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  1. Did anyone get the chance to attend McCourt's Admitted Student Days last weekend? I wasn't able to make it due to a work commitment and want to know what others thought of it.
  2. Did anyone make it to Admitted Student Days last weekend? I wasn't able to make it due to work and would love to know what people thought!
  3. Really appreciated this forum during applications - thank you all for the help and insight! Program Applied To: (MPA, MPP, IR, etc.) MPP Schools Applied To: SIPA, Harris, McCourt, Elliott Schools Admitted To: McCourt ($$), Elliott ($$) Schools Rejected From: SIPA Still Waiting: Harris (waitlisted) Undergraduate institution: Top-15 University Undergraduate GPA: 3.596 Last 60 hours of Undergraduate GPA (if applicable): N/A Undergraduate Major: History and Political Science double major GRE Quantitative Score: 155 GRE Verbal Score: 163 GRE AW Score: 5.5 Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 1 Years of Work Experience: 1 Describe Relevant Work Experience: Currently consulting for a non-profit women's organization and interned in undergrad for a Congressional campaign, U.S. Congresswomen, and a large non-profit in their political advocacy department. Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): Got much better by the time I submitted the last application (McCourt). I definitely think the strength of my SOP helped off-set my low Quant score and lead to a scholarships with both of my acceptances. If I had started sooner and had that final product when I was applying to the earlier deadline schools (SIPA and Harris) it may have made a difference in my application results. Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc): Very good. They were submitted by my current supervisor who was able to discuss the relevance of my current position and two professors from undergrad who supervised extensive projects I completed. Other: I was very content with the number of schools I applied to and happy that I started researching programs during the summer to narrow them down. It took me three tries for the GRE and still only had a mediocre Quant score, so I hope this is proof to students in a similar situation that you can be successful even with that on your application. I also got a lot of use out of Graduate Admissions Essays by Donald Asher and highly recommend it for anyone working on their applications. He has a lot of good advice about essay structure and ideas along with several very good sample essays from competitive applicants. I'm planning to attend McCourt unless Harris throws a wrench in that plan! Good luck to all and hope to see some of you in D.C. in the fall!
  4. Accepted with funding! Will likely be where I end up going as my other acceptance didn't come with a scholarship. Excited to celebrate tonight! Good luck to everyone!
  5. I was waitlisted for Harris's MPP program yesterday and since it's one of my top choices I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for anything I can do to improve my chances of getting off the waitlist. I'm taking the GRE again next month to hopefully boost my quant score (currently it's 153 and I'm aiming for around a 158) and I'm taking an online intro micro course spring semester (have not previously taken one). Is there anything else worth doing or looking into between now and May? Should I personally reach out to the admissions office expressing my interest? Thanks in advance!
  6. Just got the email - decisions are posted
  7. Did it seem like they were still reviewing applications? Cause then they may not release decisions until after the New Year
  8. Wonder what that will mean for accept rates and class size
  9. I attended an info session at HKS and there was a college senior in my group and the woman leading the session essentially told him that unless he was a really outstanding applicant there was no chance of acceptance (I believe she said only 5% of the incoming class are straight from undergrad). When talking with a staff member at Harris, she said that about 1/3 of their incoming class has 0-1 years of experience, which is the highest portion that I've seen. Most of the top programs are closer to 15% for straight out of undergrad acceptances (SIPA, SAIS, and McCourt are all around there I believe). Not sure what the more mid-tier and specialized programs looks like, but those would probably be more accepting of younger applicants.
  10. The exact same thing happened to me! Part of the reason I wanted to post the update here haha
  11. Received an email about an hour ago also confirming the evening of the 22nd and it seems that they won't be doing phone call notifications, just an email directing to the portal
  12. I got a card too. I think they may have my address from when I requested more information and I've gotten a few holiday emails from other schools I've applied to or started applications for, so I didn't think much of it. It would be odd, though, if they pulled addresses from the applications
  13. Does anyone know how they contacted applicants last year?
  14. Do you think those they don't accept or defer just get emails, then?
  15. Does anyone know how they notified applicants of decisions in the past?
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