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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 ($$), Pennsylvania (No $), Princeton ($$)
Internationalstudent08 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: top U.S. school Undergrad GPA: 3.7+ GRE: 800q, 670v, 4.5w (yeah, me knows how to writing) Math Courses: Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Groups and Topology (intro proofs), Mathematical Probability. In my senior fall I took optimization and now in the spring I take analysis. Econ Courses: many... Letters of Recommendation: 2 from econ profs (1 of them is famous, the other is wellknown) Research Experience: 2 summers Teaching Experience: I have some. does it count anyway??? Research Interests: Macro, Pol. Economy, Public stuff. SOP: I bet they don't read it Other: International student, good at foosball. RESULTS: Acceptances: Waitlists: Rejections: Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Stanford, Brown, Berkeley Pending: Princeton, Chicago, NYU, UCSD, What would you have done differently? I could write an essay about this, but I'll do it at the end
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Rejects: Rejections: Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Stanford, Brown, Berkeley
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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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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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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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octavio 2008:
Type of Undergrad: Large US state university, econ program ranked very low Undergrad GPA: 4.0 Type of Grad: Currently enrolled in econ masters at a US public university Grad GPA: 4.0 through first semester GRE: 800Q, 690V, 6.0 AW Math Courses: Undergrad: Calc 14, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Real Analysis; Grad: Topology, Optimization (IP) Econ Courses: Undergrad: All the standard intro/intermediate, econometrics, electives; Grad: Micro, Macro, Econometrics Letters of Recommendation: All three were from economists and should be very positive. Nobody famous, that I know of... but I get the impression that they were very specific. Research Experience: Summer RA for econometrics professor, currently an RA for a couple of professors working in applied micro Teaching Experience: None, except some grading Research Interests: Development, trade, applied micro SOP: It was very conservative, about a page long, talking about what I had done as a research assistant, what my general research interests were, and my desire to work in academia after graduation. For the AREC programs, I added a short paragraph about my experiences studying abroad in a developing country and my eagerness to do field work (without sounding naive). RESULTS: Acceptances: Berkeley ARE ($, will be attending), UCSD ($), Maryland ($), Michigan (no $), Wisconsin AAE ($), Michigan State ($), UC Davis ($) Waitlists: Brown Rejections: Stanford, Yale What would you have done differently? Things worked out well given that my pedigree was so poor. I got into Berkeley ARE, which is a perfect match for my interests, so I can't think of much to do differently. Probably shouldn't have applied to Stanford and chosen a different reach instead, not that I would have gotten in.
Accepts: Acceptances: Berkeley ARE ($, will be attending), UCSD ($), Maryland ($), Michigan (no $), Wisconsin AAE ($), Michigan State ($), UC Davis ($)
Rejects: Rejections: Stanford, Yale
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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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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.
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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
needeconhelp 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: large US public university(SUNYSB), Econ and applied math Major Undergrad GPA: overall GPA: 3.79; eco: 3.89 ; math:3.88. GRE: 800Q, 510V,AWA 4.0 Math Courses: Calc 13 (A), differential equations(A),Logic, Language and Proof (B), Introduction to Real Analysis (A), Mathematical Statistics(A), Data Analysis(A), Finite Mathematical Structures (B+),Applied Linear Algebra (A), Linear Algebra(fall), Real Analysis(fall), Econ Courses: A's: Intro, Micro, Macro, Strategic thinking, Regional, Mathematical Statistics, Applied Microeconomics, Financial; Econometrics (A), Money and Banking (B+) Grad classes: Graduate Data Analysis (A), Introduction to Probability(B), Microeconomics(fall) Other Courses: Intro to comp. sci.(A) Letters of Recommendation: 4 strong letters(Yale, Stanford,LSE ) Research Experience: Independent research(fall) with Economics honors thesis Teaching Experience: Grading assistant for intro to economics. Research Interests: economics of education, family ( i guess labor, developement), applied microeconomics SOP: probably below standard. Other: I have been part of a scientific research on arsenic in drinking water in bangladesh. Thus, I have been coauthored in a few science publications. I can get some very strong recommendations from some of these professors who are really wellknown in their fields. RESULTS: Acceptances: UVA($$), Ohio state($$),Duke (no stipend), Wisconsin(no $$ or tuition), Pittsburgh(no $) Rejections: Berkeley, Columbia, Michigan, yale, brown, harvard, stanford, wharton, Upenn, UCLA, Maryland What would you have done differently? more Pure math classes and actually work harder not send my Honors thesis to some school, because it was not that great.
Accepts: Acceptances: UVA($$), Ohio state($$),Duke (no sti
Rejects: Rejections: Berkeley, Columbia, Michigan, yale, brown, harvard, stanford, wharton, Upenn, UCLA, Maryland
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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
wcd123 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 25 American research University Undergrad GPA: 3.97 Type of Grad: none Grad GPA: none GRE: 800/510/6.0 Math Courses: Calc IIII (A's), Linear Algebra (A), Probability and Statistics (A), Introduction to Math Reasoning (A) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), Math for Economists (Agraduate course), Public Economics (A), Health Economics (A), and a bunch more Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 1 assistant prof that I RA for, 2 senior faculty that I was in class with. All 3 are actively publishing, and both senior faculty are well established in their fields Research Experience: 1 year RA, Honors essay Teaching Experience: Tutoring Research Interests: Applied micromore towards public/labor/health than IO, but I generally like empirical research and applied econometrics. SOP: I thought it was pretty good. Don't know if it helped or not. Talked about why I like empirical work, some current research I'm working on, and tried to signal that I know what I'm getting into. Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: Yale (going there), Michigan, Columbia, Duke, Brown, Maryland, Wisconsin Waitlists: Chicago Rejections: MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley Pending: none What would you have done differently? Not much. I would have liked to have gotten in to Princeton or MIT, but I am extremely happy with my outcomes.
Accepts: Acceptances: Yale (going there), Michigan, Columbia, Duke, Brown, Maryland, Wisconsin
Rejects: Rejections: MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley
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tm0 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: 3yrs, unfinished first degree in Europe, Business/Econ, at **** school. Undergrad GPA: good Type of Grad: Top 5 UK Master in Econ Grad GPA: high GRE: 800q, 670v, 4.5w (two years before that: 780q, 630,v, 4.5w) Math Courses: one term of math for soc science in 1st year undergrad, one term of math for econ during masters. Econ Courses: Enough though not too extensive either. Letters of Recommendation: grad prof, thesis supervisor, undergrad prof. Research Experience: 1 year parttime RA during UG, 6 month RA in research institution in Washington DC, one working paper (=master thesis) Teaching Experience: TA micro & econometrics one semester each in UG Research Interests: dev econ, applied micro, microeconometrics SOP: Ok RESULTS: Attending: UMich Acceptances: Duke ($ but no 1st year stipend), Brown ($$), Cornell (no $), UMich ($$), LSE (no $), UCL ($$), Oxford ($?) Rejections: Yale, MIT, Stanford, UCLA Other: Never heard from Boston U What would you have done differently? Dunno. Work harder. Make connections to get good recomm from more wellknown people. More math before surely wouldn't have hurt. But when? Given the little I had, the marginal benefit should have been high. Think about location harder before applying. Spend more time (>> 3 days of reading plus 1 night of writing) on Res Proposal at LSE to get funding. Alternatively: Relax. Not try to get into good schools. Be happy with less.
Accepts: Attending: UMich
Acceptances: Duke ($ but no 1st year sti
Rejects: Rejections: Yale, MIT, Stanford, UCLA
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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
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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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
