
Acceptances:
pevdoki1 2008:
Type of undergrad: Midsized state university (SUNY Binghamton) GPA: 3.99 (math/econ double major) Type of Grad: none GRE: Q800, V470, AWA 4.5 Math Courses: Calc IIII, Linear Algebra, Intro to Higher Math, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis III, Mathematical statistics III Econ Courses: The usual. No graduate level courses. Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 1 really good one from an economics professor who knows me well, 2 from math professors Research Experience: Virtually none. Started a thesis, never finished Teaching Experience: TA intermediate macro for 1 semester. 1 year of tutoring experience. Research Interests: Macro and monetary, but these can change SOP: Pretty good, I think. Standard 1st page, customized second (mentioning professors and all) RESULTS: Acceptances: University of Minnesota ($) WUSTL ($) UT Austin ($) U Toronto (MA, $) UBC (MA, $) Indiana ($) Rutgers ($) Purdue ($) Virginia (no funding) Cornell (no funding) Waiting list: none Rejections: University of Western Ontario No word: Queen's What I would have done differently: Applied to less lower ranked schools. However, I'm quite happy with getting into Minnesota (and WUSTL, for that matter).s
Accepts: Acceptances:
University of Minnesota ($)
WUSTL ($)
UT Austin ($)
U Toronto (MA, $)
UBC (MA, $)
Indiana ($)
Rutgers ($)
Purdue ($)
Virginia (no funding)
Cornell (no funding)
Rejects: Rejections: University of Western Ontario
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Thesus 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: BSc Econ, minor in math. School does not appear on econphd.net. Undergrad GPA: 3.97, 4.00 in math/econ Type of Grad:n/a Grad GPA:n/a GRE: 800Q, 770V, 5.5 AWA Math Courses: Calc I,II,III, Linear Algebra, Vector Calc, Intro Stats, Mathematical Stats, Real Analysis I,II, Integration & Metric Spaces, ODE, Discrete Math Econ Courses: Micro I,II,III (not very rigourous), Macro I,II,III (ended with Romer), Math Econ I,II, Econometrics I,II, another ten electives or so, honours essay in progress. Other Courses: nil. Letters of Recommendation: Used four econ profs and a math prof, depending on school. None of them are wellpublished or Research Experience:n/a Teaching Experience: TA, three semesters. Research Interests: Growth, economic dynamics. SOP: Short, succint. Didn't reference names of professors. Briefly discussed interests but admitted I wasn't committed to the field. Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: Rochester(fellowship), UBC(MA,TA) Waitlists: Minnesota Rejections: Brown, Yale, Berkeley, Princeton Pending: Queen's, Toronto What I would have done differently: I think I should've transferred to a different undergrad after two years. Now unsure whether to do the MA and reapply or head directly south.
Accepts: Acceptances: Rochester(fellowship), UBC(MA,TA)
Rejects: Rejections: Brown, Yale, Berkeley, Princeton
Waitlists:
mogelsworth 2008:
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Well ranked US research university (public). Major in economics with a minor in math. Undergrad GPA: 3.7 Type of Grad: None GRE: 720Q/510V/5.0AW Math Courses: Calculus I,II,III, Advanced Multivariable Calc, Differential Equations, Matrix Algebra, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Thinking (proofbased course), Real Analysis I Econ Courses: Advanced Micro/Macro, lots of undergrad field courses, Intro Math Stats Other Courses: Logic Letters of Recommendation: 2 from wellknown professors at my undergrad institution, 1 from nonacademic consultant with an econ phd Research Experience: 2 years a econ consulting firm Teaching Experience: None Research Interests: International, macro, development SOP: Discussed background and research interests, very thoughtful. Other: RESULTS: Acceptances: UVA(no$), Univ. WashingtonSeattle (no$), UBC MA (no$) Waitlists: UT Austin Rejections: Pending: Cornell, Syracuse, BU (MA), Penn State What would you have done differently? I wish I had taken my GRE earlier to allow time for a retake. I should have taken Real Analysis II, topology, and optimization.
Accepts: Acceptances: UVA(no$), Univ. WashingtonSeattle (no$), UBC MA (no$)
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canecon 2008:
School: UBC Major: Econ (Hons) GPA: 3.5 (3.98 upperecon, 3.98 math (excluding failed calc 1)) GRE: 800q 480v 5.0 AWA (despite the awful verbal I am native English speaker / English background) Courses: Econ:Hon micro/macro I (A+'s) Game Theory (Hon) A, Hon Macro II A+, + intro metrics I/II (A+) + lots electives (mostly A+) Math: Calc 1 (F first time then A), Calc 2, linear, multivariable, ODE's, probability(calc based), intro proof A+'s intro analysis A Now Taking: Honours Thesis, Advanced Macro, Econometrics Research: Thesis letter of recommendation: 3 Assistant Profs, I say mediocre since I had no special relationship, just took their classes. SOP: Pretty bad I think... that might just be me  but I didn't have any professors read it since I thought it was crappy (very bad reason I know  I expect I might have had spelling/grammar errors as well ). But I guess for Master's it doesn't matter that much. Interests: Macro, Int trade/finance/development. Schools: Decided to apply only for Masters: LSE, UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, UPF, UBC, Toronto, Queens, UWO, Stockholm. My Concerns: First year really sucked, second year was average. Only have 1.5 years of good grades. RESULTS: Acceptances: LSE Msc (1 year, Res), UCL MSc, Warwick MSc, Oxford M.Phil (??), UPF MSc($$), Queen's MA ($$), Toronto Doc. Stream MA ($$), UBC MA ($$), UWO MA ($$), Still Waiting: Cambridge M.Phil (B), Stockholm University MSc (Research) Rejections: None (yet) What would you have done differently? known that I was going to go for grad school (in econ) earlier started preparing to apply in the summer, or early sept, or early october. (didnt start applications earlier because very mathpacked semester. No time in summer though b/c courses and GRE  basically crammed all the math I needed in last 8 mths I would have grades for). Looked into scholarship opportunities for study in UK (many seem to have deadlines around sept/oct. ) I started looking the next february/march. Basically I did what I could. Maybe should have applied to some PhD straight away, but still not sure what I want to do and I didn't really have time to put together good apps. Accepts: Acceptances: LSE Msc (1 year, Res), UCL MSc, Warwick MSc, Oxford M.Phil (??), UPF MSc($$), Queen's MA ($$), Toronto Doc. Stream MA ($$), UBC MA ($$), UWO MA ($$),
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Rejects:
Waitlists: Waiting: Cambridge M.Phil (B), Stockholm University MSc (Research)
