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PGRE Scores out - Need to change my list

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:48 am
by Sats
Undergrad Institution: Top 40 US World News (2014) - Big State School - Moderate Renown in Physics
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics, French
Minor(s): N/A
GPA in Major: 3.3 Physics, 3.5 Math, 4.0 French
Overall GPA: 3.6
Length of Degree: 4 years
Position in Class: Slightly above average
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Scores :
Q: 164 (89%)
V: 159 (81%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
P: 640 (38%)

Research Experience: Studied CLS limit setting for a semester, then moved on to FIR filtering programming for the current semester. No publications, but total research time is around a year.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans list and honors for a few semesters

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Software Engineering Intern for a summer learning Javascript, Node.js, and general large networking problems.

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: N/A

Special Bonus Points: 3 majors in 4 years turned out to be kinda tough.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm semi-fluent in french and I really enjoy theoretical physics, in particular the mathematics therein.


Hey, so the PGRE scores came out, and I was hit with a big surprise, much lower than I though I'd get. Now that I know my score, I need to plan on where to go, if I even can with that wonderfully distressing 38%.

Some places I had in mind were:
(Was thinking Nuclear T or HEP T, maybe CMT?)

George Washington U - 103
UMass Amherst - 50ish
U William Mary - 77
Brandeis - 50ish
Rensselear - 50ish

The big question on my mind is: Can I even get in anywhere? What kind of programs should I be looking for?

I was interested in Nuclear Physics theory, should I abandon this and just move to experimental?

Help much needed on this matter :(.

Re: PGRE Scores out - Need to change my list

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:01 am
by Catria
Notre Dame? MSU?

Re: PGRE Scores out - Need to change my list

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:31 pm
by Sats
Catria wrote:Notre Dame? MSU?
I thought those were top nuclear schools? Do I even stand a chance at a place like that?