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Acceptances:

LazyStudent 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.Sc. in Math, Economics and Humanities honors program, from a top 50 or so university (international)
Undergrad GPA: 95.4/100 (cum laude)
Type of Grad: M.A. in Economics and Game Theory, same university
Grad GPA: 98.1/100 (cum laude)
GRE: 800Q, 620V, 5.0AWA
Math Courses: Lots of undergrad courses (most of them A+, some A), auditing grad courses.
Econ Courses: Many undergrad courses (all A+), micro, macro, econometrics, and many game theory courses at grad level (all A+)
Other Courses: A lot of humanities undergrad courses, some in social sciences
Letters of Recommendation: All from well-known professors, and according to what I was told, they were all stellar.
Research Experience: Lots of algorithms research in Hi-Tech industry, two unpublished papers (MA thesis and another one) in microeconomics.
Teaching Experience: TA for Microeconomics and Game Theory (grad level) and for Math for economics (undergrad level)
Research Interests: Microeconomics, Game theory
Statement of purpose: Pretty standard, almost non-customized.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Harvard (HBS and Economics), NWU, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Stanford (GSB and Economics), Berkeley, Chicago.
Rejections: None.
What would you have done differently?
In retrospect, I might have applied only to my top 5 places (like I was advised by one of my recommendation letter writers), but I guess there was no way to really predict how much impact the recommendations would have.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Harvard (HBS and Economics), NWU, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Stanford (GSB and Economics), Berkeley, Chicago.
  • Institution: Harvard Business School Business Economics PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: The usual, it's good. Notification date: February 12th Notified through: Phone. Posted on Gradcafe: No Comments: Probably my top choice, pretty happy. Good luck to all TM-ers.
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Economic Analysis & Policy PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: ? Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: No.
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: ? Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail referring to website referring to future snail-mail. Posted on Gradcafe: No. Comments: Two in less than an hour! My parents are not built for so much excitement!
  • Institution: Northwestern Econ Decision: Accepted Funding: 20.9k fellowship x 4 years, 15.7k for year 5 Notification date: 20 February 2010 (You read it right, it's a bummer being international...) Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: Probably going to be my coldest winter :)
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $23K 4 years Notification date: 04/03/2010 Notified through: Email.
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $23K 4 years Notification date: 04/03/2010 Notified through: Email.
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision:Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for funding Notification date: 3/15 Notified through: Email Comments: No funding? too bad I have no other good alternative...
Rejects:
    Rejections: None.
Waitlists:

zurich_econ 2010:
PROFILE:
Degrees Licentiate (=MA+BA) in economics, summa cum laude, GPA 5.8/6; B.Sc. math, GPA 5.7/6 both from large Swiss university
GRE: First go: 770Q 510V 5.5 AWA, Second go: 800Q 610V 4.5AWA
TOEFL 119
Math Courses: Analysis I-III (equivalent to real analysis, plus measure theory, integration on manifolds etc.) linear algebra I-II, abstract algebra, probability theory, measure theoretic probability theory, differential geometry (fall), topology (fall), functional analysis (fall)
Econ Courses: Micro I-IV (III and IV used Jehle/Reny and MWG), Macro I-IV (III used Obstfeld/Rogoff, IV used Romer), Growth and distribution theory, public economics, money and credit, monetary economics, behavioral economics, behavioral macroeconomics, behavioral finance (used Shleifer), experimental economics, statistics, econometrics (used Wooldridge), analysis of microdata, mathematical statistics and time series analysis, environmental economics, microeconomic theory of the firm, topics in international finance, finance and the macroeconomy, business economics.
Other Courses: Motivational psychology, psychology of perception, social psychology I-II, social neuroscience
Letters of Recommendation: 1 famous econ, 1 well known econ, 1 less well known econ, one math
Research Experience: RAing for 2 years, two theses (developped a game theoretic model in each of them)
Teaching Experience: Teaching exercise classes in undergrad micro, undergrad macro, public economics
Research Interests: Micro, behavioral, game theory, experimental, public econ
Other Fulbright
Concerns Adcoms not knowing how to interpret Swiss grades, relatively unknown university (though we got a handful of visiting profs from the top 5 every year here), the IIE handling some of my applications (but I'll be happy if they assessed my chances correctly!), ...and of course the insane competition
Applying to Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Chicago, NYU, NWU, Caltech, Cornell, CMU SDS, LSE, Oxford, UCL, Zurich (so much for the hypothesis that we international applicants choose our safeties at home)
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Yale, Stanford, NYU, Berkeley, Chicago, Caltech, Northwestern, Oxford (PhD, PRS), UCL (PhD), all with good or great funding
Waitlists: None (great!)
Rejections: Cornell, Tilburg, Harvard
Pending: LSE, Carnegie Mellon SDS
What would you have done differently? Not much, really. Maybe I should have applied to Princeton, but I certainly can't complain! I think two things boosted my application: 1. The fact that I showed commitment by getting a BS in maths after finishing my MA in econ to do econ theory, and 2. the fact that I did independent research for my MA-thesis and spent sufficient time and energy on it to impress my advisor
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Yale, Stanford, NYU, Berkeley, Chicago, Caltech, Northwestern, Oxford (PhD, PRS), UCL (PhD), all with good or great funding
  • Institution: Yale PHD Econ Decision: Accepted Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on Gradcafe: no Comments: Delighted
  • Institution: Oxford DPhil (PRS) Decision: Accepted Funding: $ for sure, chance for $$$ Notification date: Feb. 19 Notified Through: Personal email from prospective advisor
  • Institution: Caltech social sciences PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: $$ Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Fulbright (took them a week to forward the mail...)
  • Institution: Northwestern econ Decision: Accepted Funding: $$ Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail Comments: No first year funding - probably because I have Fulbright funding for the first year
  • Institution: Oxford econ (PRS) Decision: Accepted Funding: $, chance for $$$ Notification date: 2/19 Notified through: E-mail from prospective advisor
  • Institution: UCL Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: Yes, don't know how much Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Personal email from prospective advisor
  • Institution: UCL Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: Yes, don't know how much Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Personal email from prospective advisor
  • Institution: NYU Econ Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes (no details yet) Notified through: E-mail Date: 03/08 Comment: Great!
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Econ PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes Notification date: 3/05/10 Notified through: via Fulbright, with a 7 days delay! Comment: Thrilled!
  • Institution: U Chicago Econ PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 23'000 Notification date: 3/04/10 Notified through: via Fulbright, with a 7 days delay! Comment: Great, but probably won't go there.
  • Institution: Stanford University Economics Decision:Accepted Funding: 32'000+Health Notification date: 15/03/2010 Notified through: Email, forwarded by Fulbright Comments: I can't believe it!!!
Rejects:
    Rejections: Cornell, Tilburg, Harvard
  • Institution: Cornell econ Decision: rejected Notification date: 02/08/2010
  • Institution: Cornell econ Decision: Rejected Notified through: E-mail Comments: Was my first decision - got me quite depressed, without any reason, as I learned a few days later.
  • Institution: Tilburg econ Decision: Rejeted Notification date: 2/23 Notified through: E-mail Comments: I applied on the last day of their deadline, because I panicked a bit - seems like they have smelled that I had added them as a safety!
  • Institution: Tilburg econ Decision: Rejeted Notification date: 2/23 Notified through: E-mail Comments: I applied on the last day of their deadline, because I panicked a bit - seems like they have smelled that I had added them as a safety!
  • Institution: Harvard University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/12/2010 Notified through: via Fulbright
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: None (great!)

slightlyconfused1 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top 10 overall, top 20 econ
Undergrad GPA: 3.99/4.00
GRE: 800Q, 740V, 5.5 AW
Math Courses: Topology (A), Algebra I (A), Analysis II (A+), Math Modeling (A+)
Math Courses (Grad): Ordinary Differential Equations (A+), Real Analysis (A), Functional Analysis (A), Complex Analysis (A+), Algebraic Topology (A)
Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A+), Econometrics (A+), Random Field Course (A+), Research Seminars (A+ and A)
Econ Courses (Grad): Micro I (A), Micro II (A+), Macro I (A+), Macro II (A-), Econometrics I (A), Econometrics II (A)
Other Courses: 4 additional PhD courses in compsci and physics. (A+s and As)
Letters of Recommendation: One from very well-known prof (research), one from decently well-known prof (research + did an independent study with him), one with younger associate prof (took a 2nd year grad module with him + unofficial adviser)
Research Experience: Financial econometrics research for senior thesis; micro theory + cs research earlier. Nothing too extraordinary, although my advisors want me to submit the financial econometrics work to a top field journal.
Teaching Experience: Various TA gigs over the years.
Research Interests: Everything. Applied micro and econometrics if I had to narrow down a little.
Statement of Purpose: Pretty bland (except for the Berkeley SOP, which was the first one I wrote and included lots of details about papers I liked, etc.). Narrated my interest in econ, advanced coursework, research, etc.
Other: Various awards in math/programming contests. Some "best academics in university" awards given to 2-3 students.
Concerns: Undergrad research was not focused and had little to do with my actual interests?
RESULTS:
Acceptances: MIT ($$), Harvard ($$), Yale ($$$), Princeton ($$), Stanford ($$), Berkeley ($$), Chicago ($$), Northwestern ($$), Duke ($$)
Rejections: None
Accepts:
    Acceptances: MIT ($$), Harvard ($$), Yale ($$$), Princeton ($$), Stanford ($$), Berkeley ($$), Chicago ($$), Northwestern ($$), Duke ($$)
  • Institution: Yale Economics, PHD Decision: Admitted Funding: No info yet -- apparently coming in mail. Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: no Date of Gradcafe post: no Comments: First acceptance. "Relieved" is an understatement...
  • Institution: Northwestern Econ PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 20.9k fellowship x 4 years, 15.7k for year 5 Notification date: 02/19 Notified through: email from grad coordinator containing admissions letter as pdf attachment Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no Comments: I got the email after wobuffet had already posted about his -- it looks like they aren't all sent at the same time, so don't worry if you haven't received one yet. :)
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 36.5k for 4 years + at least 26k in 5th Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: email to check website Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Generous funding...
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 21.9k for 4 years + 15.7k in 5th Notification date: 2/19 Notified through: email from grad coordinator Posted on grad cafe: No Comments:
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 18k + 2k for summer in first year. Vague for future years, but program website has info. Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: email to check website Posted on grad cafe: No Comments:
  • Institution: Harvard Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Coming via mail.. Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: Call from co-chair of admissions committee Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: So exciting! I saw a call from the 617 area code and flipped out.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $23,000 for 4 years. "In the fifth year of the program ample funding is available through teaching or research positions." Notification date: 3/3 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: Cool.
  • Institution: Harvard Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Coming via mail.. Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: Call from co-chair of admissions committee Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: So exciting! I saw a call from the 617 area code and flipped out.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $23,000 for 4 years. "In the fifth year of the program ample funding is available through teaching or research positions." Notification date: 3/3 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: Cool.
  • Institution: University of Chicago economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 21k for 5 years Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: flyout april 2nd
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 29.8k for 5 years Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email from admissions director (via grad administrator) Posted on GF: No Comment: Exciting offer!
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 32k for 2 years; "full financial support" as an RA or TA in years 3-5 Notification date: 3/10 Notified through: Email (letter attached as pdf) Posted on GC: No Comment: Happy... but still waiting on one very important piece of news.
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 28k fellowship for 2 years, unspecified amount as RA/TA in years 3-5 Notification date: 3/15 Notified through: Email from grad administrator with attachment Comments: Very, very happy.
Rejects:
    Rejections: None
Waitlists:

triple_sec 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: MA in Econ in a small country in Eastern Europe; univ is among the best in the country but has little, if any, international renown
Undergrad GPA: 4.92/5.00, 1st out of 182
Type of Grad: MPhil Econ at another, English-speaking, univ in the same country
Grad GPA: 3.94/4.00
GRE: 800Q, 660V, 4.0AWA (Nov 2007); 800Q, 630V, 4.0AWA (Nov 2009)
TOEFL: 112/120 (30R, 27S, 27L, 28W)
Math Courses: Calculus (actually, it was more like real analysis; 5/5), Linear Algebra, Linear Programming, Multivariate Analysis (4/5, the last three went under the same course), Probability Theory (5/5), Operations Research (5/5), Advanced Math (A, actually Measure Theory)
Econ Courses: Micro (A,A,A), Macro (A,A), Metrics (A,A,A-,5/5), Monetary Theory (5/5), Recursive Macro (5/5), Time Series Analysis (A,5/5), Intl Macro (5/5), Game Theory (5/5), Public Econ (A), Behavioral (A), Metrics Intro (5/5), Public Econ (5/5), Labor (5/5,4/5), IO (5/5), Micro (5/5,5/5), Macro (5/5,5/5), Corporate Finance (5/5)
Other Courses: Statistics minor, plus some Political Science, Accounting, Law (the first two years of my undergrad were rather a joint social sciences—business—econ program before specialization to econ)
Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ professors (1 MIT PhD, 1 Harvard PhD), 1 math prof; I guess they were solid
Research Experience: MA thesis (mainly a survey but contains also a standalone RBC model) plus a preliminary project for a series of research seminars
Teaching Experience: a lot, TA for 7 courses altogether (4 math, 1 grad macro, 1 undergrad micro, 1 undergrad macro) and much, much tutoring
Research Interests: econ of information, mechanism design, macro
SOP: Enthusiastic as it should be, emphasizes eagerness for research
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Yale, Berkeley, NYU, Northwestern, Duke (declined)
Waitlists: Princeton, UPenn (asked them to take me off)
Rejections: MIT, MIT Operations Research, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Stanford
What would you have done differently? I don't know. What could I have done differently to get into my absolute, unsurpassable dream school, MIT? Probably nothing. I have to come to terms with the fact that either I'm not *that* good or this year has been unusually competitive (or both). Anyways, I'm extremely delighted with my actual offers—I would be a moron if I weren't, of course.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Yale, Berkeley, NYU, Northwestern, Duke (declined)
  • Institution: Yale Econ Decision: Acceptance Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: Northwestern Econ Decision: Acceptance Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: Duke Econ Decision: Acceptance Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: University of California, Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Not specified yet Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: Interview over the phone Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I'm really in a dilemma, in a good sense. Also in at Yale.
  • Institution: University of California, Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Not specified yet Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: Interview over the phone Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I'm really in a dilemma, in a good sense. Also in at Yale.
  • Institution: New York University Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes
Rejects:
    Rejections: MIT, MIT Operations Research, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Stanford
  • Institution: MIT Operations Research Decision: Rejection Notification date: 2/20 Notified through: First called for interview, the program director told me they were impressed but I don't fit in; then also in email Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: Harvard Econ Decision: Rejection Notification date: ? Notified through: No admission letter Posted on GF: No
  • Institution: Columbia Econ Decision: Rejection Notification date: ? Notified through: No admission letter Posted on GF: No Waiting: MIT Econ, Princeton, NYU, Penn, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comment: It has been obvious to me since all admitted applicants (including one of my schoolmates) received info last week.
  • Institution: The University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail (breaking the alleged tradition) Posted on GF: Yes Comment: It's OK.
  • Institution: Columbia Econ Decision: Rejection Notification date: ? Notified through: No admission letter Posted on GF: No Waiting: MIT Econ, Princeton, NYU, Penn, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comment: It has been obvious to me since all admitted applicants (including one of my schoolmates) received info last week.
  • Institution: The University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail (breaking the alleged tradition) Posted on GF: Yes Comment: It's OK.
  • Institution: Stanford University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comments: Expected
  • Institution: Harvard University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/12/2010 Notified through: Postal mail
  • Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/16 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: OK, I know but this one hurt. Congrats to all admits, anyways. My admiration (and envy ) will haunt you.
  • Institution: Princeton University Economics Decision: Rejected from the wait list Notification date: 4/14/10 Notified through: E-mail
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: Princeton, UPenn (asked them to take me off)
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: Princeton University Economics Decision: Waitlisted Funding: $25,750 p.a. if accepted (weird that waitlistees are offered less than those guys admitted in the first place) Notification date: 3/9/2010 Notified through: Email Comments: Congrats to those admitted! :-)

princetonhost 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top Asian University, Good Econ Dept
Undergrad GPA: 3.97
Type of Grad: n/a
Grad GPA: n/a
GRE: 600V, 800Q, 4.5AW
Math Courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Intro to Stats, Statistical Inference, Regression Analysis, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Stochastic Processes, Probability, Advanced Probability(grad-level) [Grades: all A's or A+'s]
Econ Courses: intro micro(A), intermediate micro(A+) + macro(A+), public finance(A+), international finance(A), game theory(A+), quantitative macro(A+), intro econometrics(A+), phd micro theory(A+), phd macro theory(A+)
Other Courses: lots of programming and computer algorithm design, hardware and software [Grades: all A+'s]
Letters of Recommendation: Two well-known econ profs, one math
Research Experience: Little
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: macro + finance
SOP: standard, same for all schools
Other:
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Princeton ($$), Yale ($$$), Penn($$)
Waitlists: Minnesota
Rejections: a couple of other top-5/10 schools
Pending: None
What would you have done differently? Pretty happy about my results. I wish I could have stayed in university for one more year before applying. I would use the time to work on a topic and write something at least since I had so little research background. Also it's good to enjoy one more year of college life
ATTENDING:
Princeton!
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Princeton ($$), Yale ($$$), Penn($$)
Rejects:
    Rejections: a couple of other top-5/10 schools
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: Minnesota

dauntilus 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: BA in econ & math at top 10 econ dept
Undergrad GPA: 3.88
Type of Grad:
Grad GPA: 4
GRE: 800q, 660v, 5w
Math Courses: Linear algebra (A), Real Analysis (A), Abstract Algebra (A), Numerical Analysis (A), Complex Analysis (A-), Probability (A)
Econ Courses: Undergrad: Intermediate Micro, Macro (A, A), Game Theory (A), Financial Econ (A), Metrics (A)
Grad: Micro (A), Game Theory (A), Psych in Econ (A)
Letters of Recommendation: 3 great letters from good economics faculty with a record of putting students into top schools. 2 knew me very well, 1 not as well.
Research Experience: 2 years RA experience for 1 professor, no publications
Research Interests: Applied micro, Behavioral econ
SOP: More or less polished, minor changes for each school. I found 1 small typo in 1 school's SOP after submitting.
RESULTS:
Attending: MIT
Acceptances: Berkeley, Yale, Chicago, MIT, Caltech, UCSD, Cornell (no funding), NYU Stern Waitlists: NYU
Rejections: HBS, UPenn, Columbia, NYU, MIT GSB, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Stanford, Brown
What would you have done differently? I would have started taking grad classes my third year- I thought they would be harder than they are.
Accepts:
    Attending: MIT Acceptances: Berkeley, Yale, Chicago, MIT, Caltech, UCSD, Cornell (no funding), NYU Stern
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Accepted Funding: 28k Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: Yale Decision: Accepted Funding: 37k Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 4 (afternoon) Notified through: Email Funding: 23k for 4 years
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 4 (afternoon) Notified through: Email Funding: 23k for 4 years
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision:Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for funding Notification date: 3/15 Notified through: Email Comments: Should have applied for NSF
Rejects:
    Rejections: HBS, UPenn, Columbia, NYU, MIT GSB, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Stanford, Brown
  • Institution: Harvard Business School Busec Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: Phone + email, after I interviewed Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: Harvard Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/4 Notified through: mail Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: MIT Sloan Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/4 Notified through: mail Posted on GF: No Comments: Expected Implied rejections from Northwestern and Columbia
  • Institution: MIT Sloan Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/4 Notified through: mail Posted on GF: No Comments: Expected Implied rejections from Northwestern and Columbia
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: NYU

wobuffet 2010:
Profile
Type of Undergrad: top 15-ish US national university, econ PhD program is top 20-30
Undergrad GPA: 4.00 (easier to attain than at other schools)
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q, 790V, 5.0AW
Math Courses: Honors Multivariable Calculus (pass/fail option); Essential Stats; Honors Linear Algebra; Statistical Inference I; Abstract Algebra; Probabilistic Models; Real Analysis (single-variable)
Econ Courses: Intermediate Macro; Intermediate Micro; a bunch of field courses (Int'l Finance; Public Econ; Econ Growth; Health Econ; Econ Analysis of Institutions; Econ and Psychology; Theory of Econ Growth; Labor Economics); Econometrics I; Econometrics II; Game Theory; grad core Micro I (mandatory pass/fail); grad core Micro II (mandatory pass/fail); grad applied econometric methods course (graded, in progress when I applied); grad class on economic theories of inequality (graded, in progress when I applied)
Other Courses: two intro comp sci classes
Letters of Recommendation: one reasonably well-known prof I RA'd for, took 2 classes with (1 undergrad, 1 grad), and planned to write a thesis under; one somewhat less-known prof I had an undergrad class with and planned to TA for; one well-known prof I took two grad-level courses with (including Micro II, in which I internally got an A); and another well-known prof I RA'd for for a year or so. [I mixed and matched somewhat for schools that only accepted 3 LORs]
Research Experience: RA'd for 2 semesters + 2 summers (under 2 diff profs)
Publications: Nah.
Teaching Experience: none at time of application, although I was planning to in the spring
Research Interests: applied micro (especially public and labor)
Statement of purpose: Tried to be honest; it probably ended up sort of dry.
Comments: Going in, I had basically no idea how most of my letters were going to turn out; I was only reasonably confident about one of them.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Berkeley ($$, attending), Stanford ($$$), Yale ($$$$), UMich (no $), Chicago (waitlisted for $), Northwestern ($$), NYU ($$$)
Waitlists: MIT (eventually rejected), Princeton (eventually rejected)
Rejections: Harvard, UPenn, Columbia
What would you have done differently? On the margin, I guess having done some research on my own would have done the most good, or perhaps getting to know a few professors better. (But ex post, I wouldn't change a thing! In particular, attending a well-regarded private research university for my undergraduate studies definitely worked out well for me.)
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Berkeley ($$, attending), Stanford ($$$), Yale ($$$$), UMich (no $), Chicago (waitlisted for $), Northwestern ($$), NYU ($$$)
  • Institution: Yale Econ PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: details coming via snail mail Notification date: 02/18 Notified through: e-mail (had to log in) Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no Comments: no longer nervous!
  • Institution: Northwestern Econ PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 20.9k fellowship x 4 years, 15.7k for 5th yr Notification date: 02/19 Notified through: e-mail, pdf attachment Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no Comments: time to search the archives for funding info
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 4 (afternoon) Notified through: Email Funding: 23k for 4 years? Comments: can't believe it
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 4 (afternoon) Notified through: Email Funding: 23k for 4 years? Comments: can't believe it
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: March 8 (letter was dated Mar 1) Notified through: snail mail Funding: $0 ("Unfortunately, budgetary constraints...") Comments:
  • Institution: New York University (NYU) Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 8 Notified through: Email Funding: "full funding," 5 years (details forthcoming) Comments: 7:23pm? pretty late in the evening...
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 9 Notified through: Email Funding: "on a short wait list"
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 11 Notified through: Email Funding: $32k x 5 years
Rejects:
    rejected), Princeton (eventually rejected) Rejections: Harvard, UPenn, Columbia
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Mar 4 Notified through: e-mail to check website Funding: n/a Comments: first (official) reject
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Mar 4 Notified through: e-mail to check website Funding: n/a Comments: first (official) reject; glad it came after a couple admits
  • Institution: Harvard Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Mar 11 Notified through: (snail) mail Funding: n/a
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Mar 12 Notified through: email to check site Funding: n/a
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejected off the waitlist Notification date: April 14th Notified through: Email
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected off the (huge) waitlist Notification date: April 14th Notified through: Email
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: MIT (eventually
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Waitlisted (size around 15) Notification date: Mar 9 Notified through: Email Funding: $26k x 5 years if accepted
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: Mar 17 Notified through: email Funding: no idea Comments: Ugh...

freakout2010 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.Sc. Economics at Top10 South American university.
Undergrad GPA: 8.5/10 (Top 5%)
Type of Grad: MA Economics at Top10 South American university (not the same as undergrad).
Grad GPA: 9.6/10 (1st in class)
GRE: 800q/500v/3.0a
Math Courses (undergrad): Calculus I to III, Linear Algebra, Introductory Real Analysis.
Math Courses (grad): Real Analysis, Measure Theory.
Econ Courses (undergrad): a bunch of them!
Econ Courses (grad): Micro Theory I to IV (entire MWG), Macro Theory I to III, Econometrics, Microeconometrics, (New Dynamic) Public Finance, Corporate Finance, Mathematical Economics I and II (some chapters of Stokey&Lucas).
Other Courses:
Letters of Recommendation: A total of 5 letters, all from MA professors. Strong letter from my advisor which I sent to all universities (rotated among the other recommenders). Two strong letters from micro theory guys (with PhD outside US but good recent publications); one good letter from a professor at top10 US university; and one fair letter from well-known general equilibrium guy.
Research Experience: My MA Dissertation.
Teaching Experience: TA for Microeconomic Theory I and II at the graduate level.
Research Interests: macroeconomics, mechanism design, economics of information.
SOP: pretty standard
Other: Ranked the first (out of 800 candidates) on a national selection process for economics MA in my country.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Princeton($$$), Yale($$$$), Northwestern($$), Columbia($$), UCLA(no $)
Waitlists: MIT (then rejected)
Rejections: Chicago Booth (Econ), Stanford GSB (EA&P), Berkeley, HBS (BusEc), Harvard.
What would you have done differently? Not applied for to many business schools. Also I think I should have studied more for the analytical section of the GRE. I am pretty sure my application was dropped off on some schools because of my weak score.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Princeton($$$), Yale($$$$), Northwestern($$), Columbia($$), UCLA(no $)
  • Institution: Yale PHD Econ Decision: Accepted Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on Gradcafe: no Date of Gradcafe post: no Comments: Great news !!!:D
  • Institution: Columbia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "Full funding" Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Personal e-mail from Professor Posted on GF: No Comments: :)
  • Institution: Columbia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "Full funding" Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Personal e-mail from Professor Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: Princeton University Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 9 Notified through: Email Funding: 29,8k for 5 years (TA last 3 years)
Rejects:
    rejected) Rejections: Chicago Booth (Econ), Stanford GSB (EA&P), Berkeley, HBS (BusEc), Harvard.
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: MIT (then
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: Mar 17 Notified through: email Funding: N/A Comments: is there any hope ?

xyz621 2010:
Institution:Penn
Program: Econ Phd
Decision: Accepted
Notification date: 03/02/2010
Notified through: Email
Posted on GF: Yes
Comments: Relieved
Institution:Yale
Program: Econ Phd
Decision: Rejected
Notification date: 02/18/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Posted on GF: Yes
Comments: I am just too old to get in.
Accepts:
  • Institution:Penn Econ Phd Decision: Accepted Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Relieved
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Don't care Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Accepted: UPenn, Stanford Rejected: Berkeley, Princeton, Harvard, Yale Unknown: MIT
Rejects:
  • Institution:Yale Econ Phd Decision: Rejected Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I am just too old to get in.
  • Institution:Yale Econ Phd Decision: Rejected Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I am just too old to get in.
Waitlists:

jackie21 2010:
Institution: UCLA
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: being considered for fellowship
Notification date: feb 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: Michigan
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: none
Notification date: march 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: LSE
Program: MSc Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: none
Notification date: feb 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: University of Toronto
Program: MA
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 25000
Notification date: march 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: Cornell
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 22000
Notification date: 08/03/2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: Stanford
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 32000!!
Notification date: 11/03/2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Rejected: Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Berkeley
Accepts:
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: being considered for fellowship Notification date: feb 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: Michigan Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: none Notification date: march 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: LSE MSc Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: none Notification date: feb 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: University of Toronto MA Decision: Accepted Funding: 25000 Notification date: march 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 22000 Notification date: 08/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 32000!! Notification date: 11/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no Rejected: Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Berkeley
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: disappointed, but its yale so you know its gonna be hard. 1 down, 11 more to go
Waitlists:


Rejections:

Morxjez 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: University of Chicago
Undergrad GPA: 3.83
Type of Grad: n/a
Grad GPA: n/a
GRE: Q800 V540 W4.0
Math Courses: Analysis in Rn 1,2,3 , Abstract Algebra 1,2 , Numerical Analysis, Complex Analysis, Theory of ODE (involved use of complex variable) All A's except complex analysis (A-)
Stat Courses: Mathematical Statistics (A-), and mathematical probability (A)
Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro and Macro (all A's), International trade and finance (A-,A), Econometrics (intro and advance) (A, B+,A), Advanced Macro 1, 2 (A+,A+), Auction Theory (A), Game Theory (A), a graduate class in numerical methods in economics (A)
Other Courses: Computer Science (A,A)
Letters of Recommendation: 1 Harvard, 1 Minnesota, 1 Princeton (They are all pretty strong)
Research Experience: 1 Year part time RA, 1 Summer RA at central bank in my country
Teaching Experience: TA for math and econ
Research Interests: Asset pricing and macro
SOP: normal with customized to each program
Other: I am currently a junior year student.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Chicago($), Northwestern (WL), UPenn ($$), Columbia($$), Minnesota ($$), Wisconsin($$), Boston U($$)
Waitlists: MIT
Rejections: Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, UMich
Pending: nothing
What would you have done differently? I should not apply this year. I should instead work as an RA for a year or two and then apply. I think then I would have a clear shot at top 5 schools. But well, graduating in three years save me 50,000US worth of tuition fee and now I am happy with Penn, which is very good at Asset Pricing.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Chicago($), Northwestern (WL), UPenn ($$), Columbia($$), Minnesota ($$), Wisconsin($$), Boston U($$)
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, UMich
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: MIT

saucyapples 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top 10 liberal arts college, majored in Math and Econ (class of 2008)
Undergrad GPA: 3.69
Type of Grad: None
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q, 630V, 5.5AW
Math Courses: The usual , plus some high level statistics classes. Mostly As, some B's.
Econ Courses: 12 or so, mostly A's and some A-'s.
Other Courses: Some random classes, several about law since when I got to college I wanted to be a lawyer. A's and B's.
Letters of Recommendation: Only from people who know me well and (I think) like me. Two from econ professors with PhD's from top-5 places and one from a reasonably famous math prof.
Research Experience: Undergrad thesis (won an award), RAed for two summers including once abroad, and did field research in Latin America for almost two years after graduation
Teaching Experience: TAed and tutored a couple of math and econ courses. I've also tutored at an underachieving elementary school near my house (which is remarkably similar to tutoring underachieving college students, actually)
Research Interests: Development, IO, Game Theory, Education
SOP: Had it vetted by various economists, they said that it was fine. I wrote about three pages and then for each school only kept the 1-1.5 pages that were most relevant to that program. I'm not really sure how much it matters
Concerns: Had no idea what my LORs actually said.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: HBS($$$, pretty sure that I'm going to take it), Harvard ($$), Cal($$), Michigan ($), BU($), Maryland()
Waitlists: None
Rejections: Duke, Yale, Northwestern, Stanford GSB, Columbia, NYU, Stanford, MIT
What would you have done differently? I got into my dream school, so I'm ecstatic.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: HBS($$$, pretty sure that I'm
Rejects:
    Rejections: Duke, Yale, Northwestern, Stanford GSB, Columbia, NYU, Stanford, MIT
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: None

tommyg28 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top UK BA econ
Undergrad GPA: 3.85(ish) equivalent
Type of Grad: MA econ, same uni
Grad GPA: 3.9
GRE: 800Q, 720V, 5.5AW
Math Courses: The usual (real analysis I, II, Topology, functional analysis, linear algebra, ODE I, II, advanced statistics and probability theory, etc.) Mostly As, one A-
Econ Courses: Many: Micro I-IV; Macro I-IV; Econometrics I, II; Economic theory; IO, etc. All As, some A+
Other Courses: None, econ all the way
Letters of Recommendation: From people who knew me well, but alas, few people know them. Nice letters though.
Research Experience: Undergrad thesis and Grad dissertation - they were OK.
Teaching Experience: Coached various sports, but pretty sure this counts for squat
Research Interests: Everything. Probably IO, stock-flow macro dynamics and labour if I had to narrow it down.
SOP: Bland
Concerns: Interpretation of UK grades
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Duke ($$), U Washington-Seattle ($), Georgetown ($$)
Waitlists: UCLA
Rejections: A lot: MIT, Princeton, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Michigan, Yale, Penn, etc.
What would you have done differently? it's been said many times before, but I didn't pay sufficient heed: LORs matter! Unless you have Slightlyconfused's profile you need to get well-known profs to write decent enough LORs. I'm a little disappointed with my outcome. My faculty is pretty weak at the mo, so I don't think I could've done much better. But I should've done my MA elsewhere to get access to better letter of recommendation writers. Shucks.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Duke ($$), U Washington-Seattle ($), Georgetown ($$)
Rejects:
    Rejections: A lot: MIT, Princeton, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Michigan, Yale, Penn, etc.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: "Don't care anymore." Enough said.
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GC: No Comments: Trying to tell myself that I had forgotten about this one. Alas....
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: UCLA

good_tea 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: BA, Joint Econ/Math at Top 30 Econ department (I am an international student, though)
Undergrad GPA: 3.83/4.00
GRE: 760Q/670V/4.5A
Math Courses: Calculus (B, B, A), Linear Algebra (B+), Differential Equations (A), Analysis (A,A), Operations Research (A), MA Statistics in economics department (A).
Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (B), Econometrics (A), Economics of Information (B+), MA Micro (A), MA Macro (A), and many electives (As).
Letters of Recommendation: One famous economics prof., wrote term paper (not sure about strength of the letter but not bad), one somewhat famous economics prof., senior thesis advisor (should have been quite solid), one analysis professor (should have been very good).
Research Experience: Senior thesis.
Teaching Experience: None.
Research Interests: Development, trade.
SOP: Nothing special.
Other: Had been working for an international organisation for a few months during the time of application.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Cornell AEM MS (no $), UVA (wl-$), UMD AREC ($$), Michigan (no $), BU (wl-$).
Rejections: Yale, Harvard KSG, UCB ARE, Princeton, PSU, UMD, Brown, NYU, UCSD.
What would you have done differently?
I am very happy with my outcome but realise that with a bit of bad luck, it could have been a lot worse. I am answering this question not so much in retrospect but in terms of how my a priori thinking/information could have been better (e.g. in retrospect it wouldn't make sense to apply to Princeton but a priori it was reasonable to do so just in case my recommendation letters were extremely strong).
1. I would not have applied to Maryland Economics b/c it really didn't match my interests very well. I would not have applied to Cornell AEM b/c it turns out it is very difficult to get admitted directly into the PhD program and I didn't want to do a MA/MS. I might have applied to Cornell's economics instead, though. I would have applied to at least one more place outside the top-20, maybe University of Washington.
2. A higher GRE score would have been good but I tried and didn't manage (canceled my score after taking it the second time), so it is not something I regret. I am not so good at that kind of test.
3. In terms of the longer run, I should have considered how I could do better in math classes earlier on. I am naturally quite good at math but had been doing only ok since late high school and never really thought about how I could improve. I learned (while studying for my Linear Algebra final exam, which took my grade for that class from a B- to a B+), that it is very useful to study by writing/typing out explanations to make sure one understands everything properly. Studying in this way, I did very well in all my subsequent math classes.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Cornell AEM MS (no $), UVA (wl-$), UMD AREC ($$), Michigan (no $), BU (wl-$).
  • Institution: Cornell AEM Decision: Accepted for MS. Funding: None. Notification date: 23rd of February. Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes. Comments: Email said that getting into the PhD program after successfully completing MS should be of no difficulty. Not sure what to be make of this.
  • Institution: University of Virginia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nothing yet. Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email to check website. Posted on GF: Yes. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: This is very good news.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nothing yet. Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Checked the website but did not receive an email. On the website, it says I will be contacted soon. Posted on GF: Going to very soon. So Yes, basically. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: This is really excellent!
  • Institution: University of Maryland AREC Decision: Accepted Funding: Graduate Assistantship, tuition remission Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Will do. Comments: Excellent...
  • Institution: BU economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Basically waitlisted for funding. Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No, maybe I will, in which case I will put my TM name. Comments: Good to know, though I am unlikely to choose it at this point.
  • Institution: Cornell AEM Decision: Accepted for MS. Funding: None. Notification date: 23rd of February. Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes. Comments: Email said that getting into the PhD program after successfully completing MS should be of no difficulty. Not sure what to be make of this.
  • Institution: University of Virginia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nothing yet. Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email to check website. Posted on GF: Yes. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: This is very good news.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nothing yet. Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Checked the website but did not receive an email. On the website, it says I will be contacted soon. Posted on GF: Going to very soon. So Yes, basically. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: This is really excellent!
  • Institution: University of Maryland AREC Decision: Accepted Funding: Graduate Assistantship, tuition remission Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Will do. Comments: Excellent...
  • Institution: BU economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Basically waitlisted for funding. Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No, maybe I will, in which case I will put my TM name. Comments: Good to know, though I am unlikely to choose it at this point.
Rejects:
    Rejections: Yale, Harvard KSG, UCB ARE, Princeton, PSU, UMD, Brown, NYU, UCSD.
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected. Notification date: 18th of February, I think. Notified through: Email. Posted on GF: No Comments: Wasn't expecting to get in anyway.
  • Institution: Harvard KSG Public Policy Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/03/10 Notified through: Email. Posted on GF: Will do. Comments: Not particularly bothered.
  • Institution: Harvard KSG Public Policy Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/03/10 Notified through: Email. Posted on GF: Will do. Comments: Not particularly bothered.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Ag & Resource Econ (ARE) Decision: Rejected Notified through: E-mail to check website. Date: 03/09 Comment: I feel I had a fair shot here. If it is true that NYU and Brown are also out (and Princeton is almost certainly out anyway), then none of the offers I could still get are better than the ones I already have.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: No surprise...
  • Institution: PSU Econ Phd Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/12/2010 Notified through: Email. Comments: I would not have attended even if I got admitted with funding at this point. It was meant to be safety though, so that seems to have been a miscalculation!
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Marjorie Lesser got back to my email, that was nice of her since it was from several days back. Posted on GC: No Comments: Not surprised at this point. Only UCSD to go...
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/24/10 Notified through: e-mail Comments: I wouldn't have gone anyway, but I am really glad I got into Michigan and in retrospect, seem to have been lucky since I was rejected by other similar programs!
Waitlists:

askua 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. (honours)-Econ and Math, large Canadian University
Undergrad GPA: Overall: 3.85, excluding first year: 4.0
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 780Q 580V 6.0AWA
Math Courses (undergrad-level): Calc 1-4, Math stats 1-2, analysis 1-2, linear 1-2, analysis for econ, math for econ 1-2 (if this counts?); All A's or A+
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Micro 1-4, macro 1-4, econometrics 1-2, IO 1-2, international trade 1-2, money and banking; All A's or A+
Econ Courses (PhD-level): IO (A)
Other Courses: a few German courses
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ profs (1 Berkeley, 1 Minnesota, 1 Toronto) ... all taught me one or more courses.
Research Experience: Barely any ... just one paper for the grad IO.
Teaching Experience: tutor for 4 years
Research Interests: applied micro (health, IO)
statement of purpose: Preparation, goals, research interests
Concerns: reputation of undergrad
Other:
RESULTS:
Acceptances: UC Davis (no first year funding), UW Madison (no first year funding), UBC (PhD, $$) Toronto MA (doctoral stream, $$)
Waitlists: None
Rejections: Yale, Columbia, Michigan, Berkeley, Stanford, UCSD
Pending: None
What would you have done differently? I would have only gone to a different undergrad if I had known four years ago that I wanted to do a PhD in Economics. However, in retrospect, I might have tried to get more RA experience and done a double degree in Math and Econ rather than just a minor in math. Although I am pretty happy with my results given what type of a student I was in high school (not good). I am very lucky and not complaining. I think out of most of the top 20s, UBC and Madison are the best two fits for me so I think I was appropriately placed. Good luck to everyone in future cycles!
Accepts:
    Acceptances: UC Davis (no first year funding), UW Madison (no first year funding), UBC (PhD, $$) Toronto MA (doctoral stream, $$)
  • Institution: UC Davis Economics Decision: Admitted. Notification Date: 2/15 Notified Through: E-mail Posted on Grad Cafe: Yes
  • Institution: Davis Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: None for first year Notification date: 2/15 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: Yes, 2/15 Comments: Relieved
  • Institution: University of Toronto MA doctoral stream Decision: Accepted Funding: 15K (TA/fellowship) + 3K (summer) + tuition Notified through: E-mail Date: 3/8 Comment: And so the dilemma begins ...
  • Institution: UBC Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: 3/25 Notified through: Email and mailing Posted on GF: Nope Comments: Funding?
Rejects:
    Rejections: Yale, Columbia, Michigan, Berkeley, Stanford, UCSD
  • Institution: Yale Econ PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) Yes, 02/18 Comments: Expected
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: Website Posted on grad cafe: Yes, 2/18 Comments: Expected
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: I wish I could say I didn't see this coming. Oh well.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/3 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: Not exactly heartbroken, but not thrilled either. I guess you could say I am indifferent...
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes, today Comment: Getting used to rejection.
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: Website Posted on grad cafe: Yes, 2/18 Comments: Expected
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: I wish I could say I didn't see this coming. Oh well.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/3 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: Not exactly heartbroken, but not thrilled either. I guess you could say I am indifferent...
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes, today Comment: Getting used to rejection.
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email, and letter. Posted on GC: no Comments: At least I get my money's worth. International postage!
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Nope Comments: Don't mind.
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: None

sperner's lemma 2010:
Type of Undergrad: Top 3 Canadian University (in economics)
Undergrad GPA: 95 cumulative, ~97 for math/econ courses
Type of Grad: Taking first year PhD Micro
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: Q800,V730,W5.5
Math Courses: Calc I-IV , Lin Alg I-III, Differential Eq, Metric Topology, General Topology, Real Analysis I-II, Intro. to Probability and Stats
Econ Courses: standard honors sequence in Micro/Macro/Metrics, and some Math of Econ
Other Courses:
Letters of Recommendation: One well known in his field, Two semi-known. I have taken classes from the two semi-known ones. I have RAed for the well-known one for the summer. They all know me well.
Research Experience: RAed during third year summer. Did matching/social network stuff.
Teaching Experience: N/A
Research Interests: Applied Game theory, IO
SOP: Spent a lot of time on it. Looking back now, it was probably too much (I didn't know about TM back then). But I think it may have helped, especially for getting me admission from Chicago since I mentioned I am a Libertarian and big fan of Friedman (both are true statements).
Other:
RESULTS:
Acceptances: (Full funding): Stanford, NWU, UPenn, NYU, UMN, UMichigan (Partial Funding)Chicago
Waitlists: MIT
Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Berkeley
What would you have done differently?
Nothing really, other than taking more math courses (especially in Probability theory). I am very surprised by my result. My letter of recommendation writers must have gone all the way for me. I am very very grateful for their help.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: (Full funding): Stanford, NWU, UPenn, NYU, UMN, UMichigan (Partial Funding)Chicago
  • Institution: Northwestern Phd Decision: Accepted Funding: 20.9 k + tuition for four years, 15k the last Notification date: 2/20 Notified through: checked the website Posted on GF: no Comments:was feeling so down after yale's rejection, it's a huge relief.
  • Institution: Minnesota Phd Decision: Accepted Funding: 20 k + tuition for first year, 15k for the rest Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: email Posted on GF: no Comments: Very very glad.
  • Institution: Minnesota Phd Decision: Accepted Funding: 20 k + tuition for first year, 15k for the rest Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: email Posted on GF: no Comments: Very very glad.
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 22k first year, offers for year two onward is not clearly stated int he email Notification date: 3/2 Notified through: Email Posted on GF:Nope Comments:Got a tough choice between this and Northwestern
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: waiting for the info Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Happy to get in.
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Berkeley
  • Institution: Yale Phd Decision: rejected Funding: Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: email Posted on GF: no Comments: Was a little surprised, so were my advisors, but they conjectured that maybe some of the students that went to yale from my school haven't been doing well. Oh well, I was pretty bummed for the weekend until the admission started coming in.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/2 Notified through: Email Posted on GF:Nope! Comments: Wasn't too fond of the school to begin with, and didn't like the personal background essay I had to write for the app. Only applied to it because it's top 10. Also I misspelled Berkeley as Berkley once in my SOP. So I guess i deserve this rejection.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: was my best shot of getting into a top 5 phd program I actually wanted to go. I thought i had a chance and now it hurts a bit.
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: MIT

econslave 2010:
Type of Undergrad: BA in Economics from top 15 liberal arts college
Undergrad GPA: 3.7ish
Type of Grad: None
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q / 630V / 5.0AWA
Math Courses: Calculus I/II, Intro to Statistics, Probability Theory, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, Discrete Math, Ordinary Differential Equations, Real Analysis (Note: Some grades were good, but most were not.)
Econ Courses (Undergraduate): A lot of basic field courses, but also econometrics and advanced theoretical econometrics
Econ Courses (Graduate): N/A
Letters of Recommendation: (1) RA-ed for 2.5 years; (2) RA-ed for, co-authored decent article with, advised for thesis, and took two courses with; (3) Took an advanced economics course with as an undergraduate and did very well in the class (Note: None of the letter-writers are well-known, but all went to top 10 PhD programs.)
Research Experience: 2.5 years RA for one professor, 1 year RA for another professor, undergraduate thesis (ranked best), summer RA at prestigious policy think-tanks, 1 year full-time RA position with top 10 school professor
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: Behavioral/experimental, decision theory, micro theory, applied micro
Concerns: Lacking in math (not many classes and less-than-stellar grades). Didn’t graduate with any honors or anything.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: UCSD (TA $), Michigan (no $), Boston University (no $)
Waitlist: Minnesota
Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Northwestern, Penn, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, Wisconsin, Caltech, Brown, Cornell, Duke, CMU, Maryland, Texas, PSU, Stanford GSB, Chicago Booth
What would you have done differently? Besides getting better grades as an undergraduate, not much. I applied to all of the top 20 and several others, and got into a few great schools. Perhaps I would’ve taken a different RA position, but it seems to have worked out anyway.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: UCSD (TA $), Michigan (no $), Boston University (no $)
  • Institution: Michigan Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Don't know Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: Checked website Posted on GF: No Comments I'm so thrilled about this. My first admit!!!
  • Institution: Michigan Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Don't know Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: Checked website Posted on GF: No Comments I'm so thrilled about this. My first admit!!!
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Accepted!! Funding: To arrive via e-mail next week Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Flyout March 31-April 1 ... Financial info to arrive next week. It was a personalized message. So happy!
  • Institution: Boston University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: No Notification date: 3/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Nice, but I'll probably turn down the offer soon.
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Northwestern, Penn, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, Wisconsin, Caltech, Brown, Cornell, Duke, CMU, Maryland, Texas, PSU, Stanford GSB, Chicago Booth
  • Institution: Duke Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 2/16 Notified Through: E-mail Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: First "official" rejection. Trying to keep the faith.
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: None Notified Through: Checked online status Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: No good news yet...
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Economic Analysis and Policy Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/19 Notified Through: E-mail to check website Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: Not surprised, still worried
  • Institution: Duke Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/16 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GF: No Comments: 1
  • Institution: Yale Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GF: No Comments: 2
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Ph.D. Economic Analysis & Policy Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/19 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GF: No Comments: 3
  • Institution: Chicago Booth Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: 4
  • Institution: Northwestern Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Checked website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: 5
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: Not surprised, but very disappointed. Oh well.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/4 Notified through: E-mail to check website Funding: Laughing to hide the tears... Comments: This is old news by now.
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: See decision. Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Looks like Illinois does not like me.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: Not surprised, but very disappointed. Oh well.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/4 Notified through: E-mail to check website Funding: Laughing to hide the tears... Comments: This is old news by now.
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: See decision. Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Looks like Illinois does not like me.
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: ... Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail (unofficial personalized rejection) Posted on GF: No Comment: This one really really sucks.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Don't care anymore
  • Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Not surprised at this point.
  • Institution: Penn State University Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: ... Notification date: 3/10 Notified through: E-mail (from Lynn Sebulsky) Posted on GC: No Comment: More rejections --> disutility
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: ... Notification date: 3/10 Notified through: Snail mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Hm.
  • Institution: Harvard Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: ... Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Postal mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Big shocker...
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/12 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GC: No Comments: Expected by now.
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/16 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GC: No Comments: Everything is alright.
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/16 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: I'm so surprised...
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/17 Notified through: E-mail (with PDF attachment) Posted on GC: No Comments: It's ok.
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Reject Funding: ... Notification date: 03/19/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Oh well.
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Reject Funding: ... Notification date: 03/19/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Not surprised by now.
  • Institution: U Maryland Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/20/10 Notified through: E-mail to Check Website Posted on GC: No Comments: Not new news.[/QUOTE]
  • Institution: UT-Austin Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Oh well.
  • Institution: Carnegie Mellon Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/25 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Oh well.
Waitlists:
    Waitlist: Minnesota
  • Institution: Minnesota Ph.D. Economics Decision: Waitlist (not the "priority" one) Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Lots of rejections, and even more implicit ones. Hopefully one will work out.
  • Institution: Minnesota Ph.D. Economics Decision: Waitlist (not the "priority" one) Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Lots of rejections, and even more implicit ones. Hopefully one will work out.

decision09 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top 10 overall, top 15 econ
Undergrad GPA: 3.75/4.00 Graduated High Honors Economics
GRE: 760Q, 580V, 5.0 AW (last year 740Q)
Math Courses: Analysis I (B)(blew first 2 exams but aced final to save myself), Modern Algebra (B+), Probability Theory (A-), Ord Diff Eq (A), Combinatorics(Winter 2010), CalcI,II,II,LA(A)
Math Courses (Grad): Intro Topology (Winter 2010)
Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Econometrics (A-), Random Field Courses (A), Research Seminars (B+(due to ULWriting) and A), Game Theory (A), Time series Analysis (A-)
Econ Courses (Grad): Micro I (B+), Micro II (B), Econometrics I (B), Math for Economists (B)
Letters of Recommendation: Well-known senior professor from research seminar
The other from a younger associate prof, said he wrote me an A+ letter (took game theory with him + unofficial adviser)
Research Experience: Financial econometrics research for senior thesis(publication: in process); experimental micro theory research. Labor research paper that will likely become my third year paper for my PhD, it caught the interest of a Senior person at my undergrad institution.
Teaching Experience: None.
Research Interests: Everything but Theoretical Econometrics.
Statement of Purpose: Much better the second time around but still about 1800 words, I had a few things to write about my career outside of econ and how it will influence my research.
Other:
Concerns: Poor performance in critical math classes, test jitters!
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Wisconsin Madison, Cornell
Rejections: Umich, Penn, Yale, Texas, Penn State, BU, Maryland, Mich State, Princeton, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, CalTech, Stanford, Northwestern, Duke
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Wisconsin Madison, Cornell
Rejects:
    Rejections: Umich, Penn, Yale, Texas, Penn State, BU, Maryland, Mich State, Princeton, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, CalTech, Stanford, Northwestern, Duke
Waitlists:

whoisdg 2010:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. Math and Economics, Tufts U
Undergrad GPA: 3.8 Math, 4.0 Econ (Summa/PBK)
GRE: 800Q 780V 5.0 AWA
Math Courses (UG): Standard lower level curriculum, all A/A+; Real Analysis (A); Abstract Alg (B+); Complex Variables (A-); Probability (B – explained in SOP); Math Stats (A)
Econ Courses (UG): Principles of Economics (A), Intermediate Micro (A), Quant. Intermediate Macro (A), Advanced Econometrics (A), Financial Economics (A), International Trade (A), Quant. International Finance (A), State and Local Public Finance (A)
Letters of Recommendation: Michigan PhD, Stanford PhD, Duke Math PhD (two were advisors, both of whom know me very well; none are especially well known)
Research Experience: Theoretical-Empirical term paper in international trade; RA at policy research organization. **No THESIS. No academic RA.**
Research Interests: Diverse. Mostly applied micro.
Statement of purpose: Don’t have any standard for comparison...but I actually think it mattered, contrary to popular opinion. More on that below.
Other: Worked in management consulting for six months after college; a couple of national scholarships in college (e.g. NMSP); solid programming background.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Berkeley ($$), Michigan ($$), Penn (Waitlisted “very high” for $$), UCSD ($$), Wisconsin (withdrew before funding offer made), UT (withdrew before funding offer made)
Waitlists: MIT, awaiting rejection
Rejections: Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Chicago, Yale, NWU
NSF: Honorable mention (Intellectual Merit: 2 Excellent, 1 Good; Broader Impacts: 2 Excellent, 1 Very Good. Argh!)
What would you have done differently? Lots to say here. First of all, a THESIS. The one reviewer that submarined my NSF proposal clearly wanted to see more independent research experience. I’m pretty sure that was the deal breaker. Even though undergraduate theses (or “first papers”, more generally) are usually pretty bad, they are (1) an important signal of interest in and ability to do independent research, and (2) a significant learning experience. It might have been useful to take grad-level core courses, but I don’t think they’re necessary – the math courses convey the necessary skill set. Similarly, it might have been useful to RA as an undergrad, but again, from what I understand those roles are usually menial unless you have good programming/data skills.
I've also spent two years in the working world. For me, this experience was incredibly valuable. It's not for everyone, but I think it has a lot to offer - exposure to lots of interesting situations and questions, confirmation of your interest in research career, personal growth, big dollar.
Important note: I think the adcoms took the SOP more seriously than I had anticipated. Several possible explanations for this observation. The increase in applications probably leaves marginally admissible candidates indistinguishable from one another, and the statement might therefore be used as a second- or third-order criterion. Or maybe they really do sort applicants according to fit. Or maybe I’m just imagining things! In any case – I called out my interests in applied fields more than theory, and in some more specific topics that interest me (e.g. tournaments, peer effects, evaluation), and the decisions I got seemed to sort themselves accordingly. If I could change anything, I'd probably shift a little weight from applied to theoretical micro.
Overall, I’m thrilled with Berkeley. Ex-post,it’s my third-most desired program, behind the Cambridge contingent. My only disappointment is NSF – I really thought I could snag it. In any case, I now have a well-developed idea to embark upon this summer, so the process is valuable in and of itself.
Good luck to all future applicants. I hope this information is helpful!
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Berkeley ($$), Michigan ($$), Penn (
Rejects:
    rejection Rejections: Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Chicago, Yale, NWU NSF:
Waitlists:
    Waitlisted “very high” for $$), UCSD ($$), Wisconsin (withdrew before funding offer made), UT (withdrew before funding offer made) Waitlists: MIT, awaiting

JBDonges 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: German Diplom in Economics from a University that is a Top5 in Germany but 200-300 worldwide.
Undergrad GPA: exp. 1.9 on a scale from 1.0-5.0 where 1.0 is best
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 750Q, 420V, 4.5AWA (second take), 740Q, 400V, 4.0AWA (first take)
Math Courses: Mathematics for Economists I and II (passed), Statistics I, II and III (2.0)
Econ Courses (PhD-level): Advanced Macro I (2.3), Adv. Macro II (1.3), Monetary Theory (1.3)
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Economic Policy, International Economics, Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Public Economics, Growth, Labour, and many more, all between 1.0-3.3 (average about 2.0)
Other Courses: pre-degree in business
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ professors (1 Northwestern PhD, 1 former Harvard fellow, 1 unknown)
Research Experience: 3 years RA for an unknown prof.
Teaching Experience: Introductory micro
Research Interests: Macro
statement of purpose: Standard - template taken from Italos.
Concerns: GRE scores.
Other: MA application only
Applying to: NYU MA, Yale IDE, UBC MA, UofT MA, UMich MAE, McGill MA, U Illinois Chicago MA
RESULTS:
Acceptances: UIC MA (no $)
Waitlists: none
Rejections: UBC MA, Toronto MA Doctoral/Regular Stream, McGill MA, UMich MAE, Yale IDE
Pending: NYU MA (expect nothing)
What would you have done differently?
Mmmh... my GRE was horrible... not well prepared for the first time, nervous for the second... so I guess taking more time to learn for GRE would be quite useful... In the end I think that most adcoms were not able to evaluate my degree... What to do now? Maye I take UIC or I'm looking for a Master's in Germany... suggestions welcome...
Accepts:
    Acceptances: UIC MA (no $)
  • Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago M.A. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Decision in March Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Mail Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Good start anyway...
  • Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago M.A. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Decision in March Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Mail Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Good start anyway...
  • Institution: NYU Master in Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 05/11 Notified through: E-Mail Posted on GF: Yes Comments: This is so sick! Rejected by UBC, UofT, McGill and accepted by NYU? I don't get that...
Rejects:
    Rejections: UBC MA, Toronto MA Doctoral/Regular Stream, McGill MA, UMich MAE, Yale IDE
  • Institution: Yale MA IDE Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: Yes Comment: I don't care... didn't get a fellowship from Germany, so was no real option anymore.
  • Institution: McGill MA Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/24/10 Notified through: e-mail Comments: I considered this to be one of my safeties... now I lost hope for the remaining decisions Posted on GC: Yes.
  • Institution: UBC MA Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/24/10 Notified through: I sent an e-mail to the department asking for my status and got the reply... Comments: This really depresses me... I really wanted to go there Posted on GC: Yes.
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: none

2pm 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.B.A, Econ concentration from large state university with no PhD program
Undergrad GPA: 4.0
Type of Grad: M.A. Econ, same school
Grad GPA: 4.0
GRE: 790Q, 640V, 4.0AWA
Math Courses: Cal I (AP test), II (Community College), III, Intro to Proofs, Matrices and Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Real Analysis I
Econ Courses (master level): Macro, Micro, Metrics, International Finance, Health Econ, Time Series, Research Methods, Forecasting
Econ Courses (undergrad): Intermediate Macro, Micro, Metrics, Money & Banking, Math for Economist (same class with graduate level)
Other Courses: Mostly in business
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ professors , been told they are all strong
Research Experience: Honors undergrad thesis & master thesis. Nothing spectacular
Teaching Experience: Tutor in the Econ dept
Research Interests: Applied micro
Statement of purpose: Standard, did not customize
Concern: (somewhat) inadequate math background. Realized I wanted to do a Ph.D. in econ too late & tried to cram as much required math courses as possible while finishing my M.A.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: UT Austin ($$) (attending), Houston ($$), Michigan State (no $), BU (no $), UVA (no info on $ yet)
Waitlists: BC, UW-M long waitlist -> rejection
Rejections: let me count the way…Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, UCLA, UCSD, UMN, Duke, PSU, Maryland, WUSTL
Pending: Ohio State (the earliest deadline, still nothing yet. Oh the irony!)
What would you have done differently? Hard to say, since I know beforehand there will be lots of noise in my results anyway. Probably take more math and get 800Q in GRE? Perhaps spend more time on my SOP, although I don’t feel comfortable discussing my research goals & ideas in details since I don’t even know which field I am interested in at the time of the application process. One thing I won’t regret is not transferring. I have made some fantastic friends and built tremendous relationship w/ the faculty at my current university. Overall, I’m extremely happy. 2 years ago when I decided to go for a Ph.D. in economics I didn’t think I could even make it to a mid-rank program, so UT is definitely a step up from my expectations.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: UT Austin ($$) (attending), Houston ($$), Michigan State (no $), BU (no $), UVA (no info on $ yet)
  • Institution: UT Austin economics Decision: Accepted Funding: TAship, details TBA Notification date: 03/9/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comment: Thrilled! First offer after going 0 for 7...
  • Institution: Houston economics Decision: Accepted Funding: TAship + Fellowship Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: very flattered but will likely decline due to better offer...
  • Institution: Michigan State Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: no first year $ Notification date: 3/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comments: unlikely to attend w/out funding
  • Institution: Boston University Economics Decision: Admit Funding: nada Notification date: 3/24/10 Notified through: Email Comments: a strong ego-boost. But will probably decline since there is little chance I'm getting financial aid
  • Institution: UVA Economics PhD Decision: Admit Funding: No information on the letter Notification date: 03/24 Notified through: randomly checked website Comments: Happy
Rejects:
    rejection Rejections: let me count the way…Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, UCLA, UCSD, UMN, Duke, PSU, Maryland, WUSTL
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No.
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/17 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: one of my dream schools...
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/19/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comment: expected...
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 03/19/10 Notified through: Randomly check Testudo website Posted on GC: No Comments: bleh...
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/23/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: WUSTL Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 04/06/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Took them long enough...
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: BC, UW-M long waitlist ->
  • Institution: Boston College Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: Waitlisted Notification date: 2-28-2010 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Same email as EconDev. It seems very uncertain though, who knows what will happen after 4/15?
  • Institution: Boston College Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: Waitlisted Notification date: 2-28-2010 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Same email as EconDev. It seems very uncertain though, who knows what will happen after 4/15?

mifx 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top Brazilian University
Undergrad GPA: 9.0/10 (highest honor)
Type of Grad: -
Grad GPA: -
GRE: 790Q, 500V, 3.5AWA
Math Courses: Calc I, II, III , Operational Research, Mathematical Economics, Real Analysis, Linear Algebra
Econ Courses: Macro, Micro, Estatistics I and II, Econometrics I and advanced, International Econ, Environmental Econ, Public Econ, Game theory, Agrobusiness, Development Economics, Latin America Economics.
Other Courses: Management, International Business, Finance, Adv. Finance
Letters of Recommendation: 1 Harvard, 1 Stanford, 1 University of Illinois, 1 LSE (pos-doc)
Research Experience: Award for my undergrad thesis on health economics, Joint Research for an international non-profit organization (published), Individual Research (orientated by a Harvard PhD econ professor)
Teaching Experience: none
Research Interests: Development, International Economics, International Finance, Macroeconomics, Public Policy
Statement of purpose: Standard
Concern: GRE AWA
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Stanford, LSE, University of Illinois
Waitlists: none
Rejections: Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale
Pending: none
What would you have done differently? I would have studied more for GRE verbal. But, unfortunatly, I didnt have time enough.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Stanford, LSE, University of Illinois
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: none

SubEffect 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top 3 US liberal arts college.
Undergrad GPA: overall, 3.88; excluding freshman year, 3.94
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800 Q 720V 5.5 AWA
Math Courses: Modeling (A), Math Stats (A), Differential Equations (A), Data Analysis (A), Real Analysis (B+), Topics in Analysis: Dynamical Systems (A+), Senior Research Project (A) [freshman year: Honors Linear Algebra (P, school mandates P/F), Honors Multivariable Calc (B)]
Econ Courses (PhD-level): NA
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Econometrics (B+), Adv Econometrics (A), Polit Econ of Africa (A), Economic Development (A+), Public Policy Evaluation (A), Experimental Economics (A+), Behavioral Economics (A), Senior Research Project (A+), [freshman year: Int. Macro (A-), International Polit Econ. (A-)]
Other Courses: Nothing too useful, except for Comp Sci (A+).
Letters of Recommendation: prof with MIT PhD; assistant prof with Berkeley PhD; assistant prof at a top 5 econ grad uni with a Harvard PhD whom I RAed for over a summer. From my NSF feedback, it sounds like they were all very strong.
Research Experience: RA for a prof at a top 5 econ grad university for a summer; did independent research with a prof at my school; thesis-like paper for a class that won an award
Teaching Experience: TA for Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Econometrics
Research Interests: Development, Behavioral, Auctions, tons of different applied microtopics
Statement of purpose: Probably good?
Concerns: Mostly my B+ in real analysis, as the other blemishes seem like they were sort of made up for by A's in higher level classes
Other: Won an award for best paper in my department last year
RESULTS:
Acceptances: none
Waitlists: Princeton, MIT
Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, Honorable Mention from NSF
Pending: none
What would you have done differently? Get better than a B+ in real analysis! But honestly, I'm pretty happy with how things turned out: I get to spend the next year at my dream job and should have a stronger application when I reapply in the future (from classes this semester/recs from my job). The feedback from the NSF people was especially helpful and getting on those waitlists was encouraging for the future. Also, to future applicants from liberal arts colleges who may be reading this, it seems like there is a big benefit in not applying straight out: this is at least what I have gathered from talking to professors and looking at past applicants from my school. I don't know why, maybe getting recs from better known professors? But anyway, good luck to everyone else!
Accepts:
    Acceptances: none
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley, Yale,
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: Princeton, MIT

bluebucket 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top 2 Econ PhD program
Undergrad GPA: 4.4/5
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 790Q, 630V, 4.0AWA
Math Courses: multi-var calc, diff eq, linear alg, real analysis
Econ Courses: I was an econ major so alot
Letters of Recommendation: 1 very well known, 1 known within field, 1 senior lecturer, 1 math prof
Research Experience: interned at regional fed
statement of purpose: explained why I want a phd in econ, what my research interests are, and more in depth description of research and other experience
Concerns: grades
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Berkeley ($), U Chicago($)
Waitlists: none
Rejections: Michigan, Brown, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Brown
Attending: U Chicago
What would you have done differently?
Applied to schools where more of my letter writers would be recognized. I didn't apply to Stanford and one of my letter writers got his phd there. But I probably would have chosen Chicago regardless.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Berkeley ($), U Chicago($)
  • Institution:UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Admitted!:tup: Notification date: 2/27/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: yes Comments:Email was from graduate dean, no word on funding or flyout yet.
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 21k Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comment: Yay!
  • Institution:UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Admitted! Notification date: 2/27/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: yes Comments:Email was from graduate dean, no word on funding or flyout yet.
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 21k Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comment: Yay!
Rejects:
    Rejections: Michigan, Brown, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Brown
  • Institution: Harvard economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 03/09/2010 Notified through: Snail Mail
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected Notified through: Email Notification date: 3/16/2010 Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Notified through: e-mail to check website Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC:No
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: none

backtotheUS 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.Sc. Economics and Mathematics, non-Oxbridge/LSE UK university; exchange year at top-20 US university
Undergrad GPA: 18.2/20.0 (top 1%), GPA 3.87 during exchange year
GRE: 800Q, 490V, 5.5AWA
Math Courses: Mathematical Methods & Calculus (20.0, 19.0), Statistics (18.0, 16.6), Algebra (19.0, 19.0, A+), Real Analysis (16.9, A at graduate level), Game Theory (A), Elementary School Teaching (P), Linear Algebra (A), Topology (B+), ODEs & PDEs (16.3), Number Theory (17.2), FORTRAN Programming (17.5), Dissertation (?)
Econ Courses: Microeconomics (16.9, 18.8, 19.0), Macroeconomics (19.6, 16.7, ?), Mathematical Finance (A), Probabilistic Models (A+), Rationality (A+), Game Theory (B+ at graduate level), Econometrics (A+), Econometrics Seminar (A+)
Other Courses: 2 Management, 1 Political Science
Letters of Recommendation: 1x junior UK professor and co-author, 1x senior UK RA-supervisor, 1x junior US professor and independent research supervisor, 1x senior US professor
Research Experience: 1.5 years RA at the LSE, independent research project, co-authoring journal article (work in progress), mathematics dissertation
Teaching Experience: 1 year (Mathematical Methods for Economists)
Research Interests: Contract theory, auctions, rationality
SOP: focused on research experience
Other: assisted in editing an article for the Royal Economic Society, co-founded and organized national economic forum
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Princeton ($), LSE MRes/PhD ($), Oxford ($?), Munich University ($)
Rejections: NYU, Northwestern, Berkeley, Chicago, Yale, Stanford, Harvard, MIT
What would you have done differently?
Ex-post: not much, since I am extremely happy with this outcome. I was warmly welcome at Europe's top places. Princeton appears to be a lucky outlier. I am not sure if I would trade the amazing experience I have had as an undergraduate for the more rigorous education offered at Oxbridge/LSE.
I should have placed more emphasis on grad coursework during my exchange year and secured a stellar reference from that.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Princeton ($), LSE MRes/PhD ($), Oxford ($?), Munich University ($)
  • Institution: LSE MRes/PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: likely ESRC Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Very nice, partly personalized email. Posted on GF: Yes. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: Soooo happy! Now everything else does not matter to me anymore. I am very happy and proud of my achievement. :)
  • Institution: LSE MRes/PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: likely ESRC Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Very nice, partly personalized email. Posted on GF: Yes. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: Soooo happy! Now everything else does not matter to me anymore. I am very happy and proud of my achievement.
Rejects:
    Rejections: NYU, Northwestern, Berkeley, Chicago, Yale, Stanford, Harvard, MIT
Waitlists:

blablabla 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A in Economics, top South American University
Undergrad GPA: 7.9/10.0
Type of Grad: M.A in Economics, same University
Grad GPA: 3.95 (converted). 8 A's and 1 B
GRE: 800Q 490V 3.5 AWA
TOEFL: 103
Math Courses: Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Math Economics I and II, Math Economics (grad level: sort of a real analysis course)
Econ Courses (undergrad level): A lot.
Econ Courses (grad level): Micro I and II, Macro I, Econometrics I and II, Microdevelopment I and II, Contract Theory
Other Courses: NA
Letters of Recommendation: 1 PhD UCLA and 1 PhD BU (probably very good ones), 1 PhD Yale and 1 PhD Chicago (probably not so good ones)
Research Experience: Nothing special. 1 year in a research foundation
Teaching Experience: 1 semester as TA for grad Econometrics I, 1 semester as TA for undergrad Econometrics II
Research Interests: Development Economics, Microeconometrics
SoP: Standard, I think.
Other: NA
RESULTS:
Acceptances: A few. Wisconsin-Madison (no $ 1yr), Maryland ($), Brown ($), LSE MRes/Track 1 (no $)
Waitlists: None
Rejections: A lot. MIT, Yale, Northwestern, Berkeley, NYU, Duke, Michigan, BU, UCL, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Cornell
Pending: None
Attending: Brown
What would you have done differently?
1. Get higher grades as an undergrad.
2. Lack of math. I would have taken real analysis/measure theory
3. One of the probably-not-so-good letter of recommendation is my currently advisor. HUGE mistake.
Anyway, I am happy with my outcome! Good luck to all future applicants!
Accepts:
    Acceptances: A few. Wisconsin-Madison (no $ 1yr), Maryland ($), Brown ($), LSE MRes/Track 1 (no $)
Rejects:
    Rejections: A lot. MIT, Yale, Northwestern, Berkeley, NYU, Duke, Michigan, BU, UCL, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Cornell
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: None

in_limbo 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. Econ and Math from a top U.S public with a good Econ PhD program
Undergrad GPA: 3.7
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800Q, 640V, 4.5AWA
Math Courses(undergrad): Calculus(I-III), Linear Algebra, Diff eq, Discrete, Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Chaotic Dynamical systems, Probability, Topology
Math Courses(grad): Analysis, Measure Theory
Econ Courses(undergrad): standard, including Econometrics and Advanced Macro
Econ Courses (grad): Quant Methods, Macro I and II.
Letters of Recommendation: 2 Econ, 1 Math. Did some good RA work for one of them
Research Experience: RA for about a year and currently doing an honors thesis
Teaching Experience: Principles, Intermediate Micro
Research Interests: Macro theory and public finance
statement of purpose: pretty standard
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Minnesota($$), LSE-EME(no$)
Waitlists: UCLA (Withdrawn)
Rejections: MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, Penn, NYU, Northwestern
Attending: Minnesota
What would you have done differently?
I am extremely happy with my outcome. Minnesota was always a top choice for me given my research interests and I probably would have chosen to go there over most of the other schools I applied to. That being said, in retrospect it was probably a good idea to apply to some safeties given the tough admissions season. Also, my grades in some classes weren't stellar which is probably why I was rejected at many of the other top places. My advice to those applying in the future is to really concentrate on getting As in important math classes. The margin for error is minimal and the difference between a B+ and an A is larger than you might think. I think its also extremely helpful to have a good idea of what you might want to study as you can then apply to schools that may not be top 5 overall by have fantastic programs in your chosen field. However, the most important part of your application are your recommendation letters and these can very often make up for other parts that are lacking.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Minnesota($$), LSE-EME(no$)
  • Institution: LSE EME(Research) Decision: Admitted Funding: None Notification date: 3/23/10 Notified through: website Comments:
Rejects:
    Rejections: MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, Penn, NYU, Northwestern
  • Institution: LSE MRes/PhD Economics Track 1 Decision: Rejected Notification date: 2/9/10 Notified through: website Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Checked Online Status Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: damn..
  • Institution: Northwestern Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Website Posted on GF: no Comments:
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: still no admit :(
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04 Notified through: Website Comments: still no acceptance, this is depressing
  • Institution: Northwestern Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Website Posted on GF: no Comments:
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: still no admit
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04 Notified through: Website Comments: still no acceptance, this is depressing
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: na Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: UCLA (Withdrawn)
  • Institution: Minnesota Decision: Waitlisted Funding: 20K, if accepted Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: yes Comments:
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Waitlist Notification date: 3/17/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: hmm..

roadvirusss 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Top 10 Liberal Arts College.
Majors: BA Math, BA Economics
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4 (3.93 math, 3.97 econ)
GRE: 800 Q, 610 V, 6 AW
Mathematical Courses: Linear Algebra (A-), Vector Calculus (A), Cryptography (A-), Combinatorics (A), Intro to Analysis (A), Differential Equations (A), Real Analysis I (A-), Real Analysis II (A), Probability Theory (A), Statistical Theory (A), Complex Analysis (A), Abstract Algebra I (A), Deterministic Ops Research (Spring), Topology (Spring)
Econ Courses: Intro Macro (A-), Intro Micro (A), Empirical Methods (A), Econ Stats (A), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), International Econ (A), Energy Economics (A), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), Advanced Micro (Spring)
Other Courses: Took five semesters of Chinese (didn't have time for the minor), though I doubt this will help.
Letters of Recommendation: One econ prof (did research with, took three classes with), chair of math department (took several classes with, academic advisor), math professor who was director at summer REU (worked with for two months). None are particularly reputable, but all three I know fairly well and will write solid recs.
Research Experience: Summer grant for econ research, math REU in graph theory (I'm continuing both projects for senior theses right now)
Teaching Experience: None aside from grading
Research Interests: Micro Theory
Concerns: No graduate level courses offered at my school, lack of big-name recs.
Work Experience: "Head Statistician" for the school's football and basketball teams, tutoring calculus, four semesters of grading (calc, multivariable, prob theory, real analysis), and those two research positions.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: BU($$), UW($), Cornell(no$)
Rejections: Yale, Kellogg, Berkeley, Princeton, NYU-Stern, Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Caltech, UCSD
Waitlists: UCLA (rejected)
Attending: None. A tough decision, but for a number of reason's I'm going to take a year off. Has just as much to do with wanting to make certain of what I want to do with my life, as with increasing the number of options.
Done differently?: Perhaps I could have spent more time researching schools and individualizing my essays. Going way back, I should have been more active finding research opportunities, or maybe chosen to attend a more prestigious school
Accepts:
    Acceptances: BU($$), UW($), Cornell(no$)
  • Institution: Boston University Ph.D. Economics Decision: Admit Funding: Yearly stipend of $19,300 (requires TAing starting second year), summer funding Notification date: 1st March Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: A great birthday present
  • Institution: University of Washington Economics Decision: Admit Funding: $ Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: In the running
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Admit Funding: No chance Notification date: 03/17/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments:
Rejects:
    Rejections: Yale, Kellogg, Berkeley, Princeton, NYU-Stern, Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Caltech, UCSD
  • Institution: Yale Econ Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 19 February 2010 Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: A day late, but expected.
  • Institution: Yale Ph.D. Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 19th Feb February Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: No Comments: Definitely hurts less now
  • Institution: Kellogg MEcS PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: March 1st Notified through: Randomly checked website (letter dated 2/28) Posted on GF: No Comments: Figured I was out after not getting an interview
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: There goes that dream... just seems to be the way things are going though.
  • Institution: Yale Ph.D. Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 19th Feb February Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: No Comments: Definitely hurts less now
  • Institution: Kellogg MEcS PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: March 1st Notified through: Randomly checked website (letter dated 2/28) Posted on GF: No Comments: Figured I was out after not getting an interview
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: There goes that dream... just seems to be the way things are going though.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Funding: Meh Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Not surprising after my other decisions. But ex ante I thought I had a chance at some of these top schools...
  • Institution: NYU Stern Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/10/2010 Notified through: email to check online Posted on GF: No Comments: pwned!
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email, and letter. Posted on GC: no Comments: No surprises.
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comments: And it's over
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: UCLA (
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Waitlist Notification date: 3/17/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Disappointing, but at least I'm still in the hunt

Springsteen 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.Sc. Management, European university
Undergrad GPA: 17/20 - ranked 2nd out of 116
Type of Grad: M.Sc. Economics, same university
Undergrad GPA: 17/20
GRE: 800Q, 410V, 3.5AWA
Math Courses(undergrad): Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Mathematics III, Statistics I, Statistics II (covers linear algebra, calculus, ODE, probability theory, etc...)
Econ Courses(undergrad): Microeconomics I, Macroeconomics I, Microeconomics II, Econometrics
Math Courses(grad): Advanced Mathematics (covers topology and optimization theory)
Econ Courses(grad): Microeconomic Theory, Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Econometrics, IO, Regulation, International Money and Finance, Game Theory, Information and Uncertainty, Microeconometrics
Other Courses: Some Management courses that I hated
Letters of Recommendation: 1 senior econ (phd MIT), 1 senior econ (phd Chicago), 1 junior econ (phd MIT)
Research Experience: graduate thesis (completing)
Teaching Experience: none
Research Interests: Micro theory: Game Theory, Contract theory, Mechanism Design, Auctions
SOP: standard
Concerns: Low AWA,
Other:
RESULTS:
Acceptances: NW (waitlisted for first year funding), UPenn (waitlisted for first year funding)
Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, UW-M, UMichigan, LSE, Cornell
Comments: I am extremely happy with this outcome!! But, since I have been rejected at 13 universities out of 15, and many universities ranked lower than NW rejected me, I guess I was lucky to ge in NW!
What would you have done differently? Take real analysis (although it was not offered at my university...), RA to get stronger LORs
Attending: Northwestern University!
Accepts:
    Acceptances: NW (waitlisted for first year funding), UPenn (waitlisted for first year funding)
  • Institution: Northwestern University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlist for first year Notification date: Feb 24, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: [dance]
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "very high on the wait list for first year" Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: :)
  • Institution: Northwestern University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlist for first year Notification date: Feb 24, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "very high on the wait list for first year" Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Comment:
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, UW-M, UMichigan, LSE, Cornell Comments: I am extremely happy with this outcome!! But, since I have been rejected at 13 universities out of 15, and many universities ranked lower than NW rejected me, I guess I was lucky to ge in NW!
  • Institution:Cornell Econ Decision:Reject Funding: N/A Notification date:8th Feb 2010 Notified through:email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) yes Date of Gradcafe post: (if yes) 8th feb 1st rejection (feels preetty bad)
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Yeah Right Notification date: 18 feb Notified Through: email to check online status Posted on Grad Cafe: no Comment: Who will be the next to reject me?
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Yeah right Notification date: Feb 08, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: :smack: So early in the game...
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Yeah right Notification date: Feb 18, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: :doh:
  • Institution: LSE Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: Feb 23, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: :eek:
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: Couldn't care less:)
  • Institution: U Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: lol Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: ---
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: ...
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Yeah right Notification date: Feb 08, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: So early in the game...
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Yeah right Notification date: Feb 18, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: LSE Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: Feb 23, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: No Comments:
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: Couldn't care less
  • Institution: U Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: lol Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: ---
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Funding: Yeah right Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: Oh Crap
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: no Comments: Expected
  • Institution: MIT Economics Phd. Decision: Rejected Notified through: E-mail Notification date: 03/16 Posted on GC: No Comments: Northwestern, here I come
Waitlists:

MorgieLilly 2010:
Type of Undergrad: B.A in Economics-Philosophy and Mathematics from top 10 undergrad with a top 15 econ department.
Undergrad GPA: 3.85
GRE: 780Q, 640V, 4.0W
Math Courses (undergrad):Cal I, Calc III, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Advanced Logic, (all As)
Econ Courses (PhD-level): Micro-econometrics (A-), Graduate Macroeconomics (A-)
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intermediate Micro/Macro(A-,B+), Advanced Econometrics (B+), Advanced Macro (A), Game Theory (A-), Economic History (A-), International (C, took abroad in Ghana)
Letters of Recommendation:
Economics. Well Known. My boss.
Economics. Well Known. Professor. (I wrote an empirical research paper for his course.)
Philosophy of Science. Professor. (I took two classes with him. I wrote a paper that I presented at a philosophy conference. He advised me on a documentary that I made as a senior.)
Mathematics. Professor. (Adviser for my senior research project.)
Geophysics. Researcher. (Adviser for my REU research project. )
Research Experience: REU Intern in geophysics at Lamont Earth Observatory, summer 2007 (My paper was accepted to the 2008 ASLO Conference). I also published a paper in the philosophy of science when I was a sophomore, but I'm not so proud now of what I said and the journal was not a big deal at all. Full-time economics RA since July 2008 for one of my letter writers. I've made a bunch of documentaries and I included one in my application.
Research Interests: Development, Growth Theory, Economic History.
Statement of Purpose: Talked about my background, why I chose to pursue interdisciplinary undergraduate study. Talked about my experiences abroad in Ghana, my research experience at Lamont and as an RA and my motivation for studying development and poverty issues.
Applied to: MIT, NYU, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Columbia, UMich, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, UC Davis, BU, Duke, Brown, Northwestern, U Penn
Admitted: BU(wl/$), UCLA(wl/$), UC Davis($$), Michigan($$/Regents Fellowship), Brown(wl/$)
Rejected: MIT, NYU, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Northwestern, U Penn
Attending: Brown(no first year funding, 19.5K+health+tuition years 2-5)
What I would have done differently: I don't think I would have gone to any other school over Brown. I would have considered MIT, Yale or Harvard. But honestly, I couldn't be happier. The debt will be worth it. I know it.
Accepts:
  • Institution:UC Davis Econ Decision: Admitted! Funding: TBD in March. Notification date: 8th Feb 2010 Notified through:Informal email. Posted on Gradcafe: Nope. Don't know how. Date of Gradcafe post: N/A Comments: Hooray!
  • Institution: UC Davis Phd Economics Decision: Admitted! Funding: 16K for first two years (and I'm hoping after if I'm doing alright.) Notification date: 2/8 Notified through: Unofficial E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: I was so excited and happy that I cried.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: Tuition Waiver + Health Coverage. 16K stipend guaranteed after first year, conditional on good standing. Notification date: 02/28 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Excited! Hoping for 1st year stipend.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: Tuition Waiver + Health Coverage. 16K stipend guaranteed after first year, conditional on good standing. Notification date: 02/28 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Excited! Hoping for 1st year stipend.
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Accepted Notified through: e-mail Funding: Wait-list for first year funding. Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC: No Comments: Cool! However, I really wish they'd sent this yesterday. I asked and begged and asked and now I'm leaving LA in three hours. =(
  • Institution: Boston University Economics Decision: Admit Funding: None Notification date: 3/24/10 Notified through: Email
Rejects:
  • Institution: Duke Econ Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 02/16/2010 Notified through: Email alerting online decision Posted on Gradcafe: no
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18 Notified Through: Checked online status randomly. Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: Bummer.
  • Institution: Duke University Phd Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/a Notification date: 2/16 Notified through: Website. Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I was really interested in this department, so this was disappointing.
  • Institution: Yale University Phd Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/a Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: Website. Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Rejections are a bummer.
  • Institution: Northwestern University Phd Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/a Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Website. Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Chicago is cold. (That's what I'm telling myself to feel better.):)
  • Institution: Columbia University Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 1st March Notified through: Email (Mass email) Posted on GF: No Comments: Auro-reply from Jody: "If you are inquiring about Admission results for the PhD program, be advised that students who have been recommended for admission have been notified. If you have not received notification, I'm sorry, but it means you were not admitted. Official notification will come later from the Admissions Office. Please do not contact the Economics Department to inquire about results."
  • Institution: Harvard Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: March 1st Notified through: Confirmation that all who have not heard are implicitly rejected. Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I saw this as kinda like buying a one time lottery ticket. Even though I sort of knew I wouldn't get in. If I hadn't applied, I'd always wonder.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics, PhD Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: This one didn't hurt as much. Maybe I'm getting used to this process.
  • Institution: Northwestern University Phd Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/a Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Website. Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Chicago is cold. (That's what I'm telling myself to feel better.)
  • Institution: Columbia University Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 1st March Notified through: Email (Mass email) Posted on GF: No Comments: Auro-reply from Jody: "If you are inquiring about Admission results for the PhD program, be advised that students who have been recommended for admission have been notified. If you have not received notification, I'm sorry, but it means you were not admitted. Official notification will come later from the Admissions Office. Please do not contact the Economics Department to inquire about results."
  • Institution: Harvard Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: March 1st Notified through: Confirmation that all who have not heard are implicitly rejected. Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I saw this as kinda like buying a one time lottery ticket. Even though I sort of knew I wouldn't get in. If I hadn't applied, I'd always wonder.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics, PhD Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: This one didn't hurt as much. Maybe I'm getting used to this process.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comment: It's chill.
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Got email back from Marge Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: MIT Economics Phd. Decision: Rejected Notified through: E-mail Notification date: 03/16 Posted on GC: Nah
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Wait Listed for Funding Notified through: e-mail Date: March 8

MJ7 2010:
Type of Undergrad: top 5 ivy, econ PhD program top 15
Undergrad GPA: 4.00
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 790Q, 670V, 5.5AW
Math Courses: Calc Series (I-III), Intro Stats, Intro Econometrics, Linear Algebra, ODE, Real Analysis (single var), all As
Econ Courses: Intermediate Macro and Micro, Intl Trade, Intl Monetary, Political Economy, Senior Seminar
Other Courses: plenty of polisci courses and thesis
Letters of Recommendation: two reasonably well-known econ profs I took classes with, knew me very well; 2 unknown econ profs (1 I took class with, 1 senior thesis supervisor); 1 math prof I took class with; 1 econ PhD boss at policy institution (I also mixed and matched for schools that only accepted 3 LORs)
Research Experience: RA'd for 2 semesters + worked as an RA at a public policy institution for ~2 years
Publications: One working paper, co-authored
Teaching Experience: 1 year, intl trade
Research Interests: political economy, institutional analysis, public economics
Statement of purpose: Tailored to each university, mentioned particular faculty I was interested in working with
Comments: I had much higher expectations at the start because 1) had no idea really how much LORs mattered and 2) underestimated competitiveness of the applicant pool. Was afraid my previous experience in banking would kill my chances, but in retrospect I don't think that was a real factor - LORs are everything
What would you have done differently? Taken grad-econ courses and especially taken more advantage of LORs at my institution, being careful to develop connections with well-known faculty through RAing and field courses. Most of my cohort placed into MIT/Princeton/Chicago, and those were the main differences in our profiles
Accepts:
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18 Notified Through: Checked online status. Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: Really disappointed
Waitlists:

ilikefreefood 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Econ major from a top 5-10 Midwestern liberal arts college.
Undergrad GPA: 3.73/4, magna cum laude, distinction in major for senior thesis research.
Type of Grad: first semester of PhD microeconomics at Maryland
Grad GPA: 3.00/4.00 (B+)
GRE: 800Q 640V 5.5AWA
Math Courses: Calc II-III (A,B+), Linear Algebra (Pass), Statistics (A), Mathematical Structures (A-), Real Analysis (B, taken as a non-degree student at a local school Fall 2008), Probability (A, taken as a non-degree student at a local school Summer 2009)
Econ Courses: Principles Micro/Macro (A-,A), Intermediate Micro (A) Intermediate Macro (B), Econometrics (B+), PhD Micro Theory I (B+), pre-thesis seminar (A-), Ag. & Food Econ. (A), Development Econ. (B+), Econ. of Inequality (A), Econ. of Water Policy (B+), British Econ. history (B+)
Other Courses: A pass/fail seminar on game theory, a Poli. Sci. course on agent-based computer modeling (A)
Letters of Recommendation: 2 Econ. professors (liberal arts college profs but with Chicago/Stanford PhDs), including my thesis adviser who has previously stated that my thesis was one of the best he's ever advised. 1 Partner at my Econ. consulting firm with whom I've worked extensively on econometric analyses (PhD Cornell).
Where possible, a third Econ. professor (PhD Chicago).
Research Experience: ~3.5 years as an RA in a major Econ. consulting firm; I specialize in statistical and econometric analysis within my office.
Awards: Thesis award from state Economics association, thesis presentation award from state science association, college fellowship
for (non-research) work in development related to microfinance.
Research Interests: Development, environmental/resource economics, urban economics, general applied micro.
Statement of Purpose: Well-written but fairly standard; mentioned specifically my interest in development and applied micro fields.
Other: This is my second time applying, and I am reapplying to several schools with the additional Probability and PhD micro courses and a new letter of recommendation. I am deferred at Minnesota ARE from last year.
Applying to: Maryland, Maryland AREC, Duke, UC Berkeley ARE, Washington, Wharton Applied Economics, Michigan, Penn, Yale, Chicago, Michigan State, Northwestern, WUSTL, Georgetown, Texas, Boston University, UCSD, Cornell, Brown, UC Davis ARE, Illinois, Penn State, Virginia
RESULTS:
Attending: Boston University
Acceptances: Boston University (no $), U. of Washington ($), Michigan State ($ waitlist), Illinois ($), UC Davis ARE ($), Maryland AREC ($).
Rejections: Maryland Econ., Duke, UC Berkeley ARE, Wharton Applied Economics, Michigan, Penn, Yale, Chicago, Northwestern, Washington U. in St. Louis, Texas, UCSD, Cornell, Brown, Penn State, Virginia
No Response: Georgetown
What would you have done differently?
I would have taken more care to keep my grades in key courses consistently high in college to avoid a few potential red flags. I would have started my math education earlier and taken more classes as an undergrad. I would have worked only 2 years as an economic consultant and timed the business cycle to avoid applying in 2009 and 2010. I would have applied last year to a few schools that just missed my 2009 list (BU, Washington, and Illinois were all nearly on it), and potentially avoided the annoyance of waiting another year. I would have done more research to discount the advice of my advisors who said I would definitely get into schools on my 2009 list. All those things said, i feel that BU is really a fabulous program for my interests, and I am very, very excited to be headed there.
Accepts:
    Attending: Boston University Acceptances: Boston University (no $), U. of Washington ($), Michigan State ($
  • Institution: UC Davis ARE Decision: Accepted Funding: "We are going to offer you funding" Notification date: January 28th Notified through: Phone (Voicemail) Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) Yes Comments: This feels good.
  • Institution:UC Davis (ARE) Agricultural & Resource Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 16K RA/TA Notification date: 1/28 Notified through: Phone Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: A solid first offer to start the season.
  • Institution: Michigan State University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for TAship Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: Yes Comment: The plot thickens.
  • Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: First year fellowship 8.5k, TA years 2-5 17k + tuition & fee waiver Notification date: 3/23/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Booyah.
  • Institution: Maryland (AREC) Agricultural & Applied Economics (AREC) Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for assistantship Notification date: 3/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Official letter said no possibility of funding, but it was followed by an email saying "Under normal budgetary conditions, we would have made an offer of financial assistance in the form of a graduate assistantship ... our ability to support incoming graduate students is severely limited at this time. I wanted you to know that your name has been place on a waiting list for just such an assistantship."
  • Institution: Boston University (BU) Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Notification date: 3/29 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: Yes Funding: No funding. Comments: Given my interests, this is a tempting option. Lots of thinking to do.
  • Institution: University of Washington, Seattle Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "we are in a position to make you a funded offer" Notification date: 4/15 Notified through: Email (at 1:15am Pacific!) Comments: UW never really officially told me I was in before this because I told them I wouldn't come without funding. However, I have given this eventuality a lot of thought in the past few days, and I will decline their funded offer for an unfunded offer at BU. In spite of the funding-related antics, I really liked UW, I love Seattle, and this was a tough decision to make.
Rejects:
    Rejections: Maryland Econ., Duke, UC Berkeley ARE, Wharton Applied Economics, Michigan, Penn, Yale, Chicago, Northwestern, Washington U. in St. Louis, Texas, UCSD, Cornell, Brown, Penn State, Virginia No Response: Georgetown
  • Institution: Duke Econ Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 02/16/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) yes
  • Institution: Yale Econ PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) yes Comments: expected
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 2/16 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Bummer. As with many other posters, I'm going to try not to read into this one too much.
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: More or less expected.
  • Institution: Cornell Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Very disappointing. Last year they held my application until April, and since then I have added a letter of recommendation from a Cornell Ph.D.
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Never really expected to get in, but boy I wish it hadn't taken so long to determine that I hadn't.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/3 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Not surprised to get re-rejected, but this was a program at which my advisor thought I had a good shot, so it's still a bummer.
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: More or less expected.
  • Institution: Cornell Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Very disappointing. Last year they held my application until April, and since then I have added a letter of recommendation from a Cornell Ph.D.
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Never really expected to get in, but boy I wish it hadn't taken so long to determine that I hadn't.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/3 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Not surprised to get re-rejected, but this was a program at which my advisor thought I had a good shot, so it's still a bummer.
  • Institution: Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/05 Notified through: Email Comment: Got the email during a presentation at a flyout. So expected I didn't even flinch.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Ag & Resource Econ (ARE) Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notified through: E-mail Date: 03/08 Comment: This one is a major disappointment. I really wanted to go here, and my advisor thought I had an excellent shot.
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/12/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Bummer. I'm pretty sure my family would've loved to see me as a Nittany Lion.
  • Institution: Penn Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Not really.
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/16 Notified through: Email (check website) Posted on GC: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: Wharton Applied Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/19/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Interesting program, but I didn't think I was going to get in anyway.
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/20/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Obviously this one was assumed at this point, but it's especially disappointing because I took a graduate course in this department to beef up my application recently. C'est la vie.
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: Yes Comments: -
  • Institution: University of Texas, Austin Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Bummer. I'm hanging out with friends from Austin today and had to break the news to them that I won't be joining them anytime soon.
  • Institution: University of Virginia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/31 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Funding: - Comments: Charlottesville would have been nice.
  • Institution: Washington U. in St. Louis Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 4/6 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: Yes Comment: The field narrows.
  • Institution: Georgetown Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 4/16/10 Notified through: Letter Comment: Maybe Georgetown's objective in waiting till after April 15th is to ensure that no one cares if they're rejected?
Waitlists:
    waitlist), Illinois ($), UC Davis ARE ($), Maryland AREC ($).

PerfectMarkets 2010:
Profile
Type of Undergrad: BS in Econ, minor in math at MIT
Undergrad GPA: 4.7/5.0
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q, 790V, 5.5AW
Math Courses (+/- grades aren't recorded): Multivariable Calculus (Pass) Probability/Statistics (B); Differential Equations (B); Linear Algebra (B); Advanced Statistics (A); Real Analysis (A); Discrete Applied Math (A)
Econ Courses: Intermediate Macro (B); Intermediate Micro(A) ; a bunch of field courses (all A's); Econometrics (A); Economics Research/ Paper writing (A); Game Theory(B); grad labor (A);
Other Courses: Some computer science classes, some finance
Letters of Recommendation: 1 senior lecturer who had worked on a project with me, 1 senior prof who I RA's for back in freshman year, 1 senior prof who I took grad labor with, 1 senior prof who I took two classes with.
Research Experience: RA'd for freshman summer and 2 semesters in junior year
Publications: None.
Teaching Experience: None.
Research Interests: Applied micro and central bank policy
Statement of purpose: Uninteresting, talked about how I like applied micro and was good at Stata. Didn't really mention the macro interest at all.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Northwestern ($$) (Attending), Cornell ($$$), NSF fellowship
Waitlists: MIT (eventually rejected, got so close)
Rejections: Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago, Michigan, NYU, Princeton
What would you have done differently? Ouch, lots of rejections. I would have done better on my math classes, and moved the order I took them around. I should have taken analysis earlier and linear algebra later to free up my schedule. I could maybe have taken some of the intro grad sequence, but I feel like I would've just gotten a B against the grad students here and it would just look worse, so hard to say. My recommenders were very well known, and I think the letters should have been solid, if not completely glowing. I don't know if this helped or hurt me; certainly they have been very supportive throughout this process, but maybe I would have been better off working with a junior faculty and getting a very effusive review. I pinned a lot of hope on the NSF award, but it didn't reverse any decisions, even though it got me much closer to getting off the MIT waitlist. So, the NSF isn't magical. Though money is nice. I also spent two summers working in consulting, which was bad in terms of apps but good in making me realize that I wanted to apply to grad school. I have to chalk up my results to an insanely competitive year and spotty math grades in important classes.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Northwestern ($$) (Attending), Cornell ($$$), NSF fellowship
  • Institution: Northwestern econ Decision: Accepted Funding: $ Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail Comments: Waitlisted for first year funding
  • Institution: Northwestern econ Decision: Accepted Funding: $ Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail Comments: Waitlisted for first year funding
Rejects:
    rejected, got so close) Rejections: Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, Chicago, Michigan, NYU, Princeton
  • Institution: Yale Econ Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: MIT (eventually
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: Mar 17 Notified through: email Funding: sup NSF, I'm banking on obscure home state Comments: I've never had luck with waitlists, but it's better than a rejection

keano 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. Econ, top 5 UK university
Undergrad GPA: First (not sure how this translates)
Type of Grad: MSc in Competition Economics, part-time UK university
Grad GPA: On course for distinction
GRE: 800Q, 790V, 5.5AWA
Math Courses: Maths for economists courses: calculus, linear algebra etc
Econ Courses (Ma-level): A lot of micro-based + econometrics: mostly As
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Lots
Letters of Recommendation: 2/3 econ professors (not well known) Current Employer (Economic consultant with Econ PhD). Hopefully v.positive but names probably won't be known in US.
Research Experience: 3.5 years in economic consultancy
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: Micro theory, IO
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Caltech (from waitlist), EUI, LSE (MSc), Oxford (MPhil), BGSE (MSc), Toulouse (M2)
Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Stanford GSB, Kellogg, Wharton (Applied Econ), MIT, UCSD, Berkeley, Wisconsin-M, PSU, Chicago, NYU
What would you have done differently? At the time of the applications process not sure I could done have lot a lot more. Looking at my results, I was a lot more successful in Europe which I would speculate is due to a lack of formal maths courses. So going back a few years, I would have tried to address that somehow.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Caltech (from
  • Institution: LSE Economics (MSc (Res)) Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 19th January Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: Lack of funding may be an issue
  • Institution: BGSE MSc Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition waver + TA-ship Notified through: Email Date: Jan-21 Comment: Really exciting!
  • Institution: Toulouse M2 Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notified through: Post Date: Early feb Comment: Not sure of funding options
  • Institution: EUI (Florence) Economics Decision: Admit Funding: No information Notification date: 03/12/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: No interview required
  • Institution: Oxford MPhil Economics Decision: Admit Funding: No information Notification date: 03/17/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: Really pleased
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Accepted from the wait list Notification date: 4/09/10 Notified through: E-mail from faculty followed by official email Comment: Really surprised and really happy.
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Stanford GSB, Kellogg, Wharton (Applied Econ), MIT, UCSD, Berkeley, Wisconsin-M, PSU, Chicago, NYU
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: oh dear
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Economics Analysis and Policy PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: Feb 19th Notified Through: email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: No Comments: another one goes down
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Not a surprise by now
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Not a surprise by now
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Email to check website Date: Feb-19 Comment: Sad news
  • Institution: Kellogg MECS Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Checked website Date: Feb-26 Comment: Another
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Email Date: Mar-2 Comment: Sad news
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding:NA Notification date: Mar-9 Notified through: Emailed admissions coordinator Posted on GF: No Comment:
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: None Notification date: 3/23/10 Notified through: e-mail Comments:
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/29/10 Notified through: Email Comments: Think I was on an implicit waitlist before this, so not a surprise.
Waitlists:
    waitlist), EUI, LSE (MSc), Oxford (MPhil), BGSE (MSc), Toulouse (M2)
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Waitlist Funding: NA Notified through: Email Date: Mar-5 Comment: Assumed I'd been rejected

asdfjkl 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: BA Economics from a Public University, top 10 Economics Department
Undergrad GPA: 3.77 overall, 3.94 Economics GPA
Type of Grad: 1 second-year field sequence in the Economics Department
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: Q: 800, V:640, AWA:4.5
Math Courses: Analysis (B), Linear Algebra (Pass), Multivariable Calculus (A-)
Econ Courses: Advanced Micro (A), Advanced Macro (A+), Game Theory (A), Auction Theory (A-), Advanced Econometrics (A-), along with Econ History, International Monetary Economics, Research Economics (all As), also Psych and Econ, Behavioral Corporate Finance
Letters of Recommendation: 2 very strong letters from Professors from the Economics Department at my undergraduate university (with a history of sending undergraduates to top Economics departments), 1 from the Business School, 1 from the Federal Reserve Board
Research Experience: Summer RA/Intern at the Federal Reserve Board, RA for a Professor at the Business School and RA to another professor in the Economics Department at my university, also worked for a graduate student in the Economics Department
Teaching Experience: none
Research Interests: Applied Micro - beyond that Labor? IO? Development? Psych and Econ?
SOP: nothing special and I did not bother making it specific to the schools I applied to
Other:
RESULTS:
Acceptances: UMichigan (attending! no funding initially, $$$$$ at the end), Northwestern (waitlist for funding, ultimately would've received a tuition waiver), UCSD ($$), UCLA ($$)
Waitlists: UPenn Wharton - Applied Economics (would've been accepted to the program off the waitlist with $$)
Rejections: MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley, UPenn, NYU, Columbia, Yale, ChicagoWhat would you have done differently? A LOT more math. My letter writers had told me I had sufficient math to competitive at all schools; however I think that my lack of strong math background really hurt me on the margin. I think I may have gotten into better schools if I'd taken more math and done better, but I preferred to work on research projects for professors and graduate students throughout my undergrad - so I can't say I regret my decision for get more research experience at the expense of a stronger math background.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: UMichigan (attending! no funding initially, $$$$$ at the end), Northwestern (
Rejects:
    Rejections: MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley, UPenn, NYU, Columbia, Yale, Chicago
Waitlists:
    waitlist for funding, ultimately would've received a tuition waiver), UCSD ($$), UCLA ($$) Waitlists: UPenn Wharton - Applied Economics (would've been

heraclitus_junior 2010:
It won't let me edit my previous post (on page 3), so I'm reposting this. My profile isn't coming up on untitled's website though. I don't know how to get it to be picked up.
Profile
Type of Undergrad: B.S. Double Major in Math/Econ. Top 3 university in a very small, isolated country. (<300 in the world)
Undergrad GPA: 3.94 out of 4.00 (converted)
Type of Grad: 1st class honors degree
Grad GPA: 3.92 out of 4.00 (converted)
GRE: 780Q, 750V, 4.5AWA (only took once)
Math Courses: First year math, second year multivariate calculus and differential equations, second year linear algebra, second year inference, second year probability, second year real analysis, third year dynamical systems, third year complex variables, third year matrix algebra, third year analysis, third year multivariate stats, honours measure theory, honours probability theory, honours mathematical economics, honours combinatorics (matroids), honours topology (point set topology).
Econ Courses: second year macro, second year micro, third year micro, third year econometrics, third year game theory, honours macro, honours welfare economics, honours empirical macroeconomics.
Other Courses: first year computer science done informally.
Letters of Recommendation: 1 professor of pure mathematics (chaired), 1 econ senior lecturer (associate professor) from my uni. They knew me very well, so their letters should've been good. 1 world-renowned economist who isn't from my university and didn't know me as well as the others.
Research Experience: Paid summer math project. Paid summer internship at my country's central bank with their research team. An honours dissertation on mathematical economics.
Publications: one single author publication in a mid-tier North American Journal (accepted for publication mid-feb 2010). one working single author paper on cooperative game theory.
Teaching Experience: Tutor for first year math and third year microeconomics.
Research Interests: Economic theory (Micro and macro).
Statement of purpose: I talked about my research experience and my goals.
Concerns: My GRE score was a real worry; I was concerned my application would not even be looked at. Also, I did a 4 year degree in 3 years so I didn't have any breadth. I also applied straight out of undergrad at a relatively young age.
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Princeton, Berkeley, Chicago, Northwestern, Stanford, San Diego, Harvard (After waitlist).
Rejections: Yale, NYU, MIT (after waitlist), UPenn (withdrawn).
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Princeton, Berkeley, Chicago, Northwestern, Stanford, San Diego, Harvard (After
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: 21K for four years and minimum 16K for the fifth. Notification date: 02/20/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: Yay!
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: Only after first year. Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: This is what I was targetting so I'm happy to get in. Will have to see if I can rustle up the funds somehow!
  • Institution: University of Chicago economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 21k for 5 years Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: flyout april 2nd
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 29.8k for 5 years Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email from admissions director (via grad administrator) Posted on GF: No Comment: YES!!!
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $32,000k/yr Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no Comments: I was expecting a rejection letter in the mail to arrive after April 15!
Rejects:
    Rejections: Yale, NYU, MIT (after
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Reject Funding: NA Notification date: 02/20/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: Unexpected, but I didn't have my heart set on them.
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Reject Funding: NA Notification date: 02/20/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: Unexpected, but I didn't have my heart set on them.
Waitlists:
    waitlist).
  • Institution: Harvard economics Decision: Waitlist Funding: NA Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: Email, then phone. Comment: They said they've reduced numbers this year, but may open up more room. So, there is a nonzero probability of gaining admission still...
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Waitlist Funding: NA Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: Meh.

cluelessness 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Ivy league, major in economics
Undergrad GPA: 3.9/4.0
GRE: 800Q/780V/5.0Writing
Math Courses: multivariable calculus, linear algebra, statistics, optimization, introductory real analysis, probability
Econ Courses: intro+intermediate+1semester of grad micro, intermediate macro, econometrics, law and econ, an applications course, public finance
Other Courses: a few in hard sciences, engineering, humanities
Letters of Recommendation: 3 professors from undergrad institution (took classes from them, one was my thesis advisor)
Research Experience: undergrad thesis and a junior year research project
Teaching Experience: none at college level (tutored a middle school kid though)
Research Interests: uncertain
SOP: was probably on the weak side
Other: I didn't apply directly from undergrad; spent some time working after graduation
RESULTS:
Acceptances: NYU, Berkeley
Rejections: Yale, Penn, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, MIT
What would you have done differently?
I think stronger evidence of research potential would have helped (an RAship maybe). I also think my SOP was on the weak side.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: NYU, Berkeley
Rejects:
    Rejections: Yale, Penn, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, MIT
Waitlists:

hotfuss 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: 4 year Honours degree in economics at a major Australian university
Undergrad GPA: First Class Honours (ranked first in Honours class)
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q
Math Courses: First and second year advanced maths courses, differential calculus, integral calculus, discrete mathematics, first and second year linear algebra, vector calculus, PDEs
Econ Courses: Game Theory, Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, International Trade, Applied Economics, Industrial Organisation, Mathematical Economics
Other Courses: First year psychology
Letters of Recommendation: One Fellow of the Econometric Society and two other economics professors with US PhDs (these LORs knew me very well; two of these had marked my thesis, including one who was my adviser, and I had taken one course with one letter of recommendation and two courses with another letter of recommendation (coming first in everything (including thesis), except one course))
Research Experience: Honours thesis and one other game theory paper
Teaching Experience: TA for undergrad economics courses, including intermediate microeconomics
Research Interests: Microeconomic theory and its applications, behavioural economics
SOP: Standard
RESULTS:
Acceptances: Northwestern ($$), Wisconsin Madison ($$), Penn State ($$), Maryland (?), Oxford (MPhil in Economics), LSE (MSc in Economics (Research))
Waitlists: Boston
Rejections: Yale, Princeton, Stanford, UCSD and many other places
Attending: Northwestern
What would you have done differently? Not much. I think I should have applied earlier (I worked for a few years after my undergraduate degree) or done more maths courses at university. I would have also applied for a few business schools and a couple more top 10 places.
Accepts:
    Acceptances: Northwestern ($$), Wisconsin Madison ($$), Penn State ($$), Maryland (?), Oxford (MPhil in Economics), LSE (MSc in Economics (Research))
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: admitted Funding: TA, $24k for five years if good academic progress Notification Date: Feb 12 (but this is really Feb 13 Australian time) Notified: email from a faculty Posted on Gradcafe: no Comments: A referee suggested I apply to PSU as a safety.
  • Institution: Penn State Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: $24k for five years (TA) Notification date: 2/12 (2/13 Aust time) Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Always good to get the first offer under your belt. This is a safety school though so I'm waiting on other results.
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: $20.9k for first 4 years, $15.7k in 5th, but this includes summer Notification date: 2/22 (2/23 Australian time) Notified through: I checked the website. I received an email with funding details etc a couple of days later. Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Yay, top 10!!!!!!!
  • Institution: London School of Economics MSc Economics (Research) Decision: Accepted Funding: I didn't apply for any yet, so this is unfunded. Notification date: 2/26 Australian time Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: I didn't apply for funding yet because I was waiting to see if I could get offers from better universities in the US.
  • Institution: Maryland Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Not right now, but not all funding decisions have been made Notification date: 03/03/2010 (03/04 Aust time) Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: This was in the email: "We have not, however, made all of our final decisions on financial aid. We have reviewed your record carefully and believe that there is some probability that we will eventually be able to offer you financial aid. We will be making decisions on financial aid on an ongoing basis throughout the next six weeks, but hope to contact you before the end of that period."
  • Institution: London School of Economics MSc Economics (Research) Decision: Accepted Funding: I didn't apply for any yet, so this is unfunded. Notification date: 2/26 Australian time Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: I didn't apply for funding yet because I was waiting to see if I could get offers from better universities in the US.
  • Institution: Maryland Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Not right now, but not all funding decisions have been made Notification date: 03/03/2010 (03/04 Aust time) Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: This was in the email: "We have not, however, made all of our final decisions on financial aid. We have reviewed your record carefully and believe that there is some probability that we will eventually be able to offer you financial aid. We will be making decisions on financial aid on an ongoing basis throughout the next six weeks, but hope to contact you before the end of that period."
Rejects:
    Rejections: Yale, Princeton, Stanford, UCSD and many other places
  • Institution: LSE MRes/PhD Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: I checked on 02/10/2010 Notified through: I just checked LSE for you Posted on Gradcafe: No Comment: My first result; even though it was a fallback and my research interests don't match up well with LSE, it still hurts. Waiting on the decision on my second choice at LSE still.
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 (i.e. 2/19 Australian time) Notified Through: Email to check website Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: I wasn't going to post this, but I decided to so it can be used for reference. Despite some good early results, a few rejections has made me start to worry.
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 (2/19 Australian time) Notified through: email to check website Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Damn. Started to get worried.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/3 (3/4 here in Aust) Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: My status says my transcripts haven't been received, so that may have contributed. But it's good having other offers because shields you emotionally from rejections. Edit: they mis-spelt my name so these emails are definitely personalised.
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: No Comment: Columbia mustn't like Australian students.
  • Institution: University of Michigan Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/3 (3/4 here in Aust) Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: My status says my transcripts haven't been received, so that may have contributed. But it's good having other offers because shields you emotionally from rejections. Edit: they mis-spelt my name so these emails are definitely personalised.
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: No Comment: Columbia mustn't like Australian students.
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comment: I have a love-hate relationship with Illinois. I am also beginning to doubt whether UW-M's predictions will come true.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comment: A few rejections in a row. This is really an emotional rollercoaster!
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: Boston

socialcapital 2010:
Type of Undergrad: International Economics from top-50 econ PhD
Undergrad GPA: 3.96/4.00
GRE: 800Q/730V/5.5
Math Courses: Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Proofs, Real Analysis (Got all As)
Econ Courses: Standard (Got all As)
Grad Courses: First-Year PhD Macro (Got an A)
LORs: Professor of Grad Macro Course, Professor who got me a job one summer, boss from that job (writing a paper with him), Math professor
Research Experience: Writing paper with summer boss
Teaching Experience: 5th semester as TA for intro econ course
Research Interests: Labor, IO, Econometrics, International Trade
SOP: Standard
Concerns: Low quality of econ program at my school makes my grades less impressive; unknown letter of recommendation writers
Applying to: Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern, Harvard, MIT, Brown, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Penn
Accepts:
  • Institution: Northwestern Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for First Year Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: Checked Website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Waiting: UPenn, Berkeley, MIT, NYU, Princeton, Brown, Stanford (Implicit Rejects: Harvard, Columbia)
  • Institution: Northwestern Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for First Year Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: Checked Website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Waiting: UPenn, Berkeley, MIT, NYU, Princeton, Brown, Stanford (Implicit Rejects: Harvard, Columbia)
  • Institution: Brown Econ Decision: Accepted Funding: 19.5k per year Notified through: E-mail Date: 3/8
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/4/10 Notified through: Email to Check Website Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Expected
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/4/10 Notified through: Email to Check Website Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Expected
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Not surprising, but still sucks
Waitlists:

sahimal2009 2010:
Type of Undergrad: BSc Economics - UK Top 3
Undergrad GPA: Upper second (2:1 Hons) - Equiv. to 3.5-3.6 on GPA scale
GRE: 760Q/520V/4.5AWA
Math Courses: Multivariable calculus, Linear Algebra, Differerntial Equations+ Difference Equations (All B+), Linear Programming and Optimization, Operational research techniques, Stats I,II (All A-)
Econ Courses: Micro I,II,III (A-,B+,B), Macro I,II,III (A-,B+,B), EconometricsI,II (B ouch!), International Economics I,II (A-), Economic Analysis of EU I,II (B,B+), Principles of Finance I,II (A+,A+), Corporate Finance I,II (B+,B)
LORs: 2 Econ professor + 1 Employer/Research supervisor
Research Experience: Research for 1.5 years with United Nations
Teaching Experience: IB Mathematics (Higher level) for 6 months
Research Interests: Macro, International finance
SOP: Links interests to past work experience
Concerns: Alot! Few B's in econ courses (major worry) & have been out of school for 1.5 years. Insufficient Maths?
Applying to (Only Masters): NYU, BU, UBC, UofT, Yale IDE, UPF, Tilburg, Vienna University, LSE (Econ&Fin)
Accepts:
  • Institution: Boston University MA Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comment: Reconsideration decision from last year and so was very much expected. Will wait for a better offer though :)
  • Institution: Boston University MA Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comment: Reconsideration decision from last year and so was very much expected. Will wait for a better offer though
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale MA IDE Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/10/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: will do Comments: Feel like utter crap...was my first choice
  • Institution: NYU MA Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/31 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Funding: - Comments: Nothing left to say
Waitlists:

nobigdeal 2010:
Type of Undergrad: B.F.A (!) dbl major in acting and economics (from one of the top acting programs, and a top (15) econ department.
Undergrad GPA: 3.85/4 over all, 3.9 econ; received the senior year econ dept. award.
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800Q, 650V, 5.5AWA
Math Courses: Calc I-II (AP). Only linear algebra (A) in undergrad. Since then, calc III (A), real analysis (A+), math stats (A+), probability (A)
Econ Courses (undergraduate): two intro classes plus micro, macro, international trade, labor, public, development, statistics, econometrics, thesis. All A's, except an A- in my first intro course.
Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ professors (worked for one over a summer, co authored a paper with the other -- top marks in their classes), one economist at a fed (he does more academic research than policy work).
Research Experience: A senior thesis, which grew into a paper that was recently accepted into a top (sub)field journal. Over 2 years at a fed working pretty closely with an economist with who I coauthored a paper we submitted to an interdisciplinary policy journal.
Teaching Experience: Very little. Worked in a statistics lab in college where I gave a lesson on STATA.
Research Interests: Labor, behavioral
Statement of Purpose: Discussed my background and research experiences. Also wrote two paragraphs outlining my research interests in applied microeconomics, labor, and behavioral. So, fairly specific. Hardly addressed the school's strengths at all--only mentioned the school's name once, in the last paragraph.
Concerns: I have a B.F.A, and I didn't take much math in college.
Applying to: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Yale, Penn, Duke, Cornel, NYU, Brown, Northwestern, Stanford, U Chicago, U Michigan
Accepts:
  • Institution: Duke Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes Notification date: 2/22/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: Northwestern Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted Notification date: 2/23/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: Columbia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "Full funding" w/ details to come later Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes Still waiting: Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, NYU, Michigan, UPenn, U Chicago
  • Institution: Columbia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: "Full funding" w/ details to come later Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes Still waiting: Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, NYU, Michigan, UPenn, U Chicago
  • Institution: Michigan Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Funding on 03/07/10 Notified through: Postal Posted on GF: no Comment: Impossible to fund my first year. Oh well.
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email -- Checked Online Status Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: (fill in)
  • Institution: Yale Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 2/18/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF:yes
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Funding on 03/05/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: yes
Waitlists:
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: Mar 17 Notified through: email Funding: unlikely I'm sure Comments: Maybe they think I have a shot at the NSF?

penndryve 2010: Type of Undergrad: Bachelors in Computer Engineering (India - not IIT or REC, but fairly good)
Undergrad GPA: 84% (we don't have GPA. This is called Distinction, and would fall in the top 3-4 0n the class)
Type of Grad: MSc Development Studies (London School of Economics)
Grad GPA: Distinction (Prize for Best Performance in the Department )
Further Grad: EXTERNAL Diploma for Graduates ( Economics) - London School of Economics - ONGOING - Exams in May/June 2010
GRE: Not taken yet. Expect to score 790-800Q and high-700s in verbal
Math Courses: Lots of calculus, probability and statistical courses in under-grad, basically Engineering Mathematics ( nearly 90% (A+) in all of them). Taking modules on Mathematics again in my current diploma from LSE - refreshing all the Math required for Econ ( but it does not cover Real Analysis)
Econ Courses: Managerial Economics ( undergrad, A+), Development Economics (A), Intermediate Micro, Macro and Econometrics ( currently taking in my Diploma), Some international economics as part of Intl. Political Economy of Development at LSE ( A+)
Other Courses: Lots of Political Economy/Development courses; MIT Randomization Course
Letters of Recommendation: Three Profs from LSE: Two of them are Political Economy Profs (One is Princeton-Harvard-LSE, the other is Leontif Prize Winner, but considered heterodox); Third one is not economics, but very well regarded.
Research Experience: Working as Senior Research Analyst at a premier think tank in Delhi, policy research on governance and institutional development; currently doing a qualitative research study involving field work - will publish paper soon
Publications: Grad thesis published by LSE as LSE Working Paper; Two WPs at my current job plus one coming up soon.
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: Development Economics; Institutional Economics; Political Economy
SOP: Not written yet; thinking of talking about the progression in my intellectual/career interests and why I want to do PhD from an Econ dept at this stage etc
Concerns: BIG one: Not enough Econ? My Intermediate Economics grades will not be available at the time of application ( won't be available till July/August 2010, actually!!). Although I am sure I will do well in them, I have only my word + previous academic performance to show for it!
Other: Work experience in the development sector for about 5 years doing part time volunteering with grass roots NGOs + nearly 2 years working as consultant in an IT multinational. And I simply cannot do without funding! :(
Applying to: Berkeley, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Chicago, Cornell, Stanford, Princeton, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, UPenn, Duke, Brown, NW, Maryland, Michigan, Johns Hopkins, Oxford, LSE, Cambridge
Suggestions please on if I stand any reasonable chance of being accepted WITH funding! :)
Accepts:
  • Institution: LSE Economics (MSc (Res)) Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 19th January Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) Yes Comments: Scraping around funding!
Rejects:
  • Institution:Cornell Econ Decision:Reject Funding: N/A Notification date:4th Feb 2010 Notified through:email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) yes Date of Gradcafe post: (if yes) 4th feb
  • Institution: Duke Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 18 February, 2010 Notified through: email to check website Comments:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18 Notified Through: E-mail to check website
Waitlists:

APJ 2010: PROFILE:
Type of masters: Msc Financial engineering, London, MA eco (Delhi school of economics, India), CFA all levels cleared
MSc : Distinction (above 70%)
GRE: 780Q, 530V, 5.0AWA (repeating)
Math Courses: Math for eco (Real analysis, topology, optimization, dynamics), Linear Algebra, Measure Theory (not complete course), stochastic processes, Stochastic calculus
Econ Courses (Masters-level): game theory, information economics: corporate finance, mechanism designs, dynamic optimizations, econometrics (Time series and theory), monetary policy, risk theory
Other Courses: whole lot of finance courses (CFA), asset pricing (martingale pricing)
Letters of Recommendation: 3 prof at University of london and one at cambridge, (economics), one from India (phd yale)
Research Experience: Except for term papers and thesis, none.
Teaching Experience: portfolio management for MBA program
Research Interests: Dynamic macro, risk and time, experimental eco, asset pricing
Concerns: MA eco performance is not great (though Msc Fin. eng is good)
Applying to: Yale, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, WUSTL, Bsoton, Minessota, duke, rochester, Caltec, CMU, tolouse, swiss finance
Accepts:
  • Institution: Toulouse School of Economics /M2 (Financial Markets ad Intermediaries) Decision:Accept Funding: Waiting (22 March) Notification date: Notified through:email from
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 19 feb Notified Through: email to check online status Posted on Grad Cafe: no Comment: Account yet not opened in USA _ _ _ _ SIG _ _ _ _ Accepted: Toulouse M2 Wait list: Swiss finance Institute Rejected: Yale
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Swiss Finance Institute (Zurich Centre) Finance Decision:Waiting list for Interview. (Do not know what that means) Funding: Notification date: 09 Feb, 2010 Notified through:email from

2010app9357 2010: Profile:
Type of Undergrad: BA in Econ, Politics top 15 US LAC
Undergrad GPA: 3.92 = probably top 2 or 3 % at my school
Type of Grad: None
GRE: 800Q, 740V, 6.0 AWA
Math Courses (undergrad-level): Real I, Real II, Linear, Calc 1-3, ODE, Probability Theory (calc based) ~ all A or better
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Intro and Inter Micro and Macro, Trade, M+B, Comparative Labor, Mathematical Econ (simon + blume), Game Theory (gibbons), IO, Honors Thesis, ~ all A or better. Econometrics B+
Letters of Recommendation:3 econ professors from LAC, all actively researching, popular probably only in select circles but they know me well and will probably say nice things
Research Experience: RA one year during undergrad, honors thesis (the department liked it & was impressed), currently RA at regional fed
Teaching Experience: volunteered as peer tutor for econ, stats, politics
Research Interests: micro theory, political theory
Statement of Purpose: Working on one.
Concerns: No graduate courses, average amounts of math, from LAC
Schools: mit, princeton, stanford, berkley, yale, NW, UCSD, U Mich, caltech,wisconsin, duke, MD, rochester, UVA, ohio, UC-Irvine
Accepts:
  • Institution: Georgetown University Economics PhD Decision: Admitted Funding: $$$ Notification date: Feb 19th Notified Through: E-mail Comments: YAY!!
  • Institution: Rochester Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 20K Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: If only it weren't so cold :(
  • Institution: Georgetown Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 18.5K Notification date: 1/19 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: YAY!!!
  • Institution: JHU Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: tuition waved Notification date: 3/01 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Wisconsin Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 2/27 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: No $ :(
  • Institution: Michigan Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: ??? Notification date: 3/01 Notified through: Website Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Best Yet!
  • Institution: Rochester Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 20K Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: If only it weren't so cold
  • Institution: Wisconsin Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 2/27 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: No $
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: TBD Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through:E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: decisions decisions...
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Econ PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) yes Comments: well that was fun
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Oh well.
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: oh well
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: oh well:(
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: oh well
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: oh well
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: me too!!
  • Institution: CalTech Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/19 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comments: Finally!
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 03/20/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: UVA Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/30/10 Notified through: I called them Comments: I mostly wanted to see if they lost my application or something. Very very late...
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 4/12/10 Notified through: E-mail
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: Notification date: Feb 19th Notified Through: E-mail Comments: eh
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Still feels good.
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Still feels good.
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: Mar 17 Notified through: email Funding: Another NSF hopeful...

TommyG28 2010: PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: BA Econ, top UK university
Undergrad GPA: 3.8/4 (equivalent)
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800Q, 720V, 5.5AWA
Math Courses: Real Analysis I, II; ODE I, II; Multivariable calc I, II; Linear Algebra I, II; probability theory I,II; and Measure Theory. Mixture of A and B
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Many (border grad level, e.g. Mas-Colell, Varian, etc.) All As
Other Courses: None
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ professors (2 from good US), likely to be a mix of ok to good.
Research Experience: Except for term papers and thesis, none.
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: Game theory, Labour, IO
statement of purpose: Standard format, tailored each application to Profs I'd like to work with
Concerns: Math marks only ok, and possibly not wide ranging enough; US Adcoms not being able to decipher UK transcripts (e.g. 80 0s top mark, 70+ 0s A equivalent)
Other: Glad I have seen this forum, but panicking slightly now. Hadn't realised it would be quite this competitive.
Applying to: MIT, UPenn, NYU, Harvard, Michigan, Duke, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Texas, Berkeley, etc.
Accepts:
  • Institution: Georgetown Econ PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 18.5k for 5 years Notification date: 19 Feb Notified Through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: No Comments: Pretty chuffed. Nice to have one in the bag.
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 18 feb Notified Through: Email to check online status Posted on Grad Cafe: no Comment: Seems a part of me has died inside; that part which creates dreams. On a brighter note, still 11 more potential acceptances to come in. 12 would have been awkward to manage.
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: Notification date: Feb 19th Notified Through: E-mail with link to site Comments: Lack of strictly positive news is starting to be detrimental to my health

Noise 2010: PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. from top 10 (undergrad and grad econ) US university
Major: Econ-Math (joint) and Physics (2nd major)
Undergrad GPA: 3.44
GRE: 800Q, 700V, 5.0AWA
Math Courses: Real Analysis I and II (B, B-), Differential and Integral Calculus, Linear Algebra, PDE (C), ODE (B), Statistics and Probability
Econ Courses: Advanced Micro (proof-based, A-), Development, Econometrics Seminar, Money and Banking, Game Theory, Financial Economics, Globalization and its Risks (environmental),
Other Courses: A lot of physics classes which won't necessarily help me in econ but took a toll on my GPA
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ PhDs, currently at Yale, Chicago, and Columbia
Research Experience: RAed for a development professor one summer, term papers, worked on some things on my own but nothing published
Teaching Experience: none
Work Experience: 1+ years working in US economics research (mostly forecasting) at an investment bank
Research Interests: Development and environmental
statement of purpose: Standard, + tried to explain that my physics work dragged all my grades down
Concerns: Grades, esp in math classes. I like math and I did fine in my proof-based econ class so I am not concerned about this holding me back once I'm in grad school, but I think it might keep me from getting in
Applying to: Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, Yale, NYU, Columbia, Michigan, UCSD, UCLA, Brown, Maryland, Boston U.
Accepts:
  • Institution:UC Davis Econ Decision: Accepted Funding: TBD in March Notification date: 9th Feb 2010 Notified through:email Posted on Gradcafe: Yes Date of Gradcafe post: 9th Feb 2010 Comments: Informal email
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Website Posted on Grad Cafe: Yes
Waitlists:

chris_tyman 2010: PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.S. Mathematics/Economics (Not double major). 1st and 2nd Yr : Large state university in Louisiana. 3rd and 4th Yr: Top 5 public university.
Type of Grad: None
GPA: 3.95 Overall. 4.0 Mathematics and Economics
GRE: 800Q, 570V, 4.5 AWA
Math Courses (undergrad-level):
Real Analysis I (A), II (A), Topology (A+), Introduction to Lebesgue Integration (A), Optimization (A), Game Theory (A+), ODE (A), Linear Algebra (A+), Probability (A), Calculus I - III (A), Stochastic Processes (A), Integral Transforms (A), Discrete Dynamic Systems (A)
Note: Everything before probability was taken after transfer.
Econ Courses (undergrad-level):
Into to micro (A), Intro to Macro (A), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A+), Statistics for Economists (A+), Introductory Econometrics (A), Price and Strategy (A+), Mathematical Finance I & II (A+), Honor's thesis (A+)
Note: Although I got an A+ in Honor's thesis, I do not think the quality of my thesis is high.
Letters of Recommendation:
2 Letters from my college: One from a Econ Professor Emeritus who was my thesis adviser. One from a Math Professor for my game theory class (with honors adjunct, i.e. a little project, besides doing well in class).
The 3rd one will come from my assigned economists in the Fed, who's also a professor of Finance in UK.
Research Experience: Honors thesis, 2 Years of research experience at a regional Fed.
Interests: Macro theories, Financial Economics, Monetary policies, Econometrics
Statement of Purpose: Extensively on my research experience at the Fed + a little part on projects I did in undergrad.
Concerns: 1) Low GRE verbal/writing, 2) Quality of LOR, 3) Senior thesis not exceptional, and 3) No publication, etc. VERY nervous.
Schools: UCLA, MIT, Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UCSD, Boston U.
Accepts:
  • Institution: Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley Finance Decision: Admitted with fellowship. Notification Date: 2/16 Notified Through: E-mail Posted on Grad Cafe: No
  • Institution: University of Virginia Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Fellowship Notificationn date: 17th February Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18 Notified Through: Checked online status randomly. Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: 10, 400 Applicants? What the hell? They probably just lost my application somewhere.
Waitlists:

kniwor 2010: PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Bachelor of Statistics and Master of Statistics from top Indian university
Major: Statistics
Undergrad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q, 560V, 4.0AWA
Math Courses: Real Analysis I-III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra I&II, Probability I-III, Stochatic Processes I&II, Graph Theory, Multivariate Analysis, Abstract Algebra ... a lot of Statistics.
Econ Courses: Game Theory I&II, Macroeconomics I
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ PhDs working in Game Theory, two of them recommend students to grad schools regularly.
Research Experience: 6 months in Game theory, a thesis (incomplete).
Teaching Experience: none
Work Experience: part-time over 1 year, Market Research.
Research Interests: Game Theory, Econometrics.
statement of purpose: Standard
Concerns: No Economics Background.
Applying to: Princeton, Yale, NYU, Wisconsin, Rochester, Penn-State, Kellogs, LSE
Accepts:
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: 03 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: $$$
  • Institution: Kellogg Managerial Economics and Strategy Decision: Accepted Notification date: 23 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-Mail Posted on GF: Yes Comment: $$$
  • Institution: University of Rochester Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: 26 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-Mail Posted on GF: No Comment: $$
  • Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: 28 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-Mail Posted on GF: No Comment: $$
  • Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: 28 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-Mail Posted on GF: No Comment: $$
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 19 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-Mail to check website. Posted on GF: No Comment: N/A
  • Institution: London School of Economics Economics Decision: Rejected (Mres/PhD); Accepted (MSc) Notification date: 19 Feb 2010 Notified through: E-Mail Posted on GF: Comment: Unfunded
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No
Waitlists:

yougotaparabola 2010: PROFILE:
type of undergrad: B.A. Econ top 10 public university, no grad econ
undergrad GPA: 3.69/4, econ 3.95, math 3.74
type of grad: NA
grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800Q, 650V, 5.0AWA
math courses: Calc 3 (A-), ODE (A), Linear Algebra (A-), Probability Theory (B+), Real Analysis I (A), Game Theory (A-)(through the math department)
econ courses (undergrad-level): intermediate micro, advanced micro (economics of incentives), intermediate macro, advanced macro (international finance), econometrics, time series econometrics, mathematical economics (all A)
econ courses (grad-level): sadly, none.
other courses: Irrelevant.
letters of recommendation: 3 econ professors
research experience: Minimal.
teaching experience: None
research interests: The role of micro incentives in development.
statement of purpose: Pretty standard, nothing substantial.
other: on the bright side you really only need one admit.
concerns: Potentially weak recommendations, no idea how I stack up against the competition, no idea how my undergrad will be perceived,
applying to: Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, WUSTL, Rochester, UCLA, UVA, Duke, Wisconsin, BU, BC, etc....
Accepts:
  • Institution: BC Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 16k Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: email Posted on grad cafe: Yep Comments: Relieved
  • Institution: Rochester Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for fellowship? Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: A solid admit for me, I'm excited.
  • Institution: BC Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 16k Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: email Posted on grad cafe: Yep Comments: Relieved
  • Institution: Rochester Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for fellowship? Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: A solid admit for me, I'm excited.
  • Institution: Texas (Austin) Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: Waitlisted for TAship Notification date: 3/10/2010 Notified through: Unofficial Email Posted on GC: Nope Comments: Pretty jazzed, curious what the likelihood of getting a TAship is.
  • Institution: UVA Economics PhD Decision: Admit Funding: No information on the letter Notification date: 03/24 Notified through: randomly checked website Comments: Nice to have another option
Rejects:
  • Institution: Duke Econ Decision: rejected Funding: no Notification date: 02/16/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no
  • Institution: Minnesota Economics PhD Decision: Rejection Funding: Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: email Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Rejection Funding: Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: website Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Rejection Funding: Notification date: 2/16 Notified through: email Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejection Funding: Notification date: forget Notified through: email Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Cornell Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No. Comment: They really made me wait this one out.
  • Institution: Michigan Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No.
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics, PhD Decision: Reject Funding: Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Nope Comments: Mass email.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/4/10 Notified through: Email to Check Website Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Expected
  • Institution: Cornell Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No. Comment: They really made me wait this one out.
  • Institution: Michigan Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No.
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics, PhD Decision: Reject Funding: Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Nope Comments: Mass email.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/4/10 Notified through: Email to Check Website Posted on GF: Yes Comment: Expected
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: Wisconsin Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email. Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email to Check Website Posted on GC: no Comments: a little sad
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/16 Notified through: Email (check website)
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Email Notification date: 3/16/10 Comments: Response to email for an update.
  • Institution: Wharton Applied Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/19/2010 Notified through: E-mail telling me to check the website Comments: Was doubtful after the interview.
  • Institution: UCSD Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No
Waitlists:

thesparky 2010: PM me if you want it.
Accepts:
  • Institution: Wisconsin-Madison Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition waiver + $12.5K TAship 1st year, something guaranteed for 3 more years Notification date: 2/27 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Said in email that it was sent to 26 people. I feel glad to get an admit, but disappointed that my top choices are out, and not terribly generous funding, but it gives me hope.
  • Institution: Queen's MA Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $18K, part from TAship Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: They said the funding is only if I accept before March 19...
  • Institution: Wisconsin-Madison Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition waiver + $12.5K TAship 1st year, something guaranteed for 3 more years Notification date: 2/27 Notified through: Email Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Said in email that it was sent to 26 people. I feel glad to get an admit, but disappointed that my top choices are out, and not terribly generous funding, but it gives me hope.
  • Institution: Queen's MA Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $18K, part from TAship Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: They said the funding is only if I accept before March 19...
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Admit Funding: No Notification date: 03/18/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: :/
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 2/18 Notified Through: Checked online status Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: i am screwed
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: i didn't want to go to your crummy school anyways
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: i didn't want to go to your crummy school anyways
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comment: Sigh.
  • Institution: NYU Stern Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/10/2010 Notified through: email to check online Posted on GF: No Comments: Another one bites the dust.
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/23/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GC: No
Waitlists:

econlaw 2010: PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.S. Math and Econ from a large state univeristy
Undergrad GPA: 4.0/4.0
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800Q, 540V, 4.5AWA
Math Courses: Calc I II III, Advanced Calculus I II, ODE, PDE, Real Analysis I , Linear Algebra, Probability Theory, Mathematical Statistics, Numerical Analysis, all A or A+
Econ Courses (PhD-level): N/A
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Econometrics, Game Theory, Intermediate Micro and Macro Theory, Advanced Micro and Macro Theory, Mathematical Economics (in progress) All A's and A+
Other Courses: None
Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ professors (1 very good from a well-known economist, 1 fairly good from a junior economist) 1 very good from a Math professor
Research Experience: Except for term papers and thesis, none.
Teaching Experience: TA in Math Department
Research Interests: Not sure but currently Micro Theory
statement of purpose: Standard
Concerns: I don't know. I have studied hard and done everything that I can but feel that I'll have a lot rejections.
Other: None.
Applying to: Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, Stanford, Berkeley, UPenn, UCSD, NYU, Cornell, UCLA , Penn State, Maryland, Minnesota, UW-Madison, Carnegie Mellon, Arizona State.
Accepts:
  • Institution: Arizona State University Economics Decision: accept Funding: no info yet Notification date: February 11 Notified through: email and website Posted on Gradcafe: no Comments: Released. I think they will give info on funding later. Good luck everyone.
  • Institution: Arizona State University Economics PhD Decision: Accepted via email on 2/11 Funding: 25k+summer for 1st yr, 19k+possible summer for 2nd to 5th yr Notification date: funding letter dated on 2/18 Notified through: mail Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Minnesota Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 20k for 1st yr including summer, 15k for 2nd to 5th yr +possible partial summer fundings Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: email Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: accepted Funding: 18k fellowship 1st yr, TA after Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: Glad:)
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: accepted Funding: 18k fellowship 1st yr, TA after Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: Glad
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Accepted Notified through: e-mail Funding: no first year funding. Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC: No Comments: I really wish they could give me a funding..
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: To arrive via e-mail this week Notification date: 3/16/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Financial info to arrive later this week! Very very happy!
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale PHD Econ Decision: Rejected Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: website Posted on Gradcafe: no Comments: Expected. But still hurt
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Website Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: I would love to go to California, but...well...
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics PhD Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Website Posted on grad cafe: No
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Reject Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: I would love to go to California, but...well...
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comment: sad...
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: no Comments: sigh...
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: E-mail to check website Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: NYU Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/24 Notified through: E-mail
  • Institution: Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/25/10 Notified through: Mass email Comments: Don't care anymore.
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/30/10 Notified through: seems like mass Email

golden_bears 2010: Type of Undergrad: B.A. Double Major: Economics & Applied Mathematics from, well, the best public research university in the world (as we say here) :), also a junior transfer from community coolege
Undergrad GPA: 3.45/4.00 (UC GPA), 3.95/4.00 (Community College GPA), 3.74 Cumulative GPA
Type of Grad: A summer course at LSE that could be considered a grad course
Grad GPA: 4.00
GRE: 790Q, 540V, 5.5AWA
Math Courses: Calculus I-III (A), UG Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra, etc...
Econ Courses (Undergrad-level): Mostly took macro and econ history courses.
Statistics Courses: Probability (IP), Computing Stats (for the statistical package R), not much here really
Letters of Recommendation: 3, 1 of which was submitted today; Two have the potential to be very strong and one neutral or slightly positive at best. I doubt any would be negative -- my gpa does enough for that.
Research/Teaching Experience:
1. Created, developed, and taught a course here. In its fourth semester. Wrote a paper for my faculty sponsor/LoR provider (non-Econ department)
2. Doing my honors thesis right now (LoR provider - Econ department)
Teaching Experience:
1. Self-taught course -- see above.
Research Interests: Political Economy of NE Asia, Developmental, Transitional Economics
Statement of purpose: Picked a topic I was interested in
Diversity Statement: Mostly my background, but focus was still on what I wanted to do.
Concerns: Haha, where should i begin? :crazy:
-Nontraditional student
My professor and LoR provider said, "You know, ..., it'll be interesting to see where you get into considering your background." I think he was thinking out loud, but, I guess that sums up my concerns. He also said, "You'll get in somewhere."
Applying to: UCLA, UCSD, Northwestern, Harvard (yep, lol), Yale, Columbia, Chicago, NYU, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, Caltech, UC Davis, Duke, Johns Hokpins, Maryland... all econ ph.d (i'm just hoping they all have my material)...
Accepts:
Rejects:
  • Institution: Duke Economics, PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: ... Notificationn date: 16th Feb Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: -- Notification date: 18 February 2010 Notified Through: E-mail Posted on Grad Cafe: No
  • Institution: University of Minnesota, University of Chicago economics Decision: Rejected/Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/05 [UM: was dated 03/04 on website] Notified through: Email to check site, Rejection Email Comment: flyout april 2nd[/quote]
Waitlists:

far 2010: PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A. in Econ and Math, History minor from a large public university
Undergrad GPA: 3.71/4.0 Econ: 4.0/4.0 Math: 4.0/4.0
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 800Q, 620V, 5.0AWA
Math Courses: A lot
Econ Courses (PhD-level): None
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Econometrics, Economic Stats, Game Theory, IO, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, International Macro, Principles
Other Courses: Intro to programming
Letters of Recommendation: 2 Econ professors (1 very well known senior the other a tenure track, both should be excellent) and 1 Math professor
Research Experience: Two years RA-ing for well known recommender, Econ REU internship (other econ recommender was my mentor)
Teaching Experience: None
Research Interests: Industrial Organization, Game Theory, Environmental Economics
Statement of Purpose: General template modified for each school. Talked about my background and interests, reasons for applying, mentioned specific faulty members
Concerns: 3rd recommendation probably isn't that good.
Other: None
Applying to: Arizona, Berkeley, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, Yale
Accepts:
  • Institution: UCSB Econ Decision: Accepted Notification date: 17 February, 2010 Notified through: website Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) no Comments: They flew me out there last month so if they had rejected me the world would be wayyyy too screwy :)
  • Institution: Penn State University Phd Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 25k/year Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: :)
  • Institution: Northwestern University Phd Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: waitlist first year, 21k thereafter Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: so happy I cant stop smiling! :)
  • Institution: Penn State University Phd Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 25k/year Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: Northwestern University Phd Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: waitlist first year, 21k thereafter Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: so happy I cant stop smiling!
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: email next week Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: chilly Chicago or sunny San Diego...
  • Institution: Arizona Economics Decision: Accepted (informally) Funding: Assistantship Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Email from Dr Fishback (I work for him) asking if I'd want to stick around and offering an assistantship but recommending I don't
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Accepted Notified through: e-mail Funding: no first year funding. Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC: No Comments: I'm so happy I have a tough decision ahead of me, it's been a tough season for everyone and I just feel really thankful right now
Rejects:
  • Institution: Duke Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 2/16 Notified Through: Email Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: First official decision, a little bit surprised -.-
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: :(
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics, PhD Decision: Reject Funding: Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: na Notification date: 03/04 Notified through: Email to check website
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics, PhD Decision: Reject Funding: Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: na Notification date: 03/04 Notified through: Email to check website
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: can't wait for this to all be over -.-
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 03/20/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: No
Waitlists:

lovecon 2010: PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: B.A-Econ Math double major at large public univ. (top 15ish econ,math dep.)
Undergrad GPA: Math 3.98/4.0; Econ 3.86/4.0 Overall: 3.94/4.0
Type of Grad: NA
Grad GPA: NA
GRE: 660V 800Q 4.5AWA
Math Courses (undergrad-level): Cal 1-3, Discrete, Math Stat 1-2, ODE, Linear Algebra, Prob Theory, Advanced Cal 1-2, Elem. Top, Stochastic Processes
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): lots and lots... loved' em..
Econ Courses (PhD-level): Micro Theory(A)
Other Courses: NA
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ professors (2 NWU PhD, 1 UMN PhD); 1 from ph.d micro course instructor(well known labor econ prof.), 1 from research supervisor(known in relative field), 1 from undergrad course instructor(not sure)
Research Experience: Independent Research on unemployment(empirical)
Teaching Experience: NA
Research Interests: labor(unemployment, job search, etc..)
statement of purpose: typical format(?)- why decided to go to grad school, challenges, experiences, etc..pretty much focused on research interests. just 1 page.
Concerns: No master's degree & International Student >> Funding.....?
Other: just thankful to my family for their support and trust along the whole process(I am a late starter), wish I could give them all a big happy smile. Also, best wishes to all econ-committed people out there.
Applying to: UCLA, BERKELEY, DUKE, MIT, YALE, COLUMBIA, UPENN, UM-AA, UW-M, UMN, NYU, CHICAGO, HARVARD, PRINCETON, NWU, BU, STANFORD, UCSD, CMU, PSU (now, that's a lot..)
Accepts:
  • Institution: Carnegie Mellon Univ. Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 30K Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: Northwestern Univ. Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 1st yr funding wait listed Notification date: 2/24 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Wow.. virtually my dream school
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Checked Online Status Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: congrats to those admitted!:tup:
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Waitlisted Funding: Notification date: Feb 19th Notified Through: E-mail Comments: no acceptances..yet
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Wait listed Funding: Notification date: 2/19 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: Univ. of Minnesota Economics PhD Decision: Wait listed Funding: Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:
  • Institution: Univ. of Minnesota Economics PhD Decision: Wait listed Funding: Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments:

MicroIOGuy 2010: Type of Undergrad: Honours B.A. Economics, minor concentration in Mathematics, #1 univeristy in Canada for undergrad, consistenly top 25 in the world, mediocre economics department, but small and rigorous honours undergrad program
Undergrad GPA: 3.9/4.0
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q, 680V, 5.0AWA
Math Courses: calculus 1 and 2 (exempt), calculus 3 (A), intro linear algebra (A), linear algebra (A-), ordinary differential equations (A), discrete structures (A), real analysis 1 (A), probability theory (A), advanced calculus (Spring), real analysis 2 (Spring)
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Honours intermediate micro (2 semesters A), honours intemediate macro (2 semesters, B), honours economic statistics (2 semesters, A), behavioural economics (A), honours advaced theory (2 semesters, A for first semester, Spring), honours econometrics 1 (A), economics research project (on IO and price theory, A), honours econometrics 2 (Spring)
Econ courses (grad-level): game theory (A), experimental economics (A)
Letters of Recommendation: 3 econ professors (Northwestern, U Montreal, Pittsburgh; not famous)
Research Experience: Experimental economics paper, some IO independent study
Teaching Experience: Just some game theory tutoring
Concerns: Recommenders are not famous. Not too many acceptances in top PhD programs in econ from my school. That damn B in intermediate macro.
Research Interests: Micro theory, IO, game theory, experimental econ
Applying to: Harvard, MIT, Yale (Rejected), Columbia, NYU, Berkeley, Stanford, Chicago, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, Toronto (MA), UBC (MA), Oxford (MPhil), LSE (MSc (Research) (Accepted; scholarship), UCL (MSc)
Accepts:
  • Institution: LSE MSc Economics (Research) Decision:Admit Funding: 9,600 scholarship Notification date: 6 January 2010 Notified through: LSE for You Posted on Gradcafe: No Comment: London is mad expensive. Better cough up some more.
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: -- Notification date: 18 February 2010 Notified Through: E-mail --> online status Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: Hopefully not a sign of things to come.
Waitlists:

C.C 2010:
Institution: Duke,Yale
Program: Econ
Decision: Rejection
Notification date: 2/16,2/18(maybe)
Notified through: Email to check website
Posted on GF: No
Institution:Cornell
Program: Econ
Decision: Rejection
Notification date: 2/22
Notified through: Email
Posted on GF: No
Institution:Minnesota
Program: Econ
Decision: Waiting List
Notification date: 2/26
Notified through: Email
Posted on GF: No
Comments: What a February...
Accepts:
Rejects:
  • Institution: Duke Econ Decision: Rejected Notification date: 16 Feb,2010 Notified through: Email to check
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Comment: It hurts..
  • Institution: Duke,Yale Econ Decision: Rejection Notification date: 2/16,2/18(maybe) Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: No
  • Institution:Cornell Econ Decision: Rejection Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No
Waitlists:
  • Institution:Minnesota Econ Decision: Waiting List Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: What a February...:doh:
  • Institution:Minnesota Econ Decision: Waiting List Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: What a February...

blackwhite 2010:
Institution: Georgetown
Program:PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding:
Notification date: 2/22
Notified through: Mail
Posted on GF: yes
Comments:
Institution: Pittsburgh
Program:PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Decision is still being made
Notification date: 2/26
Notified through: Email
Posted on GF: yes
Comments:
Institution: Carnegie Mellon
Program:PhD Economics
Decision: Waitlisted
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 2/19
Notified through: Personal email
Posted on GF: No
Comment: Those who were admitted to CMU please tell them that you don't wanna got there asap if you have better option. Many thanks...
Accepts:
  • Institution: NC State Economics Decision: admitted Funding: None Available Notification Date: February 12 Notified: website Posted on Gradcafe: yes, February 12 Comments: Does anyone know what "none available" means for assistantship part?
  • Institution: Pittsburgh Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Decision is still being made Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: yes Comments:
  • Institution: UC Riverside Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for fellowship Notification date: 3/10/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comment: "due to the California budget crisis, the number of fellowships we are able to offer has been severely reduced". I need funding man!..
  • Institution: Claremont Graduate University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 35% tuition, 2k RA-ship for a year Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GC: No Comments: Their funding offer is really interesting... But better than having nothing...
Rejects:
  • Institution: UC Davis ARE PhD Decision: Reject Funding: Notification date: 2/12 Notified Through: website Posted on Grad Cafe: Yes, 2/12
  • Institution: Rice University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/16 Notified Through: E-mail Posted on Grad Cafe: Yes, 2/16
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Checked Online Status Posted on Grad Cafe: Yes, 2/18 Comment: I am sooo sad
  • Institution: Georgetown Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: Mail Posted on GF: yes Comments:
  • Institution: Rochester Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: 6th rejection :(
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: expected but still sad... :(
  • Institution: Rochester Ph.D. Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/1 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: 6th rejection
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Comments: expected but still sad...
  • Institutioninstitution: Emory Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/5/2010 Notified through: e-mail Posted on GF: no Comments: unexpected
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/10 Notified through: Mail Posted on GC: No Comment: As expected... but still hurts
  • Institution: Johns Hopkins Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No.
  • Institution: Arizona Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/15 Notified through: Email Comment: Soooo sad.... I was so hopeful....
  • Institution: CalTech Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/19 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Comments: Finally!
  • Institution: Maryland Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 03/19/10 Notified through: Randomly check Testudo website Posted on GC: No Comments:
  • Institution: Arizona State Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/23/2010 Notified through: checked website Posted on GC: No Comments:
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/23/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: Washington U - St Louis Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: n/a Notification date: 04/05/2010 Notified through: Mass Email Posted on GC: No Comment:
  • Institution: CMU Economics Decision: Rejected off the waitlist Funding: NA Notification date: 4/12/10 Notified through: E-mail Comments: No Comment
  • Institution: UCI Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 4/13/10 Notified through: Randomly checked website Comments: No Comment
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Carnegie Mellon Economics Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/19 Notified through: Personal email Posted on GF: No Comment: Those who were admitted to CMU please tell them that you don't wanna got there asap if you have better option. Many thanks...
  • Institution: Carnegie Mellon Economics Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/19 Notified through: Personal email Posted on GF: No Comment: Those who were admitted to CMU please tell them that you don't wanna got there asap if you have better option. Many thanks...

behavingmyself 2010:
Institution: Rochester
Program: Economics PhD
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 24K
Notification date: 2/25
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on grad cafe: Yes
Comments: I've been on cloud nine the last couple of days!
Institution: Yale
Program: Economics PhD
Decision: Rejected
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 2/18
Notified through: E-mail to check site
Posted on grad cafe: Yes
Comments: Repost from pre-outage thread.
Accepts:
  • Institution: Rochester Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: 24K Notification date: 2/25 Notified through: E-mail Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: I've been on cloud nine the last couple of days!
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Posted on Grad Cafe: Nope Comment: 10,400 is presumably the number of total PhD applications to the entire Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. I guess it would be better for my tender ego if the economics department alone got that many, but it would probably be a bad omen for my ability to get in anywhere else. :eek:
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Repost from pre-outage thread.
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: Yes Comments: Repost from pre-outage thread.
Waitlists:

Lachis 2010:
Institution: Yale
Program: Economics PhD
Decision: Rejected
Funding: -
Notification date: 2/18
Notified through: E-mail to check site
Posted on grad cafe: No
Comments: Not surprised. At least I gave it a shot!
Institution: Duke
Program: Economics PhD
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Fellowship: 18k + health insurance
Notification date: 2/22
Notified through: E-mail to check site
Posted on grad cafe: No
Comments: Yay!!! My first admission! Very excited!
Accepts:
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Fellowship: 18k + health insurance Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Yay!!! My first admission! Very excited! :D
  • Institution: University of Virginia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nothing yet (decision is made in April) Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email to check website. Posted on GF: No. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: My acceptance is subject to completing my Masters program in Applied Mathematics this July. Happy :)
  • Institution: Duke Economics PhD Decision: Accepted Funding: Fellowship: 18k + health insurance Notification date: 2/22 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Yay!!! My first admission! Very excited!
  • Institution: University of Virginia Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Nothing yet (decision is made in April) Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email to check website. Posted on GF: No. Date posted on Gradcafe: 03/02/2010 Comment: My acceptance is subject to completing my Masters program in Applied Mathematics this July. Happy
  • Institution: University of Warwick MSc in Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: None (This offer of a place does not constitute an offer of a scholarship or funding. For details on the options available for funding your studies please visit our Graduate School portal at University of Warwick :: Academic Office :: Services :: Graduate School Portal) Notification date: 3/11/10 Notified through: Email Comment: Offer conditional on completing my current Masters program. UVa placed the same condition... seems they like my Masters program
  • Institution: Texas at Austin Phd Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: TAship - 14k + Tuition scholarship + health insurance Notification date: 3/16 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments:
  • Institution: LSE MSc in Economics and Philosophy Decision: Accepted Funding: none Notification date: 3/24/10 Notified through: Randomly checked website... received email a few minutes later Comments: Really, really love this program!!!, but think maybe it is better to start right away with the PhD in Economics ...
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: E-mail to check site Posted on grad cafe: No Comments: Not surprised. At least I gave it a shot!
  • Institution: Northwestern University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: Website Posted on GF: No Comments: I was just waiting the formal rejection from this one...
  • Institution: Cornell University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: I did had hope with this one! :(
  • Institution: Cornell University Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 03/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comments: I did had hope with this one!
  • Institution: U Maryland Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/21/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GC: No Comments: "Surprise, surprise"
  • Institution: Syracuse University Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 4/19 Notified through: Email Comments: Thought it was a safety ...
Waitlists:

xyz621 2010:
Institution:Penn
Program: Econ Phd
Decision: Accepted
Notification date: 03/02/2010
Notified through: Email
Posted on GF: Yes
Comments: Relieved
Institution:Yale
Program: Econ Phd
Decision: Rejected
Notification date: 02/18/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Posted on GF: Yes
Comments: I am just too old to get in.
Accepts:
  • Institution:Penn Econ Phd Decision: Accepted Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Relieved
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Don't care Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No Accepted: UPenn, Stanford Rejected: Berkeley, Princeton, Harvard, Yale Unknown: MIT
Rejects:
  • Institution:Yale Econ Phd Decision: Rejected Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I am just too old to get in.
  • Institution:Yale Econ Phd Decision: Rejected Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: I am just too old to get in.
Waitlists:

seniorplow 2010:
Institution: Yale
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Notification date: Feb 18
Notified through: Email to go to website
Comments: first bummer
Institution: Minnesota
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Notification date: Feb 25
Notified through: Email
Funding: 20K + tuition for first year, TA for 2-5
Comments: yay
Institution: Northwestern
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Notification date: Feb 24
Notified through: Website
Funding: None
Comments: none...
Institution: Michigan
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Notification date: Mar 1
Notified through: Website
Funding: None
Comments: none...
Institution: Berkeley
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Notification date: Mar 2
Notified through: Email
Funding: Billions
Comments: Damn and I wanted to go there too
Institution: UPenn
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Wait-listed
Notification date: Mar 4
Notified through: Email
Funding: not applicable unfortunately
Comments: "high on waitlist" not sure what that means
Accepts:
  • Institution: Minnesota Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Feb 25 Notified through: Email Funding: 20K + tuition for first year, TA for 2-5 Comments: yay
  • Institution: Northwestern Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Feb 24 Notified through: Website Funding: None Comments: none...
  • Institution: Michigan Economics Decision: Accepted Notification date: Mar 1 Notified through: Website Funding: None Comments: none...
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Dunno Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Weird email congratulating me on acceptance and inviting me to the visit day, but no actual email of acceptance Posted on GC: No Comments: yay finally i can reject the claim that california doesn't like me
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Feb 18 Notified through: Email to go to website Comments: first bummer
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: Mar 2 Notified through: Email Funding: Billions Comments: Damn and I wanted to go there too
  • Institution: Penn Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 3/12/2010 Notified through: Email to website, which finally worked Posted on GC: No Comments: was originally on waitlist. not anymore.
Waitlists:
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Wait-listed Notification date: Mar 4 Notified through: Email Funding: not applicable unfortunately Comments: "high on waitlist" not sure what that means
  • Institution: UPenn Economics Decision: Wait-listed Notification date: Mar 4 Notified through: Email Funding: not applicable unfortunately Comments: "high on waitlist" not sure what that means
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Waitlisted Notification date: Mar 11 Notified through: email Funding: n/a

OogieBoogieMan 2010:
Institution: Upenn
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: waitlisted (very high they say) for fellowship
Notification date: 03/02
Notified through: Phone (Email later)
Accepts:
  • Institution: Rutgers Economics, Ph.D. Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for Fellowship Notification date: February, 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on Gradcafe: no Date of Gradcafe post: N/A Comments: seems fair.
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Ph.D. Decision: Accepted Funding: TA - 24K Notification date: February 15th Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: No Date of Gradcafe post: N/A Comments: -
  • Institution: Upenn Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: waitlisted (very high they say) for fellowship Notification date: 03/02 Notified through: Phone (Email later)
  • Institution: Upenn Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: waitlisted (very high they say) for fellowship Notification date: 03/02 Notified through: Phone (Email later)
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale PHD Econ Decision: Rejected Notification date: 2/18 Notified through: website Posted on Gradcafe: no
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: na Notification date: 03/04 Notified through: Email to check website Comments: I am trying to be the first one to post :) Seems as if I am also the first one to be official rejected.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: na Notification date: 03/04 Notified through: Email to check website Comments: I am trying to be the first one to post Seems as if I am also the first one to be official rejected.
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: na Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GC: No
  • Institution: Harvard / NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/16/10 Notified through: snail mail / email Posted on GF: No
Waitlists:

jenferlizbeth 2010:
Institution: Columbia University
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 03/04/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Comment: I had already counted them out anyway...
Institution: UC Irvine
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Yes! $$
Notification date: 2/26/2010
Notified through: unofficial e-mail from director Dale Poirier
Comment: Very happy
Institution: Yale University
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 02/18/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Comment: ah well.
Accepts:
  • Institution: UC Irvine Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes! $$ Notification date: 2/26/2010 Notified through: unofficial e-mail from director Dale Poirier Comment: Very happy :)
  • Institution: UC Irvine Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes! $$ Notification date: 2/26/2010 Notified through: unofficial e-mail from director Dale Poirier Comment: Very happy
  • Institution: George Mason Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: To be decided Notification date: 3/10/2010 Notified through: e-mail Comment: Happy, but I prefer Irvine, I think.
  • Institution: George Mason Economics Decision: accepted Notified through: e-mail Notification date: 3/10/10 Posted on GC:No
Rejects:
  • Institution: Columbia University Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: I had already counted them out anyway...
  • Institution: Yale University Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: ah well.
  • Institution: Yale University Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: ah well.
  • Institution: Harvard Economics Decision: Rejected Notified through: Postal Mail Notification date: Mail dated 3/8/2010 Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Notified through: e-mail to check website Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC:No
Waitlists:

econgirl19 2010:
Institution: Rutgers
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: None
Notification date: 1/27/2010
Notified through: Email
Comments: Not going without funding.
Institution: Yale
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding:N/A
Notification date: 2/18/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Comments: Oh well.
Institution: Penn State
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Tuition + $24k stipend
Notification date: 2/22/2010
Notified through: Email
Comments: :-)
Institution: Duke
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Tuition + $18k stipend + $2k stipend for the summer
Notification date: 2/22/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Comments: Definitely high up on my list.
Institution: Johns Hopkins
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Tuition + $17k stipend
Notification date: 2/26/2010
Notified through: Email with attachment
Comments: Another good option.
Institution: University of Maryland
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Tuition + $18k stipend
Notification date: 3/3/2010
Notified through: Email
Comments: Excited!
Institution: Columbia
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 3/4/2010
Notified through: Email to check website
Comments: I wasn't really planning on going there anyway….
Accepts:
  • Institution: Rutgers Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 1/27/2010 Notified through: Email Comments: Not going without funding.
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition + $24k stipend Notification date: 2/22/2010 Notified through: Email Comments: :-)
  • Institution: Duke Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition + $18k stipend + $2k stipend for the summer Notification date: 2/22/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comments: Definitely high up on my list.
  • Institution: Johns Hopkins Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition + $17k stipend Notification date: 2/26/2010 Notified through: Email with attachment Comments: Another good option.
  • Institution: University of Maryland Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition + $18k stipend Notification date: 3/3/2010 Notified through: Email Comments: Excited!
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Sage Fellowship (Tuition + $21.8k stipend + $4.6k stipend for the summer) for all 5 years Notification date: 3/8/2010 Notified through: Email with attachment Comments: Definitely in the running
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding:N/A Notification date: 2/18/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comments: Oh well.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/4/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comments: I wasn't really planning on going there anyway….
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/4/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comments: I wasn't really planning on going there anyway….
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9/2010 Notified through: Email Comments: "We chose to advise you of our decision via email on the assumption that a timely response would outweigh the informality of this means of communication. I would be happy to provide a formal letter upon request." Now can someone please tell me why I would want a formal rejection letter? Oh well, this was expected anyway.
  • Institution: Harvard Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: Postal Comments: I 100 0.000000e+000xpected this.
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/16/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comments: I expected this one also. I wasn't planning on going there anyway =P
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/16/2010 Notified through: E-mail Comments: Can't say I didn't expect this one either….
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/17/2010 Notified through: E-mail in my response to my e-mail Comments: Not surprised.
  • Institution: Wharton Applied Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/19/2010 Notified through: E-mail telling me to check the website Comments: I wanted to get into this one, but oh well. Probably for the best.
Waitlists:
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania Economics Decision: Waitlisted (high on waitlist) Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/18/2010 Notified through: E-mail with attachment Comments: Very excited! I hope I get in (with funding).

BeautifulLife 2010:
Institution: LSE
Program: MSc Econ
Decision: AD
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 1/06/2010
Notified through: web
Comments:
Institution: Vanderbilt
Program: GPED
Decision: AD
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 09/2/2010
Notified through: web
Comments:
Institution: Cornell
Program: AEM master
Decision: Rejected
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 2/11/2010
Notified through: e-mail
Comments:
Institution: Yale
Program: IDE
Decision: Rejected
Funding: N/A
Notification date: 11 Mar, 2010
Notified through: web
comments: so sad!!!!!
Accepts:
Rejects:
  • Institution: Cornell AEM master Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 2/11/2010 Notified through: e-mail Comments:
  • Institution: Yale IDE Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 11 Mar, 2010 Notified through: web comments: so sad!!!!!
  • Institution: Tufts MS Economics Decision: Reject Notification date: 3/13/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: No
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Duke MA Economics Decision: Wait Listed Notification date: 3/22/10 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Finally, I have a result from them~

jackie21 2010:
Institution: UCLA
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: being considered for fellowship
Notification date: feb 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: Michigan
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: none
Notification date: march 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: LSE
Program: MSc Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: none
Notification date: feb 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: University of Toronto
Program: MA
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 25000
Notification date: march 2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: Cornell
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 22000
Notification date: 08/03/2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Institution: Stanford
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: 32000!!
Notification date: 11/03/2010
Notified through: E-mail
Posted on GC: no
Rejected: Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Berkeley
Accepts:
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: being considered for fellowship Notification date: feb 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: Michigan Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: none Notification date: march 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: LSE MSc Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: none Notification date: feb 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: University of Toronto MA Decision: Accepted Funding: 25000 Notification date: march 2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: Cornell Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 22000 Notification date: 08/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 32000!! Notification date: 11/03/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no Rejected: Yale, Princeton, Chicago, Berkeley
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: disappointed, but its yale so you know its gonna be hard. 1 down, 11 more to go
Waitlists:

Econg 2010:
Institution: UC Davis
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: No
Notification date: 1/15/2010
Notified through:Personal e-mail
Posted on GC:No
Institution: OSU
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Fellowship, 20K stipend
Notification date: 1/15/2010
Notified through:E-mail
Posted on GC:No
Institution: Yale
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding:
Notification date: 1/19/2010
Notified through:E-mail to check site
Posted on GC:No
Institution: UPitt
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Fellowship, 15K Stipend
Notification date: 3/5/2010
Notified through:Letter
Posted on GC:No
Institution: Harvard
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding:
Notification date: 3/8/2010
Notified through:Letter
Posted on GC:No
Institution: Stanford
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Rejected
Funding:
Notification date: 3/8/2010
Notified through:Letter
Posted on GC:No
Institution: Wyoming
Program: PhD Economics
Decision: Accepted
Funding: Assistantship, 15K stipend
Notification date: 3/9/2010
Notified through:E-mail
Posted on GC:No
Accepts:
  • Institution: UC Davis Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: No Notification date: 1/15/2010 Notified through:Personal e-mail Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: OSU Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Fellowship, 20K stipend Notification date: 1/15/2010 Notified through:E-mail Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: UPitt Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Fellowship, 15K Stipend Notification date: 3/5/2010 Notified through:Letter Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: Wyoming Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Assistantship, 15K stipend Notification date: 3/9/2010 Notified through:E-mail Posted on GC:No
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 1/19/2010 Notified through:E-mail to check site Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: Harvard Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/8/2010 Notified through:Letter Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 3/8/2010 Notified through:Letter Posted on GC:No
  • Institution: Brown Economics Decision: Rejected Notified through: e-mail to check website Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC: No
Waitlists:

keano 2010: keano<
Accepts:
  • Institution: LSE Economics (MSc (Res)) Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notification date: 19th January Notified through: Email Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: Lack of funding may be an issue
  • Institution: BGSE MSc Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Tuition waver + TA-ship Notified through: Email Date: Jan-21 Comment: Really exciting!
  • Institution: Toulouse M2 Decision: Accepted Funding: None Notified through: Post Date: Early feb Comment: Not sure of funding options
  • Institution: EUI (Florence) Economics Decision: Admit Funding: No information Notification date: 03/12/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: No interview required
  • Institution: Oxford MPhil Economics Decision: Admit Funding: No information Notification date: 03/17/10 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: No Comments: Really pleased
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Accepted from the wait list Notification date: 4/09/10 Notified through: E-mail from faculty followed by official email Comment: Really surprised and really happy.
Rejects:
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Notification Date: 2/18 Notified Through: Email to check site Posted on Grad Cafe: No Comment: oh dear
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Economics Analysis and Policy PhD Decision: Rejected Notification date: Feb 19th Notified Through: email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: No Comments: another one goes down
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Not a surprise by now
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Not a surprise by now
  • Institution: Stanford GSB Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Email to check website Date: Feb-19 Comment: Sad news
  • Institution: Kellogg MECS Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Checked website Date: Feb-26 Comment: Another
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notified through: Email Date: Mar-2 Comment: Sad news
  • Institution: NYU Economics Decision: Rejected Funding:NA Notification date: Mar-9 Notified through: Emailed admissions coordinator Posted on GF: No Comment:
  • Institution: UCSD Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: None Notification date: 3/23/10 Notified through: e-mail Comments:
  • Institution: Penn State Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/29/10 Notified through: Email Comments: Think I was on an implicit waitlist before this, so not a surprise.
Waitlists:
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Waitlist Funding: NA Notified through: Email Date: Mar-5 Comment: Assumed I'd been rejected


Waitlists:

dale_albo 2010:
Type of Undergrad: Economics, Top South American University.
Undergrad GPA: 6.02/7 (Highest in my Class)
Type of Grad: MSc, Economics, Top South American University.
Grad GPA: 6.5/7 (Highest in my Class)
GRE/TOEFL: 790Q/780V/5.5AWA. 120 TOEFL.
Math Courses: Calculus I-III, Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Inference, Mathematics for Economists (Linear Algebra, some Dynamic Optimization), Advanced Calculus (Should be Real Analysis I), Real Analysis. All A's, except for Calculus I.
Econ Courses (u/g): Intro Micro, Intro Macro, Micro I-II, Macro I-II, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Econometrics. All equivalent to A's or A+
Grad courses: Macro Theory I, Micro Theory I-II, Econometric Theory I-II-III. In my university, I is a joint M.Sc. and Ph.D. course, while the others are Ph.D. courses. Also, Industrial Organization, Public Economics, Enviromental Economics. All equivalent to A's or A+, except for IO, B+.
Letters of Recommendation: All strong, I believe/hope. I moved them around according to the program, but the summary is 2 MIT, 2 Chicago,1 Harvard, 1 UCLA, 1 Georgetown.
Research Experience: Honors thesis, won the poster contest in the annual meeting of my country's economic society. A co-authored working paper, with a classmate, that I have presented a few times and has been submitted for publication. Also, a couple of other co-authored working papers, including one with a professor from my university. Also, a year and a half of being a research assistant for that professor.
Teaching Experience: Been a TA since 2nd year of undergrad for a bunch of courses. Of note, TA for a core Ph.D. econometrics course and for a graduate enviromental economics course. Also, have been teaching Introduction to Economics for a year.
Research Interests: IO, mostly empirical work.
Statement of Purpose: The usual, I talk about my research, what I have done and what I want to do.
Concerns:
No published or in the pipeline research. Just submitted one working paper to a journal, but I haven't heard back from them so I decided not to mention that I had submitted it.
Applying to: Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, UPenn, Northwestern, UCLA, Yale.
RESULTS:
Will Attend: MIT.
Acceptances: Chicago, Northwestern ($?), UPenn ($$), UCLA. All declined.
Waitlists: Yale, declined.
Rejections: Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, NYU.
What would you have done differently? Wouldve tried harder to get published last year. Still, I got into my top choice, which is all that matters.
Accepts:
    Attend: MIT. Acceptances: Chicago, Northwestern ($?), UPenn ($$), UCLA. All declined.
  • Institution: Northwestern Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Waitlisted for first year, 21k 2nd year on. Notification date: 02/24/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes
  • Institution: UPenn Ph.D. Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 22k Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes Comments: Just got the email, so excited!!
  • Institution: University of Chicago Economics Decision: Admit Funding: None Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: No Comment: :-D
  • Institution: MIT Economics Decision:Accepted Funding: Samsung Scholarship??? Notification date: 3/15 Notified through: Email Comments: Blessed.
  • Institution: UCLA Economics Decision: Accepted Notified through: e-mail Notification date: 3/16/10 Posted on GC: No Comments: Will decline promptly.
Rejects:
    Rejections: Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, NYU.
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 04/04 Notified through: Email Comments: Not surprised, I messed up with my SOP and mentioned at length the work of two professors that had just left the department. Ouch.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: blah blah blah
  • Institution: Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 04/04 Notified through: Email Comments: Not surprised, I messed up with my SOP and mentioned at length the work of two professors that had just left the department. Ouch.
  • Institution: Columbia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 03/04/2010 Notified through: Email to check website Comment: blah blah blah
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/9 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: Expected. Congrats to all the admits!
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Rejected Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: E-mailed Susie Madsen. Posted on GC: no Comments: She answered quickly, but I think it was because of the fact that there was an earthquake here and Im not going to be getting mail from the US any time soon.
Waitlists:
    Waitlists: Yale, declined.
  • Institution: Yale Ph.D. Economics Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 02/19/2010 Notified through: Email Posted on GF: Yes

greeneggs 2010:
PROFILE:
Type of Undergrad: Triple Major (Econ, Math, Stat - all B.S.) from UMN
Undergrad GPA: 3.75/4
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 800Q, 570V, 4.5AWA
Math Courses: Calculus I-IV, (HS,HS, B+, B+), Intro to Stat I-II (A,A-), Linear Algebra (A-), Intro to Proofs (A-), Real Analysis I-II (A-,A), Prob & Stat I-II (A,A), Math Modeling (A), Prediction & Filtering (A), Multivariate Stat (A-), Numerical Methods (A-), phd Real Analysis (B,B), phd Time Series (A-), phd Probability & Measure theory (B), phd Commutative and Homological Algebra (A)
Econ Courses: Principles of Micro (A), Principles of Macro (A), Game Theory (A-), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Econometrics (A-), International Trade (A), Macro Policy (A), Mathematical Econ (A), phd Micro I-IV (A,B,B,A-), phd Macro (A-,Spring), phd Trade (A,Spring)
Other Courses: C/C++ (A-), Algorithms & Data Structures (A-)
Letters of Recommendation: 1 amazing letter from a very well known researcher, 1 really good from a newer tenure track prof, and 1 not sure from a decently well known researcher - may change this last one though; I have a lot of options and I haven't talked to him for 2 years...
Research Experience:
Summer research and honors thesis in international trade (working with the Melitz model)
Teaching Experience:
None
Research Interests: Trade, Macro, Growth
SOP: Standard
RESULTS:
Attending: University of Minnesota ($20k)
Acceptances: NYU ($23k+), Princeton ($28.5k), Chicago ($21k), Northwestern ($21k), Stanford ($32k)
Waitlist: Yale (Accepted - $37.5k), MIT (rejected)
Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley
What would you have done differently?
Not sure. People are going to think I'm crazy but I'm confident I made the right decision. Mind you it wasn't easy; I gave up going to a school with a fancy name (my family is taking it surprisingly well), I gave up thousands of dollars in funding, I gave up living with my girlfriend (she's got into a school near Stanford and one near Chicago - and we don't plan on breaking up), and I gave up seeing someplace new; but at the end of the day I know that Minnesota is the place for me. I still think it was important that I visited all of the departments of the schools I got into, so I don't feel like I just wasted my time and money staying where I am.
One thing I would have done differently is I wish I hadn't started slacking off after I got my decisions now that I'm going to take the prelims right away this spring...
Accepts:
    Attending: University of Minnesota ($20k) Acceptances: NYU ($23k+), Princeton ($28.5k), Chicago ($21k), Northwestern ($21k), Stanford ($32k)
  • Institution: University of Minnesota Econ Decision: Accepted Funding: Didn't mention, they'll be sending me more info later. Everybody gets funding though. Notification date: January 29th Notified through: Email (telling me to check the site) Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: Glad MN is one of the first places to give out acceptances, puts me at ease for the rest of the process.
  • Institution: Northwestern Econ Decision: Accepted Funding: 20.9k fellowship x 4 years, 15.7k for year 5 Notification date: 19 February 2010 Notified through: email from grad coordinator containing admissions letter as pdf attachment Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: pretty good day :)
  • Institution: Chicago Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: TA - $21k a year for 5 years. Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: Illinois loves me :)
  • Institution: Chicago Economics Decision: Admitted Funding: TA - $21k a year for 5 years. Notification date: 03/05/2010 Notified through: Email Comment: Illinois loves me
  • Institution: New York University Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: Yes. Full 5 years, but no details yet. Notification date: 03/08/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Yay! Also, flyout March 29th.
  • Institution: Princeton Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: 29.8k for 5 years (TA for last 3 years) Notification date: 03/09/10 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GF: No Comment: Yay! Official offer is coming in a few days.
  • Institution: Stanford Economics Decision: Accepted Funding: $32,000k/yr Notification date: 3/11/2010 Notified through: E-mail Posted on GC: no Comments: I had already counted myself out. What a pleasant surprise!
Rejects:
    rejected) Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: Berkles and I were never meant to be.
  • Institution: UC Berkeley Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/02/2010 Notified through: email Posted on GF: No Comments: Berkles and I were never meant to be.
Waitlists:
    Waitlist: Yale (
  • Institution: Yale Econ Decision: Waitlisted Funding: N/A Notification date: 19 February 2010 Notified through: Email to check website Posted on Gradcafe: (yes or no) No Comments: does anybody ever get in off of waitlist?
Admit summary statistics:
As submitted and recoreded from Test Magic:
There were 10 accepted out of 70 applicants.Of those accepted, average GPA was 3.96, average GREQ was 800.0.
From the Department webpage in 2010 (please send me a link if this is wrong!)
The minimum quantitative GRE score is 760. There are no minima for other sections of the test... Our target size for the entering class is approximately 20-22 per year.
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