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  1. Good point. Perhaps I will let them know as a courtesy. In my mind I envision them using it against me somehow. Perhaps I am just paranoid since I feel uneasy about all the accepting/rejecting I have been (will be) doing. Mind you, School C would not disclose any funding opportunities to admitted students who hadn't accepted, so for one brief moment in time I had accepted admission to 3 schools.
  2. I just did this yesterday actually. School A accepted me with 3 years of funding, but only gave me 5 work days to accept or decline the offer. As it was my only funded offer at the time, I accepted it within their timeline. I had been accepted to School B and was in the process of interviewing for 1 year of funding. After I decided that I could not say no to full funding, I contacted School B to regretfully decline, and they whipped up a full funding package that was more competitive than School A. On a side note, all of my interactions with School B were so warm, welcoming, accommodating, and transparent whereas School A felt very cloistered to me. I accepted School B's offer and emailed School A to let them know that after careful consideration I would be accepting another offer. An admin asked what school I would be attending (I did not answer) and my advisor wished me success in my career. I wasn't happy to do it, but they seemed to not be terribly mystified that it happened. Also, I have applied for even more competitive funding at School C (my dream location) and if that comes through, I may once again belatedly decline my offer to School B. I don't feel particularly great about this strategy, but I feel like the whole process is just messed up with schools releasing acceptances and funding offers at such divergent points on the calendar. This is my career, my future, and I don't feel like I am beholden to any University (besides the one I choose to attend).
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I sent out thank you emails within an hour of the end of my interviews. I figure no need to be shy or calculated. Just thank them for the awesome opportunity when it was still fresh in all our minds. Granted, I felt fairly confident that my interviews were successful (they were!) so I didn't feel any awkwardness that I might have felt if I thought it went badly.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Yep, I posted the rejection on the results page. And no I did not interview with them.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I'm out at NYU (whatever the general public health thread was). That's my application cycle done-zo! I'm in at 3 out of the 8 schools I applied for. One with guaranteed funding and two with funding I am waiting to hear back about! 1. U of Memphis - full funding for 3 years 2. U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - interviewed for funding for first year 3. UT Health - I applied for a fellowship that would cover 4 years
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I got in at UTHealth but really put off by their communication! Also got accepted to UW-Milwaukee and will likely to attending tho funding is touch & go. Still waiting for NYU and U of Memphis. I have heard nothing from them since I applied! All Social behavioral health concentrations. You?
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Just rejected from Columbia Sociomedical Sciences (sociology sub-concentration)! Oh well....expected! Good luck y'all!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Re: Columbia SMS and maybe all doctoral stuff. Emailed the Assistant Director of Admissions (she had previously emailed me months ago to clarify something on my app) last week for a status update. She just got back to me and said that "doctoral decisions will be released shortly." Hopefully that means this coming week. I highly doubt I will be getting anything other than a rejection, but I would really like this admissions cycle to be over already!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Thanks for the info! That is what I applied under and I am assuming radio silence on my end can only mean one thing....
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    MPH@GW - fishy? legit? 2U...

    I did an online program (University of New England's MPH) but I am an employee of the University and got my degree for a severely reduced cost. That being said, I would definitely not recommend UNE for anyone who wasn't getting a steep discount, but I cannot speak to any other program. I will say that community building was extremely limited in my online MPH. The most sense of community was in a Facebook group. I do not know how GWU's courses are structured, but in my program each course had a course designer and several adjunct instructors who basically were graders. There was very little consistency across adjunct instructors. Some were stellar, gave detailed, personalized feedback, and helped facilitate discussions. Others were radio silent and basically just graded assignments (at one point I thought a professor had died or been arrested because he stopped grading assignments totally). If there were discrepancies between the course syllabus and that week's module, often my instructor had to ask the course designer for clarification. To me this speaks volumes about the fact that these courses were delivered by graders as opposed to instructors. I would really look into how courses are delivered. Find the Facebook page and see what students are saying. Ask to be connected with current students and instructors in the program. See if you can find any accreditation documentation (not sure if these are made public). Right as I was graduating, my program's accreditation totally went down the pooper and now they are in a process of amending some serious issues - lack of student governance being one of them. I totally understand the merit of online programs. I would not have gotten an MPH and be interviewing with PhD programs today without online graduate programs. I think if you do some more background research and really look into what you are hoping to get out of the program - a degree vs. strong community, research options, networking options - you will be able to make a good decision for you. P.S. I found it really difficult to get strong LORs from faculty in my program. When I would ask for them the response was "I don't know if I know enough about you..." and I was like "I took two courses with you which is the most faculty consistency for me in this whole program!" If there are a lot of adjunct faculty, expect a lot of one-off professors which once again limits your ability to make meaningful connections with faculty.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Congrats! Is your interview with Columbia for Sociomedical Sciences or a different program? If it is sociomedical sciences, which sub-field did you apply under and when did you get invited to interview?
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Definite silver lining lol!!!! Best of luck with the rest of your apps. Let us all pray this agonizing journey ends soon!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Same here! Thanks for the heads up (I have been checking practically on the hour). Disappointing but it was definitely a reach!
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