
Acceptances:
Valhalla 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BA in economics in continental europe, huge public university but internationally not very well known I'd say. Undergrad GPA: 3.72/4 (using WESconversion table), top 5% in my university Type of Grad: MA Economics (I'm currently in the second year) Grad GPA: 3.77/4 until now GRE: 790 Q, 600 V, 4.5 AWA Math Courses: (900f those courses were not required in the economicstrack (BA and MA) but I did those courses additionally as offered by the math department for mathstudents) UGLevel: Mathematics I,II, III (dealing basically with integral calculus, differential equation systems, vector calculus...), Real analysis I, II, III, Functional Analysis I, II, Probability theory I,II,III, Linear Algebra I, II, III, Topology I, II, Differential Topology, Measure Theory, Optimization Theory, Graduate Level: Real Analysis, Topology, Linear Algebra, Operator Theory, Recursive Methods/ Dynamic programming, Statistics I (using Casella and Berger), Statistics II (using Davidson's Stochastic limit theory) Econ Courses: That's just an endless list... but some highlights: UG Level: Micro I,II,III, Macro I,II,III, Game theory I, II, Evolutionary Game Theory, Cooperative Game Theory, Industrial Organization I, II, International Trade I, II, III, Monetary Economics I, II, ... Graduate level: Micro I,II, (using MWG) Macro I,II, (using Ljungquvist and Sargent/ Stokey and Lucas), General Equilibrium Theory, Incomplete markets, Asset pricing, Public choice theory, Auction theory, Game theory, Voting theory, Industrial Organization Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ profs, 2 are well known Teaching Experience: TA UG Level for elementary economics, TA Graduate level in math and macro Awards: 2 merit based awards from my UG  university, scholarship from my graduate institution, award from our central bank for my diploma thesis, Research Interests: Microtheory SOP: talked about personal interests/ hobbys and connected it with some papers I read... but I don't think someone cared about it Schools I applied to: NW UPenn UCSD Tilburg UIUC JHU Purdue U Arizona BC UC Davis Toronto IUB RESULTS: Acceptances: UPenn (nada $) Tilburg ($) UIUC ($$) U Arizona ($$) BC ($$) IUB ($$) UC Davis (?) Rejections: NW... (I'm still shocked) Pending: Toronto, Purdue, JHU, UCSD What would you have done differently? A lot! I wouldn't underestimate me anymore and I would apply for some top ten universities. My tip: aim as high as possible otherwise you get a lot of acceptances from middleranked universities and what can you buy with that?
Accepts: Acceptances:
UPenn (nada $)
Tilburg ($)
UIUC ($$)
U Arizona ($$)
BC ($$)
IUB ($$)
UC Davis (?)
Rejects: Rejections:
NW... (I'm still shocked)
Waitlists: Pending:
Toronto, Purdue, JHU, UCSD
ward 2008:
PROFILE: School: Oklahoma State University Type of Undergrad: Economics (Honors) and Mathematics Undergrad GPA: 3.9 (4.0 Econ, ~3.8 Math) Type of Grad: none GRE: V 530, Q 790, A 5.0 Math Courses: Calculus 13, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Calc. of Several Variables, Intro. to Modern Algebra, Intro. to Modern Analysis, Mathematical Statistics 1 & 2, Mathematical Modeling, Advanced Calc 1. Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Public Finance, History of Economic Thought, Econ Development, Econometrics (undergrad), Grad Micro Theory, Grad Math Econ. Other Courses: Computer Science I, SAS Programming Letters of Recommendation: not from well known professors but must have been fairly strong. Two tenured Econ professors and my Intro. to Analysis prof Research Experience: honors thesis, but nothing substantial Teaching Experience: none Research Interests: Applied Micro, Micro Theory, Behavioral and Experimental SOP: I put some time into it but it was essentially the same for each school; I just changed a few sentences here and there. Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: Duke($$) <attending> Wisconsin (no$) Ohio State ($$) UIUC ($$) Arizona ($$) Waitlists: NYU Rejections: Harvard M.I.T. Northwestern UCSD Penn State RA position at NYC Fed What would you have done differently? I would have tried to pick programs that fit my interests better and probably would have applied to more schools  especially in the 1025 range. That's really about all I would have changed.
Accepts: Acceptances:
Duke($$) <attending>
Wisconsin (no$)
Ohio State ($$)
UIUC ($$)
Arizona ($$)
Rejects: Rejections:
Harvard
M.I.T.
Northwestern
UCSD
Penn State
RA position at NYC Fed
Waitlists:
zwicker 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Econ Major, Private not well known University (US) Undergrad GPA: overall GPA: 3.9; econ: 4.0 ; math:4.0. GRE: 800Q, 510V,AWA 5.0 Math Courses: Calc sequence (A), Differential equations (A), Linear Algebra (A), Probability & Stats (A), Adv. Stats (A), Discrete Math (A) Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ, 1 math; all were strong (but not MIT, Harvard, etc.) Research Experience: Very little. Teaching Experience: Graded and have taught occasional undergrad classes. Research Interests: IO, micro. SOP: I thought it was good. Concerns: No grad level classes. No analysis. No research. Not from well known school. RESULTS: Attending: Arizona ($$$) Acceptances: Wisconsin (none 1st year), Virginia($$), UNC ($$), Kentucky ($$), Arizona ($$), Texas A&M ($$), Clemson ($$), Rejects: Yale, Brown, BC, Caltech Pending: WUSTL (waitlist), Vanderbilt (waitlist) What would you have done differently? Nothing really. I am happy with arizona. I will be a good fit there. If I was shooting for a top 10 school then I should have done a masters program in stats first and/or finished my math major. I shouldn't have applied to so many lower ranked schools. I wish I would have applied to UIUC.
Accepts: Attending: Arizona ($$$)
Acceptances: Wisconsin (none 1st year), Virginia($$), UNC ($$), Kentucky ($$), Arizona ($$), Texas A&M ($$), Clemson ($$),
Rejects: Rejects: Yale, Brown, BC, Caltech
Waitlists: Pending: WUSTL (waitlist), Vanderbilt (waitlist)
