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    Campus Visits 2019 for Political Science

    I would if I hadn't booked the ticket and arranged everything with the faculty. The problem is I knew I got another offer only after I arranged the school visit with them.
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    Campus Visits 2019 for Political Science

    How would you guys interact with the faculty / students if you’re more or less sure that you won’t end up going there?
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    Profiles, Results, Advice - 2019

    I think two things mattered to me in this cycle: faculty fit and an a DGS who knows and cites my letter writers.
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    I am juggling between Cornell, Wisconsin-Madison, and Emory - and most likely going to Cornell. It's interesting because I find that the U.S. News ranking ranks Madison higher than Cornell. Every prof I talked to says Cornell is better though.
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Yes, all my letter writers did their PhD in the U.S.. I did my undergrad at an Asian university which fortunately has enough professors from the States to provide the kind of training that U.S. universities are accustomed to (which is really quantitative training). It's almost a fact that people on U.S. PhD committees know very little about foreign universities, despite the large number of international applicants. That's why having letter writers who can testify your performance using vocabularies that Americans understand is so important.
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Applied 11 schools, got into 2 T20 programs and 1 T10 program this cycle (IR, international applicant). Two takeaways I got from my experience which I believe mattered to my application, for future applicants' reference: Letters written by people whom the DGS / POI know and cite. Two of my accepted schools have people who definitely know my letter writer. A writing sample that hits the main research interests (in my case, also the methods) of the DGS / POI. Obviously my case is singular and there could be millions of other factors that mattered. Perhaps more people can share and we'll have large-N data!
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Just emailed Harvard and they replied in minutes telling me my result (rejected). They also said "Notifications are being sent just now by the Graduate School Admissions Office." So my fellow applicants to Harvard - it's time to check your mailbox every 5 seconds.
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    There's a Harvard rejection in the results. Did they start sending rejection emails?
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Many schools would be happy to host you another time before 15 April. Obviously there are things in a visitation event that you would miss, but it's still possible for you to meet faculty, students, etc., which are probably more important!
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Are any of you receiving your Harvard calls outside the United States? I'm only down to Harvard and I really hope to get closure, so I can focus on my acceptances.
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    Poli-Sci PhD China Security Focus Evaluation

    If you have the time and resources, retake your GRE to boost your quant score. It's becoming less important (I got into one of your targeted programs with a quant score way lower than yours) but just from this post, this looks like a weak spot.
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Those of you who applied Stanford - go check your application portal. Just like some other people on the results page I found a rejection letter sitting there. Hope you guys would find an acceptance though! Didn't even bother to send us a generic rejection email, eh?
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Claiming Cornell as well for IR subfield. Got an email from DGS, and formal letter of acceptance with funding details will come later. Super happy - I didn't even think I have a chance at Cornell!
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    Stipend negotiation?

    On a rather different note - how do you guys define 'low' funding? Say - 5 years of guaranteed funding with $20,000 each year - is that considered low? Sorry if I asked a stupid question, I'm new to this
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    2018-2019 Application Thread

    Assuming UW means Madison (sorry if I'm wrong) - I got that today as well, plus a semi-generic email from one of my faculty members of interest. Funding is pretty thin tho. Also claiming an IR acceptance from Emory.

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