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!