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Hi BGS! I am curious to know who I should contact to confirm that my GRE score report was received. Should I contact the particular program coordinator or BGS? Although the application is not yet open for the program I am interested in, I did include UPenn's school code on the score report at the testing center after I took the GRE this past summer. Thank you!
Anonymous

Please contact the BGS Admissions Coordinator after you have submitted your online application.

i am an international student. is there no way for me to apply to any kind of scholarship so that i get funding during the first two years of the Phd program? I cannot self fund and will solely like to depend on scholarship.
Anonymous

Students accepted to Biomedical Graduate Studies’ Ph.D. programs receive a fully funded fellowship—including tuition, fees, health insurance, and a competitive stipend—regardless of financial need. Funds for these fellowships are derived from reserves provided by the School of Medicine and the University Provost, NIH training grants and individual fellowships, research grants, and other funding sources.

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I am planning to apply for the graduate program for Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2015 admission. I currently have GRE scores from the end of November of 2009 and was wondering if you would accept these or if you recommend I retake the GRE.
Anonymous

As long as you arrange to have the GRE scores sent to Penn within the 5 year period, you should be fine (in other words, as long as we can get the scores from ETS, we will be able to use them).

Hi, BGS. I took the GRE last year and received scores of 81% in Quantitative, 72% in Writing, and 62% in Verbal. Due to time and financial constraints, I am able to either take the GRE Subject test or retake the general GRE. Would a lower verbal score hurt my application significantly or should I focus on other aspects of my application instead?
Anonymous

Some graduate groups may value certain GRE Subject tests more than others - check the “Admission” page of the website of the group you are interested in for more information.

For your review, here are the average scores/percentiles for this past year’s (2014) accepted students are as follows:
GPA: 3.70
GRE: 78.5% Verbal, 79.59% Quantitative, 4.32 Writing (66.17%)

I recently completed my Masters in Life Science (Applied Medical Science) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, in India. I did my Bachelors from there as well, in the field of Life Science and Biochemistry. I wanted to know: 1. If I'm required to provide the original transcripts of Both BSc and Msc or if simply providing the MSc transcripts would suffice. Can I upload scanned copies of these documents or do I need to courier hard copies?
Anonymous

We need hard copies of your sealed official transcript for all academic programs you have participated in.

Regarding the letters of recommendation, can they be emailed via the professors directly to any particular mailing address or do they need to be uploaded in any specific format by visiting the university website? Regarding the contents of one's CV, do supporting documents (in the form of certificates or letters) need to be mailed or scanned along with the application package for verification. How does that work exactly?
Anonymous

Once the application system is open (which will likely happen in early October), you will be able to access instructions for submission of letters of recommendation. This will happen through an online system.

Additionally, you will be able to upload all documents (resume/CV, personal statement, research statement, etc.) to your online application. You’ll find detailed instructions in the application itself.

I plan on taking the subject GRE on October 25th, the earliest available date in the Indian subcontinent; the scores will be available on after the application deadline. If I mention that in my application, the reviewing of my application is then put on hold till my scores are received, correct? So, after I see my score, if I decide not to submit them to the university, will my application then not be processed at all?
Anonymous

We do not need a GRE subject test for your application to be considered a complete application file - just the regular GRE itself, as well as the TOEFL, if applicable.

You could submit your application, and add the GRE subject score by emailing the Admissions Coordinator directly.

I am an international student currently living in the United States. If I will be earning my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a university in the United States, do I need to take TOEFL before applying to BGS?
Anonymous

If you obtained a degree where English is the primary language of instruction, you do not need to take the TOEFL. You do not need a waiver for this - we’ll confirm this as part of our review process.

Please also note that professional degree holders are ineligible for BGS funding. Such students are responsible for their own funding for the duration of the PhD program—BGS does not offer a stipend or other financial support.

I HAVE AN RECENT IELTS SCORE OF 7,0. DO I HAVE TO TAKE TOEFL ALSO
Anonymous

No, we will accept an IELTS score in lieu of a TOEFL. Please have the scores sent directly to our office.

I am an international applicant. I am currently a MS student in Bioinformatics. My undergrad GPA is low (2.78), and my graduate GPA is 3.65. I published 4 first-authored papers, and two of which are published in journals with Impact Factor near 15. My GRE score is 164 in Verbal (93%), 170 in Quant (98%) and 4.0 in Writing (56%). May I ask that whether the other parts of my application could sufficiently compensate my low undergrad GPA? May I also ask the likelihood of receiving an offer? Thanks.
Anonymous

The most important important part of your application is having strong research experience with supporting letter(s) of recommendation, and being able to write about it clearly in your application.

I cannot provide information on the likelihood of receiving an offer, as these decisions are made by the graduate groups, upon reviewing the entire application.

It may be of interest to you to know that generally between 10-15% of our international applicants receive offers and around 15% of our incoming class each year is international.

I have a question. I specialize in Pharmacy in Rebublic of Korea. and our country is being in the period of transition from Bachelor degree of Pharmacy to Doctoral degree of Pharmacy because the pharmacy education was chaged in 2011. I am not certain that what degree I will receive. So, even if I have a doctoral degree of pharmacy, Can I apply to BGS Program? and Is there any disadvantage?
Anonymous

Applicants who have already obtained an M.D., V.M.D., D.M.D., Ph.D., or other professional level degree are more than welcome to apply to BGS. However, if such an applicant is accepted the applicant is responsible for securing his or her own funding for the entirety of the Ph.D. program; BGS is unable to offer any financial support. These applicants must follow the normal application procedure.

I plan to apply to Penn BGS this October when the application opens. I recently took the GRE and received scores of 89% in the verbal, but only 74% in the quantitative section. My overall GPA is 3.6. Would you recommend re-taking the GRE? What is Penn's policy when multiple GRE scores are available for an applicant?
Anonymous

Your scores seem to be on par with the average scores/percentiles for this past year’s (2014) accepted students, which are as follows:
GPA: 3.70
GRE: 78.5% Verbal, 79.59% Quantitative, 4.32 Writing (66.17%)

There is no official university policy about multiple GRE test score reports (as in, we don’t average the scores, or take the lower or higher one only).

Hi, BGS. What's the minimum reqirement of TOFEL OR IELTS for international students. And one more question. If my test scores arrive after the deadline, will you still forward my application? Thank you.
Anonymous

Hello!

We actually do not have a minimum score for the TOEFL or IELTS for  international students.

Also, while only complete applications are guaranteed a full review, so long as we have all documentation within a week of the deadline you should be fine.