Schools that care less about pgre score

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lksyin
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Schools that care less about pgre score

Post by lksyin » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:49 pm

Hi all,

I just got my pgre score for Oct test. It was a depressive time when I saw 32 percent. Now, instead of crying for that poor score, I think I should spend my time in considering for the future. I need some recommendation about physics graduate schools that not strictly focusing on pgre score. Following are my information about application:

Undergraduate school: small state university, no reputation in physics but have almost all physics courses, including CM, EM, QM, Thermo.
Majors: Physics and Philosophy
major gpa: 3.41
overall gpa: 3.33
pgre: 620 (32 percent)
general gre: 158 (V), 163 (Q), 3.5 (W)

Research Experience: 3 years in computational condensed matter, one first-order publication just submitted.
Honor Degree in physics, my honor thesis and the publication are related to the same project

Other: 1 year lab TA,
Membership in Sigma Pi Sigma and Pi Mu Epsilon (math honor society)

My previous list of applications:
Cornell
Colombia (I know they are impossible now, just for a try)
Stony Brook
Penn State
Pissburg
Rutgers
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Temple University

Is there any school above (except cornell and colombia) especially care the grades and scores? I need to withdraw my applications if the schools consider scores in priority.
And is there any school with US News ranking 30-100 (roughly) accept poor pgre score?
Waiting for suggestions...

Thanks!

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Nishikata
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Re: Schools that care less about pgre score

Post by Nishikata » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:57 am

Columbia does care for the score. But you will apply just for a try, okay then.

Did you consider applying outside US?
pGRE is not required in good universities in Europe. So you should have better chance there.

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Re: Schools that care less about pgre score

Post by AHipp » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:17 am

Hello, there was a thread posted her recently that said UC Irvine is no longer using the PGRE in their decision making, so I think it would be worth it to apply there. In general, I also know that astronomy/astrophysics programs care less than other fields. Not saying they don't look at it, but it is weighed less! Hope this helps!

lksyin
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Re: Schools that care less about pgre score

Post by lksyin » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:18 am

Nishikata wrote:Columbia does care for the score. But you will apply just for a try, okay then.

Did you consider applying outside US?
pGRE is not required in good universities in Europe. So you should have better chance there.
Hi,

Due to some private reason, I cannot leave US for phd study, I know both Europe and Canada have very good physics project.

lksyin
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Re: Schools that care less about pgre score

Post by lksyin » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:19 am

AHipp wrote:Hello, there was a thread posted her recently that said UC Irvine is no longer using the PGRE in their decision making, so I think it would be worth it to apply there. In general, I also know that astronomy/astrophysics programs care less than other fields. Not saying they don't look at it, but it is weighed less! Hope this helps!
Thank you very much! That helps!



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