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Admittance into BME graduate program

  1. Oct 30, 2009 #1
    Hello all,

    I am currently a Biosystems engineering senior at a Research 1 university and I am in the process of applying to graduate schools. I just wanted some advice on my chances of getting into a good Biomedical engineering program.

    My current GPA is sitting around a 3.1, and it will be most likely around a 3.2 at my time of application. This is due to the fact that I was a pre-med student and I did not do so well in some of the medical school pre-req courses (o chem, etc.) With the exception of one failed engineering course that I am retaking, my low GPA is all due to the medical school pre-requisites I took. I have not taken the GRE yet (that is happening in mid-November) but I expect that I will get good scores. As far as research experience, I have worked in a research lab on campus for about a year, working with nanoparticles, lanthanide-based fluoroscopy techniques, and other biomedical imaging methods.

    My main concern at the moment is that my low GPA may bar be from getting into a good program. Most programs state that the average applicant GPA is a 3.5, which is significantly higher than my application GPA will be. I expect good GRE scores, great recommendation letters, etc. but I wanted to know if anyone had any insight into my chances of getting into good BME programs.

    Currently the list of schools I want to apply to are:

    University of Virginia
    University of Michigan
    Boston University
    Case Western

    I am toying with the idea of applying to MIT, Johns Hopkins, and some other top programs but as I stated before, my GPA concerns are putting me off from applying there.

    If anyone has any advice it would be extremely helpful! Thanks!
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  3. Oct 31, 2009 #2
    I can't speak for the others but Case Western is pretty much a 3.5 GPA for all engineering departments, including BME. The only two grad students I know in the BME department are for like 4.0 GPA undergrad students but I'm sure that's not the norm.

    But it's worth a shot. Case has a lot of research opportunities and the collaborate with the Cleveland Clinic quite a lot so it's a lot of valuable experience.
  4. Jan 14, 2010 #3
    I have also applied to bme grad programs:

    U Michigan
    Arizona state U

    I went to rutgers as BME undergrad. Any one from rutgers? when do most of these schools send out a decision?
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