I did this once, but now that I've made a decision and my cycle is over, I thought I'd redo it.
PROFILE: Type of Undergrad Institution: top 100 national university Major(s)/Minor(s): double major in political science (law and politics concentration) and women's and gender studies Undergrad GPA: 3.4 overall, 3.75 in POSC Type of Grad: n/a Grad GPA: n/a GRE: 158v/152q/6.0aw Any Special Courses: none to speak of, though I took a great deal more POSC classes than I was required. Letters of Recommendation: one from adviser (a constitutional law specialist), two from other professors (one an international law/HR specialist and the other a presidency/media specialist) Research Experience: one research fellowship, one internship that was research oriented. Teaching Experience: none yet. Subfield/Research Interests: American constitutionalism, public law, civil rights and liberties, some comparative constitutionalism. Other: four internships at most levels of government: one local/state, one congressional, one bureaucracy, and one non-profit. RESULTS: all MA unless noted. Acceptances($$ or no $$): American, Boston College (MA), Georgetown, George Washington, Georgia, St. John's, Villanova ($$), Marquette ($$), St. Louis U., Syracuse (MA) ($$) Waitlists: Boston College (PhD), Syracuse (PhD) Rejections: University of Virginia Pending: Case Western Reserve Going to: Syracuse
This has been a wild ride. I learned a lot about myself and about my goals throughout this incredibly long and arduous process. For one, this was exponentially more successful than I ever expected. The only reason I applied to so many schools was because I was unsure whether anyone would take me with my mediocre GPA and okay GRE scores. As it turns out, I didn't have a reason to be concerned. I ended up with more possibilities than I could have imagined, which, though a good problem, was daunting to try to work through. In the end, though, Syracuse was clearly the best fit for my interests and I'm so very excited to be starting there in August.
I'm reticent to share my SOP in its entirety, but it outlined my interests in civil rights and liberties, why the schools were the right fit for me, and addressed some shortcomings in my application (i.e. very low first semester grades).