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  1. Once you know the type of program you want, what do you look for in schools and how do you look for it? For example, I like to look at program websites and read up on what types of projects the faculty are working on or what types of theses students in the program have written. I also look into the town/city to try to get a sense of the neighborhood I might be living in. How about you guys? Is it usually OK to reach out to alumni you find through the program website and ask them about their experiences?
  2. Not to count my chickens before they're hatched, but as I applied to 10 different universities, have already been accepted to one and offered to interview for another, I think saying I will have more than one option is fairly reasonable. However, I've never been in that position before. For undergrad, I only applied to the school I attended. For my MA I attended the only school that accepted me. I've never had to choose between schools. Obviously money will be a factor, but what all else do you consider when deciding which offer to accept? How do you weight your considerations? Do you use pro/con lists? A chart? Flip a coin? Help a sista out and tell me what y'all do.
  3. Hello. I am new to the forum (American) and hold an MPA. I am waiting for admission status on a second graduate program that is more specialized. I am truly stunned by the volume of comments on the main roster that celebrate Acceptance, and then ask for advice on which school, or whether the applicant should even do the program. Not to mention those that ask for more details on the program they have just been accepted to! Ie., paraphrasing, "Received acceptance 3/31, how good is this program?" I realize a "shotgun" approach may be more common in some fields...but, come on! Is anyone else bewildered by this?
  4. Hello, I'm pursuing the PhD in Immunology, and have been admitted to USC, WashU, Weill Cornell (Cornell Med School in Manhattan) and University of Pennsylvania. I've already decided WashU and USC are off the list, (although I sincerely think WUSTL has an excellent program) and it's down to Cornell Vs Penn. I'm having a serious time making up my mind. Penn has a larger immunology community, while Cornell has a more focused/smaller department. I had a really great rapport with two PI's at Cornell, but I'm keeping the perspective that I may not rotate with them or get into their lab. Also only connecting with two PI's doesn't mean I have a grip in the rest of the program. I generally liked the PI's at Penn, but didn't have any PI that dead-set attracted my attention. However their community is so large it is likely there is a PI out there for me. There are a lot of factors aside from science, such as stipend levels, housing, and way of life. The housing at Cornell is pretty much pre-determined for you at the student housing across the street and isn't cheap, but the stipend is about $5500 more than Penn per year. Additionally I would have to sell my car (which is fairly in good condition) as a car in Manhattan isn't productive. On the plus side of that, not having a car means not dealing with car associated costs. The housing at Penn appears cheaper and more varied, but it would be a commute to school (from what I hear, it'll be a 30 min walk usually). The stipend is lower, but I would be able to bring a car, which would be nice around year 5 when I feel like driving somewhere. Anybody have some input on my situation, or familiarity with the programs? Any feedback is appreciated. Thank you,
  5. Hi guys, first post here, so I hope I get some replies. Im an international student, and have got admission into the MS programmes in mechanical engineering at UIUC and Purdue. I am also quite sure that i'll receive an admit from michigan and georgia tech. The question now is, that based on my interest in thermal sciences, how should I choose between them assuming: a ) I dont get an RAship from UIUC b ) I get an RAship from UIUC (to explain, I might get an RAship from UIUC ) Thus the second question: if I dont secure an RAship now, what is the probability of securing an RAship or TAship, once I join one of the universities. Any thermal seniors who might be able to guide me would be welcome....
  6. Hello all, I'm applying for a PhD in Computer Science, specifically in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. My plan is to apply to two top-tier schools (e.g., MIT, Stanford, Berkeley), three or four schools where I have a realistic chance of getting in given my credentials, and one or two safe schools. However, I'm having a though time assessing which tier of schools is the "right" one for me. At the moment I'm looking into Top 20-50 schools such as GeorgiaTech, Michigan (Ann Arbor), Washington, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), UCSD, UCLA, among others. However, I'm not sure if those ones are a little bit far-fetched for me. Anyone care to give a hand? For those interested, here is a brief summary of my credentials. If you want to take a look at my SoP, here is an old version (need to update it with info from a short internship I did this year). Thanks for any help!
  7. Hello all, My name is Luis, this is my first time posting here. Nice to meet you all! I'm applying for a PhD in Computer Science, specifically in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics. My plan is to apply to two top-tier schools (e.g., MIT, Stanford, Berkeley), three or four schools where I have a realistic chance of getting in given my credentials, and one or two safe schools. However, I'm having a though time assessing which tier of schools is the "right" one for me. At the moment I'm looking into Top 20-50 schools such as GeorgiaTech, Michigan (Ann Arbor), Washington, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), UCSD, UCLA, among others. However, I'm not sure if those ones are a little bit far-fetched for me. Anyone care to give a hand? For those interested, here is a summary of my credentials. Thanks for any help!
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