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Getting into grad school?

Getting into grad school? Topic: How do you finish a letter of application
June 17, 2019 / By Brady
Question: Ok so this is a very specific situation, so I don't know how much help anyone will be able to give me. I went to a very good school (22 in the nation in my undergrad program), unfortunately I graduated high school early and was therefore young, immature, and not ready for college. I was put on academic probation my first semester, and then dismissed my second semester. I went to a community college for a year with close to a 4.0 GPA, and transferred back to my original university. Half-way through that semester, I had some unfortunate circumstances and had to withdrawal. I transferred to another university in my area that is not so esteemed and have made the Dean's list two semesters in a row. So my question is... would a graduate program rather see me continue at this university with a great GPA, or would it be better to transfer back to my original university and prove that I can do well at a top-ranked school? The problem is that if I go back, I will end up graduating in five years, where if I stay at my current, less esteemed university, I will be able to graduate on time. My overall GPA will probably be around a 3.25 by graduation. I know that's not fantastic, but I'm hoping for an awesome GRE score and I have some great relevant work/volunteer experience that I think will set me apart. I'm just really concerned that grad programs would not like the fact that I was never able to do well at that top school. I think maybe if I go back, it will show perseverance and that I am capable of doing well at a tough school. So... in sum... would a graduate program rather see me go back and graduate in five years from a great school, or graduate from a lesser school in four years? Thanks so much! Sorry for the novel! P.S. I am thinking of talking to an admissions advisor at my top choice program, so hopefully that will help. I just wanted some other opinions. Thanks for your opinion! That's what I am thinking. The grad program I am trying to get into is a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology by the way.
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Adin Adin | 2 days ago
There is no shame in finishing you undergrad degree at a lesser known college and in fact some grad schools might not like you transferring from school to school all the time. Grad schools consider alot of things in an application: GRE scores, GPA, Letters of Recommendation, Personal statement and where you went to school. Relax and stay where you are and do the best job you can in getting good grades. Try to make some good professional friends for the Letters of Recommendation and do good on you GRE's and you should be fine.
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Adin Originally Answered: How important is your undergrad school when applying to grad school?
It's complicated -- the quality of the undergraduate institution can give you a leg up in terms of a couple of things: a.) Resources available -- you may have better access to research facilities/labs, research and internship opportunities, networking among professors, and better range of coursework at a larger / more prestigious institution; b.) Name recognition -- having a degree from a prestigious institution may mean that others perceive you as already academically competent, giving you less to prove, so to speak -- though this is not one of the larger factors in graduate admissions. However, for law school and other professional schools that may value GPA highly, I have heard that higher GPA trumps the quality of the institution -- so what I'm saying applies more to applications for academic degrees (e.g., MA/MS, PhD).
Adin Originally Answered: How important is your undergrad school when applying to grad school?
The only way it would make a difference would be if you went to, for example, University of Illinois for undergrad and then applied to University of Illinois for grad school. Grad schools prefer their own undergraduates. However, for grad school, you'll apply to several programs since you don't know for which one you'll get into, so it won't matter significantly since hopefully you'll be qualified enough to not have to rely on the same school. Otherwise, the ranking of the school doesn't matter.

Steph Steph
At least from what I've seen, the time frame isn't so much of a big deal. People change majors and such all the time, so it's more about what your GPA is in the important classes you'll need the content of for grad school and how good that content was than how fast you got through them. Overall GPA does matter, too, of course. . . and all you can do right now is just focus on doing the best you can now to illustrate why you're ready *now* even if the first time around didn't work out. Very good that you're talking to the school you want. . . the more you can do to form a connection with that school, the more you become the person you are right now than a person with a 3.25 that'll get lumped together with people who just didn't ever stand out academically. Also, you may want to consider aiming for a master's degree first if you haven't already. I've known people with good, perfectly normal undergrad histories that the better grad schools wouldn't even look at for a Ph.D. program if they didn't have a master's degree.
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Queena Queena
it depends on what type of grad school. is it for your MBA, for example? if so, you should probably get 5-7 years of real world work experience first. is it for Law School? if so then your GPA is more important. i think you should transfer back to the better school and show the world and yourself that you can make deans list on that level. then you are golden and you can talk about your windy road as a real advantage and example of how you overcame adversity and learned about life.
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Queena Originally Answered: Education grad school letters of rec?
As the director of a graduate program, I can assure you that letters from teaching assistants (grad students) would be a very poor idea. Grad students have taught only a few courses, and have had few students. They do not yet know how to write effective letters of rec. They are also usually not published scholars, and are thus not "known quantities" to faculty committees. For all of these reasons, it is not good practice to solicit letters from grad students. Letters from former professors in ANY department are what is expected. Best wishes to you!

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