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  1. Make sure there is some sort of legal document before you actually send any money for rent.
  2. I would contact all schools at this point. There's not much time until the April 15 deadline.
  3. People go to downtown San Diego for nightlife (gaslamp) and not La Jolla/University City. If the trolley to UC is open yet, then it makes it much easier to get downtown. I can't remember when they told me it would open. There is admittedly little around the UC area and La Jolla for student night life. UTC mall has been moving towards adding some things but it still wouldn't be much. UCSD sounds like a better choice for a graduate program based on your pros/cons. Most of the cons have little to do with graduate studies.
  4. I wouldn't worry about it then. You're good. It's likely the next class (2021) that will be affected if there are any issues with COVID-19 (budget problems, etc). Schools that take too many students one year for their budget tend to take less students the next year.
  5. That's why you ask what you can do to make your application stronger rather than ask why you got rejected. It demonstrates that you're really interested in the program (which is important) as well as potentially getting some feedback.
  6. I would wait a little bit (a few weeks) and then email somebody who you've been in contact with that you're really interested in the program and want to know how you can improve your application for next time. Then try to keep in contact with professors you're interested in from now until you apply and keep up with their research. It can be extremely helpful to build a relationship before you apply. It's highly unlikely that you're blacklisted unless you submitted a fraudulent application.
  7. Did they acknowledge the acceptance of your offer? If so, then it would be much harder for them to back out unless they otherwise found fraud in your application.
  8. When I was a TA of a particular course, I was the only staff member the students ever saw and wrote all the lectures, etc. However, there are also TAs for other courses that basically do nothing (maybe just office hours) or TAs that just grade. It tends to mean different things for different courses.
  9. cropop

    Bloomington, IN

    There's plenty of decent places in town. Unfortunately, most of them are fairly expensive (relative to Bloomington) and difficult to afford on what a lot of programs give for a stipend (sub 20K). Note that IU still (as far as I know) charges some fees per semester so make sure you account for that in your budget. It's usually about 1K/semester depending on the program. There was talk of getting rid of that but I don't know if they did. If you find a place and you're not sure about it, feel free to post it and ask. Google reviews are generally pretty good, but you'll find a lot of them are
  10. I would guess there will be a significant impact at many schools for these reasons and more: Budgets are going to be reduced at schools for various reasons. This includes loss of revenue from the Spring semester and so on. Less revenue means departments have less money to pay for the first year of a PhD program, which is usually department funded. It might be too late for them to do anything about it for this Fall, but that might mean they compensate by taking less people next year. Many schools will compensate for unusually large cohorts one year (which place financial strain) by taking
  11. You would have to file an I539 to change it without leaving, I think. You can look up the processing times: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ They are long, so it's probably not worth it now. I can't find any evidence that F1 processing at the border has been suspended, but the wisest course of action is to wait for now, I imagine. Border agents generally have broad authority on making decisions. Is there any particular rush to get the F1?
  12. You can overcome a weaker GRE with a strong application otherwise for many schools, but not for others. Not all programs look at the GRE the same way. The best bet is to find ones that don't require the GRE, which is becoming a lot of them. The thing to keep in mind is: admissions are extremely competitive at top programs. They get far more qualified applicants than they can take. You are competing against other students and they're not considering your application in a vacuum. Many students will have great GRE, great GPA, great experience, etc. and not get in. You want to make your appli
  13. 1. Nobody knows. You could guess it might be in a few months, but it would just be a guess. The US hasn't really hit the peak of infections yet and it might be another month or more until it does. Then, things need to recover after, which might be a while. The economy already has taken a massive hit and it will get worse. School budgets are also going to be greatly affected because of loss of revenue from this semester, perhaps the summer semester, and beyond. 2. If the school offers online only (and you can get a student visa), your option is to either take it or not go, so I expect most
  14. Schools try to get out waitlist decisions before April 15, but waitlisted people are frequently not informed until on or after April 15. The reason is because accepted students have until April 15 to accept (in general) and if they wait until the last minute to decide, the school doesn't have much time to send out notices to waitlisted students. You can try to ask the school you would attend out of your accepted schools for a few extra days to make a decision, but it's up to them.
  15. I imagine there may not be anything to be done if the US federal government doesn't open visa processing in time, unless they temporarily allow exceptions. Deferments are also not guaranteed because it's up to the school whether they will allow them or not. However, this is a much bigger issue than just graduate admissions because it also affects international undergraduates, which are generally a much larger population. Schools can probably afford to not take international graduate students, but many will take a huge hit in budgets if they lose international undergraduates. So, I expect
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