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  1. harpert1

    UChicago, MSW 2019

    Hello, everyone! I know that it's a bit early in the admissions cycle, but I recently submitted my application to Chicago and I started getting excited. Hoping that we can share information about decisions, scholarships, and anxiety as time goes on!
  2. Hi all, I'm thinking about applying to Duke (both ThD and PhD), Chicago, and Fuller for a PhD in theology (with an emphasis on theological ethics, political theology, modern theology (19th century European)). I would love to hear feedback from some people with experience regarding my chances for acceptance. I have two major concerns about my credentials, but I'll lay out my profile to provide some context. B.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers University. (GPA 2.0) <-- first major point of concern-- I was NOT in a good place at the time, struggling with depression and probably generally was too immature. M.Div Westminster Theological Seminary (GPA 3.65) M.Th University of Edinburgh (67.5% -- 2:1 honors) According to the Fulbright UK-US Commission, the UK mark conversion to US goes something like this: 65-69 --> 2:1 honors --> 3.7 GPA, 70+ --> 1st Class honors --> 4.0 GPA I received a 70 on my dissertation portion. I had one rogue negative mark (48%) in one of my classes due to severe illness. Without this one class, my cumulative average jumps up to 70% which would have made me eligible for graduation with distinction and 1st class honors. I was also the Postgraduate Taught Masters Programme Student Representative I've received feedback from two professors who know me well, one of whom is a very well established scholar in the field of theology and society/politics (David Fergusson) at UoE and they both said they are happy to write a strong reference for me. Fergusson especially was one of the markers for my dissertation and I also received a 71 in his class. The prof for whose class I received the low mark told me he'd be willing to write a note to explain that my mark would have been significantly higher if not for the late penalty for a paper submitted due to illness. I have presented 2 papers at two separate academic conferences, and I have 1 published book review. I have not yet taken the GRE, but I will be taking it in a week. The Practice Test from ETS PowerPrep marked me at 163V, 151Q and a practice test from Princeton Review at me at 163V, 150Q, 5.5AW. That was from about 2 months ago, and I've been studying aggressively since then to brush up on my math, so I believe both my verbal and my math would see some improvement when I take it next week. I also have, as part of my M.Th degree, a 15,000 word dissertation written. I've worked hard since finishing my undergrad to make up for my past flaws, but that one negative mark on my Edinburgh record is haunting me. I know that both Duke and Chicago are extremely competitive, so I don't know to what realistic extent I can actually compensate for my undergrad record with my UoE record. The negative mark doesn't help either. Does anyone with experience at either of these schools have some honest, blunt feedback for how competitive (or not) I'd be as a candidate? Sorry for the long wall of text and thanks in advance for any feedback you guys can give me!
  3. Hello all! I have been accepted to UIC for the PhD in Community Health Services and likely will be attending. Has anyone else been accepted, is thinking of attending, or is currently attending? I am going to the admitted students day on March 23, but do not know if that is just Public Health. I thought I would start a strand, regardless of discipline (I tried one in the Public Health section), to get to know people and/or see what their experiences here have been. Plus when we get down to it, things like what part of town are you going to live in, etc. Hope to hear from some people!
  4. I am trying to decide between which two Biotechnology programs to attend in the fall. The first program is the NYU Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship Program which is great because of its interdisciplinary curriculum in both biotechnology and business. They also offerered me a generous scholarship. On visiting the campus and speaking with faculty it seems promising. I was selected for an additional scholarship and feel like the financial aid office is forthcoming with working with me to cover tuition costs. The research areas are good with opportunities to do research at the renowned memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center. Their career center also seems to be very effective with support for internships, interviews, jobs and whatnot and NY is at the center of it all. There is however no denying that cost of living and accommodation in the city is ridiculously high. On the other hand, Northwestern University's Biotechnology program comes with a minor in Engineering management/ Entrepreneurship with a similar flexibility to NYU but with a seemingly greater concentration on developing wet lab skills. It's location in Evanston, IL a Chicago school town is nice and it's a large campus. On visiting the campus, the faculty also seem welcoming and they have interesting personal development courses, site-visits to biotechnology companies on the east coast for networking, career fairs and great internship assistance. The tuition is much higher than that of NYU and the scholarship while generous, doesn't cover much. I would have to look to loans and aid to cover the chunk. The research areas are also nice with opportunities to work in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cancer biology at the northwestern school of medicine. At this point, I don't know which school to consider because I would gladly go to any of them as they are both great schools and I'm privileged to be considered for both. I don't know if Northwestern is worth taking out large loans for in comparison to NYU that the tuition is mostly covered by scholarship. I can't imagine which program would make me stand out with limitless opportunities at the end of the duration. I need any suggestions, opinions, ideas and help that would enable me to see some light.. Thank you!!
  5. MSWApplicantFall2018

    UChicago SSA Fall 2018 AM Applicants

    Who's applying to University of Chicago SSA for Fall 2018? Anyone applying to the new advanced standing program? Any acceptances, funding info? Good luck everyone!
  6. Hi everyone, I've recently discovered this forum and have been obsessed with it for days, which is good and bad because I learn so many useful things or see reassuring advice, but I also worry about getting to excited and hopeful and having my heart broken by being rejected. I am an undergraduate senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My major is psychology, minor is sociology and I've applied to 5 MSW programs for the fall of 2018. UIC's Jane Addams College of Social Work, Depaul University, Loyola University Chicago, the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and lastly the application that was submitted just yesterday, Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work. So far, I've been accepted in UIC, ICSW, and still waiting to hear back from LUC, Depaul, and Hunter. I originally only choose to apply to the four programs in Chicago because I thought moving out of state would be way too expensive and I was kind of scared that I couldn't live out of state on my own. When applying in December-January I briefly contemplated applying to programs in New York because I've always wanted to live there but I quickly gave up on the thought because I told myself it was too expensive to move/no one in my family would support me moving/and I was already struggling with applications fee and transcripts order fees for the few programs here in Chicago. I recently fell in love with Hunter's program and just knew I had to apply, so I scraped together money for the application fee and asked my recommenders if they wouldn't mind sending their letters to just one more school. I'm worried slightly about my chance of getting into Hunter this late in the season. I mean everyday from hour to hour, I tell myself it's all good, I'm a decent applicant and other times I feel like a complete loser and like Hunter is out of my league. I guess I just want to vent and also ask if any of you think I could swing it? I haven't really told anyone about applying to Hunter except my best friend and my recommenders, of course and I'm sure my friend is tired of hearing me blather about it all day haha. So like I said I'm at UG senior here at UIC, I transferred here two years ago after getting my AA in psych at a community college back home in Champaign. My GPAs at UIC are 3.0 overall and 3.2 for my major. GPAs at CC were 3.0 overall and 3.5 for my major. I have not taken the GRE because none of the programs I applied to required it, including Hunter. I've worked as a resident assistant at UIC for a year now, but have also kept a steady job since starting college in 2013, I was on the executive board of a community service and volunteer organization on campus called Alternative Spring Break, I've cheered on the university's competitive cheerleading team, I volunteer every holiday season with the Salvation Army with my mother who is a case worker for them in Atlanta, I worked for a year early on in my time in CC as an AVID tutor. If you're not familiar with AVID, it's a college readiness program for high achieving middle and high students from backgrounds less likely to go to college. I was also a student in this program in middle school so it was a personal honor to actually be involved as a tutor. I haven't worked in any research here at UIC or worked as a research assistant but I'm hoping all my other extracurriculars and volunteer work show that I am able to handle many things on my plate and am prepared for the challenges of graduate level coursework. Also in my time at UIC, I've been given the opportunity to help with administrative and registration tasks in preparation for the JACSW Training Institute for school social workers every summer since moving to Chicago in 2016. In addition to prep, I also assist in administrative tasks during the training institute and have been able to sit in on quite a few sessions, talked with a lot of school social workers in the field, and just get my foot in the door slightly when it comes to social work. I work primarily with one of the assistant clinical professors who puts on the event and her phd student that works with her, both of whom are 2 of my recommenders. And last but I hope not least, I recently was nominated and won UIC's 2018 Annual Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Award so I hope that looks nice on my applications. I've noticed a lot of people on here when they speak about their Hunter interviews emphasize how important diversity is to Hunter. UIC is quite frequently ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the country and it's something the university is very proud about celebrating. In my time at UIC I can say that I have benefitted so much from the diverse student and faculty population here, especially within the campus housing department who is the largest student employer on campus and I have worked for my entire time here at UIC. So I think when it comes to speaking about diversity, I have a leg up, because it's all that's surrounded me for two years and something UIC is always focusing on. So I know that was a lot, thank you if you read it all haha. Do you think I have a shot at Hunter? Even if I applied this late in the season?
  7. Ellen123

    Harris 2018

    Didn't see a thread for Harris 2018, so I thought I would start one since today is the Early Action deadline! Did anyone else apply Early Action? Chicago is my top choice, so I am crossing my fingers until we hear back in mid-December...
  8. angstykitty

    MPA vs. MALD

    Hi Guys, Long (long) time lurker first-time poster here. Any input will go a long way in helping me decide which program is best suited to my personal situation. I am an Indian applicant looking to move to the US somewhat long-term . I am a lawyer by training and since graduating from law school I have worked as a policy professional for the past 3 years in not for profit thinktanks in India. My focus areas have been access to health, cybersecurity and judicial reforms, but I am sector and subject agnostic as I enter grad school. I have received admits from the following schools 1. Michigan Ford - no aid 2. Chicago Harris - no aid 3. Georgetown McCourt - 15000 per year in aid (tuition is 55k py) 4. George Washington Trachtenberg - 20000 per year in aid (tuition is 35k py) 5. Columbia SIPA - 12000 per year in aid (60k py tuition) 6. Fletcher MALD - 20000 per year in aid (45k py tuition) I have ruled out Michigan, SIPA and Chicago since thy are not financially viable even though I am still wowed by Chicago's program. I have been advised to turn down George Washington despite the aid since the school does not have as much international recognition, in the event that I won't be able to stay on in the US. Am I being misled? Does the programs raking or eliteness make that much of a difference? My focus after graduating is definitely securing employment and staying on in the US (it will be insanely difficult to pay back this kind of money on a public service job in my domestic currency). I am now attempting to choose between Georgetowns MPP and Fletchers MALD. Is Georgetown's DC location worth pay twice as much as I would at Fletcher? Is the MPP degree more marketable in the long-term than an MALD degree? I enjoy being a generalist and am looking to gain skills that can be applied across sectors. That said will the heavier quant training at an MPP/MPA program make me more employable? I have mostly worked in academia and non-profits, and am now interested in exploring private sector (but still have good work-life balance). I am also second guessing rejecting Columbia's offer since some people have advised that being in NY will serve me well as an international student, and that I can recoup costs by taking up a consulting job. Likewise I am worried that I am making a huge mistake turning down GWUs scholarship. Any advice or insight you are able to provide will be really helpful. (Hoping @Prester John and @ExponentialDecay will comment. Thanks.
  9. Does anyone know when Chicago sends out responses for second round applicants to the MAPH? Is it all at once or are admissions rolling?
  10. CCUCasey

    UChicago PhD FA-2018

    Hey everyone! I've been offered admission to UChicago's PhD program in political science (IR) and will be attending! Has anyone else been accepted and thinking of attending? I'd love to get in touch with some other people who had been admitted, even if they're in other programs!
  11. Hello, With the April 15th deadline for decision at GW fast approaching, I have been facing a lot of stress in deciding between two programs for IR. I was accepted into the IR and Latin America and Hemispheric Studies program at the elliot school and also received admission to Uchicago's Committee on International Relations. I was able to attend an online admitted student session for the Elliot School in addition to a campus visit day last summer- I came away from both of these events feeling very encouraged and amazed by the vast resources and opportunities Elliot has to offer, and have recently been in contact with several alums who have had nothing but positive experiences to share with me. However, yesterday I attending the admitted student day at Chicago and now feel torn between the two programs. After comparing both of the academic presentations, I feel as though these programs are moving in different directions; Chicago has a mandatory thesis requirement with intense focus on academics, Elliot seems more geared towards professional development. Are there any alums from either of these programs that could comment on their experiences and maybe provide some more clarity to this decision making process? Anyone else making this decision- what are some of the areas that you think stand out from each program that made you decide to pursue or not pursue one or the other? Of course I feel very lucky to be given a choice between these two great programs and most definitely appreciate any advice/comments about either experience.
  12. I got into the MS Biostatistics programs at UT SPH, UIC(University of Illinois at Chicago). Unfortunately, both no funding. I need help deciding which one to choose. Are these different school UT SPH(University of Texas Health Science Center) and GSBS UTH? Biostat1. Harvard, Hopkins, Washington4. UNC5. Michigan6. Berkeley7. Minnesota, Wisconsin9. Columbia, UCLA, UT MD Anderson12. Penn, Yale14. Emory15. Brown, Duke, Vanderbilt18. BU, UC Davis20. Florida, Iowa, Rochester, UT Houston24. Medical College of Wisconsin25. Illinois Chicago26. Case Western27. Colorado Denver28. Massachusetts Amherst29. South Carolina, SUNY Buffalo31. Kansas, Alabama33. SUNY Albany, Cincinnati, VCU According to US News rank, It seems like UT Houston over Illinois Chicago. If anybody can share their insights about the program, and also about the job scenario in Houston or Chicago then it would be really helpful.
  13. next9131

    IIT MMF VS IIT MSF

    I was offered an admission from IIT Masters of science in Finance I am hesitating to enroll in MSF. What is better?? and Why is it better??
  14. WonderingWondering

    2018 Statistics Decisions

    Hi everyone, Making decision is a tough thing. So I'm asking questions to you, and if someone helps me, I will appreciate it very much! I major in mathematics and now apply to PhD programs in statistics. Now I have offers from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, and both of them are with full funding. I think both of them are attractive, so I'm very struggling now... My career plan is to be in academia. My current research interest is about machine learning and statistical learning. But to be honest, I'm not quite sure about whether I will maintain this interest because I just have a very limited knowledge of other areas in statistics now. Thank you in advance!
  15. Quinoa96

    UChicago Funding

    Hey y'all! I just recently got the recent of my scholarship package from UChicago, and I just have some questions about cost of living and tuition. I know that whenever I college posts its overall tuition, it is more of an average estimate. With that being said I received $25,900 in scholarships, $4,860 for Work Study, $20,000 in unsub loans, and $27,769 in gradplus loan. I obviously do not intend on taking out all of those loans, but I also am not as afraid of taking out loans as most people are. Do y'all think that these are good numbers to have as far as funding is concerned? Also I figured, that some of the money could go towards housing (hence why I'm down for taking out some loans at least for my first year so I can get situated) Just trying to make some informed decisions about college lmfao. Thanks y'all!
  16. Hello, all! I am in desperate need of advice. I applied this cycle to 9 PhD programs in Public Policy and was rejected from all 9. While this is largely speculative, I believe my biggest weakness in terms of my apps was my lack of quantitative/math/econ training (qualitative BA and less than stellar GRE score of 156). Aside from that, strong undergrad GPA from UC Berkeley, senior honors thesis focused on policy, 1.5 years of research/evaluation experience in the industry, 2 years of RA work for 2 professors. I now have the opportunity to complete an MA and hopefully compensate for the quantitative gaps in my CV. I am hoping for input on which program I should pursue (in other words, which program would be most impressive to admissions committees and provide the best prep for a PhD in Public Policy/Economics). 1. LSE, Social Research Methods 2. Oxford, Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation 3. NYU, Applied Quantitative Research 4. Columbia, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 5. Chicago, Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods Please help!!
  17. Hi! Has anyone applied to the Committee on Social Thought this year? Any news?
  18. ????????

    CIR Chicago

    Hello all, I was accepted to the CIR program at Chicago (very excited and surprised) with 38k in funding. Yet this still means I need to shell out a lot of money for a masters. I plan to follow through with a phd program. I'm very interested in improving my language skills and doing a research assistantship. Are these goals feasible in a single year in such a rigorous program? Is 19,000 dollars in debt a deathtrap for a masters? Is this an normal amount of funding? I'm basically right out of undergraduate with a little research experience and time abroad (+bad quant GRE). I'm not willing to wait for another application round. Any advice?
  19. So my overall GPA is 2.44, and this is only because I left art school because of general depression at 18. 4 F's, haha. I think I had a hard time adjusting away from my family the first year, and I realized just because I was GOOD at art, didn't mean it's what I wanting to do as a career. My institutional isn't great either, at 3.12. I spent the past few years in college only giving the bare minimum of my potential, as I really had no direction. I made all A's in my art classes, then tried my hand at psych hoping something clicked. I knew I didn't want to work in the art field. So I messed around in psych, didn't try very hard, made A's B's and C's. I run my own, pretty successful, small business, run a gallery space, and nanny. So school kind of came second to those things, since I enjoyed them and felt I had no direction career wise. Well I took a careers class this semester and it was like a lightbulb went off when a social worker spoke to our class. I did a lot more research and spoke to many people about it, and I'm completely sure it's what I want. That class should be freaking required for freshman year. I'm 2 semesters away from graduating with a degree in psych and a minor in art. I'm planning on closing my small business at the end of next semester and moving to Chicago. Currently, I have a lot of child care experience. I just got an internship working with refugee high schoolers, and am getting a second internship/job under a Psychologist with her own practice. I'm about to do a study abroad in Dubai, and have three solid recommendation writers (two with PhDs in psychology). I'm hoping my childcare experience (including kids on the spectrum and with neurodiversity) will reflect well. I absolutely have the potential to make all A's, I just didn't really have the motivation to so without a purpose. I'm considering working for a year before applying, but I would like to go soon; I don't want to be the oldest person in my classes (i'm currently 27...I guess that's a normal age for grad school?? haha). Anyway, does all this sound like enough to be accepted into a decent program? I plan on applying to these programs. Loyola University of Chicago- Requirements: none. Anyone with bachelors degree University of Chicago-No minimum GPA but applicants usually have 3.5-4.0 Jane adams Social Work- 2.75 GPA for last 60 credit hours. DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences- GPA requirements 2.7 I think I just need advice on things I need to add, maybe hear some of your personal stories as well. Thanks!
  20. Hello, all! I'm still in the process of editing my writing sample, but the issue I'm trying to figure out is the writing style. The most recent paper I have is from an interdisciplinary foundations graduate course, but the professor required us to use APA. Should I keep it that way if I'm applying to a Classical Studies MA program? I've been trying to figure out if I should make it Chicago before putting it in with my application; the biggest issue I'm concerned about is that the writing sample is what the university uses to judge whether to offer the student funding or not. So, I want to make sure the formatting is done well in addition to the paper being written well. Since it also deals with disabilities studies in my paper, I suppose the APA might be okay, but I'm nervous about it. Any suggestions?
  21. LeraK

    What are my chances?

    Hi all, I recently applied to both Harvard and Chicago's history PhD programs, and of course, now I am wondering about my chances. I am currently on a Fulbright ETA in my country of interest. I speak Russian and Ukrainian at intermediate high levels. My GRE was not amazing (158V, 155Q, 5AW), and my gpa was a 3.48 from undergrad (a semester with 5 classes and mono really messed me up). I did an honors thesis and used it for my writing sample, and almost every citation was in the original Russian. One of my letter writers got his PhD from Harvard, and my POI knew him well, and seemed to respect him, so I am hoping that works out in my favor. I have also begun working with a Harvard professor outside of the history department as a copy editor for a relevant journal to my intended field. Thanks for any input
  22. ghostbabby

    UIC MSW Fall 2017

    I applied in January to UIC. I have seen threads from years past that said UIC was notorious for having a long delay in getting back to applicants. This is the only school I applied to (want to stay in Chicago, did private undergrad at Loyola, can't afford private masters) and I just wanted to know if anyone else had been accepted and how long it took?
  23. Well, can't say I'm surprised that I got denied into grad schools this time around. It seemed almost impossible to try and compile an outstanding CDCAS application when I already had so much going on with my schoolwork in undergrad. Anyways, for all the people like myself who are feeling down, just wanted to put it out there that Karen George at Chicago Speech Therapy is hiring for people like us! I just interviewed and was BLOWN AWAY. I honestly would've never expected this opportunity to exist, especially because on their posting on indeed it was for an SLPA and I thought for sure I didn't have a chance without licensure. They do pediatric in-home therapy, but have three 'day' programs where kids come in and do language enrichment stuff. Super cool opportunity! Just thought I would share because it gave me hope and could really improve my odds for acceptance next year!
  24. Hey All! Cross-posting this from Decisions-Decisions. Going semi-crazy over here trying to make a decision between Chicago and Duke, would love some input. My main motivation with the MPP is to advance my quant skills. Currently working for an international climate/development NGO, and would like to continue this sort of work either for an org like the World Bank, or in a developing country... That being said, I want a strong technical and broadly applicable skillset in case I make career shifts later on. I went to both admitted students days and was impressed by both programs (I know a lot of people had negative reactions to Chicago... I had a few eyerolls but was fine besides that). Duke has offered me more money (60k vs 25k), but I wonder if Chicago has a better brand name. Where do you think the two schools stand on brand strength in relation to each other and big name schools like HKS, Berkeley, Princeton? Also think Chicago will likely give a more rigurous quant skillset, but unsure how much more to pay for that. Thanks!
  25. Hey All, Going semi-crazy over here trying to make a decision between Chicago and Duke, would love some input. My main motivation with the MPP is to advance my quant skills. Currently working for an international climate/development NGO, and would like to continue this sort of work either for an org like the World Bank, or in a developing country... That being said, I want a strong technical and broadly applicable skillset in case I make career shifts later on. I went to both admitted students days and was impressed by both programs (I know a lot of people had negative reactions to Chicago... I had a few eyerolls but was fine besides that). Duke has offered me more money (60k vs 25k), but I wonder if Chicago has a better brand name. Where do you think the two schools stand on brand strength in relation to each other and big name schools like HKS, Berkeley, Princeton? Also think Chicago will likely give a more rigurous quant skillset, but unsure how much more to pay for that. Thanks!
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