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Advice wanted

Post by Jamewa » Mon Mar 27, 2023 10:08 pm

I have very good academic records(my GPA is 3.9) but the problem is I don't have any research experience.Also a terrible Subject GRE Score.Still I applied this year and luckily got an acceptance from a school(Top 100) and I will be joining the program.My question is.... is it possible to get a transfer to a better ranked program next year?

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Re: Advice wanted

Post by chief_queso » Tue Mar 28, 2023 5:58 pm

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Re: Advice wanted

Post by Helpmepls » Tue Mar 28, 2023 7:49 pm

I think transferring in this manner is not impossible, but harder than just taking an extra year in your undergrad. I personally would've taken an extra undergrad year if not for monetary reasons.

This is all my understanding though; I've seen the question on stack exchange before cause I asked the same question. If you'd like me to find the post for you, just dm me.

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Re: Advice wanted

Post by colton » Tue Mar 28, 2023 10:03 pm

It feels like it may be easier to master out of a program and just apply to PhD programs again instead of transferring, but that isn’t based on anything concrete.

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Re: Advice wanted

Post by liuluck22 » Fri Mar 31, 2023 11:55 am

I would provide my experience. Two years ago, I get a undergrad from big state school ~40th which is famous in math. 3.85 GPA and one paper but only accepted to 100th PhD program.

I reapply again this year with one more paper in preparation. Got accepted to top 15th PhD program. I will then quit the PhD program now with a master degree.

YES, you definitely can do things as I did. There are several things that you need to be careful.

What would you say in the PS when you applying to the new PhD program? The admission committe will be curious on why you quit.

How you would manage the relationship between you and professors of the current program? You need to be careful due to the recommendation letters. What if you did not get accepted to any new school after 2 years?


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Re: Advice wanted

Post by FieldsMedalist » Mon Apr 03, 2023 11:15 am

This ranking based thinking is becoming hysterical in the US. A PhD is more about the advisor than the school. When going for Postdocs for example, you will be able to go to places where your advisor has connections/collaborators. That is, if you're interested in the work of your advisor and feel comfortable working with them, it is stupid to leave just based on an unrigorous list of rankings done by this or that organization.

Tbh, this way of thinking is only found in the US. This is bcz everything is business based here and materialistic. The people always are the victims in such a pro-capitalist society.

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