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    2019 Fall
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    PhD in Political Science

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  1. Hope this helps someone as much as posts from previous years helped me! PROFILE: Type of Undergrad Institution: Large public school on the West Coast Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science and Anthropology Undergrad GPA: 3.75ish, and a 3.9ish major GPA Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 160Q, 170V, 5.5 Writing Any Special Courses: If you count anthropology courses, plus two independent studies. Letters of Recommendation: One from a professor at my undergraduate institution who is well-known in
  2. I scrolled back through your posts, and while I’m the blind leading the blind here, I think your quant score may be below the first round cutoff for many schools. If you’re hesitant about the program, don’t do it. If your dream is to be in academia, a low-ranked program makes that difficult to achieve. Your application otherwise seems stellar. I think you may be the classic case of someone who by waiting another cycle will get significantly better results. Don’t feel like you “aimed too high” or whatever by applying to top schools this round, because I don’t see any reason you would
  3. UCLA (undergrad) alumnus here. If you still need questions answered, feel free to message me.
  4. Anthropology lite Fake area studies Plus some poorly run regressions on patchwork large-n datasets But, hey, we get paid to travel 😂
  5. I really agree with this. @TheBunny, I remember you saying that you have to stay in the Northeast. That might mean you just couldn’t get enough lottery tickets. I applied to 15 schools ranged T10-40, because I’m lucky enough to have time on my hands and no geographical restraints. I’ve been rejected up and down the ladder at schools with good fit. My acceptances seem more or less random. I think that besides maybe for exceptional candidates who stand out everywhere, the admissions process really is a crapshoot. Obviously I don’t know you, but for what it’s worth, you seem like a rea
  6. Another Maryland admit over here! Comparative. Got a personalized email from the DGS.
  7. Good to know that some departments really do have a strong norm of using titles. I had thought that might be the case, and it’s nice to get confirmation. Play it by ear, everyone.
  8. Your experience is a good counterexample. My West Coast instincts might be proving a little maladaptive here. But my experience has been that colleagues (who work together regularly) call each other by their first names. That’s coming from think tanks, development NGO’s, and my undergrad institution. I would say to keep an open mind about dropping titles, especially if you’re headed out west. Using titles in a more casual department might be seen as overly formal and even obsequious.
  9. Also claiming both an MIT and a Michigan rejection. Telling myself that it’s a good thing the process is finally wrapping up. Glad they released acceptances and rejections at the same time.
  10. I vote for first name only. The first piece of advice I’ve been hearing from professors is that we should now think of ourselves as (very junior) colleagues. The one time I’ve responded to one of these friendly emails with “Professor,” the professor actually immediately shot back with “Please call me FirstName!” In my experience, undergrads uniformly use “Professor” while the vast majority of graduate students use first names. I’m from the West Coast and a state school, though. New Englanders, Southerners, and private school folks can weigh in – I always think of you guys as more formal.
  11. Hahahahaha, I love this take. I did just the thing that @eggsalad14 rightly warned against: I actively signaled that I'm terrible at math with a string of C's in introductory calculus courses and a just-ok GRE quant score. (And no, I'm not a theorist.) I thought I had completely disqualified myself from top schools, but I applied on the advice of my advisor and now have an acceptance to OSU and a waitlist spot from Duke. Maybe it was all of the persistence I signaled. (For any future applicants, let me be clear that I do not recommend you what I did. I was told by one mentor in no uncerta
  12. Claiming a Duke waitlist. Does anyone happen to have information on how long the list is? In other words, on how likely it is to actually get off the waitlist? This is basically my top choice even if I make it into one of the CHYMPS, so I'll campaign hard no matter what my odds are. But it would be great to hear from someone who knows how the process works.
  13. My POI at OSU emailed me and mentioned all of their admits have now been contacted. They emphasized how difficult the application pool was this year.
  14. Thanks for the info, @YourScruffiness. Congratulations!
  15. Woooooooo, claiming an admit to OSU! I'm so pleased, I love the work of my POI, and of course it's a great department overall. I'm not completely sure how I got in, actually (fit?), but I'm running with it!
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