I've been following the forums for about a year now without registering myself and I came to the point that I had to prepare myself for my future plans of graduate study.
I'm a senior year city & regional planning student who is currently enrolled at a very respective european university when it comes to planning education. My university has strong relations with many other european universities and some of the american universities including cornell & harvard.
I just want to figure out if all the time & money that I'm going to spend on applications to the the american schools of planning will worth it.
- I got a GPA of 3.0 and will probably have something around 3.1 when I graduated. (It would still put me in first 5% in my class)
- I have 107 @ TOEFL IBT
- GRE Math 790 - Verbal 450 =/ - AW 4.0
- 1 year of exchange experience in Germany along with a 4 months planning internship
- 3 months of planning internship in Turkey
- 7 theoretical & practical urban planning & design studios with great grades. ( 2 more to come.
- 1 mention award in an international urban design project competition.
- 4 months of work experience in GIS technologies (still on-going)
- Partial authoring in a field-related design book and 1 academic article to be published soon.
I'm very well aware of my pros & cons, I just want to figure out If I have a good shot with Harvard, Cornell or UPenn with some nice scholarships cause neither my family nor I cannot afford any of the schools in the states.
If you believe that I would have better chances elsewhere, which school(s) you would advise to me to apply?
Thanks in advance.