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  1. Applying to: Chicago Harris MPP, Georgetown McCourt MPP, Duke Sanford MPP, Harvard Kennedy MPP, NYU Wagner MSPP Admitted to: Harris ($), McCourt ($$), Sanford ($$), NYU ($) Rejected: HKS Undergrad institution: Non-HYP Ivy Undergrad Major: Government, Minor in Public Policy Undergrad GPA: 3.81 (haven't calculated major GPA separately, but it's probably pretty close) Years out of undergrad: 1 at the time of application Quant Background: College credit for AP Calc, intro micro (B)/macro (A) econ, intro stats with R (A-), Mathematics in Politics (A), plus some
  2. Sure, I wasn't trying to imply that the PMF acceptance rate was higher at McCourt, just that whatever difference there may be wasn't significant enough to overcome the other factors. Obviously, we just have to estimate since we don't have actual data on how many people from each school apply, though like you I have no doubt a higher percentage of McCourt students apply than Harris's class. Anyway, like I said, it's not PMF or bust for me, it just seems like the most straightforward path. I'd be happy in a pretty wide variety of analyst roles in the fed/fed consulting world (which,
  3. Thank you both for your responses! I'm curious as to why @went_away thinks that Chicago would be more helpful with the PMF, since the MPP programs in each school sent the same number of students into the program last year despite Harris being 3-4x bigger than McCourt. I definitely want to be in DC post-graduation, even if it ends up being in a nonprofit research role or a non-PMF federal position, and building up a DC network is definitely one of the reasons why I think McCourt might be worth going to the (slightly) inferior program.
  4. Hi everyone, so in some ways this might be a less "where should I go" post and more a "am I shooting myself in the foot" post, since I think my mind is pretty close to made up. I was accepted into Harris (15k/year, tried to appeal, they declined) and McCourt (27k/year), and although I don't disagree with the discourse here that Harris is more academically rigorous and has a better managed program, I think I'm leaning towards McCourt for a number of reasons: 1. The weather. I was in upstate New York for undergrad, and I would absolutely love not to deal with frigid weather again. 2. I did a
  5. They gave me a new offer for a TAship for one quarter that pays 3k, but no further funding
  6. The costs vary by program. The link I included has all the information you need to calculate what the cost of your tuition will be.
  7. You can find information about tuition fees and cost of living here: https://mccourt.georgetown.edu/new-students/tuition-financial-aid-and-scholarships/. As for the second question, from earlier in this thread, can confirm this answer:
  8. Thanks for the response, but the first number on the "Harris by the Numbers" graphic says that they have over 1,100 students in total, which seems kind of incompatible with what you're suggesting, doesn't it?
  9. I have kind of a dumb question. So on this page https://harris.uchicago.edu/about/who-we-are/career-outcomes-report/employers, it says about 325 students graduated from Harris (apparently across all programs) in the class of 2019. But on this page https://harris.uchicago.edu/about/who-we-are/harris-by-the-numbers, it says that they had an incoming class of nearly 600 in 2020. Am I misreading something, or did they nearly double their class size in a couple of years? If so, does anyone think that's a red flag about the amount of individualized attention they might provide to students now (along
  10. Yeah, I'm not sure if they're just being overly cautious or if there's some issue they foresee that we don't.
  11. Just wanna add that the other schools I've applied to who have divulged some info have said that their plan is to be in person with the exception of large lecture classes, since those present the highest COVID risk and are hurt the least by the shift to Zoom.
  12. Isn't this to be expected, given the pandemic-induced recession? Their past years seem to be much higher (ex. 97% the year before). I haven't been able to find other comparable schools who have published reports for last year's class yet, but I assume they'll see some slight dips too.
  13. I did last week, but no word yet! Hoping they don't take until the 4/10 date they quoted.
  14. In case this is helpful to anyone, I tried to leverage my Duke offer to ask for more funding, and received a response that essentially stated they only negotiate merit aid if there are new professional or academic achievements. They added that they've increased their initial offers to compensate for this new system, which explains why so many of us got 27k, an amount that, as @GradSchoolGrad pointed out, they never have before.
  15. Just got the email. 25k in funding/year, plus 4k each for two assistantships in the middle two semesters and up to a 2500 stipend for a summer internship. I assume those last two components are standard for everyone.
  16. Same to the 27K offer/timing/no RA offer. Would've loved to get an offer, though. If I end up enrolling there, I hope there are opportunities to get one later on.
  17. Some of us have been posting in the Duke thread in the "Waiting it Out" subsection, but I imagine they'll migrate to this thread now that acceptances are rolling out. I was surprised they called over the weekend too. Hoping for a good offer!
  18. Congrats! I got a voicemail from an admin officer and haven't had a chance to call back yet. Did they give you any funding info? Hoping we don't need to wait too long on that.
  19. Yeah, I'm not sure either. One year saves a ton on the cost of living and eliminates the opportunity cost of not working full-time for another year, but the combination of how new the program is and how small it is means there's basically no alumni network. I don't know if it's smart to pay 80k+ to be a guinea pig. My current plan is to wait for the other schools I've applied to and use the best offer to leverage more scholarship money from the rest of the schools. If NYU doesn't pony up more (and I don't expect them to) then I'm probably leaning towards turning it down in favor of a more esta
  20. I applied to the MSPP, which is only a one year program but still has basically the same tuition as the two-year MPA since it's a 42 credit program, and got 15k off tuition from a "MS in Public Policy Scholarship."
  21. Did anyone else apply/get admitted to the MSPP program? Kind of curious what people think since it's pretty new.
  22. In a session today they said they'll provide "updates" at the end of February. Not sure if it'll be final decisions, but at least that's some info!
  23. Applying to: Chicago Harris MPP, Georgetown McCourt MPP, Duke Sanford MPP, Harvard Kennedy MPP, NYU Wagner MSPP Admitted to: Chicago Harris (~30% off tuition), Georgetown McCourt (50% off tuition) Still Waiting: NYU, Harvard, Duke Undergrad institution: Non-HYP Ivy Undergrad Major: Government, Minor in Public Policy Undergrad GPA: 3.81 (Graduated with Distinction) Years out of undergrad: 2 Quant Background: College credit for AP Calc, intro micro (B)/macro (A) econ, intro stats with R (A-), Mathematics in Politics (logic and slightly game theory-focused co
  24. Young, white, and not a lawyer, and I also got one of those "I'd like to chat for 20 minutes, also we waived your fee" emails before I submitted my application. I was as surprised as you guys when it turned out to be more of a Q&A with me asking the Qs. I was admitted, so hopefully it's a good sign for you guys too!
  25. Just want to add that I asked the admissions office and they confirmed that you're right. They said they plan on emailing people who were awarded funding soon to clarify. Thanks!
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