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  1. My advice -- see if you can find a funded MA program that suits your interests. I don't see a clear project here and (speaking as someone in year 5 of the phd, who has had insight into admissions) you'd be much more competitive if you had a recent, non-undergrad piece of research-centered writing + a clear research area. The "top 30 state school" doesn't mean that much, the GRE is not really worth worrying about either. Admissions are about the quality of your research questions and evidence that you have a bit of a stake in the research you want to do (not talking about an identity-centered s
  2. Information on the websites can be misleading -- try to work out what the dept wants. It's extremely likely that the adcom will be entirely unaware of what GSAS has asked for on their website, and I don't know of schools where a non-dept member reads your application.
  3. Why? I was always very open about not wanting to go on the US job market as an international student and no one has ever batted an eyelid. But I also did not mention this in my SoP, because I dedicated that piece of writing to current historiographical questions/project + past work + why i would be a good fit for x school. My advice for the SoP is that given you have very few words to play with, it's a waste of space to talk about your current career goals for any more than a sentence or two. Profs want to know about your project, your questions, your ideas etc because that tells them about yo
  4. Yup, contact them, but be aware that when you write stuff like "the main thing will be seeing who responds to my introductory emails when I send them in June," you're potentially giving the many lurkers on this thread the incorrect impression that a response from a POI (or a lack of response) is an indicator of something. I use to think people on this thread who were further along in their phds, especially towards the end of them, were super harsh. Now I'm towards the end of my PhD and I see the importance of being blunt.
  5. In answer to the first question -- what are the "smaller schools" on your list, in your opinion? And what are you thinking of as the "top programs". The top programs on a ranked list are not going to be the same as the top programs for you personally given your interests, personality, field, advisor etc. I attend the "lowest ranked" school that I was accepted to when I applied (5 acceptances, including an ivy league school and two in the "top ten") and four years into the phd I have no regrets about the decision and, importantly, have been able to win the kinds of major grants that can be just
  6. Yale doesn't usually release acceptances sub-field by sub-field, not many schools do. I feel like I keep chiming in and being a bummer but it's just good to get a sense early on of how brutal these processes are.
  7. You'll find the right place!
  8. When you reach out to a school asking when decisions are going to be released they will tell you something like "late February" even when they have sent out all acceptances and waitlists, it's just how it works.
  9. Sorry about the extremely tough cycle. The GRE is so intensely meaningless when it comes to hist application that when depts keep it I assume it has to do solely with the university. If it's optional and you can avoid it, then avoid it -- it's a waste of time and money and says nothing about your abilities as a historian.
  10. You might be right but I highly doubt it -- there's no real reason for them to hold off on telling accepted students, they just add the caveat that an acceptance is contingent upon the university's approval.
  11. Don't look at messaging, talk to students. What schools are you applying to and what's your field? Don't trust lists of current students to work out who's in the department, they're not always up to date.
  12. That's relatively standard. My program has admitted max 3 Americanists in the past four years.
  13. It’s fair to be nervous! My advice though is that you just have no idea what’s going on in a dept, and the admissions season is not over until it’s over. Covid obviously makes shit worse but departments are always somewhat unpredictable. There have been more posts this year in which people begin to despair prematurely. Despairing will just make everything worse—see if you can just tell yourself that the probability of hearing anything before the end of Jan is very unlikely, and then get on with whatever else you need to do. It’s definitely harder said than done but let the admissions cycle run
  14. Sorry to reply twice but what's up with all of the wild assumptions this year. This waiting period is unpleasant but some schools are probably only just beginning to download applications.
  15. It's way too early. Many schools won't start getting back to people until late Jan to early-mid Feb.
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