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  1. School: Columbia University Type of Program: Counseling Psychology PhD Acceptance Date: 2/14/20 POI: BV Dreams. Come. True.
    11 points
  2. Good, important, and timely points about water off a duck's back. In the grander scheme, it is self-defeating to dwell on rejections, and there's really no nice way of turning down someone's application. Best to dust yourself off, keep your composure, and move forward. But unless I'm misinterpreting the initial complaint, an admissions office CCed people other than the applicants regarding decisions made about their applications? If so, it's a fair complaint about a lack of professionalism and veers awfully close to a violation of applicant privacy. That institution might want to review i
    9 points
  3. sorry but why do you feel the need to be such an asshole about this? the poster didn't get into a program they really wanted to and are upset about the way the rejection was dealt with. sounds perfectly reasonable on their part. pretty mean of you to turn this into a broader thing about how "professional academic historians are not particularly fond of interacting with undergraduates"!
    9 points
  4. coffeelyf

    2020 Acceptances

    The Johns Hopkins acceptance letter was the most well-written among the personal acceptances I received. Holy shit.
    9 points
  5. quite a lot to unpack here. you assume that I’m not using this as a way to put a better application forward next year which is quite a big assumption to make. I’d like to recontextualize: I said I was a bit put off by a rejection not being BCC’d. For you to take that and then imply that I’m not listening to advice, am more concerned with being “right” than growing and many of the other things you have implied in your response is quite the assumption. The people on this forum are humans. We have reactions in the heat of the moment. Not everything human beings do is always about “helping to
    8 points
  6. coffeelyf

    2020 Applicants

    Johns Hopkins acceptance and Emory rejection came within a span of 10 minutes. JHU is fantastic and a completely different kind of department (because of their small small cohort size), and I'm so thrilled. In other news, Princeton is really dragging it til next week, huh.
    8 points
  7. vvolgate

    2020 Applicants

    This is so true, and of so many schools. I can’t stress this enough. I’m finishing a second Master’s (both related to English Studies) and I’ve worked in higher ed long enough to really have a strong, strong testimony of this. So many things come down to minutia like budget fluctuations in a given year, how many people matriculate, how many people defend, how many are ABD... sometimes programs that have 10 and 15 spots one year only have 5 the next. I’m currently waitlisted by a school I’d prefer not to name; the DGS sent me a beautiful letter in which they stated that in more sturdy years, I
    7 points
  8. spikeseagulls

    2020 Acceptances

    In at Irvine!
    7 points
  9. inchoate-eyes

    2020 Applicants

    To everyone who just got rejected from UW, here is what my English prof there had to say: "We just finished our admission yesterday and we rejected many stellar applicants because we do not feel that we could support them in the work they are proposing, or because the people they want to work with are overburdened with other commitments at the moment. It often does not have to do with the work itself."
    6 points
  10. Not really sure what you meant by this - I know all of this and never objected to the rejection being handled by an "outsider" because it wasn't; it came from the program with the name of the director. It just bothered me that we didn't have our privacy respected in a very basic way. The "take your time rejecting me" line was mostly tongue in cheek; I obviously know programs are understaffed. This program gets about 20-24 applicants a year and one or two people get in; I assumed that with a smaller pool/program, we wouldn't all have gotten the same rejection without being BCC'd. Ultimately it'
    5 points
  11. I have been rejected by my top choice, Michigan. I am so heartbroken. Was so excited to work with my POIs there who have expressed much interest in my research. I wish I knew what it was in my application that wasn't good enough so that I could work on improving it for the next application season.
    4 points
  12. I just spoke to one of my POIs at NYU, and he told me that they're planning to take in a cohort of nine new students this year for the history department (down from their usual ten because they had a higher yield than expected last year). Apparently, four offers have already been sent to modern Europeanists, including me, and there may still be a fifth going out sometime soon. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the other fields, but I hope that people find this information useful!
    4 points
  13. Haha, I'm still trying to figure that out myself! I know I did a pretty good job at the main points that others have talked about (e.g. get good GRE scores, good uGPA, well-crafted SOP, etc.), and I'll be posting my profile and info once the cycle finishes. But honestly, I think I just got very lucky this round. When I talk to POIs, there was a lot of "oh, we just hired this person and this person straight out of grad school who you have great fit with!", which I couldn't have anticipated. I'm not confident that any other application season would have yielded the same results if that makes sen
    3 points
  14. It is well established that most graduate students are deeply unhappy. Don't presume that you'll be among the contented minority. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/06/new-study-says-graduate-students-mental-health-crisis.
    3 points
  15. psstein

    2020 application thread

    I'd add that the ability to be upset, depressed, hurt, whatever, and keep moving forward is one of the most important skills you can have for graduate school and life more generally. Most of us will end up in non-academic jobs, some in the private sector (which is far from the boogeyman a lot of us think it is). If you vent at your supervisors, it's not going to end well.
    3 points
  16. Congrats And actually congrats to everyone that got in yesterday! I'm on the European time zone so I always feel a bit delayed in issuing responses/congrats! And to everyone that was rejected, you've still got this! As someone who hasn't gotten any acceptances yet, one rejection and one waitlist, I'm trying to keep a positive attitude that even if I don't get in anywhere, it just means I get another chance to try next year and get some good work experience in the meantime. Also the weekend is here and since there (at least I would assume) won't be any acceptances/rejections over t
    3 points
  17. I’m not sure if this will be helpful for anyone, but for what it’s worth right now I’m working a job that I didn’t even know was a possible area of work when I graduated undergrad several years ago. By taking some risks, investing in some key relationships, following up on opportunities, and being lucky I’ve been able to find work that’s incredibly personally fulfilling and intellectually stimulating. These experiences might have made my application stronger, and I think they’ll make me a better political scientist. All this also probably makes this application process a bit less stressfu
    3 points
  18. Down and up day, but at least it came in to the inbox in that order! Rejected from Michigan, and accepted at Brandeis!
    3 points
  19. Imagine people constantly getting news from programs they have applied and none that you have applied released any news so far zzzzzzzzzzzz
    2 points
  20. I can't decide whether I should take my one acceptance and run or try again for a 3rd cycle (I still have 7 schools left, but 3 are implied rejections and 3 others are high tier). This year is so different compared to last that it's comical. I had 5 acceptances last year while I was in undergrad: 1 Ph.D. and 4 MA. This year, however, I have 5 rejections and 1 acceptance to Ph.D. Last year, I accepted my Ph.D. offer to the University of Oregon and moved my family from CT to Oregon. Long story short, it was a complete DISASTER (nothing to do with the school, but the move itself). Due to th
    2 points
  21. Weighing in here as a long-time Chicago resident formerly from the Ann Arbor area--cost-of-living is not lower in Ann Arbor. I've been in Chicago for 12 years and to this day, the most expensive apartment I've ever lived in (price per square foot) was on the University of Michigan campus. And that was in 2003-2005. I still have lots of friends in Ann Arbor and the cost of living is comparable to Chicago. Cost of living next door to Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti, however, is far lower. Something to consider. 🙂
    2 points
  22. Watching people post decisions on a school I interviewed at and have yet to hear from. 😆 Help. How does one keep from panicking ?
    2 points
  23. I’ve read somewhere on these forums that applicants sometimes write to the programs where they were unsuccessful to ask about the weaknesses of their applications. Does anyone have any idea how one might do this? I’m still waiting to hear back from a number of schools but I’ve had a fair number of rejections as well, and several of those at programs where I felt there was a strong fit... so I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to know, from the adcom’s perspective, where things went wrong.
    2 points
  24. Thank you so much for this, I didn't even think to check there, but I looked and I got accepted too ! Congratulations to you !
    2 points
  25. Also rejected by Stanford, but I feel the same way. The Bay Area is ridiculously expensive, far from home, and filled with wannabe Elon Musks. Congratulations to everyone who was accepted! Solidarity with those who were not. Stanford is missing out on some excellent candidates this year for sure!
    2 points
  26. Congrats to you both
    2 points
  27. Ghosted by Stanford on Valentine's Day....feels bad
    2 points
  28. I just got accepted to three schools I was rejected from twice. Don’t give up hope. Get some additional work experience and apply again if it’s something you really want to pursue. good luck!
    2 points
  29. lkaitlyn

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    I actually think this thread represents my mood beautifully.
    2 points
  30. Thank you!!!! I’m so shocked myself, I was really not expecting it at all. It seems way earlier than usual. My admission portal says that it is still processing my acceptance and in 1-2 days I will be able to accept or decline the offer (on the portal rn the boxes are grayed out), there’s no financial aid information right now but I assume that will be sent out soon? Hoping it won’t be too bad as I’m an out of state applicant.
    2 points
  31. Just received an email from University of Oregon for a fiber interview!
    2 points
  32. Kelsey1599

    2020 Applicants

    Feel this so hard! I am still an undergrad but a friend bought just me a dozen donuts knowing this app cycle has not been my friend thus far. Sending good vibes to all this Valentine's Day!!
    2 points
  33. And Michigan, though at least they didn't email it to everyone and then ghost us.
    2 points
  34. AP

    2020 application thread

    1) Offers and rejections are not made by programs, they are made by the schools. So, it's not 20-24 people they have to deal with. Further, when you apply to big/small grants and jobs, same thing will happen. Blimey, I still get rejected by jobs I applied in 2018. 2) The reason for rejections being handled by "outsiders" to the program is twofold (or even threefold). First, it is fair to all applicants to all programs in the school. Second, if someone, a person (as opposed to "the system") sends you the rejection, it opens a conversation which faculty can't and shouldn't have. The system
    2 points
  35. Checked it just now. No word yet. I'm assuming they called those accepted today and will email the rest soon. Today was a bloodbath haha. Stay strong everyone!
    2 points
  36. Y’all I applied January 2 and I just got an e-mail acceptance today!!!!! Wow I’m super stoked! Anyway I hope this means more of you got accepted here I was thinking I was going to have to wait until March 😂
    2 points
  37. I just heard back from the last of my schools! It was a rejection, but I don't care at all because (to put it tactfully) the program came across as very lackluster during the interview (students came across as apathetic/arrogant, faculty argued vehemently in front of us -- it was weird). Also, my parents really wanted me to go there (to be closer to home) so I'm thrilled that this school isn't an option! Anyways. I am so so glad that the waiting is over. I feel free.
    2 points
  38. meghan_sparkle

    2020 Applicants

    Whyyyy has this week been so much quieter than expected? Where oh where is Princeton?
    2 points
  39. This really hurts my heart to read, and I know it's unlikely that advice from an internet stranger will affect your decision: but please, please don't forsake the incredible funded PhD options you have in the US because your partner got shut out/has a ND waitlist. It's none of my business at all so please ignore me if this out of turn, but it's hard to forget what you said in an earlier post about you making sure you applied to multiple schools in the vicinity of places your partner was applying, but it seems this wasn't something they did for you. Your career is just as important as your rela
    2 points
  40. Wimsey

    2020 Applicants

    I'm making some chocolate cake and raspberry sauce, because if I have to endure admissions uncertainty on Valentine's Day, I might as well do it while eating good food.
    2 points
  41. I hope so, I am going crazy second guessing my GPA my major my essay my life lol
    2 points
  42. Truly shocked I got into Michigan. I had totally lost all hope after my last rejection from Indiana Bloomington. Was late to work from getting sidetracked celebrating. Accepted for comparative genocide studies, US Native Americans and German Jews in contemporary society.
    2 points
  43. My understanding is that Forensic Psychology is the APA recognized version of Criminal Psychology (that is not APA recognized), I think forensic psychology in the USA already includes a criminology component? But this isn't my field, I'm just going if what I've heard a friend discussing whose field it is. So maybe for the USA you are just looking first Forensic Psychology programs that have a mentor whose research/focus match or are similar to yours in relation to criminology? I don't know, though, but that's where I would start looking- hopefully someone in the field in the USA will see
    1 point
  44. This. Grad school apps are essentially job applications, whereas undergrad apps most assuredly are not. A good way to think of your grad school SoP is—among other things—as a cover letter. You are applying to work with/for your POIs and department.
    1 point
  45. Dryad

    Trudeau 2020

    Mmhmms see you next year, haha.
    1 point
  46. anelab

    Fall 2020 PhD!

    @LisaOh at least it makes your decision easier. I have a couple of schools that I know I won't accept if they offer. @BrendonSW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've gotten news about a couple of fellowships, but the last three programs I'm waiting to hear from are really taking their time.
    1 point
  47. Interviews at visit days? friendly and a little serious, so be ready to talk and answer questions about what you want to research and who you want to work with, but also with some small talk. Mostly very casual and they're not judgy, they just want to convince you to make the right decision. Edit for vandy interview: a little more serious than above, but the professor will probably want to have more of a conversation than like a formal job interview. Congrats on the vandy interview, it means they like you.
    1 point
  48. dECiSiOnS WiLl bE MaDe bY tHe SeCOnD WeEk oF FeBRuArY - Stanford
    1 point
  49. Sherrinford

    Best Psyd Schools

    For yourself, you should also look into some cost projections of graduate debt if you are limiting yourself to PsyD programs. Even at Rutgers, their PsyD is not fully funded. I believe Bayler is the exception.
    1 point


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