NewEmpiric Posted September 17, 2010 Share Posted September 17, 2010 (edited) Everyone I talk to seems to give the following advice: Apply to a few top programs, a few mid-tier programs, and a few "sure things." The problem is, "top" and "sure thing" will be different for everyone. I've tried to get some advice on this from professors, but no one seems to have a good sense of what will be competitive where. So, I want to see if any of you have some advice. My Stats: Undergrad GPA: 2.9 (Ivy League physics program. I'm switching to cognitive neuroscience). Post-Baccalaureate GPA: 3.9 Psychology GPA: 4.0 GRE: 1420 (660 V, 760 Q) Age: 30 (not sure if this is relevant) Publications: 1 journal paper, submitted (network modeling paper, first author) 1 journal paper, in prep (EEG/ERP, first author) 1 paper to be presented at a symposium (net modeling, first author) 1 poster presentation, accepted (reaction time, cognitive control, second author) I'm optimistic that I'll be competitive somewhere. However, when I tell people where I'm planning to apply (mostly top 30 programs), I still get the "well, you should apply to some backup programs too." Admittedly, I haven't been forthcoming with everyone about my stats, but the point should be clear: I don't know where I should be aiming. I want to be realistic. Can anyone offer insight? Edited September 17, 2010 by NewEmpiric Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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