Any hope in hell I have a chance at Cornell? PhD entry...

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Hey Everyone,

I was initially on course to graduate with a 1st from my undergrad degree. Life happened. Now I will struggle to make a solid mid-upper 2:1. Bah.

I am 25 but none of my past work experience is directly related to my subject (Psychology). Given the above, does anyone know if my application will even be considered? If so I imagine it depends on how solid my PhD proposal is, which would be a relief.

It's a lot of money to spend on tests, application, etc if I don't stand a chance...

Thanks!

- Alex
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It will be considered, but it might not be accepted. Only way to know is to apply. Unless of course you don't meet their minimum requirements - I suggest you find out what those are from the university themselves.

Why Cornell? It's not usually a very helpful strategy to set your heart on one university - especially one of the most competitive in the world - and discount others. You will be best served by finding potential supervisors in many departments whose research interests line up with yours
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(Original post by worldender)
It will be considered, but it might not be accepted. Only way to know is to apply. Unless of course you don't meet their minimum requirements - I suggest you find out what those are from the university themselves.

Why Cornell? It's not usually a very helpful strategy to set your heart on one university - especially one of the most competitive in the world - and discount others. You will be best served by finding potential supervisors in many departments whose research interests line up with yours
I will need to contact them directly as their website doesn't publish that information, or I couldn't find it! Thought I'd ask here too (: .

I am interested in Cornell due to personal factors (location and funding), and also my research interests align. Unfortunately the options for East coast Universities with alligning interests is a relatively short list of high end schools! The 'Ivy league' label isn't my highest priority.

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What is your GRE and any other schools? Tough to put all your eggs in one basket
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What is your GRE and any other schools? Tough to put all your eggs in one basket
I have yet to apply for the GRE as again, expenses. It's a difficult catch22 and I'm not exactly wealthy hah. Yale seems to be the only other school aligning with my specific research aim, in fact it would possibly be a better fit academically... just less so personally. I'm very much a big city guy, it inspires me. Again a ridiculously competitive school... I wouldn't mind less prestigious at all if it aligned well and had good scholarships.

Perhaps I just need to suck it up, cough up the money and work the hell out of the GRE to really answer my own question...
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Cornell and Yale require top percentile for admitted PhD applicants. Look at the profile stats and applicants to places ratio. I think you underestimate the severity of the task as it requires studying. Most schools have application deadline in December.

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I have yet to apply for the GRE as again, expenses. It's a difficult catch22 and I'm not exactly wealthy hah. Yale seems to be the only other school aligning with my specific research aim, in fact it would possibly be a better fit academically... just less so personally. I'm very much a big city guy, it inspires me. Again a ridiculously competitive school... I wouldn't mind less prestigious at all if it aligned well and had good scholarships.

Perhaps I just need to suck it up, cough up the money and work the hell out of the GRE to really answer my own question...
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