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applying07 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Large Private Undergrad GPA: 3.81 (Econ: 3.9, Math: 4.0) GRE: 800Q, 560 V, 6.0A Math Courses: Calc IIII, Lin Alg, Prob Theory Econ Courses: Principles, Intermediate Theories, Stats, Intl. Econ, Econ Thought, Environmental Econ, Econometrics, Intl. Econ Relations, Senior Thesis Other Courses: A bunch of other International Studies class (poli sci, sociology, etc.) Letters of Recommendation: Associate Prof. (Ph.D. MIT) thesis advisor and teacher, Assistant Prof (Ph.D. BC) Econometrics Teacher, Associate Math Prof. Lin Alg Teacher Research Experience: Senior Thesis, summer of consulting as an RA Teaching Experience: Tutoring Research Interests: Trade and Development SOP: Probably nothing too special, described career goals, why wanted to study econ and bits about each school RESULTS: Acceptances: Duke Michigan State Boston College UNCCH Colorado Rejections: MIT Northwestern Brown UMich Columbia What would you have done differently? Maybe waited a year and taken more math or worked doing a research job to fill in those gaps. Pretty happy with how turned out though
Accepts: Acceptances:
Duke
Michigan State
Boston College
UNCCH
Colorado
Rejects: Rejections:
MIT
Northwestern
Brown
UMich
Columbia
Waitlists:
sonicskat 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Small Liberal Arts...Not well known Undergrad GPA: 3.76 GRE: 760/510/5.5 Math Courses: Calc 13, Proofs and Topology Class, Linear Algebra, Diff Eq Econ Courses: Inter. Micro/Macro, Business, Math, Experimental, Forecasting, Econometrics, Statistics, Int'l trade and finance Letters of Recommendation: Two Associate professors (Duke and MSU), and one Assistant Professor (FSU) Research Experience: One paper published in undergraduate journal, research using dynamic programming with two professors ongoing, presented at professional conferences twice, associate editor for undergraduate journal for two years, presented at campus research forum twice. Research Interests: Macro, Int'l SOP: Wrote how I have adequate math skills, despite no real analysis. Briefly discussed extensive research experiences. Then honed in on a couple professor's who's work I enjoy. RESULTS: Acceptances: UVA, MSU, UC Davis, Vanderbilt, Rice,UCSB Waitlists: Pitt (i guess), ASU (i guess) Rejections: UT Austin, Iowa What would you have done differently? Taken more math and gotten an 800 on the gre Accepts: Acceptances: UVA, MSU, UC Davis, Vanderbilt, Rice,UCSB
Rejects: Rejections: UT Austin, Iowa
Waitlists: Waitlists: Pitt (i guess), ASU (i guess)
whitewinghk 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: A School in HK, statistics major, no analysis Undergrad GPA: 3.66, first class honors Type of Grad: A school in HK, MA (Econ) Grad GPA: Grade A average GRE: Q800, V570, A5.5 Math Courses: no rigorous math courses, but some hard statistics courses, e.g. Statistical Inference A+, Stochastic Inference A+, Nonparametric testing (A+), linear model and forecasting (A), Stochastic calculus (A), Risk theory (A) Econ Courses: Intermediate macro (A+), Micro theory I, II (A+), Macro analysis (A+), Econometircs (A), International trade (B+) Letters of Recommendation: all strong, two from econ and one from statistics Research Experience: 2 year RA experience, working on trade and economic development of Mainland China Research Interests: Development and micro theory SOP: very general indicated my research interest and RA experience at university and United Nations RESULTS: Acceptances: Wisconsin ($), Boston University ($), MSU (no $), PSU (no $), UC Davis (no $) Waitlists: ever waiting, Uni. of Toronto and UBC Rejections: A long list, Minnesota, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, OSU, Cornell What would you have done differently? I think I have tried my best or may be I should have applied to some applied econ programs as I have strong interest in development. Yet, I am happy with the results. Advice: Apart from Math, RA exp really helps a lot, it may make up weak math background. There would be lots of RA opp at any university. The job may be very simple like formulting Excel sheets, collecting data or plotting charts, yet it shines in your application. For international students, the process can be quite random especially for some are from unknown schools like me. Try to apply as many as possible, certainly you need to take into account money and how willing your referees are to write so many letters for you. Yet, if you can, try to apply as many as possible and do have a super safe one as a back up. I have seen a lot of Chinese students transfer to another school in one to two years. All the best and good luck
Accepts: Acceptances:
Wisconsin ($), Boston University ($), MSU (no $), PSU (no $), UC Davis (no $)
Rejects: Rejections: A long list, Minnesota, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, OSU, Cornell
Waitlists: Waitlists: ever waiting, Uni. of Toronto and UBC
kgreene1906 2007:
Type of Undergrad: Big 10 midwestern School Undergrad GPA: 3.32 Type of Grad: Smaller BIG 10 school with a Ph.D program in the top 50 Grad GPA: 3.599 GRE: 800 V, 780 Q, 4.0 wirting Math Courses: Calc IIII, Diff Eq, Linear Algebra, Proof Writring, Abstract Algebra, Advanced Calculus I and II, Real Analysis(B), Math Stats I and II, Engineering Stats, Grad Complex Analysis, Grad Real Variable Theory. Econ Courses: MA Micro and Macro, Monetay Theory, Growth and Development, Game Theory and Firm Behavior Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: Pretty Solid, one came from a UCSD grad, one came from a CalBerkley Grad and one came from a Michigan Grad Research Experience: None... Teaching Experience: TA for 2 semesters Research Interests: Trade, Development, IO SOP: Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: SIUCarbondale, Howard, Purdue, UIUC, Northern Illinois, Michigan State Waitlists:n/a Rejections:WUSTL, Berkley, Harvard Attending: SIUCarbondale(they are waving me out of alot of classes, it should take me 1.5 years to finish my course work and 1.5 to 3 to do my dissertation) What would you have done differently? I waited until the LAST MINUTE to apply to places. And basically I wish I had took school alot mroe seriously. But dont underestimate the power of good reconomentation letters...by looking at my GPA, i really shouldnt have gotten into a few places, but letters will get u in.
Accepts: Acceptances: SIUCarbondale, Howard, Purdue, UIUC, Northern Illinois, Michigan State
Rejects: Rejections:WUSTL, Berkley, Harvard
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