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?