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    2020 Fall
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    Public Policy / Environmental Management

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  1. I decided to commit to FES! I was having a tough time turning down HKS, but the difference in price and the ability to specialize in environmental policy at Yale were the deciding factors. I'm excited to meet some of y'all next year (hopefully sooner rather than later)!
  2. I'm turning down HKS MPP (no funding) for the Yale School of Forestry (partial funding). HKS has been a dream program for me for a while, but Yale has way more opportunities in environmental policy and it didn't make sense to spend so much more on HKS, especially with a likely recession and online classes. Good luck next year, y'all!
  3. Just got an email that I wasn’t accepted off of the waitlist and that the class is now full. “This year, we only made a few offers of admission from the waitlist.” Good luck to everyone wherever they end up!
  4. HKS's deposit deadline is April 30 this year. Good luck, y'all!
  5. Has anyone heard of someone negotiating more scholarship funding from Yale FES? I'm leaning toward FES over Duke, but Duke gave me more funding. Yale says that the amount is mostly based on need, so I'm not sure if they would care that another school gave me a better (merit) scholarship. Anyone have any tips?
  6. I'm also an environmental policy person who was accepted into both of these programs (although am leaning toward Yale or Harvard). I would push back a bit on @GradSchoolGrad's characterization of SIPA. I know several alums who now work in energy or environment policy. One works in state government related to energy/water and another is a consultant in energy markets. SIPA has actually been really investing in the area, with the Center on Global Energy Policy. As a Columbia student, you'd also have access to the Earth Institute and faculty like Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world's leading experts
  7. Program Applied To (MPA, MPP, IR, etc.): MPP, MPA, Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Schools Applied To: Harvard Kennedy (MPP), Princeton WWS (MPA), Columbia SIPA (MPA), UC Berkeley Goldman (MPP), Yale F&ES (MEM), Duke Nicholas (MEM), UChicago Harris (MPP), UT Austin LBJ (MPAff-DC) Schools Accepted To: HKS, SIPA ($$), Berkeley ($), Yale F&ES ($), Duke Nicholas ($$), Harris ($$), LBJ ($$$$) Schools Waitlisted At: Princeton WWS Schools Rejected From: None Still Waiting: None Undergraduate Institution: Ivy Undergraduate GPA: 3.46 Undergradua
  8. I'm in a very similar boat. I got into a few other schools (SIPA, Berkeley Goldman, Yale School of Forestry) with moderate aid ($14-30k per year) and HKS with no aid. I'm hoping to talk to some alums/students from each school who also work in environmental policy to see if they have opinions, but I'm currently at a loss myself! I'd also appreciate any other takes from you all. When does the U.S. government post the interest rate for federal loans for the 2020-21 school year?
  9. I got into the MPP program!! Is anyone seeing any financial aid info? My finaid portal looks the same.
  10. Yay I got in! At the bottom of my acceptance letter was a link to a scholarship award letter ($30k/year in aid). Good luck everyone with your decisions!
  11. Congrats to everyone who got in! I got a waitlist email a couple of hours ago. Here’s to another month or two of uncertainty!
  12. A friend currently at SIPA sent me this email. Looks like decisions are still on track to come out before Monday!
  13. I received 14k in renewable need-based aid. Do y'all think there's any chance for an appeal?
  14. Accepted with a $20k departmental fellowship for the first year! No in-state tuition for me though.
  15. Is your result also on the website? Still haven’t received/found anything.
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