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    Formal theory, comparative politics
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    2021 Fall
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    PhD Political science

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  1. I did not reach out to faculty. Most blog posts from professors I've read also recommended not reaching out in advance (e.g. Cyrus Samii's at NYU, Chris Blattman's at Harris). As to people talking about PoI, I was also surprised -- though I have to say, in most (all?) of the programs I was admitted to, the DGS who emailed me with the good news was also one of the people I mentioned in my SoP...
  2. I think a few things I did right were: Not be content with my first (mid-160) quant GRE score. I wanted to do quant work, I knew that I needed exceptional scores, and I knew that this year especially, "good enough" was not gonna be good enough. So I took the GRE again and I think that really helped, especially because my math background was pretty good but not stellar (e.g., only took some undergrad calc, no real analysis). I also did this because I was applying to several GRE-mandatory programs, which I thought would place a ton of weight on my scores, and because I assumed that GRE-opt
  3. Thank you! It was about noon ET when I got the email. No mention of how many were admitted, sorry!
  4. Got into Chicago Harris! I'm over the moon -- such a great way to end the cycle!
  5. Best of luck! Historically there hasn't been a lot of Harris-related activity on the results page, which is not great for expectation management...
  6. Has anyone here received any news from Chicago Harris (PhD)? I'm so anxious to wrap this thing up!
  7. Hi all, has anyone here applied to the PhD? Any news?
  8. In the US, Cornell, Northwestern, and Notre Dame spring to mind, and so does MIT (counterintuitive, I know). In the UK, Oxford would be a good option, too (though funding is always a crapshoot). Most of those programs would still require you to pass some quant courses, but much less than, say, NYU or Rochester. I'm more into quant work myself though, so I defer to people with more hands-on knowledge. Good luck!
  9. +1 on Yale rejection. Expected, it was probably my worst fit (that and Berkeley). Still thought it was worth a shot! Now I'm really just waiting on Harris to wrap this up. Congrats to those admitted/waitlisted and virtual hugs to those rejected!
  10. Yeah, my verbal was already good and I applied to do formal theory so I just did the quant! I heard good things about verbal, too.
  11. N=1 but I cannot recommend Magoosh enough. I was plateauing around the mid-160s (quant) and after a couple months of Magoosh videos and exercises I nailed a perfect score! The exercises are actually a bit more difficult than the real thing, which I think is good since it gave me a cushion (particularly in terms of time management).
  12. I know a few people who still haven't heard back (all for CP). One of them contacted them last week and they said that they still have a few decisions coming, so you never know! Good luck!
  13. Depends on your field of interest. Honestly, the quant might be a little low for places like NYU which tend to prefer candidates in the 90+ percentile. I got a similar score to yours the first time around and decided to retake. But I applied to do very quant-heavy work. It's possible I would have gotten in anyway, but especially in a brutal year like this, I chose not to risk it!
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