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The data below comes from testmagic forums and shows accepted, waitlisted, and rejected applicants for 2010 for economics graduate school. Clicking on points in the graph above will make the most recent profile appear in the space below the graph.
 
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:
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:
 
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)
anothereconstudent 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 50 research University with unknown econ dept. Undergrad GPA: 3.97 cumulative Type of Grad: Straight from undergrad Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 780Q, 690V, 5.5AWA Math Courses: Calc IIII (A/A/B+), Linear Algebra (A), Diff EQ (A), Time Series & Spatial Analysis (A), Prob & stats (A), Real Analysis (current) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro/Macro, Adv Micro, about 12 subject courses and econometrics. (4.0) Letters of Recommendation: Econ profs  senior thesis advisor, 2 profs I had TA'd for and had in at least 2 classes. They were pretty strong. Research Experience: Senior thesis, research assignments at work Teaching Experience: TA for Intro Micro/Macro Research Interests: Applied Micro, applied IO SOP: Fairly generic Other: Won award for best thesis, best econ student. Extensive programming experience in SAS and stata. Economicsrelated job. RESULTS: Acceptances: UIUC (attending) OSU Georgetown all funded Rejections: MIT Berkeley Chicago Columbia Northwestern Maryland UT Austin What would you have done differently? Applied to more schools, especially schools in the 520 range. Taken real analysis sooner.
Accepts: Acceptances:
UIUC (attending)
OSU
Georgetown
all funded
Rejects: Rejections:
MIT
Berkeley
Chicago
Columbia
Northwestern
Maryland
UT Austin
Waitlists:
econ2007 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: medium (roughly 30,000 students) public university Undergrad GPA: 3.55 overall, 3.83 economics GPA Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800Q / 580V/ 6.0AW Math Courses: Calc I (A), Calc II (B+), Calc III (C+), Applied Linear Algebra (C+), Numbers and Polynomials (D+), Elementary Differential Equations (C), proofbased Linear Algebra (B) Econ Courses: Honors Principles of Microeconomics (A), Honors Principles of Macroeconomics (A), Banking Financial Markets and Monetary Theory (A), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (B), Games and Decisions (B), International Trade (A), Economics of State and Local Govt (A), Intro to Econometrics (A) Other Courses: audited PhD Macro I Letters of Recommendation: undergraduate advisor and professor in two classes (PhD from UNCCH), econ prof for intermediate micro and macro (PhD from Carnegie Mellon), econ prof for econometrics (PhD from Carnegie Mellon), math prof for proofbased LA (PhD from NYU) Research Experience: started a senior thesis, but not completed. Teaching Experience: tutored all four years of undergrad Research Interests: micro theory, applied micro, labor, environmental, bioeconomics SOP: started with a template, and tailored each SOP to each schools interests and strengths (as long as there was some intersection in interests). THEY DO READ YOUR SOP. Other: out of school for 2 years RESULTS: Acceptances: FSU, UGA, Colorado at Boulder, UC Irvine Waitlists: UNC (rejected later), Illinois (rejected later),Boston College, Pitt Rejections: UWashington, UTexas What would you have done differently? Let me preface by saying that my original plan was to go to law school. I didn't seriously start thinking about economics PhD until late junior year. Take as much math as possible, with good grades.
Accepts: Acceptances: FSU, UGA, Colorado at Boulder, UC Irvine
Rejects: rejected later), Illinois (rejected later),Boston College, Pitt
Rejections: UWashington, UTexas
Waitlists:
 
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Admit summary statistics:
 As submitted and recoreded from Test Magic:  There were 2 accepted out of 5 applicants.Of those accepted, average GPA was 4.00, average GREQ was 790.0.

From the Department webpage in 2010 (please send me a link if this is wrong!) 
On average for the last five years, the PhD economics program received approximately 500 applications per year. We granted admission to approximately 100 applicants per year. Of those we admitted, just under forty percent we admitted with aid. Most financial aid is in the form of graduate assistantships, which require that the recipient carry out duties helping the faculty in their teaching or research. The entering classes have averaged 28 per year... As for GRE scores, the average scores of the student admitted in Fall 2008 were 570 verbal and 785 quantitative. (Source) 
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