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  1. In related news, HGSE has raised $145M of its $250M goal so far: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/4/13/ed-school-raises-funds/
  2. Having been a master's student at HGSE, I can tell you from my experience, this is not the case. The simple fact is that HGSE does not have the financial endowment to be able to give grants/scholarships to every deserving student. In fact, Dean Ryan has made that one of his fundraising priorities as part of the recently launched $250M HGSE Campaign (part of the larger, Harvard-wide $6.5B capital campaign). While Harvard in total has an endowment of $37B, the Ed school has a very very small fraction of that, much of which is used to support faculty chairs, academic programming and doctoral f
  3. I didn't do any of the spring break treks as I had other personal commitments but I do know that the Colombia trek for example was approx. $1,000 (inclusive of airfare and hotel) for the 8 day experience. Some treks are subsidized others are budgeted (like the Colombia one) so as to minimize overall cost. Regarding other opportunities, most of the on campus stuff is free for students. All the conferences, colloquia, fora, and symposia across all the Harvard schools are open to students. The HGSE budget also includes the J-term so there is no additional tuition to do one of those courses.
  4. It is a big decision. I've posted a little bit around this here: The other thing I would say is you should also consider the composition of the student body. I know someone who did her doctoral work at Peabody and felt like the climate was not welcoming for students of color (she's Asian American) and noticed that her time at HGSE was markedly different in that regard.
  5. Deferrals, as I understand them, generally are only granted for medical reasons or personal reasons (e.g. taking care of an ill parent/child) - I have heard they will not grant deferrals simply for financial or professional circumstances.
  6. I have a bunch of IEP friends who faced the same choice last year and (as is obvious because they are in IEP), chose HGSE. Paraphrasing, I think it came down to three things for them: 1. The range and network of faculty, 2. The diversity and depth of their peers, and 3. the intellectual community/vibrancy and real world interface/connectedness of HGSE and Harvard generally. Re (1), Fernando Reimers, Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Pasi Sahlberg, etc. all have deep networks with government and nonprofit leaders all over the world. Some of my friends are currently spending this week (spring break
  7. Based on what? I have generally heard that if one is serious about higher ed, you'd go to HGSE or Penn. Stanford's program is far too small for anyone with that particular interest. By the same token, those interested in teacher prep/training probably fare better at Stanford than at HGSE. Stanford has about 100 or so in STEP while Harvard has (currently) 17 in TEP. Each school has picked their respective foci and I would suggest that given that more than half of Stanford's master's cohort is STEP, that's where their strength lies. P.S. Given your flippant comment regarding size and adm
  8. I would suggest you think hard about program size. I know Stanford's program is quite small for higher ed, while Harvard's is much larger. Personally, I think the peer effects of having a good sized cohort with varying experiences, networks and skills is very valuable. The current cohort of higher ed folks at HGSE come from literally all over the US and the world, bringing a good breadth to class discussion and informal talk at Gutman. Also, the esprit de corps at HGSE is very palpable - in large part because of the physical spaces that enable the formation of community. The program is la
  9. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings?int=a3a109 Not too much movement.
  10. Hmmm, ok. Just in case - since it is not quite obvious when you login, if you do have a decision, there is a line just at the very end of the GSAS Application section, well below where it says "Application status: Submitted" - its very missable - that reads "Decision Status: Available beginning ..."
  11. For everyone applying to the PhD, I just logged on to the GSAS app website and noticed it said "Decision available" - I'm not sure if this is just for the admitted folks or for everyone but worth a check. I had definitely not seen it there last weekend.
  12. That was me - I received the official admissions package yesterday, but I already received calls from the Dean and my POI. I also had an interview.
  13. I was wondering about this as well - from your handle, are you at Peabody? If so, do their funding packages look worse than lower tier schools?
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