How many graduate programs should I apply to with less than stellar grades?
I just finished my masters degree in music. I am in the process of applying to schools to pursue a doctorate in composition for Fall 2013. I took awhile to finish my degree, and I finished with a GPA of 3.25, not great, but not terrible. I have yet to take the GRE, but I will have excellent recommendations and a STRONG portfolio.
My question is how many schools should I apply to? I currently have 11, and I am chopping it down to 8, maybe less. I was wondering if anyone has the experience of not having great grades but getting into a top notch program based on rec letters and a strong portfolio.
I'm trying to stick with several top notch schools, several "medium difficulty" schools and a few "easy" schools. I was told to make sure that there is a balance in order to increase my chances of admission. Is there anyone out there that majors in music or any degree that requires a portfolio. Even suggestions from people not majoring in the arts would be helpful. Please let me know what you think, Thanks!
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