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Graduate School for chemistry.

dvornikdvornik Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited November 2012 in Graduate School
Hello everyone!

This month I will be applying for a lot of chemistry PhD program. But I am very concerned about my credentials.

While I have a pretty high GPA (3.95, Chem BS degree), and I guess alright GRE scores (161Q/164V, but 4 W), I have lacking research experience (only 1 summer REU and the following fall semester, no publications), and I'm afraid I'm almost certainly about to bomb the Chem GRE badly (I'm getting ~700 on the practice tests).

That said, do you guys think I should even bother applying to places like Columbia, Princeton, NYU? Or am I wasting money on application fees?

Thank you very much for your advice
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Replies to: Graduate School for chemistry.

  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    Columbia, Princeton and NYU are schools where the acceptance rate is typically 10% or less, but do you have backup plans?
  • dvornikdvornik Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I am also applying to some lesser ranked schools like SUNY Stony Brook, Rutgers, Boston U

    I just don't know where I should draw the line with applications, as each one costs $150 at least when taking into account sending GRE scores, etc... I don't want to throw away money on pipe dreams.
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    Tufts is a school where, if you are a domestic applicant, the GRE Chemistry test isn't required. Additionally, like physics, it's not the best or most popular graduate program.
  • ElocinElocin Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    This isn't the first time I've heard Tufts has a bad or unpopular graduate program in physics or chemistry. What about the program makes it so terrible?
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    Subject pending, Tufts is for you if you think having professors that don't treat you like a number is important.
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