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  1. Work experience is desired, but definitely not essential. Don't count out Kennedy just yet. A lot of people get into Kennedy and Harris straight from undergrad. Definitely mention your JD/MPP aspirations when you apply to Kennedy (from what I hear, it loves its joint degree grads). If you can construct a convincing argument that would justify to the respective committees that you would benefit from a policy degree without prior experience, then I think you have a good chance at any of the above schools. Your GPA might be a bit low for the top programs, so ace the GREs and you'll be fine.
  2. Wow, I'm a bit surprised that the MPP program has that low of an admissions rate. Do you know if the statistics were compiled from last year's admissions batch (Class of 2011) or this year's (C/O 2012)? I know that there was a huge rise in the number of applications last year. The 20% could be an outlier specific to last year's cycle. Or it could mean that HKS has become more popular.
  3. Congratulations, alrosy! Is it the Reynolds? I believe I called this.
  4. It was sent by email: "Dear Applicant, On behalf of Harvard University, I regret to inform you that you have not been selected as a Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow for the upcoming academic year. Your application was one of an extremely strong pool of candidates and unfortunately the number of fellowships is limited. We appreciate your interest in this program and we wish you success in all of your future endeavors. Sincerely, Margot N. Gill Chairman, Committee on General Scholarships Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellows Program Committee on General Scholarships
  5. Results are in. Partial tuition scholarship.
  6. I think for the Reynolds, no bad news sets you up for some very good news. haha. Fingers crossed!
  7. I just got a rejection letter for the Reynolds Fellowship. I'm sure the rest will be coming in soon. I don't think it's too much of a lost cause. HKS has been actively trying to find more sources of funding for its students. Good luck, Everyone!
  8. Cost will not be the deciding factor in your deliberations. If you've already decided to pursue both a master's degree and a law degree, then I advise you to consider completing a joint JD/MPP at HKS. Harvard Kennedy offers a gamut of joint degree programs with various prestigious law, business, and medical school. A joint degree allows you to finish both degrees in four years, saving you a year's worth of tuition, room and board, and living expenses. Completing an Oxford MSc and a JD separately will also take four years and cost about the same amount.
  9. I think 28% is a valid estimate. HKS's admissions rate for the MPP program hovers around 25-30% annually. The specific admissions rate is anybody's guess since HKS doesn't publish admissions statistics. Last year, there was a 34% increase in applications for the MPP program (http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2009/3/4/hks-notices-obama-effect-administrators-at/), which administrators attributed to an 'Obama Effect'. I don't know what the numbers are for this year, but I doubt they are as high as last year's (the economy is improving and President Obama is less popular than he once was). Our adm
  10. Schools across the board all took a hit. The UCs lost $6.2 billion (20% of its endowment). UF lost $1 billion (20%). NYU lost $1 billion (15%). Brown lost $800 million (30%). Harvard lost $10.6 billion (30% of their endowment. It's ridiculous how rich they are!). Yale lost $6 billion (29%). All the Ivies together lost $27 billion. Forbes published a really interesting article a few days ago explaining why the Ivies did so poorly compared to everyone else: http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/29/ivy-league-endowments-personal-finance-ivies.html?boxes=Homepagechannels .
  11. Don't despair, OP. Educational debt is the most manageable form of debt you can have (mortgage is the worst). In 5 years, I should be owing close to $260,000 in loans (two very expensive professional degrees). Most people I know have educational debt from $50,000 to $300,000. Thank God(s) for 30-year repayment plans. If you're going into academia, then you might need a slightly different story depending on your branch of academia. The overall picture, though, is that educational debt seems almost inevitable in many circumstances.
  12. Hi, OP, If it's any consolation to you, I also applied straight out of undergrad believing that I had little to no chance of an acceptance. I got into two top programs (HKS was one of them) with scholarship. I was a humanities double major who studied classical Latin. Don't doubt yourself, OP. It's not difficult to get into straight from undergraduate.
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