I am a new member to this forum and I am really intent in getting into urban planning school next year. I had loved this field since I was little and really want to get into it as a professional. I read plenty of information from previous threads but I still want to make sure I am doing the right thing as I am applying. I'll start with a little information about me.
College: Northeastern University, Boston
Major: Political Science
Cumulative GPA: 3.5 (3.75 during my senior year)
GRE scores: 620 math, 450 verbal (I know its terrible, I don't know what happened), 4.5 essay
Experience: Did one internship with the Boston Landmarks Commission which is in charge of historic preservation in Boston and worked for a non-profit that grew urban gardens and did work in sustainable development; all other experience has been in the public sector including 4 years of substitute teaching
Applying to Tufts (first choice), Harvard, U-Toronto, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and possibly UMASS Amherst and SUNY-Buffalo as safeties
I feel some of these have to be good points but I still have a nervous dread of not getting into any school at all. Can someone tell me if urban planning schools are super competitive? Are the GREs very important (as you can see I bombed the verbal? Should I take them again? Also are there any schools in my list that I should not consider on account of a bad reputation?
I would greatly appreciate if someone can answer at least part of my concerns. Thanks