Low GRE Scores, How in the heck did I get in?
I applied to the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California online program for public health. I had a solid essay and recommendations, however, I scored in the 27th percentile for the verbal reasoning, the 14th percentile for the quantitative reasoning and the 82nd percentile for the analytical reasoning section.
I was told by my admissions counsellor that the University of Arizona admission committee would not even look at my application if I did not score within the 50th percentile and so my application was not forwarded along. I was told to retake the GRE and submit my scores for review. I was also offered to have my application forwarded to a different program as GRE scores were not required, but I passed on that.
A week later I get a letter from USC saying that I was accepted. I guess I am baffled because USC has like a 17% acceptance rate and UOA has a 47% acceptance rate.
Any thoughts on this?