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Chance of getting into a Physics Ph.D program

  1. Nov 23, 2015 #1
    I'm a U.S citizen who went to college in New York State who is looking into doing research in theoretical Cosmology

    PGRE 830
    GRE Quant: 167
    GRE Verbal :156
    Major GPA 3.7
    Overall GPA 3.6
    Honors Magna Cum Laude
    Three semesters of research in Hamiltonian Chaos
    No published papers
    Took Three Graduate Physics classes and got a grade of B or better in them.

    I'm applying to 12 schools. Some of them are Ivies while others are state schools.

    I have three plus years of experience tutoring college physics.

    Also I'm expecting 4 strong letters of recommendation and lets say hypothetically I have a really strong statement of purpose.

    What do you guys think are my chances of getting into a PhD program?
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  3. Nov 23, 2015 #2
    Assume we say "bad", what would you do with this information?
  4. Nov 23, 2015 #3
    I would take it with a grain of salt and still apply to all of those schools. Perhaps if you were more specific why bad I would talk to all of my professors and see if I can do anything to bolster my application.
  5. Nov 25, 2015 #4
    Anyone else would like to weigh in?
  6. Nov 25, 2015 #5


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    Are you looking for this?

    The only other comment that I would have is that of the 12 schools you plan to apply to, how many have you made a serious effort to investigate? And by serious effort I mean things like: visiting the school, talking with potential supervisors, talking with current gradaute students, reading up on the research that's being done by the groups there (beyond skimming over professor's web pages). Once you start doing things like this, you'll probably find that you'll develop a better feeling of which schools you have a good chance at attending.
  7. Nov 30, 2015 #6
    Off-hand I would say better than 50-50. You say you will apply to some Ivy some state schools. Berkeley, Illinois, Michigan and Maryland are state schools that are highly competitive. If you limit yourself to say the first 12 highest rated programs, your chances will be less than if you were to include some schools in the top 20 to 30 or even 40. I agree with choppy also that you should investigate the programs thoroughly, (You may have already done this).
  8. Nov 30, 2015 #7
    The state schools are mostly in New York, Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some of them are SUNY's and CUNY's.
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