
Rejections:
Prometheus_Econ 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 50 public university Undergrad GPA: 4.0 GRE: 800Q, 610V, 5.0AWA Math Courses (all As): Undergrad Math: 3 semesters Calculus, two semesters proofbased Linear Algebra, Intro to Statistics, Probability Theory, Differential Equations, Intro to Topology, Analysis 1, Game Theory and Math. Programming, Proof Writing, Stochastic Processes (IP), Analysis 2 (IP) Econ Courses (all As): Undergrad Econ: Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Intro Econometrics, Game Theory, Experimental Economics Grad Econ: Quantitative Methods, Micro 1, 2nd year seminar in behavioral economics Letters of Recommendation: 1 math professor, 2 econ professors, from 3 different universities, all advised me on research, only one I took classes with Research Experience: Summer REU program, independent research in mathematical finance, honors thesis, gave 2 seminar presentations and 1 poster presentation Teaching Experience: Calculus 1 (undergraduate TA), lots of tutoring Research Interests: Microeconomic Theory, Financial Economics SOP: emphasized research experience, and explained how I became interested in economics, customized last paragraph Other: Applied for NSF (got honorable mention), got several departmental scholarships and awards in mathematics RESULTS: Acceptances: (with fellowship) NYU Caltech UPenn (after being waitlisted for funding about 2 weeks) Carnegie Mellon Tepper Johns Hopkins University of Michigan (external funding) Boston University (with TAship) Penn State UT Austin (without funding first year) Wisconsin UCSD Rejections: Princeton Stanford GSB Harvard Harvard Business School Northwestern Berkeley Waitlisted: MIT Stanford What would you have done differently? I would have applied to Yale as well, and perhaps applied to less safety schools.
Accepts: Acceptances:
(with fellowship)
NYU
Caltech
UPenn (after being waitlisted for funding about 2 weeks)
Carnegie Mellon Tepper
Johns Hopkins
University of Michigan (external funding)
Boston University
(with TAship)
Penn State
UT Austin
(without funding first year)
Wisconsin
UCSD
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
Stanford GSB
Harvard
Harvard Business School
Northwestern
Berkeley
Waitlists:
Jhai 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: 40ish ranked American LCA Undergrad GPA: 3.70 Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800 M, 690 V, 5.0 A Math Courses: Calc I through III (taken while in high school, mix of A's & C's), Linear Algebra (A), Analysis (A), Differential Equations (B+), Operations Research I (A), Operations Research II (A), Probability & Statistics I (A), currently in Probability and Statistics II Econ Courses: Intro (A), Int Micro (B), Int Macro (A), Quantitative Analysis (A), Math Econ (A), International Finance (B+), Nobel Laureates & Their Work (A), International Econ (A), Game Theory (A), Econometrics (A), Advanced Micro (A) Other Courses: Advanced Logic (A)  it was pretty proofintensive Letters of Recommendation: Three from econ profs at my undergrad (head of the dept from Southern Methodist, assistant prof from Minnesota, and associate prof from Stanford) plus a new math professor from U of Indiana. I expect (and in some cases know) them to be very, very strong, but none of the professors do much research since they're at a teaching college. Research Experience: two summers of research (at undergrad in international finance and at Georgia State in urban), plus a big project in Econometrics, which then developed into my senior thesis this semester (on H1B applications) Teaching Experience: 3 years of tutoring econ, math, and logic classes at undergrad. Also TAed a freshman seminar on ethics & leadership, which was taught by the chair of the econ department Research Interests: International (trade) and development. Some interest in labor & political economy SOP: I think it was a pretty wellwritten SoP, with the last paragraph customized for each school (mentioning professors, strong research groups, facilities, etc). Said I was interested in the overlap of development, labor, and international, with different emphasis depending on the school's strengths. Other: American female student. Partially Hispanic. Applied as a senior in college. Philosophy as a second major. RESULTS: Acceptances: UC Davis (no funding) UC Santa Cruz ($21k fellowship for two years followed by TA/RA) Georgetown ($27k fellowship for five years, two with work responsibilities, includes summer research work with a professor/mentor) Accepted! Waitlists: None Rejections: Stanford Stanford GSB UC Berkeley UCSD UCLA Duke Johns Hopkins What would you have done differently? I think I probably should have applied to a few more schools in the 30 range  I guess I overestimated my chances. I suppose I could have given up my philosophy major and taken more math, but you're only an undergrad once, and I really, really like philosophy. I think part of the problem was that my professors are pretty unknown, as is the school. I'm very happy with where I'm headed, though, so I guess it doesn't matter too much. In the end, I doubt I would have changed much at all.
Accepts: Acceptances:
UC Davis (no funding)
UC Santa Cruz ($21k fellowship for two years followed by TA/RA)
Georgetown ($27k fellowship for five years, two with work responsibilities, includes summer research work with a professor/mentor) Accepted!
Rejects: Rejections:
Stanford
Stanford GSB
UC Berkeley
UCSD
UCLA
Duke
Johns Hopkins
Waitlists:
Econ07 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: International, Top in the country Undergrad GPA: 9.3/10.0 Type of Grad: MSc GRE: Q800, V550, A4.5 Math Courses:Undergrad: Calculus IIII, 2 semester Lin Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Real Analysis Grad: Real Analysis II, Measure Theory, Statistics Econ Courses: Lots of undergrad, core grad sequence in Micro, Macro and Econometrics Electives: Contract Theory, Finance, Advanced Theory Letters of Recommendation: All domestic based. Two tenured, two junior. All had PhDs from top 7. Research Experience: MSc thesis in progress, Undergrad thesis Research Interests: Theory, Public Finance SOP: Discussed my background and interests RESULTS: Acceptances: Chicago(Ext fund), Columbia($), MIT($, not immediately), Northwestern (waiver, Ext fund), NYU($), Princeton($), Penn($), Yale (lots of $) Rejections: Chicago GSBEcon, Stanford GSBEcon, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford What would you have done differently? Not have applied for the Fulbright. Focused more on the GSBs, emphasizing theory or not have applied to those. Advice: Relax. Focus on every aspect of the app (LORs, courses, research exp). Now, I believe this forum overemphasizes math (but, still, you should have Real Analysis). Having recomendants that are known by the Adcom seems to be important.
Accepts: Acceptances: Chicago(Ext fund), Columbia($), MIT($, not immediately), Northwestern (waiver, Ext fund), NYU($), Princeton($), Penn($), Yale (lots of $)
Rejects: Rejections: Chicago GSBEcon, Stanford GSBEcon, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford
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