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  1. Hi I have received 2 admits for MS in CS from UCLA and Columbia University. I am very confused and unable to decide one. Any inputs on which one i should lean onto? Pros/Cons of both? I am interested in ML/AI.
  2. Hey everyone, I'm entering UCLA DESMA this Fall 17 and I'm just doing a roll call. It would be soooo nice to have some friends already by the time I move. Feel free to write here and PM me, Also I'll be looking for a roommate soon pref in arts. Congrats everyone!
  3. This thread is for hopeful applicants wishing for admission into UCLAs MSW program for Fall 2017 or Fall 2018. Please provide your stats, update progress, and be supportive.
  4. It's April 7th and I still haven't heard from UCLA. Is anyone on the same boat?
  5. Which is better : UCLA vs UCSD vs Columbia for MS in CS. Also my area of interest is Machine Learning and AI. Please help...
  6. Hi, I have the following admits and I am highly confused as to what should I choose, 1. Gatech - MS ECE 2. UT Austin - MS ECE: ICS track 3. UCLA - MS EE: Circuits and Embedded Systems 4. Columbia - MS EE (nikola tesla scholar) My interests are in VLSI design(preferably digital) with a few courses in analog and Computer architecture. I have not received any funding with my invite. RAship and TAship may be a possibility, but nothing currently. Can some who has info about these universities list out the merits and demerits of each program and school and help me choose the right option TIA
  7. Hello, Can people give me their opinions/ranking on any of the schools (Statistics PhD): UCLA, UF, Texas A&M I've been admitted into these schools, and I'm having hard time deciding... My opinion: UCLA -seems good for industry jobs (i.e. data science), since located in LA -course load seems heavy on machine learning (good) -expensive to live in though (apartment/food worries...) UF -course load seems to be more oriented toward traditional statistics (no machine learning courses) -I heard they're theoretical heavy (good) -located in my hometown (wouldn't have to worry about life stuff, i.e. cost of living, food, etc.) Texas A&M -I heard they're a very large department that does mostly applied stuff -I'm not that worried about the cult life thing Bio: -Undergraduate: UNC Chapel Hill, Graduating in May 2017 with Bachelors in Stats, Math -US Citizen -Hoping more for industry than academic job Thank you so much!
  8. Got accepted into UCLA (Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program) and UNC (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - BCB). Also to Baylor College of Medicine but will probably chose between the first two. Any opinions/recommendations?
  9. Hello everyone. I hope everybody is having a good cycle. I am interested in critical theory and democratic theory. UCI is a great fit. But people have advised me to choose UCLA or wait at least for Cornell waitlist result. I am a bit confused. As a sidenote, I will not be staying in the U.S after finishing my Ph.D. Any advice on how to move forward?
  10. I've got undergraduate GPA 3.8/4.0 GRE 318(V150 Q 168) AWA 3 316 (V153 Q 163) AWA 3 TOEFL 102(R29 L30 S18 W25) ~2 years of research experience (but no paper publication) 2 abroad study experiences had taken two graduate level courses (neuroscience research design) and earned A on both What are my chances regarding UCLA /UMichigan /BostonU/ UT Dallas/Georgetown U? Looking for physiology/neuroscience MS program. Especially cognitive neuroscience. Any other recommendations for choosing schools?
  11. Hi guys, I want to hear your opinions. I am right now a master student at UCLA, I have been working on my research in optics for nearly a year and will possibly transfer to PhD program. Also I got admission from UCSB, photonics track. I am really not sure which one to choose. UCSB has one of the best program in photonics in the world, but I am not really familiar with the topic. Life at UCSB should be cheaper and more relax than UCLA. On the other hand, I feel really awkward to tell my advisor that I would leave the group and I feel comfortable with my PI and my group members right now....
  12. So I had an anxiety attack and bugged UCLA grad office with an email on my app status 2x this week. I' pretty sure I won't email them again until I officially hear a decision, but did I affect my decision by bugging them?
  13. Hey Guys, I remember being in undergrad and sometimes feeling so distant from my peers because I was an international student. Well, here I am again on this voyage about to feel even weirder, this time as a grad student. I thought that we should have a space where we could be able to share experiences, answer questions, give advice, or just a space where you say what makes you feel ok about yourself. Good luck everyone! Disclaimer: I worked with International Services during my undergrad but this does not make me an immigration official. Although I can give my opinion on certain situations based on past experience, I recommend contacting your school directly about these questions.
  14. Do UCLA interview students Feburary 10? I am still waiting for interview invites from UCLA. I am worried that they invited me but it would conflict with my other interviews.
  15. Hi, Does anyone know the average and/or median GPA of those accepted to the MSW program? I have a 3.48 cumulative and 3.47 for my last 60 credits. I've worked in banking for the last 5 years and have volunteered with children for 6. No GRE. I'm just wondering what my chances of getting in are? Thanks for the help)
  16. The UCLA graduate application requires a personal history statement where you have to talk about how your life experiences and how they led to the decision to pursue the graduate field of interest. It specifically says that "this statement should not duplicate the statement of purpose". In my SoP, I am already writing about how my experiences, both personal and academic, made me apply to XXX programs so I am not sure how this personal history statement is different from the statement of purpose.
  17. Hi, while applying to UCLA they ask for GPA of the latest institute. And it is mentioned " When entering your Grade Point Average (GPA) please list your Junior/Senior GPA only. If your senior year is currently in progress, enter only your junior year GPA ". I am currently in my senior year, so does it mean that I only enter the GPA of my 3rd year. Please clarify, TIA
  18. I was rejected for this program last round, fall 2016. I wish they had told me why, maybe it was because it was my first time applying? My GPA was on the low end but still a B average, 3.0 and it improved after that to a 3.38 after graduation in may 2016. Anyway, I am applying again and if anyone has any experience with this program, I'd appreciate advice. Thanks
  19. Hi everyone! I'm currently applying to graduate schools and would like to apply to either USC or UCLA but not both for their public policy programs. I figure there are a decent number of people in my position either pre-application or post-application. I plan on reaching out to friends and friends of friends for both schools but wanted to hear from any users who are current students or alumnus of both schools. Advice from students who were accepted to both but opted for one would be really helpful for choosing between the two! I'm especially interested in International Policy and Social Policy As a non-US citizen I'm disqualified from working for the federal government but would love to work in city government, think tank, or policy analysis/consulting at a private company that isn't too commercial (hope that makes sense). I did my due diligence and searched the archives. Some people expressed concern that UCLA's career services office was weak 6 years ago but haven't found much other info comparing the two. Knowing if there's a significant difference in acceptance rate would be helpful also.
  20. Has anyone else (officially or unofficially) decided on UCLA yet? I'll be going for my PhD in Gender Studies. Haven't accepted the offer yet as I'm waiting until after my visits to do so, but I plan on attending.
  21. Hi, I am going to be a fourth year undergraduate student at UCSD and I want to apply to teacher credential/masters programs this upcoming cycle (so I can get right into it after graduation). I was a Human Biology major for the first three years, since I used to be pre-med, but discovered through the med school application process I did NOT want to be a doctor. I remembered I always liked the idea of teaching. My mom is an elementary school teacher, so I have at least some idea of what the lifestyle is like. My (ultimate) goal is Stanford, but I also want to apply to UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and UCI. My goal is to teach Math at the Secondary level. Here are some more facts and stats about myself: Major: Mathematics/Applied Science GPA (overall): 3.55 GPA (math): 3.81 (does my math GPA get taken into consideration?) GRE (practice tests): 159V 165Q Experience: I volunteered every summer at an LAUSD elementary school to help immigrant elementary students learn English under the supervision of a teacher (but not through the school, I just knew the teacher) (This volunteering experience was done for fun throughout undergrad, but only during summers since I go to UCSD.) Also, after realizing I wanted to be a high school math teacher, I immediately started volunteering in SD for a program that takes middle and high school students from highly disadvantaged backgrounds and tutors and guides them in their path to be a first generation college student. (Planned) Letters of Rec: I know it is rushed to ask for a letter before December 1, but that's when the first of the applications are due. I plan on asking the teacher at the elementary school, the volunteer coordinator at the SD volunteering org, and a physics professor I've gotten to know a little better last year. (I have had two lunches with this professor, but does it matter that he is a physics professor and not math? I do not know any of my math professors, and getting to know them before December through OH is rushed, since school starts mid/late September for UCSD.) Here are some stats for the schools I want from a kind user here on gradcafe Anyhow, I was hoping to get some insight from people who got into these programs, mostly Stanford tbh, its my dream school. Plus, I love that their program is accelerated into 1 year for the credential and masters. Maybe one tidbit of info that my physics professor can add is that in order to avoid paying for online HW, I finished the quarter's worth of physics HW in the two weeks of the online HW trial period (my answers to the HW were 100% correct). This can possibly speak to my ability in accelerated programs? LOL. I should also mention that the physics class was a lower division class. I am sorry for the disorganized way I presented this info, I am just pouring all my thoughts as they come to me. Also, what else can I do to bolster my application? Any advice? Please help!! Thank you!
  22. I want to do a PhD in CS. Which one do you recommend and why? Personally speaking, I feel Oxford has better reputation. Its ranking is 3rd-4th in CS for several years.
  23. I'm a prospective applicant to the PhD program in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. My focus is in the IPE arena, and I'm interested in working with Michael Ross (amongst others). I'd like to hear from a current student or recent graduate of the program about funding opportunities (is the program fully funded? is there competition for funding between students? I've heard differing reports on this, and the truth isn't immediately clear from UCLA's website...), RA, TA, and fellowship opportunities within the Department, student engagement with faculty, and perceptions of faculty overall. Is the general feeling that PhD students are well supported throughout their time at UCLA? Side-comments about living in West LA are also appreciated!
  24. Dear All, I recently got accepted to the following universities which I am heavily considering: Yale's IDE Program- International and Development Economics (No Funding) UCSD GPS (Full Tuition waive off for one year)- MIA with concentration in International Development (Might choose a dual track option of ID with either Public policy or International Economics) UCLA MPP (Concentration International Development) (No Funding) Some other programs which I cant afford SAIS IDEV (No funding) , GWU Elliot IDS (no funding yet, might receive but no clue), American University SIS - MID ($$ but still expensive) , Korbel School-MID ($$ but still expensive), Boston University MAGDE (No funding) and IHEID -MDEV (On waitlist) I am interested in the field of Development Economics and thus want to do a quantitative program which will not only give me strong quant skills but also more professional and applied skills. Hence I wanted to target universities which have some great Econ schools and not only good in International Affairs. I aspire to work in the field of Development with either multi-lateral organizations such as World Bank or UN and Development Think tanks such as Brookings. I have come to realize that Quant skills are something which many employers value a lot (Particularly World Bank and Brookings) hence I feel I should do a curriculum which will give me those skills. I have a solid background in Economics and am also doing a diploma in Economics, but still would want to focus on a quantitative curriculum. Would anyone have any suggestions to offer? Iam an international Student from India and cant spend too much on my education based on personal funding. And from the past discussions on Grad Cafe, I have realized that taking debt in a field like Development doesn't make sense since one doesn't end up earning that much (Compared to Business graduates). The universities which I can afford are- Yale IDE and UCSD . (UCLA I can take loans but is it worth it??) Yale and UCSD(After scholarship) would end up costing the same. However UCSD is a two year program while Yale is a one year program. The department I applied to at Yale is part of the Econ department (Which is amazing) while UCSD is part of the IR school (GPS). Please tell me what do you guys think? Which university should I target? Does having a brand name like Yale help you get entry in these organizations despite it being a one year program. Or does a two year degree have more impact? Iam sorry this post turned out to be rather long Thanks a lot for your inputs in advance! Meghna