Chances of getting into grad school with one year off?
Question by sweet d: Chances of getting into grad school with one year off?
I decided to take a year off and gain additional work experiences before attempting to go for a Master’s in aquatic/water resource managment – along the environmental science track. I graduated from a competitive tier 1 undergrad with a low gpa of 2.999 (YES, I know, I’m that short of a 3.0) in spring of 2009. I have 6 related job internship and I’m currently interning with the government with the US Fish & Wildlife Services. And I’m going to try and get 2 more internships before applying for Fall 2010. I studied abroad and had a lot of leadership experiences (Student government, RA, Orientation Leader, a President of a club, and many more). I’ve done a lot of service (One abroad and two domestic) throughout my college career. My GRE scores a relatively low with a combined score of 1050 (610 in Q and a 440 in V). So in order to strengthen my application, I’m going to take 2 grad courses as a non degree student and try my best to obtain an A in both courses before applying. I’m currently studying for the GRE so I can retake it at the end of August. So with that said, should my year off be that much of a help to get into grad school or no because of my low gpa and GRE scores??
Should I take another year off??!!!!!!! ERGH. I really want to go to grad school!!!!!
Answer by impression art
The whole grad school admissions arena has changed.
Your year ‘off’ doesn’t count for or against you. It’s all a numbers game.
1100 GRE’s and at least a 3.0 overall GPA would be good enough for most graduate programs. Since you are close, you might be accepted on a probationary basis and officially after your first 9 credit hours or so.
Why so many internships? Your extracurricular activities won’t come into play very much in graduate admissions. So, take the two grad courses in something meaningful like base requirements for the program you want, but I would apply if your GRE scores go over 500 in verbal. That’s where you need to focus.
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