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Dwar last won the day on February 26

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  1. Penn just announced no new admissions for their arts and sciences college. TBH I think that it's the programs at rich private schools that will mostly feel the squeeze this year and close/reduce admissions. Public schools often will use grad students as cheap labor to teach their freshman/undergrad courses. It's a lot easier for the department to justify new grad students if they provide that service to the University. Meanwhile, private schools will often not require that for every semester for students, with first years often not having to do any teaching.
  2. Wanted to whole heartily agree with this statement and sentiment. A great advisor/mentor can make or break a graduate experience. choosing a poor one because of the institution is a horrible idea. Additionally, i'll echo what you said about quality of life. I think this factor is often overlooked by many applicants. However, many fail to realize how important quality of life really is. If you are someone who loves the city, you'll hate living in rural NY. That will then seep into everything and ultimately negatively affect your whole experience. Additionally, mental health issues are rampant i
  3. Cal State Online for Fall 20 😕 seems like the UC’s will be a “mixed approach”. Not sure what that means TBH.
  4. Ooooohhhhhh, my bad. That makes sense. TBH I’m kinda surprised that the US is actually being more proactive about university support then other places.
  5. From what I understand, in most cases a high MA GPA (3.8<) does in fact negate a lower undergrad GPA. Or at the very least decreases the damage that a lower undergrad GPA will inflict on an applicant. With that being said, I do think that if financially possible you should consider applying to PhD programs as long as your GPA is a 3.0 or higher with that GRE score. From my experience it seems that most Adcomms prefer students with a 3.5 or higher but will still consider students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.5, especially if they have amazing GRE’s (which you do). the main reason
  6. I think most schools have done this? From my understanding, the CARES ACT provided funding funds for schools and at least half of them need to be sent out directly to students who have been affected by the corona. At the least at the universities that I am affiliated with it has taken its form in a “corona virus fund” or something of a similar name where students apply for grants based on need (moving, medical costs, food, etc) and then receive a check from the university. if I am understanding the article correctly then UCLA is following the terms of the aid that they received. Unless th
  7. From what I understand, American academia is very very snobbish and elitist so there are very few non-American schools that American academics actually know about and respect. The obvious ones being in the Anglo sphere (Big three in Canada, Oxbridge, LSE, Essex, and Edinburgh in the UK, ANU, Sydney, and Melbourne In Australia, and Auckland and Otago in NZ). Outside of the Anglo sphere maybe Sciences Po is really the only widely known and respected school to American academia. I don’t know what country you’re from so it’s difficult to make that specific judgment. I’m also not saying it’s i
  8. Not really. For MA degrees its mostly about what you do and who you work with. But, TBH, strongly consider if an MA in polisci is something that you want to do. Generally it's advised that people do not apply to terminal MA degrees if their desire is to pursue a PhD as most PhD programs require you to earn an MA along the way regardless of prior grad work. With that being said, some people do go the terminal MA route prior to a PhD. The main advice for that is to go the cheapest route as debt is something that you should try and avoid. ESPECIALLY if your goal is academia.
  9. I'll agree with @sloth_girl about the Results posts, I also suggest you take a look at the faculty thread. It's a longer read but DEFINITELY worth it.
  10. Totally agree about that. As I’m starting to register for classes it seems like the grad seminars cap at 15 students which is below the limit. The only question that I really have is how dorms would work. As mentioned in the article Oakland is mainly a commuter school so they don’t have to worry about that. I’m interested in how larger and non commuter schools are going to handle that whole thing.
  11. Hey all, I saw this article about a local MI university and their plans for college in the age of corona. The college's plan, as of now, is below. In-person laboratory classes, but limited to a small number of students. “We might have three students in a large lab where social distancing is possible, and where they can wear masks and can be tested before they come in,” Pescovitz said. Some classes moved to larger venues on campus – the university president offered an example of a class of 50 in a room that seats 250 so students can maintain safe social distance. Ballrooms in
  12. I wonder if the US will adopt the Canadian model at all and offer federal aid specifically to students Hahahahaha, no. Absolutely not. I think this administration would first let the west coast leave the union then adopt a Canadian style support system for students, universities, or even localities. States should just declare bankruptcy, don’t ya know.
  13. That’s pretty interesting to know what’s happening in Canada. I know that in the US there are a series of class action lawsuits led by undergrads who are demanding fee refunds and or tuition breaks for this current spring semester.
  14. I just wanted to agree with this statement whole heartedly. A great profile will get you past the door, but it's the luck that gets you an offer. Personally, I think the luck factor is the larger of the two, but honestly it varies from person to person and school to school and even year to year. I also want to congratulate you on an awesome cycle! I have spent the last two years or so on this site and honestly I think you are the most successful candidate that I've seen on here!
  15. Good luck to everyone making their final decisions. Don't forget to pop onto the results/advice/lessons thread to drop some knowledge on the next group of students!
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