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Potential graduate school list and help with chances.

  1. Nov 28, 2011 #1

    I could use some help in evaluating my choices for a phd program in physics. Below is my background and I was wondering what you thought of my chances at the schools listed below or if you have any suggestions for other schools. I want to study atomic, molecular, optical physics for my PhD. Do I have enough safety schools and if I don't please give me some suggestions for other safety schools?

    My stats are:

    Overall GPA 3.6
    Physics GPA 3.3

    GRE Scores Quant. 164
    Verbal 161

    Waiting for physics GRE score.

    Temple U
    Worcester Polytech
    Texas Tech
    Univ of Central Fl
    Colorado School of Mines
    Kansas State
    Louisiana State
    Missouri S & T
    Univ. of Delaware
    Univ of CA Irvine

    Do I have a shot at a PhD program - my grades aren't stellar?

    Thank you for your help.
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  3. Nov 28, 2011 #2


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    I think you have a shot at admission to a few of those schools. You are being quite realistic to where you have applied to considering your GPA. It doesn't mean that you won't get a very good training for your Ph.D, though. Most of these schools may not be the "brand name" ones that everyone seems to be clamoring for, but it doesn't mean that they could not offer you a solid education and training.

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