
Acceptances:
cooper 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Small state school, no PhD program in Econ Undergrad GPA: 3.2 Type of Grad Midsize public uni, no PhD program in Econ Grad GPA: 4.0 GRE: 770 Q, 370 V, 4.5 AWA Math Courses: Calc 13, Diff Eqs, Linear Alg, Operations Research (Linear programming, Integer Programming, & Dynamic Porogramming), Math Stats 1, Adv Calc 1. (All A's) Taking final semester: Adv Calc 2, Topology, Stoch Calc. Econ Courses: Micro and Macro up to masters level, Math Econ up to masters level, Econometrics up to masters level (including regular Econometrics, Time Series, and Financial Econometrics), and Game Theory. (Two B+'s in undergrad courses and rest A's) Other Courses: Some programming courses. Letters of Recommendation: Strong letters from not well known Profs (two econ and one math). One more letter from a wellconnected econ Prof, not sure how strong it was. Research Experience: Research asistant for Prof for two years in masters program. Research Assistant for another Prof for one year. Completed Research paper at AEA summer program. Completed a masters research paper. Did some Matlab programming with another professor for independent study on oil and monetary poicly. Teaching Experience: Tutor for calc 1&2 in undergrad. Tutor for Principles of Micro in undergrad. Research Interests: Macro: RBC theory, monetary policy, oil and empirical macro SOP: Talked about my interests and experience, and a little about the particular school. Other: AEA summer program RESULTS: Acceptances: Iowa (full $$), Vandy (full $$), Indiana (full $$), Virginia ($$?), Rutgers (no $$) Waitlists: I guess Pitt since I emailed them and never got a decision Rejections: Princeton, Duke, WUSTL, U Wash, Illinois, JHU What would you have done differently? I think I found my range, but I probably should have tried some more top 30's and mayber one or two top 20's just in case.
Accepts: Acceptances: Iowa (full $$), Vandy (full $$), Indiana (full $$), Virginia ($$?), Rutgers (no $$)
Rejects: Rejections: Princeton, Duke, WUSTL, U Wash, Illinois, JHU
Waitlists: Waitlists: I guess Pitt since I emailed them and never got a decision


Rejections:
sonicskat 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Small Liberal Arts...Not well known Undergrad GPA: 3.76 GRE: 760/510/5.5 Math Courses: Calc 13, Proofs and Topology Class, Linear Algebra, Diff Eq Econ Courses: Inter. Micro/Macro, Business, Math, Experimental, Forecasting, Econometrics, Statistics, Int'l trade and finance Letters of Recommendation: Two Associate professors (Duke and MSU), and one Assistant Professor (FSU) Research Experience: One paper published in undergraduate journal, research using dynamic programming with two professors ongoing, presented at professional conferences twice, associate editor for undergraduate journal for two years, presented at campus research forum twice. Research Interests: Macro, Int'l SOP: Wrote how I have adequate math skills, despite no real analysis. Briefly discussed extensive research experiences. Then honed in on a couple professor's who's work I enjoy. RESULTS: Acceptances: UVA, MSU, UC Davis, Vanderbilt, Rice,UCSB Waitlists: Pitt (i guess), ASU (i guess) Rejections: UT Austin, Iowa What would you have done differently? Taken more math and gotten an 800 on the gre
Accepts: Acceptances: UVA, MSU, UC Davis, Vanderbilt, Rice,UCSB
Rejects: Rejections: UT Austin, Iowa
Waitlists: Waitlists: Pitt (i guess), ASU (i guess)
indyecon 2007:
I've been avoiding posting my profile because of slight paranoia (and the fact that I do not compete with most of these profiles), but I guess now that I know where I'll be next year what is there to lose? PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: small liberal arts college no one has heard of (unless you're from Indiana  and even then it's a stretch). Majors: Economics, Math Education (I'm licensed to teach 512...basically a math degree plus student teaching) Undergrad GPA: 3.85 (overall), 3.95 (Econ), 3.75 (Math Ed), summa cum laude, top 10% GRE: 800Q/570V/4.5A Math Courses: Calc I (high school), Calc II & III, Linear Algebra, Math Models, College Geometry, Discrete Math, Abstract Algebra, Real Analysis Econ Courses: Intro to Micro, Intro to Macro, International, Intermediate Micro, Money & Banking, Topics in Contemporary Econ (focused on corporate tax policy) Letters of Recommendation: two from professors (one math and one econ)  I'm pretty sure they were good and spoke very highly of me  they're just from lesserknown profs, and one from my boss at my current job (consulting)  also good, and I know because he asked me to proof it Research Experience: none to speak of, other than a research paper (junior year) on none other than...college admissions Teaching Experience: only tutoring at the college level (math and econ), but LOTS if you include middle and high school (math and history). I also taught linear algebra when I student taught (at an IB school in Australia). Research Interests: mainly economics of education, lots of areas of public economics SOP: I think it was good, but who knows? I tailored it for every school (for the most part) Other: I'm a white female from the states, which I've heard is rare and might help, although I don't think it did. I was awarded the top econ student of my class and graduated with honors in math ed. I've been working for three years, but not in the field of econ. RESULTS: Acceptances: Georgia State ($26K + tuition), Indiana (no money at first...then$13K...then it was $15K...then $17K) Waitlists: well, I'm waiting on Purdue Rejections: Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Stanford (School of Education  Economics of Education PhD) I'll be attending Georgia State in the fall! What would you have done differently? I probably would have branched out of the 'I want to go to a Big 10 school' mentality. It just so happens that the Big 10 is more competitive than I had considered, which I didn't realize until the rejections started rolling in. I think I got caught up in reading posts on this site and the idea of a 'safety' for many on here is just not realistic for those of us who went to noname schools and have little research experience. I probably would apply to more schools, but I'm happy with my final result, so I guess the money I saved can go towards moving to Atlanta.
Accepts: Acceptances: Georgia State ($26K + tuition), Indiana (no money at first...then$13K...then it was $15K...then $17K)
Rejects: Rejections: Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Stanford (School of Education  Economics of Education PhD)
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Waitlists: Waitlists: well, I'm waiting on Purdue
TruDog 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Topfive public liberal arts college Undergrad GPA: 3.69, cum laude and with general honors Type of Grad: None GRE: Q800, V610, A5.0 Math Courses: Calc I/II/III (B/A/C), differential equations (pass), linear algebra (C?), nonparametric stats (B), two semesters of graduate probability (C/C?) Econ Courses: Intermediate micro/macro (A/A), mathematical economics (B), econometrics (B), numerous electives (3.7 major GPA) Letters of Recommendation: Strong, but from unknown professors (one each in economics, finance, and statisticsall familiar with my research) Research Experience: Presented finance research at American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences' annual conference, also submitted to professional journals. Also interned at US Treasury's Office of Economic Policy in Washington. Research Interests: Public (higher education, pensions) SOP: Fairly generalhighlighted my writing and research experiences RESULTS: Acceptances: Wisconsin (no $), Ohio State (deferred one quarter) Rejections: Minnesota, Michigan, Northwestern, Chicago, Emory, Duke, WUSTL, Iowa, Virginia What would you have done differently? My problem was that my institution never emphasized the quantitative aspects of economics, so I had to overload on math courses late in the game after discovering econphd.net. That hurt my GPA, which certainly hurt the strength of my application. Advice: Take math courses early on, and do lots of research and writing. My writing background was the only reason why I got accepted anywhere.
Accepts: Acceptances: Wisconsin (no $), Ohio State (deferred one quarter)
Rejects: Rejections: Minnesota, Michigan, Northwestern, Chicago, Emory, Duke, WUSTL, Iowa, Virginia
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