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    2018 Fall
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    Environmental Engineering

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  1. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    @fallfish I'm sure it's relieving to finally know where you're going! I'm jealous lol I'm still somewhat undecided but heavily leaning towards VT for the opportunity to work with a particular professor. The other school I was seriously considering was Stanford but as people mentioned, I think there are some issues in the department that make me pretty uncomfortable. My only concern about choosing VT is I don't want to prevent myself from being able to land an awesome faculty job in the future by choosing a lesser ranked program. But I think I can do some really awesome work there so maybe it will balance out, idk. If it wasn't for that, I would probably accept already. It's the perfect research fit.
  2. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    Yes, still waiting impatiently. Their website says between March 1 and 15....
  3. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    @1PhDplz one thing to maybe look into is whether MIT lets you change programs after you commit. I've heard of people changing grad programs before
  4. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    So, has anyone decided where they're going to go? (based on the acceptances they currently have)
  5. UC Riverside vs. UChicago, CS PhD

    A quick search showed that UChicago has a better ranked grad CS program than riverside (30-something vs 50-something), according to US News (for what that's worth). I'm not a CS student but given that these are PhD programs I would argue that the professor and your relationship with them is critical, as well as how interested you are in their work. Have you had/will you have a chance to visit either school? See if you can speak to any of the current students working in those labs. Depending on if you're considering academia or industry, check out job placements. Usually the department has an alumni page where you can find this information. P.s. Chicago is awesome.
  6. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    They said end of March
  7. Pittsburgh, PA

    @Aradhana94 I'm thinking about it! I'm a PhD student.
  8. Is intimidation a valid reason to decline an offer?

    First of all don't compare yourself to anyone else, you got in for a reason. There's no real reason to be intimidated. That being said, I do understand where you're coming from. It's all about your mentality though and just changing that perspective. Often times the most rewarding experiences are the most challenging. My personal piece of advice is if you're going to turn that offer down, turn it down because you genuinely feel that it's not right for you, not because you're scared. Did you get a chance to speak with any PIs one on one or any students that actually go there? Also regarding school A, 190 faculty members sounds like a lot!
  9. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    @thanasist hi! Congrats on being admitted to UT! I believe most people are still waiting to hear back from the first three schools you mentioned, although I have seen some Berkeley posts. As far as UMich, I do know they had their open house this past weekend but if you haven't heard back yet, that's still better than a no! Did you follow up with your interviewer?
  10. GEM Fellowship 2018

    Does anyone know when we're officially supposed to hear back from GEM?
  11. Pittsburgh, PA

    Are there any complexes or areas to stay away from around CMU? Looking for a quiet area (minimal undergrads), preferably a house, that's dog-friendly
  12. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    @1PhDplz first off, congrats!! Second, did anything change in your application portal?
  13. Deciding without visiting each school

    That's rough, sorry. But here are some other ways to get a feel: 1. Virtual tours, either through the university website or YouTube 2. Have you spoken to anyone? Professors or students? I have Skyped with quite a few grad students that are working in labs that I'm interested in. They're usually very helpful and eager to speak with you! I also highly recommend trying to speak with professors because sometimes their work seems more interesting on paper than it really is
  14. Civil & Environmental Engineering - Fall 2018 Applicants

    Any day now for MIT 😑 Their website is a lie
  15. Moving abroad with pets

    Has anyone else had experience traveling with a dog abroad? Particularly with regards to cargo transport? I have a large 70 lb dog, there's no way he could fit in the cabin. Thinking about the UK. It's a long flight so I'm a little concerned.