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Tips for making into good grad school

  1. Sep 30, 2009 #1

    I'm currently working on Mathematics (3rd year) and doing Physics alongside. My Universities Math department is ranked well among other top 30 (50?) Universities in US but the Physics department sucks, it really does. I'll have to stick with this university for my remaining undergrad study...but that only makes me concerned about my grad study.

    I have no problem doing grad Maths here (although of course i would like to get into even better university) but i really don't want to do my Physics here (i.e. if i plan on going w/ physics).

    The best Physics department in my area is of uChicago but i guess i'm overlooking, am I?

    Would/do they accept student from sucky Physics department of another college?

    If i go with Physics, i plan on double majoring in Physics and Math and possibly will do some grad Math courses meanwhile. Plus, i'm planned for minor in Mathematical Computer Science. Does that count for anything? I hear 2/3 (or perhaps it is 1/3) of Physics undergrad major also have major in Maths.

    How much is GPA worth? I was checking their site and it said something like "average GPA of admitting student in Physics grad is 3.8x -4 in a scale of 4". With Physics + Math + CS under my belt i most likely won't get nearby that average.

    How much is GRE (in Physics / Math) worth in admission?

    What about letter of recommendation?

    How about undergrad research? I have not done any yet as i'm not fond working in the lab but i guess i could.

    My downside on all of those listed above is (and most likely will be) GPA. Can a solid stance in other criteria listed above makeup for that?
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2009
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