
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:
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
EMEQU 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Good Latin American university Undergrad GPA: 15.4/20 Type of Grad: Good Latin American university Ggrad GPA: 8/10 GRE: 800Q 500V 4.0AWA TOEFL: 260/300 Math Courses (undergrad and grad): Calculus, Probability, Statistics, Real Analysis, Mathematical Economics (optimization and optimal control) Econ Courses(grad): Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Aplied Econometrics. Letters of Recommendation: 1 strong letter of recommendation from one very wellknown senior professor, 2 strong LORS from two assistant professors. Research Experience: Master's thesis, few working papers. Teaching Experience: TA (undergraduate), Lecturer (undergraduate) Research Interests: Macroeconomics. SOP: Explained why I wanted to pursue a PhD in economics. RESULTS: Acceptances: University College London (no $), Texas A&M ($$), UC Davis ($$), University of Virginia ($$), Arizona State University ($$$), UIUC ($$$, 1st year fellowship), Carnegie Mellon ($$$, 1st year fellowship). Rejections: UC San Diego, Brown University, UC Santa Cruz, JHU. Pending: Queen's University. What would you have done differently? I think LORs matter a lot, specially for international students (since one professor may recommend 4 or 5 students at the same time to the same university). I wish I applied to fewer safety schools.
Accepts: Acceptances: University College London (no $), Texas A&M ($$), UC Davis ($$), University of Virginia ($$), Arizona State University ($$$), UIUC ($$$, 1st year fellowship), Carnegie Mellon ($$$, 1st year fellowship).
Rejects: Rejections: UC San Diego, Brown University, UC Santa Cruz, JHU.
Waitlists: Pending: Queen's University.
mamama 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Engineeringbest university in my country Undergrad GPA: 3.31/4.00 Grad GPA: 3.7/4.00 same university economics department GRE: 800q, 400v, 3.5w Math Courses: Calculus I,II linear algebra, differential eq. real analysis Econ Courses: master courses and many micro courses Letters of Recommendation: from economics department/ applied to some without master thesis advisors letter of recommendation Research Experience: 2 years, a published article in native language and 2 ongoing Teaching Experience: TA for a couple semesters in UG and G Research Interests: micro,io SOP: standard RESULTS: Attending: Austin Acceptances: Austin ($$), Boston College ($$), Duke ($$), Rochester ($$), Rutgers ($$), UIUC ($$),Pompeu Fabra($$), Tinbergen ($$), Tilburg($$), Wisconsin Madison Rejects: Upenn,Nyu,Columbia,NW What would you have done differently? have chose another university for master
Accepts: Attending: Austin
Acceptances: Austin ($$), Boston College ($$), Duke ($$), Rochester ($$), Rutgers ($$), UIUC ($$),Pompeu Fabra($$), Tinbergen ($$), Tilburg($$), Wisconsin Madison
Rejects: Rejects: Upenn,Nyu,Columbia,NW
Waitlists:
MNGoon 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.A. Economics and Political Science with a Math Minor from large state University top 25ish in general, top 20 in Econ Undergrad GPA: 3.07/4.0 Type of Grad: Master of Regional Planning Grad GPA: 3.8/4 GRE: 780Q, 710V, 800A Math Courses: Calculus (multi variate), Linear Algebra, Differential Equations Econ Courses (PhDlevel): None Econ Courses (undergradlevel): Public, InputOutput, IO, Urban, Housing, Game Theory, Micro and Macro Theory Other Courses: A whole pile of Economic Development and GIS courses for Masters Letters of Recommendation: 3 economic develoment professors (1 UCBerkely PhD, 1 Cornell PhD, 1 Rutgers PhD), all extremely solid. Research Experience: RA for Econ Development Prof, thesis, and cited extension work Teaching Experience TA for Masters level Urban and Spatial Econ Research Interests: Public Finance, Urban Econ, Spatial Modeling, Community Economic Development, Extension SOP: Critiqued by Econ Profs Other: Been out of school for a while, Former Peace Corps Volunteer, Currently working for a nonprofit loan fund RESULTS: Attending: UWMadison (Agricultural and Applied Economics) Acceptances: Applied/Ag Econ Programs: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia State, Clemson Waitlists: Rejections: Econ Programs: Brown, BU, UMassAmherst, UConn Applied: Cornell, Wharton, UNC What would you have done differently? Maybe not have waited until I turned 30 to accept an offer. In all seriousness, as far as the application process goes, I would not have done anything differently. I spent last summer talking to former professors and asked them to introduce me to the people they know in departments that they thought would be a good fit for me. I also talked to them extensively about my interests and the work I had done with them in the past so that they would have more information to draw upon when writing the LORs. As a result, I got into more, and better programs than my profile may have suggested. I am though going to get my *** handed to me at Madison.
Accepts: Attending: UWMadison (Agricultural and Applied Economics)
Acceptances: Applied/Ag Econ Programs: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia State, Clemson
Rejects: Rejections: Econ Programs: Brown, BU, UMassAmherst, UConn Applied: Cornell, Wharton, UNC
Waitlists:
