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    foxcarnival got a reaction from spotted in 2020/21 Cycle Profile/Results/Lessons   
    PROFILE
    Type of Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college in the Midwest
    Major(s)/Minor(s): Political science/History
    Undergrad GPA: 3.87
    Type of Grad: n/a (I'm still an undergrad)
    Grad GPA: n/a
    GRE: 168 verbal 156 quant, 4.5 writing
    Any Special Courses: Statistical modeling with R, math up through Calc II (I used to be a math major), accelerated stats sequence, undergrad thesis/capstone
    Letters of Recommendation: My academic advisor, the department chair, for whom I TAed and researched, and my thesis supervisor
    Teaching Experience: TAed a first year seminar this past fall
    Other: Received a grant to sponsor collaborative research with a faculty mentor last summer and work for the department currently
    RESULTS
    Acceptances: UIUC (admitted from the waitlist), Chicago MAPSS (partial funding)
    Rejections: Princeton, Harvard, UCLA, Duke, Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins, Chicago (PhD), UVA, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame (interviewed and then invited to/attended virtual visit)
    1. If possible, the writing sample should reflect your research interests. I submitted my undergrad thesis in political psychology, but applied as a theorist to the majority of schools because of my low quant GRE scores and a sustained interest in philosophy. 
    2. GRE scores don't matter as much as I had thought. I really limited myself by thinking that I could only get admitted in a non-quantitative subfield, but then ended up getting admitted for AP and taking an offer at an institution with a really rigorous intro methods sequence. 
    3. Fit matters. I had a shortlist of 5 schools last November, but when Minnesota and Carolina both announced they weren't admitting students this cycle, I called up my advisor and sent out applications to every school he recommended, regardless of my fit in the department. It wasn't the best move, but I genuinely had no idea what to do once the number of schools to which I was applying was basically halved. The process was rushed and I frankly regret applying to as many schools as I did (11) because those that interviewed or admitted me were the three schools to which I was already going to apply. 
    4. Apply to MA programs if you don't already have one! When it seemed like my cycle was over, I scrambled to submit MA applications but found across the board that I had missed the funding deadlines. Even if you want to go straight to PhD, it's truly better to be safe than sorry. 
    5. Overall, I just feel really fortunate to have received an offer this year. This cycle was absolutely gruesome and I think that grad admissions will be forever changed. Programs that didn't take students will begin admitting again, but it seems as though smaller cohorts are going to be the norm. I fear that theory students are increasingly going to find that there are fewer places and fewer spots available for them. 
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from Angelo X in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    I'm AP!
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    foxcarnival reacted to Angelo X in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Congratulations! Can I ask your subfield? Thanks!
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from Angelo X in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Claiming an admit from the waitlist at UIUC! I'll be accepting the offer shortly. I'm so excited to begin my graduate work and thankful for the chance to do it in a department that's such a good fit for me and my interests.
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from kestrel18 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Claiming an admit from the waitlist at UIUC! I'll be accepting the offer shortly. I'm so excited to begin my graduate work and thankful for the chance to do it in a department that's such a good fit for me and my interests.
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from spotted in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Claiming an admit from the waitlist at UIUC! I'll be accepting the offer shortly. I'm so excited to begin my graduate work and thankful for the chance to do it in a department that's such a good fit for me and my interests.
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    foxcarnival reacted to spotted in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Hey yall, I got off of the waitlist at Maryland as well this week and am likely to accept their offer after speaking with my advisor. I plan on declining my Illinois offer soon, hopefully that helps one of you guys! Thanks to those who made it possible for me to get off of my waitlists, and thanks for all the support on this forum and good luck to all ❤️
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from ovejal in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    I received a rejection on March 6. They sent an email indicating that I should check the portal. I (and perhaps others) haven't been very good about logging official rejections after assuming for so long that would be the case. 
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from h_lenah in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Accepted at Chicago MAPSS! This is my first admissions offer this cycle; I'm so thrilled and relieved.
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    foxcarnival reacted to New_Frequency in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Also claiming a MAPSS acceptance!! Would love to connect with anyone else who may be going, particularly Americanists.
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from Lurker929 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Accepted at Chicago MAPSS! This is my first admissions offer this cycle; I'm so thrilled and relieved.
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from djuric in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Accepted at Chicago MAPSS! This is my first admissions offer this cycle; I'm so thrilled and relieved.
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from New_Frequency in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Accepted at Chicago MAPSS! This is my first admissions offer this cycle; I'm so thrilled and relieved.
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from spotted in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Accepted at Chicago MAPSS! This is my first admissions offer this cycle; I'm so thrilled and relieved.
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    foxcarnival reacted to cbsag123 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Has anyone heard back from MAPSS?
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from StarkDark1 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Another Chicago reject and a referral to MAPSS! Really thrilled; I would do an MA at Chicago in a heartbeat, if admitted.
    0a/1w/7r/4p
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    foxcarnival reacted to spotted in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    logged on just now to see all the berkeley/chicago/michigan acceptances go out
    ive got 4 more schools to go.. I only need one
    at least thats what my advisor tells me lol
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from StarkDark1 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Rejected from University of Virginia. I'm pretty bummed, but am trying to be patient and keep hope!
    Congrats to all who were accepted; best of luck!
    0a/1w/2r/8p
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    foxcarnival reacted to Theory007 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Any UVA admits? Fields?
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    foxcarnival got a reaction from NeedaMormon in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Also waitlisted at UIUC. Happy to finally hear back!
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    foxcarnival reacted to spotted in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    JUST GOT WAITLISTED AT UIUC!! 
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    foxcarnival reacted to NeedaMormon in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Just received a waitlist email for UIUC. Mentioned the applicant pool was twice the size of last year.
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    foxcarnival reacted to afjackie in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    Hey everyone! I've been tracking this page for the last couple weeks and wanted to report that I just got an email to interview with the Kroc Institute at Notre Dame for the PhD in Peace Studies and Political Science. 
    I also wanted to say thank you to all of the folks posting positive notes and support for one another. This is a really hard year for everyone, and I know all of our anxiety levels are at an all-time high with so much uncertainty in the world 
    Fingers crossed for everyone out there, and thanks to others who posted their previous interview questions!
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    foxcarnival reacted to Theory007 in 2020-2021 Application Thread   
    As I mentioned in my previous post, admission decisions are likely to begin coming out soon. I encourage all you amazingly smart and driven people to do your very best not to go insane in the meantime. I recommend to try to stay busy with other things and resist the temptation to check your email every 5 minutes. Know also that you may feel disheartened when you dont hear from a school on the day where acceptances come out. Unfortunately that is just a part of the process and usually it does not speed things along to inquire professors and staff about your application.
    Finally I'll say that even if your applications are not successful this round then do like many of us have done and reapply next year or the year after. A phd is not something anyone can accomplish over night and it really makes no difference if you postpone by a year or two. But best of luck! I'm sure many of you will receive great - and life transforming - news the coming months!
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