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GradSchoolGrad last won the day on November 15 2020

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    2016 Fall
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    Graduate of Georgetown McCourt MPP

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  1. Unless CIPA is fully funding you, I would not go there. Granted Cornell is a great name and CIPA is trying strategically reposition itself... its like Stanford MPP - great University but not so great program. CIPA is a young program still trying to figure itself out and still doesn't have strong track record yet (AKA: Alumni + career base) Your other options are much better than CIPA.
  2. My point is only marginally so. They look at the body of evidence... GPA, Professional, Major, and transcript... if you GPA is okay.... but your other stuff is legit, then it is fine. What is more of the unknown is diversity factors. Oh and I did forget about social involvement + leadership. Those are squishy things, but when two people are tied, those become tie breakers.
  3. One big chunk you are missing out on is professional experience. That is the other half of the puzzle. Say that low GPA philosophy major ended up in data science and has a few start ups. Recent professional achievement + GRE performance indicate that that a person has turned his life around and has the professional experience to be academically successful. If that engineer has been entry level engineer for the past 7 years and hasn't really shown growth, that a comes with the story of lack of boldness and experience despite decent GPA. The GRE simply becomes an moot point data point that
  4. GPAs in comparison to the perceived academic difficulty of a school and difficulty of the major + professional experience. There big thing here is: 1. Ability to graduate (which means if you are a Philosophy major who never touched stats in your life but have an A GPA - it means nothing) 2. Professional potential
  5. I have heard anything from a month to a few months... depending how busy admissions is. Like I said, this year is not a good year to do any prior year benchmarking. If I were you, I would just shoot admissions an email and ask. They might come up with something generic and that is as good as it is going to get for you, but who knows... you might get lucky!
  6. So that is rolling admissions... it is as fast or slow or the admissions has has capacity for. Usually, they try to get it to you within a target certain number of months... This year is all sorts of bonkers, so I wouldn't take any historical timeline for granted.
  7. I do believe the person was talking about MPP - hence McCourt School and not SFS's MSFS program. Granted they are the same University, the two programs are drastically different.
  8. I don't know if traditional advice would be relevant this year given how crazy competitive the applicant pool is. Traditionally there is roughly 3 tiers Tier 1 - is full with stipend (McCourt Scholars) *not much in between Tier 2 - is about $20Kish a year Tier 3 - 10Ksish and below That might be the best guide I can give. However, admissions knows that many will negotiate and they will prioritize who they want to get. You can leverage scholarship from another school to get more money. However, at the end of the day it is about who they want to prioritize.
  9. Historically, your admissions comes with an announcement of McCourt Scholars Program. They like those with unique backgrounds and/or HYP/Duke/NW or Oxbridge backgrounds with easily defined policy interests.
  10. My point is that a 3.0 GPA can be harder to maintain than people think. They don't publicly reveal the stats, but it was a common point of conversation around McCourt - mostly as people were struggling with Quant. Otherwise, I would be generally confident as McCourt is under less funding pressures than other policy schools because they have annuities from a large endowment. They are however spending massively on a new building, but basically - as long as nothing is screwed up on the financial side, you should be fine.
  11. Give it a day or so... They sometimes send out a 2nd email
  12. So I'll explain it in terms of commitment + most likely. 1. Generally Speaking: They are committing to giving you 1 year of scholarship. HOWEVER... they reserve the right to not renew your scholarship the year afterwards. Generally, causation for non-renewal has to do with low-GPA (sub 3.0 - which is actually easier than you would think to do... I know a few people who were in that neighborhood). Then there is also academic dishonesty. Those are the two big reasons for scholarship non-renewal. 2. HOWEVER... They can hypothetically pull your scholarship whenever they want unless you
  13. This thread is for government affair masters, focusing on policy and International relations. Please delete your post and post on the appropriate thread.
  14. So there are scholarships to compete for a student and then there are prestige scholarships to give students extra opportunities + responsibilities. For the latter, they sometimes want to award only those they feel are strongly committed to the school already and fit the bill. What they don't want is to have a prestigious scholarship to be doled out to people that they don't believe fit the bill or award a scholarship that gets awkwardly passed on.
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