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  1. Thanks. That is relieving. I waa worried since I read that in some programs the rate goes up high as 40 to 50 percent.
  2. Thanks for your advice. You provide a precious standard with respect to considering placement; it seems that we better check placement advisor-basis than school-basis. But my point is to consider average attrition rates of the programs (due to several reasons including Qual, personal matters, etc which must vary by program) that can be estimated through placement that schools post on their website rather than placement per se; and I think this is the only way we can acquire any info about attrition except directly asking faculty or current grads. Combined with students' mentality-typ
  3. Check and compare attrition rates and placement performance. It is one of the most important info with respect to choosing grad school. You may acquire this info by asking current grad or profs during the visiting day or via email (regarding the way you ask, check the latest post that Takeruk wrote) Or you can compare the matriculation and placement. Since both institution accept around 12 students (NYU says it accept average of 12 and Duke says it accept 12-15 - you may set it 13.5), by simply subtracting the placement from the entering cohort, you can calculate attrition (here, the sol
  4. Is it ok to ask about attrition rate and details?
  5. Type of Undergrad Institution: an international that is not renowned within poli sci academia Major(s)/Minor(s): poli sci Undergrad GPA: 3.62 (3.87 last 2 years, 3.86 major) Type of Grad: n/a Grad GPA: n/a GRE: V167 Q170 W4.0 Any Special Courses: a graduate research method course (quali), two MITOCW math courses (single and mulit variable calculus) Letters of Recommendation: all from the undergrad institution profs - one got his PhD at Chicago, which may affect my addmission to NYU which has a lot of former Chicago Research Experience: an online article with one of the recommenders Teaching
  6. Yeah.. I got rejected more than 15 schools. I think there are three factors that may have turned me down. First, since some of them are small programs like UMass, fit must have mattered the most. And my SOPs were hardly individualized for each school. Secondly, my subfield is theory (combined with a game theoretical analysis). So, high quant would have not help me as much as it would when I am a student of IPE or more quant-oriented fields. Lastly, I am from an international school that nobody knows with an enough, but not so great GPA (3.62/4). Because it does not have enough profs in poli sc
  7. It seems thats how things work in this area; quantified or 'objectified' 'spec's (you would understand what exactly does it mean - you are a Korean, like me) which have guided us so far hardly tell us anything about what would happen in our future. Actually, it seems to depend on the authorizer's preferences toward us. And our first encounter with the cruel and exclusive, true academic world that is very different from inclusive undergrad conferences or seminars that invite everybody who wanna join, I believe, was a good lesson for us to understand this. In my case, with 337 GRE sc
  8. Oh, I also just found out that the signiture under the letter was from the dean of the gsas, a bio prof.
  9. Claim a Yale rejection. It was my dream school but now my cycle is finished and I can move on to the next stage. Plus, I am just astonished more by the sheer number of the applicants to the school than my expected rejection. For a program which consists of 15 to 20 students, there are more than 11,000 applicants?!
  10. Anything from Yale other than few phone calls?
  11. Would Yale announce this week? I already assume a rejection. I just need any kind of closure so I can finish off this cycle and move on to the next phase of my personal and academic life.
  12. Joining Columbia and Upenn reject club. It seems I don't have any chance in Rochester, and Yale is the only school whose result I am waiting for now; their result will finalize my cycle. I hope they announce this week or at least in Feb.
  13. Nothing from Rochester. When I just checked the portal, it said my application is under review.
  14. Also just checked a rejection from U minn through portal.
  15. Got a rejection from Rutgers. Accepted: Arizona, NYU / Rejected: Wisconsin, Princeton, UCSD, Michigan, Cornell, WashU, Northwestern, Duke and Rutgers / Pending: Upenn, Rochetster, Yale, Columbia, Minnesota, Maryland... Wow now I realize that I applied total 17!
  16. Just got a rejection from Northwestern which has been expected.
  17. Just got a Cornell rejection and still waiting for Yale and Columbia.
  18. Yale and Columbia may announce today? Or next week?
  19. Actually this happened to me with WashU. I mentioned that my interest in the topic is generated from the works of my POI there; and my writing sample and SOP were somewhat personalized tributes to his work. And they rejected me outrightly. Too strong alignment (if not obsession) with the POI may have hurt my application.
  20. Another columbia acceptance on the result page. Trolls or they are sending out results individually?
  21. I had a similar question and many have assuredly answered that it is for Cal Berkeley.
  22. Thanks for the precious info and I also agree with your opinion on program's greatness but still, why why why do they delay the decision? Ahhhhbbcchhchcndk8g It drives me nuts! End of feb?
  23. Anyone waiting for Columbia? Given the records of 2017 and 2016, it may announce today or tmr. Plus, what happened to the school's reputation? I heard some of my profs discounted it (one told me that if I get in both of Columbia anf NYU, I "definitely" should select NYU - fyi, he is not from NYU) which I think a great institution and having prominent faculties such as Jon Elster and Michael Doyle. (I dont want to start a stupid debate on which is better between the two - both are great. NYU is just an example here.) Furthermore, I see not much of Columbia applicants here. Is it 'unp
  24. Thanks! Actually, I already had an unofficial letter from it. I thought Washu was one of my best fit & choices so waited for the result from it but alas, it denied me like many others including Duke, Michigan, UCSD, Wisconsin, and Princeton (plus Northwestern which has not informed me anything until now) I posted to let others know that NYU are sending official letters out. And speaking of devil, I also just received the official acceptance from Arizona while I am writing this. It is a good program but I think I would decline it so anyone who's in waitlist can have their chance.
  25. Just got an official acceptance letter from NYU
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