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  1. 20 points
    Kendall1234

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    Ahhhh! I got into UCLA’s HPM program! I am beyond thrilled. I was getting SO nervous. This is my THIRD time applying to doctoral programs and I’ve been working in research for 8 years. YAY!
  2. 20 points
    MDMS2020

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    After four rejections in a row, received a Yes from Brown!
  3. 17 points
    MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    IN AT YALE!!! IM GOING TO LOSE MY MIND I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM ANYMORE
  4. 12 points
    Holy sh*t, I'm in at Yale!
  5. 12 points
    meghan_sparkle

    2020 Acceptances

    In at Yale with the kindest email I've ever read from the DGS oh my god
  6. 11 points
    Was accepted to UNC MCH today! Was rejected from the same program last year, so there's always hope for those who didn't get into their top choice programs . Good luck everyone!!
  7. 7 points
    poetryislit

    2020 Acceptances

    Got into UT Austin!!
  8. 7 points
    MDMS2020

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    Thank you so much my friends for your support This forum is a true relief for us. Thanks to thegradcafe 👍
  9. 7 points
    43pennsylvanian

    2020 Applicants

    To all my fellow Chicago rejections, I reached out to one of the professors at UChi today and he told me that there is an unusually high number of applicants this year and the department simply cannot take them all. He even wrote me a note (with details about my statement of purpose) and mentioned how strong my application is. From the tone of his email, it looks like getting into a program now is just a matter of luck. A student from my cohort here got her MA at UChi and she also said the same thing. It's just pure luck to get into a PhD program now. I'm sure we all deserve a spot somewhere! On the other hand, I'm waiting desperately to hear back from other schools and every day that passes by makes me die a little inside.
  10. 6 points
    SomethingWicked

    2020 Acceptances

    Just accepted to Duquesne! First admit of the cycle. Crying with joy!
  11. 6 points
    renforall

    Fall 2020 Applicants

    Results page is absolutely brutal this week.
  12. 6 points
    I can see what you're saying, but I have to disagree. It is equally as rude to go to an interview knowing full well you're most likely going to accept an offer elsewhere. Not to mention, it's a lot of money out the window. Schools have applicants on hold for this very reason, and by her giving away her spot for the interview, she's most likely allowing a more eager applicant to take her place. I would say it's more considerate than anything.
  13. 5 points
    You like more of an In-N-Out level of choices but you seem to be checking McDonalds, Burger Kings and Chik-fill-a’s menus too... So modest yet so hungry. 😉
  14. 5 points
    It was on applyweb. I have been rejected from 2 of the schools I applied (Princeton and UCSD) and still waiting to hear from Chicago and Yale. *fingers crossed*
  15. 5 points
    Claiming the UMich acceptance!!!!!! IR track, POI is MD. I will definitely accept. Full funding for 5 years!
  16. 5 points
    Hey OP! I am currently in a funded PhD program in Clinical Psychology and my undergraduate GPA was just under 3.0. I had a very difficult freshman year for personal reasons, and those resulted in significant academic struggles. As some previous posters have mentioned, my last two years were both over 3.5 and the marks I received in my psychology courses were consistently high - not high enough to get my GPA over the 3.0 mark though. Knowing the likelihood of getting into any program with this GPA, I worked in a research position for 2 years before getting my MA where I got a 4.0. I also worked part-time and in 2 labs and made sure to study my ass off for the Psych GRE. After graduating from my masters program I worked in a clinical position for another 2 years. I applied to PhD programs after only a year of working (no offers, 2 interviews and waitlisted at both schools). Last year I applied to 7 schools, interviewed at 2 again and was accepted at both when offers first went out. I remember being in your position and thinking I had completely f****ed up my chances of having the career I wanted. Anything is possible if you're willing to put in the time and work - and it was a lot of work. Your journey to a PhD might not look like everyone else's, but if you have enough drive and passion to be here you'll figure out a way - either by stacking your CV with experiences and a masters and/or getting published and throwing yourself into research. You will not get into the schools that automatically weed out undergrad GPAs under a certain number and all of the previous posters are right that it decreases your overall chances. Thankfully there are others that look at the whole picture and there are ways to stand out. Happy to give you more info in a DM! Xoxo
  17. 5 points
    NicoleDes

    MSW Applications Fall 2020

    I just got accepted in Boston College this morning!!
  18. 5 points
    caffeinated applicant

    Literature PhD options

    On the other side--obviously I only know as much as you've posted, but I was thinking Option 1 would be better, if it's that much better funding. Vibe from faculty is extremely hard to gauge before you're in it, so unless there were very obvious turn-offs/problems with #1 (for example, if it were notorious for not supporting graduate students adequately, or there was only one faculty member you'd have to work with based on your interests and you've learned that this professor is Not someone you want to work with on a personality basis)... I'd go with it for the chance at better financial stability, both through the stipend period and in a future career. This is assuming that the relative stipend amounts hold after considering cost of living. But also, maybe I'm biased because I assumed that your Option 1 is Duke Lit, which I applied to and expect to receive a rejection from very soon! And I'm a very risk-averse person by nature. Either way, it's great that you're in a position to weigh options--wishing you the best of luck wherever you choose!
  19. 4 points
    billk

    2019-2020 Application Thread

    Claiming the Notre Dame acceptance and LSE interview. Could not have asked for a better birthday present Congratulations to everyone who's been admitted. And good luck to everyone waiting to hear back. Remember, everyone here has worked so hard and deserves to get into their dream program!
  20. 4 points
    oldschoolfall2020

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    Official rejections from Harvard are in! Got one today! Kinda sad, but also relieved not to have to check GSAS everyday or refresh my emails every few mins. congratulations to everyone who got amazing news today! So so excited for you!! ❤️
  21. 4 points
    Emailchecker

    2020 Acceptances

    I am really happy to see some people who were doubting themselves really be proven wrong. Many many hands for claps for yale offers!!!
  22. 4 points
    olivetree

    2020 Acceptances

    Holy shit, you are having the most successful season ever! Can I ask about your profile? Like, BA, MA, publications, research interests? You must be some kind of ideal candidate.
  23. 4 points
    kgarciar

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    For anyone else waiting on JHU Epi department. Admissions just let me know that they are still in the process of reviewing application and that decision will not be made for a few weeks. Only 6-8 new students are being accepted. They do not do admission deferment. Columbia Epi department will be sending decisions late February and they do admission deferment. Hope this is helpful to anyone! Good luck!
  24. 4 points
    midwesternbelle

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    Hi! I also applied to the NYU, GW, & Columbia programs and have not yet heard back. Also haven't heard anything official from Harvard. I saw that someone was accepted and another rejected by Columbia yesterday. Someone also received a waitlist notification from Harvard yesterday. So all in the right timing I assume I'll hear back 😀 I've been accepted to two programs now and had interviews (scheduled) with a few others, so I'm along for the ride! Stay encouraged everybody- there's still NINE weeks left until April 15th! On a different note, I've been loving the names!! @LisaNucar your name has had me laughing! And @Soychorizo and @leafypoet I'm a vegetarian, so I've been loving your names from the start haha. Happy for our little community!
  25. 4 points
    AP

    2020 application thread

    You wait.
  26. 4 points
  27. 4 points
    TMP

    2020 application thread

    @snackademic Your friendly reminder.
  28. 4 points
    Officially ended this application season with only one interview. I'm proud of myself for getting one, but I'm also really nervous that I don't have anything to fall back on if this doesn't work out. Good news is that this was one of my top 3 schools. Bittersweet news is that I got waitlisted for interviews on my other two top slots. It gives me confidence if I have to apply next year--I know I have a good vision for where I belong. It also sucks, because I feel like I'm barely missing the mark.
  29. 4 points
    Quickly learning that waiting to hear back post interview is 10x harder than waiting to hear back about interviews
  30. 3 points
    thatphdguy

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    Just received an acceptance letter for the BSHS program at Brown! It was my top choice, so I am absolutely thrilled! Best of luck to everyone waiting for a response!
  31. 3 points
    rbr542

    2020 Applicants Forum

    Sorry for the R, but its so subjective, and may not have been an aesthetic match. Last year, someone got rejected at Rutgers and got into Michener. Don't loose hope yet, you have a bunch pending!!
  32. 3 points
    Just found out my panel was accepted!
  33. 3 points
    MFAhopeful57

    2020 Applicants Forum

    idk about y'all, but my least favorite part in this process is getting all first-crush excited when I get calls from telemarketers...
  34. 3 points
    kgarciar

    PhD Applicants: Fall 2020

    Thank you for your response, it definitely made me feel better that I am not alone. Lets keep the positive energy! Also, as an FYI for anyone who this may help, you can defer admissions to Columbia by one year. I just emailed admissions and they let me know this is an option today. I have an offer for a one year NIH fellowship that I am going to take (after learning this) and just wait to see if I get a spot at Columbia I can defer. **Still waiting to hear from JHU is they allow deferment.
  35. 3 points
    I've been through the process a few times, and I think the only real way to lower the stress is to lower the importance that you assign to the whole process, which you can do in a few ways. 1) You already have some admissions. Spend some time researching the programs you've gotten into, the city, where you might live. Get excited about one of the opportunities you already have. 2) If you can't get excited about the schools you're already in, think about what you might do if you don't get in anywhere. I'm sure as a smart math-savvy grad, you'll have some other decent options of things you could occupy yourself with for a year. Find a fun alternative. Convince yourself you don't actually need to go to grad school this year and you won't assign any importance to the process. Life is long, and if you realize waiting a year won't be the end of the world, it removes the pressure. I don't think you'll ever get rid of the curiosity and desire to check your email and see results, but you can at least lower the unnecessary stress. I've worried myself sick about this stuff too many times and it's not worth it. Your life will be fine regardless of these results and you really need to convince yourself of the truth of that.
  36. 3 points
    Mr_Spock2018

    2019-2020 Application Thread

    Hmmm, a little quieter than I thought it would be today on the results page...
  37. 3 points
    These comments are the truth. Clinical psych does not admit people with that GPA. They just do not. Maybe somehow you will find an outlier, but it's very rare. We are being honest and realistic and not selling false hope just to make the OP feel good. It's a waste of money and time for them to apply with that.
  38. 3 points
    No, in short with so many applicants with much higher GPAs who don't get in, you have no shot. That is the brutal truth. If you smash the GREs, they will think you goofed off in school. Your best hope is to go to a master's and kill it. People saying it's holistic etc are dreaming if they think a sub 3.0 GPA will get a serious consideration. It won't. Dead on arrival. Are they even familiar with clinical psych? . Unless it is an unfunded for profit school, but those are terrible, so don't go there. Don't waste your money applying at this point. The reality is people with 4.0 GPAs and great GRE get rejected all the time. someone with a 2.8 or something is not getting one of those few spots. This is the truth. No sugar coating, I know it sucks to hear, but it's the reality.
  39. 3 points
    rag124

    MFA 2020 Freak Out Forum

    Hang in there! This process is very opaque and can indeed feel defeating and hard to figure out. Remember that sometimes "right fits" matter and not hearing back doesn't reflect on the quality of your work. I hope you hear good news!
  40. 3 points
    Romcomulus

    2019-2020 Application Thread

    We should be getting more decisions throughout the course of the day. Best of luck to everyone!!
  41. 3 points
    billk

    2019-2020 Application Thread

    Something that matters as much as, and possible even more than, grades/GRE scores is the fit. That's something I didn't really understand until yesterday, when I had my first interview. He talked about parts of my application that I didn't even think myself would be a good fit! Afterwards, I realized he was right. Sometimes, it's just really hard to tell what people mean by "fit," and what they're looking for beyond just the numbers. And, sometimes, you don't know until after you apply. Keep your head up, though I am sure any department would be lucky to have you!
  42. 3 points
    Indecisive Poet

    2020 Applicants

    Agreed. Before my partner received his official Chicago rejection, we wondered if they perhaps kept a waitlist, a conversation which boiled down to me saying "surely not, because who turns down Chicago....besides probably me....." – but in recent days, I've been realizing that I don't think turning down one top-10 program for another necessarily makes any difference whatsoever to career prospects/success/happiness. I come across more academics in my field with degrees from Yale and Cambridge, for example, than I do from Berkeley or Chicago. If I'm lucky enough to be admitted to another of my dream programs and that acceptance allows me to stay with my partner, I'll turn down Chicago happily. I imagine there are a small minority of people who turn down Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, etc. each year because they need to stay near their family, because they vibe better with a different faculty, or because there are resources at a given program that would be hugely helpful to them that another program doesn't have. Really lame of Berkeley to say this.
  43. 3 points
    MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    Congrats to all the acceptances & WL's! I would have 10/10 applied to more schools with earlier projected acceptance dates if I would have known how painful waiting during February would truly be. I thought January would be the hardest part, but I was WRONGGG. Yale is my top choice and hearing that they are "very interested" in my application at this point in the cycle--hearing ANYTHING from them at all--gives me some comfort in what's to come in the upcoming weeks. I received a very kind and encouraging email from one of the deans in the GS in reply to their requested summary of how I occupied my time in my breaks from enrollment, but I'm still nervoussss even though... Yale didn't have to ask me anything! If Yale goes out of their way to contact me personally, its probably a very good sign! BUT WHAT IF I END UP ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK ANYWAY BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS A BETTER APPLICANT THAN ME!!!?? THERE IS NO RESPITE!!!
  44. 3 points
    Everything on the spreadsheet is a guess based on statistics from previous years.
  45. 3 points
    I only had one interview as well, and the only advice I can give is to not feel desperate. I made a point of convincing myself it was okay if it wasn't a good fit for them or for me. The last thing you'd want to do is force a program to fit because it's your only option right now instead of objectively deciding if it's the right choice. It was so freeing to not feel like the one interview I had needed to work out. I think it went 10x better becuase of that attitude, honestly.
  46. 3 points
    meghan_sparkle

    2020 Applicants

    Really? Man, if so, this is just crazy and so inappropriate of him to say. I know multiple people from my university who've turned down Berkeley English or Comp Lit just in the last few years. There are people every year who get accepted to multiple top programs, and, faced with an impossible choice, turn down places for all kinds of reasons. It isn't a rare thing and no program is above it.
  47. 3 points
    LadyWolfshadow

    Feel like I'm going Crazy

    My friends and faculty constantly yell at me for the e-mail checking and constantly being on GradCafe, but the uncertainty is SO frustrating. Seeing programs that have historically decided the last week in January having nothing posted for this year is driving me up the wall. And I know that not being rejected means that there's still a chance, but not knowing anything is SO stressful. After a while, the rejections become less frustrating than the radio silence.
  48. 3 points
    It's definitely the lack of sleep I got last night but your sentence about the interviews being fun honestly made me emotional lol. I'm so nervous for my interview this weekend, and I'm really afraid I'll be drilled with questions intended to pressure me--I think it's because grad school seems so foreign and the people in it so intimidating. I'm really glad you had fun. It gives me a lot of hope that interview day will just be me talking about my favorite subject and making good connections with people.
  49. 3 points
    politics 'n prose

    2020 Acceptances

    Just received a voicemail from the DGS at Penn State extending an offer of admission—totally unexpected, man oh man. (Life has been busier than usual for me over the past few weeks, and I’ve been remiss in keeping up with everyone’s good news, but congratulations to all who’ve been accepted and waitlisted—and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all those who are still waiting to hear back!)
  50. 3 points
    So, I had my one and only interview recently and found out I am an alternate for the program. It's such a bummer because I know I am a fantastic fit for the lab and the program in general, I can tell the lab members and POI liked me, and I just happened to get beat out by one other applicant that was a bit more qualified that I am. Sometimes the chips don't fall in your favor. I'm really hoping it works out but this process has started to wear on me - I feel overwhelmed and defeated and keeping my head up is a bit difficult right now. Waiting and uncertainty is my least favorite thing in the whole world!


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