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Corral

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  1. Corral

    Fall 2012 Planning admissions?

    Got my acceptance letter for USC on Friday!
  2. One of my recommendation providers had technical issues uploading my LOR to the school's application system. After a long back-and-forth with the school's technical assistance team and the admissions office, the school told the recommendation provider to email them a copy and mail a hard-copy, which she did. This was in September. I emailed the person who was supposed to receive the e-copy and received no response (she never responds). I called the school a few weeks later and they said they received the hard copy. All set, right? I received an email from the school yesterday saying they never received a hard-copy or email of my LOR. I even called the school to speak with the person with whom I talked in September. She vaguely remembers this issue but was unaware of the LOR being sent. I know this is not true but I am having my recommendation provider, who is just a frustrated as I am, resend the LOR. My biggest concern is that, since it is now after the school's deadline to be considered for funding, that I will be left out of consideration because the school cannot find the LOR, either the hard-copy or electronic form. Any ideas on making sure I can still be considered for funding? r
  3. Anyone know about preferred resume length? For job apps, one page is preferred but I don't know if that is different for schools. I have a lot of undergrad volunteer work that I would like to mention and these experiences will require a lot of space on my already crowded (but visually appealing) one page resume.
  4. Is there anyone willing to review a first draft of an SOP for a Master's in Urban Planning? I could really use some advice to see if I am on the right track. It's only 800 words, if that helps.
  5. Does anyone have advice on the length of resumes for grad school? For job apps, one page is preferred but I don't know if that is different for schools. I have a lot of undergrad volunteer work that I would like to mention and these experiences will require a lot of space on my already crowded (but visually appealing) one page resume.
  6. Transpo-nerd, How do you like USC and where else did you apply? What would you say are USC's strengths and weaknesses?
  7. I am still unsure of what specific job I want after school, but I know that I want to be involved in transport/transit planning in some way. I want to use my time in grad school to explore different careers through internships etc. and network as much as possible to get a better idea of what specific type of job I would want. I am going into school with a fairly blank canvas with which to work. Trust me, I did not take the decision to return to school lightly. Sorry I could not be more helpful- what is your opinion on policy programs?
  8. I purchased the Planetizen guide from its website. It was $25 for the electronic version, which lets you download the guide as a PDF (it's about 350 pages) and keep forever. In addition to rankings, it has profiles of current for former urban planning students and very detailed profiles of each school, its concentrations, GRE/GPA/funding/employment stats, and more. It's worth the price. I looked at U Mich's program but it was too design and quant-heavy for me. Although U Maryland's program is in its school of architecture, I think that being 10 miles from DC helps keep the program from being too design/arch focused. I also emailed the director or UMD's program and he said the program was policy-focused.
  9. I'm applying to urban planning programs that have a transportation policy focus. Right now, I am definitely applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, USC, UCLA, and University of Maryland. The first three programs are all housed in the schools' public affairs, policy, or arts and sciences schools. Maryland, however, is based in the School of Architecture. I'm much more of a policy guy, and U-Maryland's curriculum has a strong policy focus. However, the curricula at other architecture-based schools I researched, such as Harvard and UPenn, have a greater focus on studios and design. How much difference does where a department is housed affect the curriculum? Also, can anyone recommend other top planning programs with a transportation focus? I am using the 2012 Planetizen Guide as a starting point. I have also considered applying to the planning programs and Tufts and FSU. I currently live in DC and prefer east cost schools, but I am willing to go anywhere to get a degree from a top school and eventually relocate to New England (hence the two Cali schools). About me: Recent grad from top liberal arts school with Government major and Econ minor and a 3.76 overall GPA. I've been working for the federal government for the past two years but not for DOT. GRE scores: 650-verbal and 690-quant. Thanks for any advice!
  10. This is my first posting on Grad Cafe, so here it goes.... I'm applying to urban planning programs that have a transportation policy focus. Right now, I am definitely applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, USC, UCLA, and University of Maryland. The first three programs are all housed in the schools' public affairs, policy, or arts and sciences schools. Maryland, however, is based in the School of Architecture. I'm much more of a policy guy, and U-Maryland's curriculum has a strong policy focus. However, the curricula at other architecture-based schools I researched, such as Harvard and UPenn, have a greater focus on studios and design. How much difference does where a department is housed affect the curriculum? Also, can anyone recommend other top planning programs with a transportation focus? I am using the 2012 Planetizen Guide as a starting point. I have also considered applying to the planning programs and Tufts and FSU. I currently live in DC and prefer east cost schools, but I am willing to go anywhere to get a degree from a top school and eventually relocate to New England (hence the two Cali schools). About me: Recent grad from top liberal arts school with Government major and Econ minor and a 3.76 overall GPA. I've been working for the federal government for the past two years but not for DOT. GRE scores: 650-verbal and 690-quant. Thanks for any advice!
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