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  1. 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 writing score. I have great relationships with my supervising SPED teacher, the behavior analyst, my SPED administrator, and the school slp. Could I ask them for rec letters instead of my previous professors? I know most grad programs ask for academic references... but I was an average student at best. I did well during my undergrad practicum, but that was 3 years ago, and I haven't kept in touch with those professors. I'm 100% willing to move for school and know I'll need to cast a wide net if I want a shot at getting in. I'm not sure how to organize my SOP, but I know it has to seriously stand out. Is there anything else I can do to make myself marketable? I assume my GPA is the biggest red flag, but there's nothing I can do about it (right?) All comments, advice, and questions welcome. Has anyone else been this hopeless? TLDR: low gpa, low GRE, non-academic recs. Help?
  2. For anyone who hasn't been accepted into grad school for speech pathology, Southern University in Baton Rouge is an option. My understanding is they are accredited and accept applicants who may not be as competitive because of lower GPA and GRE scores. You can go to their website and get contact information. I've heard most people have a good chance of getting into their graduate program. They also have a later application deadline, April 15th. Good luck to everyone!
  3. tche6750

    Advice for my situation

    Hi All, I am waiting for my application results to trickle down and since I haven't heard back from any of the 11 schools I applied to (I know it's a bit early). I would like realistic input on my prospect of getting to any of the programs I applied to from helpful folks out there. (Programs in brackets) Indiana University- Bloomington (Social Psychology) University of Oregon (Social Psychology) University of Cincinnati (Clinical Psychology ) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Social Psychology) Stony Brook University (Social Psychology) University of Rutger's (Social Psychology) University of Virginia (Social Psychology) University of Alabama (Social Psychology) Binghamton University (Cognitive and Brain Sciences) University of Oklahoma (Social Psychology) University of Memphis (Experimental Psychology Program) I went to U of I, psych major, Russian minor, undergrad GPA is lowish: 3.36/4.00 GRE is also lowish at 315 (Q: 158, V: 157) English is my second language, but since I'm a citizen and undergrad education was in US, TOEFL is waivered. Took 4 graduate level courses during 3rd and 4th year. Got 2 As and 1 B+ and 1 D in that. Other psych courses are mixed bags of A+ to Bs. I have co-authored a paper with significant findings in aging, social interactions, and exercise, published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. It's basically my undergraduate thesis (awarded with departmental distinction in research excellence upon graduation) with more extensive analyses. I also have poster presentation in a world conference presented in Prague (not presented by me, but am a first-author on the poster due to contribution in conducting the study and data analyses). Currently working as a full-time clinical research coordinator at a top 15 research university/medical school. Had both clinical/non-clinical research experiences at three other labs during my undergraduate years. I try my best to be specific in the topics I want to work on in graduate school and how they are a good fit with the respective professors' interests in my statement. Some labs I applied to are more related to the fields I did research in (all cognitive neuroscience/ neuropsychiatric research), other less related. I want to shift gears to focus on topics in social-cognitive psychology in graduate school (I know it's bit of a far stretch from the fields I have research experience in). I am very self-conscious about the following shortcomings in my application: Low GPA: In particular, I had a D in graduate level "Neuroscience of Learning and Memory" in my last year in college. I had many things on my plate at the time: 1. Working on data analysis, meaningful results, and paper for distinction recognition on a topic I wasn't previously familiar with (white matter deterioration of older adults). 2. Job interviews + extensive background checks for a federal government position I passed interview for. I did not seek enough help when I struggled with the course materials. I obtained notes from classmates on those days I must leave town for interviews and matters for my background checks. I know it's not an excuse, but I felt that the classes I missed due to job matters significantly impacted my performance in the course. Since I know I'm not the smartest kid in class, I felt shouldn't have minored in Russian as that took away a lot of time and effort from my research and psych major coursework. I couldn't have managed both the minor and stellar academic record for grad school. I was very interested in Russian language and culture at the time so I persisted to complete the minor (a lot of work for a minor). I regret not having planned a focused path for psych PhD back in my undergrad years, but that's the backdrop for my dilemma. I want to move forward from those poor decisions. In my statement, I addressed my low GPA and poor grade in the psych grad level class in my senior year (very bad for grad admission, I know), and emphasized that I took two years off to polish my research skills and knowledge in the field I did poorly by working in cognitive neuroscience research full-time. I am also very concerned about the fact that none of my recommenders are from my undergrad institution. I have never met any of the professors from the labs I worked in back in U of I. I tried to contact the graduate students/ post docs I used to work closely with but all have either graduated/ switched jobs that their old university emails don't work. I have four strong recommenders and try to put four in my application (if the system let me), since most schools only ask for three. All of them are either distinguished professors or physician/professors from a psychopharmacology lab I used to work in over the summer of my junior year and the current lab I work in. However, I am very self-conscious about the fact that I couldn't find any professors to recommend me from the labs I worked in back in my undergrad years. I’ve never even seen the professors in these labs in-person, and only email-contacted a professor once to ask him to review the distinction paper on his study, so they probably don't remember me. I also avoid asking for LORs from professors I only had classes with (but no experience working on their research). Does having LORs from undergrad institution matters to the admission committee? I also try to contact every professor I want to work with. There were only a couple I did not have the time to contact before app submission (mid Sept-end of Dec was also a hectic period at work unfortunately). I received positive responses and interest on my CV from most of the professors...maybe because I didn't include my low-ish GPA and GRE scores on my CV? I know I sound like I am simply lamenting about things that can't be changed with my wall-o-text, but I'm actually here to ask for honest, constructive advice from those out there who understand the PhD admission process. Do I have much of a chance to get in any of the program I have applied for? Should I start applying for Master's program now? Should I improve my GRE to compensate for low GPA? Should I take the GRE psychology subject test? Or if you think I'm not cut for a research career, any other meaningful career advice is appreciated! I try to be as specific as possible, but feel free to ask about any relevant details. ? Gracias!
  4. Hello everyone! So, I was wondering if anyone has gotten into grad school despite having one or more C's on their undergrad record? My overall GPA is a 3.5 but unfortunately I did get some C's in my online speech courses. I cannot afford to retake these classes as I'm currently unemployed while being a volunteer with the local school district (which I'm hoping will help me experience-wise.) My GRE scores are mediocre, so I plan on retaking that as well but I just wanted to know if the fact that I have more than one C from undergrad will completely destroy my chances of getting in. I know most schools say right on their websites that C's are not acceptable. I plan on explaining in my application the reason why I have C's and why I am going to be a more successful student in grad school. I plan on applying to Northern Arizona University but does anyone also know of schools that are a bit more lenient on this?
  5. FromBricktoTemple

    Strong app with low GRE: What to expect

    Dear GradCafe, What can I expect for myself while applying for religious studies masters programs with a 4.04 GPA and associated awards, a great writing sample, a senior thesis project, superb recommendation letters, a resume that proves my involvement on campus and in the workplace, and these less than hoped for GRE scores: Verbal: 157 (75th percentile) Quant: 149 (35th percentile) Writing: 4. Here are contributing factors to these low scores: 1. my family moved so often during my childhood that I never had the opportunity to learn basic mathematics with any consistency (but, I did make A's in college algebra and trig). This quant score is a huge improvement from my first practice test, when I scored in the 9th percentile. 2. Given that I work full time during summers and breaks, and part time during the semester while maintaining high grades and staying involved on campus (particularly in the religious studies department), I have less time to study for the test. 3. I have had to retake standardized tests as young as 1st grade for earning outlier-low scores. The test anxiety is strong with this one. 4. I am poor and cannot afford to take fancy preparation classes, though I did buy the Kaplan study book, read the whole thing, and took all the associated web-based practice tests. 5. I took the test with a 101 fever from a cold. I am applying to Harvard Divinity School, Columbia, Indiana Bloomington, and University of Colorado Boulder. It would kill me if my application was thrown away for a GRE score that does NOT represent my academic abilities to any extent. My recommenders will address this in their letters. What are my chances of being accepted into these schools, or to any school? I AM retaking the test tomorrow, but am anxious to the point of debilitation. ANOTHER 205 dollars down the drain for a test I will probably do poorly on. And, to make things worse, I have been working 13 hour days for the past two weeks and am burnt out. I am currently attempting to jam math equations down my throat, but nothing is sticking. Thank you for any help, even though this is half rant.
  6. 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!
  7. My official GRE score came back as 161Q (~80%) / 153V (~59%) / 4.0 AW. I am a bit disappointed since I was consistently scoring between 166-170Q and 158-162V on my practice exams; however, I have no excuse other than the fact that I probably just did not pace myself very well during the actual test. Prior to receiving my GRE scores, I was told by professors and potential advisors at conferences that I have a very strong profile for top 10 PhD programs in my field (Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering). GPA: > 3.9 at a state university Research Experience: 3+ years. Summer research program as a high schooler, research assistant at my home university since the start of freshman year, and 3 REU/similar programs (1 international). Publications: 1 mid-author publication in a high-impact journal, 1 first-author publication in progress (to be submitted this upcoming Spring), and 1 second-author publication & 1 third-author publication in progress (both to be submitted by January/February 2017) Additionally, I have presented posters at 3 national conferences, 1 talk at an international conference, and several posters & talks from local symposiums and my summer research programs. I have also been an undergraduate TA for 2 years, and have been heavily involved in STEM outreach/mentoring activities and leadership positions in student organizations (BMES). My current list of schools includes UC Berkeley/UCSF, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Columbia, Georgia Tech, UWashington, Stanford, and Rice. I am worried because most of these programs usually report average GRE scores around at least the 90th percentile for both verbal and quantitative. I have also been told that many universities often do an initial cut of applications that fail to meet their minimum GRE scores. Do you all suggest that I include less competitive programs instead (or am I overreacting)? I do not have time to retake the GRE before my application deadlines this cycle. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
  8. marie antoinette

    Wishin Hopin Prayin

    Hi People, I have applied to GWU for Fall 2016, PhD in Epidemiology. I have a GPA of 3.85, a great essay, great LORs, 3 publications, about a year of public health research experience, an innovation fellowship, volunteer work experience and a toefl score of 110/120. Unfortunately, my GRE scores are kinda abysmal (54 percentile verbal, 40 percentile quant and 56 percentile aw). 150 & 152 / 170 in both the sections. Should I keep my hopes up?
  9. I am an international student applying for Neuroscience PhDs for next year. I just got my GRE results and was totally shocked! Now, I am wondering if I would still have a shot at a spot at one of the big schools (Stanford, UCSD, Princeton, Berkeley, Harvard, CUNY, Columbia...). This is me in keywords: Undergrads: - Mechanical Engineering (Germany, GPA: 3.7, senior thesis: 4.0, semester abroad at renown US uni) - Economics & Business (Germany, GPA: 3.0, senior thesis: 3.7) Double Master Degrees (by next fall): - Biomedical Engineering (Belgium, GPA: 3.4-3.6) - Neural Engineering (Ireland) Work experience: - 4 years of engineering in major aerospace company - Internship in Neural Engineering at renown European uni GRE (here is where the problems start...): - 160 V (86%) - 158 Q (79%) - 4.0 AW (48%) No publications Some good, some great LOR I'd be very thankful for your help! Thanks a million!
  10. I am planning on applying to clinical psych programs in the near future (either this year or next). I am currently working at a research lab as a research specialist doing clinical work/research visits. My GRE scores are 1190 and my GPA is a 3.89. What are my chances of getting into ANY clinical psych program? Ideally, I want a program with a child focus. Is it a waste of my time to apply? I have a lot of research experience, no publications yet but hopefully soon, one REALLY great recommendation and hopefully a couple more to come. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

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