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    Seattle, WA
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    2014 Fall
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    Philosophy PhD

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  1. perpetuavix

    Seattle, WA

    Seattle is generally a pretty safe place. It has more property crime than most cities, but it has less violent crime. University District, the neighborhood around campus, has more crime than some areas, but Blakely Village and Laurel Village are away from the worst parts of UDistrict, so I'd imagine it's plenty safe. You can look at Seattle PD's data for a more complete picture here: https://www.seattle.gov/police/information-and-data/online-crime-maps Summer is a good time to find an apartment; summer is always a popular time to move in a city, and it's before most students are
  2. Placement matters, and it matters a lot, but it's not the only thing that matters. Visit, if you can. That's probably the best way to get some sense of whether or not either is a program where you can succeed. Placement only matters if you actually graduate, and there's a lot of attrition in PhD programs. Here's a source saying that the median rate of completion within eight years for philosophy PhD programs is about 40% (meaning 60% of students don't finish or take longer than eight years). I choose a much lower ranked school (top 50 but barely) over a higher one (top 15) because it had a bet
  3. Hi math people, my partner applied to some biostats and stats programs this year, and he's leaning towards UIdaho but has some questions. This is what he wrote: I would like to work as a statistician in the medical research field, possibly in clinical trials. I need help choosing a statistics MS program from among the schools to which I have been accepted: Oregon State - offered me a TAship Washington State - the most mathematically rigorous, or so I've heard Oregon Health Science University (Biostatistics) - focused on applications that interest me - lots of resea
  4. perpetuavix

    Seattle, WA

    June is a good time to look. There will be options pretty much everywhere; summer is usually a busy time for moving in any city, and undergrads will be leaving their apartments with 9 month leases in UDistrict (and there's nothing a landlord who usually leases to undergrads for 9 months wants more than a responsible grad student who will sign a 12 month lease...). Having a cat will somewhat limit your options, but not terribly. And if you don't like noise, you'll love Seattle; the majority of the city is made up of quiet residential neighborhoods. If you'd be okay with roommates, you can proba
  5. perpetuavix

    Seattle, WA

    I moved from NYC to Seattle; money goes a lot further in Seattle than it does in New York. I pay $1200 for the whole apartment. Depends on what you mean by 'close'. If you mean walking distance, 1br are about $1000 and up for something small and usually not very nice (I looked at about 10 apartments in UDistrict before deciding I preferred a nice place to live somewhere with a 20 minute commute than a shithole with a 5 minute commute). Something decent is probably more like $1200+ in UDistrict. Generally, the further away from UDistrict, Cap Hill, or downtown a neighborhood is, the cheap
  6. perpetuavix

    Seattle, WA

    I'm a UW grad student and I get paid less than $2250 a month, and i do just fine. Grad students are unionized so the salary schedules are all online: https://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salaries/salary-schedules.shtml Having a Masters degree also affects your pay, so possibly others who reported higher stipends had Masters degrees already. Seattle is an increasingly expensive city, but there are still plenty of inexpensive neighborhoods. I live in North Seattle and I pay less than $1200 for a 900+ sq ft 2 bedroom with a walk in closet and a balcony. I live on an express bus line
  7. As MentalEngineer said, Carolyn Dicey Jennings has been doing a lot of work looking at placement data. This is probably closest to what you're looking for (ie. placement rates by departments) but is limited in a number of ways. She also has a report on a more aggregate view of placement here, started a website for placement data here, and blogs about various aspects of placement, mostly at NewApps.
  8. They don't pay $100, but they do pay $20+ per application: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2013/11/interfolio-costs.html
  9. My partner applied to the UW Biostats Masters program and hasn't heard anything back yet. He's been in touch with them a few times, and every time, they say he'll hear soon, and then we don't hear anything. The results page only shows offers from last month. Any ideas about what's going on?
  10. Just as another point of data: I have medical, dental, and vision covered through my grad student insurance. The grad students are unionized, which almost certainly contributes to our solid health care plans. But when I didn't have dental insurance or a lot of money, I would go to a dental student clinic. That may be an inexpensive option if you don't get insurance.
  11. ETS does score essays, but it's not free (see here). They do have sample essays for each score for one question of each type on their website (for free) so you can practice with those questions and then compare your essay to the samples they give to get a sense of how you would score (see here and here).
  12. As another data point, I submitted an 18 page writing sample to every program I applied to, with no note about what to read if adcoms didn't feel like reading the whole thing. The programs where I was admitted were programs that requested 8-12 page writing samples. It may depend on who's on the committee in a given year, but it's not obviously a disqualifier to go over the page limit. There is almost certainly an upper limit on what's reasonable to send, although what it is, I don't know.
  13. There is a wiki of phil bio programs here: http://philbio.net/Main_Page It has essentially every philosophy program with at least one philosopher of biology. They're all philosophy departments, though. For interdisciplinary programs, it seems like science studies or science and technology studies programs might be a good place to look, as well. I know MIT has a really well regarded STS program, but I don't know of any other programs. I'm doing an STS certificate, and it seems like if you want a more interdisciplinary approach than what phil bio will give you, STS might be what you want. As
  14. I lived in an amazing NYC apartment (800sq ft or more) for $1050 per person (not $1500...) with some utilities included. My downstairs neighbor paid $1725 for a slightly smaller 2 bedroom. I looked at multiple 2 bedrooms for $1500-$1600 in Harlem. My point is that CUNY's housing is not a good deal for the neighborhood and what you get.
  15. I lived for three years around the 125th st 4-5-6 stop until last summer. I was admitted to CUNY and looked at their graduate housing mostly out of curiosity, since I already had an apartment. Their prices are pretty overpriced for the neighborhood. For $1000+/bedroom in East Harlem, you can get a lot of space. I lived in a really nice, spacious 2 bedroom with a washer/dryer in the apartment for $2100, which was much closer to the express subway stop than CUNY's housing is. I also don't think I had an anomalously low rent; it's expensive to live in a 1 bedroom almost anywhere in New York, but
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