
Acceptances:
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
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:
Mobil 2007:
Profile: GRE: 800Q/520V/3.5A TOEFL: 263/300, 4.5/6.0 GPA: I don't know how to translate: Undergraduate: 8.7/10 Master: 8.13/10 Classes: Math: Undergrad: Calculus III, Static Optimization, Lin Algebra, Int to Probability and Statistics. Grad: Real Analysis, Dynamic Optimization, Probability and Statistics Econ: Lots of undergrad, core grad sequence in Micro, Macro and Econometrics Electives: Money Theory, Development Economics, Advanced Theory Type of Undergrad: International Research Experience: Master's thesis Teaching Experience: TA for two grad Macro LORs: 5 LORs from professors who are based here in my home country. 3 are tenured professors (PhDs from Berkeley, Minnesota and UPenn) and two more junior (PhD from Chicago, PhD from a domestic university). SoP & Interests: It was just about my academic history, research interests (emphasizing the field in which each university is best) and professors I could work with in each of the universities. Other: International, Latin American, 25 yo. Interests: Macroeconomics, Money Theory, Development Economics RESULTS: Acceptances: (with funding): NYU Minnesota Columbia PennState (no funding): Rochester Rejections: Princeton UPenn Northwestern Yale No answer at all: Toronto What would you have done differently? Nothing, I guess...
Accepts: Acceptances:
(with funding):
NYU
Minnesota
Columbia
PennState
(no funding): Rochester
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton
UPenn
Northwestern
Yale
No answer at all: Toronto
Waitlists:
SMH 2007:
Type of Undergrad: No one knows my university outside my country (which is a third world country). Undergrad GPA: 3.78; Econ:3.81, Math:4.0 GRE: Quant : 800, Verbal : 570, AWA : 5.0 Math Courses: Cal 13 (A/A+/A), linear(A),prob(A),stats(A), ODEs(A), numerical solutions to ODEs (A+), Partial diff eqs (A+), Discrete Maths (A+), Quantitative and Computational finance(A) Econ Courses: inter'l finance, monetary econ., dynamic econ,dev econ,IPE,econometrics12, Applied econ, macroeconomic analysis, public econ, (apart from all the regular micros and macros and a couple more) Recommendation: 2 econ people and one math prof, no big names. i know all of them were full of praise for me in their letters like they are for everyone else Research Experience: RA for a year Teaching Experience: TA for ODEs, stats, elementary formal logic, microeconomicII, econometrics & research methodology (grad level course) Research Interests: econometrics SOP: nothing special Other: a substantial part of my CV and personal statement was only to show my achievements in sports, i know it doesnt count much but i cudnt just leave it out RESULTS: Acceptances: UVA, Rice, Rochester, WisconsinMadison, UNC (UNC funded from univ, rest funded via a scholarship) Waitlists: Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Chicago (did not hear from U florida and ohio state) What would you have done differently? if the econ dep at my univ had not made it mendatory for us to take stupid univ core courses (50 units of that) in SS like politics and sociology then i would have taken courses like real analysis and functional analysis overall it was pretty difficult to choose between wisconsin and rochester first and then after that i got a funded offer from UNC so another difficult decision, but i would probably stick to my original decision of going to rochester Accepts: Acceptances: UVA, Rice, Rochester, WisconsinMadison, UNC (UNC funded from univ, rest funded via a scholarship)
Rejects: Rejections: Harvard, Yale, Chicago
(did not hear from U florida and ohio state)
Waitlists:
macrotime 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Third world country (unknown to most) Undergrad GPA: 76/100 (math 90/100) Type of Grad: Third world country (well known top program) Grad GPA: 6/7 GRE: 780Q/500V/4.5A Math Courses: Calculus, Linear algebra, ODE, Dynamic prog., optimization, probability, econometrics Econ Courses: micro, macro, just as many courses an econ major should take Letters of Recommendation: 1 (MIT), 2 (NYU), 1 (Duke), 1 (UCLA) all of them really strong. 4 of them publish or have published in top journals, one less known. Research Experience: 2 years as an RA in a well known research institute, 2 years working in an interntional organization but in a more policy oriented position Teaching Experience: TA ecometrics grad level, TA international macroeconomics, instructor undergard macro, TA while undergrad macro, an intro courses to economics Research Interests: Macro, econometrics SOP: Honest, just described my research interests Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: Duke ($$) Georgetown (no $$) Rochester ($$) Waitlists: NYU Rejections: MIT Harvard Northwestern Columbia BU What would you have done differently? First, I would have resaerched more the universities I wanted to apply. Probably, that would have led me to apply to other set of universities. I would have worked less, and I would have taken more math classes.
Accepts: Acceptances:
Duke ($$)
Georgetown (no $$)
Rochester ($$)
Rejects: Rejections:
MIT
Harvard
Northwestern
Columbia
BU
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:
EconCandidate 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Small, relatively unknown private university in the northeast. Undergrad GPA: 3.65 (3.83 in Econ and Math) GRE: 800Q/550V/4.0A Math Courses: Intro Calc (A), Calc of Single Variable I (A), Calc of Single Variable II (A), Calc of Several Variables (A), Integral Calc and Differential Equations (A), Linear Algebra (A), Numerical Analysis (A), Advanced Calculus (A), Intro to Real Analysis (A), Math Stats and Probability I (A), Math Stats and Probability II (In Progress) Econ Courses: Honors Principles of Micro (A), Honors Principles of Macro (A), International (B+), Money & Banking (A), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Law & Economics (B+), Public Finance (A), Game Theory (A), Econometrics (In Progress), Advanced Public Policy Thesis (In Progress) Letters of Recommendation: From 3 professors who knew me extremely well. I can't imagine they could have been any stronger. Research Experience: Completed a summer research project about the term structure of interest rates. Currently working on a senior thesis about funding for public education. Teaching Experience: Certified Level III Tutor. Math and Econ tutoring experience. Teaching Assistant for Intro Calc and Calculus of a Single Variable II. Research Interests: Public Finance, Game Theory, Applied Micro. SOP: Discussed my math preparation, research project, teaching/tutoring experience and my goals. RESULTS: Acceptances: University of WisconsinMadison ($) (Attending) University of Virginia ($) Waitlists: Boston College Rejections: University of Chicago Yale University Northwestern University University of MichiganAnn Arbor University of MinnesotaTwin Cities University of Rochester Duke University University of MarylandCollege Park Brown University The Ohio State University University of IllinoisUrbana Champaign What would you have done differently? My experience suggests that this process is incredibly random. I ended up with funding at a program that is clearly top 12 top 15, and got rejected outright by many programs that were not ranked as highly. Don't rule out any programs that you have been admitted to, because you never know what can happen, even at the last minute! Overall, I should have tried to improve my overall undergradaute GPA and scores on the other sections of the GRE, because coming from an unknown university probably hurt my applications some. Additionally, I would have tried to complete more research as an undergrad. A combination of these factors might have made my applications considerably less random. The best advice I can give people is that a high GPA, high GRE Math, and an extensive math background are the norm for applicants, and they are minimum preparation to be an appealing candidate. These do not seperate you from the pack any more. In the end though, no regrets at all.
Accepts: Acceptances:
University of WisconsinMadison ($) (Attending)
University of Virginia ($)
Rejects: Rejections:
University of Chicago
Yale University
Northwestern University
University of MichiganAnn Arbor
University of MinnesotaTwin Cities
University of Rochester
Duke University
University of MarylandCollege Park
Brown University
The Ohio State University
University of IllinoisUrbana Champaign
Waitlists: Waitlists:
Boston College
phdphd 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Business Administration Undergrad GPA: 7.5/10 Type of Grad: MSc Business Administration Grad GPA:  GRE: 790Q / 580V / 3.5AWA Math Courses: Calc IIII / Operations Research III / Stats III / Linear Algebra / Advanced Probability (Grad) Econ Courses: Econometrics I, II, IV (Grad), Stochastic Economics III (Grad) (kind of asset pricing courses, devoted specially to derivative pricing). Other Courses: Micro I, Macro I, Mathematical Analysis  First year PhD courses, I didn't have the grades at the time of the application Letters of Recommendation: One supposed to be strong, finance PhD from Stanford GSB; the other two good ones I think (PhD North Carolina, local) Research Experience: Two papers presented at a National Conference in Finance, MSc dissertation thesis. Teaching Experience: TA for the MBA courses in my university. Research Interests: Finance, applied micro, political economy. SOP: I did the following: first I explained my interest in finance, second why pursuing a PhD in economics and not in business, third I mentioned three professors that I would like to work with at the university that I was applying. Other: Male, 26, Latin America. RESULTS: Acceptances: University of Southern California ($) UNC ($) Minnesota (no $) Penn State (no $) Boston University (no $) UC Davis (no $) Waitlists: Cornell (I suppose)  rejected in the end Rejections: MIT Princeton Stanford Chicago Columbia Northwestern UCLA  Anderson Rochester Maryland Wisconsin Caltech Going to: University of Southern California What would you have done differently? First of all, a good MSc in economics, not only because it would increase my chances of being admitted at better places but to feel more comfortable with the courses in the first year; second, I should have participated more in this forum, I remember that I asked for the evaluation of profile stuff but only this. I should have gathered more information about the places that I would fit better with the TM's; I'm happy with the school that I'm going to but a little bit frustrated being rejected in all the top 15 schools. What I mean is that the idea of applying to a lot schools can hurt a lot. Now I have kind of mixed feelings about all of this: should I wait one more year, finish the PhD core couses sequence in my program right now and apply again? Or this is just a dream? I don't know...
Accepts: Acceptances:
University of Southern California ($)
UNC ($)
Minnesota (no $)
Penn State (no $)
Boston University (no $)
UC Davis (no $)
Rejects: rejected in the end
Rejections:
MIT
Princeton
Stanford
Chicago
Columbia
Northwestern
UCLA  Anderson
Rochester
Maryland
Wisconsin
Caltech
Waitlists: Waitlists:
Cornell (I suppose) 
