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Everything posted by astreaux

  1. First year PhD student here who had multiple offers from top programs-- at twice the age of the youngest first year PhD students in my program. If the fit, grades, scores, recs, and statement(s) meet the programs' expectations, your life experiences should enhance your application.
  2. Wow. Way to go with the notifications, Duke!
  3. No, your quant score does not disqualify you from consideration. I have a number of great offers this cycle, and although my verbal is 99th percentile, my quant score is actually a couple of points lower than yours. The biggest takeaway lesson from my cycle was that having a single red mark on your application is not a deal breaker if the program is a great fit for your research interests. That said, apply broadly. Identify several more schools that could be good fits for you. The admissions process is full of surprises because decisions are made by human beings. There's no magical formula
  4. It's too late for this cycle, but for those interested in studying philosophy and law, Berkeley Law has an interdisciplinary PhD program (Jurisprudence and Social Policy) that allows you to choose "philosophy and law" as your major field. Some students apply to the PhD program alone. Others apply to the PhD and JD programs together. http://www.law.berkeley.edu/jsp.htm
  5. This is a very good question, and I will be interested to see what other responses you get. I attended a low-prestige commuter school for undergrad, but I worked with top notch professors there who gave me a number of opportunities to distinguish myself academically, and who gave me (according to PhD programs that have since admitted me) outstanding LOR. I have several good offers, including the two most prestigious public programs in my field. Not a single private PhD program admitted me. I honestly do not know if this is a pattern or a coincidence, and in the end, I don't know if it matt
  6. Those who get emails re: rejections usually initiate the discussion themselves. I would encourage you to contact the graduate coordinator at both programs if you're eager for status updates.
  7. I contacted Fonda Anthony, Duke's graduate program coordinator, who confirmed that "Our admissions committee met several times to review and select the candidates to whom they wanted to offer admission and those candidates have been notified. The decline letters will be sent soon."
  8. Sorry to hear it-- I did too. It's disappointing, of course, but huge props to Harvard for how quickly and courteously they respond to email.
  9. Still waiting. The website says not to bug them unless we don't hear by Friday 3/7.
  10. I'm only sorry I can't up-vote this twice. Congratulations!
  11. Hoping for official rejections soon from Chicago and Duke... that will be the dot on my last i and the cross on my last t. Congrats to those who have made decisions!
  12. If he wants to be a really pretentious grad student, Kermit Lynch's wine shop is in Berkeley. It's the mothership of traditionally made wines., and it's already in my Berkeley pros column
  13. Chicago's website says it ain't over until next Friday. I wouldn't be surprised if there are more MAPSS offers, though. Some folks applied directly there and are submitting MAPSS acceptances here, but in previous years, those who applied and were rejected to the PhD program posted their MAPSS offers as PhD rejections a few days later. Perhaps those notifications will go out next. So as Toni said, don't give up hope. https://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/announcement/admissions-decisions-being-sent-out
  14. For what it's worth (and it's worth a lot given the unprofessional communication some of us have had from other departments) he got back to me almost instantly, and he seemed genuinely eager to let folks know exactly where they are in the process.
  15. I did. Thom Wall confirmed that there have been no offers yet, and that decisions will be made next week at the earliest-- probably late next week.
  16. The chicago MAPSS offer is a direct copy of one posted last year. Perhaps it's simply meant as a warning.
  17. The stipend should be separate money paid to you on top of your tuition/fees remission and health insurance.
  18. The graduate program coordinator at Harvard confirms "no notifications have been made as of yet. We hope to have admissions decisions available sometime next week -- most likely toward the end of the week."
  19. Has to be a troll, right? Or one of these...
  20. Congrats to you, Gnome! Every acceptance is a reason to celebrate.
  21. I decided to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance today instead of checking email/gradcafe. I have been mostly unsuccessful so far.
  22. Anyone else convinced that the Yale adcom ordered in a pizza and plans to send out hundreds of acceptances any minute now? I mean, it's not that late in CT...
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