Which one is the most important to grad. school?

In summary, when it comes to getting into grad school, it's important to keep in mind that it's a competitive process. Each institution has its own criteria and ranking system for selecting candidates. While some may argue that research experience is the most important factor, others may prioritize GPA. Ultimately, it's difficult to determine why one specific student was not accepted, as there could be a variety of factors at play, including letters of recommendation and the competitiveness of the program they applied to.
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Research, GPA, recommendation, GRE, etc..
There are many things to go to grad.
Which one is the most important?

One of my friend had very good GPA, but he did not get admission from any schools.
His GPA was 3.95. Actually, his major was BIO, and he got all As from major, and only one B from general course. Of course, he got good GRE score, but He had never been research or publication. I don't think he got bad recommendation...

I know some math or any science student go to engineering school, but I can't know what the student is different.. who can go.. who can't go..
 
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The first thing to keep in mind with resepect to graduate programs is that it's a competative process. A school will have N spots and M applicants. Once the student meets a minimum criteria for a spot, he or she will become part of the applicant pool considered. Every graduate program has it's own weighting system and from this the candidates are ranked. In general, offers of admission will go out to N+R students in descending order of their ranking. (R accounts for the number of students they estimate will reject the offer of admission.)

I suspect that you'll get different answers to this question, since the ranking system varies considerably from institution to institution. I, for example, would argue that your marks are probably most important. I know that others will argue that research experience is the most important factor as it can distinquish the "book learners" from those who will actually be productive in the lab.

This being said, I wouldn't fret too much over an anecdotal case such at what has been presented. Despite this specific student's high marks, we don't know the reason he was rejected. Maybe he had a poor letter of reference (some professors will actually write letters telling the institution NOT to accept a student). Maybe his GPA wasn't quite as steller as he would have everyone believe. Maybe he only applied to popular programs where everyone who got in had a 3.96 or higher, and didn't bother with a backup program.
 
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I believe that all of the factors mentioned are important for grad school admissions. However, if I had to choose one that stands out as the most important, I would say research experience. This is because grad school is a place where students are expected to conduct research and contribute to their field of study. Having prior research experience shows admissions committees that the student is capable of conducting independent research and has a passion for their chosen field.

While GPA and GRE scores are also important, they do not necessarily reflect a student's ability to conduct research. A high GPA may show that a student is academically strong, but it does not necessarily mean they have the skills to design and carry out a research project. Similarly, a good GRE score may demonstrate strong analytical and critical thinking skills, but it does not necessarily mean the student has experience in a research setting.

Recommendation letters are also important, as they can provide insight into a student's academic abilities and potential for success in grad school. However, they may not carry as much weight as research experience, as they are often subjective and may not accurately reflect a student's research capabilities.

In summary, while all of the factors mentioned are important, research experience stands out as the most crucial for grad school admissions. It showcases a student's ability to contribute to their field and sets them apart from other applicants who may have similar GPAs or GRE scores. However, it is important to note that each grad school may have different criteria for admissions, and a combination of these factors may be considered in the decision-making process.
 

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