How likely is it for someone to get into a prestigious grad school out of an average undergrad program?
I know people say "if you work hard and keep up your GPA, you'll be just fine," but I would really appreciate a more thorough answer. Are grad school admissions the same crazy zoo that undergrad colleges are? #graduate-school #college #college-admissions
Hi! I had to answer because I grew up in Atascadero. It really depends on what kind of graduate degree you are considering. I went to physical therapy school and had a great GPA but very few experience hours. 40% of our score for admission was based on interviews. They were looking to build a class that would work well together and had a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Of course, GPA and test scores were a determining factor in who made it to interviews, but I wouldn't count yourself out because of where you went to school for undergrad. The most important thing is to prepare well and be super passionate about what you want to do. Don't be afraid to apply to schools and take some risks. I almost didn't apply my first year because I didn't have experience hours and I ended up near the top of my class in grad school, and got in that first year.
Getting into a prestigious graduate program requires a good overall GPA but excellent grades in your major of study are also important. If you have to take a standardized exam, start preparing after your second year. Build a resume with internships in the area you plan on studying. It is important to working with your academic advisor and undergraduate professors early. Also networking with an alumnus from that school would be helpful.