
Acceptances:
Prometheus_Econ 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 50 public university Undergrad GPA: 4.0 GRE: 800Q, 610V, 5.0AWA Math Courses (all As): Undergrad Math: 3 semesters Calculus, two semesters proofbased Linear Algebra, Intro to Statistics, Probability Theory, Differential Equations, Intro to Topology, Analysis 1, Game Theory and Math. Programming, Proof Writing, Stochastic Processes (IP), Analysis 2 (IP) Econ Courses (all As): Undergrad Econ: Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Intro Econometrics, Game Theory, Experimental Economics Grad Econ: Quantitative Methods, Micro 1, 2nd year seminar in behavioral economics Letters of Recommendation: 1 math professor, 2 econ professors, from 3 different universities, all advised me on research, only one I took classes with Research Experience: Summer REU program, independent research in mathematical finance, honors thesis, gave 2 seminar presentations and 1 poster presentation Teaching Experience: Calculus 1 (undergraduate TA), lots of tutoring Research Interests: Microeconomic Theory, Financial Economics SOP: emphasized research experience, and explained how I became interested in economics, customized last paragraph Other: Applied for NSF (got honorable mention), got several departmental scholarships and awards in mathematics RESULTS: Acceptances: (with fellowship) NYU Caltech UPenn (after being waitlisted for funding about 2 weeks) Carnegie Mellon Tepper Johns Hopkins University of Michigan (external funding) Boston University (with TAship) Penn State UT Austin (without funding first year) Wisconsin UCSD Rejections: Princeton Stanford GSB Harvard Harvard Business School Northwestern Berkeley Waitlisted: MIT Stanford What would you have done differently? I would have applied to Yale as well, and perhaps applied to less safety schools.
Accepts: Acceptances:
(with fellowship)
NYU
Caltech
UPenn (after being waitlisted for funding about 2 weeks)
Carnegie Mellon Tepper
Johns Hopkins
University of Michigan (external funding)
Boston University
(with TAship)
Penn State
UT Austin
(without funding first year)
Wisconsin
UCSD
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
Stanford GSB
Harvard
Harvard Business School
Northwestern
Berkeley
Waitlists:
econchick06 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Large, not highly ranked public university Major: Economics Minor: Mathematics Undergrad GPA: Overall: 3.96, Econ: 3.98, Math: 3.85 GRE: 780 Q, 600 V, 5.0 A Math Courses: Calc I through III, Diff Equations (A+), Discrete Math (A+), Foundations of Math (Intro to Proofs) (A), Matrix Algebra (A+), Linear Algebra (A), Probability (A), Advanced Calc (A, only A in the class) Econ Courses: Undergrad: Int Micro (A+), Int Macro (A), IO (A+), Urban/Regional (A+), Public Choice (A+), Math Econ (A), Econometrics (A+), Development Econ (A), International Economics (A), Money and Banking (A+) Grad (taken as an undergrad): Macroeconomic Theory (A), Mathematical Economics I (A) Other Courses: Intro Stats I and II (A+, A+), Intro to Comp Statistical Packags (SAS) (A+) Letters of Recommendation:3 econ profs 1 who I RA'd for and coauthored w/, 1 from grad macro prof, 1 from department chair. Research Experience: RA for 1 year for one of my professors/TA this Two sortof publications (coauthored with professor,1 empirical paper in nonpeer reviewed journal, and one study funded by a think tank) Completed a thesistype paper (we don't have a formal thesis program), will be submitting for publication shortly (and I did submit this paper to the schools I applied to as evidence of my research aptitude) Teaching Experience: TA one semester Research Interests: mostly applied micro SOP: talked about my experiences with and passion for research, first para was tailored to each school Other: founded economics club RESULTS: Acceptances: full funding: Chicago (Will be attending ) Rochester Duke University of Maryland University of Virginia Johns Hopkins no funding: UCLA University of Pennsylvania (accepted off waitlist) Waitlists: Stanford Rejections: Harvard, Berkeley, UCSD, Michigan, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, MIT What would you have done differently? Hmm.. I think it turned out pretty well, I probably applied to too many schools but I am happy with the outcome and wouldn't really change anything. At least I don't have any "what ifs"!
Accepts: Acceptances:
full funding:
Chicago (Will be attending )
Rochester
Duke
University of Maryland
University of Virginia
Johns Hopkins
no funding:
UCLA
University of Pennsylvania (accepted off
Rejects: Rejections:
Harvard, Berkeley, UCSD, Michigan, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, MIT
Waitlists: waitlist)
Waitlists:
Stanford
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
Waitlists:
chappl 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: small university in Switzerland, 215th on econphd.net Undergrad GPA: not easy to compute Type of Grad: same as undergrad Grad GPA: 5.73/6 GRE: 800Q, 610V, 5.5AWA Math Courses: Calc IIII, LinAlgebra, Mathematical econ (undergrad), Mathematical methods in finance (undergrad), Math and Statistics (MAlevel), Stochastic Processes (MAlevel) Econ Courses (MAlevel): Adv. Macro III, Adv. Micro, Game theory, Public econ, Empirical Macro, Experimental econ, Econometrics (general), Time Series econometrics, Microeconometrics, Applied Econometrics, Theory of Finance III Econ Courses (undergradlevel): Macro IIV, Micro IIV, 3 Development econ courses, Labor, Trade, Monetary, Public, 2 metrics courses Other Courses: lots of undergrad management and law courses (compulsory in my school) Letters of Recommendation: 3 professors (1 Princeton PhD, 1 Swiss PhD, 1 German PhD), 1 head of research dept at central bank; all probably very positive Research Experience: 1 year RA at central bank Teaching Experience: none Research Interests: modern macro, international finance SOP: stated my background and research interests Other: I have no BA, only an MA, as a consequence of the transition of my school to the Bologna system. My MA transcript only contains grades for MA courses, translation of undergrad level transcripts all sent as individual sheets of paper. This might have confused some adcoms. RESULTS: Acceptances: Michigan (no $), Wisconsin (no $), Maryland ($), Rochester ($), JHU ($), BU ($), Virginia ($), UBC ($) Waitlists: NYU, ultimately rejected Rejections: Princeton, Yale, Penn, Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Toronto What would you have done differently? I would have taken advanced math classes, like real analysis, topology, etc. As my school had no math dept, I would have had to take these at another school. I shouldn't have applied to my supposedly safety school (MA & PhD): Toronto; and should have applied to 2 more top 10 schools instead
Accepts: Acceptances: Michigan (no $), Wisconsin (no $), Maryland ($), Rochester ($), JHU ($), BU ($), Virginia ($), UBC ($)
Rejects: rejected
Rejections: Princeton, Yale, Penn, Northwestern, Columbia, Duke, Toronto
Waitlists: Waitlists: NYU, ultimately


Rejections:
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
Jhai 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: 40ish ranked American LCA Undergrad GPA: 3.70 Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800 M, 690 V, 5.0 A Math Courses: Calc I through III (taken while in high school, mix of A's & C's), Linear Algebra (A), Analysis (A), Differential Equations (B+), Operations Research I (A), Operations Research II (A), Probability & Statistics I (A), currently in Probability and Statistics II Econ Courses: Intro (A), Int Micro (B), Int Macro (A), Quantitative Analysis (A), Math Econ (A), International Finance (B+), Nobel Laureates & Their Work (A), International Econ (A), Game Theory (A), Econometrics (A), Advanced Micro (A) Other Courses: Advanced Logic (A)  it was pretty proofintensive Letters of Recommendation: Three from econ profs at my undergrad (head of the dept from Southern Methodist, assistant prof from Minnesota, and associate prof from Stanford) plus a new math professor from U of Indiana. I expect (and in some cases know) them to be very, very strong, but none of the professors do much research since they're at a teaching college. Research Experience: two summers of research (at undergrad in international finance and at Georgia State in urban), plus a big project in Econometrics, which then developed into my senior thesis this semester (on H1B applications) Teaching Experience: 3 years of tutoring econ, math, and logic classes at undergrad. Also TAed a freshman seminar on ethics & leadership, which was taught by the chair of the econ department Research Interests: International (trade) and development. Some interest in labor & political economy SOP: I think it was a pretty wellwritten SoP, with the last paragraph customized for each school (mentioning professors, strong research groups, facilities, etc). Said I was interested in the overlap of development, labor, and international, with different emphasis depending on the school's strengths. Other: American female student. Partially Hispanic. Applied as a senior in college. Philosophy as a second major. RESULTS: Acceptances: UC Davis (no funding) UC Santa Cruz ($21k fellowship for two years followed by TA/RA) Georgetown ($27k fellowship for five years, two with work responsibilities, includes summer research work with a professor/mentor) Accepted! Waitlists: None Rejections: Stanford Stanford GSB UC Berkeley UCSD UCLA Duke Johns Hopkins What would you have done differently? I think I probably should have applied to a few more schools in the 30 range  I guess I overestimated my chances. I suppose I could have given up my philosophy major and taken more math, but you're only an undergrad once, and I really, really like philosophy. I think part of the problem was that my professors are pretty unknown, as is the school. I'm very happy with where I'm headed, though, so I guess it doesn't matter too much. In the end, I doubt I would have changed much at all.
Accepts: Acceptances:
UC Davis (no funding)
UC Santa Cruz ($21k fellowship for two years followed by TA/RA)
Georgetown ($27k fellowship for five years, two with work responsibilities, includes summer research work with a professor/mentor) Accepted!
Rejects: Rejections:
Stanford
Stanford GSB
UC Berkeley
UCSD
UCLA
Duke
Johns Hopkins
Waitlists:
