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  1. Yo UofC alum here Go to Minnesota don't take on debt. half-tuition plus fees + living expenses is going to run you approx 50k. not worth it imo, but up to you ultimately. plus you have no guarantee of getting into a school better than minnesota; cir phd placements after degree are inflated
  2. Give it a day, or even a few. Celebrate your acceptance. It is also not too late to send out some applications to CUNY's Marxe School, which is an excellent program, definitely on the up, and more affordable as I understand it. I believe that you can take classes across Columbia the consortium (Princeton, Baruch, etc.) as well. Deadline is March 1. There are other options with rolling deadlines up until late April if the aid is inadequate, though the quicker you jump on these apps, the more favorable your funding offer will be.
  3. With PhDs, funding offers can take up to six weeks. MAs vary program to program. Some have aid figured out when they send offers, others suggest you fill out FAFSA or other docs for them to review eligibility for federal loans, some give it a few weeks before they determine where the grants will flow. Fire off a message to the program and ask if funding details will follow or if they have a breakdown of tuition, fees, and costs that you can refer to. You are admitted, so feel free to get as much information as you can to help you make up your mind.
  4. Hey Gik, I have no idea. I was contacted by my PI then received a personalized form letter from the department giving funding terms. Some of it seems to depend on who has agreed to take you on as a student, so perhaps reach out to the professor(s) you indicated interest with in your application? May even vary by subfield and this determines which chunks go out? I would not give up hope yet if I were you as my UBC info is just now coming in.
  5. I only just heard from UBC PhD. I'm Canadian & not going for an MA so I don't know if that makes a difference....
  6. Ah your'e back and salty as always. Cannot be good for your skin. System tends to be stochastic. Hard to know a priori where one will land. Rule of thumb is to apply widely, and if a person has the resources in terms of money and time to fire off all these apps, then so be it. Schools should be better about fee waivers and leveling the field so that this is viable for all applicants, but I have a pretty strong hunch that was not the intent of your post. I thought you no longer needed us, anyway....
  7. This is not true across all departments, especially in certain math, EECS, or science courses. If student wants to do nuclear stuff or advanced math, they would be taking courses alongside PhD candidates in whatever field and may not have same foundation in proofs or physics. Makes it riskier for a qual leaning student who may want to take real analysis or something and they may forego that opportunity to expand methodological repertoire. Same for methods purists trying to break into history. Some do not have holistic backgrounds coming in, and while the PhD should cultivate that, this GPA thing may end up reifying silos.
  8. Doesn't hurt to let the school know you'd 100% go if you were moved off the waitlist. That kind of info only helps them. Jumping the gun with schools that haven't sent out admits likely won't hurt, but I doubt it would help much unless they thought you were just treating them like a safety.... who knows... squeaky wheels tend to do well
  9. it's fine.... depends on what you're into. i'd just be sure the prof(s) you want to work with is/are planning to stick around before you commit
  10. Scratch that.. there was a formal acceptance too. Mid march.
  11. cuny also made contact with me today -- details re visit day. no letter though..
  12. Depends on Ivy, tbh, but if you got honors on your B.A. thesis and got a 3.7+ GPA you're well in the running. I don't know what it is with brits but the more fancy stickers you have in terms of awards and honours you have on file, the better. I do not know much about your interests, so there may be other international schools that you might consider, especially LSE as @Theory007 suggests, but really depends what you want out of it & the type of training you're after. Lots of heterogeneity among centres; some are stellar, others, eh.. make contact with profs and prog. well in advance. Programmes are what you make of them & really varies.
  13. Just takes money & often a posh pedigree. Westminster dog show of programs. Some of the dullest minds I've met in person, but spotless on paper.
  14. I know you want a faculty answer, but you should know that these will be very conflicting, so I am going to chime in out of turn. I have posed this question to a variety of faculty. Some have told me not to go outside the top 8. Others have suggested I think creatively about what I could do at programs that are well outside that range (even lower than a mid 30). I am more amenable to the latter. Go where you feel you fit, not somewhere where you may be molded into a particular type of boilerplate scholar and will be your advisor's 7th favorite student. When you go to market, your advisor will be writing your recs for postdoc/assistant jobs (and even tenure letter), trading you and his students informally on the professor bazaar. Going to a top program can also curse you in that way, whereas a program where you develop lasting collaborative relationships can make your career. Burn out is real. Go where you will feel supported in your projects. And go where you feel like you can pursue your intellectual goals. Don't let this entrenched gatekeeping dissuade you
  15. Varies school by school, especially depending if school is on semesters, trimesters, quarters. You can check academic calendars for schools you are considering. Some offer optional training before orientation such as 'methods bootcamp' or 'math camp'; details on those can often be found on program websites or deep in these forums.
  16. It's still early for you, but in the worst case, take a couple weeks. Put it out of your mind and start anew. I would also not be afraid to reach out to adcomms and inquire about areas you could improve on. Many will leave you on read, but some may take the time to give you concrete advice. I did not do this, and instead perfected my lasagne recipes. Happy to post them here at the end of the cycle.
  17. really wishing you the best -- I hope the rest of your programs appreciate your dedication and talents
  18. I taught myself how to knit and kept busy with little projects. Then I tried the cycle again with positive energy (and scarves) and got some offers.
  19. Hey Nice, I hope you find some sense of community and support here and elsewhere. Please slide in DMs whenever.
  20. Ok, so no one is holding a hatchet to your head forcing you to stay & toss insults, though it seems like there may be some kind of projection here re self confidence....
  21. really sorry to hear @niceward & @Romcomulus. hope you have more success in the coming days.
  22. I don't think this is called for. And poli sci is a small world. Bitterness is not becoming
  23. nothing from georgetown or hopkins for me
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