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  1. My top choice school - and now my last hope - has yet to send out any information regarding their decisions. Every online "admission status check" still says "Under review," etc.. However, this is a program that has an intended Summer 2017 program start, and today (April 21st) marks the beginning of the university's preregistration for summer classes. So, my question is: is it time to give up hope for this round of admissions?
  2. Hi, I am currently finishing my junior year as a Business Major. I want to go into Higher Education, but I only have a 2.87 GPA. I know I can begin to boost my GPA a little over the upcoming summer and the next 2 semesters, but I also don't want to have a heavy load. I am apart of my college's Entertainment Club as the Vice President & President my Senior year. I am also very engaged with my Student Government as the treasurer this year and hopefully President next year, if not VP (still waiting on President results). I have spoken to my advisors about what to do next, and one said that exploring Americorps would be a good option before going to Graduate school. If I do go to Graduate school, I desperately need to go to a school in the West, but fear I won't get in since I don't have the best grades. I'm looking at the states: CA, WA, UT, AZ. What schools are considered "good" schools, but will accept me? Should I go the route of Americorps first?
  3. Hi everyone! I'm having a really tough time with my grad school decision. Basically, I got a full ride + stipend at UW Madison's La Follette school. I would have no debt whatsoever from grad school including living expenses - they're basically paying me to go to school, and it's apparently very easy to find work so I'd be living pretty well too. My long-term partner is waiting to see whether a full fellowship comes through for him at the same school (different field). He's from Wisconsin so he already has a network there. If he gets it and chooses to go, moving to Wisconsin for grad school would be easy and economical (and I could stay with my partner, which is not a small consideration, although he would also like to live in a big city again at some point). In addition, La Follette has an Institute for Research on Poverty that looks like a great place for me and my policy interests. I went to admitted students' day and really enjoyed talking with all the prospective students and professors I met. Basically, sounds perfect? Except that I don't really know if I want to live in Wisconsin long-term. I'm a New Yorker and very happy in large cities. In response to my concerns, the Wisconsin folks kept emphasizing that there is a strong network of La Follette grads in DC. I also already have my NYC nonprofit network. NYU gave me a 50% scholarship, which is helpful but obviously not a full ride + stipend. I would probably have to go part-time so I can continue working, which sounds like a much more stressful life. Because it just sounds so much easier to take the Wisconsin money, I'm inclined to that and make my life much less stressful. I'm just concerned that I'll be missing out on opportunities by leaving New York. Alternatively, I got accepted to Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, which would be a blast but I have no idea how to obtain a loan for the purpose of living in another country... and as someone who speaks mediocre German, it'll be hard to find work... so that is a third option that would entail a lot of inconvenience for the sake of living in a large city/having a great international adventure. tl;dr: money/ease of life vs. big city/opportunities Thoughts/experiences regarding these issues? Thank you!
  4. How is CUNY's Master of Public Health program? Also, if I submit my commitment deposit, is it okay to submit a deposit to another school as well if I get accepted?
  5. Hello everyone, I am finally hearing back from the places I applied to. I have been offered admissions to Cornell CIPA, Duke Sanford and Georgetown McCourt (we expect Maryland - College Park to come through as well). This is all great, but now is decision time. And that's why I turn to you, the supportive and insightful community at The Grad Cafe. Because I will be attending through the Fulbright program, I'm in the fortunate place where cost is not the top factor. I'd appreciate your perspectives on a few other issues: How would one know which is a better school? I live overseas, so I can't tour the campus. Name recognition and ranking: Cornell is an Ivy League school but CIPA is not in the top 20 for MPA/MPP. How much does that matter in terms of the student experience and future success? (i.e., does the Cornell name count positively or does CIPA's ranking count negatively?) How much does Georgetown's DC advantage really matter? And how much of a disadvantage is Duke's and Cornell's location? Anything else you wished you knew and considered before deciding? Many thanks in advance.
  6. I've applied for an online Masters in Education program with the intent to begin in Summer 2017. I haven't heard anything yet. n looking at the school's website, the first day of summer courses would be May 30th, so I'm getting a little apprehensive. The applications were just due three weeks ago, so I recognize that it has not been long at all,and that I likely just need to be patient. However, today I noticed that the admissions website of the school says that students are supposed to confirm their Fall 2017 admission by May 1st. Is that an indicator that summer admissions are also needing to be confirmed/have been sent out? This is the first year I have applied to graduate schools, so any advice is helpful - or thoughts on how to proceed!
  7. I received admissions to two graduate programs that I'm currently viewing as relatively equal, and I was wondering if I could enlist your/someone's help in choosing! The pros/cons are not ranked despite the numbering. School 1: Pros: Prestigious school US school in my field Closer to relatives and family Weather is great and proximity to nature is excellent. Focus on scientific outreach into communities Beautiful campus Well-established POI with a currently small lab Fully funded with tuition remission and 18k stipend;Assistantship New environment Excellent course offerings for my interests/needs Strong field work culture I can actually apply to government scholarships here. Cons: POI doesn't work on what I want to work on exactly, but is in the same field and seems willing to cater to my specific interests... I really don't know how much they will, though. Lack of modelling work done at this Uni, which is basically half of what I want to do. School 2: Pros: Also a prestigious school in my field (but less) Alma mater/I wouldn't have to move Established rapport with POI POI has been clear that they'll facilitate my research interests to a T. Other faculty who I can really learn from on my committee Strong modeling culture Cheaper overall tuition Fully funded I know people here. In a city Cons: Community here. I don't really feel like I fit in. Weather. Far from family... very far. POI is relatively new (3 years) Lack of scholarship/grant opportunities (specifically for me, because I'm considered int'l) Same environment Lack of courses that I would want to take to facilitate my research/profs for that part of my committee. I know people here. All else aside, cost of living is about the same between the two places. If you guys could give me a hand, I would really appreciate it!
  8. I got accepted into a MPH program. However, I'm waiting for other schools to get back to me. The issue is that the MPH program that I was accepted to expects me to turn in a commitment deposit 3 weeks after I have received the acceptance notice. Just out of curiosity, would it be an issue if I paid the deposit to secure my seat, and then decide to pay the deposit for another school if I get accepted there?
  9. As with all gigantic life decisions, I am teetering back and forth on which school/program to attend and ultimately getting nowhere. That is why I have decided to reach out to the collective wisdom of you all on Grad Cafe to hopefully give me some insight on which program would be the best for me or at least verify that my concerns are valid. Unfortunately, outside of dealing with Russian Affairs, I have not fully committed to a specific concentration of Global Public Policy (ei Security Policy, Human Rights Policy, Global Governance, etc..). Also, after browsing a few other posts regarding decisions I have noticed that people simply say "School 1 or School 2." I am going to specifically state the schools' names in the hope that former or current students can possibly provide some insight. With that in mind here are my thoughts on the two programs. University of Pittsburgh - GSPIA Would be pursuing Masters in Public and International Affairs with a Major in Security and Intel Studies, a minor in Public Policy Research and Analysis, and a Graduate Certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies Yes, they call their concentrations and sub-concentration majors and minors I am currently in talks to see if I can switch the major and minor, but one is in the MPIA program and the other is in the MPA program so I have received mixed answers Unique Positives $$$ - Received 75% tuition scholarship and a PA Resident Allows me to really hone my Russian area knowledge with an abundance of interdisciplinary Russian course. Also Pitt also has its own Summer Language Institute with intensive language classes and trips to Moscow Offers a semester in DC in which I would be able to intern and take classes at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies with fellow GSPIA and Maxwell Students Concerns Fear that future job prospects may be lower because of the lack of qualitative themed courses (in comparison to UMN) Poor rankings in comparison ( I know I should not worry about this but its always there) University of Minnesota - The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Would be pursuing a MPP with a Global Policy concentration with a self made sub-concentration Unique Positives Heavy focus on breath of courses and bigger picture ideas. (Multiple stat, finance, and econ courses required) Seems to give students skills instead of strict knowledge which would be better of job prospects Has a very expansive alumni base which seems to almost run the Twin Cities which makes it possible to, for lack of a better term, "experiment" with policy ideas and initiatives USWNR 2016 rank #8 in Public Policy Concerns Only offers 4 Russian Language classes. No other area specific courses Appears better suited to for local and state government affairs (area I am in now and trying to get out of) $$$ - received decent scholarship, but comparatively it is more expensive. However, not unbearable (unlike other top schools which I ruled out) Dean which brought the international element to the program is stepping down in a few months I realize this probably an oversimplification, but I feel as though the decision comes down to specific knowledge v. broad skill set. Which is better? I have no idea that is why I am asking for your help. Anything you all can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  10. The degree: English m.a. The schools: York, UofT The issues: York is offering scholarships that will cover my tuition at the least. UofT offers Nada (I will need loans). York's faculty seem more welcoming. York offers more options in terms of the degree (e.g. option to do an MRP, or thesis, or directed reading courses, etc.) while UofT is coursework only (so I will be somewhat limited I imagine to producing work along certain lines). However, a few years ago I started a grad degree at UofT but had to drop out and I have a strong urge to finish it off ffs. I think UofT is more competitive and may be more challenging but that could be a good thing? And I want to continue on to do a PhD somewhere awesome and for some reason I have this feeling that UofT would more likely put me in place to go where I want to go. The ask: please help.
  11. How do you choose between schools when you're a good fit at both but in different ways, one is a smidgen more name-brand-y, the other seems a smidgen more collegial, one has a lot of top-notch university resources for professionalization, the other where the department itself seems to have more focus on professionalization, one that has well-known recommenders while the other has (apparently) more involved mentors, one that has no core courses because you're free to build your degree, while the other has core courses that help you better get a handle on disciplinary conventions, one that's located in boring city that's close to a bunch of cool cities and the other which is located in a small college town? Helppppppp
  12. I feel very fortunate to have choices about where to go next year, but I'm going crazy trying to make a decision. Can we discuss how you all are considering cost vs. areas of interest in the field vs. program prestige/ranking? I keep hearing that rankings don't matter in our field, and I'm especially inclined to believe that after seeing that the only basis for them in the U.S. News & World Report (per their methodologies page) is peer assessment surveys that had a measly 33% response rate. (!!) But I keep wondering whether those respondents' knowledge of the curriculum, faculty, or facilities might still be important. Personally, I think I'm down to Program A and Program B. Program A is: very highly ranked, costs less, but doesn't have any curriculum or clinic experiences in multilingual/multicultural assessment and intervention, which I really want to do. Program B is: about 23k more than Program A, ranks about 70 spots lower (fwiw), and has multilingualism/multiculturalism as one of its biggest strengths that permeates the rest of the research and curriculum in the department. Part of me is telling myself to suck it up and be glad that I got into Program A, and just go there. But I'm not sure if that will put my whole career on a different trajectory. I'd love to hear how others are weighing these factors! What do you all think? Would you pay more to go to a less "prestigious" school if it matched your interests better? Or, taking ranking out of the equation, how much more money is too much to go to a school that seems like a better interest fit? Is anyone else in the middle of a similarly tough decision?
  13. So far I have received four Ph.D. offers: Northeastern, UC-Riverside, LSU, SUNY-Buffalo with several waitlists: UCI, Arizona, Utah, UMass I am interested in mathematical physics, algebraic geometry and complex geometry. However, I cannot guarantee what will happen in the future, maybe I will study analysis instead. Even though, going to industry is not on my list. What I want is to have a better academic future, so which university mostly fits me? Looking forward to your suggestions, thanks!
  14. So I got accepted to the two grad school programs I applied to and would like some help deciding! School 1: I was originally set on this school. The professor does everything I've ever wanted to do in my field. Her work has always been my future goals. However, when I interviewed/toured there, I want sure how I felt anymore. First, she has 7 grad students. I'm afraid I might get lost in the mix. Next, she seemed to talk to me as if I were applying for a job. She told me "I am looking for a grad student who can do this project" and didn't seem to be open to ideas. It was almost like I would be an employee working for her, rather than a student working with her. I even mentioned a topic she had previously written a paper on and how I would be interested in expanding it and she pretty much cut me off with a "that study took forever." However, I am still very interested in her work and it would be good to have this experience. They also awarded me a comparative fellowship, which means they would give me slightly more money than school 2. School 2: I am also interested in what he studies (I like everything in the field, obviously), but it isn't what I've always wanted to do. I am afraid that it would be difficult to move to something else after grad school. All topics are relevant though. However, I believe the professor here would be better for my education as a whole. He is new (which has its ups and downs) and I would be one of his first two grad students this year. He had already shown interest in helping me be as informed as possible. He called me before being officially accepted to talk to me about fellowships, a topic I wasn't too clear on. Be also made sure to call me as soon as they left their meeting making the decision of my acceptance. He seems very excited to work with me and wants a grad student he "can have intellectual conversations with and grow ideas with," which is very important. I feel like he would give me a lot of attention during my 5ish years and would really make sure I can succeed in the future. So, basically, I'm deciding between the better research topic and the better mentor and I feel like I should make this decision pretty soon. Thoughts?
  15. I have officially made my decision on which grad school to attend! Accepting was easy, but now I officially have to decline another offer-- a moment I have been dreading. I really liked the other program and the work of the faculty member is outstanding. This was honestly the most difficult decision of my entire life, and I almost feel the need to voice that to her. Does anyone have any advice on how to structure an email to a faculty member declining their offer? I am a bad judge on when I've said "too much" or "too little" and I feel like my emails always turn out sounding strange, awkward, or rude. I would appreciate some examples of phrases you all have used in your experiences! Thank you!
  16. Hey All. As I work through my decisions and try to navigate the darkness that is the future job market, I'm tempted to just go straight to the source. Has anyone ever contacted programs they'd like to work in post-graduation just to find out what they're specifically looking for in potential tenure-track hires? It seems to me like a good tactic for not only planning the next 5 years, but also setting goals, developing specific skills, and (as I'm in the decision phase currently) deciding what schools are best according to whether these specific hiring committees are looking more at program rank, advisor name, or individual success. Any thoughts?
  17. I was just accepted into a graduate program that follows the april 15th resolution, what exactly does this mean? If I accept this offer then get off the waitlist at a preferred school does this mean I am not allowed to rescind my acceptance or just ask their permission? The april 15th resolution states: "Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer." Thanks in advance!
  18. Hey everyone, So i recently got accepted to Johns Hopkins SAIS for their International Political Economy Program and NYU Wagner's MPA in Public and Non Profit Management Policy- International Specialization. I would love to have a focus on sub saharan Africa while in grad school. I think both these schools are really great and have good development/ African focused programs so I'm confused which one to pick. Unfortunately, neither are giving me funding so I'm applying to external scholarships. Some scholarships however need you to specify what school you plan on attending so I just need advice on what school you think I should enroll in. My dream job/ career has always been to work in places like the World Bank, UN basically international development organizations. Any advice you give this confusedafrican is highly appreciated!! Thanks!
  19. I've never posted before, but I am having a terrible time choosing between two programs. I applied to MA and PhD programs, for English Literature, and regrettably thought I wanted to get away from home, but as decisions draw closer I'm mourning that decision. Anyway, here are the two programs. The first is a PhD, with no funding, they have cheaper living expenses, it is closer to home, but still immensely far, and the environment or area would lend itself to my personal study habits and allow me more focus. The other program is an MA, with funding and guaranteed teaching opportunities, it's a large city, which I'm used to, it's further from home but there is the prospect of reapplying in a few years to PhD programs that are closer to home, but the living expenses will be higher. The two programs are pretty comparable, so for me right now its really just a matter of economics and whether I want to jump straight into a PhD program, or put myself through this application process again. Any advice or input would be appreciated, thank you.
  20. Hello!In January I was accepted into Washington University in St. Louis, and in the last weeks I was accepted into MGH IHP in Boston, and Murphy Deming college in Virginia . I am having a lot of trouble deciding between the 3. WashU- I truly can see myself here. I appreciate all of the connections, the low price of living, and that student health insurance is included in tuition. Definitely would push me to grow, as it would be a step outside of what I'm used to, living in the city. Top ranked school might give me more opportunities finding a job after graduating. Facilities were not as nice and updated as the others. Very welcoming faculty members. Murphy Deming- I love the smaller class size and the inter professional design. Coming from Wyoming, I know I would feel more in my comfort zone living in rural Fishersville, VA. Facilities much more impressive than WashU. Low price of living.MGH- I feel this school is a good mix between WashU and Murphy Deming. The facilities are amazing, inter professional design, and I felt the school has many valuable connections. However, the price of living is crazy! Can anyone offer their opinion on the schools?
  21. For comparative, which one would you choose from the following? And why? I am having a real hard time deciding. UCSD, MIT or Vanderbilt (and UCLA, perhaps excluding this one due to poor funding). Of course the request for advice goes to current grad students or people in the job market, not prospectives as myself! I appreciate any good advice!
  22. Hey everyone, I would like some different inputs on living in Nashville vs Durham. As an international student, I would like to know if the neighborhoods where most people stay are diverse, and views on people of color? I currently live in New York city, and would like to hear your opinions. Thanks!
  23. Hi everyone. I applied to Indiana's Media Arts and Science's PhD program for the fall 2017 semester. Anyone know when there will be a decisions made on whether or not we get in? The anticipation is brutal and I'd hope to know before spring break.
  24. Hi everyone! I wanted to start a thread specifically regarding decision about MSW programs and picking between multiple offers. I thought it would be nice to have a place for this, specifically for the MSW folks (and I hope someone else hasn't already started a thread like this). My current decision is really going to come down to picking between Boston College and Salem State University. I got a really generous scholarship offer from Wheelock College last night for $20,000 total in scholarship money (total for the degree program), but that still would mean WC would be more expensive than SSU. I like SSU's program a lot better. So I can safely say I've eliminated WC. On the other hand, Boston College is my favorite, but Salem State is a very, very close second. I think (I hope) I have a good shot at an assistantship at SSU, which would be the best-case scenario. I've also decided I would need to have a pretty big scholarship offer from BC to make it affordable. I feel as if I can wait out BC until next Monday before I need to start really panicking. BC sends an email notification first and then mails a scholarship letter after the email, so I wouldn't know for probably another week after getting an email about financial aid. I'd say BC has a slim chance of meeting my needed merit scholarship, but I have read where what I would need has been offered. If I haven't heard by next week, maybe Wednesday, should I accept SSU? I know I may have an option for an extension from SSU, but I don't want to ask until I know I need to, and even then they might say no. I guess I'm just looking for any feedback here. Please also write in with your decision making process! This forum has been really helpful for the past few months!
  25. So I'm not sure how to interpret this. I am applying to several Asian Studies (Japan Studies) programs this fall for my MA. University of Washington, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. I have received one acceptance (woo!) and one rejection from the two programs I've applied to at University of Washington. At least I'm going somewhere! During the last few days, though, I did not receive an e-mail from University of Chicago's East Asian Languages and Civilizations department, but, rather, my personal application page at the website changed. Suddenly it had an envelope icon that said "decision documents." My heart stopped. I clicked through and a message that said "there are no documents available" popped up. Confused, I continued to check the application page rather obsessively for the whole day. Next morning, the icon has changed. Now it's in bold and has a red "1" on it and now says "Unread Decision Documents." I click through and yet again it says "there are no documents available." After an hour or two I e-mail the people in charge of the application page saying what was happening and, within an hour or two, the icon and the contained message were totally gone. The page, back to normal, has no indication of decision documents or anything related to them. Note: I did not get a reply e-mail. Just silence. And the icon suddenly disappeared. I'm not even sure my e-mail is related to the icon's disappearance! I don't know how to take that. What does that mean? And how should I feel about it? I mean, I know I have to keep waiting now. I get that. But that was a hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Just wanted to share.