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    Where the heck should I apply to?

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    Type of Undergrad: University of Montana
    Undergrad GPA: 3.81
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    Grad GPA: N/A
    GRE: 161Q, 160V, 5A
    Math Courses: Calc 1-2, Multivariate, Linear Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Econometrics
    Econ Courses (grad-level):
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Econometrics, all intro and intermediate classes with calc, Game Theory, Health Economics, Money and Banking
    Other Courses: Member of Honors College, Global Leadership Initiative at my school, Two undergraduate mathematic scholarships, two undergraduate honors scholarships
    Letters of Recommendation: Three professors--graduates of OSU, Cambridge, UO--all work at U of M
    Research Experience: Two undergraduate thesis papers--one for the economics degree
    Teaching Experience: Tutoring, not much experience
    Research Interests: Urban/regional economics, public economics
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    Concerns: Low GRE, quality of undergrad not great
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    Applying to: UWM, GWU, Georgetown, BU, BC, UO, UConn, UIC, UMass Amherst??, WUSTL,..

    Where else do you think I should be applying? What are some more realistic schools that I should be looking at?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Where the heck should I apply to?

    For urban you have a nice list, but you really should add the following: Syracuse, UC Irvine, Georgia State, UC Riverside. For public economics UMD would be a nice add as well. I'd probably take off BC as I recall they have a theory oriented "urban" guy.

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    Re: Where the heck should I apply to?

    We have recommended that you re-take the GRE, because we believe you will be able to get into a much better PHD program...

    A 161 is not even 80 percentile on the GREs... It'll hurt you at a lot of schools.

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    Re: Where the heck should I apply to?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingofloss6 View Post
    We have recommended that you re-take the GRE, because we believe you will be able to get into a much better PHD program...

    A 161 is not even 80 percentile on the GREs... It'll hurt you at a lot of schools.
    I think you meant 90th percentile? It's above the 80th for sure.

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    Re: Where the heck should I apply to?

    Quote Originally Posted by tm_member View Post
    I think you meant 90th percentile? It's above the 80th for sure.
    A 161 quant is 78th percentile, guide. The quant percentiles fall off more quickly than the verbal.

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    Re: Where the heck should I apply to?

    I believe it also changes over time. I've watched my score "slip" down the percentages over the years.

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    Re: Where the heck should I apply to?

    Currently, 166Q is 91st/93rd percentile, if I remember my scores correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    A 161 quant is 78th percentile, guide. The quant percentiles fall off more quickly than the verbal.
    Facepalm... was looking at the verbal score percentiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by win View Post
    I believe it also changes over time. I've watched my score "slip" down the percentages over the years.
    I'm almost sure that's due to more retakes than in the past but that would be an empirical question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tm_member View Post
    I'm almost sure that's due to more retakes than in the past but that would be an empirical question.
    Yeah, that is what I figured. Just saying it's not trivial - mine dropped 3%, crossing the silly 90% line, in about 3 years. Luckily I don't think I'm going to be needing it again, but I could imagine someone doing a 2 year masters and needing to take it again just due to the passage of time, which would be quite frustrating.

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