a shot at getting in anywhere or if there are any that seem like a reach? Thanks a ton!
  2. MPH Admissions

    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:
  3. Hello I graduated in a low rank university with 3/4 GPA however, I am finishing my master's degree in the best university of a foreign country (universally known better) (My MSc university is a well-known one. around 400 in QS ranking, though locally the best one). My stats are as following: B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering GPA: 3/4 M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering GPA: 4/4 TOEFL iBT: 100/120 note: It is expired. I am taking a new one in 2 weeks. hope to score higher. GRE: Q: 162 V: 147 W:3.5 Publication: 2 peer-reviewed journals (published but not first author) 1 being reviewed at the moment (first author) 1 or 2 are being prepared but not sure if they make the application 8 conference presentations (6 first author) I am looking for the schools for PhD in biomedical engineering with full funding. What is the range of ranking that I definitely have a chance? and which range should I try? Should I contact the PIs or just apply directly to the school. I have contacted one from a good university and he said that the routine is that I have to apply and after first year the PIs will support the students.
  4. Cornell CIPA 2018

    I'm starting this thread to connect with other applicants to Cornell CIPA 2018.
  5. In my last 60 hours in my Finance degree (I'm a second BA), I had a 3.5 GPA. My overall is a 3.1. My major gpa is 3.6. Anyone know what schools only look at your 60 hours? It would really help my chances. My GPA isnt that great compared to the 4.0's here, but I'm still hoping I can manage to get in somewhere. I'm studying hard to get a high GRE score. I'm bilingual and I hear some schools value that. I interned at a Speech Clinic, and have worked with children before but I feel like I need to do more to beef up my resume. What else can I do before applications to REALLY impress the grad schools? Any advice would be helpful! Thank you
  6. GRE

    Ok what is actually a competitive score to get into the top speech pathology schools like Vanderbilt and Washington? I know they look at other factors, but is this a huge weed out factor?
  7. Hey guys, I was offered a place at the University of Bath to do my masters in Microbiology. The only problem is that I can't really afford the cost of paying as an international student. I was looking online and mostly found scholarships for 3rd world country students. So I was wondering if anyone knew of any scholarships that US students can apply to. Thanks!
  8. MFA application opened up this month!!! Who's ready for 2018 freak-out forum?
  9. SOS

    I recently completed a summer language emersion program at Middlebury College. I did horrible. I had a 2.33 GPA for the summer. I had a medical condition that I was being treated for that made me miss part of the program and I was being treated for it while I was in school. I am applying for grad school in international affairs this fall. I graduated college in 2013 and these are the most recent grades that I have. How will grad schools view these grades since they were completed after my degree GPA? Is this a death sentence to a good program? My undergraduate GPA was a 3.3 and I am doing well on my GRE practice tests.
  10. Hello. Today I took the GRE Test for the first time and got 152 on Verbal and 163 on Quant. I am an international student if it means something. I am entering the Senior Year of Chemical Engineering at a Mid-Tier state US college. However, in my junior year I found my growing interest in CS, took a couple of CS courses and decided to do MS in Computer Science. My GPA is 3.43 right now, I have worked for a year in the Chemistry Lab, had an internship this summer in an oil company and also volunteered for installation of solar panels in a low-income community. Also, I am learning Java, C+ and Android App development and want to get some basic projects done by the end of the semester. What are my chances of getting into schools like NYU, UChicago and others in the same tier? I am talking about colleges that have a specific program for students with no CS background. Thank you, any comments would be appreciated.
  11. GRE question

    Hello everyone, I recently took a diagnostic GRE practice test and scored a 156 on verbal and 154 on quant. I was wondering what the likely hood of getting above a 165 on both sections would be. Have any of you been able to increase your score more than 10 points per section? I will be taking the GRE on October 7th. Thank you
  12. I am trying to gauge admissions outcomes for the upcoming admissions cycle for MA programs in international development and affairs. If you could, please include the following information in your response: GPA: GRE (Verbal/Math/Writing) Applied: Accepted: Rejected: Waitlist: description of relevant work experience and other factors: Thank you!
  13. I'm taking the GRE for the first time in a few days, and I would really like it if anyone could help critique my essays. I have no idea where my essay scores lie on the GRE scale from 0-6, so if anyone has any advice or comments, please let me know! I would really like to improve as much as I can in the next few days, if possible. Anything is appreciated! Prompt 1 (Issue Task): The best leaders are those who encourage feedback from the people whom they lead. Essay 1: Leaders throughout history have all lead in their own way. Some do their best on their own, while others create the best solutions with their people by their side. Regardless, understanding the minds of citizens around you is a key aspect to governing. If you stand as a leader, it is important to encourage feedback from people around you. This will not only allow the people to feel involved in decision-making, but it will also provide different perspectives. Having more than one idea on an issue can lead to better governing in that it will give the leader a look from multiple angles. If a leader were to decide how to resolve all issues alone, it may be more difficult for the leader to succeed by reducing the likelihood of a problem being solved in the best way. Encouraging others to give their opinions on an issue will also create stronger future leaders. Great leaders should be able to share their wisdom and power with others while holding the ability to maintain a firm leadership on their own. If a powerful person is in charge and asks those around him to use their minds to help resolve an issue at hand, the people will grow in intelligence and confidence as a whole. Although having opinions of others can prove to be beneficial a lot of the time, there are also times where it is appropriate for a difficult decision to be made alone. Sometimes having different viewpoints from many people can make a decision more challenging. Hearing what others have to say can add bias to a solution, and sometimes the direction that the majority votes towards may not always be the best. If a leader is leaning toward one side, but the people are leaning toward the other, this may negatively impact the leader's decision. It is important to note that if someone is in charge, they are in charge for a reason, and the people must be able to trust their leader's judgement. Some of the world's best leaders lead alongside with their people. It is important to be wit others. Prompt 2 (Argument Task): The following was presented as part of a business plan by Apex Corporation. "To answer the increased demand for artisan coffee, Apex Corporation is releasing a new line of coffee, "Gourmet Select." Apex Corporation will first introduce the coffee into major supermarkets, where it hopes word-of-mouth advertising will sustain sales. After a few months Apex Corp. will run an advertising campaign aimed at television and radio while simultaneously releasing the brand to several major chain restaurants. Based on this strategy, Apex Corporation hopes to make "Gourmet Select" one of the top sellers in the coffee market." Essay 2: Many companies attempt and fail at making a new product a success, and oftentimes, it is the business plan that is responsible. Apex Corporation's business plan is weak and flawed in several ways. Firstly, an increased demand for artisan coffee will not necessarily be solved by introducing "Gourmet Select," a new line of coffee. Buyers may not want a new product but rather, more of an original product. Gourmet Select may not bring the same taste or be of the same quality as those products that consumers are already used to. Releasing a new line of coffee does not mean that the demand for artisan coffee will be met. Furthermore, the next step in Apex Corporation's business plan is a poor step because sustaining sales can require more than simply word-of-mouth advertising. Introducing Gourmet Select to major supermarkets may help sales increase a little, but there's no telling how much it will help sales. Relying on customers to spread the word of a new line of coffee is at the very least naive. If customers dislike the new coffee product, they may advertise the product negatively. Many factors of the new coffee line such as quality, taste, and smell must all be stellar for Apex Corporation to be confident in selling their coffee through word-of-mouth, but there is no way to know this through the presented business plan. Finally, advertising on the television, on the radio, and through major chain restaurants may increase sales, but it does not guarantee that Gourmet Select will become one of the top sellers in the coffee market. The product itself must prove to be of top quality in every aspect to make its way to the top of the coffee market, but this business plan mentions nothing of the product's quality. This argument should include reviews on Gourmet Select in order to predict how it will sell in the public market. Due to a number of flaws and weak assumptions, it can be concluded that this business plan will fail. Apex Corporation should review and improve each step in this strategy for a chance to make Gourmet Select a success.
  14. Donald Trump Scandal

    Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider: I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and worked 20+ hours per week. White, gay, male Tell me what you think.
  15. Hello everyone, I am unapologetically paranoid about graduate school admissions. My undergraduate grades fluctuated quite a bit. I attended a community college for two years receiving a 3.4 GPA. I then transferred to a top 75 liberal arts college where I received a 3.2 GPA. My total undergraduate GPA works out to be a 3.3 which is not very good for more competitive programs in international development/public policy. I was hoping that I could get your feelings on my chances at admissions at Columbia SIPA and John's Hopkins SIAS. Other things to consider. I served in the Peace Corps in Africa for two years Taught in Asia for 1.5 years. Conducting research in Central America from July 2017-July 2018 I won and declined a Fulbright ETA grant. In total, I will have 4.5 years of international work experience before my program begins. My brother is a current undergraduate student at Hopkins and is researching at SIAS. I think that I will have rock solid letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors. I completed three internships during my undergrad and work 20+ hours per week. Tell me what you think.
  16. I am a final year undergrad EE student from India, I have keen interest in BME and have worked on building wearable sensors. In your opinion, Which grad schools around the world are pushing the envelope of research in the area of wearable diagnostic sensors?
  17. Hi everyone. I should preface my situation and aspirations with the fact that I realize the following is most likely a pipe dream. That being said, I have been feeling this way for some time and willing to do whatever it takes to change my current situation. Anyway, here it goes... I am in my late 20s and I'm currently a humanities teacher living in Massachusetts. I moved here for my wife's job (which is unique). I love living in this area, however, my career has come to a breaking point. I am no longer happy teaching to middle/high schoolers. I've been teaching for 5+ years and, by standard metrics, I would consider myself a successful teacher. As many of you know, being successful at something does not necessarily have a direct correlation to satisfaction or happiness. I have taken a few Math courses (calc) in undergrad but received low grades in these classes due to lack of effort. I graduated undergrad with a BA in English and grad school with an MA in Education. I am interested in a career within the math field now, but I am completely lost how I could pursue it at this point. Is it at all possible to pursue an advanced degree in Mathematics at this point. Where would I even start? How could I obtain the necessary prerequisites to have a chance? Would you recommend taking classes at a local CC to fulfill some of these requirements? I know research experience is also a key component. Is there any way to have an experience in research? As always, time and money are restraints in this equation. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
  18. SUNY New Paltz

    So for the MAT social studies program at SUNY New Paltz the application deadline was may 15. I submitted mine may 12. I'm wondering if anyone in this program or the grad school in general has any idea how long it takes to hear back from them? Whether it be the alert that they've processed your app or results. Any insight would help lol I'm mildly freaking this is my top choice. It hasn't even been a week and I'm obsessively checking my email all day.
  19. Hi everyone! I am new here so serious help will be greatly appreciated. I am graduating next year with my Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and I was wondering what is the next best step for me to do. I am determined to get into grad school but I've heard that, for applied math, you have the option to either take a master's or go directly to getting a PhD. My ultimate goal is to get a PhD but getting a master's was what I was expecting to get first. Either way, I just wanted to know what most of you suggest I take: master's or directly get into PhD program? Also, what is the best school that offers a great graduate programs on Applied Math? As of right now, I don't have a specific concentration so a general best school will be fine. Thank you in advance, everyone!!! Have a great day!
  20. Embarrassing low GPA

    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?
  21. Implications of DSW vs PhD

    Hello all, this is my first post, so please forgive any errors or faux pas I may commit. I was considering going back to school for a doctoral degree in Social Work. I have several years experience in clinical social work, so the idea of a DSW appealed to me. However, I am concerned about the implications of choosing this degree over a PhD. Has anyone seen or heard anything about how a DSW degree is accepted/received in the real world? Thanks in advance, Alison
  22. Hi everyone! I have to decide between joining ANU or University of Melbourne for my Masters degree. I might not receive any scholarship, in which case I will have to manage tuition fees by working part-time. So, considering both ANU & UoM have high tuition fees; firstly is it possible to earn enough to pay the fees? [I will have paid the tuition fees for the 1st semester before I get enrolled] In ANU, I will be studying in Crawford School of Policy (Public Policy: Climate Change Major); in UoM, I am joining the Urban Planning program. Now, apart from the choices between the programs and universities; where (Canberra or Melbourne) will I be able to earn enough to pay my tuition fees (or at least a large proportion of it). Thanks in advance!
  23. For those of you who are currently enrolled or have completed a PhD in math/stats/biostats how was your time split up during your first year between: Coursework Teaching Research Other(?) I know not every program is the same and that some students may have teaching duties waived so I am just trying to get a general sense of what to expect.
  24. I am incredibly excited to announce that I received my first acceptance offer to Boston University for their MAT program Anyway, I was on the forum trying to find other people who were accepted to schools and excited about it but all of the forums that were about acceptance were also about rejections. I felt bad about posting how happy I was when their post all seemed like they were stressed so I decided to create my own chain where all who have been accepted and are excited about it can shout it from the rooftops meaning post about it in here. Applied: UNCW, CCU, BU, GWU Waiting: UNCW, CCU, GWU Accepted: BU
  25. I am looking for any advice! I have recently been accepted to several mid-tier MPP programs with some, but it is not a substantial amount of funding. I would need to borrow about 30k in loans. Just today though Urbana-Champaign offered me a full ride to their Agricultural and Applied Economics Master's program. I also just received a contracted position at an NGO as a communications consultant. I don't know which option is best for me. I am interested in working for international organizations in a research/ managerial role, though I am starting to really like policy and program communications. Below are some of my concerns about the UIUC program and grad school in general: I am not interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the future I want to work in an international organization or large nonprofit in a policy/research related role. I think I can be a research analyst, but I'm definitely more interested in the policy/ operation side of projects. I would like to do less econ research and more applied research on how to improve public projects (in the country or abroad). I am not entirely sure what field I want to work in within policy, but most of my experience this far has been working in Africa I am not really interested in agriculture I don't have a strong research background. I have a BA in econ, but since graduating, most of my roles have been in policy research and communications related to international development I am unsure of the job prospects with a UIUC degree if I want to work in DC or abroad compared to the MPP degree at American University or UCSD I am scared of the jobs prospects under a Trump presidency Any advice?