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    Cyburbian
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    GRE... ugh

    Hi all! I am applying to 4 graduate schools for Fall 2009.

    University of Colorado - Denver
    University of Illinois - Chicago
    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    UC - Denver is my top top top choice. If you have below a 3.0 it says GRE scores are strongly recommended. Thankfully, I have above a 3.0 (3.21 to be exact).

    I took the GRE today anyways, as many other schools require it. I did... okay. My total score (not including writing) was 1150. I got a 510 on the verbal and 640 on the quantitative. Needless to say, I'm a little disappointed with my verbal. Is it worth taking the GRE again to increase that or should I just focus on my applications, statement of purpose, etc.

    Again, my top choice (UC - Denver) doesn't even require the GRE... I submitted my scores there anyways (free). Will it hurt my chances with such a low verbal?

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    Hmmm.....

    I'm doubtful your GRE scores will hurt you....but it could help to call them up and ask. This will show more than just a passing interest to get into the program and you will most likely find out you'll be fine. Make sure you talk to the right person/professor/dean

    Good top choice by the way
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    Based on the schools you mentioned, I don't think your GRE scores will hurt your chances of acceptance, however, depending on how each school ranks applications for funding, you may take a back seat to those with higher GREs / GPAs depending on your experience, statement of purpose and letters of rec.
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    What about schools that have required minimum GRE scores? How strict are they with that? UNC requires 50th% in both Q/V sections. I have just below 50th in Q, and my V is 560. Would I be wasting money if I applied? (they have all the necessary info...I just need to pay the fee). I have killer recs, good work experience, top 25 undergrad...etc. It seems like they would reject me instantly...but who knows.

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    Quote Originally posted by Victory View post
    What about schools that have required minimum GRE scores? How strict are they with that? UNC requires 50th% in both Q/V sections. I have just below 50th in Q, and my V is 560. Would I be wasting money if I applied? (they have all the necessary info...I just need to pay the fee). I have killer recs, good work experience, top 25 undergrad...etc. It seems like they would reject me instantly...but who knows.
    I have a similar issue with respect to GPA. My impression is that those minimums are more of a recommendation than an absolute requirement, but it's probably a good idea to talk with someone in the department to be sure.

    I think as long as the other parts of your application are strong, you'd have a good shot at being admitted. I think it's very unlikely that not meeting the minimum would result in the application not being considered at all.

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    I would strongly recommend calling each school and asking, particularly if the GRE score is NOT required, because average scores tend to be a little higher at those schools. The GRE is optional for one of the schools I'm applying to, and the admissions guidelines advise only submitting scores above 60%. This was strongly supported by the department's secretary (who sees all the applications and knows who gets in) at the workshop I attended.

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    Generally there is no prescribed score that you need to have. If there is, there is probably a little flexibility in it since it's just a small part of the overall application. I had an 1100 combined with a 5.0 on the writing and I was admitted to everywhere I applied in 2006. Good luck!
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