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How Good of a Grad School can I get into?

  1. Jul 29, 2014 #1

    I am going to begin my senior year soon as a physics/mathematics double major, and I will be applying to graduate schools later this fall. I am unsure how I rank in the field, and would like to know how people think of my status.

    Major GPA (physics): 3.52

    Major GPA (math): 3.80

    Overall GPA: 3.71

    I have been a teaching assistant for eight classes (Calc I three times, Linear Algebra two times, a low level physics, an upper level thermal physics course, and a philosophy course), and I have volunteered at science events for little kids seven times. I am very research active--I have recently completed a math thesis (in theoretical physics) which has been published at my university, and will be submitting two new publications later this summer. I have contributed/presented at physics conferences on several separate different occasions, including an APS meeting. Currently, I am engaged in research at a major university in New England, and will be conducting research with a European professor soon, as well as conducting a physics thesis this coming academic year.

    My main question is this: how do I stack up, in the long run, when applying to grad schools? My top choices are Boston University, University of Maryland, and SUNY Stony Brook. I have conducted research at Boston University, and some faculty there know my quite well. Would this help me get into this school? Thank you in advance.
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  3. Jul 29, 2014 #2


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    Your credentials stack up quite well. I imagine that getting into BU will be much easier if you having a working relationship with profs there and they are aware of you and your skills.

    Also I would seek their advice on how best to apply for grad school at BU. They may even want to actively recruit you when it comes time to divvy up grad students to profs.

    Your department profs may also give you some guidance on how to apply. You'll need recommendation letters from them as well.

    Getting into grad school is a lot like applying for a job. It doesn't hurt to have someone on the inside pulling for you. It all about active networking.
  4. Jul 30, 2014 #3
    You have good credentials to say the very least by reading your OP. You're going to get into a program somewhere in my opinion. The programs you listed are all great ones and you should have at least a chance :). But know, it's impossible to say exactly what people look for, and there can be luck involved.

    My advice is that If your tops are Boston University, SUNY, and Maryland, you should actively reach out to faculty at those schools that do research you may be interested in in the future. Talk to them, maybe even meet them if the opportunity arises. Let them know when you send your application in.

    Anything you can do to get an edge is great, cause remember that at schools like these, many people are applying with credentials like yours. (Yours is not singling you out, I just mean that many people applying have great credentials and you can be any one of them)
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