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Need some help on school selection[hep-th]

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:04 am
by era986
Hi, can someone have some comment or advice on my school selection? I am applying for schools in the area of quantum gravity or AdS/CFT... I made a list of schools I want to apply. Am I being too confident about my school selection?

Undergrad Institution: Good university in China...but unknown for physics
GPA in Major:3.7/4
Overall GPA:3.7/4
Length of Degree: 4 year bachelor
Position in Class: near top
Type of Student: international male

GRE Scores :

TOEFL:104 (S:22)

Research Experience: 1 year research on black hole thermodynamics at home university, no publication;
half year research on AdS/CFT at a top 10 US university, 2 papers will be put on arXiv before submitting application

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1 national scholarship

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: no...

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:no...

Special Bonus Points: the recommendation from the US professor can be strong, but other two recommendations from my home university are moderate

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: grad courses: QFT and GR

Applying to Where:
UT Austin
Stony Brook
UC Davis
Penn State

Re: Need some help on school selection[hep-th]

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:39 am
by msdecaro

Re: Need some help on school selection[hep-th]

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:23 pm
by era986
msdecaro wrote:You have great test scores and a strong GPA, and a great research background. My honest impression is that you are -underestimating- what your 'match' schools are. I don't know what schools have good quantum gravity programs, but if you can afford it consider adding a few more 'reach' schools to your list (maybe ivy leagues?). I think you have a fair shot at them. Good luck!
Thank you! But I heard it could be really competitive in high energy theory admission, plus I am an international student, so I don't know if I should have so much confidence... Do you know in high energy theory area, what is the average level for an international student to be admitted to good schools, like, ivy leagues?