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    Where to apply? Evaluate my chances.

    I am applying to master's programs now and would like some points of view on what I can expect so I know where I should apply to. Master of Planning with emphasis in Community Development, specifically cultural integration and economic development. I am interested in the policy side of planning.

    I have a 3.25 GPA from the University of California San Diego with a dual degree in Linguistics and Public Policy. I am scheduled to take the GRE in two weeks. I don't have any directly related work experience, but I have lived in the Dominican Republic for two years as a volunteer and for six months in Peru teaching English (where I am finishing up now). My Spanish skills are very good. My referees have said good things about my statement of purpose.

    I have on my list now:
    USC, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Colorado at Denver, Portland St., and the University of Pennsylvania.
    I would like to know my chances. UPenn might be a longshot, but my language planning interests are right in line with a research center they operate. Also, if possible, could you make recommendations as to other schools I might consider?

    Infinitely appreciated.

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    If it helps, my GRE scores are:
    Verbal 590
    Math 650
    Writing 5.0

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    Hi Cosmike- I'm new to this too and starting to feel out the waters. Not sure I can answer your questions but I was just wondering- could you let me know which research center at UPenn you are referring to? I'd be curious to check it out as well. Thanks a lot!

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    for sure, it doesn't look like an official research center as much as its an "unincorporated association" of research universities dedicated to studying language policy and planning. my understanding is that upenn began the establishment of this "association." here is a link for you to check it out.
    http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/clpp/

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    for sure, it doesn't look like an official research center as much as its an "unincorporated association" of research universities dedicated to studying language policy and planning. my understanding is that upenn began the establishment of this "association." here is a link for you to check it out.
    http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/clpp/

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