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Undergrad physics with low GPA

chlkprchlkpr Posts: 9Registered User New Member
edited October 2009 in Science Majors
I want to study astrophysics, or physics with concentration in astronomy, etc. However, as of the end of junior year my GPA is on the low side at 3.28.

I know the top-tier places are a waste of time to consider, but assuming my SAT I is over 2000 and I have solid ECs and write a fantastic essay, where should I shoot for? Hopefully somewhere with decent research opportunities from where I can still get into a good grad school.

Basically what schools are decent for physics without being top-tier?
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Replies to: Undergrad physics with low GPA

  • TreetopleafTreetopleaf Posts: 2,698Registered User Senior Member
    Any idea what your class rank is? UIUC goes by rank more than GPA.
  • artisian2610artisian2610 Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    There are plenty of colleges that do a sufficient job at the lower division courses. I see why you want to start your degree at the best choice possible. The lower division classes aren't as important than the upper division. As long as you have proper feeders into the upper divisions you should be fine. No one is above transferring after two or three semesters.
  • PoemePoeme Posts: 1,329Registered User Senior Member
    The programs I know of that are great in physics but not as selective for undergrad are UCSB, Maryland, UCSD, Boulder, Ohio State, Penn State
  • xraymancsxraymancs Posts: 2,142College Rep Senior Member
    You can get an excellent physics education at just about any university. The curriculum is more or less standard. The real difference is research experience. While most universities have undergraduate research opportunities, research universities, with Ph.D. programs in physics will have more research opportunities on campus and will have graduate courses that you can take in preparation for getting into a graduate program.

    Getting into a good graduate program is more about how well you do in your courses and what research you have done than where you get your B.S. degree. Physics majors form my university, Illinois Tech, have successfully gone on to Ph.D. programs at highly selective schools. Make sure you choose a program where you will thrive. If you like more personal attention, find a smaller private university rather than a huge state university.
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