
Rejections:
commodore 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: top 20 private research university with an average econ department Undergrad GPA: 4.0 Type of Grad: none Grad GPA: n/a GRE: 800 Q/750 V/ 6.0 AW Math Courses: calc I & II (A), linear algebra (A), diff eq (A), advanced calc (A), stats (A), applied stats (in progress) Econ Courses: everything, all A's Letters of Recommendation: three good ones, two from people who are somewhat known. It turns out that one of my recommenders is a friend of Truman Bewley, Yale's DGS. I didn't know that until last week. I certainly hope that's not the reason I got in, but in looking at the results, I have to wonder. Research Experience: undergraduate honors thesis (to be submitted for publication) Teaching Experience: 2 semesters as a TA for intro micro & macro Research Interests: development, labor, economics of education, IO, trade SOP: I really don't think it matters much. I talked about wanting to do development. I hid my love of teaching and played up my love of research. RESULTS: Acceptances: Yale ($) Northwestern (no funding) Michigan (no funding) Kennedy School ($) Duke PubPol ($) Waitlists: Brown Rejections: Princeton Berkeley Stanford Cornell Attending: Yale What would you have done differently? I'm not really sure what was wrong with my application, but I'm very glad to have gotten into Yale, and I'm sure I'll be happy there. I guess that if I had it to do over again, I'd apply to even more good schools, because admissions really are random sometimes. Cast a wide net and don't take anything for granted. I really thought Cornell and Brown were my fallbacks, and I didn't even get in. Doing it over again, I'd probably pick 3 or 4 more schools to apply to.
Accepts: Acceptances:
Yale ($)
Northwestern (no funding)
Michigan (no funding)
Kennedy School ($)
Duke PubPol ($)
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
Berkeley
Stanford
Cornell
Waitlists:
tunedradio 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top liberal arts college Undergrad GPA: 3.89 Type of Grad: audited 1st year micro, 2nd year development Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800Q/700V/6.0A Math Courses: Multivariate Calc (A) Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis (currently taking), Statistics (A), Diff Eq. in High School Econ Courses: lots, A's throughout, A+'s in intermediate micro and macro Other Courses: lots of political science / development / policy Letters of Recommendation: one very famous, one very good one (coauthor) but junior, another junior Research Experience: substantial; senior honor's thesis, presentations at four conferences, year of RA fulltime, coauthored (yet to be published) lesstechnical papers with two professors (one very famous) Teaching Experience: TA for three semesters (one at graduate level) Research Interests: devo / trade SOP: good (but it doesn't really matter) Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: NSF, Yale ($), Berkeley ARE ($), Michigan Econ/Public Policy ($), USSD ($), Penn State ($), Brown (waitlisted $), Duke ($), UCBoulder ($), LSE (Msc) Waitlists: Princeton PolyEc PhD Rejections: Harvard KSG, Cornell, LSE (PhD), MIT What would you have done differently? I actually applied last year with substantial less math and research experience and was accepted into two top 20 programs but no top 10 programs (and honorable mentioned on the NSF), so for those who are considering it, I found a year of RAing and a few more classes (and better recs) can really boost your admits.
Accepts: Acceptances: NSF, Yale ($), Berkeley ARE ($), Michigan Econ/Public Policy ($), USSD ($), Penn State ($), Brown (
Rejects: Rejections: Harvard KSG, Cornell, LSE (PhD), MIT
Waitlists: waitlisted $), Duke ($), UCBoulder ($), LSE (Msc)
Waitlists: Princeton PolyEc PhD
snigai 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: International Student, top 10 University in the country, exhange student in the US. Undergrad GPA: 85% Type of Grad: MA in Economics, Top 3 University in the Region Grad GPA: 4,10 out of 4,33 GRE: 770/420/5.0, TOEFL: 115/120 Math Courses: Mathematics for Economists, Mathematical Programming Econ Courses: relevant Micro I, II; Macro I, II; Econometrics I,II all grad Other Courses: Statistics, Probability Letters of Recommendation: all grom grad economics professors Research Experience: GRA for 1 semester for visiting professor Teaching Experience: GTA for 2 semesters Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics SOP: It was allright I suppose ))) Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: UVA, Penn State, UC Riverside, American U (probably) Waitlists: Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley ,Cornell, Georgetown What would you have done differently?Nothing. I did the best I could.
Accepts: Acceptances: UVA, Penn State, UC Riverside, American U (probably)
Rejects: Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley ,Cornell, Georgetown
Waitlists:
kartelite 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Graduated Top 20 liberal arts college, after 2 years at Top 30 University Undergrad GPA: 3.79 both schools Type of Grad: Top 50, MS in Applied Mathematics Grad GPA: 4.00 (at time of application) GRE: 800Q, 640V, 5.5AWA Math Courses: Undergrad Math: Linear Algebra (A), Multivariable Calc (A), Applied Stats (A), Probability (A), Operations Research (B+), Foundations of Mathematics (A), Combinatorics (A), Number Theory (A), Abstract Algebra I/II (A/A), Real Analysis I/II (A/A), Graph Theory (A), ODE's (A) Grad Math: Abstract Algebra (A), Linear Algebra (A), Cryptography (A+), Functional Analysis (IP), Probability (IP), Combinatorics Seminar (IP) Econ Courses: Undergrad Econ: Intermediate Micro Theory (A), Intermediate Macro Theory (A), Econometrics (A), Int. Trade (A), Int. Finance (A), Econ Stats (A), Comparative Economics (B), Game Theory (A), Experimental Econ (A), Money and Banking (B), Mathematical Econ (A) Grad Econ: Phdlevel Econometrics (IP) Letters of Recommendation: All math professors, 2 from undergrad (real analysis prof + adviser), 1 from grad (thesis adviser/probability prof) Research Experience: Summer REU program in mathematics, research assistant for a couple summers Teaching Experience: Calculus 2/prealgebra/geometry instructor, Linear Algebra TA Research Interests: Decision theory, perhaps financial or international econ SOP: Yes Other: Cross country captain, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, lots of sports awards; one publication from REU program, hoping to get thesis published in good journal; applied for NSF RESULTS: Acceptances: Virginia ($19,000) Duke ($17,000) UNC ($14,400) UCSD (none) Rejections: Princeton Kellogg MEDS Columbia Cornell What would you have done differently? Gotten recommendation from econ professor, sent master's thesis to someone at programs, applied to Stanford
Accepts: Acceptances:
Virginia ($19,000)
Duke ($17,000)
UNC ($14,400)
UCSD (none)
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
Kellogg MEDS
Columbia
Cornell
Waitlists:
anukriti 2007:
Type of Undergrad: Masters in Economics from the best economics department in my country...history of students being accepted to Top 10 universities every year. Undergrad GPA: 69%. Ranked 3rd in my class. GRE: 800Q, 570V, 4.5 W Math Courses: Undergrad Math: Linear Algebra , Differential Equations, Topology, Real Analysis, Statistics, Partial Differential Equations, Game Theory, Calculus Econ Courses: M.A.Econ: Microeconomic Theory, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory, Basic and advanced Econometrics, Public Economics, International Trade, Forecasting Methods and applications, Economics of Regulation, Applied Consumption Analysis, Comparative Development Letters of Recommendation: All economics professors with Ph.D.'s from Yale, Cornell, Princeton. One of them working in a leading research institute in the US now. Research Experience: One year research with an international research organization in DC. Teaching Experience: Undergraduate Statistics for one year. Research Interests: Development, Health, Education RESULTS: Acceptances: Columbia Rochester Maryland Brown Wisconsin Waitlisted NYU Rejections: Princeton Harvard MIT Yale Cornell UPENN What would you have done differently? Nothing actually. I tried my best! vbrep_register("442973")
Accepts: Acceptances:
Columbia
Rochester
Maryland
Brown
Wisconsin
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
Harvard
MIT
Yale
Cornell
UPENN
Waitlists:
peterB 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top public univeristy, excellent econ dept. Undergrad GPA: 3.1; 3.95 continuing ed. program Type of Grad: Grad GPA: GRE: math 780 verbal 780 Math Courses: stat and probability, real analysis, calc II and III, linear algebra Econ Courses: inter'l trade, monetary econ., 20th century econ. history, development economics, history of development economics, econometrics Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ people and one poli sci prof, no big names. Two of them knew me very well, and this must have helped a lot. Research Experience: summer RA Teaching Experience: Research Interests: development, IO, applied micro SOP: explained the circumstances for my low GPA, other than that pretty standard Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: UT, BU, Davis, UCLA, Riverside, Penn State Waitlists: Rejections: lots, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley ARE, UCSD, U Mich, Cornell What would you have done differently? If I had more time and money, I would have taken a gradlevel micro course. Overall I feel really lucky to be in at UCLA; anyone else headed there?
Accepts: Acceptances: UT, BU, Davis, UCLA, Riverside, Penn State
Rejects: Rejections: lots, NYU, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley ARE, UCSD, U Mich, Cornell
Waitlists:
whitewinghk 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: A School in HK, statistics major, no analysis Undergrad GPA: 3.66, first class honors Type of Grad: A school in HK, MA (Econ) Grad GPA: Grade A average GRE: Q800, V570, A5.5 Math Courses: no rigorous math courses, but some hard statistics courses, e.g. Statistical Inference A+, Stochastic Inference A+, Nonparametric testing (A+), linear model and forecasting (A), Stochastic calculus (A), Risk theory (A) Econ Courses: Intermediate macro (A+), Micro theory I, II (A+), Macro analysis (A+), Econometircs (A), International trade (B+) Letters of Recommendation: all strong, two from econ and one from statistics Research Experience: 2 year RA experience, working on trade and economic development of Mainland China Research Interests: Development and micro theory SOP: very general indicated my research interest and RA experience at university and United Nations RESULTS: Acceptances: Wisconsin ($), Boston University ($), MSU (no $), PSU (no $), UC Davis (no $) Waitlists: ever waiting, Uni. of Toronto and UBC Rejections: A long list, Minnesota, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, OSU, Cornell What would you have done differently? I think I have tried my best or may be I should have applied to some applied econ programs as I have strong interest in development. Yet, I am happy with the results. Advice: Apart from Math, RA exp really helps a lot, it may make up weak math background. There would be lots of RA opp at any university. The job may be very simple like formulting Excel sheets, collecting data or plotting charts, yet it shines in your application. For international students, the process can be quite random especially for some are from unknown schools like me. Try to apply as many as possible, certainly you need to take into account money and how willing your referees are to write so many letters for you. Yet, if you can, try to apply as many as possible and do have a super safe one as a back up. I have seen a lot of Chinese students transfer to another school in one to two years. All the best and good luck
Accepts: Acceptances:
Wisconsin ($), Boston University ($), MSU (no $), PSU (no $), UC Davis (no $)
Rejects: Rejections: A long list, Minnesota, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, Brown, OSU, Cornell
Waitlists: Waitlists: ever waiting, Uni. of Toronto and UBC
Dannyb19 2007:
Sorry, I thought I already posted this, hope its helpful to someone! Background: After undergrad I worked for18 months for a boutique investment consulting firm doing financial analysis, decided I was unfulfilled, spent 11 months beefing up my math, and applied for Fall 2007 admission. GRE: 760Q, 510V, 6.0AWA (hurt me I’m sure). GPA (undergrad): 3.72 (cum laude), 3.87(Econ), 3.92(Math) GPA (grad): 3.90 (math & econ) Undergrad Insitution: Lewis and Clark College (small liberal arts college in Pacific NW) Graduate/PostBac Institution: Portland State University Honors/Awards (all undergraduate): Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Mu Delta (equivalent to departmental honors in BusinessEconomics major), 2003 Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete Award. Econ Courses (All at L&C): Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), International Econ (A), Money and Banking (A), Management and Organization (A), Econ History (B+), Corporate Finance (A), Competitive Strategies (A), Radical Economic Systems (B), Micro Computer Applications in Business (A), Intro to Statistics (A), Econometrics (A), Financial Analysis (A), Managerial Analysis (A), Financial Decision Making (A). Math Courses (All at PSU other than Calc I): Calc I (B+), Calc IICalc IV (A/A/A), Intro to Linear Algebra (A), Applied Linear Algebra (A), Applied Diff. Equations (A), Advanced Calculus (A), Mathematical Statistics (A). Graduate Level Courses (All at PSU): Real Analysis (A), Set Theory/Topology (A), Public Economics (A). Letters of Recommendation: Two from undergraduate econ professors (PhD’s from Michigan State and Chicago) and one from graduate level Real Analysis Professor (PhD Rutgers). All letters should be strong since I worked closely with each of them and performed well in their classes. Research Experience: None. Did not write a senior thesis, did not work as a research assistant. Wrote a few term papers building on the work of my professors, but I doubt it would count as any significant field work. Results Admitted: Johns Hopkins ($), Virginia (no$), U. Washington (no$) Rejected: Chicago, Yale, LSE, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, Wisconsin, and Cornell Waitlisted: N/A What I would have done differently: I wish I had applied to more schools, namely: Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Duke, and Rochester. I am certainly not assuming I would have been admitted to any of these, since all are very strong programs, but based on the randomness I’ve observed on TM alone, I think I may have had at least a shot at these schools. I also should have studied harder for my GRE’s, who knows how different my outcomes would have been had I scored 600V and 800Q or something like that. Anyway, hope this helps others!
Accepts: Admitted: Johns Hopkins ($), Virginia (no$), U. Washington (no$)
Rejects: Rejected: Chicago, Yale, LSE, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, Wisconsin, and Cornell
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