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  1. whoa, renouncing the Kennedy name during the Regan administration...will they do it again with Trump as President?
  2. HKS obviously given its brand name will get you in the job hunt anywhere
  3. you could always ask for an extension and explain your situation
  4. I think that happens all the time with wait lists and such
  5. may I ask which World Bank Scholarship you applied to? are these geared towards students from developing countries and not domestic US students?
  6. I highly recommend looking at syllabi at both schools and do a comparison for yourself
  7. yes it was in the letter. I had to scroll down
  8. I think that is just Law school you should join the Harris alum webinar
  9. 18 credits at McCourt equates to 6-8 electives. Compared to Chicago (11 electives), it's not as flexible. I've spoken to McCourt students who wished they had more options. I can't disagree with you enough on the 2nd bolded point. Just because the name of the school is different (Frank McCourt donated a ton of money as a naming gift in 2013), doesn't mean faculty and alums are weak. Georgetown has been around since 1789. It's KNOWN in DC for public policy. It's a name of a school. What difference does it make?
  10. I felt that these are complete opposite programs: - quarterly (Chicago) vs. semester (Georgetown); 11 electives at Chicago vs more requirements at Georgetown (thesis/capstone and only 18 credits left for electives) - Chicago is more research center focused. Georgetown's research centers were an afterthought in their presentation to us. You will also learn from researchers vs practitioners. - local/municipal policy vs DC/federal - Harris expects cohort size to be twice the size of McCourt - expect class sizes to be different UChicago is known to have a distinctive teaching/learning style. I recommend you read up on that. The type of quant you learn in each program is different. I recommend you look at syllabi and compare/contrast. It's choice of personal fit, ultimately. I will second @3dender: think about what you want to do after the program. You have to think like an MBA student and do some career planning. At least for me, I saw a clear difference in each admitted student FB groups (join them if you are not in them already).
  11. so, both admit days are complete. what did everyone think? here are my highlights: - there was a singular consensus from all speakers (staff, faculty, students, alums) about being in DC and being in the center of everything (I wondered how they really differentiate from other DC programs like American, GW and SAIS) - students are encouraged to seek semester internships & part-time jobs beginning their 2nd semester on campus (students end up averaging 3 internships prior to leaving the program) - emphasized 3-semester quant sequence as part of core (basically teaches you all stats, and how it can be applied to real policy applications) ultimately it's an applied program (use what you learn as you intern) with loads of networking opportunities b'c of its location advantage, where you can learn from practitioners it's very DC, and you have to be prepared for and want that
  12. My two cents about Georgetown after visiting: they really tried to sell students on their location advantage in DC in the same way that Harris sold themselves on UChicago's reputation/swagger. I didn't get a sense of how it set itself apart from GW, American or the other DC programs.
  13. does this impact your decision making process to pick a different program?
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