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  1. Hi all! I'm an out-of-field grad school applicant, and I recently found out that I got into both of the programs that I applied to: Appalachian State University and Vanderbilt University. I'm so excited to have been accepted into a program, but I would love some advice. I'm wondering if Vanderbilt is worth the extra cost? Appalachian State would run about $15,000/year for an out-of-state student, while Vanderbilt costs around $45,000. However, Vanderbilt holds a much higher rank and has access to some truly amazing research facilities. Living in Nashville would also allow for more accessible clinicals compared to Boone; but, Nashville is also a much more expensive city. I'm a first-generation college (and grad) student, and navigating the world of admissions is a bit intimidating for me. I'm still kind of in a state of shock and awe that I was even accepted int a program, so I would love and appreciate any advice. Thank you!
  2. Hi! Does anyone apply for Upenn MBDS (Master in Behavioral and Decision Sciences) for this Fall 2022? I know it's a bit too early to ask around whether someone has got the offer but I want to create this thread for all the applicants so that we can exchange updates/news. I applied for the regular round and impatiently waiting for the response Do you guys apply for other similar programs??
  3. Confused between UC Berkeley and UPenn. Cost is pretty similar with scholarships and such. Looking for the one that will give access to better job opportunities not just in US but across the world. Any opinions?
  4. Utah: Slightly better faculty members (better training) Working as RA (better training) Research Data Center (will attract faculty members in the future?) Collaborating with senior professor here UW: Better brand (how much does that help in placement?) Working a lot as TA in the first two years (a waste of time) Slightly better placements (count that much?) Better location of the university Any comments would be appreciated!
  5. I just heard back from 3 of 4 schools I applied to but am having a hard time grappling with the pros/cons of each program. I got into Georgetown McCourt, Duke Sanford, and Harvard Graduate School of Education (Education Policy Focus). McCourt is the only one that has updated their information about financial aid, which was a substantial amount, more than I would expect from the other two. Could someone break down the pros/cons of each program, especially as they pertain to my interest in Education Policy?
  6. Hi! Has anyone that apply for LSE MSc Behavioral Sciences for this year (2022) heard back from the program? Especially those that apply in late Jan 2022 Thanks!
  7. I believe many received MS Artificial Intelligence And Innovation admits and waitlist decisions last Friday, the 28th of Jan. I haven't heard back, does this translate into a reject? I had previously received two views on my video essay.
  8. Hey guys i was going through the results and just saw that one person was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts &Science REECA program, did any one else her back anything? if You did not hear from the yet, does this result to a rejection letter? i'm just nervous waiting haha
  9. I have applied for Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering for Winter 2020 intake on July 7th. My undergrad % is 74% with IELTS score as 7. But my application status still shows 'Priliminary review required' Does this mean I must leave hopes on this Carleton University?
  10. Hi! Created this thread where we can share admission decisions from Canadian universities for Master's and PhD.
  11. I am currently wait-listed for the given program. I will possibly get some acceptances oncoming weeks, that I will have to answer. Should I wait for CEU until the end of May? Is there any experience of being admitted right after the wait-list? Vielen Dank!
  12. I applied for Uottawa's Fall 2021 CS masters program (concentration in applied AI) on the 15th of January. Recently, I found out that my application status got updated to "Second Evaluation" on the 9th of this month. I wanted to ask how long this takes or if anyone finds themselves in this same situation.
  13. I've seen posts regarding PhD decision-anxiety after the April 15th decision deadline, but most posts seem to have dealt with regret/anxieties over selecting one program over another after April 15th. I made the very difficult decision of turning down a fully funded offer but am now feeling some regret. I'm wondering if it's possible to change my mind now... (And, even if the department was able and willing to make it work, would this be too much of a faux pas?) The last thing I would want is to start off on bad terms with my department and advisors. Has anyone else (either in this current cycle or past cycles) decided not to pursue any PhD offer and regretted their decision? Overall, how do you know if you made the "right" decision? How do you come to peace with your decision?
  14. I am super confused between these three univs for pursuing MS in mechanical, with just a week remaining to finalize my decision it will be really helpful if someone can comment about these univs wrt following- 1. Funding. (UMich seems too expensive with little probability of Masters securing RA positions, UIUC on the other hand seems to have plenty of options) 2. Research (My area of specialization will be micro/nanosystems or MEMS, please comment on this specific research aspect for the three univs. I feel UIUC has the best research facility for micronano stuff) 3. Job Opportunities (I don't plan to continue for PhD, so finally getting a decent job is my target. Please comment about the pros and cons of these univs regarding recruitment by industries) Right now I'm inclined towards UIUC due to better funding opportunities and research facilities but letting go of UMich seems difficult due to it's excellent ranking and reputation. UCLA also is lucrative due to it's location and job hunt feasibility. Kindly give any relevant suggestion to help me finalize something :)
  15. With the deadline approaching, I'm very confused which one to choose. Given that Georgia is cheaper and affordable compared to Michigan, UMich is a great place to study. I somehow feel that a college town will establish more connections with the people than a city. Both places are great wrt academics and research. I am very interested in research and hope to get into RnD division after my masters. I'm particularly thinking about the job opportunities only. I have heard too many people say that any decision I take wont go wrong, so I wish someone can provide me with a little bit more insight on this.
  16. Decision day is right around the corner--and I can't decide between the two schools. I am interested in inorganic synthesis (had been researching on nanomaterials and energy conversion in undergrad research). Both schools are providing stipends, both seem to have great professors in inorganic field.. any advice/feedback about the two schools would be appreciated!
  17. Hello! I have narrowed my list down to these two schools and I am trying to make the decision and would love an outside perspective! Wisconsin Madison: Pros: *Tons of labs that interest me, including a relatively famous PI who has shown interest in me *a location that really appeals to me (though I have never been) *good impression during visit days, people had good work life balance, the school seemed very supportive etc. Cons: *stipend seems a little low (even taking into account COL) especially because you have to pay student fees and health insurance premiums *students seemed a little aimless, like no one could really answer what are you planning after grad school? Career development did not seem to be a big focus *far from family Yale: Pros: *A select few faculty whose research I find very compelling and who have indicated I could work with them. My work is also closely adjacent to biophysics and Yale is one of the best places in the country for that research *Very generous stipend (including a fellowship and great health insurance) *Close to family *school name carries weight if I were to leave research *many career development opportunities Cons: *location does not appeal to me *most faculty I am interested in are new faculty and I worry about funding and tenure and their inexperience with mentoring *small department Let me know what you think! Thank you!
  18. Seeking help in deciding between these two programs. I'm coming straight out of undergrad (domestic student) as a stats major with no relevant internship experience (covid) and seeking to break into data science. Both of these programs seem to value their master's students much more than other schools (I've already decided against Columbia), while Duke might have a slight edge here due to the smaller class size. I'm fairly indifferent between the two locations, but I feel like Chicago would have more attractive job/internship opportunities locally, and a similar or better reputation nationwide. My main concern with Chicago is that so many of the students end up pursuing PhDs (about half) and I worry that the coursework may be too theoretical for someone trying to exit into industry with almost no prior work experience and limited technical skills outside of R. Duke's program is four semesters and about $110,000 in tuition, whereas Chicago is shorter but somewhat variable in length. I would probably do at least four quarters to have room for a summer internship which would result in total tuition at Chicago being roughly half of Duke's as long as I maintain the GPA required for the 25% scholarship. Chicago has a thesis requirement and Duke has a thesis option if that matters. If costs were equal, I might lean toward Duke as there seem to be more industry-relevant electives, but currently leaning toward UChicago as I will be taking out loans for this degree. Is there any way you could justify the Duke price tag? Thanks for any input. PS also considering in-state biostats with thesis at ~75 ranked program for ~30k.
  19. Hello all, April 15 is the deadline to decide where I'll be going for my Master's in Stats! I'm posting here to get a better idea of where I should go. Here are my options: UChicago, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, UW-Madison, and ETH Zurich. Worth noting is that UW-Madison is free, although money isn't really a concern for me. As of now, I'd say I'm definitely leaning UChicago based on its prestige and the strength of its master's program. While I'm not that interested at the moment in pursuing a PhD following my Master's, I suppose leaving that door open can't hurt and that there's a lot of good in learning more theory at a place like Chicago. It also seems that there are plenty of opportunities for application-based work in their consulting experience, thesis, and electives at the TTIC. Is there any reason to consider the others over Chicago? In addition, I am still waiting to hear from U of Washington, which would be attractive to me if I do get in. So if you have any thoughts on them, please leave them here as well. Again, money isn't too big of a factor, but just so you know... UChicago and Duke are around the same price (47k/year) with scholarships I've been offered, UNC is about 30k, UW-Madison is free like I said, ETH Zurich is free (aside from the astronomical cost of living in Zurich), and no idea about UW yet. Thanks for any feedback!
  20. Right now, I am choosing between the following for data science/analytics: -NYU: MS Data Science -Columbia: MS Data Science -USC: MS Applied Data Science -UChicago: MS Analytics -Northwestern: MS Analytics Having lived in the NYC area my entire life, I am leaning towards Northwestern/UChicago to try a new place. Any input specifically to which of these two programs (or any of them) might be better? I have looked extensively at both and think either would be great.
  21. So I have an offer that I received yesterday (March 3), and I need to respond back by March 9th. However, I haven't even heard back from any of the other universities I applied to, and I'm sure they'll come mid-end of March. Has anyone had this experience, and what did you do? Do you think it's acceptable I email the university that I received an offer from for an extension? And/Or do you think I can email the universities I haven't received an offer from to see if they can tell me their decision earlier?
  22. Hi, everyone! Would really appreciate any insight or advice as I struggle with my grad school decision. I got in to both of my top masters programs: Boston University School of Medicine and Penn GSE. I love both schools so much, and am really struggling to decide where to go. I like that BU's program is in their medical school and is CACREP accredited. I also really could see myself living in Boston. But then UPenn is UPenn, and I would get two masters in two years. I haven't heard much about living in Philadelphia, so that's really my only worry. If you have any advice or insight into either of these programs or cities, I would really appreciate it! Thanks!!
  23. If I got a job offer ($55K+) in my field of interest (philanthropy) before hearing back from any/all the programs I applied to, do you think I should take the job offer instead and decline/defer grad school to apply again in future, decline the job offer and go to grad school, or try to do the grad program part-time while working? I am in the interview process for 3 organizations that I'm decently excited about. And mindful that the avg salary upon graduating from many of the programs I applied for is $50-70K anyways.. Paying for classes, exposure to professors & new network, capstone & short-term ... VS... Getting paid for FT work experience Applied (haven't heard back from any yet): USC-Price MPA, UT Austin-LBJ MPAff (both DC and Austin programs), NYU-Wagner MPA, UW-Evans MPA, Brandeis-Heller MPP/Social Impact MBA dual degree, Georgetown-McCourt MPP I sought out programs with a strong foundation in: nonprofit management, public management, policy & data analysis, program evaluation, policy writing, fundraising, philanthropy. Strong connections to philanthropy and state/local govt in my cities of interest (see below) Experiential learning opportunities: fellowships/internships/research in philanthropy, nonprofit capacity-building, Professors who have social justice & anti-racist values, critiques of structural inequality & imperialism, etc Professional goals: philanthropy, nonprofit capacity-building, state/local government-level grantmaking, policy advocacy, or international development Supplementary interests: community-based participatory research, participatory policymaking, participatory grantmaking and budgeting, philanthropic/nonprofit policy, urban planning, land use, health equity, tax policy, China affairs Cities I'm interested in working in: LA, San Francisco, New York, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle (currently residing) About me: 3 years out of undergrad (3.0 GPA in political science at top public university) GRE: 152Q / 157 V / 4.5 AW Work experience --- temped 1 year in diversity recruiting at top STEM company; 2-3 years contracting in public administration at local City government. Technically only 1 year of full-time work experience. involved in local community foundation, local politics, and grassroots community organizing Thanks for any insights you can provide!
  24. Hi every one, I am a senior applying for Biostatistics Phd program this cycle (international student, bachelor in America). So far, it has been quiet dissapointing with all rejections, and every single school I applied to admit me to its MS program. I am still waiting for Brown and Rochester, which I received inivation to their recruitment events/ interviews. Regardless, I really appreciate if every one can chime in and help me decide where to go in case I will not get in to any PhD programs. So far, I have gotten into Duke MS (with 20 000 dollars scholarship per year), Emory MSPH (in consideration for scholarship), CMU Computational Biology program, Michigan MS, and Minnesota MS. My top options are Duke, Minnesota, and Michigan, with significant lower tuition after accounting for scholarships. In the case of Michigan, they sent me an email telling me that my application is in active consideration for a tuition waiver and 2800 monthly stipe-end, which is a very good deal if I can get it. My research interest is pretty open right now, but leanng toward causal inference, clinical trials, bioinformatics and imaging. I am not sure if the ranking of each program will impact my future application to PhD. I notice that Michigan has fast-track option, which was mentioned in my acceptance email, but it seems that any one can declare that track. If Michigan does not waive my tuition, it will be my most expensive offer. My cheapest one right now will be Duke then Minnesota. These two programs have a big gap in terms of prestige from what I have researched. Also, I really appreciate it if any one can chime in some insights about Rochester and Brown PhD programs. Both are small programs with very few discussions on gradcafe and other sites. I have been to the interview at Brown and loved the department, and will be attending the Rochester's one this weekend. If am lucky enough to get the PhD from either of these two programs and also get the funded MS from Michigan, is it worth it for me to take the funded MS over these 2 PhD programs? After graduate schools, I am not sure if I want to do academia or industry. All of these programs seem to have solid placement into industry, but Michigan seems to have an upper-hand when it comes to academic placement. Thank you every one for your inputs. It has been a very stressful cycle for me, and I really look forward to hearing from any one!
  25. Hi everyone, I am a senior undergrad looking to go into the biotech industry. I have seen many schools offering a biotech masters degree, but am unsure which one I should be applying to because there are too many choices and variations. I have a GRE score of 330, good GPA, and 3 years of research experience, so please feel free to suggest any school you think is best for this degree! I am hoping to go into industry after this degree, in biopharma or consulting.
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