
Acceptances:
Nalfien 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: SUNY University Center Undergrad GPA: Econ (4.0)/Math (3.8) overall 3.84 Type of Grad: None Grad GPA: None GRE: 800/590/5.5 Math Courses: Multi Variable Calc A , Diff Eqs A, Real Analysis A, Measure Theory A, Linear Algebra I B+ &II A, Computational A, Typical Math Major, Econ Courses: Grad Micro, Metrics. undegrad Math Stats, Metrics, Money and Banking, Computational, Interm Micro and Macro. A's Other Courses: Honors College Letters of Recommendation: 3 strong ones. One very very strong one. I really think the biggest reason I got in where I got in is because one of my recommenders put his neck out for me and called people to tell them about me. Research Experience: Year long honors thesis senior year. Teaching Experience: none Research Interests: Labor, Development SOP: Pretty nice... I think, didn't hear anything bad about it. two pages. Other: Used to go to departmental research seminars since sophmore year, got my face seen and showed an interest in research. RESULTS: Acceptances: Stanford ($)Yale ($)UCLA ($)UVa ($)UNC ($)..... no money: UCSDU,Mich Waitlists: UPenn,NWU,NYU Rejections: Princeton,Berkeley,Columbia,Duke What you would have done differently: I would have applied to less places. But there is no way I would have imagined I would have made out how i did. Very very fortunate.
Accepts: Acceptances:
Stanford ($)Yale ($)UCLA ($)UVa ($)UNC ($)..... no money: UCSDU,Mich
Rejects: Rejections:
Princeton,Berkeley,Columbia,Duke
What you would have done differently: I would have applied to less places. But there is no way I would have imagined I would have made out how i did. Very very fortunate.
Waitlists:
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)
wobo82 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 25 research university per USNWR Undergrad GPA: 3.33 (electrical engineering BS) Type of Grad: Top 100ish research university without an econ PhD program Grad GPA: 3.87 (economics MA) GRE: 790Q/670V/5.0A Math Courses: Calc I through III, Diff Eq, Matrix/Linear Algebra, Math Stats, Stochastic Proc, Analysis Econ Courses: Micro Theory, Applied Econometrics, bunch of field courses Other Courses: Bunch of undergrad EE courses (lots of Matlab, some C++) Letters of Recommendation: Three from econ profs at grad school. (They were not alumni of the schools I applied to so where they got their PhDs was of no consequence.) Research Experience: Very insignficant. Teaching Experience: None. Research Interests: Development, broadly speaking. SOP: I liked it. Other: Male, international RESULTS: Acceptances: USC (fellowship), UMD AREC (RA), UMN APEC (fellowship), UVA (waitlisted for aid), GWU (waitlisted for aid), UWSeattle (no aid) No news as of Apr 3rd (not that I care anymore): UNCCH, Pitt, Purdue Rejections: Berkeley ARE, Brown, Georgetown, Vanderbilt What would you have done differently? Nothing. (Well, perhaps tried the PowerPrep tests.) My personal circumstances were such that I couldn't have done things differently. I do feel that I had overestimated the difficulty of getting in (to the departments I chose) but underestimated the difficulty of getting funding. But hindsight is 2020. The biggest holes in my profile going in were: unknown grad school, bad undergrad record, lack of research experience, complete absence of a macro course (taking my first one right now). I feared the lack of macro would shut me out from the straight econ depts. All in all I am happy with my acceptance tally.
Accepts: Acceptances: USC (fellowship), UMD AREC (RA), UMN APEC (fellowship), UVA (waitlisted for aid), GWU (waitlisted for aid), UWSeattle (no aid)
No news as of Apr 3rd (not that I care anymore): UNCCH, Pitt, Purdue
Rejects: Rejections: Berkeley ARE, Brown, Georgetown, Vanderbilt
Waitlists:
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:
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
mtjsvc 2007:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: 3rdtier liberal arts college Undergrad GPA: 3.8 Type of Grad: straight from undergrad Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 800Q, 650V, 4.0AWA Math Courses: calc IIII (A/A/B), linear algebra (A), ordinary & partial diff eq (A), complex variables (A), topology (A), real analysis III (A/IP), prob & stats (A), interest theory & financial math (IP) Econ Courses: micro/macro principles (A/A), intermediate micro/macro (B+/A), advanced micro/macro (A/A), econometrics (A), game theory (A), experimental econ (A), int. trade (A), int. finance (A) Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ profs (thesis advisor, advanced micro/macro prof), 1 math prof (real analysis/topology prof) Research Experience: senior thesis (experimental/labor), summer RA for experimental economist at a different university Teaching Experience: tutor and grader for micro/macro principles, tutor for advanced macro Research Interests: experimental econ, micro theory SOP: I talked about my experience with experimental econ (course, thesis, RA) Other: My undergrad school is small and not very good overall, but the econ training is focused on preparing us for PhD programs. About half of the econ majors here go for a PhD after graduating, with a good success rate in actually completing the degree. RESULTS: Acceptances: Ohio State (fellowship) <attending> Purdue (fellowship) Arizona (TAship) Penn State (TAship) Texas A&M (RAship) Virginia (TAship) Rejections: probably Carnegie Mellon, Indiana, and Pitt since they haven't admitted me yet What would you have done differently? I would have applied to a few higher ranked schools and not applied to a few lower ranked schools.
Accepts: Acceptances:
Ohio State (fellowship) <attending>
Purdue (fellowship)
Arizona (TAship)
Penn State (TAship)
Texas A&M (RAship)
Virginia (TAship)
Rejects: Rejections:
probably Carnegie Mellon, Indiana, and Pitt since they haven't
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:
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
rdblots 2007:
Profile: Gre: 800 Q, 570 V, 6.0 A GPA: Overall: 3.86. Math: 3.96, Econ: 3.94 (Econ major with math minor) Classes: Math: Calc II, Multivariable, Intro Lin Alg, Diff Eq, Math Stat, Intro Proofs, Linear Algebra (A's), Advanced Calc (A) Econ: all the usual undergrad courses (A's). PhD Math Econ (A), PhD Micro (B+). Type of Undergrad: Virginia Tech Research Experience: this past summer and fall I RA'd for a professor at my school, I only did minor tasks, but it was still a pretty good experience Teaching Experience: 3 semesters of tutoring economics (principles and intermediate micro) LORs: All of my letter writers were encouraging and thought my choice of schools fit me well, so I am taking that to mean the letters should be decent. 1) Assoc. Prof/Head of Undergrad (PhD Stanford) who I tutored for and with whom I took a class, 2) Assist. Dean/Assoc. Prof who I worked with on my RA project (PhD Northwestern), 3) Prof., tutored his intermediate micro course, took intermediate micro and PhD Math Econ with him. (PhD Minnesota) SoP & Interests: I talked about being interested in applied micro research. I named some professors from each school who had research that I found interesting. Other: male/white/american. Boring. RESULTS: Acceptances: Funding Duke (attending), Cornell, Boston College, UNC, UVA, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Georgetown No funding Maryland, Boston U. Rejections: Brown What would you have done differently? I would have only applied to Duke.
Accepts: Acceptances: Funding Duke (attending), Cornell, Boston College, UNC, UVA, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Georgetown
No funding Maryland, Boston U.
Rejects:
Waitlists:
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
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
