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  1. I would not say this is totally out of line, though. Certainly not in my dept/univ. Incoming students are often surprised at how long the bureaucratic machine takes to get moving. I sure was. It was mid October before I saw a paycheck.
  2. In my own limited experience, unfortunately for you, I tend to agree with this. Some departments explicitly state in their FAQ pages how many hours they will allow to transfer, etc., but I've never seen one which allowed for more than perhaps a single years worth of credits. My own dept has turned away student MA credits when admitting into the PhD program. If you find a dept, let us know. I would be interested.
  3. You need to consider this *very* seriously. A phd takes years. In your instance, years at an expensive school in an expensive place (DC/Vir/Mar). Most people will tell you to defer from attending unfunded, and there is merit in the warning. There is pretty good research to the fact that those going to grad school will never make up the financial time/ground lost had they foregone grad school and simply taken a job. If you take out loans, you're setting yourself up for a long road to anywhere secure. This all depends, however, on your own financial situation. If you're minted, there are n
  4. I think the question is interesting, and worthy of discussion, but is largely unaddressable as there are no definitive statistics on admission, etc. Over the last few decades, enrollment in college has increased dramatically. A college degree is worth something less than it was in earlier times and a high school diploma is bupkis, thus students tend to reach for more schooling. Concurrently, enrollment and competition for admittance into grad schools has increased. Now, regardless of what any prospective adviser or faculty member tells you, the increase in undergrad enrollment increases th
  5. This is absolutely true. My institution requires every student to take two sections of intro American government. That's *a lot* of kids, and requires manymany instructors. This, while only those kids who specialize in a particular subfield of the political science discipline are required to take intro to comparative/ir/etc. There will always be a need for someone to teach constitutional law and intro American, whereas ir/comparative classes tend to be taught in larger or more well heeled institutions. When one considers this, it's odd there are not more judicial scholars than there are.
  6. I lived in LBK for six years and would move back today. It's a good sized town. Large enough that you have anything you will ever want in terms of shopping/restaurants/stuff to do, but not so big that you deal with excessive people/traffic. The town has a great college atmosphere, and they genuinely love Tech. The school makes up roughly 35,000 of the towns 200,000, so it's quiet in the summers. It's a little geographically isolated, so if you want lakes, mountains, etc., it takes some minor travel. There is good hunting if you're into that sort of thing. In my day we used to go ou
  7. Just as a note, from one who has had the opportunity to sit in on committee meetings and job talks for candidates from both... The name and pending degree from either school will get you an academic interview just about anywhere you can think up. Once you're in the door, however, you have to show up. What you should realize is that these schools tend to get above grade students, and provide above grade educations. As such, once you go on the market, expectations from receiving institutions are high. We've been happily surprised, and disappointed with candidates from both. As such, I've
  8. For my own edification, are you leaning towards one of the programs you've been accepted to? What is your area of interest? I know students and faculty and two of those programs in one substantive research area. Perhaps we could chat.
  9. Not to bust a bubble, I know letters and notifications can historically go out sooner rather than later... but for real: http://www.yale.edu/polisci/resources/docs/AdmissionsFAQ.pdf ...says March. Relax. Go have some ice cream.
  10. Consider first, how archaic shaving is. You're scraping a blade across your skin... *eeish* It hurts me, and thus I shave rarely, and incrementally. Perhaps once every two weeks, perhaps once every two months. This may say something about me, but I also get bored very easily. Thus I enjoy mixing it up. Over the past year I've had a clean shave, stubble, full beard (twice), and both a Chevron (Go Bandit!!) and Handlebar stache. Go with the flow and relax. You're in grad school to think and learn, not to impress people with your rugged comic-esc jawline. Someday you may be in a
  11. I absolutely don't want to sound like I'm preaching (I wanted East Coast when I applied as well -- didn't get it), but there is a rampant saying where I grew up (South West) that may help rest your soul: "If you're smart enough to get into Stanford you're not dumb enough to turn them down." While this doesn't mean you would be dumb for turning them down if you get into H/Y/P/C, take solace. If Stanford is your only choice, you'll be fine.
  12. To expand ^... Word is that is was temporarily suspended given financial problems. Quite a few depts which I am aware of were forced to change admissions this year given the economic environment.
  13. Hey Pete. One of the issues for you, is as ^ noted, that if you want to do qually policy work you have a few outstanding choices (those you listed), and then your choices drop off rather quickly. This happens also, in that you are limiting yourself geographically. I would suggest you perhaps give Pittsburgh GSPIA a look. Great school, lots of options for approach, and an active internship program. Cheers.
  14. Hey Pete. The list is good, but quite elite with only minor exceptions. For your sake you may want to consider some schools (hate to say this) of lower pedigree. While it's difficult to say if programs will shrink in the coming year, one thing we can say fairly certainly is that they won't get easier to get into. Give yourself some "backup" schools. Going the other direction per high-end schools to consider, Tufts and JH are in the same general area and offer very decent qualitative policy programs. Just options. Also, I would think about removing Notre Dame from the list. Not so
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