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  1. It means that you're unlikely to hear back before the deadline, which is April 15. Them not having heard back from either candidates is good news though -- it means that there's still a chance they'll decline their offers. Good luck!
  2. After a lot of thought I've declined my Emory offer - hopefully that will help someone on the waitlist!
  3. What does the Fulbright scholarship entail? If it's fully funded, definitely go to Columbia. Not only will it allow you to network with top US polisci faculty, but a funded MA is a very strong signal of academic potential. It would also make sense financially. LSE may have more rigorous training but PhD programs will re-train you anyway, so it's all about the signal you send. Focus on nailing your GRE and work on a strong quant writing sample and you'll be fine. Good luck!
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. Thank you! It was about noon ET when I got the email. No mention of how many were admitted, sorry!
  7. Got into Chicago Harris! I'm over the moon -- such a great way to end the cycle!
  8. 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...
  9. Has anyone here received any news from Chicago Harris (PhD)? I'm so anxious to wrap this thing up!
  10. Hi all, has anyone here applied to the PhD? Any news?
  11. 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!
  12. +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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. Out of curiosity -- I've seen a few people on the results page shocked by the FSU funding. How much are they offering? Is it before or after tax?
  18. Got news from LSE - accepted with no funding! Disappointed, but now I'm really just wondering how I should color code this in my signature? Lol
  19. Also rejected from Berkeley! It was probably my weakest fit so not surprised. Happy that they didn't drag this out too long!
  20. Wait, has Berkeley sent you a rejection?
  21. I'm still holding out some hope for Berkeley given that a lot fewer acceptances have been claimed on the results page than in previous years! Hope dies last
  22. I got waitlisted at Princeton, and I'm scheduled to meet the director of my program for a brief chat. I think you should definitely schedule a meeting with the DGS (assuming they don't reach out to you first) -- the probability you'll be offered a place is not zero, and the fact that you weren't rejected indicates that the department thought you were a worthy applicant! Definitely listen to your recommender on this!
  23. Hi, my two cents: if it seems like your research interests would make you a better fit in English departments, and if your background is in English, it really seems like you would be better off applying to English departments. You say that you want to do polisci, but that seems to contradict your claim that you are struggling to find polisci departments where you would be a good fit... in short, fit matters more than anything else! Having said that, have your recommenders already told you that they would not write you more letters if you were to reapply next cycle? It is very common for s
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