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Question From Spain

Post by ibanez » Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:36 pm

Hello, I have a question and would like to know the opinion of the people in this forum; I have been reading some of it and a lot of people seem to know a lot!

I would like to know what my chances are for the following schools:
Washington University

I got a 780 (74%) on the physics GRE. Bit dissapointed since I studied a lot, but it was my first multiple choice test ever.

I think my american GPA would be around 3.5

I spent two semesters at BU as transfer student and took there eight graduate courses and left with a 3.71 for both semesters. Also did an independent study in Classical Dynamics with one of the professors there.

In Madrid, collaborated for a year at a surface science lab. Experiments there done with STM. Also helped in the upgrade of the machine to a better one.

2 letters from BU teachers and 1 from a teacher in Madrid.

Well, thats about it. I would love if someone could give me some feedback on this. It would help me sleep better.

Luis Ibáñez

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Post by PhotonGas » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:28 pm

You will probably get into one of your schools. Certinly you have the best shot at BU. Good luck

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Post by Bufalay » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:35 pm

hmm if you want a comparison, my stats and stuff are on last years grad admissions thread. I had a slightly lower physics gre score and did get into Cornell...(Barely I think).

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Post by quizivex » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:08 pm

@ ibanez

Wow, 8 graduate courses? How is that possible? Isn't that enough for a master's or PhD in the first place? How did you fit all of those in with your undergraduate work?


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Post by ibanez » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:39 pm


my university in madrid has an exchange program with BU. The program is simple: BU let me register in all the courses I wanted under the status of 'non-degree student'. I spent a year there and took the courses at BU that were closest to the ones I should have taken during that year (fourth of total of five) in Madrid. I initially did not expect them to be at the graduate level. I took QMI, QMII, Stat Mech, Intro. Solid State, Advanced Lab, EMI, Electronics, Class. Dynamics. Intro. Solid State, Adv. Lab and Electronics were more of a mix between seniors and grads.


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