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  1. Yeap, I agree. However, this is the first case in which it has been stated outrigth, I think. Other departments have not been as forthcoming, at least from what I've seen.
  2. UPDATE: I have been reaching out to some departments I'm interested in applying, and most have told me that they will be moving forward with applications this year (if anyone is interested, those are WashU, UTexas, OSU, NYU and Michigan). However, the Michigan reply came with a caveat: "Thank you for reaching out. As of today, our department will be moving forward with 2021 admissions. I do not foresee this changing. We will, however, be accepting a smaller cohort than originally expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic".
  3. Oh, I had not thought about A+s. That could explain it. I am still pretty skeptical about an average GPA that is as high as a 4.1. However, I really doubt that they are making it up, like, why would they do that?
  4. Hello, so this is kind of a random question, but I was perusing through UNC's admission website (I don't think I'll be applying there, but a professor told me to at least check them out) and came upon this: "We typically have 185-200 applicants, for a target class of 13-15. The median GREs for students admitted for the fall 2018 semester were 92nd percentile (verbal), 75th percentile (quantitative) and 89th percentile (writing). The average undergraduate GPA is 4.1" (https://politicalscience.unc.edu/graduate/admissions/). The GRE percentiles seem normal enough, but I was confused by the averag
  5. Does that mean that people will still be able to apply, just they won't get offered any funding? That seems like a pretty scummy move huh
  6. Yeah, like, it is getting a little bit old. He does not have anything new to add to the conversation, so I agree it is best to just ignore him. So which departments would you categorize as Columbia-esque? At first I thought the first ones to close down would be the big public ones, like Berkeley or Michigan. However, these admit many undergrads (in a normal year, of course) so they need a lot of graduate students. So maybe like Chicago? Pretty selective, and I've read that they have a funding structure that requires departments to admit a certain amount of people according to the curr
  7. You are probably right. I originally thought that they had canceled them last year due to financial woes (which would be heightened due to covid), but if they did it as a result of previous overenrollment then it makes sense that they won't cancel them this year
  8. https://polisci.columbia.edu/content/graduate-admissions "In a collective effort with all departments in the Social Sciences and Humanities in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University, the Department of Political Science has decided to pause its Ph.D. admission cycle for one year. Applications will not be accepted in Fall 2020 (for study that would otherwise begin in Fall 2021). While the department institutes this pause reluctantly, it does so as part of its response to the global pandemic that has created tremendous uncertainty across many dimensions of academic
  9. Yeah I agree that the system could be easily gamed, or at least it is safe to say that it is easier to cheat with than the test center version. I am aware of the selectivity of the graduate programs I'm interested in (<10% in normal times), and I actually agree that it is likely that the GRE will play a lesser role this year (only one of the programs I'll be applying has not made the test optional, which is a pretty telling sign). I was curious in the first place as to where you got that info, but I now understand that it was simply your intuition (which you are entitled to! and which I thi
  10. Yeah I agree that cheating will probably be a major issue. I actually took the at-home version of the test, and I think they were as thorough as they could be given the circumstances. ID, a panoramic view of the room, under the desk, only a whiteboard allowed for the quant excercises, nothing stuck to your screen, but that was pretty much it. I have seen most universities make it optional, but I would not see that as a sign that they suspect most scores will be fraudulent (if they did, they would not accept them altogether probably); rather, I think it is they recognizing the fact that some pe
  11. Are you absolutely certain about this? The score report is exactly identical between the at-home and at-center versions, so in principle they would have no way of knowing this. I guess the committees could judge score reports according to the date, but test centers have continued working across the globe (I do not know about the US though). They would have to check the specific date and place you took the test, and check if there was some sort of lockdown that closed down test centers (which seems counterintuitive, as the whole thing about the GRE scores is that they are an easy and fast way o
  12. Thanks a lot for your reply! I will definitely consider your advice.
  13. I know this has been posted ad nauseam in the past, but my particular situation has a twist. So I'm planning to apply to grad school in december (if departments don't cancel it altogether due to covid), and I'm at a crossroads. I think I'll apply to about 8 departments in the US, all of which ask for three LoRs. Initially I took for granted that I was going to ask three of the profs I've worked with while an undergrad for a recommendation, as they know me pretty well and I like them. BUT, this semester I'll be working with a new professor, who is kind of like the 'rockstar' of my department (h
  14. According to the UMich site, "Due to the current public health crisis, the Political Science Department will not require the GRE for consideration for admission to the Fall 2021 term. If we choose to reinstate this requirement for Fall 2022 and onward, it will be noted here for that admissions cycle and within the Rackham application system." Shouldn't this be considered to fall under the optional category? Also, Berkeley is saying that "GRE scores will be considered supplemental materials and not used in the formal evaulation process for the 2021 application cycle," which I find
  15. This response is quite odd. I think I omitted the "I've read" part in "...every paper I've read that studies...", and for that I get a whole lecture on the importance of nuance. I apologize profusely for my mistake, professor. Many thanks, I will try to be more rigorous when writing on online forums in a language that is not mine. Anyway. Another odd response. While I completely agree that one should always keep in mind the dire state in which our discipline is (at least in relation to the job prospects), I find it troubling that someone would take the liberty to comment this way
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