LieutKaffee wrote: Last cycle before my retake I went 0/6 in a cycle where I applied to several schools ranked in the 50-80 range.
I realize that your 172 is a retake, but I'm assuming that your previous score was in the 160s somewhere? If that's the case, you should have gotten into at least one of those 50-80 schools. Hell, even in the 150s you could have gotten into one of the 70-80 ranks.
When you add that cycle to this one, I strongly
suspect that something is wrong with your application. If you've looked it over multiple times and found no errors, perhaps one of your LORs is a dud? Maybe your PS comes off as elitist or entitled without you realizing? I'm not trying to insult you in any way, I'm just trying to brainstorm things that could be wrong that you'd be likely to miss. The only way to get you back on track is to pinpoint what's wrong.