okokokok Posted August 13, 2010 Share Posted August 13, 2010 I just graduated summa cum laude from a really, really mediocre state school (like, 65% acceptance rate, no PhD program in history, etc.). I just started working my applications for 2011 and I'm worried that it's just totally impractical for me to even spend the $1,000 applying? Here are some stats: Overall GPA: 3.8 History GPA: 3.8 LOR: Hopefully really great - two were all offered to me before I even asked. However, the professors are both relatively unknown. They publish, but not much. Writing Sample: I'm working on revising a paper (my school, for more reference, does not even have an "Honors Thesis" option, so this is all I've got...). I have a professor working with me through the revision - hopefully it will be relatively decent in the end. Personal Statement: I'm also working REALLY HARD on this and two former professors have offered to read it when I'm done drafting - I will probably give it to a third. GRE: I'm registered for mid October and SCARED TO DEATH that I will end up with like, an 800... -- I am worried that, because my undergrad school was kind of crappy and unknown, my GPA and letters (or even my whole application) won't be taken seriously? Does this make sense? Have any of you hailed from similar undergrad schools and received acceptance into (funded) PhD programs? I'm not really set on a top 10 or even 20 programs - I want a school that is a good, comfortable fit. Here's what I have on my list: History PhDs (top choices) -- University of South Carolina Temple University University of California at Santa Barbara CUNY Graduate School and University Center University of Pennsylvania University of Delaware University of Minnesota Other MAs (all programs related to my interests, but it would be real hard for me to find funding...) -- University of Maryland College Park William & Mary University of Texas at Austin New York University University College London Griffith University What do you think? Feel free to be TOTALLY HONEST! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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