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Admissions How much does not having my first term senior grades matter?

  1. Jan 28, 2017 #1
    For graduate school admissions? I will finish my third year this April and then will start an 8 month full time research project. I will have the possibility to graduate with 7 semesters instead of 8, but if I apply to graduate schools next December I will not have any first term grades. Would this be very bad for admissions?

    Thank you everyone for any input.
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  3. Jan 28, 2017 #2


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    In most cases graduate schools don't evaluate graduate student applications as they come in. They usually only admit students once or in some cases twice per year. They application deadline will be in the prior winter for admission in September usually - but this varies by school. So if you put your application in December, they likely won't look at it until just after the deadline - whenever that happens to be. Sometimes you can apply in the summer for winter admission, but not every school does this.

    Admissions committees are more interested in the courses that you've taken and how you did in them then when you took them. No one is going to bat an eyelash if you've already taken the standard upper year physics courses and done well in them.

    In the end, it's pretty standard for offers of admission to be conditional on successful completion of your degree. So the university will see your final transcripts eventually. It's just that the numbers in your final semester, whenever that is, won't factor into the competitive aspects of the admissions decisions.
  4. Feb 3, 2017 #3
    Hello, thanks for the response. I will have finished the major senior level classes by the end of this term, except for advanced EM. I would be taking it next year in January, after I finished applications. Would not having this course be bad?
  5. Feb 5, 2017 #4


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    I think I was admitted without first term grades so you should be fine.
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