Hi, I was wondering if you could provide a snapshot of the typical student that you select. Fo instance, what is the typical GRE range and GPA range? Also what percentage of applicants do you accept? Thank you.
Average scores/percentiles for this past year’s (2013) accepted students are as follows:
GRE: 85% Verbal, 83% Quantitative, 4.5 Writing
TOEFL: 28R, 27L, 26W, 24S
We typically accept around 20% of our applicants, but this number varies with each graduate group.
Hi, I am an international student and while going through the FAQ's , I found this Question "I am an international student who has graduated/will graduate from an English-instructed institution; do I still need to submit TOEFL scores? No. We will waive the TOEFL requirement for students who have/will have obtained a degree from a U.S. or other approved English-instructed institution." May I know what are the documents required, if the school is outside US and where to mail them??
No documents are required.
Hello, I am an international student. I have a medical degree (MD) from outside the US & I am finishing up a masters degree (MS) in molecular medicine at Drexel University (graduating this semester by the end of December). I am genuinely interested in two of your BGS programs. Unfortunately, I got caught up with my finals & missed the deadline, which was just yesterday. Is there any chance to submit an application today? I can send all my supplemental documents overnight. (excluding LOR & GRE).
For the personal statement and research statement, should they be single or double spaced, or does it not really matter?
Single-spaced is preferred but it really doesn’t matter.
Hello BGS. My question is regarding the reporting of MCAT scores: do I also need to have AAMC send my MCAT scores to BGS, or will reporting them myself on the online application suffice?
You will need to either have AAMC send us your official scores or send us a PDF version with a verification number.
I noticed that I made a small mistake in my application form, which has already been submitted. Whom should I contact to make a correction and what information is to be included in the correspondence?
We are unable to update parts of your application after it has been submitted. If you send updated CVs, personal statements, etc., we will add to your file but these will not be updated on the online system. We regret that there are no exceptions to this policy.
I sent my scanned unofficial transcripts to the e-mail address provided, because I am still enrolled in an undergraduate program. However, the online application says that you have not received them, and I sent them three different times last week? How do I know if they have been received?
Please review our FAQ page and DO NOT sent your materials multiple times.
How can I find out if my application and materials have been received?
Applicants may log into the online application to check whether letters of recommendation and transcripts have been received. The admissions office will post your documents to your application page as soon as possible. Please note that this may be up to two weeks after you submit your application. We request that you please do not call or email the admissions office to check on the status of your application. We have over a thousand applications to process and unfortunately we cannot sort through them to find individual documents.
Is there anyway to check if transcripts and GRE scores have been received?
Yes. Applicants may log into the online application to check whether letters of recommendation and transcripts have been received. The admissions office will post your documents to your application page as soon as possible. Please note that this may be up to two weeks after you submit your application. We request that you please do not call or email the admissions office to check on the status of your application. We have over a thousand applications to process and unfortunately we cannot sort through them to find individual documents.
If I'm applying to a certificate program, is the required 200 word statement to be included in my 500 word personal statement, or is it in addition?
The 200-word certificate program paragraph would be in addition to the 500-word personal statement. It is generally added at the end of the statement as a supplement.
Hi BGS! I read the instruction saying that official transcripts from all competed programs are required. I already sent my college transcript by mail. In addition to this, do I need to send my transcript from my exchange student year by mail? I went to the state for a year in my junior year, and I took some classes there. Also, I took several post-graduate courses from two institutes, but I didn't complete the degree. Are they also required to be sent by mail?
If you have studied abroad for a semester or year, and these courses are reflected on your undergraduate institution’s transcript (with or without grades), you do not need to send an official transcript from the study abroad institution.
You should, however, send the official transcripts for your post-graduate courses.
I am a MARC student and wondering how do I grant a fee waiver? Program director provided a letter to confirm my status as MARC student.
I am really worried about a recommender not having a letter in by December 2nd. If they do not have it in on time is my entire application forfeited and not looked at? Thank you for keeping such a helpful blog for this entire process!
Happy to help!
While only complete applications are guaranteed a full review, so long as they have it in to us within a week of the deadline you should be fine. If it will take longer than that, you may want to ask someone else.
You can have more than three letters, so we would still accept one that comes in late, but that way you would not need to worry about having an incomplete application.
Can I apply to another program at Penn in addition to this program?
You may only apply to one BGS program but we do not have any restrictions on applying to other Penn programs outside of BGS.
Hello! I am an international applicant strongly interested in BGS. My institution cannot provide my transcripts and diploma in English. Do you require official translations of these documents in English? If so, do you accept the translations by the British Council? I guess that in this case you need the translations mailed in hardcopies, right? Thank you in advance!
We do require official translations for transcripts and diplomas that are not in English.
We will accept translations from the British Council provided they are sealed, official copies mailed directly from the British Council.
Hello. One of my recommenders will be submitting his letter by paper mail. There are special circumstances that do not permit me to enter a valid email address for this recommender on my online application. Is there a way to submit my application with this email missing? Thank you for your help.
You should contact the admissions office directly.