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alwaysmoi @ 10:36 am: GPA
Hey guys!

To any past Fulbrighters or someone who knows a Fulbrighter---what was your/their GPA like? I've heard the standard "well, if you have excellent activities or leadership roles, you can still get the scholarship," but it seems that these days there are plenty of students who have a 4.0 GPA and fantastic activities/leadership experiences on their resumes. Also, is it a drawback to come from a smaller, private university?

For the record, I'm a dual major in meteorology and communication (minor in international relations), with a 3.76 GPA and a pretty good stack of internships/extracurriculars. So it's not exactly a low GPA, but neither is it brilliant----and I'm planning to apply for a Fulbright to the U.K. for 2010-2012, which I hear is one of the toughest countries to get.

Any advice, thoughts, or comments are appreciated!

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From:pisica
Date:June 5th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
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My GPA was around what yours is, though this was *sob* many years ago. And I wasn't trying for the UK! So I don't know how useful that info is.

Do they still have lists/databases of all the scholars for a particular year? I remember looking through a few years' worth of such lists and being astonished at how many universities I saw that I didn't recognize. And plenty of tiny universities seemed to be announcing Fulbrighters. So I really would *not* think that was a drawback in and of itself.

The potential problem (which is what I faced, because I was about to go to a school which didn't have many applicants) is that your school may not have a Fulbright adviser, or if they do that person may never actually have done one of the applications before. I'd therefore double-check in *plenty* of time that if there's someone who can do this, they know how to handle things.

Good luck!
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From:alwaysmoi
Date:June 5th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for your response! I did some googling and found out that my university does have a fulbright adviser, but I'm not sure how many fulbrighters we've actually had---most students are studying to become aerospace engineers/pilots or something within the engineering/aviation/space field & everyone focuses on either going to grad school in the states or getting a job after graduation, so I suspect that the number is small. I'm going to shoot him an email sometime soon & hope for the best.
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From:rolled_trousers
Date:June 5th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Mine was about that and I had a Fulbright to Germany for 2007/08. A good GPA is required, but I think more important than that is the quality of your proposal and statement, and then the interview and letters of rec. I also came from a smaller, private university that has a decent reputation, but in no way could be grouped with top 20 schools and we had two people receive Fulbrights my year, so I wouldn't say it's necessarily a disadvantage. Good luck!
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From:alwaysmoi
Date:June 5th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm considering trying for another country where the competition isn't so stiff...the u.k. is my first choice since I have a few good friends living over there, but I saw today that only 9 out of 400-something people got slots in 07/08. Wish I could apply to more than one place!
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