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  1. Hi GradCafe, The forum was of incredible help last year as I applied, so I am happy to give back by providing some casual application help. I expected my package to be weak so I applied to more than enough programs, but was surprised to be admitted to most of them. Feel free to ask me anything. Below are my stats: GPA: <3.1 GRE: 165/167 International, completed undergrad in a U.S. top 20 university. Work experience: 1 year Admitted: HKS, Harris, SAIS, Sanford, Michigan, Georgetown, Penn Fels, CMU...amongst others. Rejected: Goldman, SIPA
  2. I was a little disappointed with myself around a year ago when I had to start applying to grad schools. However, its not worth losing your head because you always have choices. Here is what the objective part of my application looked like- Application for the Masters program in Electrical Engineering 1) GPA: 6.79/10 (from a not very well known Indian university) 2) GRE: Q:170/170 V:158/170 AWA:3.5/6 3) IELTS: 8.5/9 4) Research experience: 3 months at a very well respected national lab, one year at an okayish lab (but really cool work), and another 3 months at another d
  3. Hi everyone, I'm a recent B.S. graduate in desperate need of advice for biostatistics graduate school; I would liked to apply this fall (2020) to PhD/ MS. I'm considering biostatistics, as opposed to statistics, because I like how it has a substantive topic (e.g. biology, genetics, public health), that I really desired from my undergrad. I liked theory, but I was disappointed without a constant substantive topic of application. I'm open to both PhD and MS, but for PhD I'm hesitant since I am unsure of whether I'll like the bio/public health area, but its the best options for my goal: research
  4. I had a low gpa in undergrad, both due to some deaths in the family and some personal issues. I ended up at a 2.98 However, I have since gotten my act together in the last two years. I also got 170/167/5.5 on my only GRE. Is it possible for me to get into a good school or does my sub-3.0 GPA pretty much rule me out from the beginning?
  5. Hello everyone, As get closer&closer to graduating from my MA, I am starting to worry about my prospects for a Ph.d and would like to hear your opinions on whether I can get into a Ph.d programme in English that is worth doing with my terrible gpa. I got my BA from a university outside USA that is not particularly well know but hugely respected country-wide with a 3.37 gpa, and continued into an MA in the same university, of which I will be graduating with an even lower 3.26. The reason why my BA gpa was not very high was that I was only successful in courses that I was really i
  6. Hey guys ! I’m currently taking prerequisites for grad school which I have been getting straight Bs in. Mostly high bs. I know that many of these programs accept higher GPAs on average and don’t know what to do. I’m not a great test taker, but everything I learn that’s applicable at my job I excel at. I work at a pediatric company as a child Development Specialist & a registered behavioral tech. I also work with SLPs providing support with speech goals & help with feeding goals as well. Will this experience help to balance out my low GPA & possibly low GRE score ? I know speech is
  7. Greetings everyone! So, I am happy to announce that I am applying for PhD Programs in English. However, there are some things that I may need help with in terms of applying. 1) I have a LOW gpa range across the board (2.55 overall, 2.6 in the last 60 units, 2.8 in the major). 2) I am not sure if I can get strong letters of recommendation from my professors, but I can still try to see if I can get some. 3) GRE Practice exam was at 143 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing. Although I have a low gpa, I KNOW what I want to pursue in terms of programs and faculty I wo
  8. Hello everyone, I would appreciate any comments, experience on how to go back to school with a really low gpa. I got my bachelors degree in kinesiology but now I don't find a way to pursue my dreams. I don't know how I got to this moment, that I didn't work enough for what I wanted. I know that I want to go back to school to improve myself but honestly I'm not smart to do hard courses like biology. Any tips to find myself in the right pathway? My dream has been always to become a doctor but I know that's not possible anymore due to my grades. Is there any chances I could go back to school to d
  9. Hey y'all, Currently a second-year student at UCLA, who has an overall GPA of 2.477 (2.965 Major GPA) and no research experience at my current institution. Do I have some hope in getting accepted to a Social Psych Ph.D. program (e.g., the UCs) in the future? To begin with, I don't know where to start, nor do I know if I have the right mentality to apply (and even handle the rigors of graduate school)... Ever since I transferred from a community college to UCLA, I became more anxious and lacked the confidence to ask for help from my peers. I'm even embarrassed to apply for research positi
  10. I am planning to apply to Stanford's Earth System Science for PhD program next year. I am an international student but, I received both my Bachelor and Master degrees from the United States. My undergrad college was a small college from Midwest but, relatively well known. I did my Master at the OSU. My GPA was below 3 during undergrad due to medical conditions I was going through. I took 2 years off after graduation and worked as lab technician for those years. I worked my butt off during Master degree and finished it with GPA 3.95. I will have four 2 peer review papers as first author and 2 e
  11. HI everyone, I am in my 3rd round of applications and i already have been rejected from my top school and waitlisted at another. I am still waiting to hear from 1 more school and still working on applying to a couple of more schools this round. I was talking to some family members who were asking why is it so hard to get accepted. I know a big part of my answer was because I have a low gpa from my bachelors degree, 2.7. I have worked really hard to raise my last 60 hours gpa to a still low 3.4 but I worked hard for it. I have retaken 2 speech courses that I initially recieved C's in and
  12. Hi all, I have a pretty low undergrad GPA of about 3.3 in communication disorders but want to get into a masters for SLP somewhere. I have yet to take the GRE but most likely won't be doing too stellar on that either. I will be taking a gap year and then applying for the Fall 2020 cohort at schools. I have a lot of experience with a lot of observation/shadowing hours, being a paraprofessional, a direct care professional, and volunteering abroad. I'm wondering if I even have a chance of getting into any schools with this low GPA? Also willing to go anywhere for grad school so if you know anywhe
  13. Hi all, I have a pretty low undergrad GPA of about 3.3 in communication disorders but want to get into a masters for SLP somewhere. I have yet to take the GRE but most likely won't be doing too stellar on that either. I will be taking a gap year and then applying for the Fall 2020 cohort at schools. I have a lot of experience with a lot of observation/shadowing hours, being a paraprofessional, a direct care professional, and volunteering abroad. I'm wondering if I even have a chance of getting into any schools with this low GPA? Also willing to go anywhere for grad school so if you know anywhe
  14. I'm an international student with 2 years of work experience and an Integrated (UG+PG) MA in Development Studies, applying to US schools for a PhD in Anthropology. I feel the weak link in my profile is my undergrad GPA and I'm not sure what to do about it. II was in an inter-disciplinary programme and had to take compulsory courses in Economics and I ended up choosing a quant-heavy minor as well, which really brought my GPA down. These courses don't matter to Anthro, I guess and schools that I'm applying to have repeatedly mentioned that it's only one aspect of the application. But it still w
  15. i have a 2.65 cgpa in accounting and finance from a top university in south asia and i am applying gor the MA management in guelph ,what are my chances of getting in.I have a 2.81 in my last two years gpa and the requirement section mentions that guelph wants b- in last two years.Their buisness school however wants a b average for MA management programme.Please guide
  16. I graduated from undergrad 10 years ago with a terrible GPA (2.3). Now, I'm looking to attend an online grad school program in Computer Science. I'm a very different person than I was 10 years ago. I have over 10 years of industry experience now and have since been promoted to staff software engineer at a reputable company. I've kept up learning by completing over 10 MOOCs. It seems like a decade of experience matters much less than my low undergrad GPA. Is it even possible to get into a grad school program? Are there any schools that weight experience more than GPA? Feels like the o
  17. Hi all - I'm an electrical engineering graduate from the Class of 2017, and will be applying to grad schools this cycle for the Fall of 2019 (M.S. program in the same discipline). Unfortunately, I'm one of those people looking to get in somewhere with a bad GPA - specifically, a sub-3.0 GPA. It's literally right around the 3.0 cutoff (2.95), but my major GPA is lower than that; it's a B- average. I took a look at my transcript, and there really isn't anything good that I can take to shed any kind of positive light on either one of my GPAs. There is no significant upward trend at any point
  18. Hey everyone. I need some tough love/advice. Here's my situation: In 2015 I finished undergrad with a cummulative 3.19 gpa. I was an slp major, and my gpa within-major was 3.70. Knowing my gpa was quite low, I decided to spend time working and gaining experience. I've spent the last 3 years working as an elementary ABA paraprofessional, nannying, volunteering at a veterans home, and volunteering at a pediatric hospital. I also took a coue ASL classes at the community college just because... My GRE scores aren't spectacular (157V, 148Q, 3W), but I'm studying now, focusing on my writin
  19. So I'm in the process of picking graduate schools to apply to and Im having a hard time of getting past the mentality of applying for the best schools in my field and seeing what happens? (Yale BBS, NYU, Northwestern, Princeton, Brown-basically all the reaches). I can stay a second year in my current postbacc fellowship and have been advised to do so if i want a shot at these schools, but as i have fee waivers and the worst they can say is no, my head is stuck on aiming high and just taking feedback this round. Wondering what some match schools would be though! Also, unsure if id have a somewh
  20. I will be applying to MSW programs soon in NYC. Does anyone know if your undergrad GPA gets factored into your graduate program GPA. For example, do they take your undergrad social work classes and factor it into your new GPA in the program or your overall GPA? Thanks.
  21. Hello all, I graduated from U of T life sci with a GPA of 2.9 (sad I know). I've applied to grad school twice and got rejected both times. I'm still waiting to hear back from my grad school application this year for Fall 2018 entry. I am wondering if I should go back to school and take more undergrad courses and repair my GPA as much as I possibly can. Any advice?? Any success stories out there of people who had low GPAs and made it to med school??
  22. Hi! I am a student at UNC Chapel Hill and only started taking SLP pre-reqs my junior year, and in the years before this I was a nursing/PA student with a low GPA. My GPA in pre-reqs is a 3.7/3.8, and my overall GPA is a 3.1. My GRE scores are alright... 159 V, 153 Q, 5.5 W. I have lots of experience working with my desired community (children) and am looking to participate in research this coming semester (I will be a senior in Fall 2018.) I am also going abroad this summer to Belize and volunteering at a clinic there. I guess what I'm wondering is.. do I have a chance anywhere? With that
  23. Hi! So the past few months for me have filled with endless stress and self doubt about applying to grad school and my future in general. I only applied to two schools because I didn't have much confidence that I would get in anywhere and didn't want to waste the money just to be rejected. I got rejected from University of Rhode Island and am currently waitlisted at LIU Post, which I'm actually shocked I even got waitlisted to be completely honest. As hopeful as I am that I'll get excepted, I know I need to be realistic. I have a 3.3 GPA, but with the way my grades are looking this semester, it
  24. Hi! So i have been super stressed during this whole application process. I only applied to 2 schools because i didn’t have much confidence i would get accepted anywhere and i didn’t want to spend a ton of money just to get rejected. I got rejected from one school and waitlisted at LIU Post. Even though I’m trying to stay hopeful about Post, i know my chances are pretty slim. I have a 3.3 GPA but the way my grades are this semester it’s probably going to be around a 3.2? Am i even being realistic about applying? My GRE scores, recs, and essay are all pretty average so i don’t even really have t
  25. Hello guys. i need some advice. I am from a small town in Cuba. I came to USA a year ago and i am thinking applying to a msw program. My gpa is not good, 2.68, i know is bad, but i have a rough live. I took the gre my verbal was accpetable 154 and my quantitative was 150, i dont know if this is enough to apply to a good program. i have good recommendation letters, work experience working with communities with needs in Cuba and i made conferences in the USA talking about Cuban social problems. I am really into a social work path, i want to help other people like me. So, any advice should be gre
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