D-NixRT Posted July 7, 2015 Share Posted July 7, 2015 (edited) Hello everyone! First post here, and it might be too early to start asking stuff like this, but I've been heavily discouraged from having faith in getting accepted into anywhere I apply for Fall 2016. Let me try to paint a picture of myself as a student so you guys can get a clearer idea. I have a 3.3 GPA (ouch) with a Philosophy GPA of 3.7-ish. I come from an undergraduate school (graduating this December) completely unknown in terms of philosophy placement. I go to Purdue University Calumet. I have not taken the GRE yet, and am very intimidated by it, even though I probably shouldn't be, as long as I refresh on some basic math concepts. I've taken about double the required philosophy courses needed to graduate, as well as taken more top-level courses offered than any other undergrads here in the history of the program. None of the other majors or minors were rigorous or gratifying for me. I've done several independent studies. One of them this Fall will be with the chancellor of my school who is a philosophy professor emeritus. During this Spring semester, since I will have graduated, my philosophy department really likes me and is willing to give me a section of symbolic logic to teach during my semester of down-time, so I'll have prior teaching experience by the time I'd arrive at whatever grad school I'd be admitted to. I've been a supplemental instructor, president of the philosophy club at my school, and leader of other philosophically oriented extra-curricular activities, such as informal presentations, being invited to lead philosophy events that faculty attend, etc. I've been published for work in philosophy, but in a field completely irrelevant to most schools' specializations (philosophical counseling). My dream school is University of Wisconsin - Madison's Ph.D program. Most of my interests lie in metaphysics (specifically personal identity), advanced logic, and philosophy of science. I'm also planning on applying to PhD programs at IU Bloomington, University of Washington, Bowling Green, and some other lesser known schools that are only a state away from me (REALLY wanna go somewhere in Wisconsin though). Basically, my grades are nowhere close to what the average applicant is, but I'm trying to use my experience with philosophy, the connections I've made with faculty at my school, and my personal statement as ways to outshine the grades. What I'm asking is, do I even stand a ghost of a chance applying for a Ph.D program anywhere that I mentioned? I'm trying to avoid having to get a "leverage MA" to get somewhere else, but I'm also applying to the MA program of Milwaukee. I've heard of people getting into PhD programs straight from undergrad with 3.0's and those insane stories give me only the slightest glimmer of hope. Thanks for reading the wall of text, and I'm extremely grateful for any responses I may get here. Edited July 7, 2015 by D-NixRT Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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