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A- in Quantum 1 for GRAD school application.

  1. Dec 19, 2013 #1
    So I took quantum I using Griffith's and I only got an A- 3.7 out of 4. Will that look bad on my grad school application considering I'm competing with people who got A in quantum. I plan on getting into a PHD program and getting a Stipend. My overall GPA is like a 3.78.
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  3. Dec 19, 2013 #2
    Yeah, you should probably give up on life. Getting a A- is a terrible disaster!!

    \end sarcasm

    It's not a big deal.
  4. Dec 19, 2013 #3
    Seriously? I think you'll be okay :rolleyes:
  5. Dec 19, 2013 #4
    I know it sounds silly but it's my first non A in a core required physics class.
  6. Dec 19, 2013 #5


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    I got an A+ in general relativity, my chances of grad school are ruined because I didn't get an A++ so I sympathize with you.
  7. Dec 19, 2013 #6
    Even if it were a big deal (which it is not), there really is no point in worrying. You cannot change it.
  8. Dec 19, 2013 #7


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    I'd also advise you, that PhysicsGRE's profiles are often over-inflated since people with lower stats that are not applying to T1 schools are less likely to post.

    You're certain fine, especially if you have research experience, a strong SOP, and recommendations.
  9. Dec 19, 2013 #8

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    First, the answer is "it's worse than an A and better than a B, and there is no way to read the minds of the committee - but we're talking about only 3% of the classes that you will have taken."

    Second, this comes across less as asking for advice and more as bragging.
  10. Dec 19, 2013 #9
    At least neither of you got an A--.
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