rgwen Posted May 16, 2014 Share Posted May 16, 2014 I've spent a couple of days browsing here and am aware of the stigma associated with the 'what are my chances?' postings so I really am aiming here to avoid doing that. With that said, I'm gearing up to start the research process for a possible English PhD program come 2016 and would like to be pointed in the right direction. I have a basic understanding of the process and am aware of the immense weight that is put on fit, statement of purpose, your writing sample, and being the right candidate at the right time. With that said, I'll provide some basic insight to my academic and professional record: Undergrad - Top 25, private, small liberal arts (I feel like I should just say what it is, but everyone seems to hide this?) BA, English 2009 (3.4) BS, Electrical Engineering 2010 (3.0) *I was one of two students in the last ten years at my college to take advantage of a weird state law that allows students seeking a professional degree (in my case, engineering) to receive a second bachelors with an additional two years study (I took enough additional classes throughout to do it in one additional year). I guess it's some initiative to help create more well rounded STEM graduates. Anyway, it was a cool program and I got to walk twice even if it did hurt my GPA. Graduate - Flagship program of fairly non-competitive large private school. Entire program done abroad over 18 months living in five countries and traveling to 55+ while studying in a 14 person cohort. Global MBA (3.4) Professional - I am currently an Active Duty Army Infantry Officer. At the time of application I will be a Captain with just over 4 years experience. My goal is to get into a PhD program and transition from active duty to the National Guard of whichever state the program I matriculate into is in. This would mean one weekend a month and two weeks out of the summer service, but I would also reach the rank of Major during the course of the program. Ultimately, I'd hope to teach at a small college while maintaining this small role in the service. Assumptions (I know these are garbage) - GRE - somewhere in the 95+ percentile based on SAT and GMAT performance LOR - 1 undergrad professor, 1 graduate professor, and 1 Colonel or above in my chain of command SOP and writing sample - Should be fairly stellar considering the timeframe I have to complete them Questions - With this profile, what weight should I put on pursuing top, mid, and lower tier schools? What ranges might my reach, fit, and safeties be? After running the gambit with schools thus far in my life I have a pretty sound understanding of what makes a top, mid, and lower and I'm confident I know which is which. Am I crazy to even be looking at websites and programs for Brown, Duke, Hopkins, Chicago etc? Am I a better candidate in mids such as BU? Are the mid tiers actually my reach? I'm in the Army after all so I'm used to hearing things pretty straight forward so certainly don't be afraid to tell me how it is as this is clearly more valuable anyway. Any advice in this area or just tips for starting out in general is greatly appreciated and if there is missing information here please let me know and I'll reply as quickly as possible (though I'm heading into the woods tomorrow until the 22nd so there might be some delay on my part). Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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