
Acceptances:
gregobad 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Research university w/ top 5 econ program Undergrad GPA: 4.9/5 Type of Grad: none. GRE: 770V/800Q/5.5AW Math Courses: calc I & II, differential equations, linear algebra, probability, linear programming / optimization Econ Courses: intermediate micro and macro, econometrics, game theory, various field courses Other Courses: Minor in physics Letters of Recommendation: Two from econ profs, neither of whom are wellknown but both know me well (one was my thesis advisor, another my undergrad advisor). One from a manager at my job (econ consulting firm). Pretty sure all three are very strong recs, but the third probably doesn't count for much because it's nonacademic. Research Experience: Was an RA for a summer in a physics lab. Did an undergrad thesis. Worked for 1.5 years doing semirelevant stuff at an economic consulting firm  I have a lot of experience with Stata, Matlab, other programming languages Teaching Experience: tutored undergrads in physics and econ Research Interests: Game theory, political economy, behavioral economics SOP: talked about possible research interests and what I had worked on RESULTS: Acceptances: MIT, Stanford GSB (political economy), Princeton, Caltech, Berkeley, Northwestern, Chicago Waitlists: Harvard Rejections: Stanford economics What would you have done differently? Not much, really. Maybe taken an academic RA job instead of working in economic consulting, and applied for last year instead of this year. Although, there's nothing like having a boring job to motivate you to get back to school.
Accepts: Acceptances: MIT, Stanford GSB (political economy), Princeton, Caltech, Berkeley, Northwestern, Chicago
Rejects: Rejections: Stanford economics
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nergal 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BA in Econ and BS in Math, Double Major in top university in my country Undergrad GPA: 3.77/4.00 (at the time of application) Type of Grad: na Grad GPA: na GRE: 700V 800Q 5.0AW Math Courses: Too many :P Highlights: Real Analysis I&II (BA&pending), Complex Analysis I (The GRE Big Book), Calculus of Variations (BA), Mathematics of Finance (graduate math course, AA), Number Theory (CC), Algebra I&II (CB&AA), Differential Equations (AA), Linear Algebra (AA) Econ Courses: Graduate level Econometrics (AA), Advanced Micro (AA), Public Finance (AA), (Undergrad) Econometrics I&II (AA), Mathematical Statistics I&II (AA), Intermediate Micro and Macro (AA), Game Theory (AA) among other things ... Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: Four LoRs, three from econ professors with whom I studied as RA, and one from a senior math professor. Two of the econ professors are senior and one of them is pretty famous. Submitted three LoRs in each application. Research Experience: RA for two years in two different projects. Teaching Experience: TA for Intermediate Micro for one term. Research Interests: Micro Theory, Game Theory, Political Economy SOP: Delineated my research interests, talked about my motivation for a phd degree in economics, detailed my research experience RESULTS: Acceptances: Caltech ($$), MichiganAnn Arbor (??), Northwestern ($$), UPenn ($$), Yale ($$) Waitlists: none Rejections: Duke, MIT, Stanford Pending: Princeton, Harvard (most likely rejected) What would you have done differently? I would not have taken the elective Number Theory Maybe would have taken the graduate level Topology course. One problem with our Math department is that the faculty is really stingy with grades! For instance, I was the second ranked student out of some 100+ people in the Complex Analysis I course and I still got The GRE Big Book. The first guy got BA. No AA to no one, no sirrie. The mean of the cumulative grades was 35 (out of 100). This is just one case among many. I hope one of my professors managed to communicate this issue.
Accepts: Acceptances: Caltech ($$), MichiganAnn Arbor (??), Northwestern ($$), UPenn ($$), Yale ($$)
Rejects: Rejections: Duke, MIT, Stanford
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Mirk83 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Maths degree in a good Italian university (and student of its honor college) Undergrad GPA: 3.0/3.0 Type of Grad: Maths degree (student of a program jointly organized with the best scientific research center of the country, that is also a doctoral school) and attending a one year master in economics Grad GPA: 3.0/3.0 GRE: 700 V, 800 Q, 5.0 AWA Math Courses: everything you can think about (seriously, in five year of Maths I've attended at least 3040 Maths courses, some of which at PhD level) Econ Courses: very very few courses, and just during this year: the basic Micro, Macro and Econometrics (at the level of MWG, BlanchardFisher, Hayashi  but of course not all the topics) Other Courses: a bit of physics and informatics down the road and a bit of neurobiology (my master thesis was about building a kinetic model for a class of ion channels!) Letters of Recommendation: my weak point. A good, but maybe a bit standard, letter from my thesis advisor, who is a very well known mathematician (who knows me well, since the thesis was partly of research). A very good letter from an economist who taught at the honor college I was in but with whom I took just that small course, a few years ago. And a letter from another well known mathematician whose course I attended during an international summer school  I really have no idea of what he could have written. Research Experience: just for the thesis  and in maths applied to neurobiology... Teaching Experience: none Research Interests: behavioural models, game theory; but my interests are now moving a bit more towards Macro topics SOP: just tried to explain why I have been moving from Pure Maths to Applied Maths and then from applications to biology to economics... RESULTS: Acceptances: Caltech ($$), LSE (MRes/Phd track 1) ($$), Oxford MPhil (?) Waitlists: NYU Rejections: Chicago, MIT What would you have done differently? Hard to say. Given my erratic background and the notsostrong LORs, I think I have calibrated well the applications (my estimate was to have good possibilities from the bottom of the top ten  just like NYU and LSE  downward). Of course I could have waited one more year, finished the economics master in order to use the grades as an additional signal and obtained better LORs... but I'm already 24 and I have already two masters, so I think it's time to move as quickly as possible towards real research.
Accepts: Acceptances: Caltech ($$), LSE (MRes/Phd track 1) ($$), Oxford MPhil (?)
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crutchboy3 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 20 Private University Undergrad GPA: 3.81 Type of Grad: None Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800Q/600V/5 A Math Courses: Honors Calculus IIV (A's), Honors Linear Algebra I,II (B+,A), Intro to Probability (A), Honors Algebra III (A), Honors Analysis I (A), Graduate Topology (A), Graduate Optimization (A), Measure Theory (B), Functional Analysis (B+), Galois Theory (B+), Number Theory (A) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro/Macro (A), Game Theory (A), Econometrics (A), Graduate Econ Prob and Stats (A), Grad Micro I (A), Letters of Recommendation: Two professors that had taken several classes from and had done research with, One that had just taken classes from, all econ Research Experience: Math REU, Summer REU to begin work on thesis project, Honors thesis, 2 years of RA Teaching Experience: Some tutoring Research Interests: Micro theory, game theory SOP: Nothing Special RESULTS: Acceptances: Northwestern ($)(Attending), NYU ($), Duke ($), UIUC ($), Caltech($), Chicago (Tuition Waiver + Health), Wisconsin (No $), Penn (No $) Waitlists: Penn (Eventually Accepted, no $) Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Princeton
Accepts: Acceptances: Northwestern ($)(Attending), NYU ($), Duke ($), UIUC ($), Caltech($), Chicago (Tuition Waiver + Health), Wisconsin (No $), Penn (No $)
Rejects: Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Princeton
Waitlists: Waitlists: Penn (Eventually


Rejections:
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)
