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    I plan on getting my Masters in 5 years by doing the MS/BS program with ISU. I was just wondering what everyone here thinks about grad school and your experiences. What kind of GPA is the minimum? I know for areas in science like mine the most important things are lab experience and letters of recommendation.



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    Re: Grad School

    They will let u do a BS/MS with a gpa bellow the minimum, just have to find a major prof. that will let you. It is a good way to shave some time off of all your schooling and spend some extra time on ur research.



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    Re: Grad School

    Ya I don't plan on having a GPA any lower than 3.0 or slightly higher, but I got into a chem class this semester (chem 201) that is over my head so it will be a little low for now... I also brought 27 credits from high school so I think it would be much easier for me to do the MS/BS program than people without that extra help.



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    Re: Grad School

    I know for the diet and exercise bs/ms program you have to have a 3.5 and score 1100 on the GRE. I would shoot for atleast that.



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    Re: Grad School

    I'm not sure, but I think a guy that spoke to our learning community said you didn't have to take the GRE if you stayed at Iowa State instead of going to another university.


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    Re: Grad School

    It may be different for different programs but I know for that diet and exercise program you have to. My gf just applied and she had to take it. She's been going to ISU for 2 1/2 years now. I would ask an advisors about it.



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    Re: Grad School

    Quote Originally Posted by fatmoldy View Post
    I'm not sure, but I think a guy that spoke to our learning community said you didn't have to take the GRE if you stayed at Iowa State instead of going to another university.
    For some programs yes, you do not need to take GRE. It really depends on the program that you are applying to and what type of GPA you have.

    General rule (in terms of GPA) is having 3.0 or higher. There are SOME programs that will let you in as a conditional admit if you have less than 3.0.



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    Re: Grad School

    I recently completed my MS in Agronomy. I was not required to sit for the GRE. Minimum GPA was stated as 3.0 but if you are below and have good Faculty recommendations you will get right in. Issues in 200-level courses may be a red flag for faculty when evaluating your potential as a graduate student. Grad school only gets harder. If you really want it though you will do just fine. If you are not a coffee lover you will be soon .



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    Re: Grad School

    Granted, my college experience ended ~15 years ago but I had to take the GRE. I don't test well, but pulled though it in fine form anyway. I had a low grade point, but as an undergrad I worked in the department for several profs and was active in the student club activities. My grad school application was discussed at a faculty meeting, and I was allowed in on probation. I really like the grad classes, they were hard, but mostly in the subject area I enjoyed. Work/student together with others and you'll pull each other through.

    The best advice I can give is talk to your advisor early and often about what you want to do. Get the answers there - not from a discussion board. With funding the way it is here, a prospective grad advisor will need to know as early as possible, if your MS research involves research. Oh, and talk to other students about their advisor experiences. Personalities/collaboration can make or break you.


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    Re: Grad School

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    Granted, my college experience ended ~15 years ago but I had to take the GRE. I don't test well, but pulled though it in fine form anyway. I had a low grade point, but as an undergrad I worked in the department for several profs and was active in the student club activities. My grad school application was discussed at a faculty meeting, and I was allowed in on probation. I really like the grad classes, they were hard, but mostly in the subject area I enjoyed. Work/student together with others and you'll pull each other through.

    The best advice I can give is talk to your advisor early and often about what you want to do. Get the answers there - not from a discussion board. With funding the way it is here, a prospective grad advisor will need to know as early as possible, if your MS research involves research. Oh, and talk to other students about their advisor experiences. Personalities/collaboration can make or break you.
    I have been talking to my advisor a lot it was just a quick question. I'm probably in his office about every week. He knows what I plan on doing and all that stuff it was just something I forgot to ask. Thanks for the other tips though I know the last sentence is very important.



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    Re: Grad School

    grad school is for losers. Just get an outside sales job and kick *****.



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    Re: Grad School

    I'm a masters student in Agronomy in my last year of a BS/MS in 5 years. I didn't have to take the GRE.

    I enjoy the research part of grad school, but absolutely despise the classes. I am currently in 2 classes which are absolutely pointless. I will never use a single thing from these classes.

    Having a MS can certainly pay off though.



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