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Acceptances:
Chicunomics 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Honours bachelor's degree at a big international university (econphd.net top 100) Undergrad GPA: 89/100ish, 1st of 149 Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800Q 700V 5.5AWA Math Courses: Advanced streams of first year linear algebra, calculus, also core undergrad probability, statistics subjects (As in subjects completed so far). For semester before I start: vector analysis, real & complex analysis. Econ Courses: up to grad level micro, macro, econometrics, auction theory, search theory, industrial organization (all As) Other Courses: Nothing any adcom would care about. Letters of Recommendation: 2 full professors, quite senior and relatively well known, 1 junior academic (honours thesis advisor)  all economics. Research Experience: Thesis prize; theoretical IO paper (to be submitted to Information Economics and Policy soon coauthored with advisor), coauthor on another paper to be submitted to Journal of Labour Economics soon. RA since 2004  both empirical and theoretical stuff. Teaching Experience: TA in intro Micro and Macro, advanced undergrad IO and micro. Research Interests: IO and micro theory. SOP: Nothing special, just discussed my interests and research. RESULTS: Attending: Northwestern University Acceptances: Northwestern ($$), NYU ($$), Wisconsin ($$), MIT (No $), UCLA (No $) Waitlists: Yale ($$), Pennsylvania (No $), Princeton ($$) Rejections: Stanford GSB (EAP), Columbia, Maryland, Harvard, Stanford Economics, Berkeley What would you have done differently? Nothing really. I did the best I could. I can't help but feel that with another year's math preparation, I would have gotten admits to a better selection of schools. However, NWU was a really high personal preference, so it was worth cutting the math short a year!
Accepts: Attending: Northwestern University
Acceptances: Northwestern ($$), NYU ($$), Wisconsin ($$), MIT (No $), UCLA (No $)
Rejects: Rejections: Stanford GSB (EAP), Columbia, Maryland, Harvard, Stanford Economics, Berkeley
Waitlists: Waitlists: Yale ($$), Pennsylvania (No $), Princeton ($$)
Big Tuna 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Highly ranked US public university with top 25 econ phd program. Majors in economics/philosophy, minor in math. Undergrad GPA: 4.0 Type of Grad: No masters program; just 1 course while in undergrad. Grad GPA: 4.0 GRE: 800V/800Q/4.5AW Math Courses: Calculus I, I, III, linear algebra, real analysis, mathematical modeling, ordinary differential equations, currently enrolled in numerical methods and complex variables. Econ Courses: intro/intermediate micro/macro, stat for economists, undergrad econometrics, 3 thesis/independent study courses, a bunch of undergrad field courses, and PhD econometrics I. Other Courses: Mostly a lot of philosophy. Letters of Recommendation: Three from good people, all of whom have supervised an independent project I've done. Research Experience: The aforementioned thesis projects, plus 2 years as a research assistant and one empirical paper submitted to a decent (though not top tier) journal. I received an undergraduate research grant from my school to do this paper. Teaching Experience: Just tutoring. Research Interests: Applied micro, public finance, maybe econometrics SOP: I guess it was fine. Other: I had one withdrawal (W) on my transcript because I dropped abstract algebra; the professor was more boring than anyone else I'd ever had. RESULTS: Acceptances: MIT, Stanford, Yale, UChicago, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, Duke, UMaryland. Waitlists: Harvard. Rejections: None. Pending: None. What would you have done differently? Probably nothing. I guess Harvard might have let me in instead of waitlisting me if I'd taken more advanced math or gone to an Ivy, but that's hard to tell and I wouldn't have wanted to do too much more work as an undergrad than I actually did; you have to leave time to have some fun.
Accepts: Acceptances: MIT, Stanford, Yale, UChicago, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, Duke, UMaryland.
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representative_agent 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Economics, ranked 12/189 in my year Type of Grad: MSc (econ) in Europe GRE: Q 790, V 580, AW 4.0 Math Courses: Everything my undergrad school had to offer, but no real analysis (didn't have much choice). Econ Courses (Graduate level): Micro (1+2), Macro (1+2), Econometrics, Incentives, Auction Theory, Several courses in public econ, Growth, ... Other Courses: Several undergrad statistics courses Letters of Recommendation: 1 wellknown, 3 known in their field, 1 thesis advisor (relatively unknown) Research Experience: undergrad thesis Teaching Experience: undergrad macro Research Interests: game theory, information econ, applied micro SOP: hard to judge  does anybody read it? RESULTS: Acceptances: Chicago ($$), NWU ($$), NYU($$), UPENN($$), UCL($$) Waitlists: Minnesota Rejections: Yale, Stanford, MIT, Princeton
Accepts: Acceptances: Chicago ($$), NWU ($$), NYU($$), UPENN($$), UCL($$)
Rejects: Rejections: Yale, Stanford, MIT, Princeton
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Elly 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Small liberal arts college (women's college) Undergrad GPA: 3.91 Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 720V/790Q/5.0A Math Courses: Math Major: Linear, Advanced Linear, Multivariate, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra I and II, Grad Analysis and Topology Econ Courses: Econ Major: Micro, Macro, Int'l Trade, Int'l Finance, Econometrics.. etc. Other Courses: Intermediate Programming Letters of Recommendation: all strong one from my math advisor, one from my econ advisor (who I also did research with and TA'd for), one from a respected economist at a top department at which I took classes Research Experience: Summer REU in Game Theory, Senior Thesis Teaching Experience: TA'd for Calculus, Linear Algebra, Intro to Econ, Macro, MBA Micro Theory, MBA Statistics and Econometrics Research Interests: Development, Micro Theory SOP: I took it seriously but it wasn't too long [B] Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: MIT($), NYU(off of waitlist), UCLA ($), LSE (MRes/PhD Track 1, $), Toronto (Research MA, $), NSF Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Brown What would you have done differently? Nothing! I will be attending MIT.
Accepts: Acceptances: MIT($), NYU(off of
Rejects: Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Brown
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eqtisadi 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Econ,Philosophy,Politics from an Israeli university Undergrad GPA: 94% Type of Grad: Econ in the same university Grad GPA: 96% GRE: Q800, V450, A5.0 Math Courses: Calculus, (simple and calculusbased) Statistics, Linear algebra and advanced calculus, as well as two advanced logic courses by the department of philosophy (all 90+). I took Real Analysis too but I am not going to do the test. It was much more fun doing it without the pressure. Econ Courses: All around: undergrad: intro to econ I & II, price theory I & II, macro I & II, development, econ history, intro to econometrics, honors students seminar. MA: micro, macro I & II, industrial organization, econometrics IIII, econ history. All 90+ Letters of Recommendation: 1 from a very known professor, 2 from professors who are pretty known in their respective fields and 1 from a pretty young professor Research Experience: RA for the first professor mentioned above Teaching Experience: quite a few econ courses for BA, but I don't think it mattered. Research Interests: Too many. I have to narrow them down. SOP: 500 words (or whatever was the limitation) about why I want to do research in economics and how I decided that. Other: Nice set of teeth. RESULTS: Admitted: Berkeley, NYU, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, Chicago, Stanford, Princeton Waitlisted: Harvard Rejected: MIT What would I have done differently? Nothing. Maybe get an American citizenship and apply for the NSF, but seriously, I'm very very happy with the choices I have.
Accepts: Admitted: Berkeley, NYU, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, Chicago, Stanford, Princeton
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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 $)
Rejects: Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Princeton
Waitlists: Waitlists: Penn (Eventually
nash12 2008:
Undergrad: B.A. in Mathematics (2006) from a well known college/university in my country (SouthEast Asia). Grades: 84% Graduate: M.A. in Economics from a well known school of economics in my country. It is a two year course and I only had the grades of the first year or two semesters when I applied. Grades for the first year: 70% GRE: 800Q, 530V, 5.0AWA. TOEFL: 117/120 Math Courses: Since I'm a math undergrad so lots. Real Analysis, Basic Algebra, Topology, Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, Group Theory, Ring Theory, Mechanics, Multivariable Calculus, Numerical Analysis, Number Theory, etc. Econ Courses: All Grad Level. On my transcript with grades when I applied Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Introductory Econometrics, Mathematical Economics and two more. On my transcript without grades when I applied Topics in Economic Theory, Game TheoryI, Topics in Macroeconomic Theory and Econometric Methods. Research Experience: Was a visiting research scholar in a European Institute during the summer of 2007. Wrote two papers there. Both were selected for decent conferences which I mentioned in my application. Sent one of the papers in all the applications. LORs: One a well published and reasonably well known econ theory professor at University of Warwick. One econ professor in my grad school, phd from Princeton. Another econ associate professor in my grad school, phd from Yale. I think all of them were strong. SOP: Talked about my interests Micro and Game Theory. Talked about some of the papers that I've really liked. Also, about my motivation to do economic theory. Teaching Experience: None. Other: Male, 22 years old. Results Acceptances: NYU($), Columbia($), University of Chicago($), LSE MRes/PhD($), Cornell($), Brown($), Penn State($). Waitlisted and finally Accepted: Yale($) and Princeton($). Rejected: Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, UPenn and Stanford. Attending: Princeton. Yuhoooo.. What would have I done differently? Nothing in particular. Well I don't really know if I would have ever made it to Harvard and MIT. None have made from my school in the past 10 years. As an aspiring economic theorist, Princeton was really my dream school and I'm over the moon to have got it.. My suggestion to all the future applicants, esp the International Students is guys dream big and work hard. Dreams do come true..
Accepts: Acceptances: NYU($), Columbia($), University of Chicago($), LSE MRes/PhD($), Cornell($), Brown($), Penn State($).
Rejects: Rejected: Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, UPenn and Stanford.
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jcash 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: top ten U.S. liberal arts Undergrad GPA: 3.95 Type of Grad: none. GRE: 670V/800Q/6.0AW Math Courses: real analysis(A+), differential equations (A+), math logic (A), linear algebra and multivariable calculus in high school Econ Courses: core courses in micro and macro, math econ and econometrics, some electives Other Courses: lots of random stuff Letters of Recommendation: 2 good econ ones, but not from wellknown professors. 1 from a more wellknown professor, but who didn't know me as well. 1 really good one from a political science professor. Research Experience: Undergrad thesis in philosophy of economics, empirical and theoretical term papers. Teaching Experience: TA for intermediate macro. Research Interests: Public finance, econometrics SOP: talked about possible research interests and what I had worked on Other: applying for a j.d.ph.d. Also: I meant to apply to Berkeley, but found out after the fact that I had never finished submitting my online application...oh well... RESULTS: Acceptances: Yale, Princeton, Columbia Waitlists: Harvard Rejections: MIT Assumed Rejections: NYU, Chicago What would you have done differently? Taken a grad level math course
Accepts: Acceptances: Yale, Princeton, Columbia
Rejects: Rejections: MIT
Assumed Rejections: NYU, Chicago
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Julius 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad&Grad: BA in Econ and 2 semesters in MA course, Both in the top university in my country (East Asia) Undergrad GPA: 4.13/4.30 Grad GPA: 4.18/4.30 (At the time of application, 4.10/4.30) Honors : Top in my graduating class (1/201) 2 Grand prizes in paper contests (one in my school, one nationwide) GRE: 740V 800Q 4.0AW Math Courses: Calculus 2, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Analysis, Real Analysis, Topology, Mathematical Statistics, Theory of Statistics 1 & 2 (Grad level) , Probability Theory (Grad level)  All A+ except Probability(A0) Econ Courses: Bunch of them. Some highlights are: Grad Micro, Grad Macro, Grad Stat in Econ dept, Grad Advanced Micro, Grad Advanced Time series, Game theory, Some finance related courses,... (All A+ except Grad Macro(A0) for aforementioned courses) Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: Four LoRs, three from econ and one from stat. I was ranked on the top(or near the top) in at least one class of each professor. Two of them knows me very well and probably wrote their letters enthusiastically. Research Experience: RA for a macro paper of my adviser, programming for cointegration analysis and stuff. Teaching Experience: TA for Econometrics, Statistics and Time Series Econometrics. Instructed regular TA sessions. Research Interests: Applied Micro, Econometrics SOP: Devoted a lot of space for my motivation and my preparation. RESULTS: Acceptances: MIT, Princeton, U of Chicago, Yale Waitlists: None Rejections: Stanford GSB, Harvard(99%, Stanford(99%), Berkeley, NYU(??) Others: UPenn, NWU  Stopped the review process before decisions. What would you have done differently? Maybe more math. I really appreciate all the supports and infos from fellow TMers and I think this is the best service I can do for the TM next generation Good luck to everyone!
Accepts: Acceptances: MIT, Princeton, U of Chicago, Yale
Rejects: Rejections: Stanford GSB, Harvard(99%, Stanford(99%), Berkeley, NYU(??)
Others: UPenn, NWU  Stopped the review process before decisions.
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Fatrapa 2008:
Type of Undergrad: None (French system of Grandes Ecoles) Type of Grad: Business School + Paris School of Economics Grad GPA: 1st / 60 GRE: 800/610/4.0 Math Courses: french system Econ Courses: 3 "undergrad", 20 grad Other Courses: business Letters of Recommendation: 3 wellknow economists, 2 lesswellknown but who know me well Research Experience: Master thesis Teaching Experience: TA Research Interests: Political decision (Roemer, etc.) / political economy SOP: spoke about my research Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: Chicago Waitlists: None Rejections: Columbia, NYU (99%), Harvard (99%) Pending: What would you have done differently? I would have described my math credentials more precisely. This is an advice for all French future applicants: explain how the system works and how good you are in maths in your letter.
Accepts:
Rejects: Rejections: Columbia, NYU (99%), Harvard (99%)
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ForTheWin!_08 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: International, best in South Africa (University of Cape Town for those in the know) Undergrad GPA: We don't use the GPA system. About 80%, which is 4.0 according to the WES conversion scale. Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800Q, 5.0 A, 670 V Math Courses: A year and a half of calculus, Linear Algebra, Algebra I and II, Real Analysis, Metric Spaces, Complex Analysis, Measure Theory, Functional Analysis I + II, Differential Geometry, Topology I + II. All above 75%, so I guess A to A+ range. Undergrad thesis: Explained the DelbaenSchachermayer version of the "Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing" (basically, a financial market satisfies No Arbitrage iff there exists an equvalent martingale ["riskneutral"] probability measure). Essentially, it was just a whole lot of functional analysis and a little bit of stochastic integration. Econ Courses: Intro macro/micro/game theory, Intermediate Macro/Micro, Honours Macro/Micro (i.e. 4thyr level  we used adult Varian for micro, to give you an idea of the level), Undergrad Metrics and Quantitative Methods, Computational Political Economy (4thyr elective on simulation methods and behavioural econ), Masters Econometrics, Masters/PhD Microeconometrics. All A to A+ range. Other Courses: 3 years of Mathematical Statistics, including stuff on: basic probability theory, regression analysis, stochastic processes/time series (not that I remember much of it!), Bayesian statistics, generalised linear models/qualitative regression models. Some basic applied math courses on ordinary differential equations (A's). Letters of Recommendation: One should be very enthusiastic, from the one of the country's most hardcore empirical microeconomists (though his PhD is local)... another is likely to be good (I mean, I'm certain the guy thinks I'm smart, I got the secondbest grade in his class), from quite a bigshot macro guy (PhD Cambridge, and he's coauthored some stuff with Phillip Aghion), but he's only taught me once. I'll probably use my honours thesis supervisor for the third one. Research Experience: Not a lot... I've ostensibly been an RA for one professor for a summer, but I'm not sure how much work you should do to say this of yourself... I attempted to solve this game theory problem for him (he kind of gave me a halffinished paper of his and said "Can you fix this up?"... I couldn't). So not so impressive on this front I think. Teaching Experience: Tutor for intermediate micro for two years, rewrote some of the problem sets for the same course. Research Interests: Development micro, game theory, criminology SOP: Decent, I thought. I posed a few questions that I thought were interesting and tried to show how my personal background led me to be interested in them. Customised one paragraph to mention which fields at the respective schools were strong, and why I thought they should want me. Weaknesses: No research experience, from a relatively unknown university; no money to live off of if financial aid is denied. Results: Admissions: Michigan ($16k + tuition + health insurance), Chicago ($20k + tuition + health insurance) [attending] Waitlists:Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Princeton Rejections:Yale, MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard No Reply:NYU What would I have done differently: Not much. I wish I had gotten my undergraduate degree from a more prestigious place. Other than that, I'm not sure there was much that I could have done differently. But I'm not at all unhappy with what I got...
Accepts: Admissions: Michigan ($16k + tuition + health insurance), Chicago ($20k + tuition + health insurance) [attending]
Rejects: Rejections:Yale, MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard
No Reply:NYU
Waitlists: Waitlists:Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Princeton
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
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2008applicant 2008:
Undergrad: Top three liberal arts college in US GPA: 3.75/4.0 Econ (Econ major) Math:Calc IIII, Linear Algebra GRE: 790Q/710V/5.5AW Teaching experience: TA in college for Intermediate Macro and Econometrics Research experience: Senior thesis, since turned into coauthored paper w/ advisors, submitted for publication. RA job since college (3 years) supervising big field experiment in Latin America. Started (no results yet) small independent field/lab experiment here. letter of recommendation: 2 from my current bosses and the other from my thesis advisor. Interests: development, demography, experimental What I learned: I did very well except at the very top schools and it was obviously my weak math background that hurt me there, but it was my choice not to take those classes. It was a really hard choice between Michigan and Berkeley ARE. Accepted: Michigan ($), Wisconsin (AAE) ($), Davis (ARE) ($), Berkeley (ARE) ($), Brown ($), UCSD ($), UCLA ($), Duke ($), Penn (Demography) ($) Rejected: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, NYU Other: NSF Honorable Mention
Accepts: Accepted: Michigan ($), Wisconsin (AAE) ($), Davis (ARE) ($), Berkeley (ARE) ($), Brown ($), UCSD ($), UCLA ($), Duke ($), Penn (Demography) ($)
Rejects: Rejected: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, NYU
Other: NSF
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elcapitano 2008:
GRE: 800Q 720V 4.5AW(doh) (2nd Attempt) Undergrad: Good but not brilliant research university High 1st Class Degree All Maths and Econ Courses 1st in 12 of 14 including all the maths courses. Graduated 2nd in class. Math: All that I was allowed to take SOP: Probably weak Experience: Two years in government Interests: Growth, Development, Trade Applied: Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford (MPhil), NYU, UBC (MA) Results: Accepted  UBC ($$), Oxford ($?) Rejected  Brown, Columbia, Harvard, NYU What would you have done differently? I would've realised that UK undergrad and some work experience is not sufficient to get into a top US program. Having realised this I also would've applied to Cambridge for their MPhil and probably LSE and not bothered applying for US programs this time round. However, i'm still pretty happy.
Accepts: Accepted  UBC ($$), Oxford ($?)
Rejects: Rejected  Brown, Columbia, Harvard, NYU
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econphilomath 2008:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. in Economics from top institution in my country. Type of Grad: M.A. in Economics from the same institution GPA: Graduated 1st in my class, both programs. GRE: 800Q, 730V, 4.5AWA TOFEL: 118/120 Courses: Tons of econ, some math, no formal real analysis. TA: Lots of undergrad macro courses and some graduate macro courses. Teaching: I teach undergrad macro. Research: Several published papers. All applied. (average to low/mediocre national and international journals) RA: Current job is as an RA at Central Bank and lecturer at my university. LORS: One senior, one semisenior and one junior. I know them all really well (for over two years) and with all I have coauthored different research. Interests: Macroeconomics, Labor and Development. SOP: Tried to be serious, signal I know what I'm getting into. No BS, no talking about whats in my CV, no naming professors and not very long. Schools: Shooting for the top 10 schools. Other: Male, 27 RESULTS: Attending: Yale ($$) Acceptances: NorthWestern ($$), Columbia ($$), UMinn ($$), UPenn (), UChicago () Waitlists: Harvard and MIT. Later rejected. Rejections: Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, NYU. What would you have done differently? Applied earlier. Would not have stressed so much and spent less time on TM! The extra stuff on your CV doesn't make all that much of a difference. Past decent grades and GRE, basic math requirements, its all LORs. Its how you get the LORS that differs among applicants. Randomness that I was worried about was confirmed but its not that big once you know the underlying decision making structure. Also I would have gone with more famous professors LORs who didn't know me as well, but who were willing to write beaming letters, instead of my junior professor/coauthor. ALSO waitlists suck. They do move around (not for me) but the wait is terrible. Last Recommendation: Try as hard as you can to go to flyouts. It can make a huge difference when you have to choose on the margin. Talk with professors and students as much as you can. It helped me a lot. EDIT: See my buddy asianecon's next post. To avoid confusion, I recommend visiting (something usually done at flyouts). However as asianecon suggests, it might be more informative to go on a regular day and sit in at classes talk with people etc as he has done and skip the marketing. Either way try and go get a feel for the program in person.
Accepts: Attending: Yale ($$)
Acceptances: NorthWestern ($$), Columbia ($$), UMinn ($$), UPenn (), UChicago ()
Rejects: rejected.
Rejections: Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, NYU.
Waitlists: Waitlists: Harvard and MIT. Later
 
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Mr.Keen 2008:
Schools: Top econ undergrad from Mexico, Masters from unknown US department, graduate summer at Duke. Major: Economics. Now taking maths while working fulltime for the fed. GPA: Undergrad: 81/100 (tough program). Grad: 3.8, 4.0 at Duke. GRE: Q=790, V=550, AW=3.5 Courses: Economics: up to grad level micro, macro, econometrics (mostly A's on gradlevel, B's and C's in undergrad) All the standard field courses you take in a top latin american undergraduate program: IO (Tirole), International Trade (Feenstralevel material and Helpman and Krugman), Public Finance I and II (Musgrave & Musgrave, Rosen), Open Macro (mostly journal articles, Sebastian Edwards' book on RXR). Statistics: Probability Theory, Mathematical Statistics, 3 theoretical econometrics (Greene was the textbook in all three). Applied econometrics, applied timeseries. Mathematics: Calc I and II, Logic and Proofs, Linear Algebra, Numerical Optimization, Introductory Real Anlaysis, Dynamic Optimization (Continuous and discrete), C's in easiest, A's on the hardest. Research: Published paper in exchange rate error correction modeling. Working paper on international real business cycles (research sample). Working paper on growth and space. Several Fed publications. TA: TA in intro Macro, International and Development. letter of recommendation: Two Duke professors (tenured with strong publication record). One respected Fed economist. Another professor from the Duke summer program. All of them very strong, I think. SOP: I explained the wholes in my application and stressed the strengths. I tried to signal that I know what I am getting into. In cases where it made sense I mentioned faculty members I would like to work with. I mentioned specific topics I am interested in studying. Interests: Open Macro, International Trade, Growth and Applied IO Schools: Chicago Northwestern (Finance at Kellog) NYU Yale MIT (Financial Econ at Sloan) UT Austin Minnesota Duke Stanford My Concerns: My low undergraduate grades. I hope the coursework at Duke and research experience can compensate for those. I expect the recommendations to be superb, so that must help. RESULTS In: UT Austin (funding decision pending), Chicago (Level 1 funding) Waiting list: Minnesota No news: Yale, NYU, Stanford, NWU Kellogg, MIT Sloan Rejections: Duke What would you have done differently?: Nothing, really. I did my best to make up for the effects of past mistakes and it paid off. NB: I must add that those Bs and Cs in undergrad are in no way compared to their American counterparts. Beyond principles of micro and macro, I don't know what a course in economics without calculus is. My intermediate micro textbook (in my junior year) was MWG.
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Waitlists: Waiting list: Minnesota
No news: Yale, NYU, Stanford, NWU Kellogg, MIT Sloan
Sammy6 2008:
Type of Undergrad: Top 25 Econ Undergrad GPA: 4.0/4.0 Type of Grad: MA, Top 25 Econ Grad GPA: 4.0/4.0 GRE: 800Q, 650V, 5.0 AW Math Courses: calc 13, diff eq, linear algebra, stochastic processes, optimization theory, adv. prob/stat (all A's), audit topology, selfstudy real analysis Econ Courses: Micro, Macro and Metrics (Intermed, Master's and 1st semester PhD), Health (MA), Trade(MA and PhD), Internat'l Finance (MA), Game Theory (MA) Letters of Recommendation: 5 very strong (1 Harvard, 1 Chicago, 2 MIT, 1 Michigan). 4 of the professors are very well known. 4 I took classes from, and 2 I worked with. Research Experience: RA for one year, about to submit coauthored paper with supervisor Teaching Experience: private tutoring Research Interests: no f***'in clue SOP: pretty good, my adviser took a look Other: female, 21 years old, transfer RESULTS: Acceptances: Harvard($$), MIT(waiting on NSF), Stanford($$), Yale($$), UPenn($$, declined), Northwestern($$), Chicago($$) Waitlists: NYU, Berkeley (declined) Rejections: Princeton Pending: NSF/Javits What would you have done differently? Relaxed during the waiting game
Accepts: Acceptances: Harvard($$), MIT(
Rejects:
Waitlists: waiting on NSF), Stanford($$), Yale($$), UPenn($$, declined), Northwestern($$), Chicago($$)
Waitlists: NYU, Berkeley (declined)
Antonio 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Good Italian University (not Bocconi, but good) Undergrad GPA: 28/30 Type of Grad: Italian School of Excellence (oooooh) Ggrad GPA: 30/30 GRE: 800Q 540V 2.5AWA TOEFL: 107/120 Math Courses (undergrad and grad): Mathematical Methods, Mathematics for Economics I&II, Statistics I&II, Advanced Statistics, Generalised Linear Models. Econ Courses(undergrad and grad): Advanced Micro/Macro, Game Theory, IO, Advanced Econometrics I&II, Public Finance, Corporate Finance, Applied Econometrics, Financial Economics, Experimental Economics, Advanced Topics in Macro (PhD Course). Letters of Recommendation: 2 from Economics professors, my graduate academic tutor and a guy from LSE (summer school). The others changed with respect to the target. However they were all economists but one (math). Research Experience: Undergrad Thesis, one Working Paper and visiting researhcer at ENSPSE for my grad thesis. Teaching Experience: Undergraduate Micro. Research Interests: Applied Micro, IO and Applied Econometrics. SOP: Pretty good...I think. Other: GMAT; LSE Summer school (A+); Visiting for 6 months at University of Southampton in UK. Italian, 22 (almost 23). RESULTS: Acceptances: Berkeley ($$), Northwestern ($$), BC ($), Toulouse (M2). Waitlists: NYU. Rejections: MIT, Harvard, UChicago, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, UCSD, Brown, Duke, UPenn. Pending: BU. What would you have done differently? I really have not understood almost anything! My results show a lot of randomness (i.e. MIT was wrong in rejecting me) and/or luck (i.e. Berkeley was wrong in accepting me). On one hand I think that waiting another year, with another master from a well reputed European University and with two more well known LORs I could have had some better shots for Cambridge MA or Princeton. On the other hand, I could say that I have been very lucky and that I must take this opportunity as soon as possible. Just some advices for European and, more in dept, Italian guys since this forum is too Americanoriented: there is always a trade off between time (apply just during my last year of school) and odds (wait one year in order to improve my chances). And only you can decide upon this. You can speak with your profs and they will suggest you. But in the end it is just a matter of your own preferences. However I have learnt two things: 1) Getting accepted in a very good US School (Berkeley or Northwestern) is less difficult than I used to think. 2) Getting accepted in a TOP US School (MIT or Princeton) is more difficult than I used to think.
Accepts: Acceptances: Berkeley ($$), Northwestern ($$), BC ($), Toulouse (M2).
Rejects: Rejections: MIT, Harvard, UChicago, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, UCSD, Brown, Duke, UPenn.
Waitlists:
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 (?)
Rejects:
Waitlists:
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:
Chess is life 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Public University BA Undergrad GPA: 3.94/ 4.0 Math/ Economics Type of Grad: Public University MA Grad GPA: 4.0/ 4.0 Economics GRE: 670 V 800 M 5.0 Writing (I took it when I was 19 to get a job at Kaplan and it worked!) Math Courses: Topology, Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Calculus 13, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Analysis, Econ Courses: International Economics I and II (MA), Math for Economists (MA and PhD), Microeconomics (MA and PhD), Urban Economics (MA), Econometrics (MA and PhD), Health Economics (MA), Macroeconomics (MA), Intro. to Econometrics, Statistical Methods, Intermediate Micro and Macro, Industrial Organization (Best Class ever), Seminar in economics, Money and Banking, several independent studies, Other Courses: Physics 1 and 2 (I seriously considered majoring in it). Computer science 1.Letters of Recommendation: Math and Economics professors. I did research with the economics professors. Research Experience: A lot. Washington, DC think tank work for almost a year now, mainly immigration and trade issues. However, I am currently doing research on state policies that effect economic growth and presented at the CATO Institute on microcredit. I also have done research on child abuse, social capital, fed policy and housing prices, a senior thesis on NAFTA's effects on Mexico, municipal government efficiency (Global Perspective), and the fed challenge (Rutgers won our district). Teaching Experience: Tutor for my University 2 years and tutor/teacher for Kaplan test and prep. Research Interests: Probably Microeconomics, most likely something very game theoretical. This is subject to change given that I have yet to take a PhD level economics course in Macroeconomics. SOP: General but adapted to each university I applied to. Other: I think being affiliated with the CATO Institute (libertarian think tank) hurt me. Also, Rutgers has a tendency of sending students to programs and watching them promptly fail the qualifier. This couldn’t have helped me.[/font] RESULTS: Acceptances: Rochester (24k Fellowship), Duke (17k fellowship), Washington University, St. Louis (TA/ RA 20k), Rutgers (30k Presidential Fellowship), Michigan (Nada), UCLA (Nada), Wisconsin (Nada), Georgetown (Waitlist for funding), UCSD (TA and after a complicated formula 7k), Cornell (Nada) Waitlists: Minnesota, NYU (High whatever that means), MIT (later rejected) Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern, Pending: Nothing Concerns: My letter writers are not very wellknown What would you have done differently? Maybe take more math? I really don’t know what else I could have done. I think I will regret not taking more computer science courses.
Accepts: Acceptances: Rochester (24k Fellowship), Duke (17k fellowship), Washington University, St. Louis (TA/ RA 20k), Rutgers (30k Presidential Fellowship), Michigan (Nada), UCLA (Nada), Wisconsin (Nada), Georgetown (
Rejects: rejected)
Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern,
Waitlists: Waitlist for funding), UCSD (TA and after a complicated formula 7k), Cornell (Nada)
Waitlists: Minnesota, NYU (High whatever that means), MIT (later
ranjan123 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.A. in Economics from a large South Asian University, best in my country. Undergrad GPA: 63.5% (60 0s considered first class) Type of Grad: M.A. in Economics from the same institution Grad GPA: 66.2% GRE: 800Q, 420V, 4AWA Math Courses: Mathematics for Economists (Chiang), Mathematical Economics (Simon & Blume) (covers Multivariable Calculus , Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Introduction to Real Analysis among others) Econ Courses (PhDlevel): None Econ Courses (undergradlevel): All typical economics undergraduate courses Other Courses: Masters level micro, macro, econometrics and international economics. Letters of Recommendation: 3 economics professors (1 Harvard PhD, 1 Sussex PhD, 1 Manchester PhD) first two should be solid, third might be a general one. Research Experience: 6 months for a policy research institute in my country. Teaching Experience: Teaching in a public university in my country; 2 semesters micro, 2 semesters development, 1 semester labor. Research Interests: Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Applied Microeconomics, International Economics. SOP: Just wrote about my interests in economics Other: Male, 26 RESULTS: Attending: Simon Fraser University (MA) Acceptances: MA: SFU ($$), Concordia (no $) Waitlists: PhD: NYU (later rejected) Rejections: MA Programs: Waterloo PhD Programs: Cornell, Duke, Virginia, Vanderbilt No Result: Queens (MA), Toronto (PhD) What would you have done differently? May be my relatively unknown undergraduate institution harmed me. I had to apply for an MA right after completing undergraduate.
Accepts: Attending: Simon Fraser University (MA)
Acceptances: MA: SFU ($$), Concordia (no $)
Rejects: rejected)
Rejections: MA Programs: Waterloo PhD Programs: Cornell, Duke, Virginia, Vanderbilt
No Result: Queens (MA), Toronto (PhD)
Waitlists: Waitlists: PhD: NYU (later


Admit summary statistics:
 As submitted and recoreded from Test Magic:  There were 7 accepted out of 22 applicants.Of those accepted, average GPA was 3.91, average GREQ was 797.1.

From the Department webpage in 2010 (please send me a link if this is wrong!) 
Over the last two years, we have averaged over 800 applicants per year. We take 1820. We make between 45 and 50 offers...The GREs typically set out necessary rather than sufficient conditions. We look for strong quantitative skills. We know that the GRE does not test those skills adequately, but if you score below some threshold (say, below 740) you either had a bad day or there is a problem with the mathematics background somewhere. Do we immediately condemn you on those grounds? Not at all, but if you have low GREs you will have to have that much of a stronger application elsewhere to make up for it. Conversely, if you have 780 or 800 don't sit back and relax. Many of our applicants achieve perfect scores, many more than we can admit. The rest of your application will be looked at very seriously. (Source) 
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